Easy Pumpkin Recipes | My Favorites

Today I’m sharing this collection of easy pumpkin recipes for all of you who have yet to open a can of pumpkin and fire up your oven since fall arrived. I know for many of you it’s still very warm and probably doesn’t feel the least bit like fall. So…one of the best ways to welcome autumn is to fill your kitchen with the spicey scents of pumpkin and cinnamon. If you really don’t feel like baking, I’ve included a couple of no-bake easy pumpkin recipes that will still make you feel like fall has arrived. So…I hope there’s something for everyone! Take a leisurely stroll through the links and I’ll see you at the end.

Pumpkin Bread | Moist and hearty pumpkin bread recipe that makes enough to share with family and friends! The perfect fall snack or dessert.

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Icebox Cake Recipe | This is the taste of Fall in an easy, no bake cake. Layers of pumpkin goodness and graham crackers are sure to make this a hit with the whole family!

Pumpkin Icebox Cake

Pumpkin Fluff | An easy and fun dip that makes a great snack or dessert from onsuttonplace.com

Pumpkin Fluff Dip

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies | The perfect little cookie that makes the perfect fall snack or dessert. Kids love them!

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

Easy Pumpkin Recipes | My Favorites | Iced Pumpkin Cookies | Five easy pumpkin recipes perfect for fall family gatherings. Make for snacks or desserts.

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

For those of you who always stick around to the end, I’d like to say thank you. Again.

I am filled with many different feelings when I think about all of you who have been so kind and supportive. First I get a little emotional because I am always amazed at how nice everyone is…then I get nervous that I can keep up and not disappoint you. After that I usually, somehow, get inspired to bring you something new…something that might make you smile or make your life easier. That’s always my goal…every day. I feel like this year has been one of transition and growing. I’m a different person now than I was when this year started. My mom’s death has rearranged my priorities and changed the way I think. I want to live a simple life and share how to do that with you. Sometimes I may not get it exactly right, but I want you to know that I’ll always keep trying. 

I’ve said this many times, but I don’t take your friendship for granted. Have a lovely day.


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  1. Love all the recipes, thank you.

  2. Ann, I always look forward to opening your emails, you have so much to offer, whether it’s a recipe, styling tip or thoughts from the heart.
    I just received one of your pillow covers in the black and white checked print with the smiling jack-o-lantern, and I love it! Please keep making other covers with the black and white background!
    Thank you for all you do for all of us!

  3. Sandi Weiler says:

    Always always look forward to opening my email and seeing Sutton place. I mean that and want you to know that you are so appreciated. I’ve been down with a bad cut on my hand so my emails mean alot to me. I opened a can of pumpkin and tried using a tree knife to finish opening. Didn’t work. I landed in the
    E.R. and 20 stitches later. They do not make good can openers anymore. I thought I would invent one I guess. Anyway thank you for always lifting spirits and sharing.

    Sandi Weiler

  4. Hi Ann, Just wanted to say you will never disappoint! I just love how you decorate. So beautiful, simple, and elegant. I agree with you on how to live life. I know you have had a tough year. Time is a healer. Take care! Stylin

  5. When I get busy and my e-mail overflows and I just start deleting to clean it up I never delete yours. Yours will be saved until I have the time to savor them completely. Thank you for being so willing to share. I have tried several of your recipes and have never been disappointed.

  6. Thank you for always sharing something fun and easy! I love to read your blog and your suggestions bring me peace! You are very inspiring! I too am trying to live a little simpler and your blog is definitely helping me get there!!

  7. Ann, you are like an old friend. Don’t even think about disappointing your readers. To me, it’s a joy to see the email that you’ve posted again. And even if I don’t open it immediately, I know (like an old friend would be) that you’ll be entertaining and thoughtful as usual.

    I’ve been reading your blog for years, and I’ve never come away disappointed. I’m sure the others will say the same.

    As we get to the big holiday season at the end of the year, I know you’ll be missing your mom even more. I lost my mom in 2015, and my husband lost his mom and dad this year. So the holidays will be especially painful for us, but we know they are in Heaven and looking down on us. I’m sure your mom is having a ball in Heaven but also that she’s keeping an eye on you as well.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you for you kind words…I love the idea of my mom having a ball in heaven. I sure hope so!

  8. Ann, you are such a sweet lady. Thank you for the iced pumpkin cookies recipe. I am going to send you my chocolate pumpkin cake roll recipe. We built our house thirty-seven years ago and a lovely new neighbor brought me this delightful treat with its recipe. Autumn is sharing its beauty in this part of Ohio. Enjoy your weekend.

    1. This sounds great! Can you post it for all of us?? LOVE Pumpkin roll & chocolate too?? Amazing!!

  9. All the recipes sound so yummy.

  10. Barbara F. says:

    I love all things pumpkin, thanks for these yummy recipes. I love your blog posts Ann, you are always make me smile :-)

  11. I’m right there with you, a simple life sounds great! It may take some stressful times to get there, but that is my goal!!

  12. I am never disappointed when I visit you….I’m bj…the one that fell in love with your Target twin chairs and ordered a pair of black and white ones ….and I still love them. I am going to make your Frosted Cookies and run sit in my Target chair…:)

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thanks for writing BJ…and enjoy your cookies!

  13. Ann, Please keep doing what you do! I enjoying reading every posting of your blog.

  14. I’m not much of a cook because my kids are grown and we only get together as a family a few times a year. But in spite of that, I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy getting your emails and how much I appreciate you. You come across as a very caring person and that means so much.

  15. Thank you for the recipes. Yummy. I want to let you know that I appreciate your blog…always inspiring.
    Blessings bright,

  16. Marlene Stephenson says:

    Thank you Ann for all the great recipes you give us and the decorating inspiration. I really like your recipes cause you very seldom have to have anything special to cook them up.

  17. I am so excited to try your pumpkin icebox cake! I have tried all your other icebox recipes and your chocolate one is fantastic! My family asks for it all the time!! I’m sure this will be added to my list of “regulars” to make.

    I love your post and your compassion.


  18. You always inspire me. I am living a simple life just like you. My life used to be filled to the brim with obligations. I was thrilled when I was able to retire at an early age and really enjoy a life not defined by my appointment book. Now at 70 I am enjoying Pilates, baking bread, sewing, quilting, knitting and not rush from one appointment to another. Life is so good!

  19. Toni Tartaglino says:


    Your site is refreshing and enjoyable along with encouraging words to read. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, ideas and honesty. I like you, have lost a parent. My father past away in March. Since then I have decided to smiplfy a few things in my life. This is a good feeling, I never thought in a million years that I would be in a place of simple makes me happy! I know it is because of my father and his great love for me along with his family that his treasures have been installed in my heart. I have been truly blessed to have been so loved.
    Life is what we make of it and who we share it with. Here’s to a year of simple meaningful changes.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Toni…thank you for sharing about your dad. I do feel like my Mom’s parting gift to me was the freedom to just be me and to be happy. Can’t ask for much more than that…and I agree. A year of meaningful changes.

  20. Nana Diana says:

    I have never seen an icebox pumpkin recipe before. Love it and I am copying that over…also the pumpkin cookies at the end speak to me. Thanks for the recipes! xo Diana

  21. Thanks for the pumpkin recipes. You do not disappoint us. I read your blog because I like the calmness of it. Keep on keeping on.

  22. I always enjoy getting your email and unlike most of my other emails, I look forward to reading it right away. You always post things that interest me and things that I can do, and do without breaking the bank. I love your honesty and how you are so grateful for your readers. I wish that you were my neighbor….I’m sure that we would be great friends!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      I wish that we were neighbors too Patty…thank you for writing!

  23. Debra Burgin says:

    I’ve already baked pumpkin bread *twice* this season. It’s great to have those little loaves in the freezer. I make essentially the same recipe as yours, but with raisins. Must have raisins! On the to-do list for tomorrow is a batch of Pumpkin Snickerdoodles. Thank you!

  24. dotti schuck says:

    Luv your recipes and ideas Ann. Keep it coming!

  25. Christine says:

    Dear Ann,
    I always enjoy getting your email about a new blog post! Reading the whole thing
    is a blessing every time! Some thing struct me today, even the comments from
    other readers are a blessing! Thank you for all your efforts, keep up the good

  26. Lisa Johnson says:

    I’m having weekend guests coming in and am going to make some pumpkin bread- perfect timing! Enjoy your weekend and thank you!

  27. Claudia Ogburn says:

    Love your recipes, but most
    of all, your humble, honest, and open heart.
    May God pour out His blessings on you today.
    Be encouraged.
    Love in Christ

  28. So sorry to hear about your mother. I enjoy your posts and great ideas and recipes. Thank you! Best wishes!

  29. The recipes look delicious, thank you! I’m eager to give them a try.

    The beauty you add to each day is a blessing to me. Again, thank you.

  30. Ann, you are a special friend. I am a 78 year old who loves reading your warm and kind blog. I feel we are true neighbors in a new way.
    The love you have for your dear family is present in all you write. Your decor and recipes are inspiring.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Nancy…neighbors in a new way. Beautifully said.

  31. I always look forward to what you have for us – like these wonderful recipes:)

  32. I made 5 loaves of pumpkin bread yesterday for the freezer and it is so delicious!! Thanks for posting your recipes!!

  33. Your blog is a breath of fresh air! I will definitely be trying two or three of theses pumpkin recipes – thank you for sharing. I have to say your photos of your pumpkin desserts are beautiful. I love how you included the mini pumpkins, pine cones & bittersweet – so pretty. Could you tell me where you purchased your plates from? You never disappoint! Have a great day!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Claire…I can’t remember if I answered your question or not so to make sure I’m writing again. The plates came from Walmart a few years ago. From their Better Homes and Garden collection. Perhaps they will have something similar this year? I hope so…Ann

      1. Thanks so much for the reply Ann – I appreciate it!

  34. I have to say, your blog has become one of my favorites. Your style of decorating is fresh but not trendy; timeless but not stuffy. Your recipes (at least the ones I’ve tried) are always tasty, and your free printables are so very generous. However you are doing it, I for one appreciate what you do. Thank YOU for being so giving. My Mom passed away almost three years ago and I miss her every day and I understand that it is life changing.

  35. Beth Beard says:

    You never disappoint Ann! Love the recipes and I enjoy reading every post. Have a wonderful day my friend.

  36. Kathleen G says:

    The smell of pumpkin spices in the air is what I need here with the temps in the low 90s, but! 60s overnight and the air is dry, that’s Fall in Phoenix:). I will always read your blog, have been for years and you have a lot of faithful readers. Yes, a loss of a parent is life changing. I wish my mom lived closer, thank goodness my sister lives with her. Autumn reminds me of my mom, we love this time of the year. I know my mom would love your blog Ann.
    Have a beautiful Fall day with Autumnal leaves swirling around, Kathleen in Az

  37. Susan Hensler says:

    Ann, you never disappoint!

    I always feel like I’m chatting with an old friend and sharing recipes or hints on seasonal decorating when I’m on your site.
    Thank you for all you do and for sharing your time and talents with us. Have a wonderful day!

  38. As a pumpkin lover I, of course, will enjoy making the pumpkin frosted cookies. They remind me of the cookies my Nana baked and I try to emulate her in my kitchen – which is not easy in a world of broccoli, humus, and coconut oil!
    Also I just want to tell you again that I too value staying in touch with you. You are my friend at the breakfast table and I welcome beginning the day in your calm, careful company. Thank you for being there.

  39. Sheila Gunderson says:

    Just printed off your “Iced Pumpkin Cookies” recipe. Can’t wait to do some baking with my 10 year old granddaughter Anna. They look moist and delicious!

  40. Shirley Graham says:

    Love the pumpkin pillow pictured and the recipes sound yummy! Are you selling the pillow? Like your prints too but cannot print them off as we do not have color. Have a great fall & enjoy the leaves. Ours haven’t turned too much yet here in Ohio but they’re starting!

  41. The recipes all look delicious! Thanks for sharing and inspiring us all. Your talent for photography along with your creative decorating talents are much appreciated and admired!

  42. Shannon Griffiths says:

    Good morning Ann,
    For the past few years I have been getting your emails in my inbox that greet me every morning when I log on. I just have to let you know how enjoyable these emails are from you. I am filling with a sense of warmth when I see delicious recipes and creative seasonal decorating ideas….and so much more!
    In a world that is in such a hurry to go ‘somewhere’, it’s so refreshing to get your emails….somehow life moves a little slower, even just for a few moments.
    Enjoy your day and thank you again for sharing a little happiness with others. :-)

  43. Arti Mader says:

    I’m one of those “who always sticks around to the end, ” and I am especially glad that I did today. Those last words are so much a reflection of what many of us feel– the belief that we can aspire, if not to greatness, then goodness and honesty and kindness. The sincerity in your words is touching. Thank you for the time and effor you spend in writing this blog.

  44. Mary Choi says:

    Have a great day Ann and thanks for all you share with us! I always enjoy your blog.

  45. Mary Choi says:

    Have a great day Ann and thanks for all you share with us!