10 Unexpected Pumpkin Recipes

Enjoy the flavors of fall with these delicious ways to use your gourd

Parmesan-Rosemary Pumpkin Wedges

Photo: Jennifer Davick , Recipe: Jackie Mills, R.D.

Parmesan-Rosemary Pumpkin Wedges

Serve these crispy, herb-seasoned pumpkin wedges instead of French fries with your favorite burger.

Pumpkin-Chocolate Waffles

Photo: Jennifer Davick , Recipe: Jackie Mills, R.D.

Pumpkin-Chocolate Waffles

These upgraded waffles are just as easy to make as plain ones. If you don't have a waffle iron, just pour the batter in a lightly buttered nonstick skillet for tasty pancakes.

Chicken-and-White Bean Chili with Pumpkin

Photo: Jennifer Davick , Recipe: Jackie Mills, R.D.

Chicken-and-White Bean Chili with Pumpkin

Packed with flavor, this recipe can easily be adapted for vegetarians. Simply exchange vegetable broth for chicken and omit the cubed chicken and stir in more beans.

Pumpkin-Pecan Lasagna

Photo: Jennifer Davick , Recipe: Jackie Mills, R.D.

Pumpkin-Pecan Lasagna

The toasted pecans add crunchy texture and earthy flavor.

Maple-Glazed Pumpkin-Cranberry Coffee Cake

Photo: Jennifer Davick , Recipe: Jackie Mills, R.D.

Maple-Glazed Pumpkin-Cranberry Coffee Cake

This moist, pretty cake features your favorite fall flavors—warm spices, tangy cranberries, and sweet maple syrup.

Pumpkin Custard

Photo: David Tsay , Recipe: Julia Rutland

Pumpkin Custard

This dessert is incredibly simple and sure to wow friends and family. Just combine ingredients in a blender, pour into custard bowls, bake, and chill.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Photo: Luca Trovato , Recipe: Caroline Wright

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Instead of traditional pumpkin pie, try this rich, luscious cheesecake. The crust is made from gingersnap cookie crumbs. Yum!

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Napoleons

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner , Recipe: Judi Gallagher

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Napoleons

Pumpkin desserts don’t just belong in a pie shell. Try puff pastry sheets layered with the key ingredient—pumpkin butter. It’s the perfect finish to a holiday meal

Pumpkin Mini Muffins

Photo: Jonny Valiant , Recipe: Julia Rutland

Pumpkin Mini Muffins

Freeze unfrosted muffins in an airtight container up to three months. Thaw, and then frost as desired.

Pumpkin Soup Cordials

Photo: Howard L. Puckett , Recipe: Jan Robinson

Pumpkin Soup Cordials

Starting with small shots of pumpkin soup is a savory way to begin a meal.

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