Growing up in southern California, I was a bit disconnected from this whole “pumpkin season” thing. Fall certainly brought pumpkin carving, and a trip to the local “pumpkin patch.” But…our pumpkin patch was just a straw-covered section of a mall parking lot. It wasn’t exactly the experience you get at an actual pumpkin farm.
My pumpkin patch experience got a serious upgrade in college. I started going to the Fall Harvest at the Kirkwood Farmer’s Market. Kirkwood is a small-ish suburb that’s part of St. Louis County. It was only a 20-minute drive from my college dorm, but felt like worlds away. It was always a nice reprieve from college life….small town vibes, fresh food, friendly vendors. I often invited friends, but sometimes I’d just go alone and unwind.
The market is great year-round, but fall is especially fun. I’d walk around sampling all the ciders and pumpkin treats and apple pies…and I got totally hooked on fall flavors. So thanks, Kirkwood, for helping me discover my love of all things fall. This list of pumpkin recipes is dedicated to you.
Here are the pumpkin recipes I’m most excited to try this year, and some old favorites:
Pumpkin Gingerbread Coffee Cake: I’ve made pumpkin gingerbread before, and the flavor combo turned out great. This kicks it up a notch with the streusel topping.
Pumpkin Chai Snickerdoodles: I had planned to make this recipe last year, but never got around to it. Hope to make it happen this year!
Soft Batched Frosted Pumpkin Cookies: These are pretty simple compared to some of my other picks, but sound incredibly satisfying. Cakey pumpkin cookies are my favorite, and I bet they’re awesome frosted.
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice: Did you know it’s super easy to make your own pumpkin pie spice? I make a batch every year instead of buying it. I like controlling the spice levels, and this is my go-to!
Pumpkin recipes already on this blog:
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars: These are so ridiculously good. Great texture, perfect spice blend, and a great pumpkin-to-chocolate ratio. I make them every year!
- Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter Blondies: If your local Trader Joe’s sells the pumpkin pie spice cookie butter…grab it now, before it’s gone. It’s an amazing addition to cookie dough. These blondies are my favorites, but I’ve also used it for Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cookie Butter Cocoa Swirls.