16 New & Inspiring Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

Whether carved to spook trick-or-treaters, carefully positioned within a fall-themed tablescape, or cooked up and served to holiday guests, pumpkin the ubiquitous treat at this time of year. As an ingredient, pumpkin appears almost everywhere from September through Christmas. All of this pumpkin pandering can turn even the most die hard fans of calabaza into haters. But there is an alternative!

Behold these new and inspiring pumpkin recipes for fall. From pizzas to pancakes to soups to sopaipillas — these deliciously inventive recipes will surprise and delight. To the pumpkin patch we go! 

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Pati's Mexican Table

Pati Jinich's Ancho Chile and Pumpkin Mole

Labor intensive mole is another classic for Day of the Dead and holiday dinners. This mole gets an autumnal twist with the addition of smooth and creamy pumpkin puree and salty pumpkin seeds. 

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Carolyng Gomes

Pumpkin Spice Cookies 

With a moist, cake-like center, crisp cookie edges, and bright pumpkin flavor, Pumpkin Spice Cookies are a quick and easy treat that delivers the fall flavors you love in a single bite. Make a double batch because they go fast!

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Carolyng Gomes

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal 

Welcome the cooler weather and holiday season with a bowl of Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal. Bright pumpkin is combined with coconut milk and oats and a dash of vanilla and cinnamon. Topped with cinnamon, agave, and chopped walnuts, this oatmeal is a sweet way to fuel your body right!

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Carolyng Gomes

Pumpkin Churro Bites 

Classic hot churros get a healthy fall makeover when pumpkin, cinnamon, sugar and spice are baked for the perfect blend of delicious in a bite-sized treat! 

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Pumpkin in Syrup

This traditional boiled sweet is a favorite at Day of the Dead celebrations. In the fall, the small, sweet, pie pumpkins that are great for making calabaza en tacha (aka pumpkin in syrup) fill fruit stands everywhere. 

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Sopaipillas Pasadas

If you've never eaten sopaipillas, prepare to have your mind blown. A Chilean classic, this version features fried rounds of squash-enriched dough covered in syrup made from dark cane sugar and infused with orange, cinnamon, and clove. Seriously, you haven't lived if you haven't tried these. 

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Roasted Pumpkin, Bacon, and Chili Goat Cheese Pizza

Lovers of savory, rustic pizzas rejoice! This homemade pizza is ridiculish (Google it!). Roasted pumpkin, crispy bits of pan-fried bacon, and chili goat cheese spread over a thin crust with doughy edges? Yes, please!

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Pumpkin Coquito

This mocktail version of the rum-infused classic was created by celebrity chef Irma Rios. It features cream of coconut, coconut milk, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, and is a drink pumpkin lovers will crave all year. 

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Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Wake up with these bright, creamy Pumpkin Spice Pancakes topped with crunchy pepitas. Infused with molasses, they're like having pumpkin pie for breakfast - the perfect counterpoint to a piping hot cup of coffee!  



Pumpkin Acorn Squash and Tomato Soup

Pumpkins, acorn squash, and tomatoes combine perfectly in this comforting soup that is hearty enough to be a meal but also makes an exceptional first course. The coconut oil used to sauté the shallots and garlic lend a slight Thai flavor. 

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Pumpkin Margarita

This brightly-hued, seasonal twist on the classic margarita scores points not just for its flavor - it's yummy, trust us - but for its pepita salt rim. We've seen lots of salt rim variations - some good, some less good - but this one stands apart. It surprises the palate with a sweet meets smoky meets earthy combo that closes each sip perfectly. 

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Spiced Pumpkin Salad

We know. Salads aren't typically what you crave when temperatures cool. This salad, however, incorporates the bounty of the fall to perfection, combining roasted pumpkin, sweet red pepper and arugula in a meal that is simultaneously light and filling. 

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Spicy Pumpkin Panela Muffins

Who doesn't love muffins, especially when they're fluffy, served fresh from the oven, and made with pumpkin and panela? No one we know. Bonus points: this recipe uses wheat flour, coconut milk, and cayenne powder, as well, so you get the flavor and indulgence without the guilt.  

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Anise Bread

Sadly, a lot of gluten-free foods are also flavor-free. Not so with this Gluten-Free Pumpkin Anise Bread. Slightly sweet pumpkin and a hint of licorice anise come together in a fluffy on the inside, crisp on the outside bread that even those without gluten allergies will want to eat.

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Eggs Benedict with Pumpkin Orange Carnitas and Chipotle Hollandaise

One word: UN-believable! Really...one word. 

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Sweet Pumpkin Pudding

This Thanksgiving, ditch the pumpkin pie and instead serve this Ecuadorian favorite: sweet pumpkin pudding. Unique among puddings, it calls for one whole fresh pumpkin boiled with fall aromatics and thickened with corn starch. 

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