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7 drool-worthy pumpkin desserts you should be baking now

It's time to let your pumpkin loving flag fly high. Fall is the time of year where squashes of all shapes and sizes take center stage on our dinner table, and most importantly, in our desserts.

There is just something so quintessentially fall about the warm and sweet nutty flavor of baking with squash. Thankfully, no matter what you're in the mood for — cakes, brownies, pies, and even pancakes (yes, for dessert!) — there is a squash that would work perfectly in the recipe. 

Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Snack Cake
Man oh man, this cake is from another world. How is it possible to make streusel better? Add pumpkin. This cake is fairly straightforward. The only problem will be self control. 
Get the recipePumpkin Pancakes
What to be a real life superhero? Bust out these glorious pumpkin pancakes during your next family dinner, get-together with friends, or just whenever you're in the mood. Pumpkin puree is used here and gently folded into the buttermilk-based batter. The result? Perfectly fluffy and subtly spiced pancakes. Still not convinced? We've created a spiced pecan butter to go on top. You're welcome. 
Get the recipeButternut Squash Pie with Pecan Crust
This list obviously couldn't be taken seriously without the appearance of at least one pie. Instead of your traditional pumpkin (or sweet potato), this recipe uses butternut squash and a decadent pecan crust, which just happens to be gluten-free. If you're looking for the same flavors of pumpkin pie but with a nuttier taste, this is the recipe for you. Top it with some fresh whipped cream to take this dessert to a whole 'nother level. 
Get the recipe Pumpkin Banana Bread Muffins
Get excited to actually wake up for breakfast with these amazing muffins. Not only are they incredibly quick to make (35 minutes tops) but they're also super moist and subtly sweet thanks to the bananas. If you want to feature butternut squash instead, you might want to try our butternut squash and walnut muffins, or just bake both. No one is judging!
Get the recipePumpkin Cheesecake
All of you cheesecake fans out there, this one is for you. Vanilla extract, ginger, cinnamon and pumpkin puree are expertly combined in this recipe to bring you a creamy and perfectly spiced cheesecake. The crust is a combination of crushed graham crackers and lots of butter. Word of caution here; this cheesecake behaves more like a custard than an actual cake, so baking at a lower temperature — 250 degrees — in a water bath will result in a soft, creamy cheesecake with no cracks.
Get the recipePumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
This cake deserves to be made weekly — it's that good. What could possibly be better than pumpkin puree, buttermilk, butter and all of your favorite aromatics coming together to give you a crumbly cake? The icing really sends this just over the top. The cream cheese is whipped until it becomes pillowy soft and is flavored with even more pumpkin, sugar and the secret ingredient — orange zest. 
Get the recipeWhite Chocolate and Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Finally, a suitable use for all that leftover bread you've got laying around. Honestly, this recipe had us at white chocolate, so we lost our minds when we realized there was also pumpkin in the mix. Even better? The recipe uses crossiants instead of French bread. The crossiants just absorb the custard mixture more harmoniously and give the final dessert an ultra-creamy texture.
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Photo (pancakes, muffins, cheesecake, layer cake, bread pudding): Ramona King
Photo (pie): Catherine Baker


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Ryan Hughley is the editor-in-chief at Southern Kitchen. Though originally from Los Angeles, she has lived in Atlanta since early 2017 and cannot imagine calling any other city home (except maybe New Orleans). Before joining Southern Kitchen's staff, Ryan worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on public policy issues. When she's not at work, she enjoys hunting down the best Mexican food in the city and drinking whiskey, obviously. 

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