40 Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

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Pumpkins hit a lot more differently when the Halloween and Thanksgiving season arrives. To make the most of them, I bring to you spectacular pumpkin dessert recipes that you can try this season not only to delight your guests but also your tastebuds!

40 Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

Whether it’s the best pumpkin soup or a scoop of pumpkin ice cream, there are so many creative ways to turn your pumpkins into a great fall meal. But for me, out of the thousands of pumpkin recipes out there, pumpkin dessert recipes top the list for me. So, I bring to you some delicious treats this season that will surely make your trick-or-treaters fall in love with you.

All the pumpkin dessert recipes mentioned in this article are easy to make and taste as good as they look. You will find a mix of bite-sized pumpkin dessert recipes and some full-fledged pumpkin recipes that are fit to serve a large gathering. Either way, your guests are totally going to love them.

Moreover, this list of pumpkin dessert recipes is a mix of no-bake and baked goods. So, there’s something for everyone to enjoy making. Come, let’s find out the best pumpkin dessert recipes for you!

1. Pumpkin Cheesecake Pops 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pops 

Pumpkin cheesecake pops are every kid’s delight and an amazing party table snack. It’s super easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious. All you have to do is bake a cake or get one pre-made from the store. Mix in some cream cheese frosting and roll them into small balls. Once the cake pops are chilled in the refrigerator, coat them with the white or dark chocolate of your choice. And there you have the most delicious bite-sized cakes ever. If you wish to get more creative with them, you can also turn them into Halloween-themed desserts using some DIY ideas. 

2. Pumpkin Creme Brulee

Pumpkin Creme Brulee

A decadent French dessert, creme brulee is an absolutely delightful dessert to end a meal with. But when you have the pumpkin season on, turn your basic creme brulee into Pumpkin creme brulee by using some pumpkin puree.

This dessert is decadent, luscious, and full of fall flavors. Moreover, it looks beautiful with its golden yellow colors topped with caramelized sugar. This fall dessert takes only 50 minutes to make and uses ingredients like whipped cream, eggs, pumpkin puree, ground cinnamon, and sugar for caramelization. Try out this pumpkin creme brulee recipe, and thank me later.

3. Pumpkin Waffles 

Pumpkin Waffles 

Start your day with some waffles but fall style. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside these pumpkin waffles are full of warm spices and delicious pumpkin flavors. 

This recipe takes 10 minutes to prepare. You can also prepare a batch ahead of time and freeze them for later. All you will have to do is toast them up a little before having them, and they will taste as fresh. To make these waffles even more delicious, you can pair them with a scoop of ice cream, yogurt, fresh fruits, bacon, sausage, or ham. 

4. Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

 Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

Pumpkin and chocolate are a match made in heaven. They are moist and incredibly delicious. If you love the flavors of pumpkin pie, you will absolutely love these pumpkin pie brownies. This pumpkin dessert recipe comes together in 45 minutes. 

To make this pumpkin dessert, you will need ingredients like all-purpose flour, sugar, cocoa powder, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, butter, chocolate chips, eggs, baking powder, salt, and vanilla extract. Be careful not to over-mix the batter, and be free to use as many chocolate chips as you like.

5. Peanut Butter Pumpkin Fudge

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Fudge

Love a good fudge? Try this peanut butter pumpkin fudge recipe to satisfy your fudge cravings. This five ingredients recipe comes together in a few minutes and forms a rich, creamy fudge. You will need white chocolate, peanut butter, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract. But while making this recipe, make sure to use pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie mix. You can store the peanut butter pumpkin fudge in an airtight container for a few weeks.

6. Pumpkin Dip

Pumpkin dip

Dips and chips are a stunning party starter, but what if I tell you that instead of a savory dip, you can make a sweet dip? Rich and creamy, the pumpkin dip is a 5 minutes recipe that requires no oven to prepare and tastes incredible. The base of the pumpkin dip is cream cheese, and it’s flavored with pumpkin puree, spices, sweetener, and vanilla extract. You can also replace cream cheese with coconut cream.

The pumpkin dip can be served with graham crackers, sliced apples or bananas, gingersnaps, pretzels, or vanilla wafer cookies.

7. Pumpkin Mug Cake

Pumpkin Mug Cake

Mug cakes are one of the easiest cakes to make that come together in no time. They are perfect for those late-night cravings. This pumpkin mug cake recipe takes less than 5 minutes. All you gotta do is whisk in a few ingredients, pour it into your mug of choice, and put it in the microwave. Once baked, you can serve it with a scoop of ice cream or a cool whip. 

8. Pumpkin Cobbler

Pumpkin Cobbler

If you enjoy a variety of textures in your desserts, then you must try this pumpkin cobbler recipe. Here you have a pumpkin layer that goes into the bottom of the dish, then comes a crunchy, buttery, cinnamon-flavored crust. This dessert smells no less than any Fall-scented candle.

To make this pumpkin dessert, you will need pumpkin puree, eggs, sugar, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. To make the topping, you will need cake mix, butter, sugar, cinnamon, and pecans. 

9. Pumpkin Tarts

Pumpkin Tarts

A tender pastry with a delicious filling is a dream one-bite dessert that fits perfectly for any meal. So, try out the pumpkin tarts made with cream cheese as the star ingredient and flavored with pumpkin pie spice. The topping features marshmallow creme, pecans, and cream cheese. Try out this recipe and tell me how it was!

10. Pumpkin Chocolate Chips Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chips Cookies

Cookies are a great tea, coffee, or milk pairing. So, this Halloween and Thanksgiving season, try out the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies that contain all the delicious pumpkin flavors and decadent chocolate chips and have a soft, cakey texture. 

The pumpkin chocolate chip cookies come out fresh out of the oven in 30 minutes. You can serve these cookies for every trick or treat that knocks at your door or place it in holiday goody bags.

11. Pumpkin Pudding

Pumpkin Pudding

Puddings are personally my all-time favorite dessert. They come out so beautifully in many flavors. So, for the Halloween and Thanksgiving seasons, try out a pumpkin pudding recipe with pumpkin pie spice flavors oozing out of it. 

This recipe is incredibly easy to make. It comes together in 5 minutes. Then you have to refrigerate it for at least an hour before serving. And do you know what the best part about it is? You can top it with plenty of toppings that can give this pumpkin dessert a lot of textures. You can top it with whipped cream and sprinkle some pumpkin pie spice, or add granola, nuts, graham crackers, chocolate chips, rice Krispies, and whatever you like. 

12. Pumpkin Ice Cream

Pumpkin ice cream

One pumpkin dessert that is sure to vanish in minutes is pumpkin ice cream. So, make sure to make some extra. To make pumpkin ice cream, you need some whipped cream, canned pumpkin, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, vanilla extract, ground cloves, and salt. All you have to do is combine all these ingredients and leave them to freeze for 2-4 hours. 

13. Pumpkin Spice Muffins

pumpkin spice muffins

A good muffin can start the day on the right note. But when fall arrives, it’s only wise to have muffins flavored with pumpkin. So, if this is what you have been looking for, try out the pumpkin spice muffins recipe that is moist, flavorful, and absolutely divine.

To make this pumpkin dessert recipe, you only require 45 minutes. This recipe is made using ingredients like all-purpose flour, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, sugar, egg, vanilla extract, baking soda, and powder. And this is not all. You can also top these pumpkin spice muffins with a cinnamon sugar topping!

14. Pumpkin Scones

pumpkin scones

Scones are a best friend of coffee on a crisp fall morning. Turn them into the theme of the season by trying out this pumpkin scones recipe. These scones are soft and flaky in the center, crisp on top, and crumbly at the corners. As for the flavors, they are the perfect blend of sweetness and spice.

To make pumpkin scones, all you need is 45 minutes. This pumpkin dessert recipe also features a divine maple glaze. Take out your aprons and bake away these delicious scones. 

15. Pumpkin Pecan Pie 

pumpkin pecan pie

Pies to me scream holidays. So, for me, the holiday season is incomplete without them. If you also believe in the same logic, then try out the pumpkin pecan pie recipe that features a creamy filling and a chewy pie crust. 

To make pumpkin pecan pie, we begin by making the dough for the crust. We then prepare the filling made with ingredients like eggs, pumpkin, syrup, sugar, cream, cinnamon, and nutmeg. And then comes the crunch pecans toppings prepared using ingredients like eggs, pecans, sugar, and syrup.

16. Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Pumpkin chiffon pie

Homemade pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving and holiday season classic. But let’s make way for its fancy cousin – pumpkin chiffon pie. As the name suggests, this pie recipe is super light and fluffy. And it features a contrasting texture of the buttery and crisp graham cracker crust. This beauty features ingredients that include pumpkin puree, heavy cream, milk, sour cream, eggs, spices, and gelatin.

17. Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin bread pudding

Bread puddings taste divine. So, there is no reason to make it once during the holiday season. And it makes all the more sense to bake it when you can incorporate pumpkins into it. 

To make pumpkin bread pudding, you have to line up a baking dish with bread cubes and pour the pumpkin and spice mixture over it. Pop it in the oven and have the most incredible pumpkin dessert recipe in less than an hour. 

18. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

pumpkin whoopie pie

Whoopie pies are always a hit amongst kids. So, make a twist in your regular whoopie pie recipes by adding pumpkin to the whoopie batter. This pie is filled with a luscious cream cheese filling. This recipe comes together in 30 minutes. 

19. Pumpkin Trifle

pumpkin trifles

Trifles are the ultimate party dessert that is loved by all. They are easy to put together, look great, and taste absolutely delicious. If you are looking for a party dessert to make this Halloween, try out the pumpkin trifle recipe, which is high on great flavors.

To make a pumpkin trifle, you will need to prepare a pumpkin cheesecake layer, whipped cream layer, cookie pies, and crumbs. You can also get more creative by adding some granola or nuts in between the layers.

20. Pumpkin Spice Latté Tiramisu

pumpkin spice latte tiramisu

Why stick to a regular tiramisu when you can turn it into a spectacular pumpkin dessert with fall flavors? Sounds interesting? Try out this luxurious Pumpkin Spice Latte Tiramisu that features layers of fluffy pumpkin mousse, coffee-soaked ladyfingers, whipped cream, and plenty of pumpkin spice.

This pumpkin dessert recipe features Mascarpone cream, pumpkin puree, and whipped cream to create an airy mousse, coffee-and-liqueur-soaked ladyfingers, and a dusting of cinnamon and chocolate shavings. Did I mention this is a no-bake recipe?

21. Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

pumpkin sugar cookies

If you are on the lookout for an easy yet fall flavor sweet treat, try out the pumpkin sugar cookies. They are soft and tender on the inside and crisp on the outside. What makes this recipe extra special is its topping. Once the cookies are done, you can top them up with a delicious cream cheese cinnamon-flavored frosting.

22. Pumpkin Custard

pumpkin custard

Another creamy pumpkin dessert recipe, pumpkin custard, is a pure delight. It is a great alternative to making a full-fledged pumpkin pie. This recipe packs the goodness of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. While the pumpkin custard is smooth and creamy, the topping gets a crunch with a generous sprinkle of pecans. This recipe takes 1 hour and 10 minutes to make. But it’s worth all your time.

23. Pumpkin Cheesecake 

pumpkin cheesecake

Love cheesecake for every occasion? Well then, I have the perfect pumpkin cheesecake recipe for you with all the fall flavors. Here you get a spiced graham cracker crust, a creamy pumpkin filling, and a dollop of whipped cream to finish off this dessert. You can also serve this pumpkin cheesecake with vanilla ice cream or slatted caramel.

This pumpkin cheesecake recipe takes one hour to bake. You will end up with the most delicious dessert ever.

24. Pumpkin Roll

pumpkin roll

Remember how you used to get excited upon receiving cake rolls as kids? Well, why not prepare them with all the pumpkins this season has to offer? To make pumpkin rolls, you will have to prepare a sheet cake and cream cheese filling. Once both are done, the cream cheese filling is spread over the cake, and it is rolled to form the pumpkin roll

25. Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

pumpkin snickerdoodles

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles are a fun spin on the regular Snickerdoodles. These cookies are soft, chewy, and buttery. You need a handful of ingredients that include pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. It is finally dusted with a sugar and cinnamon mix. 

I like this recipe because it’s super easy to make. You can also prepare the cookie dough ahead of time and freeze it to make cookies later.

26. Pumpkin Spice Cereal Treats

pumpkin spice cereal treats

Make the best use of cereals by converting them into pumpkin spice cereal treats. These sweet treats are perfect for breakfast time, as a dessert, or even for festive treats. To make pumpkin spice cereal treats, you need some crispy rice cereals, marshmallows, pumpkin pie spice, and food colors. This easy pumpkin dessert recipe takes 40 minutes to prepare.

27. Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

pumpkin  cinnamon roll

The pumpkin cinnamon rolls are perfect for holiday brunch or an afternoon treat. These rolls contain real pumpkins in the dough and pumpkin pie spice. Finally, they’re topped with maple cinnamon cream cheese icing. This recipe takes a little more time than the others as the dough needs to be allowed some time to rise. But the end result is what dreams are made of. You can try out this recipe for Halloween or Thanksgiving. And if it wins your heart, try adding it to your menu all through the year.

28. Pumpkin Meringue Pie

baked meringue pie

Looking for a way to take your pumpkin pie to the next level? Top it up with meringue to make a pumpkin meringue pie. To make this pumpkin dessert, all you need to do is make a traditional pumpkin pie and top it up with meringue. But the whole expertise comes down to preparing a perfect meringue to achieve lofty heights. This dessert looks quite exclusive when made in miniature form.

29. Pumpkin Leche Flan

pumpkin leche flan

Convert the traditional Philippine dessert by adding pumpkin pie flavors. To make this pumpkin dessert, we prepare a pumpkin Leche flan using pumpkin puree and spices. The flan is topped with a gorgeous caramel sauce. This recipe takes 1 hour to prepare. It’s silky smooth in texture and tastes divine. 

30. Baked Pumpkin Churros

baked pumpkin churros

Churros are one of the most delicious sweet treats that you can indulge in. This Spanish dessert is a crispy fried pastry that is eaten by dipping it into chocolate sauce. But we will turn the basic churros into a Halloween and Thanksgiving dessert by adding canned pumpkin and spices. Moreover, while the traditional dishes are deeply fried, these pumpkin churros are baked. You can serve this incredible pumpkin dessert with hot fudge sauce or salted caramel sauce.

31. Pumpkin Pie Parfait


Love parfaits? Try out this Pumpkin Pie Parfait that packs the sweet and spicy flavors of pumpkin pie, the creamy texture of pudding, and the crunch from its topping. This recipe comes together in 10 minutes, and it can be served in many ways. Try it out, and thank me later!

32. Pumpkin Apple Pie

Pumpkin Apple Pie Recipe

One more recipe that can level up your traditional pumpkin pie is Pumpkin Apple Pie. This dish is a single-crust dessert infused with flavorful pumpkin and apple filling. The pumpkin pie filling provides a smooth and creamy texture, and the apple filling provides a delightful bite. You can serve this pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Looking for a touch of extra sweetness? Try drizzling some salted caramel sauce.

33. Pumpkin Truffles

Pumpkin Pie Truffles recipe

Truffles are a gorgeous sweet treat to brighten up a day. But this festive season, we can turn them into pumpkin flavors in the most incredible way.

The pumpkin pie truffles are made with pumpkin puree, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cream cheese, spice, and salt. They are then dipped in white or dark chocolate. You can make these truffles one day before serving. They can be kept refrigerated for a week. These truffles turn out to be a crowd-pleaser.

34. Pumpkin Pie Crunch

Pumpkin Pie Crunch Recipe

When layers of cake and pumpkin pie filling are baked together, you get a delicious pumpkin pie crunch. This pumpkin dessert recipe is basically a cross between pumpkin pecan cobbler and pumpkin pie. To make this dish, we start by making the pumpkin pie crunch mixture and adding the cake mix. Before putting it in the oven for baking, it is topped with a layer of pecans. This dessert can be served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

35. Pumpkin Streusel Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Streusel Cheesecake Bars Recipe

The pumpkin streusel cheesecake bars taste heavenly. This recipe comes with the goodness of pumpkin flavors.

Pumpkin streusel cheesecake bars are easy to make. We begin by preparing a graham cracker crust, then the streusel topping and pumpkin filling. Assemble all these ingredients and bake them. The leftover bars can be refrigerated for about a week. While making this recipe, be sure to read the label and get 100% pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling.

36. Pumpkin Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Pumpkin sopapilla cheesecake bars is another cheesecake recipe that comes with a layer of Spanish fried donut delicacy sopapilla.

To make this dessert, we use two layers of sopapilla flavored with cinnamon, between which comes a creamy layer of cream cheese. This stunning dessert is crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside.

37. Pumpkin Pie Mousse

Pumpkin Pie Mousse Recipe

Try another spin on the pumpkin pie with this ultra-luscious pumpkin pie mousse recipe. This recipe is basically a different way to serve the traditional pumpkin pie flavors. Instead of a traditional pumpkin pie, the flavors come packed in a melt-in-your-mouth pumpkin pie mousse made with pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree. 

This mousse is super easy to make and can be dressed with a variety of toppings. You can also serve it in a different way by using ramekins, parfait glasses, shot glasses, trifle pots, champagne flutes, and much more.

38. Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

If cupcakes make your heart swoon, then turn your vanilla cupcakes into pumpkin flavors this season. This recipe is perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving. 

The pumpkin spice cupcakes with cream cheese frosting recipe is a delightful dessert. Here you bite into moist and tender cupcakes infused with pumpkin spice and pumpkin puree. This deliciousness is topped with a cream cheese topping. This recipe comes together in 30 minutes. Depending on the occasion, you can dress them up in a spooky way or keep things simple.

39. Pumpkin Donuts

pumpkin donuts

Are you a fan of donuts? Then why look at any other recipe when you can infuse donuts with all the pumpkin flavors? Pumpkin donuts are the perfect go-to sweet snack. To make pumpkin donuts, we add pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice to the batter to achieve the goodness of warm fall flavors. These donuts take 30 minutes to make. You can also top these donuts with a cream cheese frosting.

40. Pumpkin Hand Pies

pumpkin hand pies

Move over cakes, cookies, and mousse, and try the pumpkin hand pies. This sweet indulgence features a pie dough encasing pumpkin pie filling using only four ingredients. We first begin by preparing the pie crust; then, we prepare the pumpkin pie filling. Once both these steps are done, the pumpkin hand pies are dusted with a generous sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar. 


I hope after reading this exhaustive list of delicious pumpkin dessert recipes, you are excited to try some of them this season. This list is specially designed keeping in mind that the recipes turn out to be delicious and take not more than 1 hour to prepare. 

So, go ahead and try out these Halloween and Thanksgiving special recipes. Tell me how they turned out to be in the comments sections. 

Frequently Answered Questions (FAQs)

How much time will these desserts take to make?

All the above-mentioned pumpkin recipes will take anywhere between 45 minutes to 1 hour to prepare.

Are these Halloween treats easy to make for beginners?

All the above-mentioned Halloween treats are easy to medium difficulty level items. They are easy to make.

Can these recipes be used for other occasions?

You can also use these recipes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or any other occasion.

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