Incredible Pumpkin Dessert Ideas for Fall
There’s nothing a little pumpkin spice can’t cure on a crisp, chilly autumn day. Fall’s go-to gourd makes for a delicate yet satisfying ingredient to enhance desserts. Not to mention, it helps keep cakes and baked goods fresh and moist. So when those seasonal cravings kick in, it’s time to embrace all things cozy, comforting, and deliberately sweet. That’s where you should welcome the addition of pumpkin to just about every dish gracing your holiday table during sweater weather. In this tasty collection, we’ve included crowd-pleasing pies, but we also drifted outside the pie pan and latté land to incorporate spiced layers, crumbly crisps, and pumpkin-filled bars. Here are a few smashing pumpkin recipes you’ll have no problem preparing or saying yes to this fall. Each far more delicious than the last.
Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Your autumn cookie-baking plans just got a seasonal upgrade with this recipe, the result of which pairs perfectly with a hot cup of coffee or tea.
Recipe: Pumpkin Bread
You can never go wrong with pumpkin bread in the fall. It requires just 10 minutes of hands-on time to pull together.
Pumpkin Spice Magic Cake
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Magic Cake
Try this recipe and you'll see what makes it so magical. Hint: It involves flan and cake with plenty of pumpkin spice delight.
Pumpkin-Spice Bundt with Brown Sugar Icing and Candied Pecans
Everyone loves a bundt cake, and this one comes with a decadent brown sugar icing and plenty of crunch thanks to candied pecans.
Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe: Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Cookies
This recipe uses what you already have on hand to make the most of a tin of canned pumpkin and a bag of chocolate chips. The cookies are delicious after dinner or, really, anytime.
Pumpkin Pecan Pie
Recipe: Pumpkin Pecan Pie
Store-bought candied pecans add extra sweetness without any effort on your part. If desired, you can also use a pre-made crust and whipped cream to help it come together even faster.
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Recipe: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Two soft cookies filled with cream cheese frosting create a seasonal treat that was made for fall.
Crustless Pumpkin Pie
Recipe: Crustless Pumpkin Pie
A crustless pie lets the flavor of pumpkin shine without the fuss of a pastry layer.
Mini Pumpkin Pies
Recipe: Mini Pumpkin Pies
This recipe turns fall's favorite pie into a finger food that's ideal for laid-back get-togethers.
Pumpkin Crunch Cake
Recipe: Pumpkin Crunch Cake
Trade your creamy pumpkin pie for a cake with crunch. This one is quick to make and is always a showstopper on a fall dessert spread.
Recipe: Pumpkin Cake
Pumpkin layers and a Spiced Whipped Cream topping make the most of fall flavors without being overly sweet.
Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake
Recipe: Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake
A foil sling is key to safely removing your cheesecake from the Instant Pot once it's done cooking.
Pumpkin Pie Cake
Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Cake
Canned pumpkin and yellow cake mix come together to create a soft and moist dessert that's part cake and part pie.
Pumpkin Layer Cake with Caramel-Cream Cheese Frosting
This classic layer cake recipe gets a pumpkin twist with the addition of seasonal ingredients and a sweet frosting.
Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Our best-ever pumpkin spice muffin recipe is a perfect dessert-for-breakfast option, and it's easy to make ahead for breezy mornings and grab-and-go snack time.
Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake
Recipe: Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake
Why choose between pumpkin pie and cheesecake when you can have both in one layered dessert.
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
The flavor of your favorite seasonal latte gets baked to perfection in this cupcake recipe, which is easy to make in big batches for fall parties.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
This is the simplest version of one of our favorite fall flavor pairings: pumpkin and chocolate chips. These two team up to make a cookie so delicious it'll disappear quickly from the cookie jar.
Recipe: Pumpkin-Chocolate Brownies
Pumpkin swirled into chocolaty, chewy brownies? Yes, please!
Our Easiest Pumpkin Pie Ever
Recipe: Our Easiest Pumpkin Pie Ever
Easy as pie. Pun intended.
Pumpkin Spice Battenberg
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Battenberg
A seasonal take on a traditional cake, this pretty battenberg is certainly a showstopper.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Honey Swiss Meringue
A sure-fire showstopper, with its airy meringue topping, toasted pecan crust, and traditional pumpkin filling. This one's worth trading in summer strawberry cheesecake for.
Recipe: Pumpkin-Espresso Tiramisù
Layered to pumpkin perfection with a creamy tiramisù filling. Finish off the cake with a sprinkle of nutmeg and then press ladyfingers onto the sides.
Southern Pumpkin Pie
This classic pumpkin pie recipe comes from Cheryl Day and her Back in the Day Bakery. It's a crowd pleaser that's perfect for a fall afternoon (and impressive enough for your Thanksgiving dessert spread!).
Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake
The best way to describe this dessert is that it combines all the classic cheesecake flavor you love with pumpkin puree, plus the chocolate and cinnamon graham cracker crust is to die for.
Coconut-Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
Recipe: Coconut-Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
Pumpkin pie turned up with fluffy chiffon and toasted coconut.
Recipe: Cranberry-Apple-Pumpkin Bundt
This gorgeous Bundt cake blends our favorite autumnal flavors of cranberry, apple, and pumpkin together, with a crunchy pecan and maple glaze drizzled on top.
Pumpkin Tart with Whipped Cream and Almond Toffee
An easier and more elegant way to serve pumpkin pie during autumn. The molasses and toffee flavor really elevate this dessert.
Marbled Pumpkin Praline Cake
Recipe: Marbled Pumpkin Praline Cake
A pecan-praline filling, whipped topping, and pumpkin-filled batter are the finishing touches for this glorious spiced pumpkin cake. Swoon.
Black Bottom Pumpkin Pie
Recipe: Black Bottom Pumpkin Pie
This pie gets its name from the delicious melted chocolate layered on the bottom.
Pumpkin-Pecan Streusel Pie
Recipe: Pumpkin-Pecan Streusel Pie
The only pie you'll need on your dessert table. This pecan streusel delicacy is like a cross between pumpkin pie and coffee cake.
Recipe: Pumpkin-Pecan Cheesecake
The added layer of nutty pecan flavor in this pumpkin cheesecake will have you reaching for another slice, or maybe even two.
Pumpkin-Lemon Cream Cheese Chess Pie
Finally, a dessert you can really be thankful for when the holidays roll around.
Pumpkin Dump Cake
Recipe: Pumpkin Dump Cake
A mix of warming spices combine to create an irresistible (and easy) cake that's perfect for all your fall entertaining.
Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Puddings
If you're hosting holiday parties this fall, they need to end with spoonfuls of this delicious pumpkin-filled bread pudding. This recipe's a keeper.
Recipe: Pumpkin-Honey-Beer Bread
Combine the winning trio of pumpkin, honey, and beer, and you've got a stunner of a seasonal bread. It's just indulgent enough for dessert, and it's the perfect base for a bread pudding.
Pumpkin-Honey-Beer Bread Pudding with Apple Brandy-Caramel Sauce
Once you've made a loaf of Pumpkin-Honey-Beer Bread, follow it up with a delicious dessert, namely, this holiday-ready bread pudding with an indulgent sauce.
Pumpkin Spice-Heath Cake
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice-Heath Cake
What do you get when you mix a classic Heath bar with pumpkin spice? A whole lotta nice, that's what. This sheet cake is ooey-gooey and oh-so-good!
Recipe: Pumpkin Crisp
When you're tired of pumpkin pie, whip up this easy, buttery rich dessert.
Recipe: Pumpkin Fudge
Smooth, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth squares that are perfect for a late-night treat.
Recipe: Pumpkin Roll
Roll it, pat it, and mark it with a "P." You'll fall in love with this impressive pinwheel.