Top 20 Pumpkin Desserts

Here are all the top pumpkin desserts to make this season! These recipes are classic and delicious, from cookies to bars to cheesecake.

When the season is right, there’s nothing better than ending a meal with a pumpkin dessert! Cozy spiced and classic, there are so many treats with this humble squash to try. It’s a small window, so when the craving strikes it’s time to get baking! Here are all the top 20 pumpkin desserts to make this season, from cookies to cheesecake to brownies, truffles and more! We’ve collected all the top sweets from our website, then sourced a few from some of our favorite creators from around the web. Ready to get started?

And now…the top pumpkin desserts to make this season!

More pumpkin recipes

There are lots more pumpkin recipes to try outside of desserts! Breakfast, snacks, drinks and more are better with pumpkin. Here are a few ideas:

Breakfast: Try Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal, Pumpkin Waffles, Pumpkin Smoothie or Cozy Pumpkin OatmealDrinks: Opt for Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pumpkin Spice Coffee, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pumpkin Martini or Pumpkin Old Fashioned CocktailSnacks: Grab Pumpkin Spice Muffins, Easy Pumpkin Dip or Pumpkin Banana Bread


Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal


Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee


Pumpkin Waffles


Healthy Pumpkin Muffins


Top Pumpkin Desserts: Pumpkin Cake & More!

Sonja Overhiser

Prep Time:
30 minutes

Cook Time:
30 minutes

Total Time:
1 hour

12 to 16


This classic pumpkin cake recipe is moist and perfectly spiced! Top with cream cheese frosting for an irresistible treat.


For the pumpkin cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tablespoons pumpkin pie spice (purchased or homemade)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¾ cup dark brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
⅓ cup neutral oil
½ cup unsweetened applesauce

For the cream cheese frosting (optional)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
½ teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9 x 13″ or equivalent baking dish.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder and kosher salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, pumpkin puree, eggs, oil and applesauce. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Pour into the prepared pan and use a spatula to smooth into an even layer. 
Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool until for 30 minutes, then refrigerate about 15 minutes until it comes to room temperature. (Or allow to cool and refrigerate it, then frost before serving.) If desired, dust with powdered sugar before serving or proceed to the cream cheese frosting (recommended). 
Meanwhile, make the cream cheese frosting: Beat the room temperature butter and cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes until completely smooth. Reduce the speed to low, then add the vanilla. Slowly sift in the powdered sugar until thickened. Refrigerate the icing until frosting the cake.
Spread the frosting on top of the cake to the desired thickness (you can use the entire batch or less if desired). Stores refrigerated for up to 3 to 4 days; bring to room temperature before serving. Freeze the completely cooled unfrosted cake tightly wrapped for up to 3 months.

Category: DessertMethod: BakedCuisine: AmericanDiet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Pumpkin desserts

More fall recipes

Looking for specific types of recipes for the season? Here are more recipes organized by category:

Best Fall Dinner Recipes Don’t miss out! Try everything from cozy pot pie to hearty chili.Top Fall Salads These recipes highlight the best the season has to offer!10 Easy Fall Desserts These cozy recipes go big on autumn spices and seasonal fruits.Fall Cocktails for the Season or Fantastic Fall Drinks These drinks are positively cozy, featuring the flavors of the season. See also: Fall Bourbon Cocktails or Fall Vodka Cocktails.

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