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35 Vintage Pumpkin Dessert Recipes Perfect for Fall

We dusted off Grandma's recipe box for these pumpkin dessert recipes. They're perfectly fall and wonderfully vintage. So grab a can of pumpkin and get started!

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Pumpkin Spice Cake

We sometimes call this pumpkin spice cake “Thanksgiving Cake” because it’s a tasty alternative to pie, but we don’t relegate it to just that holiday. I think you’ll agree it’s delicious any time of the year. —Kathy Rhoads, Circleville, Ohio

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So many of these pumpkin dessert recipes start by opening a can. Check out our Test Kitchen’s top canned pumpkin picks.

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Pumpkin Swirl Bread

This combination of pumpkin, nuts and dates makes a delicious, golden pumpkin cream cheese bread. The surprise inside—a rich creamy swirl—is like a luscious layer of cheesecake in each slice. —Cindy May, Troy, Michigan
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Molasses Pumpkin Pie

When our sons come home at Thanksgiving to hunt with their dad, I make this pie recipe from Grandma Fetting. We celebrate Thanksgiving in our cabin in the North Woods, a 40-year-old tradition. —Lois Fetting, Nelson, Wisconsin

When you bake this pie, keep an eye on it! Here’s how to prevent your pumpkin pie from cracking.

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Easy Pumpkin Muffins

These easy pumpkin muffins with cake mix are so good, even picky eaters cannot seem to get enough. They’re also delicious without frosting or nuts. —Samantha Callahan, Muncie, Indiana
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Pumpkin Gingerbread with Hard Sauce

Cakes are a terrific dessert to take to potlucks because they travel well and feed a lot of people. The slightly sweet hard sauce can also be served with quick breads and scones.—Iola Egle, Bella Vista, Arkansas
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Pumpkin Pie Whoopie Pies

Folks line up for these plump, yummy cookies, oozing with creamy filling. Volunteers from the Federated Church of Marlborough, New Hampshire make them for the Keene Pumpkin Festival.
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Pumpkin Pecan Tassies

Field editor Pat Habiger of Spearville, Kansas suggests, “These delicious mini tarts are lovely for Christmas or to serve at a tea. They’re worth the extra time it takes to make them.”
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Spiced Pumpkin Bars

These bars are moist, with bold pumpkin and spice flavors. When I want to lower the cholesterol, I use egg whites in place of the eggs.—Richard Case, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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Pumpkin-Apple Muffins with Streusel Topping

My mother always made these tasty muffins whenever our family got together at her house. Now they’re a family favorite at my house, and my in-laws love them, too! —Carolyn Riley, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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Pumpkin Torte

This beautiful layered cake has a creamy filling with a mild pumpkin flavor and a little spice. It is quick and always turns out so well. The nuts and caramel topping add a nice finishing touch. —Trixie Fisher, Piqua, Ohio
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Libby’s Pumpkin Delights

Just make this dessert once, and Libby’s Pumpkin Delights will be one of the recipes you look forward to each fall! —Melissa Erdelac, Valparaiso, Indiana

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'm one of the cooking project leaders for my daughter's 4-H club, where these soft, delicious cookies were a great hit with the kids. —Marietta Slater, Augusta, Kansas
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Pumpkin Cornbread

This has become a regular fall item at our house. It has a subtle pumpkin flavor with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. While it’s sweet enough to satisfy my sweet tooth, yet pairs well with a soup or stew.—
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Pumpkin Pie Pudding

My husband loves anything pumpkin, and this creamy, comforting pumpkin pudding recipe is one of his favorites. We make our easy pudding all year long, but it's especially nice in the fall. —Andrea Schaak, Bloomington, Minnesota
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Easy Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie does not have to be difficult to make. This easy Thanksgiving dessert recipe has a wonderful taste and will be a hit at your holiday meal. —Marty Rummel, Trout Lake, Washington

This pie is so pretty, we know you’ll want to admire your handiwork. Remember, though: Pumpkin pie should be refrigerated.

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Pumpkin Apple Bread

My grandsons think this seasonal loaf is pretty special—so much so they took it with them to college when they knew they wouldn’t be home for the holidays. It’s destined to become a family tradition in your home, too. —Victoria Cooklin, Massillon, Ohio
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Rum-Raisin Pumpkin Pie

This recipe is a great way to change up your desserts for the holidays. Try it and see how many complements you receive from friends and family.—Gertrudis Miller, Evansville, Indiana
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Cranberry Pumpkin Bread

Put leftover cranberries and pumpkin to great use in this moist quick bread. It’s very good with my "secondhand turkey" casserole for an after-Thanksgiving meal. —Dixie Terry, Goreville, Illinois
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Pumpkin Pecan Custard

My family loves pumpkin pie flavor, but this is a delicious, creamy, healthier alternative—and we don’t miss the crust at all. It firms up as it cools. —Abby Booth, Coweta, Oklahoma
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Pumpkin Whip

Even though this dessert is quick to fix, it has a creamy pumpkin taste and golden harvest look...just like traditional pumpkin pie. It's a great dessert for both everyday dinners and special-occasion suppers.—Linda Clapp, Stow, Ohio
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Rustic Pumpkin Bread

I received this pumpkin bread recipe from a co-worker who made it for an office party. It is so yummy and moist that I now make it every year at the holidays for friends and family. —Sandy Sandaval, Sandy Valley, Nevada
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Frosted Harvest Cake

Craving brownies but want something a little bit different? Indulge in a fall-flavored version topped with a cream cheese frosting. —Iola Egle, Bella Vista, Arkansas
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Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie

The addition of apple butter gives this pumpkin pie a slightly fruity flavor. I’m always happy to share reliable recipes like this. —Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana
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Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

Tart, juicy cranberries enhance the delicate pumpkin flavor of these muffins. Sometimes I dust the tops with powdered sugar to add a little sweetness. —Sue Ross, Casa Grande, Arizona
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Pumpkin Spice Cookies

These big, soft spice cookies created by our staff have a sweet frosting that makes them an extra-special treat. Enjoy these with vintage Thanksgiving recipes selected by our team. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Pumpkin Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Sauce

This old-fashioned treat is so warm and comforting on chilly evenings. Pumpkin gives it great seasonal appeal, and the white chocolate sauce makes it even more irresistible. —Shirley Glaab, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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Jumbo Pumpkin Pecan Muffins

Perk up an autumn morning with one of these hearty muffins. You’ll really enjoy the pumpkin-spice flavor and crumbly nut topping and so will everyone else! —Mrs. Janice Christofferson, Eagle River, Wisconsin
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Traditional Pumpkin Pie

Usually I prepare two different desserts for our holiday dinner, but one of them must be pumpkin pie—otherwise, it just wouldn’t seem like Thanksgiving. My version calls for more eggs than most, making this pie’s pumpkin custard fillings especially rich-tasting. —Gloria Warczak, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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Pumpkin Mousse Trifle

You can speed up this recipe by using a store-bought pound cake or baking and freezing one ahead of time. The sugared pecans can also be prepared in advance and stored in an airtight container.—Becky McClaflin, Blanchard, Oklahoma
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Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake

I have been making this delicious gingerbread cake for years and it’s won several blue ribbons. Serve it with whipped cream and caramel sauce, or dust it with confectioners’ sugar after it cools. —Marina Castle Kelley, Canyon Country, California
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Purple-Ribbon Pumpkin Cake

I belong to a Christmas village collectors' club and we all bring a potluck dish to our monthy meetings. The cake is always a hit. It's one of my family's favorite Thanksgiving desserts, too, and disappears before the pumpkin pie does. —Debby Powers, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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Pumpkin Bread

I keep my freezer stocked for our harvest crew with home-baked goodies like this deliciously spicy, easy pumpkin bread recipe. —Joyce Jackson, Bridgetown, Nova Scotia
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Pumpkin-Butterscotch Gingerbread Trifle

There's more to pumpkin than pie, as this impressive trifle proves. It looks so elegant with alternating layers of gingerbread cake and pumpkin/butterscotch pudding. Try making it ahead of time for a fuss-free dessert when you're planning to entertain guests. —Lyla Lehenbauer, New London, Missouri
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Pumpkin Pecan Loaves

Among all my pumpkin bread recipes, this caramel-glazed creation is the pick of the crop. Often, I'll wrap up a lovely loaf as a homemade gift for teachers and Sunday school leaders. —Brenda Jackson, Garden City, Kansas
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Iced Pumpkin Cookies

My 2-year-old son, Joshua, especially likes testing—or should I say consuming—these chunky cookies! —Johna Nilson, Vista, California

Jacqueline Weiss
Jacqueline is a blogger and writer, passionate about sharing the latest in helpful tips and trends in food and cooking. In her spare time, you’ll find her trying new restaurants and experimenting in the kitchen.
Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa is also dedicated to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.