Pumpkin Soft Pretzels

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A few years ago, I went through a serious soft pretzel phase. They were the first yeast bread-like item I’d ever made successfully, and I just couldn’t stop making them. It eventually got to be so ridiculous that I caved and had a “Soft Pretzel Week” on Savvy Eats, wherein I covered pretzel recipes, dip recipes, and pretzel food science.

Making soft pretzels became second nature, and after a time, I hardly even needed to measure the flour out – I could just tell from the feel of the dough if it was right or not.

And then, I just stopped. I’m not even sure why – maybe I felt a little burnt-out on pretzels, or the stockpile of frozen twists in the freezer was enough for a few months.  I’m not sure what it was, but a few weeks ago, I found myself craving a good soft pretzel. And because I had an open can of pumpkin puree that needed to be used up, and because it is pumpkin month, I decided to replace much of the oil with the pumpkin puree.

It turns out that making soft pretzels is a bit like riding a bike – as I kneaded the dough, punched it down and shaped it into pretzels, it felt comforting and familiar. Except whereas when you ride a bike again after a long time away, all you get is a bike ride, when I made this old favorite recipe, I come away with warm, springy soft pretzels.

Pumpkin Soft Pretzels


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61 Ways with Pumpkin

61 Ways With Pumpkin

I may have gotten a bit carried away with the pumpkin recipes.  I’ve completely lost track of how much pumpkin I’ve used this month, but suffice it to say that it was plenty.  I know it is a bit cliche, but I just can’t get enough of that big round vegetable lately; it adds so much flavor and subs in for oil and butter so nicely.

So basically, the pumpkin recipes aren’t going to stop rolling through my kitchen.  But they will stop showing up on Savvy Eats soon, in favor of Thanksgiving recipes (though I do have one more pumpkin treat left!). Since October is wrapping up, I thought I’d share all the many delicious pumpkin recipes I’ve found on my web travels this month:

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Savory Pumpkin Recipes

Baked pumpkin with garlic yogurt sauce from Savory Simple

Curried smoked turkey and pumpkin soba from cbsop

Fresh pumpkin pasta from Minimalist Baker

Pumpkin black bean soup from Noble Pig

Pumpkin dal soup from The Culinary Life

Pumpkin mac and cheese

Pumpkin quinoa bowl from Wonky Wonderful

Pumpkin risotto

Spicy pumpkin soup with chili cream from Masala Herb

Super easy creamy tofu scramble with kale and pumpkin from Ricki Heller


Breakfast Pumpkin Recipes

Baked pumpkin doughnuts with chocolate icing from i heart eating

Brown butter pumpkin muffins

Healthy oatmeal pumpkin pancakes from Tales of an Overtime Cook

Mini pumpkin doughnuts with cider-rum glaze from rachel cooks

Pumpkin brown butter malt baked donuts from Hungry Girl Por Vida

Pumpkin coconut yogurt waffles from girl versus dough

Pumpkin hazelnut coffee cake from Always with Butter

Pumpkin pecan sticky rolls

Pumpkin pie smoothie from Food Loves Writing

Pumpkin spice baked doughnuts from Top with Cinnamon

Pumpkin spice granola

Pumpkin spice savvy scones

Quick pumpkin cinnamon rolls from Miss in the Kitchen

Spiced maple pumpkin breakfast quinoa from Alaska from Scratch


Pumpkin Cakes

Pumpkin Pies and Cakes

Buttermilk pumpkin pie from brooklyn supper

Chocolate pumpkin cheesecake from Will Cook for Smiles

Gooey German pumpkin skillet cake from Willow Bird Baking

No-bake, egg-free pumpkin cheesecake with praline sauce from Chocolate Moosey

Pumpkin butter honey cake from Nutmeg Nanny

Pumpkin cheesecake cake from Shugary Sweets

Pumpkin spice latte bunt cake from diethood

Pumpkin swirl pecan crumb cake from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Vanilla custard-soaked pumpkin poke cake from Willow Bird Baking


Pumpkin Cookies and Bars

Pumpkin and candied pecan rugelach from The Little Ferraro Kitchen

Pumpkin cheesecake brownies from Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Pumpkin pie snickerdoodles from Mom on Time Out

Pumpkin s’mores bars from my baking addiction

Pumpkin spice sugar cookies with pumpkin buttercream frosting from Mother Thyme


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Pumpkin Breads and Snacks

Pumpkin banana nut bread from Liv Life

Pumpkin, chocolate chip and pistachio muffins from Piece of Cake

Pumpkin chocolate chip bread from Inside BruCrew Life

Pumpkin chocolate chip granola bars from The Lemon Bowl

Pumpkin mini bread with candied walnuts

Pumpkin spice energy bites from Oh My Veggies

Pumpkin swirl bread from Elise Blaha

Pumpkin walnut granola bars from The Bitterside of Sweet


Pumpkin Flavored Beverages

Bourbon pumpkin pie milkshake from How Sweet It Is

Coffee shop pumpkin syrup

Mocha pumpkin spice latte with pumpkin caramel from Cooking with Books

Pumpkin coffee creamer from Shugary Sweets

Pumpkin pie creamer from 52 Kitchen Adventures

Pumpkin spice chai latte from Foodie with Family

Pumpkin spice hot chocolate from Cookies and Cups


Miscellaneous Pumpkin Treats

Ginger spiced pumpkin butter from Always Order Dessert and NoshOn.It

Pumpkin butterscotch pudding

Pumpkin marshmallows from home cooking memories

Pumpkin pie ice cream

Pumpkin praline dessert tamales from What’s Cookin’ Chicago?

Pumpkin spice penuche fudge from Food Babbles

Slow cooker pumpkin bread pudding with creme anglaise from Rikki Snyder and Oh My Veggies

Photos from Savory Simple, i heart eating, brooklyn supper, Will Cook for Smiles, Willow Bird Baking and Inside BruCrew Life, used with permission.