Uses for leftover pumpkin

It’s the Thanksgiving pre-season, that means Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins! They can play those dratted carols all they like but I won’t give up my Pumpkin Spice everything until December pries it from my freezing cold fingers.

I love to bake pumpkins, and I found a bunch at the local grocery store for $1 per pie pumpkin. How could I refuse? But then I end up with a couple of pounds of pumpkin puree for each pumpkin I bake. You can only make Pumpkin Pancakes so many times before you are sick of them and want to try something else. Here are a few of my favorite leftover pumpkin recipes.

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

I don’t care how cold it is outside, it’s always the perfect season for a milkshake. Especially one with pumpkin, ice cream, whipped cream, and graham cracker’s crumbled up on top of the whole thing. YUM!

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

I cannot wait to make a batch of these. They do use Buttermilk, but did you know you can make your own Buttermilk at home? Just put 1 tablespoon vinegar in a bowl, add enough milk to make 1 cup and let sit 5 minutes. Viola! Homemade buttermilk AND delicious cookies!


dsc02686Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Muffins

Not just for Thanksgiving (or even fall)! These muffins are quick and easy. My kids ask for these all year long (at least that’s my excuse to make them for myself too).

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

Oh my goodness! If you want something easy and decadent, this is the one recipe you need to try! Easy and quick with a delicious outcome.

Pumpkin Spice Bread

Want to make a delicious and healthy snack bread but just aren’t feeling like Banana bread again? Mix in some pumpkin and spice instead and enjoy this bread hot from the over slathered with butter.

Pumpkin Waffles

Since I “borrowed” my parent’s waffle maker I have been having a blast making waffles with my standard banana pancake batter, but this recipe blows that out of the water. I don’t think I will ever go back to regular old waffles.

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

So good! I did this recipe in a half batch in a regular 9×13 pan and they came out AMAZING!  I caught my two year old dipping her finger in the pan and sucking off the pumpkin filling and cream cheese frosting. I didn’t blame her at all. I probably would have done it too.


Pumpkin Churro French Toast Sticks

Make sure you use a thick bread with these like Texas Toast or Homemade Bread and let it sit out overnight to get stale, otherwise you end up with mush. Delicious mush you will scoop up and eat every drop of. It’s not as visually appealing as French toast sticks but tastes just as good.

Pumpkin Cornbread

Honestly, it’s no wonder that I add 15 minutes extra to my morning workouts during this season. With Pumpkin Cornbread for snacking on or as a side for chili (trust me, it’s amazing), I am enjoying having pumpkin with every meal.

Pumpkin Sheet Cake

It wouldn’t be fall without a big slice of pumpkin cake with a tall glass of milk. It’s tradition!

Pumpkin Pie Crescents

So simple and so delicious! I love popping a quick batch of these in the oven for a snack for the kids and I. They are amazing with the glaze or without.


Homemade Pumpkin Butter

This is a great gift to make for people in the fall (or any time), or to make for yourself and smother biscuits in the delicious and rich concoction. Plus, you can make this in the microwave.

Easy Pumpkin Scones

I hesitate to pick a favorite, since I love anything pumpkin. If I did though, these would be it! This recipe is simple and perfect for a fall morning breakfast, whip up a spiced glaze and you’ve got dessert too!

Homemade Pumpkin Pudding

I didn’t even know I could make pudding from scratch until I tried this recipe. I will never go back to boxed pudding mixes again. Simple and full of flavor. Boxed mix cannot compare.

Pumpkin Pasties

There are no words to describe these pasties. Not a sweet filling like you would thick, but rich with garlic and cheese. These pasties are a rich and savory handful that you won’t want to share! (I know I don’t)

Pumpkin Spice Fudge

I don’t even like fudge, but I will inhale a batch of this. Especially if you make them with the cinnamon chips. Wow! It is worth having to buy the extra ingredients that I don’t usually have in the pantry.


Pumpkin Pie Dip

It doesn’t get any easier than this, or more tasty! Great for dipping apples, graham crackers, or spread it on a bagel in the morning. You can’t go wrong with this recipe.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Bake

This is my type of breakfast, perfect for large crowds and easy! It’s kind-of a cheater recipe since it uses refrigerated cinnamon rolls, I think that’s why I like it so much.

Classic Pumpkin Soup

I am a sucker for a good soup in the fall. Especially a rich and savory squash soup. This recipe has the added bonus of not using cream. I love the taste and I really love being able to eat it without gaining 5 pounds from heavy cream.

Pumpkin Mousse

Is there anything more decadent than a well made Mousse? How about a well made Pumpkin Mousse? This recipe is delicious and with the crumbled Ginger Snaps cookies is a treat no one can resist.


How do you use up your pumpkin? Do you prefer to find healthy ways to eat your leftover pumpkin like Pumpkin Soup, or are you like me and want anything that is tasty and not very healthy?