One of the great thing about having a bunch of homegrown winter squash around is the sheer number of pumpkin puree dessert recipes available with which to use it all up.
Whether you have an entire can of pumpkin or some leftover pumpkin puree these easy recipes have plenty of inspiring ways to use it up.
Use these sweet treats for weeknight desserts, part of your holiday buffets, for bake sales, and more to make the most of pumpkin season.
Canned or Fresh?
These recipes will absolutely work with canned pumpkin puree from the grocery store.
However, don’t forget that you can make homemade pumpkin puree easily at home and any winter squash will work.
Have some canned pumpkin or other winter squash chunks in the pantry? Drain those jars well and puree the chunks to proceed with the recipes.
Our Favorite Pumpkin Recipes
Make any of these easy pumpkin recipes for fall flavor anytime of year.
Cookies & Bars
Pumpkin cookie variations abound and make for great handheld treats that also ship well in care packages and tuck delightfully into packed lunches.
The Best Soft Pumpkin Cookie Recipe Around
These soft pumpkin cookies are lightly spiced and moist making them great keepers and perfect for any fall buffet. Mix up the dough for these today and bake them up tomorrow or even later in the week for an easy and soft treat that is perfect for those weeks when time is especially crunched.
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Soft pumpkin cookies full of chocolate chips sandwich themselves around a creamy frosting for an amazing and over-the-top treat that is perfect for serving at birthday parties and more.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Hearty and chewy these cookies combine all the great flavors of oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies in one.
Pumpkin Coconut Macaroons
These gluten-free cookies are sweet and beautiful, dip them in chocolate for an extra special touch that is perfect for tucking into gift baskets.
So often pumpkin cookies tend to be soft because of the moisture content but if you're looking for something crunchy but still full of pumpkin flavor, give these amazing biscotti a try - perfect for dipping into your coffee or tea!
Fudgy Pumpkin Brownies
Pumpkin brownies are rich as one would expect from brownies but full of pumpkin as well for a treat that will satisfy both the chocolate and pumpkin lovers in your life.
Whether you're looking for a snacking kind of cake or a beautiful layer cake, we've got you covered in these amazing fall dessert recipes.
Chocolate Pumpkin Cake
Full of coffee and spice this bundt cake is one of the easiest pumpkin dessert recipes and is perfect for serving to all the pumpkin spice latte fans in your life.
Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Coffee Frosting
A moist simple cake made from simple ingredients that is frosted right in the pan for a quick and easy dessert that travels well to potlucks and events.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake
Make a towering and beautiful pumpkin layer cake as a perfect way to serve pumpkin as a birthday cake that is sure to impress.
Pumpkin Roll Cake
A moist pumpkin cake is rolled around a cream cheese filling in this delicious log cake.
Sourdough Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Use your sourdough starter in this pumpkin cake complete with cream cheese frosting for a perfect dessert that is slightly more nourishing.
Pumpkin works well in quick breads and yeasted delights alike making these bread recipes the perfect treats for brunch and beyond.
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread
Full of whole grain crunch and nuts this simple to make bread is great for serving at a brunch and isn't so sweet that it feels guilty to eat early in the day.
Homemade Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting
Soft, large, and fluffy with cream cheese frosting these cinnamon rolls are a treat everyone is sure to love.
Pumpkin Maple Scones
Pumpkin scones made with maple syrup are a great way to get classic fall flavors in an easy treat great for afternoon snacking, brunches, and lunch boxes, too!
Pumpkin Spice Soft Pretzels
Homemade soft pretzels full of pumpkin and spice and great for movie nights and simple snacking.
Make your own candy full of plain pumpkin puree for treats that are sweet and simple with these favorite recipes.
Chocolate Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie Truffles
Full of all the traditional pumpkin pie flavor everyone loves covered in chocolate and perfect for simple afternoon tea delights.
Vegan Pumpkin Pie Fudge
Naturally sweetened with dates and provides all the flavor and decadence you expect for the holiday season without any crazy sugar crashes later.
Of course, pumpkin pie and all of its many variations are amazing treats for any season.
Mexican Chocolate Spiced Pumpkin Pie
Get a spice filled pumpkin pie with this twist full of mexican chocolate in this easy to bake up treat perfect for holiday parties and more.
Pumpkin Pie Bars
Pumpkin Pie bars have a creamy pumpkin pie filling on top of an oat crust for a filling and decadent treat.
Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake with Oat Crust
A pumpkin Cheesecake recipe that comes complete with an oat crust and whipped cream topping for a delicious and over-the-top treat sure to please all the cheesecake fans in your life.
Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
Pumpkin chiffon Pie makes a fluffy pie for folks that want something a bit different than the more traditional and denser pumpkin pie.
Amish Pumpkin Pie
Use this amish pumpkin pie recipe for a fall staple that is full of pantry staples and simple ingredients for a truly amazing pie that will quickly become one of your favorite desserts.
Fresh pumpkin puree is already creamy and rich making it an ideal ingredient in puddings of all kinds.
How to Make Pumpkin Custard
This is a rich and creamy dessert that comes together easily for a treat you can feel good about serving.
Pumpkin Mousse is a creamy and fluffy dessert that has all the flavor of a classic pumpkin pie but skips the crust and is perfect for making ahead and serving to a crowd.
Pumpkin Creme Brulee
This looks like an incredibly difficult dessert to make and yet is simple and perfect for serving to a crowd, this recipe even skips the torch making it great for home bakers with limited tools.
Want to make something cold for hot days? Try one of these frozen pumpkin desserts for fall flavor with a cold twist.
Creamy pumpkin Popsicles
made with yogurt and granola and while can definitely be used as dessert, they're healthy enough to serve as a breakfast dish for a surprise sure to bring a smile to everyone's face.
Healthy Pumpkin Nice Cream
A great dessert that provides a creamy and lovely pumpkin treat that skips the dairy for folks who need that in their lives.
Pumpkin spice ice cream
This rich and creamy ice cream has pumpkin and spice for warming flavor in a frozen treat perfect for serving with your pumpkin cakes or cookies too.
Fill your mug or glass with pumpkin in these sweet and delicious homemade drinks for a fraction of the price at coffeehouses.
Thick and creamy this chocolate infused drink is perfect for taking the chill off cold afternoons in the fall season and beyond.
Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew
Pumpkin cold brew uses just a little pumpkin per serving making it a great way to use up any leftover bits from your can of pumpkin puree so that you waste nothing and can enjoy it in a variety of ways. This is a great treat that you can easily make at home for an afternoon pick me up and skip any dubious ingredients and expense at the cafe.
Healthy Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe
Make a smoothie full of pumpkin and your favorite fall spices for a healthy dessert to tackle any of those sugar cravings without going too over-the-top and filling yourself up at the same time.
Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini
Make a homemade pumpkin syrup for this fall inspired cocktail that is a perfect addition to your holiday parties.