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There are so many pumpkin dessert recipes that it can feel overwhelming, which is why I have selected the best 10 Easy Pumpkin Desserts! There are easy bread puddings, no bake treats and, of course, my foolproof pumpkin pie.

pumpkin cookies with white icing on parchment.

Why These Are the Easiest Pumpkin Desserts

  • Each of these recipes has under 10 ingredients. You most likely have everything you need already in the pantry!
  • I carefully chose these recipes to be actually easy. The only equipment needed are a few bowls and a whisk. A hand blender will speed up the process in many cases but isn’t essential!
  • All of these easy desserts use canned pumpkin to make your life as easy as reaching for the can opener.
  • Each recipe is flavorful and balanced. There is a wide array to choose from no matter which type of pumpkin dessert you are craving!
three blue plates with slices on marble.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a difference between pumpkin pie filling and pumpkin puree?

The difference between pumpkin pie filling and pumpkin puree is that pumpkin puree just contains pumpkin while pumpkin pie filling also contains spices, water, eggs and sugar. You wouldn’t want to use filling in a recipe that calls for puree because you will then have too much egg, liquid, and sugar.

How long does pumpkin puree last in the fridge?

Homemade pumpkin puree lasts one week in the refrigerator or 3 months frozen. You should use an open can of pumpkin puree up within a week. This pumpkin oatmeal, these pumpkin cupcakes, and this pumpkin coffee cake all use less than a can of pumpkin puree!

Is there a difference between canned pumpkin and pumpkin puree?

There is not a difference between canned pumpkin and pumpkin puree. Typically all canned pumpkin in the US is pureed.

Is Libby’s 100% pure pumpkin actually pumpkin?

No. I know it’s shocking but pumpkin puree can be a mix of pumpkin and “firm-shelled, golden-fleshed, sweet squash,” according to the FDA, and still be labeled as “pumpkin”. Different varieties of squash and pumpkin are often mixed to achieve the perfect consistency and flavor. Libby’s uses a gourd that is a proprietary strain of squash.

10 Easy Pumpkin Desserts!

Whisk together a large batch of my pumpkin spice recipe and start baking these easy pumpkin desserts. I’ve grouped them into Baked and No Bake recipes to make your life as easy as possible. And if you don’t find what you’re looking for immediately, check out our 25 Best Pumpkin Recipes for Fall!

Easy Baked Pumpkin Desserts

If you want to fill your whole house with the wonderful scent of pumpkin and spice, then pre-heat your ovens and try one of these easy baked pumpkin treats!

iced pumpkin cookies baked on parchment.

Easy chewy chocolate chip pumpkin cookies with the pumpkin spice flavor you crave along with the chewiness of your favorite thick chewy chocolate chip cookie! The brown butter frosting is totally optional but a really wonderful complement. You could also use this cream cheese frosting for cookies instead!

chewy chocolate chip pumpkin cookies with browned butter icing featured
5 from 36 ratings

Chewy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

These Chewy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie with Browned Butter Icing are soft, chewy and perfectly spiced! The sweet, slightly nutty frosting pairs beautifully with the pumpkin and milk chocolate cookie.
Bake Pumpkin Cookies!
pumpkin bread pudding on plate bourbon sauce pouring.

This pumpkin bread pudding is one of my favorite desserts! Not only is it incredibly easy, but it has all the best flavors of Fall. Pumpkin spice, pumpkin puree, maple syrup and Bourbon. Yes, Bourbon. I told you it was the best!

pumpkin bread pudding cherries and pecans close up.
4.98 from 41 ratings

Easy Pumpkin Bread Pudding

An easy Pumpkin Bread Pudding with a Bourbon Sauce! The pudding is moist and flavorful, and the creamy, sweet maple Bourbon sauce pulls all the flavors together.
Bake Pumpkin Bread Pudding!
pumpkin dump cake in white dish with whipped cream.

This easy pumpkin dump cake by Chenée Today is as easy as it is delicious! All you need is some cake mix, pumpkin puree and a few staple ingredients for a fantastic easy pumpkin dessert!

Pumpkin Dump Cake

Small batch spiced pumpkin dump cake with pecans and whipped cream! An easy, flavorful dessert!
Make Pumpkin Dump Cake!
Pumpkin spice bread sliced.

If we are being honest, and I always am with you, this bread has more sugar in it then some of my cake recipes. There is a reason this is the best pumpkin bread recipe: it tastes fantastic, is incredibly moist and silly easy. Just whisk, pour and bake! Top it with the best cream cheese buttercream frosting or even this easy lemon buttercream for a truly delicious and easy dessert.

pumpkin bread slices wooden board on marble counter.
5 from 46 ratings

Pumpkin Bread

This easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe is moist and generously spiced! It is made in one bowl with pantry staples you probably have on hand! Even better than Starbuck's pumpkin bread!
Make Pumpkin Bread!
Pumpkin Pie slice on silver pie server.

There are only 5 ingredients in this easy pumpkin pie recipe! Simply whisk them together and pour into a crust! The pie uses sweetened condensed milk, which makes it super silky and foolproof.  

Pumpkin Pie slice on silver pie server.
5 from 49 ratings

Easy Pumpkin Pie

An easy pumpkin pie with only 5 ingredients! Just whisk everything together, pour into the crust and bake! It's creamy with the perfect amount of spice.
Bake Pumpkin Pie!
pumpkin cheesecake bars sliced with bite on fork.

These decadent, yet easy Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Bars by Chenée Today via Grandbaby Cakes have a perfectly spiced pumpkin pie swirled with cheesecake on a Biscoff cookie crust! If you want bonus Pastry Chef points, you could make speculoos cookies from scratch and use them for the crust! But then I guess it wouldn’t really be easy anymore, would it?!  

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Perfectly fall spiced pumpkin pie is swirled into rich decadent cheesecake baked on a crisp Biscoff cookie crust! These Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Bars are the best Autumn dessert ever!
Bake Pumpkin Bars!
pumpkin donuts with sugar coating on plate.

I will admit that fried donuts take time, so if you want a faster (and healthier) alternative to my pumpkin donuts, then these baked pumpkin donuts from The Urben Life are for you! Dip them in a classic donut glaze or scoop on some vanilla ice cream for a decadent treat!

Baked Pumpkin Donuts

Easy baked vegan pumpkin donuts with a cinnamon sugar coating are soft, moist, and fluffy. They’re family friendly and perfect for fall.
Bake Pumpkin Donuts!

No Bake Pumpkin Desserts

Here are my favorite no bake pumpkin desserts that still bring the flavor without the added step of baking!

no bake pumpkin pie with caramel sauce pouring on.

If baking a pumpkin pie seems like too much trouble, then try this no bake pumpkin pie recipe by The Sage Apron. It is creamy, rich and decadent! Layers of crunchy pretzels, pumpkin pie mousse, whipped cream and a (not) optional pour of salted caramel sauce!

No Bake Pumpkin Pie with Salted Caramel

No Bake Pumpkin Pie with Salted Caramel

This easy no bake pie pumpkin recipe is perfect for Fall! Pretzel pie crust, salted caramel, fluffy pumpkin mousse and whipped cream!
Make No Bake Pumpkin Pie!
Maple Pumpkin Trifle side layers with maple syrup.

This easy maple pumpkin trifle has layers of no bake pumpkin cheesecake filling and maple pound cake, but you could also use cubed pumpkin bread or this pumpkin cake recipe to really lean into the pumpkin flavor!

Maple Pumpkin Trifle side layers with maple syrup.
5 from 39 ratings

Maple Pumpkin Trifle

This easy Maple Pumpkin Trifle has layers of no bake pumpkin cheesecake, maple pound cake and pecans! It is the perfect Fall dessert!
Make Maple Pumpkin Trifle!
pumpkin dip in white bowl with cookie.

A no bake, no-stress easy pumpkin dessert you can make in 5 minutes! It doesn’t get much easier or faster than this whipped ricotta pumpkin dip by Running to the Kitchen. Slice up a few varieties of apples and pears, or go the indulgent route and reach for gingersnap cookies, chewy sugar cookies, or even molasses sugar cookies!   

whipped pumpkin ricotta in a bowl with cookies and apples.

Whipped Pumpkin Ricotta Dip

An easy pumpkin ricotta dip recipe that you can keep as a healthy dessert with sliced fruits or serve it with gingersnaps, biscoff, or your favorite crunchy cookies!
Whip up this Pumpkin Ricotta Dip
layered pumpkin no bake dessert on plate.

I decided to end with the easiest and most striking pumpkin dessert of them all! This No-Bake Pumpkin Dessert by Crazy for Crust is simple, comforting and perfect for a crowd! Plus you can make it when you get that pumpkin spice craving but it’s still technically Summer!

pumpkin layered no bake dessert.

No Bake Pumpkin Dessert

This no bake Easy Pumpkin Dessert is filled with pumpkin flavor! The perfect lush layered dessert for any occasion.
Make Pumpkin Lush

Before you Go

This is only a small selection of easy pumpkin desserts, so if you are craving more pumpkin check out the 25 Best Pumpkin Recipes for Fall or all of our pumpkin dessert recipes!

Hi, I’m Chef Lindsey!

I am the baker, recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind Chef Lindsey Farr. I believe in delicious homemade food and the power of dessert!

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