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I shivered as I pulled my hooded jacket out of the closet and slipped it over my tank top.
“Man, when did it get so chilly?”
Here in Texas, fall comes in suddenly. Usually it starts one day in October when the seasons change from summer to winter overnight. After a few days, it seems to settle in to the new season, kind of like when you get a new haircut and it’s in shock for the first few washes.
Without fail, that sudden drop in the mercury has me reaching into the pantry in hopes of finding some long-forgotten can of pumpkin.
What is it about pumpkin that just screams fall?
Mix it together with some cinnamon and ginger, and you’ve got every basic girl’s favorite fall flavor combo.
When the craving strikes, ain’t nobody got time for a legit pumpkin pie.
No, only the simplest, quickest recipes will do.
These are a few of my favorites
7 Totally Easy Pumpkin Recipes
Pumpkin Pocket Pies
When we serve these for our Harry Potter Feasts, we call them Pumpkin Pasties, but in everyday American jargon, we’d call them pocket pies.
They’re super easy! Just a few spices, some canned pumpkin, and some refrigerated biscuits.
This is one recipe to keep in your back pocket! *see what I did there.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffle Cake Balls
This is one of the most popular recipes on my site, and with my friends and family. It’s insanely easy and delicious.
Mix one box of cake mix with one can of pumpkin. Spice it up with some cinnamon and bake. (No need for eggs or oil or anything!)
Mix that up with some cream cheese and make truffles.
Pumpkin Dump Cake aka Pumpkin Cobbler
Pumpkin Dump Cake aka Pumpkin Cobbler
Dump cake. . .such an unappealing word for such a deliciously easy recipe.
This dump cake is more like a cobbler, almost a pumpkin pie in a cake.
Simply mix up the wet ingredients.
Dump on a cake mix.
Dump on some butter and nuts.
Call it good!
2 Ingredient Pumpkin Bread
Ok, y’all. Any recipe that calls for only 2 ingredients is a winner in my book.
Turns out, cake mix and canned pumpkin have some sort of magic marriage where they create tons of delicious babies.
(Wait, that sounds wrong.)
I don’t claim to understand the wizardry, but the two together make miracles.
One box of spice cake and one simple can of pumpkin puree will combine to form a loaf that’s tasty enough to take to Aunt Martha’s potluck.
Or to scarf down for breakfast, lunch, and dessert.
Do yourself a favor. Keep cake mix and pumpkin in your pantry at all times.
The Ubiquitous Pumpkin Spice Latte
Dude. Did you know you can make this at home?
Yes, my friends, any one can PSL in the privacy of your own home.
Just follow this recipe from Polly & Rachel over at Thriving Home.
Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Latte
Healthy Pumpkin Cookies
Okay, okay, if you don’t want to use the boxed cake mix and you’d rather have something that’s a little better for you, don’t miss these healthy pumpkin cookies.
He says they’re 3 ingredients, but they’re really better if you use a few more (the ingredients are listed in his recipe).
Pumpkin, Oats, sweetener, cinnamon, and nut butter. Hey, we can handle that!
Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal
When I’m craving my fall fix in the morning, I whip up some pumpkin baked oatmeal.
This is one of those “no recipe” recipes that you can get away with if you just mix oats, pumpkin, eggs, a bit of milk and some spices. Then bake till it’s done.
I am often mixing up and baking without really measuring.
But, for those of you who prefer to do things the right and proper way with guaranteed results (I’m looking at you, Lisa), then this is a great basic recipe to go with.
Those are my TOP 7 go-to pumpkin recipes for fall weather.
Have fun with pumpkin, my friends. It’s the best time of the year for it!
Lattes and lip balm, Stina