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With the arrival of fall, there’s nothing I want more than to bake delicious pumpkin recipes. In my article, I’ve included four pumpkin-inspired recipes to try this fall.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese bread

Bread:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt

Cream cheese filling:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 block of cream cheese
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 tbs. flour

Directions:

  1. Combine the wet ingredients into a stand mixer. Slowly add the dry ingredients slowly until a batter forms.
  2. Make the cream cheese filling in a separate bowl.
  3. In a greased bread pan, add half the batter and top with the cream cheese mixture. Add the rest of the batter and take a knife and swirl the mixture.
  4. Set the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 45-50 minutes. Cool and enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • ½ cup of vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2/3 pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Blend and top with pumpkin Pie spice, chopped walnuts, or granola.

Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel icing

Cookies:

  • 2 ½ cups cake flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ brown sugar
  • 1 ¼ canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Icing:

  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1.2 cup butter, cubed
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. For the cookies, cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar for one minute until light and fluffy. Add the rest of the wet ingredients and continue to mix.
  2. Slowly add in the dry ingredients until a dough forms.
  3. On a cookie sheet, drop a spoonful of dough and flatten slightly.
  4. Set the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  5. For the icing, over a saucepan on heat, melt the sugar and butter together. Add in the heavy cream slowly and stir.
  6. In a stand mixer, add your caramel with the powdered sugar and mix until a buttercream forms. If it’s thick, add in heavy cream until it’s a desired consistency.
  7. Put the icing into a sandwich bag and cut one corner. On the cookies, slowly pipe around the icing into a swirl. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Penne with Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

Creamy Pumpkin-pasta sauce:

  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 TBSP. flour
  • 1 TBSP Minced garlic
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 oz. Cream cheese
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. sage

Directions:

  1. Cook a box of penne and drain.
  2. Combine ingredients in a pan and cook out the sauce until creamy and thick.
  3. Put the pasta in the sauce and place in a pan. Top with Parmesan and cook in the oven for 5-10 minutes until the cheese melts.

I hope you try out these recipes. You won’t regret it!

Jordan is a sophomore at Purdue and majoring in History and German, along with a minor in Forensic Science. Originally from Indiana, she loves drinking chai lattes, playing tennis, binge-watching Netflix, and spending time with her golden-retriever dog, Beau.
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