Sweet Pumpkin Desserts

With so many other pumpkin dessert recipes, there's no need to limit yourself to pie.

  • Pumpkin Caramel Ice Cream Pie
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Pumpkin Caramel Ice Cream Pie

    Layers of spiced pumpkin ice cream and vanilla ice cream top gooey caramel on a graham cracker crust. It's a whole new way to have pumpkin pie.

  • Pumpkin Pie Cake

    Pumpkin Pie Cake

    If you like pumpkin pie, you'll love this cake's subtle spice flavors and velvety cream cheese frosting. The slightly sweet and mild pecans add a pleasant crunch to the smooth frosting.
  • Maple-Glazed Pumpkin-Cranberry Coffee Cake
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst

    Pumpkin-Cranberry Coffee Cake

    This moist, pretty cake features your favorite fall flavors--warm spices, tangy cranberries, and sweet maple syrup.

  • Ginger Pumpkin Pie with Toasted Coconut
    Photo: Charles Masters

    Ginger Pumpkin Pie with Toasted Coconut

    Ginger and coconut add warm, flavorful accents to this Thanksgiving classic. If you'd like a dollop of something creamy, top with fat-free whipped topping.

  • Frosted Pumpkin Cake
    Oxmoor House

    Frosted Pumpkin Cake

    Pumpkin is full of beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A that keeps eyes healthy and acts as an antioxidant. One serving of this moist cake actually provides more than half of your daily vitamin A needs thanks to the canned pumpkin.

  • Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Cake
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps

    Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Cake

    This simple sheet cake combines pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice with sweet chocolate chips and crunchy walnuts for a family-favorite fall dessert.

  • Pumpkin-Almond Cheesecake
    Photo: Levi Brown

    Pumpkin-Almond Cheesecake

    Serve this creamy almond-flavored pumpkin cheesecake unadorned for informal dining, or garnish with the whipped topping and almond brittle to add a special touch to your holiday dessert buffet.
  • Pumpkin-Pecan Cheesecake
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

    Pumpkin-Pecan Cheesecake

    If you can’t decide between a pumpkin pie or a pecan pie, no worries. We’ve combined both into this luscious holiday cheesecake.
  • Pumpkin Pound Cake with Buttermilk Glaze
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Pumpkin Pound Cake with Buttermilk Glaze

    The glaze on this mouthwatering cake is enough to make you want to lick your screen. Drain the canned pumpkin before making the cake batter to keep the cake's texture light.

  • Pumpkin Ice Cream Torte with Ginger Crust
    James Carrier

    Pumpkin Ice Cream Torte with Ginger Crust

    This frozen torte is a great make–ahead alternative to traditional pumpkin pie. Tasty gingersnap cookies form the crust, which is topped with pumpkin–flavored ice cream and drizzled with both caramel and hot fudge toppings. You may never return to pumpkin pie.

  • Pumpkin Bread Pudding
    Photo: Karry Hosford

    Pumpkin Bread Pudding

    If your two favorite desserts are bread pudding and pumpkin pie, you're in luck with this recipe that combines the best attributes of each one. Topping the warm bread pudding with maple syrup and toasted pecans is pure genius.

  • Pumpkin Chai Pots de Crème
    Monica Buck

    Pumpkin Chai Pots de Crème

    These creamy custards offer a double dose of pumpkin, with canned pumpkin in the custard and a sweet, crunchy topping of pumpkin seed brittle. The chai tea added to the custard gives it a warm spiciness that's perfect for the holidays.

  • Pumpkin-Orange Cake
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    Pumpkin-Orange Cake

    Canned pumpkin in the cake batter gives rich flavor and moistness, and a ring of mandarin oranges crown the top of this two–layer cake. Both of these orange–colored foods are high in disease–fighting antioxidants, as are the crimson pomegranate seeds that fill the ring of orange segments.

  • Pumpkin Flan
    Photo: Tina Cornett; Styling: Trinda Gage

    Pumpkin Flan

    Canned pumpkin adds both rich flavor and creaminess to this traditional Spanish custard, and toasted coconut adds even more sweetness.

  • Pumpkin Pie Shake
    Oxmoor House

    Pumpkin Pie Shake

    Canned pumpkin has more bioavailable beta-carotene than fresh because of the heat used during canning. Dress up this shake with a rim of graham cracker crumbs on each glass instead of sprinkling the crumbs on the shake.
  • Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding with Bourbon-Pecan Hard Sauce
    Photo: Christina Holmes

    Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding with Bourbon-Pecan Hard Sauce

    These creamy pumpkin bread puddings are baked in pie dishes so they're like a hybrid dessert; the lattice top is actually made of strips of butternut squash.
  • Pumpkin-Praline Custards
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    Pumpkin-Praline Custards

    Top cool and creamy pumpkin custard with crumbled praline candies for a decadent dessert that's just the right combination of smooth and crunchy.

  • Pumpkin Roll

    Pumpkin Roll

    Impress your guests with a spiced pumpkin cake roll that's filled with sweet cream cheese. Rolling up the cake is easy with these step-by-step instructions; plus, you can make it ahead and refrigerate it until you're ready to serve.

  • Pumpkin–Cream Cheese Napoleons
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Pumpkin-Cream Cheese Napoleons

    Pumpkin butter can be found in the jam and preserves section of your market. It is often seasonal. Substitute canned pumpkin if unavailable.

  • Pumpkin and Maple Ice-Cream Sandwiches
    Photo: Karry Hosford

    Pumpkin and Maple Ice-Cream Sandwiches

    Both pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice are used in the cake–like cookies that sandwich the maple–flavored ice cream. You can wrap these up individually and take one out of the freezer whenever you need a sweet treat.

  • Pumpkin Pie with Vanilla Whipped Cream
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Pumpkin Pie with Vanilla Whipped Cream

    This is the pie you remember from many Thanksgivings, made better for you. Instead of using a can of regular evaporated milk, we swapped in a fat-free version.

  • Coconut-Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

    Coconut-Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

    Make and refrigerate without the topping a day ahead. Whip and add the topping before serving.
  • Sugar Pumpkin Custards with Graham Crumble
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr  

    Sugar Pumpkin Custards with Graham Crumble

    Prized for its versatility, buttery-rich winter squash is a go-to veggie in the fall. We love to serve creamy Sugar Pumpkin Custards with Graham Crumble this time of year.
  • Frozen Pumpkin Layer Cake
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Frozen Pumpkin Layer Cake

    We couldn't stop eating this dessert at taste testing. It earned our highest rating. The concentrated spicy flavor of pumpkin butter replaces the more traditional canned pumpkin. It's a great make-ahead recipe for the holidays.
  • Apple Pumpkin Galette
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Apple Pumpkin Galette

    Basically an open-face pie, this galette is a great dessert for pie-phobes to make because the crust is so easy to handle--you don't even need a pie pan.

  • Chocolate-Pumpkin Marble Cake
    James Carrier

    Chocolate-Pumpkin Marble Cake

    Create a marbled bundt cake centerpiece for your fall party by layering two batters (one flavored with pumpkin, the other cocoa) into a bundt pan. Simply draw a knife through the batters to create your own design.
  • Pumpkin Ice Cream Torte
    Photo: Ellen Silverman; Styling: Toni Brogan

    Pumpkin Ice Cream Torte

    This Pumpkin Ice Cream Torte starts with a graham cracker crust and is topped with layers of pumpkin and vanilla-pecan ice cream.
  • Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Emma Star Jensen

    Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes

    The canned pumpkin in the batter keeps these cupcakes moist, reducing the amount of oil you need to use.
  • Marbled Pumpkin Praline Cake
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    Marbled Pumpkin Praline Cake

    There's nothing more festive than ending your holiday meals with a beautifully garnished cake like our Marbled Pumpkin Praline Cake. This wintry white cake showcases sugared pecans, kumquats, and bay leaves.
  • No-Cook Pumpkin Chocolate Icebox Cake
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Robyn Valarik  

    No-Cook Pumpkin Chocolate Icebox Cake

    Make a picture-perfect fall dessert for your holiday open house or neighborhood block party. It's pretty from the top, and even prettier when you remove a slice.

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