This is your ultimate guide to pumpkin desserts! I’m rounding up all my favorite pumpkin dessert recipes, filled with all the flavors and fragrance of fall.

It’s the best pumpkin-inspired baking guide with tips, guidelines and sweet pumpkin recipes all in one place! 

Explore a collection of 15 delectable and effortless pumpkin desserts that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
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I receive a lot of questions about baking throughout the year – but it seems that during the fall, there are more inquiries in my inbox than ever.

It’s something about the flavors and scents of fall that have us all running to the kitchen, itching to create memories with our families. 

With that in mind, I’ve created a baking guide focused on one of your favorite fall flavors – PUMPKIN! Baking with pumpkin is the ultimate way to bring the outdoors in for autumn.

The aroma and texture created with pumpkin (and the accompanying seasonings and spices) is the best way to create a feeling of home during the fall months. Read on to discover everything you need to know about baking pumpkin desserts! 

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A slice of cake with white frosting, on a white plate.

Pumpkin Desserts

We’re all going to have a different opinion when it comes to what’s essential in our kitchens and our baking. What benefits one individual in the kitchen might not work for another!

Making any of these canned pumpkin recipes will is easy because it creates an incredible texture and moisture everywhere it’s added. You certainly don’t have to be an expert to create some incredibly delicious pumpkin treats!

I created this guide to pumpkin desserts with a beginning-level baker in mind, but anyone can benefit from these easy guidelines. Even you seasoned bakers out there might enjoy some of these tips! 

I have a little something for everyone here- pumpkin breads, pumpkin desserts, pumpkin cookies and even cream cheese frosting and ice cream to go on top! 


  • Canned pumpkin recipes are best made with…canned pumpkin. Don’t over-complicate your baking when there’s an easy, quality store bought shortcut available.
  • Next, don’t skip this guide to Loaf Pan Sizes and Baking Pan Sizes. This will help you choose the perfect pan for your pumpkin breads or pound cakes!
  • Baking Essentials – This free printable baking supply chart is so handy. I like to make sure I have a stocked spice cabinet, as occasionally spices from past years have lost potency and should be refreshed.
  • Speaking of spices, don’t skip this homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice blend. This is a combination of spices that add the fragrance and true flavor to your pumpkin recipes. Make sure to have this one on hand!
  • How to Organize Baking Supplies – I love the feeling of being totally organized before baking season arrives.
A person is holding a bowl of Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls.
Halving, doubling or tripling a recipe? Use this Measurement Conversion Chart.
Need a Baking Substitution? We’ve got it covered!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a popular dessert made from pumpkins?

Try pumpkin bread or pumpkin muffins – those are two classic favorites around here!

Is canned pumpkin the same as pumpkin puree?

Yes! Canned pumpkin and pumpkin puree are the same. Just don’t substitute with pumpkin pie filling, which has additional sugar and seasonings.

A pumpkin bundt cake on a white plate, covered in a cream cheese glaze

Suggested Kitchen Tools

These are just a few of my favorite items for sweet pumpkin recipes and beyond. I also love having this printable measurement conversion chart on hand in my kitchen for any measuring dilemmas! 

  • Champagne Mini Muffin Pan – This is my favorite mini muffin pan that I use for both of the muffin recipes linked below.
  • Champagne Rimmed Baking Sheet – Can’t make cookies without the right pan! 
  • Small Cookie Scoop – Essential? No. But it does create the perfect, uniform cookie…and that creates a beautiful, professional presentation for gifting! 
  • Copper KitchenAid Mixer – Again, while you don’t need a stand mixer for baking, it’s worth the investment and a beloved tool in our kitchen. 
  • This Baking Spray is a total game changer for me. It releases baked goods perfectly from the pan! 
  • My favorite Bundt Pan is the ultimate way to elevate your pound cakes and take them from “blah” to beautiful.
  • This Fall Loaf Pan is another gorgeous way to take your presentation to a new level. It creates the most beautiful form and is gorgeous when presented to guests!
  • Offset Spatula – This is a tool that I use frequently for spreading frosting on desserts. I am an imperfectly perfect decorator when it comes to frosting, so I love a tool that helps me get the job done quickly! 

Pumpkin Dessert Recipes 

Let’s get started and create some of the most delicious fall treats imaginable! Who’s ready? 

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Incredibly moist Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins loaded with sweet chocolate chips and amazing fall flavor. They make a delicious breakfast or snack on the run.

Mini pumpkin chocolate chip muffins in a gold muffin pan.

Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

Incredible Pumpkin Muffin Recipe filled with fall flavor that melts in your mouth. These easy pumpkin muffins will have your guests begging for more – and for the recipe!

Pumpkin spice muffins are the perfect fall treat for breakfast or dessert. They’re a great addition to any holiday gathering or fall festivity.

A platter of mini pumpkin muffins with a bowl of sugar and a peach pumpkin in the background.

Pumpkin Bread

This Pumpkin Bread is an incredibly simple quick bread recipe packed full of the best flavors of autumn. This pumpkin bread recipe is makes a great breakfast or snack and even freezes well!

Filling your home with pure fall joy as it bakes, this quick and easy pumpkin bread is a true treat! Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a simple home baked afternoon snack or dessert, don’t skip this special recipe.

A white platter with a pumpkin bread recipe cut into slices

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bread

Pumpkin cheesecake bread is an incredible fall treat. Combine everything you love about the soft and fluffy texture of pumpkin bread with a decadent sweet and savory cheesecake filling, and you’ve got the fall dessert of your dreams.

A loaf of pumpkin cheesecake bread on a white platter.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin cinnamon rolls are so soft and fluffy, filled with all the goodness of fall. These are wonderful for all your fall entertaining, and they make such a beautiful gift!

Homemade pumpkin cinnamon rolls have the most delightful gooey filling! With the perfect balance of sweet cinnamon and pumpkin flavors, these are such a crowd pleasing breakfast.

A plate of pumpkin cinnamon rolls with icing on top.

Crazy Good Pumpkin Cake

This is an incredibly moist Pumpkin Cake Recipe that is slathered in the most indulgent layer of creamy homemade frosting.

This Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is baked in a standard 9×13 baking dish, and it’s so easy to put together with no decorating skills required.

A slice of pumpkin cake on a white plate.

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze

This Pumpkin Bundt Cake Recipe is rich, moist and filled with the fragrance and flavor of fall! With a spongy texture and a fine crumb, this Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake is a true ode to the season.

A frosted pumpkin bundt cake on a white marble surface.

Easy No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes

This Easy No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe can be whipped together (literally) in five minutes! It’s about time that can of Libby’s pumpkin puree was put to good use.

With five simple ingredients, it’s the best pumpkin cheesecake – less time in the kitchen and more time with your loved ones!

Pumpkin cheesecake topped with whipped cream on a white plate with a gold fork to the side.

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

This pumpkin gooey butter cake is the definition of fall decadence. Ooey Gooey pumpkin cake is moist, rich, and creamy layer of gooey pumpkin cake, with a buttery crust.

Make these incredible gooey pumpkin bars in just 10 minutes hands on time.

A slice of pumpkin gooey butter cake on a white plate, dusted with powdered sugar.

Pumpkin Pound Cake

Pumpkin Pound Cake is the ultimate fall breakfast or dessert that takes just 10 minutes hands on time! This simple yet beautiful Pumpkin Pound Cake Recipe is topped with a luxurious Cream Cheese Glaze will become your favorite fall staple!

PUMPKIN pound cake poster

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

These easy pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting are effortless- simply bake, slice, and serve these cute pumpkin squares for an indulgent fall treat. These pumpkin spice bars are irresistibly moist and delicious!

Pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting on a white countertop.

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Soft and chewy Pumpkin Sugar Cookies that are melt-in-your mouth delicious. You’ll love this Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Recipe with a Cream Cheese Glaze for a little fall flavor you’ll want to savor all year!

A stack of pumpkin spice sugar cookies with a cream cheese glaze.

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cookies

These pumpkin gooey butter cookies are a delicious fall-inspired spin on a St. Louis classic! Moist, gooey and decadent, don’t skip these gooey butter cookies!

Easy to make with all of the flavors of fall – it’s wise to make a double batch!

pumpkin gooey butter cookies topped with powdered sugar, laid out on a marble countertop

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Finally, no-churn pumpkin ice cream. Made with just a handful of ingredients, pumpkin ice cream is going to blow you away. The bold flavor of pumpkin is sweetened and spiced and whipped into an easy-to-make ice cream.

It doesn’t require cooking or an ice cream maker, and takes less than five minutes hands-on time. You’ve got to try this!

Three peanut butter ice cream cones on a marble surface, perfect for pumpkin desserts.
Love entertaining during fall as much as we do? Don’t miss my complete hors d’oeuvres round-up, as well as 12 Thanksgiving Cocktails and 30+ Thanksgiving Appetizers!

The Best Toppings for Pumpkin Desserts

While most of these pumpkin desserts linked above can stand completely on their own, a little extra decadence never hurts!

Cream cheese is the perfect foil to the flavors of pumpkin, so that’s a classic addition in any format- but there are lots of flavors that compliment the essence of pumpkin baking. Here’s a few of my favorite ways to top my favorite pumpkin desserts! 

I’d love to hear from you! What’s your favorite pumpkin treat? Do you enjoy pumpkin only during the fall, or are you one of those passionate people that love it all year long?

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