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11/16/2014 09:17 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

5 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes Just in Time For the Holidays

1. Perfect Pumpkin Bread

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I've tried many pumpkin bread recipes over the years, but none as good as this one. It's easy -- just a bit of mixing and stirring, pop it in the oven, and, in about an hour, you'll have a house smelling of sweet autumn spices and two scrumptious, pumpkiny loaves. GET THE RECIPE

2. Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust & Caramel Sauce

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After testing six different versions of pumpkin cheesecake, I came up with this foolproof recipe. I promise you: it's the ultimate sweet ending to your Thanksgiving feast -- and no one will miss that tired ol' pumpkin pie. GET THE RECIPE

3. Spiced Pumpkin Cookies

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Imbued with warm autumn spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves, these cookies are cakey on the interior and slightly crisp on the exterior, with a bit of crunch from the raw sugar sprinkled on top. My family flocks to the kitchen as soon as I pull them out of the oven, and the first batch disappears before the second trays are even done. GET THE RECIPE

4. Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Pumpkin Glaze

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Perfect for a fall morning with a cup of coffee, these golden-orange scones are packed with pumpkin flavor and heavily spiced with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg. The spiced pumpkin glaze is the finishing touch: it adds just the right amount of sweetness (the scones themselves aren't overly sweet) and enhances the pumpkin flavor. GET THE RECIPE

5. Pumpkin Pecan Crunch Muffins

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Here you have my favorite pumpkin bread (see above) reinvented as muffins, with an irresistible crunchy nut streusel topping. A holiday favorite for sure! GET THE RECIPE