All the Ways to Pumpkin Spice Up Your Life

Think beyond the latte and introduce this beloved flavor into some of your favorite dishes.
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Chef Name: Food Network Kitchen Full Recipe Name: Pumpkin Spice Latte Talent Recipe: FNK Recipe: Food Networks Kitchen’s Pumpkin Spice Latte, as seen on Foodnetwork.com Project: Foodnetwork.com, FN Essentials/Weeknights/Fall/Holidays Show Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

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'Tis the season — for pumpkin spice, that is. This warm, comforting flavor owes much of its fame to the coffee-shop-favorite latte, but its uses go far beyond a cup of joe. From wakeup-worthy oatmeal to sweet muffins and a frosted cake, find out how to infuse your some of your dishes with this beloved taste all season long.

It's a favorite for a reason; the Pumpkin Spice Latte is as popular as it is because the comforting flavor of pumpkin pie spice is just better together with a splash of hot espresso. While you can indeed pick up a cup at the local coffee shop, this homemade version from Food Network Kitchen comes together with only a handful of ingredients in mere minutes, so you can make it on demand whenever the craving strikes.

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Chef Name: Food Network Kitchen Full Recipe Name: Pumpkin Spice Buns Talent Recipe: FNK Recipe: Food Networks Kitchen’s Pumpkin Spice Buns, as seen on Foodnetwork.com Project: Foodnetwork.com, FN Essentials/Weeknights/Fall/Holidays Show Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

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Cinnamon buns are out and these Pumpkin Spice Buns are in, at least for autumn. "Split up the prep work and make the dough a day in advance and refrigerate it overnight for the second round of proofing," advise the chefs in Food Network Kitchen. "All you have to do in the morning is bake and glaze." And as for that glaze, it's a sweet, vanilla-scented mixture of butter, confectioners' sugar and milk.

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Chef Name: Food Network Kitchen Full Recipe Name: Pumpkin Spice-Cranberry Muffins Talent Recipe: FNK Recipe: Food Networks Kitchen’s Pumpkin Spice-Cranberry Muffins, as seen on Foodnetwork.com Project: Foodnetwork.com, FN Essentials/Weeknights/Fall/Holidays Show Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

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Just as pumpkin spice is a go-to ingredient this time of year, so too is the cranberry, as it's getting ready to claim the spotlight on your Thanksgiving table. But before then, try them in these easy Pumpkin Spice-Cranberry Muffins, made with both a pumpkin spice blend and a few dollops of pumpkin puree for extra flavor. Before baking, top the muffins with turbinado sugar — a coarse sugar — to guarantee a subtle crunch.

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Chef Name: Food Network Kitchen Full Recipe Name: Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Talent Recipe: FNK Recipe: Food Networks Kitchen’s Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal, as seen on Foodnetwork.com Project: Foodnetwork.com, FN Essentials/Weeknights/Fall/Holidays Show Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

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If your mornings are hectic, this healthy Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal is the answer, simmered with brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice, plus more of those in-season cranberries you likely have on hand. This can be ready to eat in only 25 minutes, but to cut down on time even more, Food Network Kitchen suggests, "Make a large batch and thin it out with a little milk or water before reheating."

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The ultimate in pumpkin spice indulgence, Food Network Magazine's Pumpkin Spice Cake with Chocolate-Pecan Filling is a towering beauty ideal for those parties when you need a showstopping presentation. Each of the four layers is laced with a mixture of cinnamon, ginger and allspice, plus a bit of orange zest for brightness, and they're stacked among hefty smears of pecan-studded chocolate filling. For an added dose of decadence, the buttery chocolate glaze on top surely fits the bill.

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