25 Pumpkin Dessert Recipes, Including Everything from Pies to Cheesecake
Pumpkin recipes are synonymous with fall foliage, warm spices, and two of our favorite holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving! From pumpkin cakes and pies to icebox pies and ice cream sandwiches, we're sharing a selection of tasty pumpkin dessert recipes that will carry you through fall.
When shopping for pumpkin in the grocery store, choose canned pure pumpkin rather than pumpkin pie filling; pumpkin pie filling contains sugar, flavor, and other additives which can affect the flavor and texture of your own pumpkin dessert recipe. You can also make pure pumpkin purée using fresh pumpkin; the kind you find in the store is simply cooked and puréed raw pumpkin, so it will add natural flavor, moistness, and color to your recipes.
Of course, we have pumpkin pie recipes that turn the volume up on this timeless fall dessert. One deep-dish version is topped with a big mound of whipped cream; another takes a page out of crème brûlée's book with its caramelized sugar topping.
Pumpkin makes a delicious addition to other classic desserts, including cheesecake, carrot cake, and snickerdoodles. And we can't forget about pumpkin bread, either. It's a classic for a reason—it's moist, full of warmth from cinnamon and nutmeg, and easy to prepare. Want to make a truly easy, crowd-pleasing pumpkin dessert? How about pumpkin bars, which are similar to a sheet cake and just as delicious.
No matter which pumpkin dessert recipe you choose to slice or scoop and serve first, we have a feeling you'll be making all of these fall dessert recipes over and over again.
Deep-Dish Pumpkin Icebox Pie
Create the sweetest pumpkin patch ever! Garnished with handmade marzipan pumpkins, these moist cupcakes are perfect for Halloween parties at school or work.
Perfect Pumpkin Pie
Citrus-Glazed Pumpkin-Carrot Cake
Pumpkin Crunch Pie
Pumpkin Roulade with Mascarpone and White Chocolate
Pumpkin Cheesecake Crunch Bites
Pumpkin-Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwiches
Deep-Dish Pumpkin-Meringue Pie
Pumpkin-Chocolate Whoopie Pies
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread
Brûléed Pumpkin Pie
The secret to making cheesecake that's free of cracks is baking at a low temperature and letting it cool in the oven without opening the door. This spiced pumpkin cheesecake uses a traditional graham-cracker crust, but feel free to create variations by adding chopped pecans or pumpkin seeds, or substituting gingersnaps or chocolate wafer cookies for the graham crackers.
Mile-High Pumpkin-Pecan Pie
An instant classic, this delicious hybrid is both impressive and irresistible, you'll want to make it again and again.
Pumpkin Cream Pie
Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins
Pumpkin Layer Cake
Pumpkin Icebox Pie
Maple Pumpkin Tart
Pumpkin Pie with Graham Crust and Candied Pepitas
Just a little different, that's this subtly spicy pumpkin pie. Either roasted-sugar-pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin can be used to make the filling. It's poured into a press-in graham crust made with whole-wheat flour, ground pepitas (pumpkin seeds), brown sugar, and a touch of cinnamon. The candied pepitas that top the pie are seasoned with a pinch of cayenne pepper.