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25 Ways to Use Up a Can of Pumpkin

Didn't finish up that can of pumpkin making your last batch of pumpkin bars? Here's how to use up any pumpkin leftovers with delicious recipes.

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It’s called a can, not a can’t of pumpkin

Pumpkin spice lovers, make some noise! This is your time! Don’t let anyone tell you differently and certainly don’t for one second dull your shine. People love to bag on autumn and its celebrators for being basic, but there’s a wealth of variety in a pumpkin. Before we get started: The truth behind whether canned pumpkin is actually pumpkin.

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Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Sauce


“Truthfully, I want those cozy flavors of Thanksgiving throughout the year. This ice cream has just the right balance of spices, and no matter when you make it, you’ll find yourself surrounded in the warmth and love that pumpkin pie has to offer.” —Angie Stewart, Memphis, Tennessee. Our mouths are watering at the thought of this for Thanksgiving dessert—it’s a perfect pumpkin dish that you’ll want to make for the holidays.

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Pumpkin Cookies with Browned Butter Frosting

“The recipe for these pleasantly spiced pumpkin cookies won a champion ribbon at our local county fair. These are a family favorite, and everyone enjoys the soft, cake-like texture.” —Robin Nagel, Whitehall, Montana. Here are the top fall recipes in every state.

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Favorite Pumpkin Cake Roll

“This pumpkin roll recipe is great to keep in the freezer for a quick dessert for my family or unexpected guests, to take to a gathering, or to give as a yummy gift. The recipe is in such demand, I use a 29-ounce can of pumpkin to make four cake rolls at a time.” —Erica Berchtold, Freeport, Illinois. If you love decorating with pumpkins but don’t want to carve them, try one of these no-carve pumpkin ideas.

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Spiced Pumpkin Warm-Up

“Make this drink your own! You can add coffee or even alcohol if you want an extra kick. I’ve also chilled this mixture and blended it with vanilla ice cream to make it a pumpkin shake.” —Andrea Heyart, Aubrey, Texas. Do you know why we carve pumpkins?

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Pumpkin Streusel Cupcakes

“A delicious crumb filling becomes the center of attention inside these yummy confections that taste like pumpkin bread.” —Donna Gish, Blue Springs, Missouri. Here are the best pumpkin patches in every state.

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Pumpkin Fudge

“Every Thanksgiving I look forward to the taste of pumpkin. This fudge lets me do that and everyone loves it.”—Marlene Fudge, Rushville, Indiana.

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Mini Pumpkin Spice Trifles

“These miniature trifles are so fun for fall holiday parties! The assembly takes a little longer than making one big trifle, but it’s worth it to see everyone’s reaction to getting their own!” —Rhiannon Brownell, Newport News, Virginia. If you need a pumpkin spice fix but don’t have the time to spend all of October baking, here are the best pumpkin spice products to buy at the grocery store.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Tassies

“This pumpkin and chocolate cookie has a special feel that makes it perfect for a holiday dessert table. If you don’t have a pastry tip, use a freezer bag to pipe the buttercream into the cookie cup. It works well for me.” —Laura Milanowski, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

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Pumpkin Chip Cream Pie

“This creamy pie is perfect for any autumn celebration. A store-bought graham cracker crust makes it such a cinch to whip up.” —Maria Regakis, Somerville, Massachusetts. Take a look at the best fall activities in every state.

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Pumpkin Milk Shakes

“My son loved this festive milkshake growing up—it’s nicely spiced and tastes like pumpkin pie. I like cutting off both ends of a licorice twist and serving it as a straw.” —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Jumbo Pumpkin Pecan Muffins

“Perk up an autumn morning with one of these hearty muffins. You’ll really enjoy the pumpkin-spice flavor and crumbly nut topping—and so will everyone else!” —Mrs. Janice Christofferson, Eagle River, Wisconsin. Learn how fall activities will be different this year. 

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Pumpkin Pecan Sundaes

“My family enjoys anything with pumpkin so I knew this recipe would be well-received. Butter pecan ice cream is a perfect partner for the spiced pumpkin sauce.” —Fancheon Resler, Bluffton, Indiana. Did you know there’s a secret ingredient to a perfect pumpkin pie? Shockingly, it’s not ice cream.

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Pumpkin Sage Beurre Noisette Cookies

“In a world of pumpkin spice flavor, these fluffy cookies are my top choice. The infusion of fresh sage gives them a surprising savory note. You can use mashed sweet potatoes or yams instead of the pumpkin if you prefer.” —Jill LeMasters, Ravenna, Ohio. Learn how long baking staples last before starting this recipe.

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Frosty Pumpkin Nog

“Once your friends and family taste it, you’re sure to receive frequent requests for this creamy delight throughout the holiday season.” —Crystal Bruns, Iliff, Colorado. Pairing this drink with a slice of Costco’s famous 4-pound pumpkin pie? Heavenly.

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Ribbon Pumpkin Bread

“No one will guess they’re eating lighter when you serve moist slices of this pretty pumpkin bread with a ribbon of cream cheese inside.” —Beth Ask, Ulster, Pennsylvania.

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Chocolate Mousse Pumpkin Pie

In Omaha, Nebraska, Kathy Peters combines canned pumpkin with two kinds of chocolate in this fully autumn delight that’s perfect for special occasions. Almost as delicious as Costco’s pumpkin pies—about which there is plenty you did not know, by the way.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

“I’m one of the cooking project leaders for my daughter’s 4-H club, where these soft, delicious cookies were a great hit with the kids.” —Marietta Slater, Augusta, Kansas

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Pumpkin Whip

“Even though this dessert is quick to fix, it has a creamy pumpkin taste and golden harvest look…just like traditional pumpkin pie. It’s a great dessert for both everyday dinners and special-occasion suppers.” —Linda Clapp, Stow, Ohio.

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Peter Peter Pumpkin Bars

“Sweet tooths will polish off these wonderful bars. They have a delicious orange frosting and can be decorated with candy pumpkins.” —Barb Schlafer, Appleton, Wisconsin. Add this to your baking bucket list.

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Pumpkin Banana Bread

“I came across this recipe in a local newspaper about 10 years ago, and I still make the bread on a regular basis. The recipe conveniently yields a number of mini loaves, making gift-giving easy.” —Linda Wood, Roanoke, Virginia.

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding

“Old-fashioned but never out of style, I got this favorite pumpkin recipe from an elderly aunt.” —Lois Fetting, Nelson, Wisconsin. Find out the baking ingredients you should always have on hand.

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Quick & Easy Pumpkin Crescents

“These homemade goodies are simple enough for my children to help with. Sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, the yummy crescents are perfect with hot cocoa on a chilly morning.” —Mindee Erickson, St. George, Utah

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Pumpkin Pie Shots

“Grown-up treats that feature canned pumpkin and butterscotch schnapps will lure guests back for more. The gelatin shots are made ahead, so they’re a great party starter.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen.

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Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake

“A gingersnap crust pairs well with the pumpkin and cream cheese filling.” —Judy Shatzer, Upper Strasburg, Pennsylvania

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Chunky Apple Pumpkin Bread

This moist quick bread combines both apples and pumpkin, making it a must in autumn. Every slice is chock full of nuts and spices. If this bread recipe seems intimidating, try one of these 35 non-scary bread recipes instead.

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