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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.

45 Responses to “6 Things to Do With Canned Pumpkin”

  1. inmybookcase

    That soup looks good! I've never tried eating anything like that before, but maybe I should.

    I LOVE pumpkin pie… muffins… cookies… bread… I've had it all. It is GOOD.

  2. miriama59

    Ah, pumpkin! I have a Starbucks pumpkin scones recipe that is delicious. I make some great pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips, too. And…amazing pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting. This is aside from pumpkin bread, pie and mousse. I can't wait to try the soup!

  3. Joan J

    Even better is to buy pumpkins – on sale or even given away right after Halloween – and make your own "canned" pumpkin at a much lower cost. It's very easy to peel and cook down, then freeze for use in any favorite canned pumpkin recipe.

  4. kathy pease

    the pumpkin soup sounds so delicious i have never had it but im going to try making this 🙂

  5. Jacob LaFountaine

    Pumpkin rolls are pretty tasty. Actually anything with pancake tastes pretty good

  6. sherilynn

    OH WOW just made the pumpkin spice latte, it was amazing, think this will be on our christmas day menu, thanks alot

  7. Betty N

    My son/dil found a recipe for "pumpkin pudding" that is made in the crockpot and uses splenda for the sweetener and it is delicious! There is also a pumpkin muffin my son makes that is awesome and healthful. So there are many great recipes out there for those of us that really like pumpkin.

  8. Cheryl W

    We love pumpkin soup during the cold winter months. We add spicy pork sausage to ours and it is heavenly. Also with canned pumpkin, you can make awesome pumpkin smoothies.

  9. Shar

    I am glad to see all of these ideas. I always have leftover pumpkin and I frequently forget about it once I put the remainder of the can of pumpkin in the fridge. It doesn't keep very long in the fridge so I am glad to have some new ideas. Thanks.

  10. JEWEL

    I love pumpkin I use it a lot its so healthy. The pumpkin pancakes are a great idea. YUM I think Ill try that. Not sure about the latte tho> Oh maybe Ill try a pumpkin milkshake!

  11. Grace

    I love pumpkin…pumpkin soup though? I'm not sure if I would like that, but I would have to try it before I made a decision

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