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Pumpkin Desserts

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.

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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

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
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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

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 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 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

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Traditional pastry crusts are loaded with fat, which makes pumpkin pie a rare treat for people watching their diet. This is a satisfying treat for everyone.—Thelia Busse, Cresco, Pennsylvania

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.

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."
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