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Canned pumpkin is actually squash…but it makes some really great desserts!

Pumpkin is one of the prized ingredients of fall – pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread. But did you know that the canned pumpkin you’re buying at the store probably isn’t pumpkin? It’s most likely winter squash. The FDA says that pumpkin and squash are sometimes mixed intentionally to obtain a desirable consistency, and labeling those items as pumpkin is in compliance with the regulations because the contents do contain pumpkin.

But does this really matter when it comes to making the perfect pumpkin pie? We let Bon Appetit do the heavy lifting. They compared two Libby’s pumpkin pie recipes to their own from scratch, all pumpkin version. The winner? Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie.

Here are some of the tastiest and easiest “pumpkin” recipes to whip up, thanks to the convenience of canned pumpkin.


Pumpkin pie spice caramel corn is a great make-and-take snack for Thanksgiving morning turkey bowl games or for snacking after the dishes are done.

pumpkin pie cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting

Kick Thanksgiving morning off right with pumpkin cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting.

soft pumpkin cookies with cinnamon sugar frosting

Soft pumpkin cookies with cinnamon sugar frosting get a kick from a secret ingredient: cinnamon butter spread.

pumpkin pie with a twist

These healthy pumpkin pie-inspired bars are made with grated pumpkin, if you’re feeling like stepping away from the canned pumpkin.

pumpkin brownies

Easy pumpkin swirl chocolate brownies give a tasty fall twist to traditional brownies.

pumpkin cookies with orange buttercream frosting

Tart orange and spicy pumpkin pack a one-two punch in these pumpkin spice cookies with orange buttercream frosting.

pumpkin pie snickerdoodle bars

Pumpkin pie snickerdoodle bars are a fun twist on traditional pumpkin bars.

pumpkin cheesecake

An almond/raisin/coconut crust is the base for this semi raw pumpkin cheesecake.

pumpkin pecan dessert in a jar

Serve each guest an individual pumpkin pecan pie in a jar.

low fat pumpkin trifle

This pumpkin trifle is full of pantry staples like a spice cake mix, pudding and canned pumpkin.

mini pumpkin tarts

These mini pumpkin pie tarts feature a brown sugar and pecan crumb topping.

low fat gooey pumpkin bars

Low-fat gooey pumpkin cake … I think that says it all!

spiced pumpkin cheesecake

This spiced pumpkin cheesecake is described as more of a pumpkin pie with a cheesecake twist.

pumpkin whoopie pies

Cream cheese filling is sandwiched between moist pumpkin cookies in these pumpkin pie whoopie pies.

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