11 Pumpkin Desserts for Thanksgiving, Because We Love You

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Unless you’ve been living underneath some kind of a food rock (or in some city where Starbucks does not exist), you know that pumpkin is, undoubtedly, kind of a big thing this time of year. Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin-scented candles... ‘Tis the season for pumpkin everything. And I really mean everything. Thanks to Pringles, you can even enjoy your potato chips coated in “pumpkin spice” flavor crystals.

Pumpkin is delicious, and therefore deserves the highest degree of recognition. But I think our obsession with King Pumpkin goes so much further than our taste buds. The arrival of pumpkin everything truly marks the beginning of the season. Pumpkin pie makes Thanksgiving. It is what we sit down and eat after we have already been sitting down and eating for a very long time. Pumpkin pie is what we have when we are with our families, feeling relaxed, satisfied, full to the brim, and very, very happy. And so it only makes sense that, each fall, we would want to recreate that food moment over and over, as many times as we can, by hungrily — voraciously, even — seeking out every single foodstuff in its obligatory pumpkin spice variety. This Thanksgiving, bring it home with these great pumpkin spice treats. There is something here for every kind of dessert lover, whether your preference is for the classic pie or for something a little more unique — gingerbread-pumpkin trifle, for instance, or a pan of hot, gooey, ridiculous pecan pumpkin butter cinnamon rolls (with, um, a cream cheese and BOURBON icing). It’s Thanksgiving, and it’s dessert. So make way for pumpkin.

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