It’s that time of year when pumpkin spice everything starts appearing on store shelves — candles, lip balm, air fresheners, beer, and of course, the ubiquitous PSL (pumpkin spice latte). That means fall is here, and more importantly, that pumpkin should make a grand return to your kitchen! Pull out your canned pumpkin — or better yet, make your own pumpkin purée and stock your pantry with pumpkin pie spice because we have the best pumpkin recipes to bake this fall.  

Pumpkin Swirl Cake Photography by Danielle Sykes; Food styling by Liz Neily
Whether this marbled cake is baked in a special pumpkin loaf pan or in an everyday bread pan, the final result is stunning.

1) Pumpkin Swirl Cake

This Pumpkin Swirl Cake takes my breath away every time I unmold it from its intricate loaf pan. The anticipation keeps building until I slice into the pound cake-like loaf and reveal the swirled pattern inside, marbled with both vanilla and spiced pumpkin batter. (Don’t fret if you don’t have the specialty loaf pan — this can also be baked in a standard loaf pan and adorned with a simple confectioners’ sugar icing.)

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Swirl Cake 

Shop the recipe: Botanical Pumpkin Loaf Pan and Pure Vanilla Plus

Fudgy-Chewy Pumpkin Cookies Photography and food styling by Liz Neily
These aren't your average pumpkin cookies — they have crisp edges and soft, chewy centers.

2) Fudgy-Chewy Pumpkin Cookies

When I think of pumpkin cookies, I imagine puffy, cakey cookies that resemble muffin tops or whoopie pies. But that’s not what Test Kitchen Manager Sarah Jampel set out to create when she developed this recipe. She wanted something chewy, fudgy, and pleasantly dense that was also packed with pumpkin flavor and spice. Behold, her Fudgy-Chewy Pumpkin Cookies, which deliver a texture usually reserved for the best chocolate chip cookies, but in pumpkin cookie form.  

Get the recipe: Fudgy-Chewy Pumpkin Cookies

Shop the recipe: Pumpkin Pie Spice and Sparkling Sugar

Pumpkin Sugar Crunch Waffles Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Kaitlin Wayne
Slightly sweet with a bit of crunch, these Pumpkin Sugar Crunch Waffles rival the best pumpkin spice pancakes.

3) Pumpkin Sugar Crunch Waffles

A cousin of Belgian-style Liège waffles, these Pumpkin Sugar Crunch Waffles have caramelized edges and a pleasant chew that’s reminiscent of brioche. The yeasted batter has pumpkin in it for flavor and color, plus Swedish pearl sugar that melts into pockets of crispy sugar. The best part? The batter rests overnight, so if you prepare it the night ahead, all you have to do the next morning is scoop and cook the batter for hot, crispy waffles in just a few minutes.  

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Sugar Crunch Waffles 

Shop the recipe: Swedish Pearl Sugar

A pumpkin pie with a slice removed on a plate Liz Neily
Say goodbye to boring pumpkin pie. This version is generously spiced and supremely silky.

4) Smooth and Spicy Pumpkin Pie

I used to make the same pumpkin pie recipe for years, and it always left me wanting a little more excitement. Then I found this Smooth and Spicy Pumpkin Pie and never looked back! The generously spiced filling uses nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and Vietnamese cinnamon to create a more flavorful pie than traditional versions. The secret to its silky-smooth texture? Corn syrup, which is an invert sugar and keeps the custard from becoming grainy. Substitute another invert sugar like honey or maple syrup if you like; I use maple syrup.

Get the recipe: Smooth and Spicy Pumpkin Pie 

Shop the recipe: Vietnamese Cinnamon, Ginger, and Nutmeg

Harvest Pumpkin Scones Photography and food styling by Cynthia Chen McTernan
A warm, buttery pumpkin scone paired with a hot cup of tea is an ideal way to start a fall morning. Serve it with pumpkin butter if you like.

5) Harvest Pumpkin Scones

Whenever I have these tender, golden scones on hand, I look forward to getting out of bed the next morning because I know they’re waiting for me. They can be easily customized to use a range of mix-ins, depending on what you have in your pantry. My personal preference is a mix of crystallized ginger and Cinnamon Sweet Bits.

Get the recipe: Harvest Pumpkin Scones and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Scones  

Shop the recipe: Mini Diced Ginger and Cinnamon Sweet Bits 

Savory Pumpkin Parmesan Rugelach Mark Weinberg
Don't be afraid to put pumpkin to use in savory bakes too.

6) Savory Pumpkin Parmesan Rugelach

When I’m deep into fall baking season and surrounded by sweets, this savory snack is a breath of fresh air. While rugelach are usually filled with jam or cinnamon sugar, these rolled-up pastries can easily take a savory turn. The buttery, cream cheese-based dough pairs nicely with the salty Parmesan and aromatic garlic oil in the filling.  

Get the recipe: Savory Pumpkin Parmesan Rugelach 

Shop the recipe: Garlic Oil

The Most Pumpkin Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Kaitlin Wayne
With a gorgeous crown of sparkling sugar, lots of chocolate chips, and pumpkin purée that's extra pumpkin-y, this bread deserves its title: The Most Pumpkin Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread.

7) The Most Pumpkin Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Making banana bread is an almost weekly activity in my house — except during fall, when we pivot to pumpkin bread instead. This is a quick, easy bake that satisfies my craving for something pumpkin-y, and it uses a simple trick to concentrate the pumpkin flavor and ensure the loaf is perfectly textured: The pumpkin purée is reduced on the stovetop to cook off excess moisture. (The process is similar to browning butter.) As a result, the final loaf is packed with pumpkin flavor.

Get the recipe: The Most Pumpkin Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Shop the recipe: Ginger and Semisweet Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Kaitlin Wayne
Rather than being a pumpkin-flavored cheesecake, this recipe has layers of both cheesecake and pumpkin pie together in a single pie shell.

8) Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

This recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie keeps the peace in my family at Thanksgiving. We have family members who can’t imagine the holiday table without cheesecake and others who say it’s blasphemy to have Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie. Thank goodness for this recipe, which satisfies both pumpkin pie and cheesecake cravings in one slice. 

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

Shop the recipe: 9" Pie Pan and Nutmeg

Golden Pumpkin Dinner Rolls Mark Weinberg
Spice up the bread basket this season and make rolls that are more flavorful (and beautiful) than standard white dinner rolls.

9) Golden Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

These gorgeously golden, tightly twisted rolls will earn lots of attention when served at an autumn meal. They’re slightly sweet but pair well with savory dishes, especially when torn open and slathered with salted butter. 

Get the recipe: Golden Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Shop the recipe: Instant Yeast and Pumpkin Pie Spice

Pumpkin Biscotti Photography and food styling by Liz Neily
When you have only a small amount of pumpkin on hand, turn to this biscotti recipe.

10) Pumpkin Biscotti

Every fall, I end up with pumpkin left over from a recipe. When I see that lonely can of pumpkin in my refrigerator, I make this recipe for Pumpkin Biscotti. It only requires a 1/2 cup (113g) of purée, and its flavor is amplified with Pumpkin Pie Spice and cinnamon. My favorite way to finish the biscotti is with a generous shower of coarse sparkling sugar.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Biscotti 

Shop the recipe: Pumpkin Pie Spice and Sparkling Sugar 

Pumpkin Cupcakes Photography by Rick Holbrook; Food Styling by Kaitlin Wayne
Make these cupcakes fancier by piping the cream cheese frosting in a swirled pattern on top.

11) Pumpkin Cupcakes

These Pumpkin Cupcakes, with their piped swirl of cream cheese frosting, are the ideal way to celebrate fall birthdays. The cupcakes are super tender, thanks to the addition of cake flour and oil. Sour cream and brown sugar add tanginess and molasses-y sweetness while also preventing the cupcakes from being dry. 

Bonus: For more cupcake decorating ideas, see our YouTube video: Decorate Cupcakes Better Than Ever.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Cupcakes 

Shop the recipe: Cake Flour (or Gluten-Free Measure for Measure Flour)

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies Mark Weinberg
Whoopies pies are a fun-to-eat handheld treat that can take on the flavors of the season.

12) Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

My husband’s favorite fall dessert is Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, hands down. He can’t resist these subtly sweet cakes sandwiching rich cream cheese filling. This recipe has a few extra bells and whistles to take it over the top: Bread and Cake Enhancer to keep the cakes extra soft and fresh, xanthan gum in the filling to give it a smooth mouthfeel, and diced crystallized ginger for a bit of extra zing in the filling.  

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies 

Shop the recipe: Bread and Cake Enhancer, Xanthan Gum, and Mini Diced Ginger

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danish Photography and food styling by Liz Neily
These pastries are drizzled with melted caramel for extra sweetness and striking good looks.

13) Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danish  

The next time there’s a rainy weekend, I’m taking on a project bake: our Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danish. It’s a multiday process and laminating dough is a labor of love, but the final product is worth the effort: buttery, crisp pastries filled with pumpkin and sweet cream cheese. 

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danish 

Shop the recipe: Baker’s Special Dry Milk

Sourdough Ginger Pumpkin Bread Kristin Teig
The shaping process to make this bread is easy to pull off and only requires some string and a cinnamon stick.  

14) Sourdough Ginger Pumpkin Bread

Fall is a season of gatherings and potlucks, and the recipe I’ll bring to impress a crowd will be this Sourdough Ginger Pumpkin Bread. In addition to the complex flavor (imagine tangy sourdough + spicy ginger + slightly sweet pumpkin), this loaf has a wow factor: It’s shaped like a pumpkin! It's easier to pull off than you think: See our post, How to make sourdough bread that looks (and tastes) like a pumpkin.

Get the recipe: Sourdough Ginger Pumpkin Bread 

Shop the recipe: Bread Flour and Lame

Pumpkin Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Photography & Food Styling by Liz Neily
The flaky salt on top of the melted caramel is optional, but it helps round out the flavor of this autumnal cake.

15) Pumpkin Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This Pumpkin Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is a show-stopping dessert featuring spiced layers of cake, not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting, and a blanket of melted caramel poured over the top. Will it be slightly messy to serve? Yes. Will anyone mind? Absolutely not.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting 

Shop the recipe: Pumpkin Pie Spice and Offset Spatula

Pumpkin Espresso Bundt Cake Photography by John Sherman; food styling by Liz Neily
Pumpkin and espresso aren't just for coffee drinks — they're also great in cake form.

16) Pumpkin Espresso Bundt Cake

The pumpkin spice recipe I’m most excited to bake this fall is a mash-up of greats: Part-coffee cake, part-Bundt cake, part-pumpkin bread, this Pumpkin Espresso Bundt Cake deserves a category all of its own. It has two layers of espresso swirl tucked within a moist, spiced cake. Make it in your favorite Bundt pan or serve it as a loaf if you’re more of simple-is-better person. Either way, it’s great for snacking all day long.  

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Espresso Bundt Cake 

Shop the recipe: Espresso Powder and Bundt Pan

For more recipes that are ideal to bake as the seasons change, see our collection of Fall Favorites.

Cover photo (Sourdough Ginger Pumpkin Bread) by Kristin Teig. 

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Sourdough Ginger Pumpkin Bread
Sourdough Ginger Pumpkin Bread
4.6 out of 5 stars 18 Reviews
4 hrs 25 mins
1 large loaf
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Kye Ameden grew up in Fairlee, Vermont and has always loved food, farms, and family. She spent her teenage years working by her chef/uncle’s side in an industrial kitchen, cracking hundreds of eggs, slicing cheesecakes into 13 perfect slices, and developing her passion for precision and baking.After...
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