When you think about fall desserts, one flavor always comes to mind: pumpkin. And with so many ways to indulge, there’s no better time to try out a new recipe. Add these to your holiday menu or make ’em on a random weekend — either way, you’ll be set to enjoy the season’s best offerings.
1. Pumpkin Spice Loaves
These loaves are delicious on their own, but when topped with a bourbon cream cheese glaze they’re totally irresistible. You can make a traditional 9″ x 5″ version, or make ’em mini so there’s no reason to share.
2. Pumpkin Spice Roll
A pumpkin spice cake rolled with honey cream cheese filling — sold! This recipe serves a whole crowd, so it’s perfect as a holiday dessert and easily customizable for the whole gang.
3. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
Combining pumpkin with chocolate is a match made in dessert heaven, especially when you have picture-perfect swirls to photograph before digging in. Send it over the top with a chocolate glaze drizzle that’ll make each bite achingly sweet.
4. Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes
This dessert can only be described as a pumpkin bread-donut hybrid. Make ’em in a mini muffin tin, then roll ’em in melted butter and cinnamon sugar. That’s it! (And yes, you should totally dig in for breakfast.)
5. Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta
Two words: Pumpkin. Pasta. This recipe shows off the gourd’s savory side with a delicious alfredo-esque sauce made from pumpkin purée and heavy cream that, trust us, is not something you ever want to resist.
6. Pumpkin Spice Buttercream
Give any cake (or cupcake!) some seasonal flair with a simple pumpkin spice buttercream. Major props if you have enough restraint to not eat it by the spoonful.
7. Pumpkin Pie
Ah, a classic. No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without this on the dessert table , and luckily you have two recipes to choose from.
8. Low-Fat Pumpkin Bread
Ditch the added oil and butter and make a healthy(ish) pumpkin bread. Whether you’re enjoying it for breakfast or dessert, this tasty recipe is easy to whip up any night of the week.
9. Chocolate Pumpkin Pie
Hey chocoholics, this one’s for you. Between the semisweet chocolate, cocoa powder and chocolate wafer crust, your sweet tooth is guaranteed to feel seasonally satisfied.
10. Lighter Pumpkin Pie
You know that after-feast bellyache that’s all too common post-Thanksgiving? Avoid making it worse — yet still enjoy a delicious dessert — with these lighter versions of a classic pumpkin pie.
11. Pumpkin Popcorn
Say hello to the perfect snack for cozy movie nights. Simply mix melted white chocolate with pumpkin purée, drizzle it over freshly popped popcorn and sprinkle with a pumpkin spice blend. Y-U-M.
12. No-Crust Pumpkin Pie
Crust-lovers, keep scrolling — this pie is all about that filling. The recipe contains more flour and baking powder than traditional pumpkin pie, which forms a natural crusted edge around the dessert.
13. Pumpkin Crème Brûlée
Meet the recipe that takes pumpkin pie and turns it fancy. This autumnal twist on the French favorite is so smooth and silky, it’s worth the extra equipment you’ll need to make it.
14. Cranberry Pumpkin Rolls
These rolls have everything — they’re bringing the fall pumpkin flavor, they’ve got sweet bites of cranberry and they look gorgeous on your plate.
15. Pumpkin Pecan Bread PuddingJust when you thought bread pudding couldn’t get any better, you add a seasonal twist. Between the pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice and crunchy chopped pecans, this recipe is nothing but a *chef’s kiss*.
16. Pumpkin Pie Bars
With all the flavor of a pumpkin pie and none of the mess, these bars are a win-win. They’re so shareable they’ll disappear from your serving platter, so be sure to grab one (or three) ASAP.
17. Pumpkin Pie Croissants
These might look like ordinary croissants, but they’re filled with a surprise pumpkin filling. Bonus: they’re crazy easy to make and pair wonderfully with your morning cup of coffee.
18. Pumpkin Curd
This sweet-and-spicy treat is smoother and lighter than pumpkin purée, but doesn’t skimp on any flavor. Plus, you can enjoy it with any of your favorite sweets — ice cream, biscuits, scones, you name it!
19. Pumpkin Spice Cookie Cake
Is it a cookie or a cake? Answer: both! These oversized pumpkin spice cookies are stacked on top of each other and filled with layers of cream cheese frosting to create a mouthwatering dessert.
20. Pumpkin Spice Latte
Skip the long lines and save money by DIYing a beloved PSL in your own kitchen. Bonus: you don’t need any fancy coffee equipment to keep your mug filled!