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Pumpkin is the defining flavor of October and the fall in general. It manages to work its way into everything from lattes to cheesecake during this time of the year. Pumpkin can be a fantastic ingredient in a variety of desserts, so read on below for four of the best pumpkin dessert recipes you need to try out this October.
These simple pumpkin blondies are a great spin on one of the most classic desserts out there: the brownie. For this recipe, start by mixing 2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice, 1 ½ teaspoons of baking soda, and a teaspoon of salt. In a separate bowl, beat a cup of unsalted butter and 1 ¾ cups of sugar until fluffy.
Next, add 1 large egg, 1 1/2 cups of pumpkin puree, and 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract into the butter mixture and whisk it together. Mix this with your flour mixture, and then fold in a cup of chocolate chips. Spread the mixture into a 9 x 13 pan with a layer of greased parchment paper at the bottom, and then bake at 350°F for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Pumpkin pie twists
For a nice warm dessert on chilly fall nights, try making fresh-baked pumpkin pie twists. Unroll a container of premade crescent roll dough onto a cutting board. Mix together ½ cup of pumpkin puree, ¼ cup of brown sugar, a tablespoon of maple syrup, and a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.
Cut your crescent roll dough into two equal-sized rectangles, then evenly spread the pumpkin mixture over one half of the dough. Place the second half of the dough over the first so that the pumpkin mixture is in the middle, then use a pizza cutter to cut the rectangle into ¾-inch wide strips. Twist each strip two or three times, brush with melted butter, and bake on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper at 375°F for 8-11 minutes or until golden brown.
Pumpkin cheesecake dip
What if you’re looking for a dip to supplement the snacks you already have instead of a full dessert? This 5-ingredient pumpkin cheesecake dip is for you! In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer to blend 8 ounces of softened cream cheese and half a cup of brown sugar until smooth and creamy.
Add 15 ounces of pumpkin puree and a tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice to the bowl and mix it in thoroughly. In a separate bowl, whip a cup of heavy whipping cream until it forms tall peaks. Mix the whipped cream in the pumpkin dip until combined, and then serve with graham crackers, pretzels, apple slices, or your choice of sweet or salty snack.
Pumpkin pie dump cake
For a super low-effort fall dessert that still tastes fantastic, try this easy pumpkin pie dump cake. Just mix together one 15oz can of pumpkin puree, one 12oz can of evaporated milk, 3 eggs, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon until it smooths out.
Pour the mixture into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish, and sprinkle a box of spice cake mix and two sticks of melted butter on top. Finally, bake the dump cake at 350°F for 55 to 60 minutes and serve it with whipped cream or ice cream.