15 Favorite Pumpkin Recipes: Both Sweet and Savory!

Fresh Pumpkin Recipe Ideas for Fall Flavor

October 22, 2020
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We’ve added MORE pumpkin recipes to our collection! See top-rated recipes for Pumpkin Walnut Cake, Pumpkin Waffles, and Pumpkin Ginger Muffins. Plus, you’ll still find recipes for classic pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice cookies, and pumpkin pancakes—and even savory recipes such as pumpkin soup and pumpkin pasta.

Pumpkin is such the perfect fall superstar. It 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?

If you’re cooking with fresh pumpkin versus canned pumpkin, remember to use a “cooking” type of pumpkin—usually called sugar pumpkins (also called pie pumpkins). They’re round and small. The field pumpkins may be edible but they have watery, stringy flesh and best used for decorating. Or long Island Cheese pumpkins, which are more oblong and can look like a wheel of cheese, are also good to eat. See more about How to Cook With Pumpkin.


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.

Photo credit: Brent Hofacker/shutterstock

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.

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.

Photo Credit: vm2002/shutterstock

4. Pumpkin Hummus

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

Photo Credit: zi3000/shutterstock

5. Classic Pumpkin Bread

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

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.
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! 

Photo Credit: stetiana/shutterstock

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.

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.

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.
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. 

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. 

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!


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. 


15. Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

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

Video: See our video on how to make this amazing pumpkin mac and cheese!


More Pumpkin Recipes

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


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