15 of the Easiest Pumpkin Desserts You'll Ever Make

Pumpkin Squares on a white plate with a pumpkin and white mug in the background
Photo: Buckwheat Queen

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

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Easy Pumpkin Cream Trifle

Easy Pumpkin Cream Trifle in a glass bowl
Holiday Baker

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

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Easy Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Easy Pumpkin Spice Muffins on a white dish

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 skeptical about muffins with no eggs, no oil, no added liquids except the pumpkin...but wow."

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Pumpkin Fluff Dip

Pumpkin Fluff Dip
Miracle 1997

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 and vanilla wafers as dippers."

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Two-Ingredient Pumpkin Cake

Two Ingredient Pumpkin Cake on a glass dish

I 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.)

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie for Two

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie for 2 topped with whipped cream

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."

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Easy Pumpkin Turnovers

Easy Pumpkin Turnovers on a blue-grey plate

Ready-made 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!"

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Pumpkin Squares

Pumpkin Squares on a white plate with a pumpkin and white mug in the background
Buckwheat Queen

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 them with a little confectioner's sugar or spread with frosting after baking and cooling. Stephanie added walnuts and chocolate chips to the mix and topped the squares with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

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Quick and Easy Pumpkin Mousse

Quick and Easy Pumpkin Mousse in glasses with whipped cream
Mackenzie Schieck

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.

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Extra Easy Pumpkin Cookies

Extra Easy Pumpkin Cookies topped with frosting swirls

Add these super easy cookies to the list of good things you can make with the help of a 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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Skinny Pumpkin Pie Pudding

single serving of homemade Skinny Pumpkin Pie Pudding garnished with pumpkin seeds and grated nutmeg

"A creamy pumpkin pudding that is low in calories. Top with fat-free whip cream and a sprinkle of graham crackers or pumpkin seeds." — Yoly

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Pumpkin Pie Mug Cake

Pumpkin Pie Mug Cake in a black and orange mug
Deb C

When you need a quick treat that's 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."

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Great Pumpkin Dessert

Great Pumpkin Dessert topped with nuts
Treats N Sweets

Yellow cake mix comes to the rescue once again. "Wow! This is delicious! As other reviewers suggested, I used 1 cup of melted butter instead of the 3/4 cup and added 1 tsp. cinnamon. I think that this made a difference in the yumminess of the dessert," reviewer BANSREEPARIKH says.

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Simple Pumpkin Pie

Two Simple Pumpkin Pies

This no-frills, five-star pumpkin pie takes just 10 minutes to prep. "My youngest son and I made this pie together," reviewer Sarah Jo says. "Because I'm low on time and energy, I used a refrigerated pie crust. We mixed the pie filling in my KitchenAid mixer; it was less than five minutes to make it. We followed the recipe exactly. This pie was done baking five minutes before the 40 minutes were up."

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Pumpkin Spice Cookie

Pumpkin Spice Cookies on a white plate

Here's another easy dessert that calls for just two ingredients — or three if you borrow a tip from our reviewers and add chocolate chips or walnuts.

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Upside Down Pumpkin Cake

Upside Down Pumpkin Cake on a white plate with pumpkins in the background

You can whip up this cake in 10 minutes with ingredients you probably have on hand. "This has become my family's favorite dessert at Thanksgiving, taking the place of pumpkin pie! Walnuts can be substituted for pecans," says recipe creator JCAIN2U.

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More Inspiration From the Pumpkin Patch

loaf of pumpkin spice surprise cake topped with confectioner's sugar glaze and sliced to revel a hidden pumpkin-shaped pumpkin spice cake baked into it.
Jessica Furniss
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