Yummy Pumpkin Recipes

I love pumpkin.  I love it for any reason, and for anything.  Well maybe not plain, but put it into any recipe, and I’m there!  So, for the last week, I have been making anything pumpkin I can. The extra good news is that we have recently been able to find cream cheese here, which is an extra special treat!

Here are my very favorite recipes!

Pumpkin Bars


This recipe is from one of my dear co-workers, Kathy.  Don’t tell, but I have been known to eat one for breakfast. {ahem}

4 eggs
1 2/3 cup sugar
1 cup oil
2 cups pumpkin
2 cup flour
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Beat eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin.  Combine dry ingredients.  Gradually add to pumpkin mixture.  Mix well.  Pour into an ungreased 10×15 pan.  Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.


1- 3oz package cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 T milk
Beat first 4 ingredients.  Then add enough milk to achieve desired consistency.

Pumpkin-Nut Bread

This recipe comes from the America’s Test Kitchen cookbook.

 2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger
1 (15-oz) can pumpkin (I used 2 cups of pumpkin I made myself)
1 cup sugar
8 Tbl. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup pecans or walnuts, toasted and chopped coarse
1 cup dried cranberries (optional)

1.  Adjust the oven rack to the lower-middle position and heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Generously coat  a 9×5-inch loaf pan with vegetable oil spray.

2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and ginger together in a large bowl.  Whisk the pumpkin, sugar, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla in a separate bowl until frothy.

3.  Gently fold the pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture with a rubber spatula until just combined.  Fold the nuts and cranberries (if using).  The batter will be very thick.

4.  Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface.  Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes.

5.  Let the loaf cool in the pan for 10 minutes before unmolding onto a wire rack to cool for 1 hour.


We ate this too fast to get a good picture….so just imagine that it looks really yummy….

Pumpkin Log
3 eggs
1 c. sugar
2/3 cup pumpkin
1 cup flour
1t. baking soda
1t. cinnamon
Mix eggs, sugar, and pumpkin with a whisk.  Combine flour, baking soda, and cinnamon and slowly add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture, mixing with a whisk.

Grease a cookie sheet and line with wax paper (and grease the wax paper too).  Bake at 375 for approx. 18 minutes on the middle rack in the oven, watching to make sure it doesn’t burn.  It will be thin.
When done let cool, and then turn out onto a tea towel.

2T. butter, softened
8oz. cream cheese, softened
1c. powdered sugar
1t. vanilla

Blend together until smooth.

Spread on pumpkin cake and roll up.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.


I’m linking up with Janelle from Comfy in the Kitchen!

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  • Thehomespunheart

    Mmmmmm, Joy – I love pumpkin recipes too! This fall I’ve made pumpkin bread, pumpkin scones and pumpkin cupcakes! Can’t wait for some pumpkin pie!!!!! :)

    • Joy

      Well, Monica, you know our very favorite pumpkin recipe is your pumpkin pie recipe, but since it’s your recipe I couldn’t put it on here! :) Pumpkin scones sound awesome!! My friend made some for me on the day of my blog launch. :)

  • http://www.formissionarymoms.com Ashley L.

    Thank you for the great recipes! I put a pumpkin spice latte recipe up on my blog a couple of years ago, and since I know you love coffee, I thought you might enjoy it! It turns out great and is overseas friendly! http://formissionarymoms.com/2009/10/19/pumpkin-spice-lattes-for-missionary-moms/

    • Joy

      Ashley!!!! You are my new best friend! I am so going to make this!! Thank you for sharing! YUM! You know I love my coffee! :)

  • Karla

    Hi Joy~thanks for sharing!! Totally love pumpkin too! A month ago when the weather started feeling like fall my oldest daughter was begging for pumpkin bread. I buy pumpkin at Costco because it is a better deal and they finally put it out a couple weeks ago. The recipe I use allows me with some leftover pumpkin that I either scoop into our pancake mix or I use it for a crepe filling~so yummy. Have a great weekend:)

    • Joy

      Oh Karla, that sounds so yummy, pumpkin in crepes or pancakes…yum! I need to try that! :) I wish I had a Costco to buy pumpkin. :( But, it isn’t as hard as I thought to actually cook up a pumpkin.

  • http://www.laytonfamilyjoy.blogspot.com/ steflayton

    yea – this is how long I’ve been reading your blog – pumpkin bars, got that from you before and brought them to a prayer group meeting. They were delish … except for my hair in the frosting. DOOT !!

    • Joy

      That’s awesome. You always make me laugh, and yes, you are the only one so far that noticed this was a re-post. :) As I get older my hair is falling out more (am I going bald?!), and I have to be careful about getting my hair in stuff! Nothing is more disgusting than finding hair in food, ugh!

  • http://twitter.com/jenilee220 Jenilee Goodwin

    They all sounds wonderful! I love pumpkin and I even have some fresh pumpkin to use… might have to try that roll!

    • Joy

      Yes, I love the pumpkin roll recipe. I could eat a whole one myself! :) Let me know if you make it!

  • http://joyfulheartsandfaces6.blogspot.com/ Charlotte

    Thanks for sharing these recipes…..I want to try the Pumpkin Bars very soon!

    • Joy

      You are welcome Charlotte! I’m thinking I need to make a batch of the pumpkin bars today too! :)

  • Rebecca

    I made the pumpkin bars last night in lieu of a birthday cake for my husband. My in-laws are here and we all enjoyed them last night after dinner and again this morning for breakfast. Easy and wonderful, my favorite kind of recipe.

    • Joy

      Yay! I’m glad you like it. My favorite is to eat a piece for breakfast with my coffee. :)

  • Gconard

    We love pumpkin at our house too. This year we have a hugh pumpkin crop in the graden so I am looking for more recipes, I copied down a few of yours:) One of our favorites is pumpkin dinner rolls… beautiful color and so moist, I will post the recipe on my blog soon. I am enjoying your blog, we had read your family blog for awhile, we are MAF supporters and my husband has it marked:)
    Thanks for sharing,
    www (dot) quilt-n-mama (dot) blogspot.com

    • Joy

      Hi Gayly!
      Thanks for commenting and letting me know about yourself a bit! I have never heard of pumpkin dinner rolls, but they sound amazing! Will you let me know when you post it on your blog?! I want to try them!

  • Lisa Pearson

    Hi joy. Nice to meet you. I am visiting from our friend, janelle’s post on Facebook! We love pumpkin, too. Your recipes look delicious and easy. Thank you for sharing them. Hope you are having a quiet Sunday evening!

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  • Lindsay

    Hi Joy, I found myself here after following a friends status on Facebook :-) I am about to add you to my bookmarks list, you blog about everything I am thinking about and struggling with!! But please can you tell me how you prepare your pumpkin. We don’t really get tinned pumpkin in the UK but can get fresh pumpkin easily so I’d love to know what state it is in when it reaches your recipe (boiled, mashed, uncooked???)
    Thank you

    • Joy

      Lindsay, Sure! I’d be happy to help! I just buy a regular pumpkin from the market, cut it into about 4 pieces and put it on a baking sheet in the over with a little bit of water underneath. Then, after it’s cooked about an hour I pull out the pulp and then strain it to get all the grainy stuff out of it. So, I guess, baked and mashed? Does that help?! Let me know if you have more questions! BTW, I LOVE the UK! Spent a year in school in England. Can’t wait to go back one day!

      • Lindsay

        That’s great, thankyou. We are hosting a parents and babies party soon for Nov 5th (Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night) and I might just make one of these recipes :-) Looking forward to following your blog in the future.

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