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10 Pumpkin Recipes for Thanksgiving

Updated on March 11, 2014
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Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.

One of my favorite parts about Thanksgiving, as well as fall in general, is the pumpkin recipes. I love the traditional recipes such as pumpkin pie as well as a little more unusual recipes like pumpkin pancakes. You can incorporate pumpkin into just about any part of the Thanksgiving day: breakfast, appetizer/snack, starter course (i.e. soup), side dish, or dessert. If you really enjoy pumpkin, consider using several pumpkin recipes throughout the day or holiday weekend. Many of these recipes are perfect for just about any time during fall or winter as well. Have fun cooking and happy holidays!

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Pumpkin Pie

My favorite pumpkin pie recipe is the one right on the back of can of Libby's pumpkin. You don't need to add anything else or change any of the basic ingredients to have an amazing pie. Although the recipe says that you can use a pre-made pie shell, I highly recommend making one from scratch. I use a pie crust recipe from How to Cook Everything (see link below). You can also check out these free pie crust recipes.

Pumpkin Pie with Martha Stewart and Her Niece

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Pumpkin Cheesecake

For those who love cheesecake, this is the perfect way to make it into a festive Thanksgiving dessert. I love the idea of using graham crackers AND Nilla wafers for the crust. The swirls on the top will wow all of your guests.

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Curried Pumpkin Cauliflower Soup

If you're serving a more elegant Thanksgiving meal, a soup or salad starter is an excellent beginning to the meal. This pumpkin soup recipe is perfect and not too tricky or time consuming to whip up while the turkey is baking.

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Pumpkin Spice Cake Chocolate Chip Cookies or Bars

I have tried several new pumpkin recipes this fall (and will probably try a few more before the season is over). This is one of them. I came across it in Kristy's blog and bookmarked it right away. This is about as easy as a recipe can get. It's a perfect addition to the Thanksgiving dessert selection. If you're feeling more ambitious, you can make the spice cake from scratch before adding the pumpkin and chocolate chips. If you are in the mood for cookies instead of bars, you can make it that way, too. The blog post doesn't mention greasing the pan, but please do that!

Copyright 2011, Rose Clearfield
Copyright 2011, Rose Clearfield

Pumpkin Muffins

This recipe is one of my all-time favorite pumpkin recipes. I actually make it all year round, and it's always well received. It's from The Comfort Table by Katie Lee Joel (see link below). This is a perfect breakfast option for Thanksgiving Day or the morning after Thanksgiving when people aren't quite looking for leftovers yet. These muffins are ideal when they are eaten warm with a little butter or cream cheese.

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Pumpkin Pound Cake

I found this recipe this fall in a pumpkin recipe round up on A Bird in the Hand Art. I usually make sour cream pound cake, but while I've been on my pumpkin recipe kick, I gave this one a try instead. It does not disappoint. For some reason, I really enjoy using my Bundt pan so it appealed to that notion as well. This is another great option for the Thanksgiving dessert selection.

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Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

I recently made a very similar recipe that I got out of a random cookbook from the library that used canned cranberry instead of fresh or dried. It made a surprisingly good alternative. My husband would have preferred the bread without cranberry, but I love the addition of it. This bread makes a wonderful breakfast or snack. Breads freeze well so if you're overwhelmed with holiday prep, you can make these ahead of time and pull them out the night before.

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Pumpkin Pancakes

This post is on a food blog primarily designed for kids' recipes. However, there is no reason that this recipe should be limited to kids. A stack of pumpkin pancakes will give adults the energy that they need to start the day, too. I love the idea in the post of using a Tablespoon to make tiny pancakes.

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Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

A few handfuls of toasted pumpkin seeds can be a wonderful part of any Thanksgiving appetizer spread. This recipe is very basic with salt and butter. You can substitute olive oil for butter or experiment with different spices and flavors (cinnamon, sugar, Mrs. Dash, garlic, etc.). If you're using fresh pumpkin for any of your other pumpkin Thanksgiving recipes, save the seeds so you can toast them.

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Spicy Pumpkin Hummus

Wow all of your guests with a pumpkin hummus as part of your Thanksgiving appetizers. If you're looking for a variation from the classic hummus, this is a perfect new recipe for the holiday. You can make this hummus as spicy as you like by adding more cayenne pepper and cumin or can experiment with a sweet taste with honey or pumpkin pie spices. Hummus can be paired with thick chips (i.e. tortilla chips, kettle cooked chips), carrots, or crackers. This blog post includes a recipe for homemade tortilla chips.

Pumpkin Donuts and Cupcakes

While I was searching for some of the pumpkin recipes for this hub, I came across a number of fabulous recipes for pumpkin donuts and cupcakes. If you are looking for some fun alternatives or additions to pie for your Thanksgiving meal this year, consider one of the following recipes.

© 2011 Rose Clearfield

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Oooh--pumpkin hummus! They all look great, but this one's mine. :)

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I really want to try it now, too! Thanks!

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      Splendid Little Stars 5 years ago

      Oh! the wonderful goodness of it all! I must try--well, most of these! Recently I made pumpkin biscuits. I just cut back on the liquid and added some canned pumpkin as well as pumpkin pie type spices. Then I served them with maple syrup butter (mixed the two together, although they kept separating--nobody cared).

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Margaret! Your biscuits sound amazing.

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      Shelly McRae 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Oh this hub has made me hungry. The pumpkin muffins sound perfect for breakfast. Thanks for sharing these recipes.

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      Fellow Mumbaite 5 years ago from India

      The pumpkin muffins look awesome...all pumpkin recipes mentioned here are pretty easy, it seems!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Shelly and Fellow! The pumpkin muffins are one of my all-time favorite recipes. They are definitely perfect for breakfast.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Randomcreative you have me positively drooling LOL. Anything pumpkin is great for Thanksgiving but these recipes add a bit of a different touch - especially pumpkin hummus - who knew?

      Thanks for sharing, voting up and useful

      Cloverleaf.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Haha for sure! I had no idea that pumpkin hummus existed before I started researching for this hub. Thanks!

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      Edi 5 years ago

      Mmmmm...these all look and sound so good! Pumpkin pie and cheesecake are my faves! But I wouldn't turn down a pumpkin doughnut either :)

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Yum! I've made most of these, but I haven't tried pumpkin hummus. Sounds great! Voted up.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Edi and Habee! I never get tired of pumpkin pie or cheesecake. I need to try the hummus myself sometime.

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      A.CreativeThinker 5 years ago

      These recipes all look quite tasty randomcreative. The Pumpkin Hummus is definitely something new to me.

      Voted up. :)

      Regards,

      A.CreativeThinker

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      I think I have tried most of these, except the pumpkin cheesecake, pancakes and hummus. My mouth is really watering right now after reading about all these goodies.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks CreativeThinker and Om! I'm so glad that others are excited about the pumpkin hummus. Om, you'll definitely have to try pumpkin cheesecake sometime if you ever get the chance. I am not a huge cheesecake fun, but I love it with pumpkin.

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      Hear Me 5 years ago from Somewhere in Florida

      Ok...I have gone to heaven!!! I can't wait to try the pumpkin cheesecake recipe!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! I'm glad!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Another to book mark into my favourite recipes slot.

      I look forward to many more hubs from you.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      AnesaK 5 years ago from USA

      I will have to make some of these! I love the pumpkin/cauliflower soup and the pumpkin pancakes recipes especially. And the desserts are just deeeelicious :). Thanks for the ideas.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much Eiddwen and AnesaK! Have fun making lots of pumpkin recipes this fall. :)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Awesome and useful. It is almost here!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! Yes, hard to believe, but true!

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      texasgirlfw 5 years ago

      Thanks for these great recipes. I will use some of them for thanksgiving.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      You're welcome! That's awesome.

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      What a great recipe round-up. I love pumpkin recipes, so I have bookmarked this one for future reference!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you much! I'm glad that there are so many people here who also love pumpkin recipes.

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      The pumpkin cranberry bread looks DELICIOUS! I must try that this Fall. Thanks for sharing. I voted up and awesome. :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you so much! You should definitely make some this fall if you get a chance.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      yummy yummy for my tummy! These recipes are great! You've put together a nice collection in an easy to read format. Bookmarking and voting up - nice job.

      wishing my laptop had a taste test feature ;)

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      I love pumpkin muffins and actually any type of cake or dessert with pumpkin. I have bookmarked this page and know I will be baking a few of the items for my Thanksgiving company. Like you, however, I may have to make the pumpkin muffins year-round. Voting up and beautiful.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you so much missolive and ktrapp! A laptop taste test feature would be awesome. :) There aren't many pumpkin desserts that I don't like either.

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      amy11692 5 years ago

      looks delicious! i'm going to have to make these this thanksgiving season!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Amy! I hope that goes well!

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      Fuller-Life 5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Wow...these foods look so delicious. I'll have to try them. Thanks this great hub. Keep them coming!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you! I will!

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      Jill Spencer 5 years ago from United States

      Fantastic hub! How I wish I liked the taste of pumpkin more! The hummus in particular looks appealing.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! The recipe says that the pumpkin taste isn't very strong in the hummus so that might be a good recipe to try.

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      Gypsy48 5 years ago

      Wonderful hub, will have to try the pumpkin cranberry bread, looks delicious.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! I haven't tried that exact recipe, but the one that I make is very similar and very delicious.

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      Sarah Carlsley 5 years ago from Minnesota

      YUM. These all look delicious, and it was exactly what I needed! I wanted to make some festive desserts but I want to try something different - this is perfect! I think I'll try the pumpkin chocolate chip bars. They look delicious!!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That sounds perfect! Happy baking. :)

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      september girl 5 years ago

      Wow, nice hub. : ) Have to bookmark for a later use.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you so much!

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the nice information...

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks!

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      Stephanie Das 5 years ago from Miami, US

      I love to cook with pumpkin, I wish it were available fresh all year round. I have bookmarked this hub. Good job :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Stephanie! It's too bad that it isn't available fresh year round. You just have to take advantage of it when it is available.

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      pumpkin is cheap in my country so I will be tring a few of these recipes

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Sounds good! I hope that it goes well.

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      Elayne 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I love when pumpkin season comes around - anything pumpkin is the bomb! If I ate it like I would like, I would be a little rolly polly ball. Great recipes. Thanks.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Elayne! You do have to eat a lot of these recipes in moderation. That's life, right? Thanks!

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Yum! I never cook with pumpkin. I'm totally inspired now. The muffins look delicious!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! The muffins really are the best. Happy cooking!

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      The Fastionista 5 years ago

      I'm a pumpkin junkie around the holidays and I'm looking forward to trying some of these ideas (especially that pumpkin cheesecake - yum!) Thanks for a great hub - voted up! Happy Holidays!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I am, too! I'm glad that this is helpful for you. Happy baking and happy holidays, too!

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      Miss Paula 5 years ago

      They all look so good,but not sure about the pumpkin hummus. but i think i would try it. GOD BLESS!!!!!!!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! I still haven't tried it myself, but I agree that I would if I got the chance. You too!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 5 years ago from USA

      Awesome hub. Voted up!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you!

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      Adrienne F Manson 5 years ago from Atlanta

      I bet that pumpkin pound cake is delicious. I am stuck on that one, and the cranberry pumpkin bread. I am finding all the recipes I could ever need right here on HP. Thanks for sharing!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! You're right, you can definitely find all of the Thanksgiving recipes that you'd ever need right here on HubPages.

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      Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Pumpkin is one of those things I really only think of in a pie. The soup recipe looks like it may be rather good. Why not pumpkin in a soup, right? I've seen a couple pork and pumpkin recipes out there, but none of them have really caught my attention—but this IS soup season for me, and adding a new one or two to the mix every year is always something fun. I love cauliflower as well, so this might just be a go.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That sounds fun with the soup! For a long time, I only thought of pumpkin with pie, too, but I've had fun branching out the last few years.

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