Although I could do without the constant rain that has hit the northeast (too bad we can’t ship it to the areas of the country that desperately need it!), I couldn’t be happier that fall is really, truly here.
Cool mornings and evenings, leaves changing on the trees and the smell of autumn in the breeze make my heart sing. Fall is truly my favorite season, and there’s no better way to welcome it than with pumpkin in the kitchen.
I have two cans of pumpkin in my pantry, but my plan is to make it myself throughout the season. Follow Shaina’s step-by-step recipe for homemade pumpkin puree to enjoy it at home all season long as well, even if there is another canned pumpkin shortage!
I’ve been pinning tons of pumpkin recipes on Pinterest, and here are my favorites (so far!).
This pumpkin pudding from How To: Simplify is calling my name. I’m not a huge fan of pie crust anyway, and this looks like pumpkin pie in a cup to me…all of the best parts without the unnecessary crust! With just four ingredients (plus whipped cream, if you choose!), this is an easy snack or dessert to enjoy throughout the season or to serve for special occasions!
Source: Pumpkin Pudding | How To: Simplify
These pumpkin cupcakes from For the Mommas look absolutely divine with their extra rich cream cheese frosting. Whether you’re getting together for coffee with friends, celebrating a fall birthday or just looking for a sweet treat, these are beautiful and tasty…a perfect combination!
Source: Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing | For the Mommas
I’d never even heard of pumpkin fudge before I came across this recipe from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen, but I bet this creamy, rich fudge is the perfect vehicle for my favorite fall flavors. With roasted walnuts on top, this is a sure winner!
Source: Pumpkin Fudge | Sweet Pea’s Kitchen
This pumpkin coffee recipe originally came from the Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms cookbook, and the title alone caught my attention. I would love to make this one Thursday and take it to share at our homeschool group on Friday morning, and because it’s a make ahead recipe for busy moms…well, I just might actually be able to pull it off!
Source: Pumpkin Coffee Cake | Not So Humble Pie
I love curling up with a hot drink and good book in the fall and winter, and although Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Lattes are at the top of my favorites list, this pumpkin pie white hot chocolate from Closet Cooking looks pretty amazing as well. With just a few ingredients (I’m sure you could substitute pumpkin pie spice in place of the individual spices), it’s an easy and decadent treat.
Source: Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate | Closet Cooking
Whether you use chocolate chips or dried fruit, these chewy pumpkin harvest cookies would make a great snack or after-school treat. You’ll also find notes for making an even healthier version of this cookie in the comments!
Source: Pumpkin Harvest Cookies | Becky Bakes
“Oh, wow.” That’s what I thought when I saw this pumpkin butter recipe! Ever since I attended the annual Apple Butter Festival in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia with my grandparents as a kid, apple butter has been one of my favorites, and I can only imagine how delicious the pumpkin version is. Spread it on toast or put it in a jar with a pretty ribbon as a “just because” gift for a neighbor, teacher or friend!
Source: Homemade Pumpkin Butter | Oh She Glows
I’ve only recently discovered my love for cheesecake, but this one sounds amazing…from the top of the creamy pumpkin cheesecake to the bottom of the chocolate-shortbread crust! Plan on making this a day before you actually want to serve or eat it because you’ll need to bake the crust, then the cheesecake and then let it chill. Altogether it takes 9+ hours, and although most of that time is spent just waiting for the next stage, you won’t be able to pull this off at the last minute. I have a feeling it’s worth the time involved, though!
Source: Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chocolate-Shortbread Crust | The Hungry Mouse
Finally, we have this vegan pumpkin pie shake, which is perfect for a healthy everyday treat throughout the fall. I love sweets with a little bite to them, and with maple syrup, chai tea concentrate and a dash of cayenne, I can almost taste this just thinking about!
Source: Vegan Pumpkin Pie Shake | Healthy Happy Life