Pumpkin is more than just a large orange vegetable, it’s also the flavor that you can love during the autumn season, all the way to Thanksgiving.
Monday, September 23, marked the first day of fall, which means the trees are changing colors, corn mazes and hayrides are open for business, and of course, pumpkin spice is everywhere. Pumpkin spice flavored coffee, cakes, cookies, ice cream, donuts, and so much more have made their return to coffee shops and cafés around the country. If you’re craving a taste of the beloved flavor this fall, consider one of four unique desserts to satisfy your taste buds.
1.) Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecake
Many wouldn’t think it possible to have pumpkin, Oreos, and cheesecake all in the same dessert, but this masterpiece puts those doubts to rest and is surprisingly easy to make. You can make Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecake Bars or cupcakes. To make the bars, line a baking pan with crushed Oreo cookies, with or without frosting, and then spread the pumpkin cheesecake batter along with the Oreo crust.
Split Oreo cookies in half, and place single cookies on top of the cheesecake batter. After the cheesecake has baked, Cool Whip and more crushed Oreos can make the dessert even better than it was, to begin with. If cupcakes are desired, all of the same instructions can be followed, but the container will be changed to individual cupcake wrappers instead of one large pan.
These Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecakes don’t take long to make and don’t require any ingredients you can’t find at a normal grocery store. For more information on this dessert, check out Inside BruCrew Life’s recipe and website.
2.) Pumpkin Roll
It’s a classic, and it’s one that you just can’t go wrong with. A combination of kitchen staples, such as cream cheese, eggs, flour, and sugar, meets ingredients that remind just about every one of fall: ginger, canned pumpkin, cinnamon, and pecans. With just a few more items in the recipe, this pumpkin roll isn’t nearly as hard to make as it appears and tastes just as good.
To begin making the Pumpkin Roll, mix the batter for the cake, spread it in a jelly-roll pan, and sprinkle pecans on top of the batter (the pecans are optional and can be left out). After the cake has baked, put the confectioner’s sugar onto a towel, and gently place the cake onto the towel so the confectioner’s sugar can melt in. Roll the cake in the towel to create the recognizable shape of Pumpkin Roll, and allow the cake to cool in the refrigerator.
While the cake is cooling, you can begin to make the frosting, and when you’ve finished the frosting and the cake has cooled, carefully unroll the cake and spread the frosting on, then reroll the cake to make the “roll” shape. Sprinkle on some confectioner’s sugar, and voilá, you’ve got a Pumpkin Roll! If this dessert tickles your taste buds, follow Food Network’s recipe, or the dozens of others that can be found online.
3.) Pumpkin Lush
Pumpkin Lush isn’t exactly a conventional pumpkin dessert, but requires hardly any baking time and has tons of delicious flavors. Made with several layers, this dessert has both creamy and crunchy for a variety of textures. Bake a graham cracker crust for about ten minutes, and allow it to cool before carefully spreading out the cream cheese layer over the crust; you don’t want the graham cracker crust to break.
After the cream cheese comes to a pumpkin layer, made of pudding, pumpkin pureé, pumpkin pie spice, and whipped topping. This layer is what gives the Pumpkin Lush its pumpkin flavor. On top of the pumpkin, the layer is the finishing touches of whipped topping, toffee bits, and chocolate chips. This dessert does require a long time to cool, but the wait is worth it for the taste at the end. Take a look at Averie Cooks’ Pumpkin Lush recipe if you think you may want to indulge in this dessert this fall.
4.) Pumpkin Cookie Dough Dip
Pumpkin plus cookie dough? Yes, please. Best of all, this dessert is super easy to make, simply adding ingredients to a mixture, and absolutely delicious. Butter and brown sugar get creamed together, the spices and vanilla extract, then the pumpkin pureé are added to the butter-brown sugar mixture, mixing until the entire mixture has been fully combined.
Mix in the flour and chocolate chips, and you have yourself an egg-less, delicious pumpkin cookie dough dip. You can dip graham crackers or cookies into this dip, or just eat it by the spoonful. Whichever way you choose, this dessert is bound to make you smile. For more information on this recipe, check out Wine and Glue’s website.
With fall officially underway, enjoy the changing colors of leaves, the crisp, cool, air, and all the pumpkin desserts you can eat!