Weekend Menu Planning: Pumpkin Recipes for Cupcakes, Cookies, Cakes, Bread, and Muffins

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The pumpkin recipes continue with more tasty ideas for cooking with pumpkin. I started with Pumpkin Soup, Chili, Stew, and Drinks, and then I featured Savory Pumpkin Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. There are two more weeks to drool over pumpkin recipes and many people associate pumpkins with sweet treats, so this week I'm back with pumpkin recipes for cupcakes, cookies, cakes, sweet breads, and muffins. If you have a favorite recipes for this type of pumpkin treat, please join the fun and share in the comments.

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Photo of Pumpkin Bread
from Simply Recipes

If you like to make zucchini bread or banana bread, making pumpkin bread is just as easy, and the Pumpkin Bread from Simply Recipes has nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice to accent the pumpkin flavor. Elise says sugar pumpkin, butternut squash, or Japanese Kabocha pumpkin will all be perfect to make the puree for this recipe, or use canned pumpkin puree if you prefer.

More Easy-to-Make and Tasty Pumpkin Breads:

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Bread ~ from Gluten-Free Goddess
Pumpkin Nutella Swirl Bread ~ from Barbara Bakes
Vegan Pumpkin Spice Bread ~ from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen
Perfect Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips ~ from The Naptime Chef
25 Homemade Pumpkin Bread Recipes ~ from Tipnut

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Photo of Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
from Two Peas and Their Pod

Of course you can always bake your pumpkin cake batter into individual pumpkin muffins, and the Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Muffins from Two Peas and Their Pod could be a sweet treat or a tasty breakfast.

More Ideas for Pumpkin Muffins:

Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Muffins with Pecan Streusel ~ from Lovin' from the Oven
Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Pecan Streusel ~ from $5 Dinners
Pumpkin Black Walnut Apple Muffins ~ from Manifest Vegan
Bite-Sized Pumpkin Muffins ~ from Dine and Dish
Mini Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins ~ from The Ivory Hut

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Photo of Pumpkin and Chocolate Layer Cake
from Baking Bites

If you make your pumpkin bread or muffin batter a little sweeter and add a bit more leavening, you've created pumpkin cake, and I'm betting even people who think they're not pumpkin fans wouldn't turn down the Pumpkin and Chocolate Layer Cake from Baking Bites.

More Pumpkin Cakes Guaranteed to Please:

Pumpkin Cake with Whiskey Whipped Cream ~ from The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Pumpkin Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting ~ from Leite's Culinaria
Pumpkin Butter Cakes ~ from Sunday Baker
Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Roll ~ from Never Enough Thyme
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pound Cake ~ from Beansy Loves Cake

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Photo of Pumpkin Cupcakes with Dreamy Cream Cheese Frosting
from Sarah's Cucina Bella

Just like bread can become muffins, cakes can become cupcakes, and these Pumpkin Cupcakes with Dreamy Cream Cheese Frosting were a hit with the whole family at Sarah's Cucina Bella.

More Fun and Seasonal Pumpkin Cupcakes:

Double Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes ~ from Pinch My Salt
Pumpkin Cupcake Comparison ~ from The Way the Cookie Crumbles
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting ~ from Zucchero Dolce
Cheesecake-Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes ~ from Taste and Tell
Festive Rum Pumpkin Cupcakes ~ from Working Girl's Kitchen

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Photo of Pumpkin Caramel Spiderweb Cookies
from Buns in My Oven

And of course you can't have Halloween without cookies, and these gorgeously decorated Pumpkin Caramel Spiderweb Cookies from Buns in My Oven look like they would be perfect.

More Halloween Cookies with Pumpkin:

Perfect Pumpkin Cookies ~ from Erin Cooks
Pumpkin Spice Cookies ~ from Creatively Domestic
Double Pumpkin Kissed Chocolate Chunk Cookies ~ from Picky Palate
Orange Pumpkin Butter Cookies ~ from Prudence Pennywise
Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ from Nika's Culinaria

There are still lots more sweet treats to make with pumpkins so next week I'll focus on all the other pumpkin dessert ideas I've been spotting around the web. Happy pumpkin cooking everyone, and if you're writing about pumpkins, remember Denise is inviting you to share your pumpkin posts on BlogHer.com.

More Pumpkin Recipe Collections from BlogHer:

Cooking with Pumpkins: Unique Pumpkin Recipes
Pumpkin Recipes for Soup, Chili, Stew, and Drinks
Savory Pumpkin Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner
The Savory and the Soupy Pumpkin

(Every week on BlogHer, we spotlight five recipes with a common theme for a feature called Weekend Menu Planning, hoping one of them might make it onto the menu at your house. You can find previous recipes shared by checking the Weekend Menu Planning Archives or clicking the tag Weekend Menu Planning.)

Kalyn Denny also blogs at Kalyn's Kitchen where she's focused on creating low-glycemic recipes using fresh ingredients. Kalyn rarely makes cookies or cakes, but she does love her Low-Sugar layered Pumpkin Cheesecake.

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