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.
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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.