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BEST Pumpkin Recipes

 Pumpkin recipes are the best way to kick off fall. From sweet pumpkin waffles and pies to savory pumpkin soup, these seasonal dishes will help you celebrate autumn’s flavors.

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Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

Fall is finally here, which means I’m craving ALL the apple desserts, soup recipes and delicious pumpkin recipes. I am obsessed with all of the warm fall flavors and get in the baking mood as soon as the cooler weather hits. I just love this time of year!

Pumpkin. Yum. There is something so ridiculously delicious and comforting about the taste of pumpkin in the fall and I’ve honestly been waiting not-so-patiently for the moment when I wouldn’t get the crazy look from my husband for starting to use pumpkin in my baking.

Well, ladies and gents, the time has come and to fuel my fall baking, I’ve rounded up this amazing list of my favorite pumpkin recipes that are easy, delicious and full of pumpkin flavor. Most of these are pumpkin desserts, because let’s be honest, aren’t they just the best?! But you can’t forget breakfast and savory pumpkin recipes too!

Pumpkin Puree vs. Pumpkin Pie Filling

As you glance through pumpkin recipes you may see a variety of ways that pumpkin as an ingredient is listed! Here is the difference between raw pumpkin, canned pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie filling.

  • Raw pumpkin. This is fresh pumpkin squash! Most recipes won’t call for this as it is easier to work with pumpkin puree.
  • Pumpkin puree. This refers to cooked pumpkin that is cooked and pureed. You can make your own pumpkin puree or buy it canned in the baking aisle. Unflavored pumpkin puree is most often called for in pumpkin recipes.
  • Pumpkin pie filling. This is sweetened pumpkin puree that also includes pumpkin spices. Read labels when shopping so you don’t accidentally pick up pumpkin pie filling when you need plain pumpkin puree!

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Sliced pumpkin muffins.

Pumpkin Recipes + Muffins

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
This easy 30-minute pumpkin muffin recipe is the BEST! They're soft, moist, and loaded with delicious cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 ¾ cups (230 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (use 2 teaspoons if you like extra spice)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil , or melted coconut oil
  • ¼ cup apple sauce (I use a 3 ounce pouch)
  • 2 large eggs , whisked
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional mix-ins: 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans


    • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a muffin pan with liners or spray with nonstick spray.
    • Whisk the flour, sugar, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
    • Stir in the pumpkin, oil, eggs and vanilla until and mix just until combined. Do not overmix. Add in any mix-in's like chocolate chips if desired.
    • Add the batter to the prepared muffin pan using a large cookie or ice cream scoop. Fill the liners 3/4 the way full.
    • Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack. Serve with butter if desired.


    Storing & Freezing: Store the muffins in an airtight container for up to 3 days for freeze for up to 3 months. 


    Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 249mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 3217IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: bread
    Cuisine: American

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    Pumpkin Cookies + Bars

    One of my favorite things to bake are cookies, so you better believe I have a bunch of delicious pumpkin recipes that are cookies in my arsenal. Whether you’re topping them with frosting or adding in lots of chocolate chips, you’re bound to love any from this list.

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    Iced Pumpkin Cookies
    Melt in your mouth soft pumpkin cookies topped with rich caramel icing. Simply the best pumpkin dessert out there and a must-make this fall!
    Total Time: 50 minutes
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    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
    These are the absolute BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! Soft, moist and loaded with fresh pumpkin flavor and sweet chocolate chips. This is one of my most requested recipes and gets rave reviews every time! 
    Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
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    Slice of a pumpkin bar with cream cheese frosting.
    Pumpkin Bars
    A super soft pumpkin spiced sheet cake topped with a delicious creamy topping is perfect for a fall treat. These are the BEST pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting! 
    Total Time: 45 minutes
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    Pumpkin snickerdoodles on a white plate.
    Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
    Soft and chewy pumpkin snickerdoodles loaded with white chocolate chips and cinnamon sugar. All of the best fall flavors in one deliciously baked cookie!
    Total Time: 40 minutes
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    Pumpkin whoopie pies on a cooling rack.
    Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
    Two super soft pumpkin spice cookies sandwiched between a delicious and creamy maple frosting. You'll be making these amazing pumpkin whoopie pies all season long!
    Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
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    Pumpkin Blondies
    These pumpkin blondies are everything I love about fall. They are thick, chewy, and soft all at the same time and have the perfect hint of pumpkin spice and chocolate in every bite!
    Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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    Stacked pumpkin cake mix cookies with chocolate.
    Pumpkin Cookies with Cake Mix
    These pumpkin cookies with cake mix are made with only 3 ingredients in just 20 minutes! They are so soft and fluffy. They are the perfect easy dessert to make this fall.
    Total Time: 20 minutes
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    Pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies on cooling rack.
    Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are the perfect fall treat. They're simple yet made with real pumpkin, oats, coconut oil, and chocolate chips. They're the perfect easy snack or dessert!
    Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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    Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
    Soft, moist, and completely addictive are what these soft pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting are! Homemade cookies are made with simple ingredients and the essence of fall in every bite.
    Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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    Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
    Soft pumpkin oatmeal cookies made with old-fashioned rolled oats, real pumpkin, and pumpkin spice with extra cinnamon. These hearty flavorful cookies are a must-make!
    Total Time: 25 minutes
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    Pumpkin pie bar with whipped cream on top.
    Pumpkin Pie Bars
    A buttery shortbread crust topped with a creamy filling made with real pumpkin and classic pie spices. These pumpkin pie bars are the shortcut to pumpkin pie you've been waiting for!
    Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
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    Pumpkin Bread + Muffins

    There’s not a fall season that passes where I don’t make some sort of pumpkin bread. I especially love these pumpkin recipes because you can make one to enjoy now and then freeze another for later. Or make them into muffins for the perfect grab and go breakfast, snack or dessert!

    sliced pumpkin bread
    Pumpkin Bread
    Soft and moist pumpkin bread filled with delicious fall flavors. A classic fall recipe that will become one of your favorites! 
    Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
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    Sliced chocolate chip pumpkin bread on parchment paper.
    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
    Moist and soft pumpkin chocolate chip bread loaded with flavor. A delicious fall recipe that the whole family will love!
    Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
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    Sliced pumpkin cream cheese bread on parchment paper.
    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread
    This pumpkin cream cheese bread is a delicious dessert to make this fall! It has the perfect amount of pumpkin spice flavor with an amazing cream cheese filling.
    Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
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    Best pumpkin chocolate chip muffins in a pan.
    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
    Easy pumpkin chocolate chip muffins made in just one bowl in 30 minutes. Moist, fluffy and bursting with chocolate chips. These make the perfect breakfast, snack or dessert!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Sliced pumpkin banana bread on parchment paper.
    Pumpkin Banana Bread
    Soft and moist pumpkin banana bread full of amazing pumpkin spice flavor. This is the perfect quick bread to make during the fall season! 
    Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
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    Pumpkin muffins made with a cake mix in muffin pan.
    Pumpkin Muffins with a Cake Mix
    These pumpkin muffins with a cake mix make the perfect fall treat. This recipe is made with only 3 ingredients and so easy to make!  
    Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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    crumb muffins on white plate
    Pumpkin Crumb Muffins
    These moist pumpkin crumb muffins are made with cinnamon, applesauce and pumpkin spice. Bonus points for a mouthwatering (and slightly addictive) crumb topping. They are the perfect grab-n-go snack!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Pumpkin muffins on a white plate.
    Best Pumpkin Muffins
    This easy 30-minute pumpkin muffin recipe is the BEST! They're soft, moist, and loaded with delicious cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Good luck stopping at just one!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Pumpkin Cakes + Cupcakes

    Nothing beats a warm slice of pumpkin cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some caramel sauce. And if you’re not in the mood for something warm, any of these recipes taste delicious cold too!

    A piece of pumpkin coffee cake on a white plate
    Pumpkin Coffee Cake
    A moist pumpkin coffee cake topped with a delicious brown sugar streusel and maple glaze. This amazing fall dessert is seriously divine! 
    Total Time: 50 minutes
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    piece of pumpkin bundt cake on a white plate with a fork
    Pumpkin Bundt Cake
    Soft and moist pumpkin bundt cake topped with a rich cream cheese frosting. This easy and delicious cake makes a great fall dessert!
    Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
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    Slice of pumpkin dump cake on a plate.
    Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe
    This pumpkin dump cake is a simple fall dessert with layers of creamy pumpkin spiced filling and sweet crumble topping that preps in minutes.
    Total Time: 40 minutes
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    A piece of pumpkin cake on a plate with ice cream on top
    Pumpkin Crunch Cake
    This pumpkin pie crunch cake is perfect for pumpkin lovers everywhere! Delicious layers of brown sugar crumb cake and pumpkin pie filling baked together. Top with pecans, vanilla ice cream and salted caramel for the best ever fall treat.
    Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
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    pumpkin cheesecake with whipped cream on top
    Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
    Silky smooth pumpkin cheesecake with a flavorful gingersnap crust. This is the ultimate dessert recipe to make this fall season!
    Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
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    easy pumpkin roll recipe
    Pumpkin Roll Recipe
    Make a festive, flavorful pumpkin roll recipe this fall with a few simple ingredients. This homemade pumpkin roll will become your new favorite dessert for all your fall gatherings.
    Total Time: 40 minutes
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    Pumpkin cupcake on a cake stand.
    Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
    Light and tender pumpkin spice cupcakes with a rich and sweet maple cream cheese frosting. This pumpkin cupcake recipe is easy to make and full of delicious fall flavor!
    Total Time: 40 minutes
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    Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake
    This light, tender, and flavorful pumpkin cheesecake is so simple and easy to make. It's bursting with pumpkin flavor and has a smooth, velvety texture. 
    Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
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    Easy Pumpkin Recipes

    If you know me, you know easy recipes are kind of my thing. So of course I’m going to give you guys some of my favorite easy pumpkin recipes. A few of these are no-bake desserts, which makes them even easier!

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    Homemade Pumpkin Pie
    This homemade pumpkin pie is super smooth and velvety with the perfect blend of spices. An easy and delicious holiday dessert that will be the star of your Thanksgiving dinner! 
    Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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    bowl of pumpkin cheesecake dip with caramel drizzled on top
    Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip
    Creamy pumpkin cheesecake dip that whips up easily in 5 minutes! The perfect no-bake appetizer or dessert for any fall party!
    Total Time: 35 minutes
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    Pumpkin lasagna with bite taken on a white plate.
    Pumpkin Lasagna Dessert
    Pumpkin cheesecake lasagna filled with a graham cracker crust, pumpkin cheesecake filling, whipped cream and chopped pecans. The perfect fall dessert that's great for a crowd!
    Total Time: 1 hour
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    spoonful of pumpkin pie spice
    Pumpkin Pie Spice
    Homemade pumpkin pie spice made with just 4 simple ingredients. Easy to make, inexpensive and tastes delicious in all your favorite fall treats! 
    Total Time: 5 minutes
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    pumpkin puree in glass bowl
    Homemade Pumpkin Puree
    The easiest foolproof method to making the smoothest pumpkin puree using just a small sugar pumpkin and a bit of salt!
    Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
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    spoonful of pumpkin crisp in white dish
    Pumpkin Crisp
    Pumpkin crisp is made with the classic flavors of a pumpkin pie and the simplicity of a crisp. Topped with a sweet cinnamon streusel topping, this easy dessert is sure to please any crowd at your next holiday party!
    Total Time: 45 minutes
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    Pumpkin Recipes for Breakfast

    Dig in with any of these delicious recipes on a cool fall morning. Don’t forget to add a drizzle of cinnamon syrup on top of the pancakes and waffles. Seriously, what dreams are made of!

    pumpkin spice pancakes with syrup
    Pumpkin Pancakes
    Soft and fluffy pumpkin pancakes full of pumpkin spice flavor! The perfect breakfast for fall that's ready to go in just 20 minutes! 
    Total Time: 20 minutes
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    Pumpkin Waffles
    Easy pumpkin waffles that are light, crisp, tender and full of pumpkin spice flavor. The perfect sweet breakfast idea to indulge in this fall!
    Total Time: 15 minutes
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    glazed pumpkin scones stacked on a plate
    Pumpkin Scones
    Soft pumpkin scones drizzled with a homemade spiced glaze. Everything nice about fall packed into a perfectly baked scone!
    Total Time: 55 minutes
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    rolled pumpkin crepes with whipped cream
    Pumpkin Crepes
    These pumpkin crepes are filled with a cream cheese filling and with pumpkin spice flavor in every bite. They make the perfect fall breakfast to cozy up with on a crisp, fall morning.
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Pumpkin cinnamon rolls in a white baking dish.
    Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
    Add some warmth to your chilly fall mornings with a batch of homemade pumpkin cinnamon rolls. These fluffy rolls swirled with a buttery, cinnamon sugar and pumpkin spice filling topped with a maple glaze can be made ahead and frozen for months!
    Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
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    Savory Pumpkin Recipes

    Pumpkin also tastes delicious in savory recipes, too! It adds a hearty texture and pairs well with so many different spices. If you’ve never made a savory recipe with pumpkin before, one of these are a great place to start!

    Pumpkin chili in a white bowl with cheese and sour cream on top.
    Pumpkin Chili
    This easy pumpkin chili is comforting, filling and full of fall flavors. A savory pumpkin dish that you'll want to enjoy all season long! 
    Total Time: 1 hour
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    roasted pumpkin seeds
    Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
    The perfect way to use up leftover pumpkin seeds after carving your Halloween pumpkin! Roast with your favorite spices and seasonings to create a delicious and flavorful snack. We can't get enough of these roasted pumpkin seeds!
    Total Time: 1 hour
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    Pumpkin soup in a pumpkin bowl with pumpkin seeds on top.
    Pumpkin Soup
    Thick, creamy, and infused with soul-soothing warm spices, this creamy pumpkin soup with canned pumpkin is a one-pot recipe that will feed and nourish your entire family quickly and easily!
    Total Time: 25 minutes
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