Each fall when the first frost hits the pumpkin and your favorite coffee shop starts to feature Pumpkin Spice Lattes, our attention turns to recipes featuring pumpkin. Pumpkins are that versatile squash that we use as a decoration in October and a cooking ingredient in November. Over the years, Vintage Recipes has added many pumpkin recipes to our collection, here are our most popular pumpkin recipes.
The Entire Pumpkin Patch
It appears that almost every collection has a recipe for pumpkin pie. Most of these recipes are what one would consider "traditional pumpkin pie", but if you are looking for a "non-traditional pumpkin pie" for your Thanksgiving Dinner, consider Nancy Reagan's Pumpkin-Pecan Pie, a No-Bake Pumpkin Pie made with cream cheese, or a Pumpkin Cream Pie.
Nancy Reagan's Pumpkin Pie is from a collection from Washington State, with recipes from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Nancy Reagan's Pumpkin Pie is a twist on the traditional pumpkin pie, because the recipe includes pecans, making it more of a pumpkin-pecan pie. The recipe calls for either canned or fresh cooked mashed pumpkin, so the inner cook in you can decide which one to use.
This clipped recipe from the Verdin Collection is from Del Monte for a Pumpkin Pie; make this classic Pumpkin Pie by filling an unbaked pie shell with high fluted ruffles with a mixture of slightly beaten eggs, Del Monte Pumpkin, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and evaporated milk. Bake in a hot oven for 15 minutes, then reduce temperature to moderate and bake for 25 to 35 minutes longer.
This clipped recipe from the Eidson Collection is for a Pilgrim's Pride Pumpkin Pie along with a recipe for a pie crust with nutmeats to accompany this no-bake pumpkin pie. Make this Pumpin Pie with sugar, cornstarch, Kitchen Craft Flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt, egg yolks, milk, and pumpkin.
The Impossible Pumpkin Pie recipe is from the Nix Collection, a collection from San Fransico. This is Helen's recipe, you know, "Beauty Shop Helen". The Impossible Pies were popular during the 1960s and promoted by Bisquick and Betty Crocker. The concept is simple (and easy), you mix all the ingredients in the blender and then pour the mixture into a greased pie pan, bake, and the Bisquick does the magic and creates a "crust" as the pie cooks. Try our Impossible Coconut Pie to go along with your Impossible Pumpkin Pie.
This handwritten recipe from the Thompson Collection for a classic Pumpkin Pie made with pumpkin, sugar, salt, cinnamon, milk, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, eggs, evaporated milk, and an unbaked pie shell. The Pumpkin Pie would be great for your Thanksgiving Dinner!
This recipe from the Oregon collection for a classic Pumpkin Pie. This recipe is almost the same as the Pumpkin Pie recipe in the Thompson and June's Pumpkin Pie in the Eisson Collection. Evaporated milk is not an ingredient in this recipe, only milk is used in this recipe.
This is a clipped newspaper recipe from the Verdin Collection for a Pumpkin Cream Pie; make this Pumpkin Cream Pie with cooked or canned pumpkin, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, light cream, eggs, and cognac or rum. Bake in an unbaked pastry shell and serve the pie warm, topped with whipped cream.
Pumpkin Cakes and Confections
Here are a few options for Pumpkin Cakes, along with a few other pumpkin desserts that you may want to try.
This handwritten recipe for a Choco-Dot Pumpkin cake from the Indiana Collection is made with flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, allspice, eggs, pumpkin, vegetable oil, Bran Cereal, chocolate chips, and chopped nuts.
This clipped recipe from the Indiana Collection for a Pumpkin Cake Roll is made with eggs, sugar, pumpkin, lemon juice, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, finely chopped walnuts, and powdered sugar. Fill the cake roll with a mixture of powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter, and vanilla.
This typed recipe for Frosty Pumpkin Cream from the Indiana Collection is made with canned pumpkin, brown sugar, salt, vanilla, and whipped cream.
Pumpkin Cookies and Bars
This vintage typed recipe card for Pumpkin Cookies is from the Wisconsin Collection; make these Old-Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies with oleo, sugar, egg, pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, baking soda, dates, flour, and nuts.
The Thompson collection Pumpkin Bread recipe contains orange juice and suggests re-using one-pound coffee cans to bake the bread. This collection is made up of recipes from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, but repurposing the one-pound coffee can is definitely a depression-era idea! This recipe makes two loaf pans or two coffee cans.
This recipe from the Wisconsin Collection for Pumpkin Bread is made with cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, sugar, eggs, Wesson Oil, pumpkin, cold water, baking soda, and flour.