5 Pumpkin Flavored Treats That Aren’t Lattes

delicious pumpkin muffins sitting on a wooden table surrounded by leaves, muffins and pumpkinsBrent Hofacker / Shutterstock

It's the season of everything! What started as a Starbucks pudding more than 15 years ago has turned into a time of year expected for many.

Starbucks did not invent the pumpkin aroma, but placed it at the forefront of many people's minds. After pumpkin pudding hit the famous coffee shop for the first time in the country, competitors started to notice and not only to create their own variations, but also to take advantage of the craze for pumpkin taste in general.

You do not need to take a Starbucks to get your dose of pumpkin flavor. Here are five fun pumpkin treats that you can prepare at home if you want to do some baking or cooking this fall.

Sweet and salty soup with pumpkin

Pumpkin soup served with rolls.Emilee Unterkoefler

This rich and creamy soup is something special. The combination of maple syrup and freshly crushed salt and pepper makes every mouthful exciting. If you are looking for a new unique soup to try, this should be at the top of your list. Serve hot and use warm crusty bread for dipping.


2 tbsp. Salted butter
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup of water
1 and a half cups
100% pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 tbsp. At the table of pure maple syrup
Salt and pepper freshly crushed to taste
Hot crisp bread (to soak)


Heat a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and add the minced onion. Cook until tender. Add your chicken broth, water, half and half, pumpkin, salt, pepper, cinnamon and maple syrup. Mix well and simmer for about 10 minutes. Serve hot with hot bread.

Pumpkin and chocolate chip muffins

These simple muffins will make everyone smile during the fall months. Bring a lot to the office or do it for your neighbors. They are easy to assemble and have the ideal pumpkin taste.


4 eggs
2 cups of sugar
1 tin can 100% pumpkin
1 cup of vegetable oil
3 cups flour
2 tbsp. Baking soda
2 tbsp. Baking powder
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 C. Salt tea
1 ½ cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, eggs, pumpkin and oil until smooth. In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and chocolate chips. Mix the dry and wet ingredients.

Add muffin toppings in your pan and fill them approximately ¾. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the top of the muffin splits and comes out when you touch it lightly.

Pumpkin tortellini

Pumpkin tortellini with crumbled baconEmilee Unterkoefler

Here is another easy and delicious way to add to your cookbook. Pumpkin combined with Parmesan and half and half blend well to create rich flavors. This pasta sauce is perfect for tortellini, but if you're not a fan, use cavatappi or penne to change.


1 lb of four-cheese tortellini
2 cloves of minced garlic
1 shallot, minced
1 box of 100% pumpkin puree
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup half and a half
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
Salt and pepper freshly crushed to taste


Fry your bacon in a large saucepan until it is crisp, then remove it and allow it to cool. Add your minced garlic and shallot to the bottom of the pan and let it cook until tender. Add pumpkin, chicken broth, half and half, parmesan cheese, thyme and salt, and pepper. Mix until everything is well mixed. Add this to your tortellini and add a little more parmesan and crumbled bacon.

Pumpkin cookies

You will love making these cookies easy, especially because you can prepare them with any flavor of cake mix. Strawberry cookies are all the rage in the summer, funfetti cookies are fun for birthdays, and red velvet cookies are always the first to attend winter holiday parties. If they make the flavor of the cake mix, you can make the biscuit.



1 box of pumpkin cake mix
1 stick of salted butter (softened)
1 egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla


1 ½ cup caster sugar
2 tablespoons of water


In a dishwashing machine or large bowl, add the cake mix, butter, egg and vanilla. Mix until all ingredients are combined. Place the dough on a lightly greased cookie sheet or ungreased pizza stone. Make sure the dough balls are separated by at least two inches. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes or until the cookies begin to crack. Cool for about 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Mix your powdered sugar and water. Take a spoon and sprinkle the icing on the cookies when they are completely chilled. Serve once the glaze hardens.

Milkshake with pumpkin and maple

Pumpkin milkshake with a small bowl of ice cream and a bottle of maple syrupEmilee Unterkoefler

This milkshake only takes a few minutes to start together and is the perfect reminder that summer is not quite over, but that autumn is coming soon. Enjoy this treat.


3 scoops of ice cream with maple and walnuts
1 cup of milk
½ cup of 100% pumpkin puree (from a tin can)
1/4 c. Cinnamon tea
Whipped cream (optional)


Add ice cream, milk, pumpkin, maple syrup and cinnamon to a blender or NutriBullet and mix well. Pour into a cup or large glass. Add whipped cream if you feel like it!

With these recipes in hand, you can feast on all the pumpkin-flavored wonders and by the time you get wrapped up, we'll be back with a series of peppermint recipes to prepare you for the new year.

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