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10 Must-Make Pumpkin Recipes to Get You Excited for Fall!

By: Maren Swanson • September 16th, 2014

10 Must-Make Recipes to Get You Ready for Fall! #fall #pumpkin #recipes

Coming from the lady who thinks it's too soon for the Pumpkin Spice Latte to return to Starbucks (as early as August!), I must admit I am a major pumpkin-flavored fan. Maybe it's because I loved pumpkin-themed/scented/tasting stuff before it became popular or perhaps it's because Fall is my favorite season, but either way, I'm gearing up for pumpkin-palooza. I have actually been pretty miserable this past week with the Los Angeles heatwave reaching triple digit numbers, but I'm reminded of a quote by F. Scotts Fitzgerald who wrote in The Great Gatsby, "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." So ready on not Fall, here I come. If you're still on the pumpkin train, then you'll love my list of must-make pumpkin recipes for the cool, crisp Autumn days ahead and Halloween!

1. Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls #pumpkin #recipes

Gooey goodies smothered with pumpkin and icing? Yes, please! It's time to switch out that boring pumpkin bread and replace it with these seasonal breakfast treats. These Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls look too good to pass up.


2. Roasted Garlic Sage Pesto Pumpkin Soup

Roasted Garlic Sage Pesto Pumpkin Soup #pumpkin #recipe

The name of this dish may be a mouthful, but I'm willing to guess this pumpkin soup will be a pleasurable mouthful once I make it. To top it off (pun intended), the Half Baked Harvest blog adds spicy pumpkin seeds as a garnish. And how adorable is the individual pumpkin soup bowl?!


3. Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes#pumpkin #recipe

I've heard of a pumpkin pie martini, but a pumpkin pie milkshake could potentially put me in an alcoholic sugar coma for a least an hour. Is that stopping me from making it? No way, Jack-o-Latern-José…


4. Pumpkin Spice Tres Leches Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

Tres Leches Cake is one of my favorite desserts; I have actually combed the streets of Mexico searching for the best of them on many of my South of the border trips. Finally, I have found the ultimate Tres Leches...with Pumpkin! You can bet that this will be one of the first pumpkin desserts I'll be whipping up for Fall.


5. Pumpkin and Kale Lasagna Roll-ups

Pumpkin and Kale Lasagna Roll-ups #pumpkin #recipe #fall

So if pumpkin sweets aren't your thing and perhaps you're a vegetarian, then we suggest trying these delectable Pumpkin and Kale Roll-ups. Some of the ingredients include pumpkin puree, mozzarella, kale, white wine, garlic and basil - yum!


6. Two-Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies

Two-Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies #pumpkin #recipe #fall

I'm a busy lady, so the fact that this pumpkin cookies only takes 2 ingredients is music to my ears! If you don't use store bought frosting, then you may need a few additional items, but it seems like a lot of pumpkin flavor for a little less work.


7. Pumpkin Lasagna Bolognese

Pumpkin Lasagna Bolognese #pumpkin #recipe #fall

Yes, it's another lasagna recipe, but this Pumpkin Lasagna Bolognese recipe is loaded with tons of Italian sausage, tomato sauce and cheese. Speaking of cheese, this food blogger used a cheese pumpkin - how clever is that?!


8. Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream #pumpkin #recipe #fall

...practically drooled when I discovered this cold pumpkin dessert. To kick it up a notch, I added a cup of crumbled frosted ginger bread cookies from Trader Joe's when I made this pumpkin pie ice cream and it sent this recipe over the moon!


9. Sweet and Salty Pumpkin Seeds

Sweet and Salty Pumpkin Seeds #pumpkin #recipe #fall

May seem like just a simple snack idea, but don't you always wonder what to do with those leftovers pumpkin seeds after a night of carving Jack-o-lanterns? I have a feeling these Sweet and Salty Pumpkin seed with pair perfectly with one of our favorite pumpkin ales!


10. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Truffles

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Truffles #pumpkin #recipe #fall #truffles

Okay, so I may have saved the best for last. These Pumpkin Cream Cheese truffles look to-die-for and will be served as my trick-out-or-treat alternative for party guests at my annual Halloween party.