5 Mouthwatering Pumpkin Recipes to Get You in the Mood (PHOTOS)

Emily Abbate | Aug 27, 2012 Food & Party

pumpkin coffeeThis morning was officially the best Monday morning of all Monday mornings. No, not because I won the lottery (I didn't) -- but because I walked to my local coffee shop to grab my regular, and WELL HEY THERE -- pumpkin was back. Sigh. Hi, beautiful -- it's been way, way too long.

Yeah it may seem a little early for the spicy flavor's big arrival, but for fall enthusiasts like me, pumpkin returning to the menu at cafes and restaurants everywhere is just the tip of the exciting seasonal iceberg. Trust me, after your first taste of pumpkin for the season, you'll feel warm inside. The seasonal spice makes you instantaneously crave leaf piles, comfy sweaters, warm pashmina scarves, and holy hell, I should be wearing boots like ... 25 minutes ago.

As part of my ode to all things pumpkintastic, let's celebrate with a look at 5 great pumpkin recipes to get the fall season started:

What's your favorite fall treat? Are you a pumpkin fan?


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  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


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    Pumpkin is delicious on its own, but add chocolate chips, and hellooooo heaven. These gooey chocolate chip cookies are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. That is, unless you eat too many and then are incapable of moving.


  • Pumpkin Hot Chocolate


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    Who would have thought that a packet of hot chocolate mix, some canned pumpkin, whipped cream, and a few chocolate chips could amount to something so delicious? OK, so that does sound pretty good.

    This low-calorie pumpkin hot chocolate is essential for those breezy fall days, and won't add inches to your waistline.

  • Pumpkin Whoopie Pies


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    I feel like whoopie pies are the new cupcake. You know what I mean, don'tcha? Like all of a sudden, everyone's making whoopie pies and they are epically delicious. This recipe for pumpkin whoopie pies looks like no exception.


  • Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes


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    You know the best thing about these pumpkin spice cupcakes? They are topped with cinnamon cream cheese icing. Yes, please.

  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes


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    What better way to start off the day than with a little bit of fall flavor, amiright? This recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes uses pumpkin puree in place of fat (oil or butter) and I can definitely appreciate that.

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