30+ Pumpkin Desserts That Absolutely Scream Fall

updated Oct 16, 2023
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Credit: Photo: Shanika from Orchids + Sweet Tea

Peak fall means peak pumpkin season. By now, you’ve probably already sipped your fair share of pumpkin spice lattes, and while there are countless ways of preparing pumpkins—from stuffed pumpkins to pumpkin risotto to creamy pumpkin pasta—our main priority is currently pumpkin desserts. Orange-hued treats spiced with good things like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger (aka: the stars of pumpkin pie spice) are about as cozy as it gets right about now.

Pumpkin pie is a classic, although there’s also a lot to love about pumpkin-kissed cookies, bars, cakes, and no-bake treats. To help you revel in the season, we rounded up 34 can’t-miss pumpkin dessert recipes.

Pumpkin Packed Desserts

These pumpkin cookies, cakes, and more are here to satisfy all your fall cravings.

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Pumpkin Dip
When it comes to dippers, this sweet and slightly savory dip pairs well with a variety of snack favorites.
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin, warm fall spices, and chocolate are natural partners.

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Pumpkin Custard Recipe
Pumpkin custard is the ideal dessert for anyone who loves the filling in pumpkin pie.
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Pumpkin Chai-Spiced Monkey Bread
This sweet and gooey monkey bread comes loaded with pumpkin and chai flavors, and is sure to be loved by the entire family.
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
They’re everything you love about a classic chewy-yet-crisp chocolate chip cookie amped up with a generous amount of pumpkin and warm spices.
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Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
I like to think of this pumpkin cake as pumpkin bread‘s slightly fancier relative, complete with a swoop of tangy cream cheese frosting.
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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
Pillowy pumpkin rolls are swirled with a gooey spiced brown sugar and pumpkin filling, then topped with maple cream cheese icing.
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Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
While this recipe calls for bread flour, which lends a cake-like texture, all-purpose flour will work just as well.
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Pumpkin Magic Cake
This unique cake is thick at the bottom, rich and custardy in the middle, and moist and fluffy on top.
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Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
This clever twist on the classic cookie features pumpkin purée in the batter, which lends a pretty orange hue.
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Soft and Easy (Lofthouse-Style) Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
Soft and easy Lofthouse-style pumpkin cookies come together with just five ingredients, and are finished with cream cheese frosting.
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Easy, Foolproof Pumpkin Roll
This delicately sweet and warmly spiced cake tastes just as gorgeous as it looks and bakes up tender and moist. Here's a pumpkin roll that anyone can make!
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Pumpkin Bread Recipe
This moist and tender pumpkin bread is inspired by the one from Starbucks, and uses a full can of pumpkin.
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Easy 5-Ingredient Mini Pumpkin Pies
Ready to bake the cutest mini pumpkin pies? Here's how to do it!
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Pumpkin Banana Bread
Ripe, speckled bananas and earthy pumpkin give each spiced slice of this fall quick bread a moist texture and natural sweetness.
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Pumpkin Cookies Recipe
These soft and cakey cookies are made with pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice, and a spiced sugar coating.
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Pumpkin Bundt with Cinnamon Streusel and Salted Caramel

This cake is a triple threat with a moist pumpkin base, a sweet brown sugar streusel, and a generous pour of salted caramel sauce.

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No-Bake Pumpkin Desserts

Too lazy to even turn the oven on? We get it. These no-bake sweets are pumpkin-rich and oh-so tasty.

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Frozen 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter-Pumpkin Bites
You only need 3 ingredients for these frozen treats: chocolate-covered pretzels, pumpkin purée, and peanut butter!
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Pumpkin Spiced Peanut Butter Cups
Hiding inside these candies are a layer of pumpkin spiced peanut butter and pumpkin butter.
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Pumpkin Dessert Lasagna
Pumpkin dessert lasagna is an easy make-ahead dessert for any fall night.
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No-Bake Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake
These easy, single-serve pumpkin cheesecakes are perfect when you're looking to fulfill a craving but don't want to bake a whole cheesecake.
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Raw Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes with Coconut Vanilla Icing and Ginger Date Caramel
These raw spiced pumpkin cupcakes are filled with autumn goodness and yet are free of many allergens like grains, dairy, eggs, nuts, and refined sugar.
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Pumpkin Dessert Bars

Nothing against cookies, but we have a soft spot for dessert bars. These pumpkin bars are homey and sweet.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Cheesecake meets pumpkin pie, all layered on a classic graham cracker crust.
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Pumpkin Pie Bars
With just 5 ingredients, these pumpkin pie bars are easy to make and share.
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Chai-Spiced Pumpkin Bars
A blend of chai spices evoke pumpkin pie flavor, but are made a little more interesting with the inclusion of cardamom and a trace of black pepper.
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Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats
An easy recipe for Rice Krispies treats flavored with pumpkin purée and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.
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Pumpkin Pie with a Twist

Pumpkin pie is always welcome this time of year. While the classic will never get old, these twists are sure to become new favorites.

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie with Orange-Scented Crust
Made with a buttery, flaky orange-infused crust and topped with a creamy pumpkin-spiced filling, this recipe is a vegan take on a holiday mainstay.
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Crustless Pumpkin Pie
In lieu of crust, this crustless pumpkin pie gets its crunch from chopped candied pecans.
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Pumpkin Black Sesame Pie
Nutty black sesame makes this twist on a very traditional pie nothing short of a show-stopper.
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Ginger Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust
A new favorite take on pumpkin pie made with a graham cracker crust and a heaping spoonful of fresh ginger.
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Vegan Pumpkin Pie
This rich and creamy vegan pumpkin pie features an easy homemade coconut oil pie crust and silky-smooth vegan filling.
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Pumpkin Pie Mug Cake
This easy single-serve pumpkin pie mug cake is complete with a gingersnap crust and snappy spices.
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Deep-Dish Pumpkin Meringue Pie
Piped high with fluffy, toasted marshmallow-like topping, this deep-dish pumpkin meringue pie is an impressive twist on the classic.
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Pumpkin Slab Pie with Ginger-Pecan Streusel Topping
What's wonderful about slab pies is you don't even need a fork to eat them: Just grab a square with your hands!
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Maple Pumpkin Pie with Streusel Topping
Since this pie has oats in it, leftovers make for a totally acceptable breakfast, right?
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Pumpkin Cheesecake
The lively, familiar spices of classic pumpkin pie are balanced by the creamy goodness of a New York-style cheesecake.
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