3 Best Pumpkin Desserts

From pie to soup to your favorite fall coffee drink, there seems to be no end to the list of delicious dishes you can make with pumpkin. There are so many choices, in fact, that it can be difficult to choose a favorite. So, instead of trying to pick just one, why not try these 3 best pumpkin recipes? Double layer pumpkin pie, creamy pumpkin soup and pumpkin cake with a maple cream cheese topping are a treat during Thanksgiving or anytime of the year. You won’t be disappointed!

Double Layer Pumpkin Pie

The mixture of cream cheese and pumpkin combined with a graham cracker crust is the reason this double layer pie tops the list of 3 best pumpkin recipes. Serve this double layer pie to your holiday guests and they will definitely be coming back for a double serving!

To make double layer pumpkin pie, you need:

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 ounces frozen whipped topping (thawed)
  • 1 cup milk or cream
  • 15 ounces canned pumpkin
  • 2 packages instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 ready to use graham cracker pie crust

Instructions:

  1. Beat the softened cream cheese with the sugar and 1-2 tablespoons of the milk. Once the mixture is well blended, fold in 4 ounces of the whipped topping.
  2. Spread the mixture onto the graham cracker crust.
  3. Mix the pudding mixes, the pumpkin, the rest of the milk and the spices until well blended.
  4. Spread on top of the cream cheese mixture in the pie crust.
  5. Top with the rest of the whipped topping.
  6. Refrigerate at least one hour.

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

Another one of the best pumpkin recipes to make and serve to your family and friends is creamy pumpkin soup. This warm and savory soup can be ready in just over an hour or simmered all day to enhance the flavors. No matter which way you make it, you’re sure to love the result.

To make pumpkin soup you need:

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces chicken or vegetable broth
  • 15 ounces canned pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup onion, diced
  • ¼ cup diced celery
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • I tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. On the stovetop, melt butter and add the onions and celery. Simmer until just softened.
  2. Pour in the broth, canned pumpkin puree, salt, pepper, cinnamon and sage. Whisk until well blended.
  3. Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce the heat to low and simmer for at least one hour.
  4. Stir in the heavy cream and heat for an additional 5 minutes (or until heated throughout).
  5. Stir in the brown sugar and serve.

Pumpkin Cake with Maple and Cream Cheese Frosting

It only seems fitting to finish off the list of 3 best pumpkin recipes with a dessert. When you dig into this pumpkin cake topped with a maple and cream cheese frosting, you just might declare it is the best pumpkin recipe you ever tried.

To make this dessert, you will need:

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 ¾ cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large eggs
  • 15 ounces canned pumpkin
  • ½ cup vegetable oil

Topping Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Lightly spray or grease an 8×8” baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, allspice and salt.
  • Beat together the eggs, pumpkin, oil and brown sugar. Pour and scrape into the baking dish.
  • Bake the cake for 30-35 minutes (until a toothpick in the center comes out clean).
  • Let the cake cool for at least one hour.
  • To make the topping, beat cream cheese and butter together. Gradually add the sugar.
  • Stir in maple syrup and beat until smooth.
  • Spread topping over the cooled cake.

Once you’ve tried them, you will surely agree that these are some of the best pumpkin recipes to add to your collection. The dessert recipes, in particular, are the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving menu. Enjoying them might just become some of your favorite holiday traditions.

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