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Autumn is approaching and peaches and berries are being replaced in my baking with apple and pumpkin recipes. I’m sharing my Favorite Pumpkin Recipes from the blog.

From breakfast to snacks to holiday recipes to desserts, here are 10 of the best pumpkin recipes I’ve made for my family plus a few more from some blogger friends.

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Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

When it comes to baking, the classic fall flavors include pumpkin, apple, pears, and cranberries to name a few. I must admit, I have a weak spot when it comes to pumpkin desserts. I have to restrain myself, though, since the picky hubby will eat pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving but that’s it! Here are some of the best pumpkin recipes from the blog.

Old Fashioned Pumpkin Roll - With a cream cheese filling, this classic fall treat always gets rave reviews!

Pumpkin Roll

This Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Roll recipe was once featured on cans of Libby’s pumpkin.  A tender, cinnamon-spiced pumpkin cake is rolled around a lip smackin’ good cream cheese filling makes for a classic autumn dessert. I’ve tweaked the original recipe to eliminate the nuts to appease the nut phobic family.

The Halloween Project Week One Pu:mpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Bars

Warning, these Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting have been nicknamed “Killer Pumpkin Bars,” as they’re dangerous to have around. There’s something magical about the combination of pumpkin and cream cheese that makes desserts like this impossible to resist!

Easy Pumpkin Fudge - A simple, autumn spiced candy!

Easy Pumpkin Fudge

Easy Pumpkin Fudge is a twist on the no-fail fudge I make every Christmas for friends and neighbors. Super easy, it’s made on the stove top with evaporated milk, marshmallow cream, white chocolate chips, and of course, pumpkin! A fun addition for Halloween or Thanksgiving festivities.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars - Biscoff crust topped with a layer of plain then pumpkin cheesecake!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars start with a Biscoff cookie crust then two layers of cheesecake. This is an elegant pumpkin dessert that tastes as wonderful as it looks.

Pumpkin Challah - An autumn twist on this classic braided loaf

Braided Pumpkin Challah

I’ve had a love of braided bread since I tasted my first bite of challah when visiting Aspen in the 1970s. This Pumpkin Challah makes a gorgeous statement with its golden coloring and glossy egg glazed crust. The sweetness from the pumpkin only adds to its deliciousness! This could easily be MY favorite pumpkin recipe.

Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Bread

Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Bread

The yummy layer of filling in this Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Bread pushes ordinary pumpkin bread over the top. Mind you, we adore plain ol’ pumpkin bread around here, but finding a cheesecake-like ribbon in every slice will put a smile on your face in the morning. Even if your alarm clock went off at 6 AM!

Caramel Topped Pumpkin Cheesecake | A dreamy autumn dessert

Caramel Topped Pumpkin Cheesecake

This Caramel Topped Pumpkin Cheesecake without any fancy topping is delicious enough on its own. But a drizzle, or even a fancy-schmancy web design (it’s super easy to make) of caramel, makes it a show stopper!

Pumpkin French Toast - A decadent breakfast treat with all the fabulous autumnal flavors of pumpkin pie!

Pumpkin French Toast

Pumpkin French Toast is a fabulous way to get the autumnal flavors of pumpkin pie in a delectable stack of French toast. It’s a fun breakfast for the holidays!

Classic Pumpkin Pie - Libby's pumpkin pie on steroids

Classic Pumpkin Pie

This Classic Pumpkin Pie is based on the popular pumpkin pie recipe on Libby’s pumpkin label.  I’ve tweaked this famous recipe by adding an extra egg and substituting cream for the evaporated milk. Truly the perfect way to end Thanksgiving dinner, with or without a dollop of sweetened whipped cream. Add a little bourbon to your cream for an adult twist.


Pumpkin Bread with Apples - Two fall favorites rolled into one delicious loaf

Pumpkin Bread with Apples

Pumpkin Bread with Apples is just another excuse to bake up a batch of pumpkin bread. Double the fall flavors in every bite, this spiced quick bread is moist and delectable

Classic Pumpkin Bread - sweet, dense and perfectly spiced!

Classic Pumpkin Bread

This Classic Pumpkin Bread is a beloved family recipe. I usually triple the batch so I can divvy the loaves up to the kids, two of whom live here in Indy, but love handouts from mom. It’s always moist and spiced perfectly! I’d wager that this is one of their favorite pumpkin recipes. Divvy up the batter into muffin tins and voila, a pumpkin muffins recipe! Bake for around 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

This was the bread a neighbor gifted us each Christmas and then my mom would make when we pleaded for more. Your family will love this pumpkin bread, too.

More Favorite Pumpkin Recipes from My Blogger Friends:

These are some fabulous pumpkin recipes that have caught my attention! Make good use of autumn, AKA pumpkin season, to treat your family to some of these terrific pumpkin dishes!

This roundup was first shared in September 2018. Photos and text were updated in 2020.

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15 comments on “Favorite Pumpkin Recipes”

  1. I’m going pumpkin-crazy with all these beautiful recipes! What a wonderful pumpkin collection you have, Liz!

  2. Okay, this is the best pumpkin round-up ever! I had some amazing pumpkin fudge a few years ago and have been in search of a recipe that would even come close — can’t wait to try yours! And love the other bloggers’ recipes you’ve included as well. Thanks, Liz!

  3. Mercy, I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite, they all look great, Liz! Bill is a huge pumpkin lover so I will have to figure out which ones to try. You shared a wide variety for sure, thanks!

  4. I’d love the pumpkin bread with cream cheese in the middle-looks great:@)

  5. Recently I checked out my blog’s catalogue, and I realized I don’t really have a lot of pumpkin desserts; I only have a few no baked things. Interestingly, ever autumn I make at least one pumpkin pie, but none of them made it to the blog 🙂 I’ve been thinking of making pumpkin fudge too, but I also like some other ideas from your list (especially that cream cheese filled bread – sounds delightful!)

  6. Liz, just looking at all of these delicious ways to use pumpkin has really inspired us! There is just something so comforting about these fall inspired recipes with a little pumpkin spice. As all of these recipes are completely addictive, the only way to do this is save just a little slice for your self and have the neighbors enjoy them too. Just pinned!

  7. Every single one of these looks amazing!

  8. What an amazing collection of pumpkin favourites!!!! I want to try them all … especially that caramel topped cheesecake – yum.

  9. Love pumpkin season! And wow, what a wonderful collection of recipes to allow us to indulge in seasonal goodies. This will keep me busy for awhile. 🙂 Thanks!

  10. Wow, I don’t know where to start…they all look fabulous…thanks for all the recipes Liz! I hope you are having a wonderful week!

  11. Such an array of yummy pumpkin treats, Liz! I have to try your pumpkin roll.

  12. Bring on the pumpkin goodies!! I do so love this time of year, for the food at least! 🙂

  13. I unearthed two cans of pumpkin puree in my cupboard last week. Perfect timing!

  14. Ah Liz! Between the pumpkin and the apples I think you have fall covered! And judging by your latest adventure I think you have welcomed fall quite well. Thanks for adding my hummus! Pinned and Shared!

  15. My cupboard is stocked and ready to roll ~ bring on the pumpkin!!!

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