Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Recipes

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



Pumpkin Pies

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


Vintage clipped recipe for Libby's Pumpkin Pie

The Pumpkin Pie recipe from the Cedaka collection is a clipped recipe from a Libby's Solid Pack Pumpkin label.  Almost the same as the Thompson recipe, other than no milk is required, only evaporated milk and two eggs where the Thompson recipe requires three eggs. 

A vintage recipe from Del Monte for Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Muffins

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. 

Nancy Reagan's Pumpkin 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.

Impossible Pumpkin Pie

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

A vintage clipped recipe for Pilgrim's Pride Pumpkin Pie

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. 

Pumpkin Pie, a vintage handwritten recipe

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!

June's Pumpkin Pie, a vintage handwritten recipe card

This handwritten recipe for a June's Pumpkin Pie from the Eidson Collection is the same Pumpkin Pie recipe from the Thompson Collection. 



No Bake Pumpkin Pie, a vintage handwritten recipe

This handwritten recipe from the Eidson Collection for a No-Bake Pumpkin Pie is made with cream cheese, milk, sugar, cool whip, milk, instant vanilla pudding, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves in a Graham Cracker crust. 

Pumpkin Pie 2

This typed recipe card from the Wisconsin Collection for a Pumpkin Pie is made with eggs, pumpkin, sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and milk. 

Pumpkin Pie, a classic vintage pumpkin pie recipe.

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. 

A vintage clipped newspaper recipe for a Pumpkin Cream Pie

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. 

A vintage recipe card for Pumpkin Pie

A vintage recipe card from the Indiana Collection that is dated 1943 for Pumpkin Pie. This pie is made with stewed and strained pumpkin, rich milk or cream, sugar, eggs, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and allspice. Bake at 475-degrees for 15 minutes and at 400-degrees for 45 minutes. 

A vintage typed recipe for Pumpkin Pie

This Pumpkin Pie recipe from the Verdin Collection is from the 1920s and is made with sifted pumpkin, milk, sugar, molasses, melted butter, eggs, salt, ginger, and cinnamon. 



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. 


A vintage handwritten recipe card for a Choco-Dot Pumpkin Cake

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. 

A vintage newspaper clipping for a Pumpkin Cake Roll

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. 

Pumpkin Cake, a vintage typed recipe card

A typed recipe from the Eidson Collection for a Pumpkin Cake; make this Pumpkin Cake with sugar, oil, salt, cinnamon, eggs, flour, soda, and pumpkin. Frost this Pumpkin Cake with and icing made from powdered sugar, cream cheese, pecans, butter, and vanilla. 

A vintage typed recipe for Frosty Pumpkin Cream

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


Pumpkin Cookies - a vintage typed recipe card.

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. 

Mom's Pumpkin Cookies, a vintage handwritten recipe card

This recipe from the Wisconsin Collection for Mom's Pumpkin Cookies is made with oleo, brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger; these cookies can be frosted. 

A vintage handwritten recipe for Pumpkin Squares

This recipe from the Indiana Collection for Pumpkin Squares is made with sugar, eggs, salad oil, pumpkin, flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Cool Whip would be good as a topping on these Pumpkin Squares.  


Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread - vintage handwritten recipe

This handwritten recipe for Pumpkin Bread from the Cedaka collection is a "traditional" Pumpkin Bread recipe, containing your basic bread ingredients along with one cup of pumpkin and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. The recipe is attributed to "Pansy" and it makes one loaf. 

Pumpkin Bread

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. 

Pumpkin Bread, a vintage handwritten recipe card

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.