20 Deliciously Decadent And Surprisingly Simple Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

We all know that pumpkin-themed food becomes all the rage as the fall season closes in, but who says that you can’t enjoy the tasty flavor that is pumpkin all year round? 

20 Deliciously Decadent And Surprisingly Simple Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

Whether it is in cookies, muffins, cakes, or a classic pumpkin pie, there are tons of creative ways that you can incorporate pumpkin into your chosen dessert. 

With this in mind, we are going to be looking at twenty decadent pumpkin dessert recipes that you can try making for yourself right now! Let’s get started. 

1. Pumpkin Spice Muffins 

Super simple but deliciously rich and beautifully moist, these pumpkin spice muffins make for a great snack for dessert, but also for breakfast or brunch. 

To make them, you’ll need a can of pumpkin purée alongside some cinnamon chips and a packaged spice cake mix (or feel free to make your open spice cake mix). You can throw in some pecans too for a nuttier, crunchier flavor. 

2. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Roll

This unique take on a pumpkin cake is filled with a decadent cream cheese filling and made into a roll so that it can easily be sliced up and enjoyed for a party or with family and friends. 

The filling itself requires softened cream cheese, softened and unsalted butter, vanilla extract, and sifted confectioners sugar whilst the cake will need eggs, pumpkin purée, ginger, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, lemon juice, nutmeg, and both confectioners and granulated sugar.

3. Pumpkin Bars

These pumpkin bars are the perfect fall treat, but they are also delicious enough to be enjoyed all year round. 

The bars themselves are made from eggs, canola oil, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, baking powder, flour, and- of course- pumpkin!

The icing on the top of the bars can be made with milk, confectioner sugar, vanilla extract, softened butter, and softened cream cheese.

4. Pumpkin Cheesecake

If you’re more of a cheesecake fan, then consider trying out this tasty pumpkin cheesecake recipe. There are three elements to this cheesecake recipe: the crust, the topping, and the filling. 

For the crust, you’ll need sugar, melted butter, and graham cracker crumbs. The topping will need sugar, sour cream, vanilla extract, and chopped pecans.

The filling is the most extensive part of the process, needing pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar, eggs, softened cream cheese, salt, and ginger. 

5. Upside Down Pumpkin Cake

For a unique take on pumpkin cake, this upside-down pumpkin cake is sure to take your fancy! 

The cake is made with pumpkin purée along with sugar, salt, eggs, evaporated milk, pecans or walnuts, melted butter, ground cloves, ground cinnamon, and a packaged yellow cake mix with pudding. 

6. Pumpkin Fluff Dip 

For a tasty pumpkin dessert that can be made in five minutes, consider this pumpkin fluff dip. You can use it as a dip for other sweet treats, such as cookies or graham crackers. 

All you will need is some pumpkin pie spice, a can of solid pack pumpkin, some frozen and thawed whipped topping, and a package of instant vanilla pudding mix. 

7. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins 

If you want to combine two different, popular dessert flavors into one, then consider these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.

Chocolate muffins tend to be a crowd pleaser when it comes to desserts, so adding some pumpkin into the well-loved mix offers a seasonal spin on the classic sweet treat. 

8. Pumpkin Brownies With Cream Cheese Swirls

Though not technically brownies in the specific sense of the word- as there is no chocolate in the recipe- this dessert is sure to be a pleaser for those who are big fans of brownies.

The unique cream cheese swirl within the pumpkin brownies makes them aesthetically pleasing to look at as well as delicious. 

9. Classic Pumpkin Pie

You can’t go wrong with a traditional pumpkin pie, and this simple recipe makes for a pie with eight servings that can be prepped in twenty minutes and made in forty-five minutes.

Don’t forget to add a dollop of whipped cream on the top to truly recreate the homemade pumpkin pie look and taste!

10. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies 

Whoopie pies are a popular sweet snack that can be made with pumpkin relatively easily. 

The filling is made from tangy and delicious cream cheese frosting, which blends beautifully with the pumpkin flavor of the batter to create the ultimate pumpkin snack treat. 

11. Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Bundt cake is another great way that you can incorporate pumpkin into a classic dessert. This decadently delicious cake should be super rich and moist when you follow the recipe. 

This kind of cake is perfect for any time of the year, but would be particularly well suited for a party during the fall, especially around Halloween time when the pumpkins are out in full force!

12. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie 

Smoothies are another tasty way that you can utilize pumpkin within a dessert, and it’s one of the easiest to make thanks to being a drink! 

Taking only five minutes to prep and five minutes to make, you’ll need pumpkin purée, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, a banana, yogurt, and some ice to make this smoothie.

You can also add in some chia seeds for some extra texture. 

13. Pumpkin Cookies With Cream Cheese Frosting 

Nothing beats a good cookie, and these pumpkin cookies could be a great addition to a Halloween party, especially if you grab yourself some Halloween-themed cookie cutters so that you can make yourself some spooky cookie treats! 

14. Soft Pumpkin Cookies 

If you prefer cookies that have a softer texture, then these soft pumpkin cookies might be better suited for you. 

Topped with some brown butter icing, you can add some regular icing to the cookies as well or even some powdered sugar.

15. Pumpkin Cake 

If a regular cake is what you are after, you can also opt for a pumpkin cake with some gorgeous cream cheese frosting. 

This recipe will create a two-layered pumpkin cake that is topped off with that fluffy cream cheese frosting before being topped with chopped-up pecans.

The cake is also given that spicy taste thanks to the inclusion of cinnamon and ginger.

16. Spiced Pumpkin Pudding 

Do you love the filling of pumpkin pie? Then this dessert is definitely the one for you! 

This pudding is basically the filling of pumpkin pie without the crust, in all of its creamy, rich, and perfectly spiced goodness. 

The pudding is baked and can be finished off with some cinnamon sugar, whipped cream, or chopped pecans. 

17. Pumpkin Turnovers 

If pastries are more your thing, then these pumpkin turnovers are a fantastic choice. 

The turnover pastries feature a rich filling made up of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, ground cinnamon, and brown sugar. 

18. Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

For a cake that combines the best of both chocolate and pumpkin whilst also being vegan friendly, this recipe is exactly what you need. 

Most bundt cakes like this one feature milk eggs and butter, but these ingredients are replaced in this recipe with vegan-friendly alternatives such as almond milk and cider vinegar.

19. Pumpkin Mousse

Quick, easy to make, and decadently delicious, this mousse is another great choice when it comes to a unique pumpkin-based dessert. 

This recipe is also particularly mouthwatering, featuring ingredients such as marshmallows and heavy cream. As well as these ingredients, you will also need butter, vanilla extract, milk, confectioners sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. 

20. Pumpkin Pie Mug Cake

Last but not least, this pumpkin pie-flavored mug cake would make for the perfect dessert on a cold autumn night whilst also being pretty simple to create. 

The ingredients that you will need to take on this mug cake include an egg, all-purpose flour, white sugar, salt, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, dark brown sugar, and pumpkin purée. 

Once you have cracked an egg into a mug and whisked in your brown sugar, you can then add in all the other ingredients and then whisk it all together until it’s blended. 

Microwave it for about a minute and a half until it is golden and puffed up. Just don’t forget to use a microwave-safe mug!

Final Thoughts

So there you have twenty different kinds of pumpkin desserts that are sure to tantalize your taste buds, whether it is fall, winter, summer, or spring!

That being said, there is something to be said for enjoying some tasty pumpkin desserts during the fall season, especially as Halloween approaches. 

Whenever you choose to make them, these desserts are sure to delight you and your family and friends with their deliciousness. 

Helena Forsite