25 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes You'll Want to Eat All Year Round
Pumpkin is the darling of festive fall foods. It's the shining star of Halloween decor, the key component to making pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread, and the flavor that created the cult-following of the pumpkin spice latte. But let's not limit ourselves: pumpkin is delicious in any form, from sweet spiced desserts to savory salads, coffee, cocktails, even casseroles. It's a delicious, versatile, and affordable ingredient. Pumpkin is also packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and more, making it a healthy addition to any dish.
Here, we've rounded up some of our favorite pumpkin recipes you'll want to cook this fall, from a classic easy pumpkin pie recipe to buttery pappardelle with pumpkin and caramelized onions, pumpkin martinis, pumpkin pancakes with spiced maple syrup, and so much more. In case you're wondering, we've been serving these since July. Why not? It's pumpkin spice season, after all.
An inventive variation on a Thanksgiving standard: Pumpkin served up in a cheesecake, complete with a crunchy graham cracker crust. Make sure to plan ahead—you'll need at least two hours of chilling time. In a pinch? Prepare the creamy cake up to two days in advance.
Cocoa Pumpkin Crumble
This pie pairs two delicious dessert ingredients: pumpkin and chocolate. You'll start by rolling out a classic buttery pie crust, then you'll add in a layer of chocolate chips before drizzling in pumpkin pie filling (made from pumpkin puree, sour cream, eggs, brown sugar, and spices). For the grand finale, you'll finish it off with a generous sprinkling of cocoa crumble.
Pumpkin Pancakes With Spiced Maple Syrup
Does the thought of having pumpkin pie for breakfast sound like something only dreams are made of? Armed with this recipe, you can have a breakfast inspired by your favorite fall dessert—without the guilt. A spiced maple syrup adds extra decadence.
Pumpkin Cream Sandwiches
If you generally pass on pie altogether, try this delicious alternative. Pumpkin sandwiches—a cream cheese frosting is spread between two pumpkin spice cake-like cookies—make a fine alternative. Plus, they're easier to pack, so you can surprise your kids with a seasonal lunchtime treat.
Maple Pumpkin Pie
Maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves give this pie a rich, warm depth. If you're a novice baker and rolling out your own dough seems a bit daunting, use a store-bought piecrust fitted to a 9-inch pie plate for a result that's just as sweet.
A few simple swaps differentiate this comforting fall dish from the lasagna your mom used to make. Trade marinara sauce for a silky pumpkin puree, ditch noodles for cheese ravioli, and substitute Swiss chard for spinach. When layered, each and every bite is gooey, cheesy, and oh-so-delicious.
No Bake Pumpkin Pie
If your oven's packed with turkey, stuffing, and all the roasted vegetables, we have the life-saving dessert solution: no bake pumpkin pie. Rather than baking your crust and filling, you'll utilize your freezer to solidify the ingredients in this dreamy-creamy dessert.
Pumpkin Rice Pudding
Canned pumpkin gives this hearty custard a seasonal spin. Make the pudding up to two days ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to serve. To reheat, stir in an additional 1½ cups milk and stir gently over medium-low heat to ensure it stays creamy.
Buttery Pappardelle With Pumpkin and Caramelized Onions
If the kids ask for buttered noodles every… single… night, count on everyone's favorite fall gourd to put a sophisticated and seasonal spin on pasta night the whole family is guaranteed to love. The pumpkin adds a hint of sweetness, thyme adds earthiness, and grated pecorino provides just enough saltiness.
Not a coffee person? A latte isn't the only way to drink your pumpkin. This seasonal beverage—for adults only—combines pumpkin pie spice, sugar, vodka, half and half, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and a hint of vanilla extract to create an ultra creamy cocktail.
Pumpkin Cookies With Chocolate
Cocoa powder is swirled with pumpkin puree and molasses to create these rich, chocolate drop cookies. Fold in chopped walnuts and dates to add a layer of extra flavor. Sprinkle each mound of dough with coarse turbinado sugar just before baking for a slightly crunchy hint of sweetness.
Easy Pumpkin Pie Pop Tart With Cream Cheese Glaze
Easier and healthier than you might think, this breakfast favorite is made to please kids. Store-bought puff pastry ensures assembly is a cinch: Simply spread a mixture of pumpkin puree, sugar, cinnamon, and salt between two layers of the pastry. The homemade cream cheese glaze is so tasty, you'll want to dunk your pop tart right in it.
Pumpkin Grilled Cheese
Grated Gruyere cheese and pumpkin puree is sandwiched between two pieces of pumpernickel bread, then toasted in a butter-filled skillet to create a supremely gooey and decadent version of the classic. Use festive cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into pumpkins, ghosts, and more seasonal shapes.
Pumpkin With White Beans and Bacon
Chunks of fresh pumpkin are sautéed in bacon fat until slightly browned and caramelized, and then stewed in chicken broth until tender. Finish the dish with a sprinkling of crispy bacon bits and a serving of meaty white beans. A splash of vinegar brightens up the hearty side.
Pumpkin and Roasted Apple Breakfast Smoothie
Every fall flavor you love, packed into one delicious, nutritious smoothie recipe. This festive, fiber-filled breakfast bev uses pumpkin, apple, oats, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Top it off with your favorite store-bought or homemade granola for a satisfying, sippable crunch.
A Deliciously Wholesome Pumpkin Spice Latte
You don't have to get in the car and trek to the nearest coffee shop to get your pumpkin spice latte fix. Being your own barista—no special equipment required—means having a healthier (but just as delicious!) version of the seasonal beverage in hand, whenever the craving strikes.
Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting
A new fall favorite made fast, thanks to shortcut ingredients, like boxed cake mix. Just add pumpkin puree and warm spices to the mix and, once baked and cooled, top each one with a cream cheese frosting. Nobody will ever know your timesaving secret.
Sweet and Salty Pumpkin Seeds
This supremely autumnal soup has such a velvety texture, you'd never know there isn't an ounce of cream in the recipe. Though a type of onion, leeks add a flavor that's a bit milder and sweeter than its counterparts. For a vegetarian version, simply swap the chicken broth for vegetable.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin-Leek Soup
Full of deep, rich flavors like molasses, pumpkin pie filling, nutmeg, cloves, and more, this quick bread requires no kneading and just 15 minutes of hands-on time. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert—or toast and spread a little butter on top for an indulgent breakfast.
Sausage-Pumpkin Corn-Bread Stuffing
Cut prep time nearly in half by using a store-bought stuffing mix instead of starting from scratch. Then, add in the extras that make this version so unique: dried cranberries, pumpkin puree, jalapeno, and sage. The resulting dish is still an ultra-moist bready side dish, without the hassle.
Caramelized Pumpkin and Pear Crumble
Fresh pears simmer in a mixture of butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and spices until caramelized and deeply flavorful. A large helping of pumpkin puree adds an earthy note to the otherwise very sweet treat. Rather than bake the whole thing in a casserole dish, use ramekins to make individual servings.
Get the recipe: Caramelized Pumpkin and Pear Crumble
Pumpkin Cornmeal Muffins
Start Thanksgiving morning—or any lazy Saturday, for that matter—with an easy morning treat made from scratch that'll make your whole home smell sweeter. If you're worried about filling up before the big meal, use a mini muffin tin and reduce the cooking time to create bite-sized confections instead.
Spiced Pumpkin Cake
Flavored with molasses and pumpkin pie spice, this cake gets a final drizzle of tangy confectioner's sugar and lemon glaze just before serving. Thanks to the beautiful design of many bundt cake pans, this cake is a great selection when you're asked to bring dessert to a potluck.
Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie
Eat your pumpkin for… breakfast. Simply send ice, whole milk, pumpkin puree, honey, and a pinch of ground nutmeg for a whir in the blender until smooth and frothy. The honey ensures the smoothie is just sweet enough—even despite the addition of earthy pumpkin puree. Find more pumpkin smoothie recipes here.