50+ Cozy Pumpkin Recipes for Fall
Sure, pumpkin pie is delicious—but don't limit yourself to just pumpkin desserts this fall. Pumpkin lends itself perfectly to savory dishes like soups, salads, pastas, and more. Our Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter is the ultimate comforting cold weather dish, while or Instant Pot Pumpkin Soup with Candied Pepitas is perfect for busy weeknights. What better way to top off a pumpkin-based entree than with a pumpkin-based dessert? We recommend our Pumpkin Cheesecake. More of a cake fan? Don't worry: There's something for everyone in our best pumpkin recipes collection.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Stew with Pumpkin and Wild Rice
This savory fall stew is filled with tender cubes of pumpkin, shredded chicken, and nutty wild rice in a creamy sauce. When choosing a pumpkin, look for a sugar or cheese pumpkin. Field pumpkins, which are larger in size, have watery, stringy flesh and are best used for decoration. Or substitute a butternut squash.
Roasted Pumpkin-and-Baby Kale Salad
Pumpkin-Buttermilk Biscuits with Crispy Ham and Honey Butter
Pumpkin gives these light and flaky biscuits a pretty orange hue and an earthy flavor that pairs well with honey butter and salty country ham. Be sure to use pure pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling, which is sweetened and spiced.
Pumpkin-and-Winter Squash Gratin
Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter
Chocolate Marble-Pumpkin Spice Bread
A chocolate swirl adds a decadent twist to your usual loaf of pumpkin bread. These marbled loaves start with one basic batter that is flavored two different ways. Use a stand mixer to make the basic batter, then divide it into two bowls, and hand stir in the pumpkin and chocolate components to each bowl. This delicious recipe can be divided into eight 5 3⁄4- x 3 1⁄4-inch mini loaf pans. Bake the loaves as directed, but start testing for doneness after 25 minutes in the oven.
For breakfast on the go, spin this recipe into individually portioned muffins by dividing the batter among 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray and baking at 375°F for 22 minutes. To freeze muffins, let cool completely, and place in ziplock plastic bags. Reheat in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Instant Pot Curried Coconut-Pumpkin Soup
The maple syrup in this pumpkin butter recipe really darkens up the spread and adds some good depth of flavor. This easy recipe makes a lot, but you can easily cut the recipe in half for a small yield.
Pumpkin Dump Cake
Pumpkin pie and coffee cake's best features unite in this easy dump cake that's perfect for a crowd.
This Pumpkin Mouse offers light texture and warm flavors, making it a perfect fall dessert.
Perfect Pumpkin Roll
A classic pumpkin roll is a work of art. Rich buttercream perfectly complements the earthy-sweet pumpkin in this ideal autumnal treat—add a PSL and you're set.
Does it get any more gorgeous than our Pumpkin Cheesecake? This dessert is perfect for when you're all pumpkin pie-d out for the season, but you're still craving that sweet/spicy flavor.
Instant Pot Pumpkin Soup with Candied Pepitas
This velvety smooth soup is easy to make and easy to freeze. The crunchy pepitas steal the show, and are a nice contrast to the spicy, creamy base. Serve with sourdough bread for a nontraditional Thanksgiving dinner, or in small shooters as a holiday party appetizer.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes
Loaded with toasty fall flavors, a batch of these easy PSL cupcakes will have you in sweater weather mode faster than hitting the Starbucks drive-thru.
Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Scones
Skip the drive-thru line and enjoy your favorite seasonal Starbucks baked good right in the comfort of your own kitchen. These copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Scones are the perfect companion to a hot cup of coffee and a brisk fall morning.
A favorite treat at any magical feast, pumpkin pasties are surprisingly easy to make (even for muggles). We developed two pumpkin-based fillings—one sweet and one savory—for these buttery hand pies, so they’re perfect for serving (alongside a goblet of pumpkin juice!) at any point during a Harry Potter inspired party. If you’re looking to save a little time and effort, you can certainly opt for prepared, refrigerated pie dough.
These sweet little pumpkin fudge squares feature canned pumpkin, white chocolate, and marshmallow creme.
Inspired by the magical world (specifically, the magical dinner table) of Harry Potter, this easy pumpkin juice recipe couldn’t be simpler to whip up for a crowd. You can even prep the sweet beverage in advance and refrigerate, leaving the pumpkin juice in your blender, until ready to serve. Just give it a quick blend to reincorporate the ingredients before pouring into goblets for your Potter party.
Instant Pot Pumpkin Spice Candied Walnuts
Yet another way to enjoy pumpkin spice this season. Gift these to friends as a festive treat, or enjoy them yourself with an autumnal beer. Make sure to use pure maple syrup, as pancake syrup will taste artificial and will likely overwhelm the spiced flavor.
Classic Pumpkin Pie
Refrigerated pie dough makes this classic pumpkin pie recipe simple to prepare. Bake the pie on a baking sheet in the lower third of the oven to encourage a crisp crust.
Spiced Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
Can't decide between pumpkin or pecan? This pie has a taste of both.
Sweet Potato Casserole with Pumpkin Seed-Oat Crumble
We use less sugar in this classic casserole and get sweetness instead from fragrant orange rind and vanilla. Turmeric boosts the orange color and adds a subtle earthiness to the sweet potatoes.
Leftover Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
How do you eat leftover pumpkin pie? Straight from the pie pan, with the fridge still half open? Warmed, with a scoop of whatever ice cream you have on hand?
Vegan Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Pudding Cups
There’s bound to be at least one friend following a special diet at your Friendsgiving table. Instead of shoving them to the foot of the table with a jar of peanut butter, why not make a couple “accidentally” vegan or gluten-free dishes that everyone will want to eat.
Roasted Pumpkin and Brussels Sprouts
"First rule of thumb for this dish is to cut your pumpkin and potato the same size so that they roast at the same rate and consistently," she explains in an email to Extra Crispy. "And do not overcrowd the pan since you really want that beautiful golden sear on your veggies."
Pumpkin Pie French Toast
It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and you only have one lonely slice of leftover pumpkin pie from last night’s feast. Naturally, you brainstorm things to do with leftover pie.
Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte in a Pumpkin Cup
I heard you like pumpkin so I put some pumpkin in your pumpkin so you can drink pumpkin pumpkin from a pumpkin.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Breakfast Casserole
All year long, pumpkin spice lovers anxiously await the day when the Pumpkin Spice Latte returns to Starbucks. Now that the season is finally upon us, it’s time to feed your PSL addiction.
DIY Pumpkin Spice
Saying goodbye to summer means welcoming sweater weather, boots all day, every day, and pumpkin spice everything. Save a few extra bucks this season by making your own pumpkin spice at home.
Roasted Pumpkin Grits
An icon of Southern cuisine, grits are a special thing. Thanks to the work of artisanal millers such as Anson Mills and Geechie Boy, grits have grown from their casual roots into something more refined.
Salted Caramel Gingerbread Poke Cake with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting
The flavors of gingerbread, salted caramel filling, and pumpkin cream cheese frosting marry to become the ultimate fall and holiday poke cake. This cake is a great snack cake or dessert and it's pretty enough to serve to guests. One taste and you're sure to bring this cake to potlucks all season long.
Sticky-Bun Pumpkin Muffins
Muffin cup capacity will vary depending on pan manufacturer. Yield may increase if smaller muffin cups are used.
Pumpkin Almond Pancakes
Enjoy these gluten-free pancakes for breakfast or dinner topped with butter and drenched in maple syrup. Whole-grain corn flour gives them a cakier texture and adds some fiber, too.
Pumpkin Pie 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.
Pumpkin Streusel Muffins
Pumpkins aren't just for carving! You choose—Make Pumpkin Streusel Muffins or loaves. For loaves, spoon batter into 2 greased 8- x 4-inch loaf pans, and bake 55 minutes.
Pumpkin Pie Cutout Cookies
Bake the cookies up to five days ahead, and store in an airtight container. To make our wind cookies and leaf cookies, we used round cutters and swirly piping to represent the wind, and various sizes of leaf-shaped cutters for fluttering foliage. For more on decorating cookies, visit southernliving.com/cookietips.
Test Kitchen Professional Pam Lolley combined the flavors of three holiday favorites--pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and cheesecake-- to create this luscious holiday dessert.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Pie with Coffee Liqueur Whipped Cream
Whether or not you’re a fan of the infamous, seasonal Starbuck’s beverage, we’re willing to bet you won’t have any regrets about swapping your typical pumpkin pie for this caffeinated uptake this Thanksgiving. We were surprised by just how amazing a hint of coffee sets off creamy, spiced pumpkin pie filling, but the depth of rich flavor speaks for itself—this PSL-inspired pie is in a league of it’s own. Served with a coffee liqueur-spiked whipped cream, this fall dessert reaches a level of decadence a basic pumpkin pie could only dream of. Note: If you opt to create a decorative lattice effect as we did here, be very careful when placing your dough strips atop the pie—the pie’s surface will be very hot and not fully set.
Vegan Mini Pumpkin Spice Bites
For a guilt-free, vegan dessert that's sure to get you in the fall spirit, there's no better option than these adorable mini pumpkin spice bites. Encased in a simple walnut-pecan-date crust, the key to this autumnal treat lies in the silken tofu filling. Providing a creamy consistency without affecting flavor, silken tofu is the best kept vegan dessert secret.
Pumpkin Apple Pancakes
Reader Ruth Miller, of Eugene, Oregon, sent us this pumpkin pancake recipe. She likes to slice the apples; sauté them in a little butter, sugar, and cinnamon; and spoon them on top. To save time, we skipped the sautéing and put the apples right in the batter.
Baked Brie with Pumpkin Maple Sauce
Your friends will be astonished at the ease and delight that baked brie brings to the table before dinner is served. It’s the perfect mix of sweet and salty with benefit of a warm, gooey inside and a crispy, flaky crust on the outside. Store-bought puff pastry wraps around the entire wheel of brie, and it’s finished with a drizzle of the pumpkin-spiced maple sauce that’s decadent and sweetened with maple syrup. With a sprinkle of a few sliced almonds for a crunchy texture and a rich, nutty flavor, this starter is ideal menu item to any fall themed meal.
Pumpkin Maple Popcorn
This classic movie theater treat has taken on a sweetly spiced persona just in time for cozy nights during cool weather. The popcorn is coated in a pumpkin maple sauce that forms a crispy, candy-like crust on the outside of popcorn for a glossy finish. This method includes a tried-and-true method that involves heating the oil prior to adding the popcorn and removing it from the heat for a short break and placing back on the heat. This yields evenly-popped popcorn with no burnt or un-popped kernels.
Frosted Pumpkin Cake
Pumpkin cake is moist and fluffy and a great change-up from classic pumpkin pie.
Pumpkin Chai Snickerdoodles
Perfectly crispy on the outside, while light and fluffy on the inside, these festive, fall treats are your new favorite cookie. Rolled in a chai-spiced sugar mixture, these cookies are basically all of your favorite latte flavors mixed up into one perfect cookie. Best served after a dunk in coffee, if we do say so ourselves.
Make these sweet little cakes throughout the fall. For Halloween, all you need are some edible eyeballs and a bit of black food coloring to turn them into charming pumpkin ghosts. You'll need 2 (12-mold) madeleine pans to make this recipe. Find them at a kitchenware shop or online.
Single-Serving Pumpkin Spice Latte
What if we told you that you could make your favorite, Starbucks-inspired pumpkin spice latte, right there in the comfort of your own home kitchen? Rather than calling for a big batch of homemade pumpkin spice syrup, we've streamlined the process so that you only make as much pumpkin syrup as you need for one latte. Feel free to scale the recipe up if you're preparing more. If you don't have access to an espresso machine, any strongly-brewed coffee will do. In addition, alt-milks or lower-fat milks can be substituted, although whole milk will be the richest and most satisfying.
Pie-Spiced Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds
The warm spices of holiday pies are mixed with seeds and a touch of salt for a sweet and savory snack to eat by the handful. It can be shared with any trick-or-treaters on the Halloween trail, since it won't set off peanut allergies.
Smoky Pumpkin Hummus
Though pumpkin-flavored dishes are usually sweet, this recipe combines pumpkin purée and chickpeas for a smoky, savory hummus that's perfect for fall entertaining. Serve it in a wide bowl so there's plenty of room for the generous toppings.