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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 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

Pumpkin Mousse Trifle

Pumpkin Mousse Trifle

Pumpkin Mousse Trifle

You can speed up this recipe by using a store-bought pound cake or baking and freezing one ahead of time. The sugared pecans can also be prepared in advance and stored in an airtight container.—Becky McClaflin, Blanchard, Oklahoma
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Pumpkin Pecan Bites

Pumpkin Pecan Bites

Pumpkin Pecan Bites

This recipe makes a lot, so I like sharing the bite-size treats at potlucks. To easily frost them, try putting the frosting in a pastry bag and piping it on top of the cupcakes. —Carol Beyerl, East Wenatchee, Washington

Spiced Pumpkin Mousse

Spiced Pumpkin Mousse

Spiced Pumpkin Mousse

“Kids love to dip into this pumpkin mousse!” Gingersnaps add crunch to this creamy, smooth-as-silk mousse that’s spiced just right. —Lara Pennell, Mauldin, South Carolina

Streusel Pumpkin Pie

Streusel Pumpkin Pie

Streusel Pumpkin Pie

Basic pumpkin pie is good, but we think this dressed-up version is even better. Plenty of pecans add a nutty crunch to the pastry and the streusel topping. It's a perfect dessert for Thanksgiving or any time you want to end a dinner with something special. -Bertha Johnson, Indianapolis, Indiana

Pumpkin Fudge

Pumpkin Fudge

Pumpkin Fudge

Every Thanksgiving I look forward to the taste of pumpkin. This fudge lets me do that and every one loves it.—Marlene Fudge, Rushville, Indiana

Frost-On-The-Pumpkin Pie

Frost-On-The-Pumpkin Pie

Frost-On-The-Pumpkin Pie

Like the spices in traditional pumpkin pie? Then try this tasty twist from Tammy Covey of Huntington, Arkansas. "Most people make this cool fluffy version for the holidays, but I think it's wonderful anytime of year," she says.

Frosted Pumpkin Cranberry Bars

Frosted Pumpkin Cranberry Bars

Frosted Pumpkin Cranberry Bars

With tangy dried cranberries tucked inside and a creamy brown butter frosting, these mildly spiced pumpkin bars are doubly delightful. It's a good thing the recipe makes lots, because once you taste one, you won't be able to resist going back for more! -Barbara Nowakowski, Mesa, Arizona

Maple Pumpkin Torte

Maple Pumpkin Torte

Maple Pumpkin Torte

This pumpkin dessert always gets rave reviews. When people ask where I bought the cake, I smile and say that it was made with love in my own kitchen. —Dianna Wara, Washington, Illinois

Pumpkin Cookies with Penuche Frosting

Pumpkin Cookies with Penuche Frosting

Pumpkin Cookies with Penuche Frosting

Packed with the flavors of Christmases past, these pumpkin drop cookies with caramel frosting are simply scrumptious and as much a part of our holiday as mistletoe and carols! They are a great way to use our home-canned pumpkin.
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