80 Pumpkin Desserts You'll Fall For
Nothing screams "fall" quite like a cozy pumpkin dessert. Whether you're looking to make a traditional pie (we've got you covered with our foolproof Classic Pumpkin Pie recipe), autumnal cookies (readers love these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies with Brown Butter), a classic cake (this Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Bundt is sure to impress), or something new and fun (our Pumpkin Spice Latte Pie with Coffee Liqueur Whipped Cream is inspired by the seasonal Starbucks treat), you'll definitely find a new favorite in our collection of best pumpkin desserts.
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.
Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Coffee Glaze
Full of warming fall flavors, these easy Pumpkin Spice Cookies are just about the perfect after-dinner treat to pair with a cup of coffee. After all, they’re basically everyone’s favorite seasonal latte delivered in cookie form. If you plan to share these pumpkin spice cookies at any sort of fall potluck and nut allergies are a concern, you can certainly leave the ground pecans out of the batter—simply replace them with 1/3 cup more all-purpose flour.
If you’d rather skip the booze in the coffee glaze, try replacing it with 2-3 tablespoons of cold coffee. Or you can opt for a different glaze altogether; the maple glaze used here or this toasty tahini glaze would both work great for these pumpkin cookies.
Hungry for more? Check out our 25 Best Pumpkin Spice Recipes next.
Pumpkin Dump Cake
Pumpkin pie and coffee cake's best features unite in this easy dump cake that's perfect for a crowd.
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.
Easy Pumpkin Pie Squares
Pumpkin pie, meet dump cake. These pumpkin bars taste like pumpkin pie with a sweeter, slightly crunchy crust. They’re slightly rich, so they’re perfect after a big meal, and make the perfect bite. Best of all, they’re way easier to make than pie and the perfect treat for a crowd.
Pecan, Apple, and Pumpkin Pie
This pecan, apple, and pumpkin—pepumpkle, if you will—pie combines the best of three worlds. The tartness of the apple helps balance out the sweetness of the other two fillings while adding a caramel taste to the mix. However, the pecan and pumpkin keep their distinctive flavors. Cook the apples first to reduce the amount of liquid that gets released into the pie; reserve that liquid for a buttery caramel to drizzle on at the end. If it makes it to the next day, any leftover pie would be great with a little whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, or blended into a milkshake.
Let fresh-baked brownies chill, uncovered, overnight. For a perfect slice, cut while they're cold. Serve at room temperature.
Can't decide between pumpkin or pecan? This pie has a taste of both.
Even if you're not a huge pumpkin pie fan, it's hard to pass on a slice of this decadent pumpkin cheesecake. Sweet pumpkin is enhanced with warming spices and brown sugar, and perfectly balanced by the smooth, rich tang of cream cheese. Our pumpkin cheesecake recipe is easy to make, but we can almost guarantee, it'll be the first thing to disappear from the dessert table.
Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Bundt
Meet your new favorite cake recipe. This gorgeous chocolate Bundt cake is swirled with rich pumpkin flavor. Instead of using canned pumpkin, we grated pumpkin then stirred it into the cake batter, similar to how a carrot cake is made.
For this festive version of a pumpkin cake, we opted for a "spiced pumpkin" box cake mix, but any box mix will do. Adding powdered sugar to the prepared frosting helps make it thicker and less likely to melt off the cake or get too soft and drippy. It's helpful to use piping bags to get a nicel layer of frosting and then blend together on the pumpkin to get green vines and leaves.
Mix the batter only until the dry ingredients disappear. (Lumps are normal.) Overmixing causes tough or misshapen loaves.
Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Maple Glaze
With a rich, gooey pumpkin spice filling, buttery pecan streusel topping, and maple glaze, this fluffy and moist pumpkin coffee cake is sure to impress. Perfect for any occasion, from your next fall brunch to a Halloween party, this coffee cake is easy to make and full of toasty fall flavors. You can prepare the brown sugar-pecan streusel, the filling, and even the maple glaze in advance to make pulling this cake together even more of a breeze once you’re ready to bake. Simply prepare each element in a bowl, tightly wrap each with plastic wrap, and stash them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use them. Just be sure to take the glaze out of the refrigerator as soon as you’re ready to start making the pumpkin coffee cake so that it has enough time to return to room temperature, and give it a few stirs to loosen it back up if need be.
Pumpkin-Spice Magic Cake
If you can't get enough pumpkin spice during fall, we have one more recipe you must try out. For our Pumpkin Spice Cake recipe, we combined silky flan with moist pumpkin spice cake and buttery caramel sauce in one incredible confection. We were inspired by a Mexican dessert called “impossible flan”. While it is not at all difficult to make, our Test Kitchen recommends using a light-colored Bundt pan for the best results. A dark-colored pan may get too hot and overbake the cake.
Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Tahini Glaze
What better fall-inspired dessert to make than this tahini-glazed pumpkin bundt cake. A medley of fragrant, ground spices enhance the rich sweetness of this incredibly moist bundt cake. Topped with a toasty, perfectly bittersweet tahini glaze, this easy to make and comforting fall dessert is the perfect centerpiece for your next dinner party, Halloween gathering, or special occasion.
Back in the Day Bakery Southern Pumpkin Pie
This pumpkin pie from Cheryl Day’s Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah, Georgia won high marks from our Test Kitchen for its richly spiced filling and tender yet crisp crust. Around Thanksgiving, Cheryl and her husband, Griffith, stock their cases with different varieties like Salted Caramel Apple and Cranberry-Orange Crumble.
Our Easiest Pumpkin Pie Ever
With just a 15-minute prep time, this really is the easiest pumpkin pie recipe! TIP: For a crisp crust (no more soggy bottom!), use a metal pie pan and pre-bake your crust with pie weights.
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.
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.
This quickbread couldn't be easier to throw together on a cool fall afternoon.
We use a mix of chocolate and cinnamon graham cracker crumbs here to give the crust a dark color with notes of chocolate and a little spice.
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
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.
Pumpkin Pound Cake with Buttermilk Glaze
If you’re looking for the perfect fall dessert, let the hunt stop here. This incredibly moist pumpkin pound cake is one of our favorite cakes of all time. Perfect for any fall festivities—Halloween, Thanksgiving, and beyond—this easy pumpkin cake delivers just the right amount of spice, balanced by the rich tang of buttermilk (in the mouthwatering glaze and the cake itself). A few smart swaps keep this tasty seasonal treat a bit lighter than a traditional pound cake, but you’re not likely to notice enjoying its perfectly sweet flavor and rich texture. Note: Draining the canned pumpkin before mixing it into your batter keeps you from adding too much liquid to the cake, so don't skip on this step.
Pumpkin Spice Fudge
We turned the classic pumpkin pie (and the trendiest of fall spice blends) into a tasty confection. Fudge doesn't require the tempering, rolling, and shaping of other made-from-scratch candies. If you don't have a candy thermometer, do the cold water test: Drop a small amount of the cooked sugar mixture in cold water. If it forms a soft ball, the mixture is ready for pouring into the prepared pan.
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.
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 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.
Pecan-Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
The distinctive flavor of pumpkin pie spice folded into a creamy cheesecake and baked into chewy brown-sugar bars makes for an extra-special autumnal treat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
Pumpkin Chai Pots de Crème
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.
Canned pumpkin adds both rich flavor and creaminess to this traditional Spanish custard, and toasted coconut adds even more sweetness.
Maple-Glazed Pumpkin-Cranberry Coffee Cake
This moist, pretty cake features your favorite fall flavors--warm spices, tangy cranberries, and sweet maple syrup.
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
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-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
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.
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
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.
This 5-star pumpkin bundt cake is extremely moist and has a somewhat healthy flair with the surprising addition of apples, cranberries, and nuts.
Ginger-Pumpkin Trifle with Vanilla Mascarpone Cream
Layers of pumpkin, mascarpone, crushed cookies, and a coffee mixture create this show-stopping holiday trifle.
White Chocolate-Pumpkin Pie Caramel Apples
The addition of pumpkin pie spice adds a unique flavor to traditional candied apples.
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
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
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
This Pumpkin Ice Cream Torte starts with a graham cracker crust and is topped with layers of pumpkin and vanilla-pecan ice cream.
Pumpkin Tart with Whipped Cream and Almond Toffee
Molasses and pumpkin pie spice give this elegant take on pumpkin pie its deep autumnal flavor. Buy one 29-oz. can of pumpkin for the recipe.
Make Ahead: Loosely wrap baked and cooled tiramisù in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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
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.
Pumpkin Pie Pudding
The addition of a can of pumpkin to blah pudding changes everything.
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.
Pumpkin lends a unique and mouthwatering spin to the classic custard layered dessert with a soft caramel top. This flan is convenient--it can be made in advance and kept refrigerated until ready to serve.
Black Bottom Pumpkin Pie
This show-stopping holiday pie gets its name from the rich layer of melted chocolate that's spooned over a buttery cinnamon graham cracker crust.