Pumpkin makes 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.
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
"When I was on a low-fat diet, I couldn't bear the thought of celebrating Thanksgiving without my favorite pumpkin pie," explains Fort Wayne, Indiana's Mary Alice Dick. "So I altered the ingredients and created this thick pudding instead. Now I can enjoy the dessert throughout the year."
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."
“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?
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
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