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10 Pumpkin Recipes You’ve Never Heard Of

Not much can beat the delicious, warm flavors of a classic pumpkin pie or pumpkin cake — and they’re recipes that everyone loves. But what about the lesser-known pumpkin recipes you might be missing out on? These sweet and savory recipes feature the tasty pumpkin flavor you love, but in new ways you might not have heard of before. If you’ve never had pumpkin babka, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin crepes, or pumpkin cheesecake enchiladas, then keep scrolling to find 10 pumpkin-flavored hidden gems.

Pumpkin Babka with Chocolate Streusel

Babka is a cake that is typically filled with chocolate, fruit, or cheese. But this babka has pumpkin, sour cream, dark rum, cinnamon, and chocolate and is topped with a chocolate chip streusel. It only uses half a can of pumpkin puree, so this recipe is a great way to use up leftover pumpkin.

Pumpkin Sufganiot with Cranberry Jelly

This filled doughnut has a spiced pumpkin dough and a cranberry jelly center. “I wanted to combine Thanksgiving flavors for a Hanukkah doughnut. This dough is very forgiving and will last in the fridge, well-wrapped, for 3 days. This makes a great holiday breakfast or dessert,” says recipe creator Gremolata.

Pumpkin Sandwich Rolls

These rolls are perfect for all of your comforting sandwich needs — like Sloppy Joes and Italian beef. And if you want to add a festive holiday design to the rolls, you can use rye flour to make a jack-o’-lantern, snowflake, or anything else.

Savory Sausage Sun-Dried Tomato and Pumpkin Bread Pudding

“Cheesy, crispy, crunchy and warm! This savory bread pudding is an unexpected and delightful way to use pumpkin. The addition of sausage makes it a main course or a hearty side dish. This dish would make a lovely addition to your Thanksgiving or a holiday breakfast table,” says recipe contributor RusticJoyfylFood.

Pumpkin Brownies

This treat is a fall-inspired twist on a classic brownie. It has layers of chocolate brownie swirled with a batter of pumpkin puree, walnut, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. If you want even more richness, try adding white chocolate chips to the pumpkin batter.

Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes

Use your leftover canned pumpkin to add a delicious twist to regular mashed potatoes. Reviewers say you can use any potatoes you have on hand, like russet or Yukon Gold, and they like to add an extra sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice on top for a more pumpkin-forward flavor.

Pumpkin Crepes with Fontina Cheese Sauce

These savory crepes are filled with pumpkin and topped with a tasty cheese sauce made from fontina, half-and-half, and rosemary. You can switch up the cheese by using Gouda, Asiago, Gruyere, or provolone if you prefer.

Chocolate-Pumpkin Spice Cake

This moist pumpkin cake has cocoa and chocolate chips for a chocolatey take on a spice cake. Frost this cake with your favorite chocolate buttercream for a sinfully delicious chocolate cake. “I loved this cake! The chocolate comes through at the first bite and then a faint pumpkin taste,” says Allrecipes Allstar Yoly.

Pumpkin Zeppole

Zeppole is an Italian pastry that has been deep-fried, similar to a doughnut. Chef John’s Pumpkin Zeppole are made with canned pumpkin, ricotta cheese, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Reviewers say these fried dough balls are great for the holidays, and they’re so easy to make.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Enchiladas

“You’ve never had a pumpkin spice treat like this before… pumpkin cheesecake meets pleasantly crispy churro! A creamy, sweet, lightly-spiced filling pairs well with a crispy tortilla in this simple, fall-ready dessert enchilada,” says recipe creator NicoleMcmom. And this dessert is made in the air fryer for an easy treat.

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