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


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


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


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


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


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