By Vanessa Greaves

When autumn comes and your cravings turn all pumpkin-shaped, you'll appreciate how easy it is to make satisfying pumpkin desserts without putting in a lot of time and effort. Here are 11 of our easiest pumpkin-packed desserts suitable for all occasions —from a big bowl of trifle that'll wow a party crowd to a single-serving of microwave pumpkin mug cake.

Some desserts use convenient shortcut ingredients and some are made completely from scratch. But all earn rave reviews from Allrecipes home cooks. Give them a try and find a new fall favorite.

11 Easiest Pumpkin Desserts

1. Easy Pumpkin Cream Trifle

Layers of crumbled cake, pecans, toffee, and cheese cake pudding get together in a big bowl to make an impressive (but crazy easy) deep-dish trifle, perfect for fall parties and potlucks. Your shortcut? Boxed spice cake mix! Home cook Stephanie Schneidewind says, "Made this for a bake-off and won 1st place."

Cook Kerri offers this tip: "I have found the trick to a trifle is to always work from the outside-in of the bowl. Keep each individual ingredient evenly distributed. Make it look pretty and it looks more scrumptous."

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More: Check out 80+ party-ready trifle recipes.

2. Easy Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Another smart use of boxed cake mix (it contains most of your dry ingredients, so less measuring for you!). All you'll add is pumpkin purée, cinnamon chips, and nuts.

This easy recipe won over home cook magicallydelicious, who says, "These are surprisingly delicious. I was really skeptical about muffins with no eggs, no oil, no added liquids except the pumpkin...but wow."

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More: Get easy tips to make bakery-style muffins from scratch.

3. Pumpkin Fluff Dip

This fluffy, creamy, pumpkin-spicy dip takes only four ingredients and five minutes to make. JCONN says, "This recipe is simple, delicious and unique. Looked nice with a dusting of fresh, ground nutmeg and a scattering of ginger-snaps & vanilla wafers as dippers."

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4. Two-Ingredient Pumpkin Cake

I really wasn't kidding when I said these were the easiest pumpkin desserts you'll make. Case in point: This cake takes only two ingredients and 30 minutes to make.

Several reviewers opted to add a couple of eggs to the batter to lighten it up (it's a dense cake) and a few shakes of pumpkin pie spice to amp up the flavor. Top it with an easy cream cheese frosting, if you'd like. (It's quick enough to make while the cake bakes.)

5. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie for 2

You know how sometimes you end up with a little extra pumpkin purée after you make a pumpkin pie recipe? Well, here's a great way to use that up. Just pop it into a blender with a banana, some yogurt, and a dash of spice.

When lutzflcat made it, she used a frozen banana, and says, "That made it VERY thick...I had to thin the consistency with a fair amount of milk. Used plain Greek yogurt, added some vanilla, tasted, and added a bit more cinnamon, as well. Garnished with a little dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Pretty good, and I like the way this one breaks down nutritionally." (Except for that dab of whipped cream, right?)

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6. Easy Pumpkin Turnovers

Puff pastry is stuffed with sweetened, spiced pumpkin purée and baked into a treat you can serve for breakfast as well as dessert. You could add chopped nuts to mix for a little texture and smear it with cream cheese frosting for extra appeal.

Home cook IDAMICHELLE says, "These were awesome! Not too much spice and they tasted great! My picky family loved them!"

Photo by Meredith

More: Try 13 easy puff pastry desserts for first-time bakers.

7. Pumpkin Squares

All the ingredients for this moist, dense, pumpkin-y treat get mixed up in just one bowl, so clean up is a snap. They're great without any extra embellishments, but you can dust with a little confectioners sugar or spread with frosting after baking and cooling.

Stephanie added walnuts and chocolate chips, and topped with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

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8. Quick and Easy Pumpkin Mousse

You'll never guess the surprise ingredient in this recipe, so I'll tell you: marshmallows. Allrecipes home cook cheryl dambacher says it, "very light, extremely easy."

Several reviewers were unsure what size marshmallows to use, but Yubbers123 assures them they should use regular size, not mini or jumbo.

Photo by Mackenzie Schieck

9. Extra Easy Pumpkin Cookies

Add these super easy cookies to the list of good things you can make with the help of spice cake mix. They do turn out to be a more cake-like cookie (Jackson12560 calls them "pumpkin pillows") but home cook Sweet Apron has this tip if you want a firmer cookie: "Substitute a stick of softened butter for the applesauce." And that swirl of frosting over the top? Completely optional, of course.

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10. Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

This made-from-scratch quick bread is packed with chocolate chips and comes together with a minimum of fuss. CookinCyn says, "This is a moist, well balanced quick bread with a nice punch of cinnamon. The batter will be thick, so be careful not to overwork it in the bowl."

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More: These basic tips will help you bake better quick breads.

11. Pumpkin Pie Mug Cake

When you need a quick treat that yours and yours alone, this one's for you. Use that little bit of leftover pumpkin purée for this easy microwave mug cake.

Pam says, "YUMMY!!! Because of food allergies, I subbed maple syrup for the brown sugar (and didn't add the white sugar), used only an egg yolk, and used only cinnamon for the spice. I also added 1/8 t salt. The extra liquid required a microwave time of 2 min 30 sec. LOVE it!!!"

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More: Get more microwaved mug recipes.