Pumpkin spice is like a consolation prize at the end of the summer. Leaves falling from the trees signal that PSL szn is upon us.
Girls during fall be like, "Oh my gourd, it's time to pumpkin all the things!" I, too, am 100% that witch. At our annual Pumpkin Party (not to be confused with a Halloween party or Friendsgiving), my girlfriends and I carve pumpkins, roast the seeds, and indulge in pumpkin-flavored confections. What follows is an array of such pumpkin recipes, all of which pair perfectly with these apple cider cocktails. Most of these recipes call for canned pumpkin, but just in case you want to DIY, here's how to make pumpkin purée from scratch.
A ribbon of decadent silky smooth pumpkin filling runs through two layers of rich, chewy, fudgy brownie in our pumpkin brownies. This easy recipe only calls for six ingredients: brownie mix, chocolate chips, cream cheese, 100% pure pumpkin, sugar, and of course, pumpkin pie spice. First, prep the brownie mix and stir in the chocolate chips (PS - If you aren't already adding chocolate chips to brownie batter on the regular, you're doing it wrong.). Then you blend the cream cheese with the pumpkin, adding sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Finally, layer the brownie batter, pumpkin mixture, and then more brownie batter and bake at 350 for about an hour.
Roll, roll, roll your pumpkin spiced cake with some silky cream cheese frosting and you'll have yourself a pumpkin roll that's dressed to impress.
Pumpkin is a type of winter squash, which makes it a fruit. This could be why many pumpkin recipes are sweet; however, this versatile gourd also has a savory side, like in our rich and creamy pumpkin soup. Caramelized onion, crisp, crumbly bacon, and nutmeg are the soup-er stars in this delightful fall fare. Speaking of soup, Gimme Some Oven's naturally vegan and gluten-free Thai curried pumpkin soup will warm you up nicely on a chilly day.
Fudge? Good. Pumpkin? Good. You can't go wrong with our pumpkin fudge. Our recipe uses a candy thermometer and cinnamon chips, but it includes workarounds if you can't get your hands on those particular items. Make it your own by adding nuts, spicing it up, or adding a fancy drizzle.
Even Muggles can make this popular pumpkin beverage, which is served at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Spicy and sweet, pumpkin juice is made with apple cider, pumpkin puree, sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla. No pumpkin pie spice on hand? No problem. Here's how to make your own pumpkin pie spice.
No pumpkin recipe roundup would be complete without the perfect pumpkin pie recipe for fall and this is the one pie to rule them all! Bonus points if you make your own crust. We also have a recipe for gluten-free crust if that's how you roll. Don't forget pumpkin pie's crowning glory—real whipped cream.
You butter believe this spread packs a punch of pumpkin! To make this delightful recipe, combine pumpkin puree with maple syrup, brown sugar, regular sugar, apple juice, ground ginger, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, salt, and lemon juice. Pumpkin butter is delicious on toast (especially cinnamon raisin bread), bagels, English muffins, or as a waffle or pancake topper. Or you could always put it on pumpkin muffins (see below) for double the pumpkin power.
Our healthy and tasty pumpkin muffins are made with almond flour so they are gluten-free, but you can sub all-purpose flour if you want. The recipe also recommends using vanilla bean paste, but an equal amount of vanilla extract will work in a pinch. Or, try these two-ingredient pumpkin muffins that combine spice cake mix and pumpkin puree.
Pass the pepitas, please! Packed with protein, fiber, and magnesium, pumpkin seeds make a nutritious and delicious snack. Simply scoop, rinse, and dry the seeds. Then, drizzle with oil, season to your liking, and bake at 300 degrees until seeds get nice and brown and crispy. Salt, cumin, and chili powder make a nice spice combo. For a sweet version, try cinnamon, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, or nutmeg.
Make some pumpkin pancakes, pretend like it's the weekend. This popular pumpkin pancake recipe from AllRecipes has thousands of ratings and still has 4.5 stars, so you know it must be a pumpkin-people-pleaser!
That's right, you can just roast pumpkin and eat it.
Crazy for Crust's pumpkin pull-apart loaf is sinfully delish and is easy to make since it starts with Pillsbury Grands Biscuits (homestyle or buttermilk, not flaky). A cinnamon-sugar glaze is the icing on the... loaf. If you like this, try Crazy for Crust's Easy Pumpkin Danish which uses another Pillsbury hack—crescent rolls!
There's a lot to this recipe for pumpkin spice buttermilk cake, but don't the words "cinnamon cream cheese frosting" make it sound worth it? Break out the Bundt pan and get baking!