Six Perfect Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

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Golden pumpkin or squash on plate

It’s pumpkin season. Pumpkin recipes all over the Internet, pumpkins growing in fields at the farm, pumpkins on display at the grocery store and pumpkins as table decorations. You get the idea.

I think you know where this is going, right?

Some of my favorite recipes are pumpkin-packed and what better a time of year to use the canned pumpkin that I have been hoarding from my neighborhood grocery store?

Yes, yes. Most of my recipes utilize canned vs. fresh pumpkin.

You see, pumpkin carving is a messy sport.

I am my own housekeeper. That’s all there is to it.

So, without further ado, if you did what I did and ordered a case of canned pumpkin from Amazon before it was available in your local supermarket, you should make each and every one of these recipes, like I probably will.

roasted pumpkin seeds

Spicy Pepitas


If you do take the plunge and opt for fresh pumpkin this year, make the most of it and scoop the seeds for a salty and savory snack. A little spice goes a long way and these are great on their own or as an addition to salads or soups.

pumpkin cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie with Gingersnap Crust

So there’s nothing I can say or do to justify this nutritionally (with a good conscience, at least).

I can, however, urge you to bake this pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving or perhaps as a pre-Thanksgiving trial run.

Oh, come on. The calories don’t count if you eat it standing up.


Pumpkin Penne

After you’ve gorged yourself sampled some cheesecake you’ll probably crave a green vegetable, right?

Toss fresh spinach with pure pumpkin and and tangy dried cranberries for fall comfort food that you won’t have to honor on the treadmill the next day.

Use whole-wheat pasta to be really virtuous.


Pumpkin Bread

It isn’t fall without a pumpkin bread recipe, an apple bread recipe and a cranberry bread recipe.

Well, I’m still working on the latter two but to tide you over, two fresh loaves of pumpkin bread make great hostess gifts for fall get-togethers or breakfast on cool mornings – just add a cup of coffee.

spiced pumpkin butter

Photo: Leigh Loftus

Spiced Pumpkin Butter

Yes, I have managed to create spiced pumpkin butter — a butter that won’t clog your arteries.

Not that you’re worried about your arteries today, but say you were: this is basically a combination of sugar, pumpkin and your favorite fall spices.

Not too shabby.

Pumpkin Apple Harvest Muffins

Here is another recipe that might not do your waistline justice, but these pumpkin apple walnut muffins sure are a treat.

Next time you fire up your electric mixer, skip the cookies, skip the brownies and just make these.

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    Cut resistant gloves
    April 5, 2011 at 6:17 am

    I was prepared Pumpkin recipe, it is very easy to prepare in short time.

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    Maternity Wear
    March 21, 2011 at 7:17 am

    I too much crazy for Mexican foods. Your blog is very much valuable for me, such a superb to share with us.

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    February 4, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Well, try making the recipe of pumpkin and bread kofta curry . It is very delicious Indian vegetarian dish with little added a new ingredient.I tried this recipe without using onions. For onions today have become more expensive, it is time to think of something that tastes great. However, the onion can also be used if available in abundance.

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    Wink Bingo Review
    December 15, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    I love this pumpkin recipe, Mexican foods are really delicious.

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    November 1, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    oh wow, I need to try the pumpkin enchiladas.

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    Ivy Morrison
    October 31, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I love Mexican food – the pumpkin and black bean enchiladas sound delicous! May be trying that one soon. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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    Heather @ The Single Dish
    October 25, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I made the Pumpkin Choc Chips Squares this weekend! OMG they were do good, I ate way too many! 🙂

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    Cookin' Canuck
    October 20, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Really fun post to read, Maris. And that list of pumpkin recipes looks fantastic. I never thought to by pumpkin from Amazon. Is there anything they don’t sell?!

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    Kitten with a Whisk
    October 20, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I want to try every one of these recipes! They sound so good!

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    October 20, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Ooooh my gosh. Epic. Simply epic.

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