15 Favorite Pumpkin Recipes: Both Sweet and Savory!


Fresh Pumpkin Recipe Ideas for Fall Flavor

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What can you make with pumpkins? Where do we start?! This orange fall vegetable is incredibly versatile, nutritious, and delicious! It’s perfect for not just pies, breads, muffins, and cakes, but so much more! Think pumpkin soups, pumpkin pastas, and even pumpkin pickles.

Pumpkin is a fall superstar. This orange vegetable boosts your immune system in time for winter, promotes heart and skin health, helps digestion, and is rich in vitamins. Sure, we’re often pairing pumpkin with baked goods, but isn’t it nice to know you’ve snuck some wholesome goodness into those tasty recipes?

Which Pumpkins Can You Eat?

Technically, you can eat any variety of pumpkin or squash.

  • The best type of “cooking” type of pumpkin is called a “sugar pumpkin” (also called a pie pumpkin). They’re round and small. 
  • Another wonderful edible pumpkin is called the “Long Island Cheese Pumpkin” which is oblong and can look like a wheel of cheese. It has a smooth texture that works well with pumpkin pie.
  • The Halloween carving pumpkins that are usually used for decoration are certainly edible but they are bred to be large so they tend be thin-fleshed. We’ve eaten some good carving pumpkins, as well as some that are watery with stringy flesh. They’re probably best used in a stew or soup. 

See more about How to Cook With Pumpkin.

lots of pumpkins in the pumpkin patch
Sugar pumpkins, also known as pie pumpkins


Our Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

1. Blue Ribbon Pumpkin Pie

This recipe won a blue ribbon at the Goshen (Connecticut) Fair—thus the name. The pumpkin pie is nice and firm, not too custardy. It’s just a basic pie recipe, but the crust turns out well. Appearance and taste count most at the fair.

pumpkin pie
Blue Ribbon Pumpkin Pie
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2. Pumpkin Walnut Cake

This melt-in-your-mouth Pumpkin Walnut Cake has the hint of spice that belongs with pumpkin and a distinct nuttiness thanks to crunchy walnuts. Enjoy with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

Pumpkin Walnut Cake
Photo Credit: MShev/shutterstock

3. Pumpkin Pancakes 

We are crazy about these Pumpkin Pancakes. We couldn’t believe how delicious they tasted. Could it be the secret ingredient (bacon drippings)? They’re the perfect pancake recipe for the fall season and also a big hit with guests.

pumpkin pancakes on a table with leaves around them
Pumpkin Pancakes 
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4. Pumpkin Hummus

This recipe was a winner in the annual Old Farmer’s Almanac contest. Doesn’t it look beautiful? 

pumpkin hummus with naan
Pumpkin Hummus
Photo Credit: zi3000/shutterstock

5. Classic Pumpkin Bread

This is a classic Pumpkin Bread recipe—moist, spicy, and simply scrumptious!

pumpkin bread on a cutting board with a knife
Classic Pumpkin Bread
Photo credit: Yulia von Eisenstein/shutterstock

6. Ginger Thai Pumpkin Bisque

This delicious recipe won an honorable mention in The 2010 Old Farmer’s Almanac Recipe Contest.

Ginger Thai Pumpkin Bisque. Photo by MShev/Shutterstock.
Ginger Thai Pumpkin Bisque
Photo Credit: MShev/Shutterstock

7. Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Like pumpkin pie, but with a firmer, denser texture. Try this dessert for a twist on the classic! 

pumpkin bread pudding in a glass dish
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
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8. Pumpkin Sugar Cake

Here’s a coffee cake in the tradition of Moravian sugar cake, the yeast-raised cake made from potato dough and covered with a buttery sugar topping. Our version uses pumpkin instead of potato and has an orange hue that’s quite pretty.

pumpkin sugar cake
Pumpkin Sugar Cake
Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

9. Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Soft and fragrant, these are wonderful “as is” or with a cream cheese filling. Make them slightly smaller if you plan to fill them.

pumpkin spice whoopie pies
Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

10. Browned Butter Frosted Pumpkin Bars

Tangy cranberries stud these luscious, spicy pumpkin bars.

Browned butter frosted pumpkin bars. Photo by MShev/Shutterstock.
Browned Butter Frosted Pumpkin Bars
Photo Credit: MShev/Shutterstock

11. Pumpkin Waffles (With Pecan Butter)

These Pumpkin Waffles are so seasonal, moist, and fluffy! And the optional butter pecan butter adds the perfect touch. 

pumpkin waffles on a plate
Pumpkin Waffles (With Pecan Butter)
Photo Credit: Amallia Eka/Shutterstock

12. Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie 

These no-bake pies can be made up to 2 weeks ahead and frozen until serving. 

pumpkin cheesecake pie
 Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie 
Photo Credit: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein.

13. Pumpkin Quiche

A unique twist on a beloved staple, this pumpkin quiche is sure to stun at your next fall brunch!

pumpkin quiche
Pumpkin Quiche

14. Pumpkin Ginger Muffins

Our Pumpkin Ginger Muffins are so flavorful, spiced with ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. One of the great things about these quick pumpkin muffins is you can take out a few muffins to bake at a time. 

pumpkin ginger muffins with sugar on top
Pumpkin Ginger Muffins

15. Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

Try adding pumpkin to mac and cheese. Really, it’s a delicious twist. Great for family gatherings!

pumpkin mac and cheese
Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

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Happy fall cooking and baking from The Old Farmer’s Almanac

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