Easy Pumpkin Recipes and Pumpkin Facts

These easy pumpkin recipes and fun pumpkin facts will get you into a fall state of mind! We’ve got easy pumpkin recipes for baking and cooking, plus our favorite recipes with pumpkin spice!

When the calendar rolls over to September, are you the first in line for a pumpkin spice latte? Do you get excited when you see that the pumpkin patches are open for business? If easy pumpkin recipes are your passion, you’re in the right place!

Let’s kick things off with a few fun pumpkin facts!

a variety of fresh pumpkins

Pumpkin Facts: Types of Pumpkin

  • There are a lot of types of pumpkin growing in the pumpkin patches! In the United States, we can grow over 42 varieties of pumpkin.
  • Pumpkins have been grown in North America for at least five thousand years, and are indigenous to the region. About 95% of the pumpkin types in the U.S. are grown within a 90 mile radius of Peoria, Illinois. However, pumpkins are now grown on six continents!
  • Some pumpkin varieties are meant specifically for carving, while others, like the Cinderella pumpkin, are best for using to make pumpkin puree. There are even tiny, white pie pumpkins called “Baby Boos” that are almost too cute to cut open!
  • Do you know that pumpkins are actually a type of squash? Just like butternut, acorn, and spaghetti squash, pumpkin squashes are know as “winter squash”. They harvest in the fall, and can be used to make all sorts of delicious recipes.
  • The soft flesh of the squash is not the only edible part! Of course, the seeds can be roasted and eaten. Each pumpkin has about 500 seeds and roasted pumpkin seeds are a great source of iron. But actually, every part of the pumpkin plant is edible, even the stem and leaves!

Easy Pumpkin Recipes

When you’re craving pumpkin flavor and don’t want to wait long, try these easy pumpkin recipes! From breakfast to dessert, your pumpkin needs can be met in a flash.



  • Pumpkin Apple Carrot Soup lightly spiced, really comforting and will warm your guests as an appetizer. Pumpkins are 90% water so this warm dish will allow you to still enjoy the main course.
  • Pumpkin Pie Rice Pudding– comforting, fall-flavored recipe that would make an impressive breakfast or dessert. Arborio rice perfectly absorbs the pumpkin flavor in this creamy dish.
  • Pumpkin Turtle Cookies– your favorite chocolate candy dressed up into a pumpkin cookie. These are soft and gooey with a nutty pecan crunch.
  • White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies– perfectly soft and chewy, not cakey at all- just like a cookie should be! This easy pumpkin recipe is also egg free.


Recipes with Pumpkin Spice

No pumpkin puree required! A jar of pumpkin spice can provide all the warmth and comfort of your favorite fall flavor in these easy pumpkin recipes.




Pumpkin Bread Recipes

Bread fresh from the oven combined with the warm aroma of pumpkin spice is the universal signal for sweaters and brightly colored leaves. Any of these easy pumpkin recipes will make a crisp fall day feel beautiful. Plus pumpkins are packed with beta-carotene which gives these dishes their bright color and an antioxidant boost to the lucky consumer.


Pumpkin Pie Recipes

While it’s a requirement for Thanksgiving dinner, you don’t have to stick with a traditional recipe. These modern alternatives will wow your guests. These easy pumpkin recipes are, well, as easy as pie to make!


Pumpkin Cake Recipes

If you need an alternative dessert to pumpkin pie, try incorporating your favorite flavor into the soft pleasure of a cake. Appropriate for any occasion, these easy pumpkin recipes will become year-round favorites.




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