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Having a pumpkin dessert on the table during the holidays is practically a requirement when you’re entertaining, but not everyone always wants the classic pumpkin pie. Get inspiration with these ideas to make scrumptious pumpkin desserts that are not pie!
Luckily, pumpkin is a versatile ingredient that’s perfect for showcasing in other types of sweet treats. In this collection of recipes, you’ll find delicious pumpkin desserts in the form of cakes, puddings, bars, ice cream, cupcakes, doughnuts, no-bake refrigerated treats, and more.
And you may be surprised at how good pumpkin actually is for you. It’s full of fiber and has lots of great nutrients. I think it’s really yummy too. We love to use our leftover porch pumpkins from our fall decor to make our own pumpkin puree and freeze it in one-cup servings to use in food throughout the year. It’s easy to do and tastes far better than the store-bought canned stuff. And of course, it’s amazing in pie too! This impossible crustless pumpkin pie is my favorite!
But back to the not-pie pumpkin desserts. The good news is, there are a lot of other dessert options out there that can give you the pumpkin flavor you love, just not in pumpkin pie form. Yup, easy pumpkin dessert recipes come in all forms, from cookies to cheesecake to bars to no-bake desserts! If you are looking for fall without the spice, check out our fall desserts that are NOT pumpkin spiced too. Now let’s get to the pumpkin stuff!
It can be both fun and challenging to get adventurous with your pumpkin pickings. And you can still throw in some classics if you’re wanting tradition. Trust us, we are as addicted to a pumpkin spice latte as the next person. But this time around, we’re also looking for ways to bring added flair to our pumpkin dishes.
Pumpkin Desserts that are NOT Pie!
Not everyone always wants pumpkin pie, but the classic pumpkin flavors are always appreciated. Check out these pumpkin desserts that are not pie.
Thick, chewy, spicy pumpkin cookies covered in a luscious creamy frosting.
Perfect for fall, these pumpkin spice donuts are loaded with flavor, and fried to perfection!
Warm tender spiced cake with crumble topping. Full of pumpkin flavor.
Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake - Sally's Baking Addiction
Cheesecake swirled with a delectable pumpkin puree mixture makes a beautiful autumn dessert that's sure to be appreciated. It all sits on top of a gingersnap cookie crust. The cheesecake mixture is topped with dollops of the pumpkin mixture before being swirled throughout with the help of a knife. Serve well chilled with a topping of whipped cream and caramel sauce.
Chocolate Pecan Pumpkin Roll Cake Stuffed with Cream Cheese Filling
This always impressive pumpkin roll will be ready to take center stage on your holiday dessert table with this delicious recipe that adds chocolate chips to a basic pumpkin cake recipe. It all starts in a jelly roll pan, is baked, and then topped with a cream cheese mixture before being rolled into a log-style cake form. Chill it well before slicing to reveal the pretty swirls.
Pumpkin Delight - Graham cracker crust, pumpkin spice, Cool Whip! YUM!
This lush dessert is a layered effort that's literally a pumpkin-flavored delight! It's a no-bake treat that sits on
a crust of graham cracker and chopped pecans. Pile on a sweetened whipped cream cheese layer followed by a pumpkin layer. Finish it with a layer of whipped topping and garnish with chopped pecans. Refrigerate until well chilled.
Pumpkin Magic Cake
You'll love how simple pantry ingredients morph into a delectable pumpkin cake with the help of your
oven. Mix together a boxed cake mix and pour a pumpkin mixture over it before sliding it into the oven to watch the magic happen. The layers will reverse themselves as the cake bakes, leaving you with a delicious cake that you can top with a pudding frosting. It's fun, it's simple and perfect for the holidays!
Best Pumpkin Mousse Recipe for Fall
Creamy, smooth, and full of pumpkin puree and spiced goodness, this mousse is flavored with vanilla and maple syrup. Heavy cream and cream cheese keep it rich while vanilla pudding helps it stay smooth and thick. It's easily blended with a hand mixer before chilling in the fridge until ready to serve. A dollop of whipped cream or crushed gingerbread cookies would be the perfect topping.
Incredible Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze
Bundt cakes are always a lovely dessert and here, this homemade pumpkin cake batter will bake beautifully in the cake pan of your choice. Peaks and valleys in the design of the pan will make the easy cream cheese glaze drip into a beautiful design that will have everyone waiting for you to slice this delicious masterpiece and serve it!
Pumpkin Ice Cream
It might be chilly outside but that shouldn't stop you from making and enjoying this autumn-inspired ice cream! It's a churned recipe that starts on your stovetop with a rich custard infused with pumpkin puree and spices and is finished in your ice cream machine. It's a delicious alternative to pumpkin pie.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crumb Cake
A sugary streusel topping offers a satisfying crunch to this pumpkin cake with a delectable cream cheese layer baked right in. The easy pumpkin puree cake batter is topped with a sweetened cream cheese layer. Add the brown sugar and spiced streusel and bake to delectable perfection. It's the perfect coffee cake to make for the autumn season.
Pumpkin Chocolate Brownie Loaf
While it's called bread and it's baked in a loaf pan, it's really a pumpkin dessert with a swirl of brownie batter inside. And bonus - it's easy to make! You can even take it up a notch and bake it in a Thanksgiving embossed loaf pan with seasonal and harvest indentions to give it an artful look. Either way, you'll love the pumpkin and chocolate flavors and the pretty swirl inside!
Pumpkin Crunch Cake
Up-level a box of yellow cake mix with pumpkin puree and cozy spices for an easy baked dessert. But don't stop there, add a buttery chopped pecan streusel topping to make it a delicious fall dessert that's perfect for the holiday season.
Pumpkin Chia Pudding
Pumpkin pudding gets a healthy smattering of chia seed for a delectable treat that's perfect for breakfast or snack time. Pumpkin puree is spiced with cinnamon, and sweetened with maple syrup and mixed with coconut milk. Add in almond butter and chia seeds for a rich flavor. Refrigerate to let it chill and to help the chia seeds absorb. Super healthy and delish!
Pumpkin Layer Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting | Pumpkin Recipe
When you need a showstopper cake for your autumn dessert table, this 3-layer pumpkin cake is
it! The homemade pumpkin cake batter is spiced to perfection with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. After it's baked and cooled, frost the 3 layers with cinnamon whipped cream cheese frosting. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon for an irresistible garnish.
Salted Caramel Pumpkin Panna Cotta
This elegant panna cotta dessert is a pumpkin and salted caramel effort that's sweet, creamy and delicately spiced. Make it ahead and let it chill in individual glass serving dishes so it's ready to go when dinner is over. The homemade salted caramel sauce is made and goes in the dishes first, topped by the pumpkin custard mixture. it's a swoon-worthy dessert that's ready to impress.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
Chocolate chips join with pumpkin in this cupcake batter that bakes to seasonal scrumptiousness. The homemade batter is full of real pumpkin puree for spectacular flavor. Once baked and cooled, frost
them with a homemade chocolate buttercream frosting. These cupcakes are perfect for fall parties and celebrations like Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake
Take that gooey sugar and spice sweetness of cinnamon rolls and combine it with pumpkin for a fall dessert that's easily made in cake form. The pumpkin cake is garnished with brown sugar and
cinnamon topping and then drizzled with a powdered sugar glaze. Bake it in a casserole dish and consider serving it as a brunch option or saving it for dessert.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Easier than a pumpkin pie or a cheesecake, these pumpkin cheesecake bars are just as tasty and
enjoyable. A graham cracker crust holds the sweetened cream cheese layer that's followed by a spiced pumpkin puree mixture. Bake until set. Refrigerate them overnight and add the homemade whipped topping before serving.
Pumpkin Spice Cake
This impressive cake is actually super simple to make. The homemade pumpkin batter is baked in two
8-inch round cake pans. Once cooled, cut each horizontally to create 4 thin cake layers. To frost, make the maple cream cheese whipped frosting. Ice between each layer and on top, leaving the sides unfrosted. Garnish the top with chopped pecans.
Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Muffins Recipe
If you love snickerdoodle cookies, you'll want to up-level classic pumpkin muffins with a
cinnamon sugar mixture for a mashup recipe that everyone will enjoy. These muffins are perfect for making ahead and freezing so you'll always have a stash ready when you need sugary cinnamon and pumpkin treat.
Homemade pudding made with real pumpkin puree gets spiced to scrumptiousness and whipped to creaminess before being topped with whipped cream. It's worth it to take the time to make this homemade
version that can't be replicated with a boxed mix. Smooth and creamy, the pumpkin spiced flavors will be enjoyed in every spoonful.
Pumpkin Fudge Brownies.
Fudgy brownies take on pumpkin in this seasonal edition of everyone's favorite chocolate dessert. The
homemade brownie mix is already rich, but the addition of cream cheese and spiced pumpkin puree layer make it an irresistible treat for fall celebrations.
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