Cooking with Pumpkins: Here Are Lots of Unique Pumpkin Recipes

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Pumpkin Cake Roll

Last week I shared Lots of Great Ideas for Celebrating Halloween, and I promised I'd be back with pumpkin recipes. There are an endless number of tasty things that can be made with this autumn vegetable, so if your pumpkin recipe collection is pretty much limited to Jack-O-Lanterns or pumpkin pie, here are some great ideas to get you started. This is obviously only a fraction of the great ways to cook with pumpkin, so please share a link to your own favorite pumpkin recipe in the comments.

What's a Pumpkin?
In many parts of the world, all types of winter squashes are called pumpkins. But for these recipes, I'm referring to the type of orange-skinned squash traditionally used at Halloween. Both the pumpkin itself and the pumpkin seeds are highly nutritious.

Getting Started
How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree from The Expatriates Kitchen
How to Roast a Whole Pumpkin from A Veggie Venture

Bread
Maple Pumpkin Quick Bread from Vegan Visitor
Pumpkin Bread from Tummy Treasure
Iced Pumpkin Bread from Eating In
Pumpkin Yeast Bread from What Did You Eat
Pumpkin Bread with Cranberries from Sassy Radish

Bread Pudding
Pumpkin Bread Pudding from Smitten Kitchen
Pumpkin Bread Pudding Souffle from Sassy Radish

Butter
Pumpkin Apple Butter From Dianne's Dishes
Pumpkin Butter and Pepita Granola from Smitten Kitchen

Cake and Cupcakes
Pumpkin Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting from Dine and Dish
Gingerbread Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting from Mommy Cooks
Pumpkin Cake Roll from Taste and Tell (pictured in the photo above)
Pumpkin Mini-Cakes filled with Cinnamon Maple Mascapone from Proud Italian Cook
Insanely Good Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins from Sundry Buzz
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Ring Cake from David Lebovitz
Pumpkin Butterscotch Cake from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody

Cheesecake and Pudding
Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins from Cookie Madness
Pumpkin and Coconut Milk "Panna Cotta" from Chez Pim
Creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake with Ginger Pecan Crust from Alpineberry
Low Carb Pumpkin Cheesecake from Christine Cooks
Turkish Pumpkin Dessert from Almost Turkish Recipes

Cookies and Bars
Pumpkin Raisin Cookies from Dianne's Dishes
Pumpkin Currant Cookies from Baking and Books
Gingerbread Pumpkin Bars from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody
Brown Sugar and Spice Pumpkin Bars from Karina's Kitchen

Muffins, Scones, and Donuts
Pumpkin Ginger Nut Muffins from Simply Recipes
Pumpkin Power Muffins from Coconut and Lime
Butterscotch Pumpkin Muffins from Confabulation in the Kitchen
Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds from Baking Bites
Pumpkin Spice Scones from Pinch My Salt
Pumpkin and Sunflower Seed Scones from Milk and Cookies
Pumpkin Donuts with Spiced Sugar from Baking Bites

Pancakes
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes from Pinch My Salt
Pumpkin Pancakes from Confections of a Foodie Bride
Pumpkin Pancakes from Everybody Loves Sandwiches

Pies and Tarts
Pumpkin Praline Tartelettes with Butter Pecan Ice Cream from Tartelette.
Pumpkin Tart Tatin from The Wednesday Chef

Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)
Pepita Fettucini with Spinach and Cranberries from Vegan Yum Yum
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds Three Ways from 101 Cookbooks
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds from Simply Recipes
Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seed Brittle from Coconut and Lime
Spicy Sweet Pumpkin Seeds from A Veggie Venture
Spagetti Squash with Pumpkin Seed Pesto from Baking and Books

Pumpkin as a Vegetable
Pumpkin Polenta Gratin from What's For Lunch Honey
Pumpkin Fennel Tian with Bacon and Black Olives from Figs Olives Wine
Pumpkin with Yogurt and Meat Sauces from Habeus Brulee
Feta and Pumpkin Casserole from Je Mange la Ville
Pumpkin Quiche with Blue Cheese and Thyme from The Passionate Cook
Curried Pumpkin Dahl with Black-Eyed Peas and Kale from Well Fed

Pumpkin with Pasta or Rice
Pumpkin, Mushroom, and Leek Risotto from Vegan Visitor
Pumpkin Ravioli with Shallot and Sage Butter Sauce from The Gourmand Syndrome
Pumpkin Ravioli from Kuchenlatein

Soup
Thai Spiced Pumpkin Soup from 101 Cookbooks
Spicy Pumpkin Soup from Simply Recipes
Creamy Pumpkin Soup with Herbs and Almonds from Lucullian Delights
Roasted Pumpkin Soup from Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once
Mexican Pumpkin Soup from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen
Santa Fe Pumpkin Chowder from Karina's Kitchen

Blogher Food Editor Kalyn Denny also blogs at Kalyn's Kitchen. She hasn't cooked with pumpkin much, but last Thanksgiving she did get mildly infatuated with Low Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake, and even came up with a very tasty version of Sugar-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake.

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