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6 Things to Do With Canned Pumpkin

Of all the things I love about this time of year, my favorite is the abundance of pumpkin around my house. I am a sucker for all things pumpkin and always look forward to cooking anything and everything I can with pumpkin in it.

But there are a few dishes that remain to be my favorite uses for it. I like to buy the big cans of canned pumpkin this time of year so I can get two or even three uses out of a can. All of these dishes are a great addition to a holiday get together or just a way to enjoy a chilly autumn afternoon with the kids.

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

I use this fabulous recipe from the canned pumpkin dynasty Libby’s themselves. It’s great to drink in a mug or use to dip bread in. It also makes a great treat when you’ve got a cold as well. The best thing about this dish is you can do it up anyway you want. And if you want to use it for entertaining you can impress your guests by serving it in a pumpkin!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

There is something about this crock-pot recipe that makes it rival anything Starbucks could serve up. I make this on cold autumn days as well as when we have family over for holiday celebrations. It makes a great companion to pumpkin pie dessert. (By the way Stephanie O’Dea, who’s blog I first discovered this recipe on, is a crock pot genius!)

Pumpkin Bread

I know it may be simple, but a loaf of this stuff is so easy and delicious I had to include. Plus it makes your house smell so wonderful! Another legendary recipe that you can find right on the can of Libby’s.

Pumpkin Cookies

Last year was the first year I made these and they were a perfect dessert for our Halloween get-togethers. In fact I ended up making them a few more times during the holiday season. Another great way to use up the rest of the large can of pumpkin.

Pumpkin Pancakes

Truth be told, I don’t make pancakes from scratch. I’ve tried and failed. I stick to the great big box of Bisquick that we always have around. But, I replace some or all of the milk in the recipe with pumpkin when I’m looking to spice things up a bit. You can also add a little nutmeg, cinnamon, and ground ginger to really shake up breakfast. Just play with it and see what combination works for you.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake/Cupcakes

This makes an incredible dessert for holiday entertaining or you can whip up some cupcakes and create a buzz at the classroom holiday party! One of my favorite recipes.