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40 Best Thanksgiving Pumpkin Desserts

Wonderfully sweet and deliciously spiced, these easy Thanksgiving pumpkin desserts are the perfect way to celebrate the holidays.

I’m talking cheesecakes, cookies, pudding, truffles, and much more!

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Slice of No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake with Whipped Cream

There’s nothing wrong with serving a classic pumpkin pie after your Turkey Day feast.

But if you’re looking for more variety, I’ve got 40 incredible Thanksgiving pumpkin desserts to try.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t whip up these treats any time of the year. Heck, a few are even great for breakfast!

So as long as you have a can of pumpkin puree, you can make these pumpkin desserts whenever you like – which is lucky because you’ll crave them again and again!

40 Sweet and Spiced Pumpkin Desserts for Thanksgiving

1. Pumpkin Delight

This first dessert has four fabulous layers – a pecan crust, pumpkin cream, sweetened cream cheese filling, and whipped cream on top.

So ‘delight’ is definitely an appropriate word to describe it.

The flavors of sweet pumpkin and cream cheese make a beautiful balance. Meanwhile, the layers create a playful textural combination you’ll love.

It takes a few hours to make (mostly chill time), but it’s well worth it in the end.

2. Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

If you like your cookies soft and cakey, this recipe is a must-try.

These babies are so soft, in fact, they basically melt in your mouth with a terrific blend of pumpkin, brown, sugar, and cinnamon.

Taking the cookies to the next level is a smooth, sweet, and slightly tangy frosting made with butter, sugar, and cream cheese.

Yum doesn’t even begin to cover it!

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3. Apple and Pumpkin Crumble

Between the apple and pumpkin filling, the warm spices, and the stunning gingerbread oat topping, this recipe is the embodiment of fall.

I mean, when it comes to autumn flavors, what can top apple and pumpkin?

The top is a deep and warm blend of cinnamon, ground ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves, so it tastes just like gingerbread crumble!

And if you really want to impress, serve it with mini gingerbread cookies.

4. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Dense yet light, soft, fluffy, and perfect in every bite, these pumpkin and chocolate chip muffins are great for any time of day.

Bright pumpkin pairs surprisingly well with chocolate, and in a muffin, it’s downright addictive.

These are so sweet and dessert-like, they’re ideal for an after-dinner treat. But I enjoy them most with my mid-morning coffee.

5. Pumpkin Pie

Full disclosure: there’s more than one pumpkin pie on this list.

It’s Thanksgiving pumpkin desserts, after all! So how can I not have a few to choose from?

This pie has everything you love in the traditional fall dessert – a flaky pie crust and a sweet and creamy pumpkin pie filling.

What sets it apart is how embarrassingly easy it is to make. 

This one comes together in a flash with just a can of pumpkin puree, a bunch of basic pantry staples, and a store-bought pie crust.

6. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

There are few things I enjoy more than a soft, chewy, pumpkin-infused chocolate chip cookie.

The combination of rich chocolate and earthy spices is irresistible, and the addition of pumpkin puree helps to keep the cookies delightfully moist.

I particularly like this recipe because the cookies are cookie-like – in other words, not cakey.

Plus, the dough can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to a week, so you can have fresh cookies anytime you want.

7. Pumpkin Roll

If you’ve never made a jelly roll cake before, now’s the time to try it!

It’s way easier than you think and has built-in decorations. That white swirl is all the wow factor you need.

This classic dessert features a soft, fluffy pumpkin cake rolled around a sweetened cream cheese filling. 

Dust it with powdered sugar, and it’s ready to serve.

8. Pumpkin Dump Cake

One of my favorite things to make during fall is this pumpkin dump cake. It’s deceptively easy, and the flavors and textures are spot on.

This one has two layers: a creamy pumpkin custard at the bottom and a chewy, crunchy, buttery crumble on top.

Top it with chopped pecans and toffee bits for an extra special treat. And then, serve it with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for good measure.

I’m not drooling, you are!

9. Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler

Save some room after the turkey feast because you’ll want a big bowl of this cobbler!

It’s actually more of a self-saucing pudding since it’s got a pumpkin cake batter on the bottom, a sugar and pecan topping, and the whole thing is covered in hot water before baking.

Sounds a bit crazy, I know. But as it bakes, the water seeps through the sugar (which caramelizes) to form a stunning syrup under the cake.

Like I said, you’ll want to save room for this one!

10. Best Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie

Give an extra special twist to the classic pumpkin pie with this simple recipe.

Instead of the usual pastry crust, this one comes with a sweet and spiced gingersnap cookie crust, making every bite all the more amazing.

Not only is this pumpkin pie extraordinarily tasty, but it’s gluten-free, to boot. That means it can be enjoyed by everyone – even those with dietary restrictions.

11. Pumpkin Panna Cotta

If you need a picture-perfect dessert for the ‘gram that’ll impress your family and friends, this is it right here.

First of all, it’s stunning. Those layers are so gorgeous and crisp, it’s almost too beautiful to eat.

But luckily, it tastes way too good to resist!

12. Pumpkin Pudding

For something a bit more rustic, you can’t beat pumpkin pudding. There’s just something about it that makes me giddy.

It’s outrageously creamy, and the combination of pumpkin, sugar, and spices delivers comforting fall flavors in every spoonful.

Best of all, you’ll only need four ingredients to make it!

13. McCormick Pumpkin Pie

As promised, here’s another pumpkin pie recipe. And McCormick really has you covered with their simple six-ingredient recipe. 

All you need is a pie crust, a can of pumpkin puree, condensed milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and, of course, McCormick pumpkin pie spice.

Simply combine the spices with sugar, milk, and eggs, pour into a prepared pie crust, and bake.

That added condensed milk makes all the difference. It’s impossibly creamy and sweet with a light caramelized flavor I can’t get enough of.

14. Pumpkin Brownies

How drool-worthy do these brownies look? That layer of pumpkin pie in the middle is mouthwateringly appealing.

From the top, these look like any old brownie recipe. But when you slice them open, you’re met with bright orange pumpkin pie.

Does it get any better than that?

15. Pumpkin Butter Filled Jack O’Lantern Sandwich Cookies

Looking for a fun and festive treat this Halloween and Thanksgiving? These pumpkin butter-filled sandwich cookies will surely be a hit! 

You’ll need Jack O’Lantern or regular pumpkin cookies and a sweet, spiced pumpkin butter filling.

There’s pumpkin and spice in the cookie dough and the filling, so the flavor really stands out.

16. Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Cheesecake

One of my all-time favorite desserts is the pumpkin cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory.

I love the creamy filling and the buttery crust. And the rich, fluffy whipped topping doesn’t hurt, either.

My copycat recipe comes pretty close to the real thing, and it’s always a massive hit at my annual Thanksgiving party.

Give it a try this year, and see for yourself!

17. Pumpkin Spice Truffles

Give traditional chocolate truffles a Thanksgiving makeover with pumpkin puree and spices!

These pumpkin spice truffles feature a blend of cream cheese, pumpkin puree, crushed Graham Crackers, and fall spices.

They’re then covered in a smooth chocolate shell, creating a crunchy outer crust.

You’ll need to let the chocolate coating cool completely in the fridge before serving, but trust me, they’re worth the wait.

18. Maple Pumpkin Spice Bundt

What’s not to love about a pumpkin bundt cake

The cake is moist and full of fall flavors, and it’s bathed in a delicious maple glaze, making it even more irresistible. 

If you think pumpkin spice is too, well, spicy, then you’ll love this. That maple glaze is so insanely sweet but balances everything flawlessly.

Slice of Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips

19. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread is the best way to start your Thanksgiving day.

Paired with coffee or tea, this delicious quick bread is sure to give you a boost of energy. 

Made with fresh (or canned) pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger, it’s sweet, spiced, and oh-so-cozy. 

And the chocolate chips are the icing on the cake!

20. Two-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

Yes, you read that right. These delicious pumpkin muffins only require two ingredients, so they’re ideal for something last-minute. 

With just a box of spice cake mix and a can of pumpkin puree, you can make soft, moist, and flavorful pumpkin muffins!

The puree provides moisture, while the cake mix contains flour, a leavening agent, and salt.

Together, they create a light and airy batter with a subtle pumpkin flavor. 

Of course, you can always add chocolate chips or chopped pecans. Or maybe a sweet cream cheese glaze!

21. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Sometimes I forget that some people celebrate Thanksgiving in warm, sunny weather.

So this one’s for anyone who needs something cold after dinner!

You’ll make deliciously chewy pumpkin cookies dotted with chocolate chips. And then, you’ll add a scoop of ice cream between two to create a sandwich.

Vanilla works really well, as does pumpkin, butter pecan, and even chocolate.

22. Homemade Pumpkin Ice Cream

Speaking of pumpkin ice cream, this homemade pumpkin ice cream is rich, creamy, and studded with bits of Biscoff cookies.

So basically, it’s the perfect Thanksgiving treat!

It’s sweet, but the pumpkin pie spice balances it with warmth. And the cookie crumbs are such a great textural contrast.

23. Pecan Praline Pumpkin Pie 

Why make one pumpkin pie when you can combine it with another fall fave?

Pumpkin and pecans go together like PB&J, after all, so let’s take it to another level!

This scrumptious pie starts with a flaky crust, followed by a silky-smooth, sweet, spiced pumpkin filling.

But the pie is topped with a generous layer of crunchy, buttery pecan praline for an extra touch of festive flair. Yum!

24. Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Pumpkin pie cupcakes are soft, spiced, sweet, and scrumptious. They’re also a terrific treat for any fall party or get-together.

The cupcake base is incredible, but the maple and cream cheese frosting is the star of the show.

It’s creamy and silky with a unique sweetness that complements the pumpkin beautifully. It really takes the cupcakes to the next level, so don’t skip it!

25. Eagle Brand Pumpkin Pie

Eagle Brand pumpkin pie is a holiday classic. Made with condensed milk, it’s rich, creamy, and an absolute stunner. 

And it’s so easy to make!

Just combine pumpkin puree, Eagle Brand condensed milk, eggs, sugar, and spices, and pour into a pre-baked pie crust. 

Pop it in the oven, and voila!

26. Perfect Pumpkin Mousse

There’s something about pumpkin mousse that just screams Thanksgiving. 

Made with pumpkin, cream cheese, brown sugar, and spices, this mousse is light and wonderfully fluffy.

If you want a bit of contrast, try adding a swirl of salted caramel and toffee bits.

27. Edible Pumpkin Cookie Dough

Edible cookie dough is always a hit.

But this pumpkin cookie dough with crushed Graham Crackers, mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips is on a whole other level of yum.

This is for those of us who just don’t have the patience to wait for cookies to bake.

28. Libby’s Pumpkin Pie

If you’re on a mission to find the best pumpkin pie recipe, Libby’s should definitely be in the running.

This recipe has been around for years and is beloved by pumpkin pie lovers everywhere – and for good reason.

The secret to its success is in the perfect balance of sugar, pumpkin, and spices, which results in a simple, yet spectacular pie.

Try it, and let me know what you think! 

Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

29. Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

Why choose between pumpkin pie and cheesecake when you can have both?

The Graham Cracker crust is buttery and complements the smooth, creamy pumpkin and cheesecake filling.

Plus, how great does it look with those layers?

30. Paula Deen Pumpkin Pie

I know I’ve already featured a bunch of pumpkin pie recipes, but I’m not about to stop.

And when it comes to sweets, there’s always room for Paula Deen!

What makes her pumpkin pie unique is the addition of cream cheese. It adds a rich flavor and creamy texture that takes this classic dessert to the next level. 

31. No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Bites

Here’s another no-bake treat you should definitely include in your Thanksgiving dessert spread!

Made with a heavenly dough of cream cheese, spice cake mix, pumpkin puree, and spices, these little bites are jam-packed with flavor. 

The dough is rolled into truffles and coated with melted white almond bark to create a crunchy outer bite that’s sweet and nutty.

I like to finish them with a drizzle of dark chocolate, but that’s optional. They’re fabulous either way.

32. Pumpkin Spice Tiramisu

Tiramisu is an indulgent Italian dessert typically featuring layers of coffee-soaked ladyfingers and a creamy mascarpone filling. 

This pumpkin spice version gives the traditional recipe a fall twist, adding pumpkin puree and warm spices to the mascarpone.

If you like pumpkin spice lattes, you’ll go gaga for this.

33. Starbucks Pumpkin Muffins

One of my favorite things about fall is the return of Starbucks’ pumpkin muffins. 

Since these delicious, cream cheese-filled treats are only available for a limited time, I decided to make my own at home.

And I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but my copycat recipe is pretty close to the real thing.

And it’s much cheaper to make in bulk! 

34. Pumpkin Scones

Pumpkin scones drizzled with a luscious vanilla glaze? I’ll take a dozen!

They’re effortless to make – the hardest part is waiting for them to come out of the oven.

I always make a double batch because they’re just so darn irresistible. Freeze them before baking, and then just pull out one or two when the craving hits

35. Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

After a big feast, sometimes you just want something small and sweet. So what’s better than a platter of pumpkin sugar cookies?

They’re soft and chewy, with just the right amount of sweetness. The spiced sugar glaze on top adds extra flavor and oomph, as well.

They’re light and easy to eat, so have one or have a dozen – it’s the holidays, after all!

36. Pumpkin Bread Pudding

This recipe is for the day after Thanksgiving when you have all those dinner rolls leftover from dinner.

Yesterday’s bread + pumpkin custard = fall food heaven.

It’s soft and creamy on the inside and golden brown and slightly crisp on top. Serve with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce on top. Delish!

37. Creme Brulée Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

You can’t go wrong with these pumpkin cheesecake bars for a Thanksgiving dessert that’ll impress.

They start off with a crumbly Graham Cracker crust with chocolate chips. Then, they’re filled with a gloriously sweet pumpkin-cream cheese filling.

Topping it off is a thin layer of creme brulée that’s thin, crisp, and to die for.

38. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin whoopie pies are another fall favorite in my household. 

They’re made with two fluffy pumpkin spice cake-like cookies, which are actually super yummy on their own.

But when you fill them with the maple and cream cheese filling? Oh man, they’re devilishly delish!

I’ve been making them for years, and they always disappear fast!

Pumpkin Fluff Dip with Green Apples and Biscuits

39. Pumpkin Fluff Dip

Forget cheesy dips or anything savory – this holiday is all about this creamy dessert dip.

It’s silky-smooth, sweet as pie, and that color is too good to resist.

It starts with vanilla pudding (use a box to save on time), to which you’ll add pumpkin puree and Cool Whip.

I like cheesecake pudding for a nice tangy finish, but that’s up to you. Either way, you’ll want to lick the bowl clean.

40. Pumpkin Fudge

Pumpkin fudge is rich, creamy, and the perfect mix of sweetness and spice. 

Plus, look how festive it is! Serve up a tray with after-dinner coffees, and it won’t last long.

If you want to make it extra impressive, try making a swirl with chocolate fudge! Yum!

40 Best Thanksgiving Pumpkin Desserts

Wonderfully sweet and deliciously spiced, these easy and stunning Thanksgiving pumpkin desserts are the perfect way to celebrate the holidays.

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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