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Move Over Pumpkin! 12 Perfect Fall Desserts Made with Winter Squash

Many of my pumpkin dessert recipes have a little secret —— most of them are made with squash! In fact, even your canned pumpkin may be harboring squash in the mix. Why the squash switcheroo? Well, for one thing, sugar pie pumpkins can be hard to track down. They show up at farmer’s and specialty markets this time of year, but are hardly widely available. Winter squash, on the other hand, are easy to find, small and easy to work with, and impart great flavor to all kinds of fall desserts. Flavor-wise, I find kabocha squash to be closest to pumpkin, but I also enjoy the lighter flavor of butternut or the meatiness of a hubbard.

If your interest has been piqued, head below for 12 favorite fall desserts featuring winter squash instead of pumpkin!

  • 12 Perfect Fall Desserts Made with Winter Squash! 1 of 13
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    12 incredible fall desserts that prove it might just be time to give winter squash another look!

  • Streusel-Topped Ginger Squash Muffins 2 of 13
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    These gingery muffins with a buttery streusel topping go big on fall flavor and make for a perfect after school indulgence!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Brown Butter Squash Waffles 3 of 13
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    These nutty brown butter waffles have the comforting flavor of butternut squash and make for an awesome fall breakfast! Pair with sliced pears for an extra special treat!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Kabocha Pumpkin Pie Baked in a Squash 4 of 13
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    This cute little pumpkin-inspired pie is actually baked in a kabocha squash! It's an adorable fall dessert that's sure to be a hit with kids and grown-ups alike!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Holiday Squash Bread 5 of 13
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    Cinnamon and squash make for a holiday-perfect quick bread recipe! Bake up a few loaves for thoughtful holiday hostess gifts.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Butternut Maple Butter Scones 6 of 13
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    Butternut squash and maple make for wonderful scones brimming with classic fall flavors.
    An Edible Mosaic has the recipe
    Image: An Edible Mosaic 

  • Buttermilk Squash Pie 7 of 13
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    Tangy buttermilk compliments fresh squash beautifully in this classic fall pie with a light and airy texture.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Squash Walnut Raisin Muffins 8 of 13
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    Bake up a comforting treat with these scrumptious squash muffins! Studded with raisins and walnuts, they make for a satisfying breakfast or after school snack!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal 

  • Butternut Squash Tarte Tatin 9 of 13
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    Squash takes center stage in this creative version of a classic tarte tatin.
    Food Babbles has the recipe
    Image: Food Babbles

  • Whole Wheat Squash Quick Bread 10 of 13
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    This classic pumpkin bread recipe works wonderfully with fresh squash puree. This perfectly moist, light cake is just right for holiday potlucks.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Quinoa Brownies with Butternut Puree 11 of 13
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    Bake up a healthier fall snack with this recipe for quinoa brownies with butternut puree!
    Nosh and Nourish has the recipe
    Image: Nosh and Nourish

  • Butternut Squash Apple Cake 12 of 13
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    Cook up a classic apple cake with a hint of seasonal squash with this terrific recipe.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Chef Viviane Bauquet Farre 

  • Pear Right-Side Up Cake 13 of 13
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    This gorgeous pear cake features a hint of butternut puree, lending a comforting, rich texture to this yummy vegan cake.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Kathy Patalsky 

More from Brooklyn Supper on Babble:
Thanksgiving Side Dishes: 25 Savory Winter Squash Recipes
Savory Pancakes: 19 Kid-Approved Recipes
Beyond Turkey: 25 Alternative Thanksgiving Meat Recipes

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