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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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Pumpkin Mousse in a Pumpkin

Pumpkin Mousse in a Pumpkin

Pumpkin Mousse in a Pumpkin

Rich and creamy, this mousse is a real showstopper when served in a hollowed-out pumpkin. The presentation is sure to impress. —Taste of Home Cooking School

Gingersnap Pumpkin Cake

Gingersnap Pumpkin Cake

Gingersnap Pumpkin Cake

On the first day we had cool weather since all the summer heat, we were getting together with friends. I made this pumpkin cake because I could feel fall in the air. —Koni Brewer, Fort Worth, Texas

Nutty Pumpkin Cake Roll

Nutty Pumpkin Cake Roll

Nutty Pumpkin Cake Roll

Roll out this well-rounded dessert from June Mullins - and get set to harvest plenty of compliments. "It earns me rave reviews whenever I serve it," attests the Livonia, Missouri mom. "My youngest daughter shared the recipe with me. It's a hit at her house, too."
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Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

My family always asks for these cupcakes once fall starts. We just love the flavors of cinnamon and cloves—the shining stars in this dessert. —Melissa Story, Trego, Wisconsin

Pumpkin Cream Trifle

Pumpkin Cream Trifle

Pumpkin Cream Trifle

“This showstopper dessert relies on convenience foods for speed, but the taste says: ‘I slaved’,” says Gayle Holdman of Highland, Utah. “It’s perfect for entertaining because it’s quick, make-ahead, so delicious and feeds a crowd. I’m always being asked for the recipe.” GAYLE’S TIP: Try changing the cake, pudding or topping flavors for endless variations. Examples? Chocolate cake with white chocolate pudding and crushed peppermint candy. Or white cake with lemon pudding and blueberries. Or chocolate cake with butterscotch pudding and toasted coconut and pecans…see what I mean?

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Pumpkin Spice Cake

We sometimes call this Thanksgiving Cake because it's a tasty alternative to pumpkin pie, but we don't relegate it to just that holiday. I think you'll agree it's delicious any time of the year.—Kathy Rhoads, Circleville, Ohio

Contest-Winning Eggnog Pumpkin Pie

Contest-Winning Eggnog Pumpkin Pie

Contest-Winning Eggnog Pumpkin Pie

This family favorite is a combination of our favorite holiday flavors. With its flaky crust, creamy filling and crunchy topping, it's the perfect finale to a special meal.—Lyn Dilworth, Rancho Cordova, California

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

“My 2-year-old son, Joshua, especially likes testing—or should I say consuming— these chunky cookies!” writes Johna Nilson of Vista, California.

Pumpkin Bars with Browned Butter Frosting

Pumpkin Bars with Browned Butter Frosting

Pumpkin Bars with Browned Butter Frosting

I based this recipe on one my grandmother used to make—so sweet memories are baked into every bar. When making the frosting, carefully watch the butter and remove it from the heat as soon as it starts to brown. Do not use margarine.—Mary Wilhelm, Sparta, Wisconsin

Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Sauce

Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Sauce

Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Sauce

If a recipe has pumpkin in it, it's likely I'll enjoy it! This one resulted when I added my favorite key ingredient to an old recipe for spice cake that I had. Everyone who's tried it has enjoyed it. —Roberta Peck, Fort Hill, Pennsylvania

Pumpkin Custard

Pumpkin Custard

Pumpkin Custard

THIS DESSERT is a refreshing departure from pumpkin pie, but it has the same good old-fashioned flavor. I like to make custard. It's a cinch to prepare even on your busiest days and especially good after a hearty holiday meal, when just a touch for the sweet tooth is all you need. -Andrea Holcomb, Torrington, Connecticut
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