As the days get shorter and cooler with the coming of fall, we are all about the cider, pumpkins, and cozy foods that come along with the changing of the seasons. And once we bake up our favorite pumpkin pie, we are always looking for what to do with leftover pumpkin pie filling. To help out, I have rounded up some of the best easy-to-make recipe ideas to use with all that delicious leftover canned pumpkin pie mix.
Can you Freeze Canned Pumpkin Pie Filling?
Yes, you can! Leftover pumpkin pie filling can be frozen for up to 3 to 4 months. Just make sure to transfer it to a freezer safe container or zip-top bag first.
What is the Difference Between Pumpkin Purée and Pumpkin Pie Filling?
The only difference between pure pumpkin purée and pumpkin pie filling is the pie filling has been pre-sweetened and pre-spiced and sometimes color/vegetable oil has been added as well.
Can You Use Pumpkin Pie Mix Instead of Pumpkin Purée?
The good news is you can use pumpkin pie mix in place of pumpkin purée in sweet dishes. Because the filling is already sweetened, you would not want to use it in savory dishes. The trick to using it in sweet recipes is to leave out the extra spices that the recipe calls for, since they are already in the can.
Interestingly enough, we found it hard to find pumpkin pie filling as an ingredient in our search for ways to use it up in other ways besides pie. However, as we explained above, simply omit the pumpkin pie spices (ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice) in the recipe and use the filling in place of the purée in these delicious, fall-themed recipes below!
Recipes With ¼ Cup Pumpkin Pie Filling or Less
If you have ¼ cup or less pumpkin pie filling leftover, check out these delicious autumn-inspired recipes. Remember, if the recipe calls for purée, use the pie filling but omit the pumpkin pie spices from the recipe.
1. Marshmallow Pumpkin Spice Latte
If you love the classic PSL but are wanting to get a little more adventurous with the fall flavors, try this marshmallow pumpkin latte. A marshmallow fluff topping is lightly torched over the gorgeous pumpkin drink.
2. Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes
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Drink up a creamy, cool version of pumpkin pie by using your extra canned pumpkin filling along with seasonal spices to make these frosty, caramel-rimmed shakes. Quick from blender to glass, your little pumpkins will gobble them right up!
3. Easy Maple Pumpkin Overnight Oats
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For a quick morning breakfast that will fill your belly with nutritious goodness, get started the night before with these easy maple pumpkin overnight oats. Ready to heat up and eat the next day, your breakfasts may never be the same after prepping these gluten-free and vegan with your leftover pumpkin filling.
4. Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew Coffee
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If you are ready for fall flavors but the weather outside is still scorching, pour up a pumpkin cold brew beverage to beat the heat while still getting your pumpkin fix.
5. Pumpkin Spice Mule
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For an unexpected fall twist on a popular cocktail, this pumpkin mule combines seasonal flavor with cool ginger for a drink that packs a pumpkin punch. Traditionally served in a copper mug, this cocktail is sure to be a new fall favorite.
6. Pumpkin Cinnamon Crunch Bagels
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This pumpkin spice bagel recipe is a two-in-one gem that serves up a vegan, maple, and pumpkin bagel recipe with a crunchy cinnamon topping. Big on flavor, these bagels will be worth the time it takes to bake them from scratch.
7. Pumpkin Spiced Harvest Horchata
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For a scrumptious cold pumpkin drink, look no further than this fall flavored horchata. Easily swap out the alcohol for a treat everyone can enjoy during the warmer days of pumpkin season.
Recipes With ½ cup Pumpkin Pie Filling
The following recipes require exactly ½ cup pp filling. Check them out below:
8. Pumpkin Pie Crescents
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Don’t let your extra pumpkin pie mix go to waste with these sweet pumpkin pie crescent rolls. Quick to roll and bake, they are perfect for breakfast, snacks, or dessert.
9. Fall Pumpkin Party Punch
To serve a whole bunch of fall celebrators, serve up this cool pumpkin party punch. Make it with or without the alcohol for a spicy, sweet treat that every pumpkin lover is sure to enjoy.
10. Pumpkin Pie French Toast
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For a quick breakfast that saves perfectly in the freezer for later, this French toast made with pumpkin puree is sure to become a fall favorite every year.
11. Pumpkin Banana Smoothie
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Just because the weather starts to cool doesn’t mean smoothies are off the menu. Blend up this pumpkin and banana smoothie anytime you want a blast of healthy fall goodness.
12. Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies
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Snickerdoodle cookies combine with pumpkin flavor for a warm, soft cookie that will taste as delicious as it smells. These thick and chewy treats are perfect all year round, but they are especially tasty during the fall.
13. 5 Ingredient No-Bake Pumpkin Cheese Balls
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For a pumpkin-y treat that doesn’t heat up the oven, these cheesecake balls are rich and decadent but are no-bake wonders. Fun to roll up and dunk for the final coating, you might not serve up all that you make since a little taste testing will be hard to resist with these bite-size wonders.
14. Pumpkin Banana Bread
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Banana bread is a time-tested favorite, but this pumpkin version is primed to become the new favorite. This vegan treat is a perfect solution for a warm snack or not-too-sweet dessert with a fall flavor that is accented by pumpkin seeds baked right on top.
15. Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Waffles
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Crunchy quinoa and pumpkin waffles are a delightful twist on your family’s favorite breakfast food. Made without traditional ingredients milk and eggs, these pumpkin treats are made with whole grains and pack a nutritional punch.
16. Pumpkin Pudding
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Childhood perennial favorite pudding is amped up with a fall flavor injection. Good for a treat or even a fancy dessert, this pumpkin pudding also features gingerbread flavor.
17. PSL Cookies
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Combining the flavor of a pumpkin spice latte and a warm cookie, this recipe has it all. Drizzled with a vanilla espresso icing, these warm delightful cookies pair with just about anything to create a feeling of fall.
18. Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake
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Even though you might use it mostly for main meals, your instant pot can cook up this pumpkin cheesecake in a flash. This silky-smooth pie is a perfect solution for what to do with leftover canned pumpkin pie filling.
19. Pumpkin Pie Turnovers
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Bring pumpkin goodness close at hand with these pumpkin pie turnovers. These sweet and earthy treats are also glazed for an extra drizzle of sweet fall flavor.
20. Pumpkin Cornbread
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For a surprisingly not sweet cornbread, these pumpkin infused ones are a great swap out to try. Treat them just like regular cornbread once baked, topping them with butter or honey or even maple syrup drizzles.
21. Pumpkin Monkey Bread
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Kick of the fall holidays with a pumpkin monkey bread that is easy to grab but hard to put down. Easy to make, this sweet bread is topped with a cream cheese glaze for just the right balance.
Recipes With ¾ cup Leftover Pumpkin Pie Filling
Have about ¾ cup filling to use up? Check out these recipes:
22. Super Moist Pumpkin Cupcakes
For an everyday treat or a fall birthday sweet, these pumpkin cupcakes are drizzled with chocolate to rev up the sweetness factor. Make them ahead and freeze without toppings for a last-minute dessert to save the day.
23. Pumpkin Spice Syrup
This flavorful syrup can be used to infuse your coffees, lattes, desserts, yogurt and other breakfast dishes witha whole lot of autumn flavor! Swap out the pumpkin purée for the pumpkin pie filling; leave the spices in for that full pumpkin-y flavor!
24. Maple Pumpkin Almond Butter
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When leftover pumpkin recipes don’t fill the bill, this versatile pumpkin almond butter may be just what you need. With only four ingredients, this savory spread can be smeared on top of just about anything to give it a pumpkin punch.
25. Pumpkin Cheesecake Lasagna
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A dessert lasagna made with pumpkin and graham crackers will be your newest layered creation with this ingenious recipe. It’s worth every step of the four layers to create a truly unique and stunning pumpkin dessert.
26. Edible Pumpkin Cookie Dough
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For those of us who can’t resist grabbing a bite of unbaked cookie dough, this edible one with pumpkin pie mix won’t be off limits. Eliminating eggs makes this edible pumpkin cookie dough a safe and scrumptious snack for everyone.
27. Mini Pumpkin Layer Cakes
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These stunning mini pumpkin sponge cakes that are stacked with cream cheese frosting add up to one gorgeous dessert. They are perfect for a special occasion, but you could just bake these beauties as an excuse to use up your extra pumpkin pie filling.
Recipes That Use 1 Cup Leftover Pumpkin Pie Filling
Use up that last cup of filling with these delicious treats:
28. Pumpkin Pie Hummus
Have you ever tried a dessert hummus? The combination of chickpeas and sweetened, spiced pumpkin may sound off, but this is a delightful treat that turns pumpkin pie into a nutritious dish! Serve with some broken waffle cones or your favorite dippers to scoop up the fall-flavored goodness.
29. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese & Chocolate Chips
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If you are wondering what to do with your pumpkin pie mix before it goes bad, bake up these charming little pumpkin whoopie pies. Rolled in chocolate chips, they are reminiscent of mostly-chocolate varieties, but you won’t miss the chocolate flavor with these bite-sized treats!
30. Pumpkin Spice No-Churn Ice Cream
Homemade no-churn pumpkin ice cream is a creative way to use up your leftover pumpkin pie filling. Popped into the freezer, its ready to use anytime your ghouls and goblins need a cool pumpkin snack.
31. Pumpkin Muffins
These healthy muffins might just become a favored dessert instead of being relegated to breakfast only status. Topped with oats and cranberries, you won’t mind snagging one a healthy snack either.
32. Cake Pop Maker Pumpkin Cake Pops
With their round shape and light fall flavor, these pumpkin flavored cake pops are bound to be an instant hit. Meant to be a bite sized treat, these easy to make cake pops will be loved by kids and adults alike.
33. Pumpkin Spice Rum Cake with Boozy Cream Cheese Icing
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For a quicker dessert, this recipe combines the ease of a boxed mix with amped up pumpkin and rum flavors to create a boozy, sweet dessert that is sure to be a showstopper.
34. Pumpkin Coconut Caramel Sauce
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Looking for a pumpkin caramel sauce to serve with just about anything? This sauce is so simple to make in your crockpot and, once cooled, keeps in your fridge for anytime you want to add in a sweet, pumpkin punch to your foods or drinks.
35. No-Bake Pumpkin Cheese Cake
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This velvety vegan no-bake cheesecake is sure to be a fall favorite. It’s easy to whip these up, and they save conveniently easily in the freezer, freeing up oven space for all the other baked pumpkin desserts on your menu.
36. Pumpkin Cranberry Walnut Bread
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Combining flavors from all the fall holidays, this cranberry walnut pumpkin bread is destined to become a staple for its crunch from the nuts and the light sweetness added by the berries and pumpkin.
37. Maple Glazed Pumpkin Banana Bread with Ginger Streusel
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Use up your extra pumpkin pie filling by mixing it up with bananas and topping it with a crunchy streusel in this yummy pumpkin banana bread recipe. Just look at that topping!
38. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Whip up these soft, pumpkin-y chocolate chip cookies for a fall twist on everyone’s favorite cookie flavor. They even reportedly taste better the next day, so bake up a double batch for today and tomorrow to test the theory for science.
39. Pumpkin Magic Bars
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These simple magic pumpkin bars will wow your guests as they look much more complicated than they really are to make. Pumpkin layers with butterscotch, toffee, and pecans to turn out a stunning crunchy bar with big flavor.
40. Chocolate Pumpkin Swiss Roll Cake
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This European-style soft chocolate cake is filled with a pumpkin cheesecake to create a gorgeous, rolled dessert to slice and serve. Stunning in presentation, this chocolate pumpkin Swiss roll cake is a beautiful dessert that uniquely uses up leftover canned pumpkin pie mix.
Recipes Using More Than 1 Cup of Leftover Pumpkin Pie Filling
If you’re left with a little less than a can or even have a full can on hand that you want to use up before the expiration date, check out these recipes that are full of pumpkin flavor:
41. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread
This sweet and savory pumpkin bread ensures your house will be filled with mouthwatering pumpkin aromas, so the bread may not make it all the way to dessert time. The recipe uses 1 ⅔ cups of canned pumpkin.
42. Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake
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No-mix baked cakes like this pumpkin dump cake are famous for being quick and simple to make. Using pumpkin pie filling and a spice cake box mix, this delish pumpkin dessert will have you ready to take a bite as soon as the oven opens.
43. Easy Pumpkin Pie Pancakes
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Another quick dupe recipe, this one merges your favorite pancake mix with pumpkin pie mix to create mouthwatering flapjacks for breakfast. These pumpkin pie pancakes can be mixed up and griddled anytime as a fall flavored treat, or frozen for a future breakfast feast once cooked.
44. Citrusy Pumpkin Pudding
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For a distinctive dessert, this citrusy pumpkin pudding is sure to delight. Orange flavors, pumpkin, vanilla, and cinnamon come together in a pudding dessert perfect for pumpkin lovers.
Pumpkin is a very adaptable berry (yes, it is technically a berry) that is at once at home with sweet and savory dishes. From puddings and pies to cakes, smoothies, and cookies, the addition of pumpkin into dishes always creates a stunning, tasty dish. With its distinctive fall flavor, pumpkin is a perennial favorite flavor to celebrate the changing of seasons, especially when combined with cinnamon and other earthy spices.
Did you enjoy this list of recipes to try? I hope you love them as much as we do, and I anticipate that your fall baking and cooking will be flavored with pumpkins and spice all season long, just like ours.