Halloween Pumpkin Recipes

No other flavor makes us think of fall more than the warm, golden, gently-spiced goodness of pumpkin. There are dozens of pumpkin recipes that will please any kind of cook, whether a beginner or a pro, from simple pumpkin cookies to classic maple-scented pumpkin pie, or a batch of playful and surprising pumpkin whoopie pies. If you feel like going all out this year, try serving your holiday treats a la mode, with a scoop of homemade pumpkin pie ice cream. More of a savory person than a sweet? Pumpkin isn’t only good for dessert! It shines as a main course in a buttery pappardelle with pumpkins and caramelized onions and a creamy pumpkin soup makes a quick weeknight dinner seem luxe. And don’t forget to use every last bit! Save and roast the pumpkin seeds when you’re done with carving, and you’ll have a speedy, healthy snack to munch on all season.

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Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Why wait for December to roll out a batch of sugar cookies? We dreamt up an excuse to make them two whole months earlier. This recipe is an adaptation of our favorite sugar cookie recipe, but instead of another stick of butter, we substituted a half cup of pure pumpkin puree. The results are tender and slightly chewy (although you can bake them a tad longer if you like a crispier cookie). They’d be divine sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar before baking, but we like to dress them up with a little tinted royal icing for a festive finish. Put them out if you’re hosting the pre (or post) trick-or-treating festivities.

Pumpkin Cream Sandwiches

What could be cuter than these three-bite seasonal fall sandwich cookies? While they look impressive, they take just 30 minutes total to pull off. If you’d like the cookie halves to look a little smoother on top, try scooping the batter into mounds using a small lightly greased cookie scoop. Or, simply smooth your spooned cookie mounds gently with a butter knife. Store cookies and the filling in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to two days and assemble them right before serving. Delicious but optional: air with chilled glasses of apple cider or white wine.

Oatmeal and Pie-Spice Cookies

Oatmeal raising cookie lovers, meet your fall fling. Crisp but tender, these wafers are made seasonal with the addition of apple pie or pumpkin pie spice, or your own mix of ground cinnamon, ground ginger, and ground nutmeg. Make sure you read the ingredient list carefully, the recipe calls for 2 cups of old-fashioned oatmeal, that’s cooked oatmeal not the raw oats. It’s a smart little shortcut that ensures the cookies spread out extra-thin and turn golden brown in the oven. Stash the cookies in an airtight container for whenever you’re craving something sweet, or wrap up a dozen in pretty tissue paper and a ribbon for a fantastic fall hostess gift.