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Pumpkin Desserts

Pumpkin can be made into tasty treats for fall and holiday gatherings. From classic pumpkin pie to bread, cake, muffins, bars and cheesecake, browse our collection of pumpkin dessert recipes for endless inspiration.

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My birthday is in late November so my mom often morphed the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie into my birthday "cake" and had all the family sing for me. This is an update on her recipe, adding lots more of our mutual favorite ingredient, ginger. The pie's best after it's nice and chilled. Birthday candles optional. —Emily Tyra, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Pumpkin Fruitcake

Pumpkin Fruitcake

Pumpkin Fruitcake

I make this fruity cake many times during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. The moist cake has wonderful pumpkin flavor and is flecked with pecans, dates, raisins and cherries.—Janet Hradsky, Three Rivers, Michigan

Tapioca Pudding in Pumpkins

Tapioca Pudding in Pumpkins

Tapioca Pudding in Pumpkins

Dinner guests will love this unique dessert. If you really love pumpkin, scoop some out along with each spoonful of pudding. —Lesli Dustin, Nibley, UT

Walnut-Date Pumpkin Pie

Walnut-Date Pumpkin Pie

Walnut-Date Pumpkin Pie

I'm forever looking for a little something extra to add to a favorite recipe. In this case, crunchy walnuts and chewy dates take traditional pumpkin pie to a new level. —Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana
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Gingerbread & Pumpkin Cream Trifle

Gingerbread & Pumpkin Cream Trifle

Gingerbread & Pumpkin Cream Trifle

We wait for these flavors all year long. Stack up the layers in a big trifle bowl, or make minis for everybody at the table. —Amy Geiser, Fairlawn, Ohio

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Sauce

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Sauce

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Sauce

This old-fashioned treat is so warm and comforting on chilly evenings. Pumpkin gives it great seasonal appeal, and the white chocolate sauce makes it even more irresistible.—Shirley Glaab, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Quick Frozen Pumpkin Pie

Quick Frozen Pumpkin Pie

Quick Frozen Pumpkin Pie

“The holidays are the perfect time to try this quick twist on a traditional pumpkin pie,” suggests Marion Stoll, Dent, Minnesota. “I often make it ahead, so it goes from freezer to feast!”

Praline Pumpkin Pie

Praline Pumpkin Pie

Praline Pumpkin Pie

Meet the Cook: For me, baking is a relaxation rather than a chore. This is one of my favorites, a dessert I adapted from a neighbor's recipe for praline chocolate pie. The house my husband and I live in is in the suburbs, overlooking fields. -Sandra Haase, Baltimore, Maryland

Glazed Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Glazed Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Glazed Pumpkin Bundt Cake

"Our family grows lots of pumpkins, but I have to put dibs on some or the children will carve every one!" exclaims Margaret Slocum of Ridgefield, Washington. "I like to use them - or convenient canned pumpkin - in this moist cake."

Purple-Ribbon Pumpkin Cake

Purple-Ribbon Pumpkin Cake

Purple-Ribbon Pumpkin Cake

I belong to a Christmas village collectors' club and we all bring a potluck dish to our monthy meetings. The cake is always a hit. It's one of my family's favorite Thanksgiving desserts, too, and disappears before the pumpkin pie does. —Debby Powers, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Bread Pudding Pumpkin

Bread Pudding Pumpkin

Bread Pudding Pumpkin

When doing my fall decorating, I'm certain to set aside a few pumpkins for this unique dessert. It adds a festive touch to our Thanksgiving table. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

Chiffon Pumpkin Pie

Chiffon Pumpkin Pie

Chiffon Pumpkin Pie

For a lighter and fluffier version of than a pumpkin pie, try this delicious recipe. The gingersnap crust and pumpkin mixture compliment each other well.—Lynn Baker, Osmond, Nebraska
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