12 Sweet Recipes to Use Up Leftover Pumpkin Purée

12 Sweet Recipes to Use Up Leftover Pumpkin Purée

Kelli Foster
Nov 1, 2015
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The next time you find yourself with just a tiny bit of leftover pumpkin purée, think twice about tossing it. You'd be surprised (and thoroughly delighted) by what you can whip up with even just a few spoonfuls.

From homemade pumpkin spice lattes to smoothies to mug cakes, these 12 recipes rely on no more than a single cup of pumpkin purée.

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1. Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

These pancakes boast all the warm, spiced flavors you love about pumpkin pie — in breakfast form. They're best eaten piled high with a thick pat of butter and warm maple syrup.

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2. Baked Pumpkin Steel-Cut Oatmeal

This is fall breakfast at its finest: thick, rich, and full of chewy pearls of oatmeal, plus the flavors of pumpkin and warm spices.

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3. Pumpkin-Chocolate Chunk Pancakes

It's time to up the ante on weekend brunch. Transform classic buttermilk pancakes into a seasonal treat with a few scoops of pumpkin purée and chocolate chunks tossed into the batter.

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4. Pumpkin Pie in a Mug

With a gingersnap crust and snappy spices this pumpkin pie mug cake feeds just one person: you! Make it in the microwave and you'll be eating pumpkin pie in just 10 minutes.

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5. Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

Upgrade the classic snickerdoodle for fall with the cozy flavor of pumpkin.

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6. Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie treats are classic crowd-pleasers. Be prepared for this version, filled with pumpkin and warm autumn spices, to fly off the plate even faster.

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7. How To Make Halloween Pumpkin Cookies

These pumpkin sandwich cookies hit all the delicious marks — they're made with both real pumpkin and pumpkin spice, they're perfectly soft, and they sandwich quite nicely with chocolate frosting.

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8. Pumpkin Swiss Cake Roll with Hazelnut Buttercream

Still hunting for the perfect dessert to crown your holiday table? This stunning pumpkin roll with a dreamy Swiss meringue buttercream delivers big on taste and packs an eye-pleasing punch.

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9. How To Make Pumpkin Spice Lattes

'Tis the season! Skip the line at Starbucks and make a spicy, frothy pumpkin spice latte at home.

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10. Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes with Vanilla Icing & Ginger Caramel

Talk about a scrumptious fall treat! These raw spiced pumpkin cupcakes are filled with autumn goodness, and topped with coconut-vanilla icing and ginger-date caramel.

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11. No-Bake Pumpkin Crème Brûlée

For those times you need a last-minute dessert, this adaptation of no-bake crème brûlée, with pumpkin, spices, and a crackling top of burnt sugar, will win you big points.

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12. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

This seasonal, pumpkin-based smoothie is sweetened with dates and enriched with coconut milk for a luscious, vegan treat. Have it for dessert or even breakfast (we won't tell!).

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