Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

This Thanksgiving, pie is just the beginning. Try a tantalizing spin on fall's favorite squash with these sweetly spiced treats.

Pumpkin Pie Icebox Cake

This chilled dessert is perfect for Thanksgiving or any day you're craving seasonal flavors. It comes together quickly, thanks to the use of prepared pumpkin pie puree, which is already sweetened and requires no additional spices. Prepare the pie one day ahead to allow the crust time to become tender.

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Pumpkin Sticky Buns with Pecan Bourbon Caramel Goodness

Hedy Goldsmith describes her sticky buns as “rock your world” delicious. She suggests baking them in oversized muffin trays to ensure their shape will remain intact.

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Pumpkin Pie Cookies

These one-bite treats pack all of the flavors of fall into a single crisp cookie. Hedy Goldsmith gives her filling a kick by spiking it with bourbon and a bit of sour cream.

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Spiced Bourbon Pumpkin Milk Shake

As Alie and Georgia suggest, over the holidays, “give thanks that bikini season is six months away.” There’s no better way to celebrate than with these super-rich, bourbon-infused milk shakes. Drink up!

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Sweet Pumpkin Strudel

Michael Symon's flaky phyllo strudel features a pumpkin filling that's made extra rich with cream cheese, brown sugar and warm spices. Top the golden rolls with turbinado sugar and chopped pecans for crunch. 

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Pumpkin Cheesecake

The earthy sweetness and custard-like texture of pureed pumpkin lends itself beautifully to this silky fall-flavored cheesecake. For a nice contrast, add a candied almond crunch and a dollop of amaretto whipped cream on top.

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Pumpkin Chai Lollipops

What could be more festive than a pumpkin pie on a stick? Bake these grab-and-go treats to lend instant holiday cheer to your house (their seasonal spices will waft through your kitchen for hours).

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Spiced Pumpkin Cake with Creamed Cheese Frosting

This rustic-looking cake may not be the most glamorous dessert on your dinner table, but its ultra-moist texture and rich flavor can't be beat.

Get the Recipe: Cissy's Spiced Pumpkin Cake with Creamed Cheese Frosting

Throwdown Pumpkin Pie

Bobby Flay adds heavy cream and Grade B maple syrup to create a fluffy, rich texture and deeply flavorful filling in his holiday pie. A scraped vanilla bean adds an extra hint of sweetness.

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Mini Pecan Pumpkin Pies

Sunny's hybrid recipe shrinks the classic pecan and pumpkin pies into single snack-size hybrid bites. Crushed pecans are incorporated into the pie dough itself, which holds a vanilla-spiked pumpkin filling.

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Mini Pumpkin Churros-Chocolate Coffee Dipping Sauce

This fried Mexican street food deserves a spot on any holiday table –– it’s festive and indulgent. Bobby Flay adds pumpkin puree to his dough, which instantly transforms them into Thanksgiving fare.

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Pumpkin-Cranberry Scones with Whipped Maple Butter

Bobby Flay's moist buttermilk scones make a festive addition to the fall table; they are studded with plump cranberries and candied ginger for a sweet-tart contrast.

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Spiced Pumpkin Crumb Cake

Kelsey's cake will surely go fast, with three decadent layers of spongy cake, spiced pumpkin filling, and a crumbly topping flecked with ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Spicy Caramel Apple Sauce

Build layers of flavor with this decadent bread pudding, starting with fall-spiced pumpkin bread and bourbon-spiked custard. Spicy star anise- and ginger-infused caramel sauce pair perfectly with a sweet vanilla bean creme anglaise.

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Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without a slice of perfectly spiced classic pumpkin pie.

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Caramelized White Chocolate and Pumpkin Cheesecake

What these pies lack in size, they make up for in creativity. Brian and Michael Voltaggio pressure-cook white chocolate in a vacuum-sealed bag before whipping it with heavy cream to caramelize. Butternut squash puree is used in place of pumpkin to create an unusual but pleasantly complex flavor.

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Pecan Pumpkin Crunch

Not hosting this year? Aida's easy pecan-topped pumpkin cake makes a great take-along treat.

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Pumpkin-Spiced Donuts

Frying makes everything better — including pumpkin pie. This has all the flavor of the traditional Thanksgiving dessert, but it delivers it in a fun form (with buttermilk icing, no less!).

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Pumpkin Cake

Laura Calder's simple cake contains rum-spiked pumpkin or butternut squash puree, lightened wth airy whipped egg whites. Serve it with cinnamon-flecked whipped cream for the perfect fall treat.

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Alton's Pumpkin Bread

With just 20 minutes of prep, it doesn't get much easier than Alton's sweet-savory pumpkin bread studded with toasted pumpkin seeds.

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Pumpkin Butter

If you're craving a slice of pumpkin pie but require a sensible swap, choose this pumpkin butter slathered on an English muffin instead. Despite its name, there's actually no butter involved, as the dessert-inspired flavors stem from maple syrup and warm spices.

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Pumpkin Stracciatella Gelato

"Stracciatella" means "little rags" in Italian, and it refers to the shards of pure chocolate in this amazing gelato. You can make and eat this the same day, but it’s better when chilled overnight.

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Whoopie pies aren't just for summer — this autumn version features creamy maple-marshmallow filling sandwiched between super-soft pieces of pumpkin cake.

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Pumpkin Spice Cake

While browning the butter for this cake makes it taste richer, you can skip that step to save time. This full-flavored cake keeps well for up to three days, making advance prep a cinch.

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Spiced Heirloom Pumpkin Pie

Fluffy orange flower meringue adds tang to this nicely spiced take on pumpkin pie.

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Pumpkin Mousse

Francophiles, take note: This rum-spiked dessert will instantly give your Thanksgiving table a French attitude. Make it the night before serving so the mousse has time to set.

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Warm Pumpkin Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Cream

Why should pie have all the fun? These single-serving puddings (they’re baked in muffin tins) are laced with tangy buttermilk and flecked with dried cranberries. The final dish looks like you've put in much more effort than is actually required: It comes together in just under an hour.

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Pumpkin Roll Cake

A clean kitchen towel works wonders to get a tight, even roll on this delectable toffee-filled cake.

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