Unveiling 15 Essential Holiday Pumpkin Recipes You Never Knew You Craved

Bake as your heart desires with 15 pumpkin recipes full of unique flavor, warmth, and earthiness, indulging in the essence of fall every bite.

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Hi Bold Bakers!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THESE RECIPES: Fall has arrived, and with it comes my favorite seasonal delight: pumpkin-infused desserts. To usher in this enchanting season, I’m excited to share a curated collection of 15 essential holiday pumpkin recipes that you never knew you craved.

What says fall more than humble pumpkin? Its distinctive flavor, warm hues, and natural moisture elevate countless recipes. Its distinctive flavor, warm hues, and natural moisture elevate countless recipes. These 15 extraordinary options stand out amidst the abundance of pumpkin-infused offerings on my website, and will undoubtedly beckon you to savor the very essence of this season. From classics like Pumpkin Pie to inventive recipes like Pumpkin Dinner Rolls, I’ve got you covered for any pumpkin-flavored baking your heart desires.

1. Best-Ever Pumpkin Pie

Two slices of homemade pumpkin pie are served on silver dishes. The pie is decorated with leaf-shaped pie crust cut outs and one slice of the pie is topped with a dollop of homemade whipped cream.

I have so many inventive pumpkin recipes on my website but sometimes I crave something simple and nostalgic and nothing screams autumn like Pumpkin Pie. Making this pie from scratch is not too much more work than buying one from the store, and the superior quality is unbeatable! I’ve elevated the flavors of both the pie crust and pie filling for the perfect pie. Not only is this recipe silky, velvety, rich, and has a buttery, flaky crust, but it’s also foolproof, uses only 8 ingredients, and can be made in under one hour!

2. Homemade Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

The warm Pumpkin Spice Latter is served in a white coffee mug, topped with freshly whipped cream and sprinkled with aromatic cinnamon. Two pumpkins are in the background.

Like the rest of the world, I love Pumpkin Spice Lattes! Every year, I look forward to Starbucks rolling out their red cups filled with seasonal drinks. The caffeine kick paired with the warm flavor of pumpkin spice makes for the perfect fall beverage. What if I told you you could make this delicious drink without leaving your house? You absolutely can! It’s made with fresher ingredients, fewer additives, less sugar, but equally delicious if not more!

3. Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls With Pumpkin Butter

Two Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls are served on two plates and one roll has been taken a bite. The rolls have pumpkin-infused golden orange color, are slightly crispy on the edges but very moist and soft on the inside. It's topped with cream cheese glaze and served with coffee.

Cinnamon Rolls hold a special place in my heart as one of my all-time favorite desserts. Their warm, gooey, and comforting embrace, especially when paired with a steaming cup of tea, is simply unbeatable.  If you share the same passion for this treat as I do, then prepare to be enchanted by these Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls. Picture this: a soft and inviting pumpkin-infused dough, generously filled with Homemade Pumpkin Butter, and crowned with a luscious maple-infused cream cheese glaze. These rolls are the quintessential autumn rendition of the beloved classic Cinnamon Rolls, destined to become a cherished part of your annual fall tradition.

4. Pumpkin Buttermilk Pancakes

A stack of golden orange Pumpkin Buttermilk Pancakes look fluffy with air bubbles inside, served with maple syrup drizzling from the top on to the plate and crowned with butter.

For days you want a pumpkin treat that’s airy and indulgent, these Pumpkin Buttermilk Pancakes will for sure do the trick. The Pumpkin Puree makes them extra moist and the buttermilk adds a slight tang that complements the pumpkins’ light sweetness and unique earthiness. I highly recommend making this on a crisp, tranquil morning when everyone in the household can savor them without any rush, simply enjoying the experience!

5. Petite Pumpkin Pies

Petite Pumpkin Pies look gorgeous with golden crispy phyllo crust and golden orange silky smooth filling. They're served on a big silver pater with forks.

How cute are these Petite Pumpkin Pies?! They are not only a charming crowd-pleaser, but also they’re also practical! The filling whips up in minutes and this recipe uses store-bought phyllo dough to make your life even easier. You don’t even need dishes to eat them so if you have guests coming over, there will be less wash up. They’re tasty, easy to grab if you’re throwing a fall gathering, and are less messy for kids. They’re so classy and elegant — like they were delivered straight from the bakery — but the truth is that you made them with muffin tins right at home!

6. Perfect Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Two slices of Pumpkin Pecan Pies are served on two pink scallop-edged dessert plates with softly whipped cream. The pie has flaky crust, gooey filling, and crunchy caramelized pecans.

I love Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie, and the result of combining the best of the two worlds is incredible! The fusion of the smooth, creamy pumpkin pie filling with the sweet, gooey pecan pie filling is surprisingly delicious and has excellent texture. Moreover, despite its impressive appearance, crafting this pie is remarkably simple!

7. Marbled Pumpkin Pie Brownies

Marbled Pumpkin Pie Brownies are topped with velvety vanilla ice cream. The Rich, chocolatey brownies are swirled together with perfectly spiced pumpkin pie

One of my favorite things to do is add a fall twist to popular desserts and these Marbled Pumpkin Pie Brownies definitely fit the bill. They combine the gooey, fudgy, chocolatey goodness of Brownies and add the warm, heartwarming flavors of a Pumpkin Pie. These are the moistest, most incredible fall-flavored spin on a classic dessert.

8. Crock-Pot Pumpkin Cobbler

Crock-Pot Pumpkin Cobbler is cooked to perfection, with tender and most cake and gooey sauce, paired with smooth vanilla ice cream.

If you want a delectable dessert that couldn’t be easier to make, this Pumpkin Cobbler is for you. All you have to do is to add the ingredients to your slow cooker and after two hours, you’ll get an extremely moist, pumpkin-flavored cake that reminds me of an English steamed pudding with a gooey pumpkin sauce at the bottom. You can even make it “gadget-free” by using your oven. This is perfect for company as well since you can set it up before they arrive and it will be fresh and ready when it’s time for dessert.

9. Chewy Maple Pumpkin Cookies

Maple Pumpkin Cookies are baked to perfection with crinkle top, perfectly crisp around the edges and gooey in the middle.

I’m so proud of these Chewy Maple Pumpkin Cookies since the texture is just flawless. They’re crispy around the edges, gooey in the middle, and offer just the right amount of addictive chew. In addition, the flavors of pumpkin, warm spices, maple, and brown sugar mesh really well together. They would also make a great gift!

10. Warm & Comforting Pumpkin Banana Bread

Pumpkin Banana Bread has slightly thick and crispy crust with extremely tender moist crumb that's spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.

Packed with aromatic cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg flavors, this Pumpkin Banana Bread reminds me of home and family. What sets my Pumpkin Banana Bread apart is its universal charm, making it a delightful treat for any moment and every celebration. Kids love it in the morning for breakfast or as an after-school snack. Not only is it filling, but also it’s sweet and delicious and practically melts in your mouth!

11. Soft And Fluffy Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Pumpkin Dinner Rolls look stunning with golden orange color, are slightly crisp on the outside and tender and fluffy on the inside. Served with honey and butter.

Though we all love traditional Dinner Rolls, these exceptional Pumpkin Dinner Rolls will definitely rock your Thanksgiving or any special holiday gathering! The pumpkin puree makes them extra moist and adds a slight sweetness which pairs perfectly with the buttery flavor of the rolls. Better yet, they only use 9 ingredients and come together in under 50 minutes. They’re so inventive that these rolls will be the star of any meal.

12. Best-Ever Pumpkin Bread

The BestEver Pumpkin Bread is incredibly moist and packed with spices and flavors, topped with fabulous brown butter and maple glaze. It's sliced and ready to be enjoyed.

As the nights start to feel a little crisper and the leaves begin to change their coloring, all I can think about is my Pumpkin Bread recipe. It’s one of my favorite quick bread recipes because it’s full of my favorite fall spices and flavors, it’s so moist, and is topped with the most delicious maple and brown butter glaze. My recipe also uses Homemade Pumpkin Puree which makes it even fresher-tasting. This will instantly become your go-to on a chilly autumn day.

13. Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Pie

The Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Pie has golden crust and beautifully marbled filling of chocolate and pumpkin.

You may have realized by now that I love creative pies and this Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Pie is no exception. This pie takes your classic Pumpkin Pie to the next level with decadent chocolate swirled into it. Not only does it make for an extra special design, but it also brings out the best in both chocolate and pumpkin flavors. Using my Homemade Pie Crust and Homemade Pumpkin Pie recipe, you’ll have a pie that no one can resist. Give it a try!

14. The Coziest Homemade Pumpkin Butter

The Coziest Homemade Pumpkin Butter is thick and has a deep orange color. It's served in a small white ceramic bowl with a spoon.

I call this “Pumpkin Pie in a jar” because it’s everything you love about Pumpkin Pie from the creamy texture to the warm, spiced flavors. The best part? You can get creative with it and the sky is the limit! It effortlessly enhances a wide range of desserts, from being gently swirled into Pound Cake to lending its rich character to my Homemade Ice Cream. You’ll even find it as a delectable filling for Cinnamon Rolls. But its culinary magic doesn’t stop there – it’s equally delightful when spread on toast, Scones, or any other canvas you desire to explore.

15. Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Homemade Pumpkin Puree is served in a glass jar with a vibrant orange-yellow color and smooth consistency.m Two pumpkins are in the background.

Pumpkin Puree is a vital part of fall baking since it adds extra moisture and warm flavor to many recipes, but here’s an enticing secret: you can craft it right in your own kitchen. With just one simple ingredient – the sugar pumpkin – you can create homemade Pumpkin Puree that’s both easy and rewarding. Whether you live in an area where Pumpkin Puree isn’t widely available, or you like making recipes from scratch as much as possible, this is the recipe you’ve been searching for.

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Hi Bold Bakers! I’m Gemma Stafford, a professional chef originally from Ireland, a cookbook author, and the creator of Bigger Bolder Baking. I want to help you bake with confidence anytime, anywhere with my trusted and tested recipes and baking tips. You may have seen one of my 500+ videos on YouTube & TikTok or as a guest judge on Nailed It! on Netflix or the Best Baker in America on Food Network. No matter your skills, my Bold Baking Team & I want to be your #1 go-to baking authority.


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