Easy Pumpkin Desserts for Fall | Park Place Volkswagen in Rochester, MN

The month of September brings with it the much-anticipated tastes and smells of fall. Everything is pumpkin, cinnamon or “spiced.” This can only mean great things for bakers and eaters alike, as pumpkin has become an increasingly popular ingredient and almost a cultural phenomenon (thanks, in part, to the wildly popular Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, or PSL).

If you’re itching to get into the spirit of fall and whip up some fall goodies, take a look at these easy pumpkin recipes and get to baking!

3-Ingredient Pumpkin Donuts

The only thing better than a great recipe is a great recipe that is also really easy. These donuts require only 3 ingredients and 10 minutes in the oven!


1 Spice Cake mix

1 (15 oz.) can pure pumpkin

¼ c. Nutella OR brown sugar

Donut pan

Cooling rack


  1. In a medium size bowl, mix the cake mix powder and pumpkin together. (Save the empty cake mix bag!)

  2. Spoon the dough into the empty cake mix bag and cut one corner off the bottom to make a piping bag.

  3. Squeeze the mixture into a greased donut pan.

  4. For Chocolate Pumpkin Donuts: Microwave 1.4 c. Nutella for 10 seconds and use the tip of a knife to pour a small amount of Nutella around the top of each donut. OR for Sugar Pumpkin Donuts: Sprinkle a generous amount of brown sugar on top of each donut.

  5. Bake at 350º for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove donuts and place them on a cooling rack.

Pumpkin Truffles

These bite-sized goodies are perfect for parties or the Thanksgiving dessert table. With only 6 ingredients, they’re sure to become your go-to fall dessert!


½ c. white chocolate chips or chocolate cubes

¼ c. canned pumpkin puree

⅔ c. crushed graham crackers, plus extra for garnish

1 oz. cream cheese

1 tbsp powdered sugar

5 oz. dark chocolate


  1. Cover large cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Microwave white chocolate until smooth.

  3. Combine melted chocolate, pumpkin puree, crushed graham crackers, cream cheese and powdered sugar to a bowl and stir until dough forms. (You might want to use a food processor for this.)

  4. Chill dough for 1 hour (or until it is easy to roll into balls).

  5. Roll 15 small balls and chill in freezer for 15 minutes.

  6. Melt dark chocolate and dip balls into chocolate.

  7. Return the dipped balls to parchment paper and let the chocolate harden for about 10 minutes.

  8. Garnish with crushed graham cracker.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

If you’ve been wanting a yummy, moist loaf of pumpkin bread (or do now that you read the words), you’re in luck. This bread recipe delivers a loaf that’s crispy on the outside and soft and flavorful on the inside.


5 ¼ c. flour

3 tsp. baking soda

2 ¼ tsp. salt

2 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. nutmeg

4 ½ c. sugar

1 ½ c. cooking oil

6 eggs

1 c. water

3 c. pumpkin


1 ½ c. chopped nuts

1 ½ c. chocolate chips

Brown sugar & chocolate chips (for topping)


  1. Mix dry ingredients together.

  2. Make a hole in the middle and add the other ingredients.

  3. Mix until smooth.

  4. Pour mixture into bread pans. Sprinkle the top with brown sugar and chocolate chips to taste.

  5. Bake at 350º F for 50 minutes.


What fall pumpkin recipes are your favorite?

(All recipes are from The 36th Avenue blog.)
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