There are plenty of uses for the bright orange vegetable and they’re popping up everywhere from festive appetizers to delicious desserts.
Read on for some of the best ways to cook and bake with pumpkin for every occasion.
1. Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Marble Cake: This simple egg-free cake is the perfect way to celebrate your love for pumpkin and chocolate, with ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry (via Nerdy Mama).
3. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Bars: Pumpkin and chocolate chip might sound decadent, but it can be healthy, too. Just add oats for these tasty bars that work for dessert, a snack or, in my book, an illicit breakfast (via Greens & Chocolate).
6. Pumpkin Ale Cupcake with Cream Cheese Streusel Frosting: Cream cheese frosting is all that’s right in the world. Paired with these cupcakes? Namaste (via Snappy Gourmet).
7. Homemade Pumpkin Pasta with Sage: Fall isn’t all about cakes, cookies and quick breads. Homemade pumpkin pasta is perfect dressed with just about any sauce and of course, sage. Always sage (via Kudos Kitchen).
9. Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies: The only thing better than chocolate brownies are chocolate brownies laced with pumpkin, rich in Vitamin A and fiber. So yes, you can justify having seconds (via Living Sweet Moments).
10. Pumpkin Walnut Crostini: Use canned pumpkin to spice up your appetizers for the holidays, or any old Friday night. Add your favorite herbs and a little Parmesan cheese to make your crostini yours.
11. Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake: Yes, you can have your layered pumpkin cheesecake, and eat it, too. A layer of pumpkin, a layer of cheesecake and a layer of gingersnap crust is really all you need in life (via Eat It and Say Yum).
11. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread: If you love pumpkin bread, you’ll love pumpkin chocolate chip bread even more. Bring this to work and just see if it even lasts to the 3:00 coffee hour (via What the Fork).
13. Cinnamon Glazed Pumpkin Buttermilk Donuts: If you’re going to eat one donut this year, make it this one, cinnamon glazed donuts made with buttermilk and the best fall spices (via Frugal Foodie Mama)
14. Spiked Pumpkin Latte: These grown-up versions of the beloved fall latte are the quintessential autumn drink. They have the perfect blend of pumpkin, spices, caramel and yes, Rum Chata (via Three Yummy Tummies).
16. Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Pound Cake: Sure, you can go to Starbucks and have their pumpkin pound cake. And it’s pretty good. Or you could make it at home, where you can eat it with no pants on. Winning (via The Baking Chocolatess).
19. Pumpkin Marshmallows: If you have a sweet tooth, look no further. These sweet and fluffy marshmallows taste like pumpkin pie and even better, they’re made with real pumpkin puree (via Home Cooking Memories).
20. Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie with Gingersnap Crust: A longtime favorite, pumpkin cheesecake is a must after Thanksgiving dinner and has a place at pretty much any holiday dessert table, too.
21. Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies: Cookies for breakfast can indeed be healthy. Just check out these protein-packed pumpkin oatmeal breakfast cookies — perfect for busy mornings to eat on-the-go (via The Lemon Bowl).
22. Pumpkin Cheesecake Crescent Rolls: Everyone loves pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, but these pumpkin cheesecake crescent rolls are quick, easy, and can be eaten pretty much any time of the day (via Greens & Chocolate).
24. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins with Brown Butter Glaze: Pumpkin and chocolate chip are one of the best things about the fall. Add a brown butter glaze and you’ll never want to see snow on the ground every again (via Layers of Happiness).
26. Quick Stovetop Vegetarian Chili with Red Peppers, Corn and White Beans: This quick, incredibly delicious vegetarian chili recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes, and is made almost entirely with pantry staples, including, you guessed it…pumpkin (via Two Healthy Kitchens).
30. Pumpkin Popovers: Instead of plain old dinner rolls this year, make light, airy and festive pumpkin popovers. They’re easy, they sound elegant and you’ll be tasked with bringing the bread every Thanksgiving.
31. The Best Pumpkin Bread: If you’re looking for a super simple and insanely delicious pumpkin bread, this version is super moist and full of flavor. Made from scratch, this is perfect for fall, but you’ll want it year-round, too (via I Love My Disorganized Life).
32. Pumpkin Cake Mix Cinnamon Roll: The only thing better than cinnamon rolls on a cool fall morning are pumpkin cinnamon rolls on a cool fall morning. These are made with cake mix and drizzled with a brown sugar glaze. Perfection (via With Salt & Wit).
33. Pumpkin Buttermilk Waffles: I’m not a morning person, but even I would wake up an hour early if these delicious waffles were on the menu. A little maple syrup goes a long way over flavor-packed waffles (via Eat It and Say Yum).
35. Savory Pumpkin Hummus: Whether you’re dipping, scooping or mixing, hummus is a great and simple snack. This vegan, gluten-free version is a good one to whip up for guests or next time you need something to take to a party (via Strength & Sunshine).
36. Pumpkin Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting: This seasonal spin on carrot cake just might be my new favorite thing ever. Think: moist, flavorful layer cake filled with carrots, pumpkin, and warm spices finished off with cream cheese frosting (via Celebrating Sweets).
37. Pumpkin Cannoli: Leave the gun, take the…I couldn’t resist. Filled with lightly spiced sweet pumpkin and ricotta filling the classic Italian dessert gets a fall themed makeover here (via Roxana’s Home Baking).
40. Extra Creamy Miniature Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie: Miniature desserts are the perfect way to maintain portion control. Whipped cream is the perfect way to maintain dessert. Discuss.
42. Pumpkin Blondies with White Chocolate and Pecans: Soft and moist pumpkin blondies made with brown butter and warm spices, filled with white chocolate chips and pecans. They’re practically divinity (via Celebrating Sweets).
43. Pumpkin Cranberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars: What do you get when you combine pumpkin, cranberries, chocolate chips and oatmeal? You get a the makings of a very, very good day (via The Baking ChocolaTess).
45. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares: Now, I’m not one to toot my own horn, but multiple people have told me that these are a household favorite that they look forward to each year. Just sayin’.
49. Pumpkin Turtle Cookies: Your favorite chocolate candy dressed up into a pumpkin cookie for the holidays. Pumpkin Turtle Cookies are soft and gooey with a nutty pecan crunch. (via Tastes of Lizzy T).
50. Pumpkin Irish Oatmeal: If you want a hearty, filling breakfast, opt for this super-nutritious pumpkin oatmeal recipe.