Perfect for holiday gatherings or cozy evenings by the fireplace, these pumpkin delights promise to satisfy every sweet craving and infuse your dessert table with the essence of autumn. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey that transforms the humble pumpkin into a dessert harvest masterpiece—each treat a testament to the warmth and richness of fall’s sweetest moments.

Chocolate Cake with Pumpkin Filling

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This dessert features a delicately moist chocolate cake enveloping a luscious and sweet pumpkin filling, all elegantly crowned with a chocolate ganache that strikes the perfect balance of sweetness. Say farewell to the traditional pumpkin pie, as this delightful creation steals the spotlight with its harmonious blend of rich chocolate and creamy pumpkin goodness. Get the chocolate cake with pumpkin filling recipe.

Flan de Calabaza (pumpkin flan)

A whole flan de calabaza on a plate.
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Made from pumpkin puree, eggs, condensed milk, evaporated milk, vanilla, and spices, this delicacy offers a subtle pumpkin taste with hints of earthy spices, all beautifully coated in a caramel sauce. Get the recipe: Flan de Calabaza (pumpkin flan).

Mexican Candied Pumpkin (calabaza en tacha)

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Mexican Candied Pumpkin (calabaza en tacha) is a wonderfully simple and traditional dessert. It boasts a caramelized-spiced flavor and fills your kitchen with an irresistible aroma. This fall treat is adored by all, making it a perfect addition to your menu. Get the recipe: Mexican Candied Pumpkin.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Various pumpkin cheesecake bars.
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A blend of richness, creaminess, and fluffy perfection, marrying classic cheesecake with the warm embrace of pumpkin spice. They’re a true delight! Forget the water bath hassles; just pop them in the oven. Best served chilled, these bars are a convenient make-ahead and freezer-friendly dessert. Get the recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars.

Pay de Calabaza

A whole pay de calabaza.
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This Pay de Calabaza embodies the wonderful taste of autumn, sure to satisfy your family and friends. It exemplifies how culinary inspiration knows no boundaries, showcasing Mexican cuisine’s creativity in integrating and elevating American classics. Get the recipe: Pay de Calabaza.

Pumpkin Empanadas

Various pumpkin empanadas on a cooling rack.
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These Pumpkin Empanadas are also known as empanadas de calabaza. These treats offer a comforting embrace of pumpkin spice and sweetness when they emerge from the oven. In this recipe, a sweet dough envelops a spiced pumpkin mixture with sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise star, creating a delightful bite-sized dessert. Get the recipe: Pumpkin Empanadas.

Sweet Pumpkin Tamales

Closeup of opened Pumpkin Tamales.
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These sweet tamales can shine as a dessert, drizzled with condensed milk, or grace your breakfast table, accompanied by atole or champurrado. Get the recipe: Sweet Pumpkin Tamales.

Moist Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

A slice of chocolate pumpkin cake.
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Pumpkin desserts never fail to impress with their soft, moist texture, and this cake is no exception. Crafting it from scratch is a breeze. The delightful orange cream cheese frosting adds that extra touch of autumn charm. Get the recipe: Moist Chocolate Pumpkin Cake.

Pumpkin Spice Tres Leches Cake

A slice of pumpkin spice tres leches cake.
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This cake brings a delightful seasonal twist to the classic Hispanic tres leches recipe. Prepare to fall in love with the rich autumn flavors derived from pumpkin and spices that infuse this incredibly moist cake. It’s a surefire crowd-pleaser, blending the familiar goodness of flour, sugar, vanilla, eggs, oil, baking powder, and baking soda with the warm embrace of pumpkin and earthy spices. Get the recipe: Pumpkin Spice Tres Leches Cake.

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Various mini pumpkin cheesecakes on a plate.
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Mini pumpkin cheesecakes eliminate the need for ovens and water baths, sparing you from any frustration. The silky pumpkin and cream cheese filling harmonizes beautifully with a spiced Biscoff cookie crust. Their petite size makes them ideal for holiday gatherings and parties. Get the recipe: Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

Close up of stacked pumpkin cookies.
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Infused with warm spices and rich pumpkin flavor, these pumpkin cookies combine the comforting chewiness of a cookie with the velvety tang of cream cheese, making them the ultimate autumn indulgence! Get the recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies.

Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Maple Cinnamon Glaze and Chocolate Drizzle

Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Maple Cinnamon Glaze and Chocolate drizzle on a plate.
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Baked Pumpkin Donuts are made with real pumpkin puree, capturing the essence of autumn. Top them with a luscious maple cinnamon glaze and a tempting chocolate drizzle. These delightful donuts are the perfect fall treat. Get the recipe: Baked Pumpkin Donuts.

Pumpkin Ice Cream Recipe

Serving of pumpkin ice cream.
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A blend of cream and sweetened condensed milk ensures a velvety texture, reminiscent of classic ice cream. Get set for the fall season with this scrumptious pumpkin ice cream recipe! Get the recipe: Pumpkin Ice Cream Recipe.

Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

Various pumpkin cranberry muffins on a wooden board.
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These strike a delightful balance, marrying a soft, moist texture with the zesty tang of cranberries. They’re a breeze to prepare, freeze beautifully, and allow you to customize the spices to your taste. Get the recipe: Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins.

Creamy Layered Pumpkin Dessert

Close up of creamy layered pumpkin dessert on a plate.
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Creamy Layered Pumpkin Dessert, a make-ahead holiday delight, features luscious cream cheese atop a gingersnap crust, crowned with a spiced pumpkin layer. This nearly no-bake dessert streamlines holiday preparation for a crowd. Get the recipe: Creamy Layered Pumpkin Dessert.

Spiced Pumpkin Souffle

Freshly baked pumpkin souffle.
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This Souffle is infused with the warmth of pumpkin pie spice and features delightful twists like a generous splash of Grand Marnier, freshly zested orange peel, and a hint of cardamom. It’s a flavorful creation that captures the essence of autumn with each heavenly bite, leaving your taste buds craving more. Get the recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Souffle.

Maricruz Avalos Flores is a Mexican cook and photographer living in Italy where she shares authentic Mexican & Italian recipes that can be easily made at home using easy-to-find ingredients.

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