70+ Pumpkin Puree Recipes {How To Store and Use a Can of Pumpkin}

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Fun fact: A 15 ounce can of pumpkin puree equals 1 and 3/4 cups.

Want to know what the average pumpkin puree recipes call for? Not 1 and 3/4 cups.

You know where that leaves us? With a whole lot of random leftover pumpkin puree.

Don't know what to do with that leftover pumpkin puree? This post will tell you how to store it and give you recipes to use up every last drop!

Don’t worry, friends. I know the situation seems dire, but there’s no need to panic. Today, we’re going to talk about how to store and freeze pumpkin puree, plus I’ll be sharing over 70 pumpkin puree recipes so you won’t need to waste an ounce of that Autumn gold.

This post is part of a series called “Stuff I’ve Googled,” in which we attempt to use up common leftovers before they become science experiments. For more tips, check out these posts:

How to Store Pumpkin Puree – Can You Freeze Pumpkin Puree?

  • Pumpkin puree can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer. Before storing, always remove any leftover puree from the can and place it in a glass or plastic container with a tight fitting lid.
  • You can also store pumpkin puree in freezer bags. To save space, lay the bags on a baking tray until frozen. The flattened bags can easily be stored stacked or side by side.
  • I also like to freeze pumpkin puree in ice cube trays to use as baby food. Allow the puree to freeze, then pop it out of the tray and store in a zip lock bag.

How Long Does Pumpkin Puree Last?

  • Fresh pumpkin puree will last about 1 week in the fridge.
  • Frozen pumpkin puree will last for about 6 months. To thaw frozen pumpkin puree, place it in the fridge overnight, or put the container of frozen puree in a bowl of cold water for 10-15 minutes.
  • If any liquid separates while storing or thawing pumpkin puree, simply give it a good stir before using in recipes.

70+ Pumpkin Puree Recipes

Now that you know how to store your leftover pumpkin puree, let’s find out how to use it up! Below are a variety of pumpkin puree recipes you can mix and match to use up the entire can. For instance, try Well Plated’s Pumpkin Parfaits with Noshing with the Noland’s Pumpkin Pecan Muffins

how-to-use-leftover-pumpkin-puree Whether you need to use a cup or just a few Tablespoons of pumpkin puree, there’s a recipe on this list for you. I’ve included pumpkin, desserts, beverages, breads, breakfasts, and even a few savory pumpkin recipes!

All of the recipes below use a can of pumpkin puree, NOT pumpkin pie filling. Unlike pie filling, canned pumpkin puree is unsweetened and unspiced.

I hope you have fun mix and matching your way to pumpkin heaven!

Less than 1/4 Cup Pumpkin Puree Recipes

Single-Serving-Pumpkin-Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-1 tablespoon

Single Serving Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie from Chocolate Moosey

Coffee Shop Pumpkin Spice Syrup from Savvy Eats

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte from Farmgirl Gourmet

Pumpkin Spice White Russian from The Kitchen is My Playground

Easy Pumpkin Praline Danish from Oh Sweet Basil

Spiced Pumpkin Popcorn from Clark’s Condensed

1/4 Cup of Pumpkin Puree Recipes


No Bake Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake from Spoonful of Flavor

Pumpkin Chai Hot Buttered Rum from The Frugal Foodie Momma

Pumpkin Cheddar Pancakes with Rosemary from An Edible Mosaic

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles from Smile Sandwich

Pumpkin Cannolis from Chocolate Moosey

Overnight Pumpkin Cheesecake French Toast Casserole from Julie’s Eats and Treats

Gluten Free Pumpkin Swirl Crumb Cake from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Pumpkin Coffee Creamer from Shugary Sweets

1/3 Cup – 6 Tablespoons Pumpkin Puree Recipes


Pumpkin Cookies with Coconut Cream and White Chocolate from Food, Faith, Fitness

Biscoff Pumpkin Pie Cookie Cups from Lemons for Lulu

Pumpkin Spice Butter from The View From Great Island

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Blossoms from The Food Charlatan

Pumpkin Caramel Monkey Bread Muffins from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Puffs from The Food Charlatan

Chocolate Chip Protein Pumpkin Pancakes from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Pumpkin Walnut Granola from Call Me PMC

Pumpkin Tres Leches Cake from Flavor Mosaic

1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree Recipes

pumpkin spice bites running to kitchen 1:2cup

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Bites from Running to the Kitchen

Maple Pumpkin Granola from Overtime Cook

Pumpkin Spice Biscuits from The View from Great Island

Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Walnut Swirl from Poet in the Pantry

Pumpkin Chai French Toast from The Healthy Maven

Spiced Pumpkin Rum Flan from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies from Dessert Now, Dinner Later

Pumpkin Pie Bites from Cooking on the Front Burner

Maple Pumpkin Scones from Amy’s Healthy Baking

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake from Mom on Timeout

Pumpkin Brulee from Amy’s Healthy Baking


Flourless Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip from Wonky Wonderful

Pumpkin Banana Bran Muffins from American Heritage Cooking

Crock Pot Overnight Pumpkin Steel Cut Oatmeal from Kitchen Treaty

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie from The Lemon Bowl

Pumpkin Spice Hi Hat Cupcakes from Beyond Frosting

Fudgy Gluten Free Pumpkin Brownies from Around My Family Table

2/3 Cups Pumpkin Puree Recipes

pumpkin pinwheel--a pumpkin puree recipe

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Roll from NeighborFood

Soft Batch Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies from Lemon Tree Dwelling

No Churn Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream from Like Mother, Like Daughter

3/4 Cups Pumpkin Puree Recipes


Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread from Growing Up Gabel

Easier Than Pie Creamy Pumpkin Pie from Foodologie

Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles from Mom on Timeout

Pumpkin Ginger Bars with Maple Glaze from Mom on Timeout

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles from Barbara Bakes

Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Glaze from Life, Love, and Sugar

Pumpkin Cranberry Coffee Wreath from Crumb

Pumpkin Parfaits with Coconut Whipped Cream from Well Plated

1 Cup Pumpkin Puree Recipes

pumpkin boule recipe made with pumpkin puree

Pumpkin Boule Bread from Hungry Couple

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta from Oh Sweet Basil

Gluten Free Pumpkin 7 Layer Bars from NeighborFood

Pasta with Pumpkin Poblano Cream Sauce from The Domestic Front

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pecan Spice Cake from All Day I Dream About Food

Pumpkin Ale Cupcakes with Streusel Cream Cheese Frosting from Snappy Gourmet

Pumpkin Pecan Muffins from Noshing with the Nolands

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins from Cookin Canuck

Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Waffles from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures

Grain Free Almond Butter Pumpkin Bars from The Roasted Root

Pumpkin Bread with Salted Pepitas from spabettie

1+ Cup or a Can of Pumpkin Puree Recipes

Overhead shot of slices of easy pumpkin bread

Easy Pumpkin Bread (One Bowl Recipe) from NeighborFood

Pumpkin Spice Crumb Cake from NeighborFood

Creamy Pumpkin Chicken Chili from Wholesomelicious

Pumpkin and Brie Crostini from Foxes Love Lemons

Pumpkin Dirt Pudding Graveyard Parfaits from NeighborFood

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Pie from The Stay At Home Chef

Pumpkin Hummus from Wonky Wonderful


  1. Hello there! I know this is an older post but I just came across it now. I bought canned pumpkin (for my dog) and needed to freeze a ton of it! I used ziplock freezer bags and took one out yesterday. I know you said it seperates (water and pumpkin) but I tried to stir it back together and no go. It’s nasty! Kind of a leathery consistency. Any ideas how to save the rest? Thanks!

  2. thanks for the recipe ideas. Thanks to you, I could use the pumpkins of the garden. By cons, I make pumpkin puree myself! I wish you a happy halloween!

    1. I’ve never made or tried to freeze pumpkin dip before, so I’m really not sure. I think refrigerated it would probably last 5ish days. Not sure about freezing though, sorry!

  3. I love your “How to Store and Use Leftover X” posts, Courtney. They are so incredibly useful! I gotta pin this one because I ALWAYS have a few tablespoons of pumpkin left over (why in the heck can’t pumpkin recipes just use the whole dang can?!).

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