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35+ Best Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

Recipe By Tessa Arias
October 21st, 2020

Celebrate fall with the best pumpkin dessert recipes! We’ve got every pumpkin spice dessert you could ever crave from cakes, cheesecakes, cookies, pumpkin pies, pancakes, you name it!

Fall is in full swing, and life has been full of all things pumpkin spice as of late! Though it doesn’t fully cool down here in Phoenix until around November, if I blast the air conditioning and bake some of my favorite pumpkin dessert recipes, it really starts to feel like fall.

I’ve compiled some of my favorite PUMPKIN dessert recipes from the Handle the Heat archives and from my favorite trusted bloggers all below. I’ve organized the pumpkin treats by different categories to make it easy to find just what you’re craving.

So whether you’re finding a recipe to bring to a Halloween potluck or party, a new family favorite, or a delicious crowd-pleaser dessert for Thanksgiving, you’ll definitely find something delicious below.

Which homemade pumpkin recipe will you make first?

Fresh Vs. Canned Pumpkin: Which is Best?

Ever wondered if there is a difference between fresh and canned pumpkin? There absolutely is, and I’ve performed side-by-side testing for you. Check out my whole post covering this topic here.

How to Make Pumpkin Puree

Did you know you can make your own homemade pumpkin puree using sugar pumpkins? Watch the how-to video below to see.


Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake features a moist sour cream pumpkin cake loaded with brown sugar streusel and topped with a maple glaze. Such a family favorite!

Pumpkin Breakfast & Brunch Recipes

Waking up in the morning is a lot easier when you have a delicious homemade breakfast to look forward to ;). Here are the best pumpkin breakfast recipes! These easy recipes are perfect to serve for a crowd for a special fall or Thanksgiving morning.

Delicious Ways to Serve Pumpkin with Breakfast:

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake from Handle the Heat

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins from Handle the Heat

Pumpkin Old Fashioned Doughnuts from Handle the Heat

Pumpkin Scones from Handle the Heat

Pumpkin Cheesecake Snickerdoodle Muffins from Handle the Heat

Baked Pumpkin Nutella French Toast from Handle the Heat

Pumpkin S’mores Pancakes from Handle the Heat

Pumpkin Coffee Cake Donuts from Baker by Nature

The Best Pumpkin Bread from Sally’s Baking Addiction


Brown Butter Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are CHEWY (not cakey) pumpkin spice cookies loaded with tons of caramelized butterscotch flavor and gooey chocolate chips. A fall favorite!

Homemade Pumpkin Cookies

It isn’t fall without pumpkin cookies! Here are the most delicious pumpkin cookie recipes. Brown butter, oatmeal, sugar cookies, snickerdoodles – everyone will love something from this list.

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Cookie Recipes:

Brown Butter Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies from Handle the Heat

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (not cakey!) from Handle the Heat

Pumpkin Spice Cut Out Cookies from Baker By Nature

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Baker By Nature

Cinnamon Chip Pumpkin Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction

White Chocolate Pumpkin Snickerdoodles from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Soft Glazed Pumpkin Sugar Cookies from Lauren’s Latest


Pumpkin chocolate cheesecake being cut into squares

Pumpkin Cakes, Cupcakes & Cheesecakes

There is something so magical about using pumpkin in cake and cupcake recipes. It makes the cake ultra moist and each bite practically melts in your mouth! And if you haven’t tried a good pumpkin + cheesecake combination before, you need to ASAP.

Delicious Pumpkin Cakes, Cupcakes & Cheesecakes:

Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars from Handle the Heat

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake from Handle the Heat

Easy Pumpkin Cake with Whipped Ganache from Handle the Heat

Pumpkin Cheesecake Streusel Bars from Handle the Heat

Creme Brule Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars from Handle the Heat

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting from Baker By Nature

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bundt Cake from Sally’s Baking Addiction


Slice of easy pumpkin pie on a plate with a dollop of whipped cream on top

The Best Pumpkin Pie Recipes

Pumpkin pie doesn’t have to be bland or boring! Here are the very best homemade pumpkin pie recipes that are sure to impress on your holiday dessert table.

How to Make the Best Pumpkin Pies:

Easy Pumpkin Pie from Handle the Heat

No-Bake Pumpkin Mousse Pie from Handle the Heat

Frozen Pumpkin Pie from Handle the Heat

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie from Baker By Nature

Chai Pumpkin Pie with Maple Whipped Cream from Half Baked Harvest

Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie Pumpkin Pie from Half Baked Harvest

Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie from A Cozy Kitchen


Sliced pumpkin bar on a plate with brown sugar frosting on top

Unique Pumpkin Recipes

Here are a few more delicious pumpkin dessert recipes that don’t quite fit into our other categories, but I absolutely do not want you to miss out on.

The Best Unique Pumpkin Goodies:

Pumpkin Bars with Brown Sugar Frosting from Handle the Heat

Pumpkin Bread Rolls with Cinnamon Butter from Handle the Heat

Pumpkin Cookie Butter Truffles from Handle the Heat

Pumpkin Hand Pies from Handle the Heat

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Handle the Heat

Whipped Cinnamon Pumpkin Butter from Handle the Heat

How to Make Pumpkin Roll from Sally’s Baking Addiction


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35+ best pumpkin desserts

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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