12 Pumpkin Dessert Recipes That Aren’t Pie

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Wondering what to do with that leftover can of pumpkin in your pantry? Transform it into a delicious and irresistible dessert with these simple recipes that go beyond pie. There’s nothing wrong with a thick slice of pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving), but these fantastic fall desserts elevate pumpkin into new and modern holiday treats. These recipes are simple to re-create, fantastic to share, and wonderful to bake with your family. Make room on your dessert table for these fun new pumpkin favorites!

Pumpkin Blondies

These delectable chewy pumpkin blondie bars are a fantastic way to transform canned pumpkin into a craveable dessert. They are loaded with chocolate chips, pumpkin pie spice, and everyday baking ingredients for a perfect after-dinner dessert bar to serve with coffee or tea, and great to serve after holiday dinner or put out for an autumn brunch.

Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Not only are these pumpkin cupcakes paired with an amazing sweet cinnamon frosting, but they are ready start-to-finish in just one hour. The cupcakes are light, fluffy, and baked with warm pumpkin spice in the dough. It’s a great recipe for leftover pumpkin puree that you can make with the family on a rainy or snowy afternoon.

Pumpkin Spice Bread

I absolutely love baking these mini pumpkin spice loaves for a sweet treat on a cool fall day. These pumpkin loaves are chewy, sweet, and a great afternoon snack. This recipe makes six mini loaf cakes, which are perfect for sharing with neighbors, relatives, or co-workers. There’s nothing better than spreading the love with a homemade dessert.

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cookies

Chewy, flavorful, and perfectly spiced, these delicious pumpkin gingersnap cookies are a fun take on the classic holiday treat. The cookies are rolled in a cinnamon-sugar mixture before baking to give them their classic outer texture.

Pumpkin Cheesecake 

Canned pumpkin pie mix is the star of this creamy and decadent pumpkin cheesecake. I love that the post includes a graham cracker pie crust recipe (if you’re feeling super ambitious) or gives you the option to use a store-bought crust. We can’t all be Martha, so using a store-bought pie crust is one of my favorite baking hacks. 

Pro tip: If you still want an impressive-looking rustic pie-crust texture but don’t want to make one yourself, call your local bakery and see if they sell pie dough or crust. it may not be on the menu, but they’re usually happy to sell any extra!

Sweet Pumpkin Dip

This fantastic fall sweet pumpkin dip has just five ingredients and makes a great light appetizer or dessert. Serve this spread with fruit, graham crackers, or biscotti for an irresistible creamy dip. This is a great no-bake dessert recipe for anyone who needs to bring a last-minute treat to a holiday gathering.

Flourless Pumpkin Brownies 

My recipe for flourless pumpkin brownies is my go-to treat for when I want something a little lighter. Made with pumpkin puree, cacao powder, and nut butter, this pumpkin brownie recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and Whole 30 approved.

3-Tiered Pumpkin Cake

Now this will be the highlight of your holiday dessert table. This moist and fluffy pumpkin cake recipe has three delicious tiers of spiced pumpkin cake tucked between layers of cinnamon maple frosting for a perfect forkful of fall in every bite.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

For me, cinnamon rolls have always teetered on the sweet line between breakfast and dessert … so why not have both? These pumpkin cinnamon rolls bring a double dose of pumpkin to the table with pumpkin in the dough and pumpkin pie spice in the icing. Serve for breakfast or a la mode for dessert — there is no wrong time to enjoy these sweet rolls.

Double Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

You may not think it at first, but pumpkin and chocolate make an irresistible combination. These double chocolate pumpkin cookies are sweet, fudgy, and totally decadent. This simple cookie recipe could make a great new baking tradition for your holiday cookie tins. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

A tasty dessert bar with fall flavors, these pumpkin chocolate chip oatmeal bars are a fun and lighter recipe to make as a treat. I love that this recipe requires only one bowl to make. Easy cleanups for the win! These bars are also egg-free, gluten-free, and can be made vegan, so everyone at your table can enjoy.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

This is a delicious fall dessert … with an “easy button.” The secret ingredient in this pumpkin crunch cake is pre-made yellow cake mix for a quick kitchen shortcut. Mix in some pumpkin puree, chopped pecans, pumpkin spice, and a few pantry staples.  A

Tags: Desserts, holiday baking, holiday season, Thanksgiving

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