Four (easy) Pumpkin Desserts to try this Fall


‘Tis the season for pumpkin everything! Once school starts, the temperature drops just a bit, and we have a few grey days; I instantly crave pumpkin. To be honest, though, I cook with pumpkin all year round. I asked around the writer’s room and gathered up four easy pumpkin desserts that everyone will want to try this fall.

Four Easy Pumpkin Desserts

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

This cookie recipe is one of the recipes that are so good I’ll make it at any time. I hit the jackpot when I found this easy recipe on Pinterest. If you can make a batch of Nestle Tollhouse cookies, you can make these. It’s almost the same, just with the addition of pumpkin and pie spices. By the way, did you know that pumpkin is a superfood? It’s full of good stuff like fiber, potassium, vitamins C and E, magnesium, beta-carotene, and carotenoids.

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
© H. Garvey | Little Lake C​​| 2015

The recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod produces a cookie that has a softer, more bread-like texture than your average chocolate chip cookie. For a crispier, more-dunkable cookie try baking on your convection setting at 325 degrees for 14-16 minutes.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Over at her cooking blog, Girl and Her Kitchen, Heather shares a similar recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars that will save you the time of portioning out cookies.

pumpkin chocolate chip bars
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars image from Girl and her Kitchen

Pumpkin Spice Bars

Tracy says she isn’t a big fan of pumpkin. {So I don’t know if I can be friends with Tracy anymore.} But this traditional pumpkin bar recipe is her go-to fall dessert dish that everyone loves — whether they’re pumpkin fans or not.

Jennifer isn’t much of a baker, so she has a mom-hack for you. Grab a box of pumpkin bread or muffin mix at the grocery store. Her family loves Trader Joe’s easy boxed mix. There is nothing like the feeling you get walking into a home with the smell of freshly baked sweet bread wafting through the air, and a mix will do that for you, too.

Pumpkin Dessert Squares

You know a recipe is a favorite when you still refer to the notecard a loved one wrote out years ago or the scrap of paper you tore out of a magazine. Something about that original source carries sentiment or a sense of nostalgia for me, and I can’t bring myself to replace the original with a matching, new card that fits neatly in the recipe box.

Shelby randomly grabbed this Pumpkin Dessert Squares recipe at a Williams-Sonoma Store 15 years ago and has been baking with it ever since. Williams-Sonoma doesn’t even have it on its website! Someone else has taken the time to upload it to, so you can find detailed recipe notes there.

Shelby's Tattered Recipe Card for Williams-Sonoma Dessert Squares
Shelby’s Tattered Recipe Card for Williams-Sonoma Dessert Squares

Do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe? Share it in the comments!

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By: Holly G.

Holly keeps busy with freelance writing, as well as many volunteer ventures including PTO, dog rescue, and Lakes Region Historical Society. She is quick to pitch in for a good cause. She is an aspiring vegan, Jazzercise addict, runner, coffee junkie, and enjoys cooking.

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