Modern Mom: Top 10 pumpkin desserts

Sarah Brooks

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While pumpkin may taste great in Oreos, coffee creamer and even gum (what?!), there’s really nothing that quite compares to a good ole fashioned pumpkin dessert.

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I'll admit — I've already made three pumpkin-oriented desserts and it's barely October. I have two other recipes in mind for this week (I may be a tad obsessed, but that's neither here nor there), and a whole plethora of ones in store for fall. Here are our top 10 pumpkin desserts we're certain you will love (I know I do!).

Pumpkin pie in a mini pumpkin

Pumpkin pie in a mini pumpkin

Perfect for dessert at a dinner party or even for Thanksgiving dinner, pumpkin pie in a mini pumpkin is festive, fun and just simply adorable!

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Gluten-free pumpkin cheesecake

Gluten-free pumpkin cheesecake

I'm not gluten free, but that's not going to stop me from trying this pumpkin cheesecake! This cheesecake is baked to perfection every time by baking it in a water bath. It keeps the temperature even and prevents the cheesecake from cracking. Yum!

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Pumpkin seven-layer bars

Pumpkin seven-layer bars

Pumpkin, coconut, graham cracker crumbs, almonds and cinnamon chips. Need we say more?

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Pumpkin-coconut pudding

Pumpkin coconut pudding

Not only is this pumpkin-coconut pudding delicious, it's healthy. Seconds, please?

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Fried pumpkin doughnut drops

Fried pumpkin doughnut drops

For breakfast one morning, give these homemade pumpkin doughnut holes a try. Topped with spiced vanilla glaze, these will definitely become a family fall tradition!

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Pumpkin hot chocolate

Pumpkin hot chocolate

A staple in my house, every Friday night during the fall we make pumpkin hot chocolate while watching a family movie. The kids love this tradition!

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Two-ingredient pumpkin cookies

Two-ingredient pumpkin cookies

A box of spice cake mix and a can of pumpkin puree is all you need for these two-ingredient pumpkin cookies!

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Gluten-free pumpkin whoopie pies with chocolate filling

Gluten-free pumpkin whoopie pies with chocolate filling

Perfect for Halloween, these pumpkin whoopie pies with chocolate filling are gluten-free and incredibly delicious. Store the recipe in your 'favorites' as it's definitely a crowd-pleaser.

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Simple toffee pumpkin cake

Simple toffee pumpkin cake

This recipe takes a basic pumpkin cake mix (store-bought or you can make your own). Add in some toffee bits and bake, then top with powdered sugar once cooled. Simple, festive and incredibly tasty!

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No-bake pumpkin brulee

No-bake pumpkin brulee

And finally, we bring you a light and fluffy dessert for when you're just not in the mood to bake! This pumpkin brulee is perfect as a sweet treat after a heavy dinner or on its own as a rainy afternoon snack.

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Sarah Brooks
Newlywed, new mom and first-time home buyer, Sarah is currently playing out her exciting life in Phoenix, Arizona. She recently gave up her job in finance to stay at home with her baby girl, who between bath time and feeding time, keeps her very busy. In addition to settling into her new neighborhood and parenthood, she is also a writer and contributor for SheKnows.com.