8 MUST MAKE Pumpkin Recipes


I had a hard time getting into the Fall “mood” this year. I think mostly because we had such an amazing Summer that I just didn’t want it to end. Or maybe I was in denial that my sweet girl was heading to Kindergarten. Anyways, it’s here. It is officially here. Like I sent my kids off to school in a jacket last week kind of here. We love apple picking and we have already been to two different farms with more in mind in the upcoming weeks but instead I thought I would gather some great pumpkin recipes to share with you today. Not only are they from some of my favorite foodies but when I reached out for recipes I asked the meaning behind why they love these recipes so much. To make it a little more fun I decided to make one of these delicious pumpkin recipes! I didn’t choose one in particular from the actual recipe, I chose based on what my kids would eat and what was easiest because I don’t always have a lot of time on my hands……..scroll down to see which one I made!

With Fall time upon us it makes me think of the upcoming holidays. I think of spending time with family gathered around great food. To me food is comfort. Food should have meaning behind it. So here are some great pumpkin recipes to try this year. Grab a blanket, a cup of tea (or wine!) and check them out because these recipes scream not only pumpkin but also comfort!

Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Cheesecakes in Pumpkins

Betsy from Desserts Required says this one of her favorite pumpkin recipes. There is an amazing factor to them because they are baked in scooped out mini pumpkins. Wouldn’t they make great conversation starters? Besides everyone is sure to dive right in!

Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cookies

These scrumptious cookies are from good old me! They have all the comfort, sweetness and fall like feeling all in one bite! I made these one year a few years back and now the kids have me making them every year. I look forward to it because my daughter doesn’t like to be in the kitchen like my son does but these soft and moist cookies gets her apron on pretty fast!

Pumpkin Recipes

Grandpa Joe’s Pumpkin Apple Muffins

Carlee from Cooking with Carlee says that these muffins were baked by her husband’s late grandpa. She may have never had the pleasure of meeting him, but she sure has heard many wonderful stories about him. I felt the meaning behind this one when she said that baking from his recipe makes her feel a little bit more connected to him and her husband’s family history.

This Momma made Grandpa Joe’s Pumpkin Apple Muffins! Both kids helped and I can see why the recipe is filled with so much love, my son wanted to pour, scoop and mix every part of this recipe! They were so good! We enjoyed them warm with butter, we sprinkled cinnamon sugar on top and the kids, they were happy with them just as is!

Pumpkin Recipes

Baked Pumpkin Arancini Risotto

Caroline from Caroline’s Cooking said that she has a lot of pumpkin recipes but this one is one of her favorites because it’s so comforting and arancini has special memories for her. She first had them at a little Italian place in London with her then boyfriend, now husband and remembers how delicious they were. They helped brighten up the horrible wet day they were having. These have a similar feeling.

Awh. Now this makes me want to run to the kitchen and make this risotto!

Pumpkin Recipes

Caramel Topped Pumpkin Cheesecake

Liz from That Skinny Chick can bake says this dessert combines 3 of her favorite dessert flavors: pumpkin, cheesecake and caramel!

If this isn’t deliciousness I don’t know what is. I agree with Liz, three of my favorite flavors all in one cheesecake would make it my favorite too!.

Pumpkin Recipes

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

When Ellen from Around the Family Table’s two boys were in 2nd grade they made this bread as a group effort with help from parents and teachers. The mini-loaves were then taken to a nearby children’s hospital to bring some joy to kids who had to be in the hospital over Thanksgiving. She was lucky enough to help both times. Then, she made it at home for her Mom who fell in love with it. When her moms health was declining she wasn’t eating very well but she knew if she made her a loaf of this chocolate chip pumpkin bread she would devour it. It always put a smile on her face to see how much she enjoyed it. Everyone she makes it for loves it.

Thanks so much for sharing that story Ellen. It’s always nice to have meaningful stories behind an amazing dish. Now, you must send me some!


Butterscotch Bottom Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake
Erin from Bottom Left Of The Mitten’s pumpkin recipe is special to her because it’s a no-bake one! Like myself, she is not really a baker so she updated another recipe to enjoy for Fall. It also showed her that this basic recipe that she started with has lots of future potential.


Pumpkin Crumb Cake

Lynette from Moore or Less Cooking said she is crazy about crumb cakes, they just scream comfort food to her.  Also, since Fall is pumpkin season this one has a thick crumb top with a delicious moist cake, perfect for breakfast, dessert or a snack!

7 thoughts on “8 MUST MAKE Pumpkin Recipes

  1. Thank you so much for including Desserts Required’s Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes in Pumpkins. I love all of the recipes you selected and now have to decide which one I should make first! <3

  2. Such an awesome collection of pumpkin recipes! I have company coming in a couple of weeks and will definitely pick a couple to try!

    1. It will be hard to pick that’s for sure! I have to try another one soon too. I’m feeling the apple & pumpkin recipes a lot these days.

  3. Oh yay!! I am so glad you liked the muffins. It is amazing how making a recipe with family history can really make you feel that much more connected. Thanks for including me in this wonderful round-up!

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