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Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Cream Cheese Brownies - For Fall

Updated on August 15, 2016
Pumpkin soup is a great idea for supper.
Pumpkin soup is a great idea for supper. | Source

Autumn, Pumpkins, and Cooking

Autumn is such a fun time for cooking. The scents of cinnamon, nutmeg and spicy baked goods fill the air. Not only that, the colors are spectacular, sweeping you into a festive mood.

Pumpkins are also an autumn favorite. What would Halloween be without pumpkins? Traditional pumpkin pie is a staple of Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays in the United States. Pumpkin soup might not be a staple, but it might be after you try this soup!

In this post, I share three pumpkin recipes. Spiced Pumpkin Bread is great for breakfast. Savory pumpkin soup is great for dinner and it’s done in a crock pot. For dessert? You’ll want to try delicious Pumpkin Cream Cheese Brownies.

Leap into fall with these appetizing recipes that have pumpkin as their main ingredient.


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About Pumpkins and Pureeing

Pumpkins are so good for the eyes and full of antioxidants.

If you use pumpkins as decorations but you don’t carve them, why not use them when you’re finished with them outside (and before they have fully ripened) to make puree? This is what I did for my pumpkin soup recipe. I made the pumpkin puree from scratch. It creates a rich flavor.

Basically, you’ll cut the pumpkin into large pieces and keep the skin on. It’s best to steam the pieces so they don’t get too watery. Steam the pieces for 30-45 minutes, removing from heat when the pulpy part is soft and you can scrape it from the skin.

Let cool just enough that you can handle the pulp in a blender. Add pulp and a bit of water, if necessary, and blend until the pumpkin is pureed. If you don’t need the pureed pumpkin immediately, you can freeze it until you are ready to use it.

Save the pumpkin seeds, too! Rinse the pulp off of them, and let dry completely – about 24 hours. Then, drizzle some olive oil, salt and pepper on them and bake in the oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes, or until golden. Have them as a snack or garnish your pumpkin soup with them.

Spiced Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Topping
Spiced Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Topping | Source
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Spiced Pumpkin Bread

This bread is so good with breakfast. You can make an optional cream cheese topping and use that as a spread. Or, if you’re like me, you can spread the topping over the whole loaf and serve warm.

It's pumpkin spice...once, twice or thrice!

This recipe will make one loaf (9x5"), or three small loaves (3x5").

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Mix the dry ingredients first.Then add in everything else, including the pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, sugar, spices and nuts.I put the batter into these great little 3x5" pans, but you can use a regular loaf pan (9x5").Pumpkin bread - fresh out of the oven.
Mix the dry ingredients first.
Mix the dry ingredients first. | Source
Then add in everything else, including the pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, sugar, spices and nuts.
Then add in everything else, including the pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, sugar, spices and nuts. | Source
I put the batter into these great little 3x5" pans, but you can use a regular loaf pan (9x5").
I put the batter into these great little 3x5" pans, but you can use a regular loaf pan (9x5"). | Source
Pumpkin bread - fresh out of the oven.
Pumpkin bread - fresh out of the oven. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or softened butter
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup nuts, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F if you’re using a glass or ceramic loaf pan, otherwise, heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease your loaf pan or small loaf pans.
  3. Combine flour, salt, sugar, baking powder in large bowl. Mix well.
  4. Add in the pumpkin puree, eggs, vegetable oil, water, pumpkin pie spice, ground cloves and nuts. Mix just until batter is not lumpy.
  5. Pour batter into a 9x5” loaf pan (I used smaller loaf pans – see below). Place in oven and bake for 1 hour. Start checking for doneness around 50 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of the bread will come out clean when it’s ready.
Cream Cheese Topping
Cream Cheese Topping | Source

Make the topping: (optional)

Ingredients:

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 tbsp honey (or ¼ cup sugar)

¼ tsp. chopped nuts

¼ tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and spread over spiced pumpkin bread. Or, use as a topping for the entire loaf.

Tips and Tricks

I used small 3x5” ceramic bread pans with autumn decorations. I found them at the craft store. When baking, check for doneness around 45 minutes, but will probably still need around 50-60 minutes to finish baking. You’ll still want to bake at 325° F. Making bread in these little pans make for great gifts.

When testing for doneness, you don’t have to use a toothpick. In fact, a great alternative is a “skewer” – the kind you use for shish kabobs. They’re long and you don’t have to pull the bread out of the oven to check for doneness. Plus, you reduce the risk of burning yourself.

Put the topping on only after the bread is cool – if you’re putting it on the loaf. That way, it will go on exactly where you want it and you can even be a little decorative with it.

Spiced Pumpkin Bread - a slice with cream cheese topping.
Spiced Pumpkin Bread - a slice with cream cheese topping. | Source
Pumpkin soup for dinner.
Pumpkin soup for dinner. | Source
Put all the ingredients for pumpkin soup into the slow cooker.  Mix well and cook on low 5-6 hours or until the potatoes are tender.
Put all the ingredients for pumpkin soup into the slow cooker. Mix well and cook on low 5-6 hours or until the potatoes are tender. | Source

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Pumpkin Soup in a Slow Cooker – Wholesome and Easy!

I admit I’m in love with my slow cooker. It doesn’t use much energy, I put all the ingredients in and a few hours later, I have a meal, ready and waiting.

This meal is delicious and wholesome, complete with potatoes and creamy goodness. It’ll warm you up after spending a day on a hayride! Serve it up with some parsley for garnish and a side of honey butter crackers. This is sure to be a keeper.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 medium potatoes, cut into ½” chunks
  • 1 tsp grated gingerroot
  • 4 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg

Instructions:

1. Add all ingredients to slow cooker.

2. Cook on low for 5-6 hours, or until potatoes are tender.

3. Serve hot with a sprig of parsley.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Brownies
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Brownies | Source
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Using the oil, egg and water, plus the brownie mix, make the brownie batter.Clear the bowl using a handy scraper.Pour the brownie batter into an 8x8 pan.Then make the pumpkin batter.Pour the pumpkin batter on top of the brownie batter and then use the brownie batter you set aside and drizzle over the pumpkin batter in a zig-zag pattern.Take a butter knife and FOLLOW the zig-zag pattern.  Then run the knife PERPENDICULAR (90 degrees) to the zig-zag pattern to create the really fun swirls.Bake for 50-60 minutes, testing for doneness.  This is fresh out of the oven!
Using the oil, egg and water, plus the brownie mix, make the brownie batter.
Using the oil, egg and water, plus the brownie mix, make the brownie batter. | Source
Clear the bowl using a handy scraper.
Clear the bowl using a handy scraper. | Source
Pour the brownie batter into an 8x8 pan.
Pour the brownie batter into an 8x8 pan. | Source
Then make the pumpkin batter.
Then make the pumpkin batter. | Source
Pour the pumpkin batter on top of the brownie batter and then use the brownie batter you set aside and drizzle over the pumpkin batter in a zig-zag pattern.
Pour the pumpkin batter on top of the brownie batter and then use the brownie batter you set aside and drizzle over the pumpkin batter in a zig-zag pattern. | Source
Take a butter knife and FOLLOW the zig-zag pattern.  Then run the knife PERPENDICULAR (90 degrees) to the zig-zag pattern to create the really fun swirls.
Take a butter knife and FOLLOW the zig-zag pattern. Then run the knife PERPENDICULAR (90 degrees) to the zig-zag pattern to create the really fun swirls. | Source
Bake for 50-60 minutes, testing for doneness.  This is fresh out of the oven!
Bake for 50-60 minutes, testing for doneness. This is fresh out of the oven! | Source

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Brownies

This brownie mix uses your favorite brownie mix plus pumpkin cheese batter. It’s a yummy treat and perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas.

It’s not a difficult recipe, but you’ll want to have an electric mixer handy and make sure your cream cheese is soft, or it will make your batter lumpy.

If you use a different brownie mix than the one I used, no problem! See the tips and tricks below to adjust your cooking time.

Ingredients:

Brownie Batter:

  • Pre-made brownie mix - I used Pillsbury.
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil (for the brownie mix)
  • 2 tbsp water (for the brownie mix)
  • 1 egg (for the brownie mix)

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Batter:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 6 oz. pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions:

1. Spray an 8X8” pan. Preheat oven to 325°F if using a ceramic pan, 350°F if using a metal or non-stick pan.

2. Mix brownie mix (using the vegetable oil, egg and water) and pour into pan. Reserve about 1/8 – 1/4 cup of the mix and set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, mix together the cream cheese, egg, pumpkin puree and the rest of the ingredients. Beat with an electric mixer on medium-low for about two minutes.

4. Pour pumpkin-cream cheese better over brownie mix in pan. It will displace the brownie mix a bit.

5. Pour the reserved brownie mix on top of the pumpkin pie mix in a zig-zag pattern.

6. Take a butter knife and follow the zig-zag pattern to start to swirl it. Then, go perpendicular to the zig-zag pattern, creating a swirl zig-zag pattern.

7. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a skewer or toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean.

8. Let them cool completely before serving.

Tips and Tricks for the Brownies

If you like your brownies a little more “gooey,” cook them for a little less than the required time.

You can use any brownie mix you like for this. Even if you make brownies from scratch, they can make up the base layer for this recipe. Then, make the pumpkin cream cheese batter and cook accordingly.

When you use a brownie mix - from scratch or pre-made - add about 30 minutes more to the baking process to allow the pumpkin cheesecake mixture to cook thoroughly. For example, if your brownie mix says it will take 33 minutes, add another 30 minutes to the cook time for the pumpkin cream cheese to cook, for a total of 63 minutes.

© 2012 Cynthia Sageleaf

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      GFTJ - haha, I LOVE pumpkin beer. Looove it. :)

      W1totalk - thank you so much! Yeah, there are some awful pumpkin soup recipes out there - so many have pumpkin and onion and ugh...that just doesn't do it for me. :)

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      I recall trying to make pumpkin soup previously. Your recipe looks and sounds much better. Great writing start to finish. Thank you.

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      Joshua Patrick 4 years ago from Texas

      Huge pumpkin fan here - the only thing these recipes are missing is pumpkin beer - voted up and more!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Vicki - hehe...pumpkin...my weakness...lol

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      These look yummy! I love pumpkin. Gotta pin this one! :-)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Carter06 - oh the bread is very moist and scrumptious. They're all yummy stuff. I'm excited too because I made some pumpkin soup last night and totally figured out a yummy variation with broccoli and corn. YUM!

      Natashalh - they are yummy! I love cooking with pumpkin. Do you have any idea how many cans of pumpkin I go through this time of year? hahah.

      Kris - the brownies are sooo good. You won't be able to keep them around and they stay super-moist - I definitely prefer them that way. :)

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Those pumpkin cheese brownies sound wonderful. I'm a sucker for anything with pumpkin in it this time of year. I may have to give these at try!

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Pumpkin cream cheese brownies? How amazing! I am one of those (seemingly rare) people that really enjoys cooking with pumpkin. Thanks for three more recipes to add to my arsenal.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Yum, of all the pumpkin recipes I've made I haven't tried bread...can't wait to now as this looks delicious, thanks so much for sharing this, lot's of votes...cheers

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      MO - awww< you"re so sweet! I promise they will all be good! Enjoy!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      me oh my, all of this looks delish! I can't dare pick just one. I'll just have to try them all! By the way, your pictures look great and you offer wonderful instructions. Can't wait to give these a try.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Toknowinfo - Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy these recipes. :)

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      toknowinfo 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing these great pumpkin recipes. Everything is terrific, from the step by step instructions to the wonderful pictures. I will certainly be using these so thanks again.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      2patricias - I love pumpkins! I can't get enough of them this time of year, lol. I'm glad you enjoyed this. Thank you for the shares. I appreciate it. :)

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      2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      These all look great! This is the only time of year when we can buy pumplins over here, so I am currently expanding the pumpkin section of my index.

      I am adding this to my Recipe Index for HubPages - and I am sharing.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Put your own twist on it, Kelley - tell me how it turns out! :D

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I love pumpkin pie! I would eat it everyday. I can't wait to try the brownies and the soup too!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      aviannovice - mmm, that's a great way to make crust-free pumpkin recipes. You've got me craving more pumpkin! :D

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Wow, these are really great recipes. I like pumpkin pie filling, but since I am wheat intolerant, I just bake it in a dish.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Doc Sonic - Of COURSE you mentioned pumpkin pie...oh my goodness - now I'm craving THAT! Hehehe. I hope you have fun with these recipes. :)

      K9 - always great to see you! Oh, the pumpkin soup is divine. I don't like onions, so I concocted this one as a creamy alternative to pumpkin soup with onions. It is yummy! ;) Thank you so much for stopping by! Super hubhugs to you!

      Peanutritious - hehe, I am looking forward to autumn, too! I think I'll be making these recipes over and over again. :D Thank you so much for your kind words! Cheers!

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      Tara Carbery 5 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      Yum! I LOVE Pumpkin! It's actually making me look forward to Autumn despite not having had a Summer yet in the UK! Can't wait to try these out. Now where's my pinny?!!!

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      India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

      Fantastic trio of pumpkin goodness! I can hardly wait to try the pumpkin soup, it looks like velvet. Thanks for sharing such great recipes and the helpful tips and tricks for putting them together. A real winner, CC! Up...where is that super-yummy button...

      HubHugs~

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      Glen Nunes 5 years ago from Cape Cod, Massachusetts

      Great collection of recipes - nice alternatives to the usual pumpkin pie. I predict that these treats are going to be very popular at my house!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Denisemai - Mmm. I hope you enjoy them! I'm still eating the benefits of my labors. Hahaha! Thanks for the pins!

      Tammy - aww, you are so sweet! And THANK YOU for the feedback on my photos - I've been REALLY trying to make great photos and practicing like a good little photographer. Hehehe.

      Billy - You are one awesome Pipophant! Thank you for your feedback and hehe, well, I suppose me taking two days to do a hub should have SOMETHING going for it, right? Hehe. I wish I could crank them out as fast as you, that's for sure. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I just wanted to read this so I could tell everyone that I had read HOTD #9 before it was awarded to you. Sheez, save some of these awards for the rest of us please!

      Great as usual! Do you ever get tired of doing excellent work?

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hooray fall is almost here! This is one very beautiful and appealling hub! Your photos look professional. I have made pumpkin bread, but not the soup or the brownies. I must try this. This is one of the best visual experiences I have had in a long time! Awesome!!!

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      Denise Mai 5 years ago from Idaho

      This is fantastic. I love pumpkin and will use some of these ideas for sure. Especially the soup (yummy) and brownies. I've been searching for the perfect pumpkin soup recipe for years. My fingers are crossed on this one. I'm pinning this!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Randomcreative - oh, these are so scrumptious, and believe it or not, they're not too decadent. :) I'm looking forward to making more pumpkin recipes. MMMM.

      Jennzie - I know, right? These are making me really look forward to the autumn months. Thanks for stopping by!

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      jennzie 5 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      These yummy recipes are definitely making me look forward to autumn. :-) Nice hub!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      My mouth is watering now! I love pumpkin and am looking forward to making lots of pumpkin dishes this fall. Thanks for the great recipes.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Om - hehe, they are YUMMY! I couldn't get enough and they don't seem too decadent, either. :) I appreciate your feedback. Have a great day!

      Glimmer Twin Fan - I hear you're up for a Hubnugget! I hope you get it! Anyway, thanks so much for the feedback and it's sad that we don't use pumpkin for more things in our culture. Hmmm...you gave me an idea...hehehe.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      The brownies look awesome as do the other recipes. I think sometimes pumpkin is overlooked and it's so good.

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Wow, the pumpkin cream cheese brownies look and sound ridiculously scrumptious! The other two recipes sound very good, too. Thanks for sharing this beautiful hub. Gosh, I'm hungry! lol

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Teaches - mmmm. Pumpkin brownies. MMMM. I'm addicted to pumpkins right now. I'm enjoying all the "fruits" of my labors. Hehe, I'm having spiced pumpkin bread for breakfast. :) Thanks so much for stopping by! Hubhugs!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I can't decide which is best, I love them all. I have never had a pumpkin brownie, but I am willing to try one today. I have had the soup before and truly say that it is a delicious treat. Printing off to try this soon. Voted way up.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Efficient Admin - Oh man, I think I gained about two pounds just MAKING these recipes. LOL. But they're so delicious!! Thank you so much for stopping by!

      Faith Reaper - Pumpkin is one of my favorites! Thank you so much for stopping by!

      Alocsin - Hey there! How are you? If you make the pumpkin cream cheese brownies, I bet you'll have lots of people at your house...all of a sudden. :D

      Julie - These recipes are making me REALLY look forward to autumn. :D

      Vespawoolf - The pumpkin soup is such a keeper! I'd concocted this recipe myself after seeing so many with onions in the pumpkin soup. I don't mind onions, but I'm not thrilled about the taste with pumpkin. So, this creamy soup is wonderful! :)

      RTalloni - It was 54 degrees at my house this morning - I was dressed warmly and nursing my cup of tea for a long time. Hehe. Yes, hints of fall are in the air. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Oooh! We have the tiniest hint of fall in the air and here you've got these great pumpkin recipes lookin' at us! :). Thanks!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a great idea: ginger in pumpkin soup. I love pumpkin bread and have never tried pumpkin brownies before. You've inspired me...I'm heading to the kitchen now! : )

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      Pumpkin foods are my favorite. I can't wait for this upcoming season. Great recipes!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      The only one of these recipes I've ever tried has been pumpkin spice bread. The others sound equally delicious. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      I love pumpkin. Thanks for sharing the great recipes. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Efficient Admin 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      These really look awesome. I can't wait to try them. Gosh, Thanksgiving is only a few months away, and I'm looking forward to it actually. Voted up awesome.