Favorite Pumpkin Recipes
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.
The Best 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! Scroll down for some tasty pumpkin recipes from the blog.
Pumpkin Dessert Recipes:
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.
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!
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
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
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!
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.
Easy Pumpkin Recipes
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 stovetop with evaporated milk, marshmallow cream, white chocolate chips, and of course, pumpkin! A fun addition for Halloween or Thanksgiving festivities.
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!
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
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Every part of the pumpkin is edible except for the stem. The flesh can be used for pies, cakes, and bread, the seeds for snacks, the stringy “guts” can be used for broth, and the skin can also be eaten.
Pumpkin is a member of the gourd family along with watermelon, muskmelon, and squash. It is a fruit that’s native to North America.
Pumpkins sold for carving are not the best for cooking as they have less flesh than other varieties. Look for a pumpkin that’s heavy for its size, meaning it has more flesh available for cooking. It should also be unblemished. Smaller pumpkins are more tender than big ones.
They keep well at room temperature for up to a month and can be refrigerated for up to 3 months.
The flesh is sweet and mild. The seeds are nutty when roasted.
You May Also Like:
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!
- Pumpkin Nutella Muffins from Inside BruCrew Life
- Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal with Vanilla Whipped Cream from Barefeet in the Kitchen
- How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Recipe Girl
- Pumpkin Cookie Dough Dip from Wine and Glue
- Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake from Wishes and Dishes
- 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Dump Cake from Spend with Pennies
- The Best Pumpkin Crumb Cake from The View from Great Island
- Pumpkin Tart with Pecan Crumble from Saving Room for Dessert
- Smoky Pumpkin Hummus from This Is How I Cook
- Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
- Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
- Mini Pumpkin Bread – Perfect for holiday and hostess gifts
15 Comments on “Favorite Pumpkin Recipes”
My cupboard is stocked and ready to roll ~ bring on the pumpkin!!!
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!
I unearthed two cans of pumpkin puree in my cupboard last week. Perfect timing!
Bring on the pumpkin goodies!! I do so love this time of year, for the food at least! 🙂
Such an array of yummy pumpkin treats, Liz! I have to try your pumpkin roll.
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!
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!
What an amazing collection of pumpkin favourites!!!! I want to try them all … especially that caramel topped cheesecake – yum.
Every single one of these looks amazing!
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!
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!)
I’d love the pumpkin bread with cream cheese in the middle-looks great:@)
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!
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!
I’m going pumpkin-crazy with all these beautiful recipes! What a wonderful pumpkin collection you have, Liz!