It's almost a universally agreed upon fact that Thanksgiving dinner just isn't complete without a classic pumpkin pie to end the meal. While a traditional recipe is completely perfect and delicious all on its own, sometimes the holiday season calls for a few easy pumpkin pie recipes with a nontraditional twist. Take the opportunity of having the entire family around the dinner table to try out some new versions of everyone's favorite holiday treat.
Not every pumpkin pie has to be the same to be delicious. It doesn't even necessarily have to be in the form of a traditional pie to satisfy your seasonal pumpkin pie craving. Sometimes the incredible flavors of pumpkin and cinnamon can reach your taste buds just as wonderfully in the form of a cake, cookies, pudding, or even ice cream. As long as you remember to put a dollop of whipped cream on top, you know it's going to taste great.
So, grab as many cans of pumpkin purée as your local grocery store will let you take and stock up on plenty of cinnamon because you're going to need it. These pumpkin pie recipes may not be what you're used to, but their unique twists on an old favorite might create some new favorites for next year.
1. Pumpkin Pudding Muffins
A muffin certainly isn't a pie, but the delicious pumpkin pie flavors in this seemingly simple muffin will more than satisfy your pumpkin craving this Thanksgiving. While they are simple to make, the flavors in this delicious muffin are anything but simple. It's the addition of instant pudding mix that makes this dessert so moist and fluffy. Find the recipe at somethingswanky.com.
2. Pumpkin Pie Pockets
Mini pumpkin pies are just about as cute as it gets on Thanksgiving, especially when those pies are in the shape of tiny pumpkins. If you've ever wanted your own, portable pumpkin pie, this recipe is here to make your wish come true. Try mixing together the filling a day or two ahead of the big day to save yourself some time. Find the recipe at cookiesandcups.com.
3. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie Bars
If there's anything that could make a pumpkin pie better (other than whipped cream, of course), it's cream cheese. There's something about the combination of the rich, savory cream cheese with the sweet, spiced pumpkin purée that makes these pie bars melt in your mouth. Find the recipe at yourcupofcake.com.
4. Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles
For anyone looking to use up all those cans of pumpkin purée, these pumpkin snickerdoodles are the pumpkin pie cookie of your dreams. If snickerdoodles weren't already the perfect holiday cookie, they certainly are now with the autumnal flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg oozing out of every bite. Find the recipe at momontimeout.com.
5. Pumpkin Butter Pecan Ice Cream Pie
Usually, Thanksgiving is a time for warm, homemade desserts with family and friends. But, why not try out a cold and creamy dessert this year? Covered in gooey caramel sauce, this pumpkin and butter pecan ice cream pie brings together all the sweet and delicious flavors of the season into one dessert that takes the traditional pumpkin pie to the next level. Find the recipe at tasteandtellblog.com.
6. Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate
The holidays aren't complete with a warm drink to sip on while you curl up by the fireplace or sit around the dinner table sharing stories of thankfulness. Balanced out by the sweetness of the white chocolate, this pumpkin pie hot chocolate is a warm and delicious seasonal drink that serves as a great after-dinner drink or the perfect pairing to any Thanksgiving dessert. Find the recipe at closetcooking.com.
7. Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding parfait
So, you've had pumpkin pie and pumpkin cookies and even pumpkin hot chocolate. If you're a huge fan of pumpkin and you're looking for a dish you still haven't tried, check out this pumpkin pie chia pudding parfait. A thin and smooth pudding, the chia seeds give this pumpkin parfait just the bit of texture it needs to make this an awesome pumpkin dessert. Find the recipe at ohsheglows.com.
8. Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls
Yes, pumpkin pie cinnamon rolls exist, and now you can try them out in your very own home. Whether you decide to save them for after dinner or serve them as an incredible breakfast to start off the day, this won't be the last time these creamy, pumpkin cinnamon rolls find their way to your table. Find the recipe at somethingswanky.com.
9. Sweet Pumpkin Empanadas
Putting a portable twist on the traditional slice of pumpkin pie, these pumpkin empanadas double as breakfast and dessert — or even a delicious snack in between prepping your Thanksgiving feast. Complete with a pumpkin spice glaze, you won't want to miss out on enjoying these tasty treats before the season is over. Find the recipe at momontimeout.com.
10. Pumpkin Tiramisu
Maybe one of the most delectable looking dishes on this list, pumpkin pie tiramisu probably isn't your average Thanksgiving dessert. But, no one will be complaining once they get a taste of that filling. A mix of mascarpone cheese, puréed pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a blend of other fantastic ingredients, this tiramisu is a must-try dessert this Thanksgiving. Find the recipe at foodiecrush.com.
11. Spiral Pumpkin Twists
Dessert isn't always your first thought when it comes to preparing for Thanksgiving. Usually, a glistening turkey and several side dishes pop into your mind first. If you do end up having to prepare a last-minute dessert for Thanksgiving this year, these spiral pumpkin twists will be there to save the day. Easy and quick to make, they bring all the flavor of a pumpkin pie with half the work. Find the recipe at acozykitchen.com.
12. Pumpkin Funnel Cake
Funnel cake doesn't have to be a treat strictly eaten at fairs and carnivals. Change up the flavors of a traditional funnel cake by combining it with the flavors of a classic pumpkin pie to create a treat for the whole family. The best part is, everyone can have their own pumpkin pie funnel cake, making dessert fun and delicious this year. Find the recipe at somethingswanky.com.
13. Pumpkin Pie Layer Cake
If you want pumpkin for dessert, this is the recipe for you. From pumpkin spice cake to buttercream frosting, candied graham crackers (yum!), and a drizzle of delicious pumpkin spice syrup, this cake is here to give you everything you've ever been missing in a Thanksgiving dessert. Even though you'll want it all for yourself, make sure everyone gets a slice. Find the recipe at thecrepesofwrath.com.
14. Coconut Macaroon Pumpkin Pie
No two pumpkin pies are exactly alike, and this pumpkin pie definitely isn't your traditional Thanksgiving dessert. While it might be the most similar to a classic pumpkin pie out of any dessert on this list, this pie takes it up a notch with a coconut macaroon crust. Sprinkle some cinnamon and toasted coconut on top for a beautiful pie everyone is going to want to try. Find the recipe at toriavey.com.
15. Pumpkin Pie Fudge with Nutella
From presentation to taste to simplicity, this pumpkin pie fudge recipe has it all (not to mention Nutella). After ten minutes of prep time and an hour or two in the fridge, you'll have a magnificent, chocolatey pumpkin pie flavored marble fudge dessert that will be the highlight of your Thanksgiving dinner. Remember to use a knife to create that beautiful marshmallow, chocolate swirl. Find the recipe at somethingswanky.com.
Now you can gather everyone around the dinner table this Thanksgiving knowing that you have the perfect pumpkin pie dessert to complete a wonderful meal.
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