Our Best Pumpkin Recipes

pumpkin spice shortbread cookies
Photography by Laura Kasavan

Made your trip to the pumpkin patch yet? Whether acting as a candle-lit Halloween decoration or the star ingredient of your autumn baking, the brilliant orange squash is a season ingredient must-have. Highlighting pumpkin’s rich, buttery taste and creamy texture, our recipe collection includes PSL-inspired cookies, an orange blossom-scented cake roll, and a sweet and savory ode to the iconic pumpkin pie. These are the recipes that do the plump jack o’lantern justice, so pick your gourd, grab your spice mix, and get ready to bake your way through our pumpkin collection!

  1. Pumpkin Spice Shortbread Cookies 

Appearing in our Holiday Cookies Special Issue, this recipe brings us rich pumpkin and warm spice in one buttery shortbread cookie. Purchase our Holiday Cookies issue for more shortbread recipes! 

pumpkin pie with goat cheese crust 2. Pumpkin Pie with Goat Cheese Crust 

A modern twist on pumpkin pie, this stovetop recipe has a spicy kick as vibrant as its orange custard filling. We put our own twist on the classic pumpkin pie formula by including gorgeous ripples of a salty-sweet brown sugar whipped cream.

pumpkin chocolate hazelnut rugelach
Photography by Emily Pearl Goodstein

3. Pumpkin Chocolate Hazelnut Rugelach

People often scoff at the combination of pumpkin and chocolate, but the flavors of this rugelach from Shannon Sarna complement one another wonderfully. 

ghee-infused pumpkin bread pudding
Recipe Development, Photography, and Food Styling by Nik Sharma

4. Ghee-Infused Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Pomegranate Molasses 

In food writer Nik Sharma’s bread pudding, the custard is infused with ghee, an Indian cousin of clarified butter. Served with a slight drizzle of sweet and tart pomegranate molasses, this custardy bread pudding is the epitome of autumn comfort food.

pumpkin cake

5. Pumpkin Cake with Browned Butter Streusel 

This single layer cake is the essence of fall. The brown butter gives it a subtle caramel depth, while the pepita-laden streusel adds salty balance. For more streusel recipes, look to our Suddenly Streusel collection! 

vegan pumpkin bread

6. Pumpkin Bread with Concord Grape Jam and Drunken Figs

In the Philadelphia region, figs and grapes are the strawberry-rhubarb bedfellows of the early fall. Kate Jacoby of Vedge revisits the flavor combination every year as a complement to cheesecake, or here, in warm, moist pumpkin bread made with vegan butter and vegetable shortening. For more of Kate’s recipes, look to our vegan baking feature in our September/October issue

pumpkin apple loaf

7. Pumpkin Apple Loaf

This spiced loaf gets its magic from the McIntosh apple. The subtly sweet applesauce fuses flawlessly with the pumpkin, while fresh pieces of apple give an unmistakable, straight-from-the-orchard flavor. For more applesauce-based recipes, get our September/October issue!

pumpkin cake roll
Recipe Development, Photography, and Food Styling by Nik Sharma

8. Pumpkin Cake Roll with Orange Blossom Crème Fraîche and Pistachios

Here, Nik Sharma gives his rendition of the classic Pumpkin Cake Roll. A popular flavor in Moroccan, Persian, and Indian cuisine, orange blossom water’s perfume-like quality pairs well with the mild flavor of pumpkin and salty pistachios. 

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