I’m all about finding a twist on the classic Thankgiving dessert this year, with creative pumpkin pie recipes. Because if there’s one dish my family’s Thanksgiving dinner must have — other than the turkey, obviously — it’s pumpkin pie.
My mom makes the best traditional version, so there’s no point in even trying to improve on it. If you’re in a similar situation, or just looking to change things up this year, check out these deliciously ingenious, creative pumpkin pie recipes.
Top image: Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe | Full of Plants
I’ll start with an all-out, over-the-top recipe with this Black Bottomed Pumpkin Pie with Marshmallow at How Sweet Eats. OMG, this looks amazing. Underneath that meringue-y marshmallow top are two decadent layers — one of creamy pumpkin pie and the second of rich chocolate. Want to impress the in-laws? Bring this to Thanksgiving dinner.
It’s hard for us to resist anything Nutella, and that includes this Pumpkin Nutella Swirl Tart recipe at Jojotastic. We’re talking a chocolate-hazelnut crust with a hint of pink Himalayan salt, with creamy pumpkin pie and that rich Nutella swirled as the filling. Decadent? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely.
The creaminess in this Eggnog Pumpkin Pie recipe at for Baked New England is next-level, with just the right amount of spice to make you want to go back for seconds. I usually refuse to think about Christmas until Thanksgiving is wrapped up, but an eggnog pie could be a wonderful transition from one holiday to the next.
This Upside Down Pumpkin Pie at The Gold Lining Girl has a rich, buttery spice-cake flavored streusel on top. But don’t let that scare you away. You basically just dump all the ingredients in a bowl and slide it in the oven — perfect for a busy Thanksgiving prep day. Check her site for the easy, appealing instructions and this creative pumpkin pie recipe might be your new favorite.
Sometimes a creative pumpkin pie recipe means skipping the pie shape entirely. Instead, I love the thin layer of pumpkin with the rich almond cookie crust on these Pumpkin Pie Bars at Choosing Chia, because it turns the Thanksgiving dessert staple an easy, finger-food alternative. And if you have relatives eating vegan or Paleo this year, this is a dessert option that will work for them.
If you’re looking to save space in your oven, try this Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding recipe from Kara Lydon. It cooks in the slow cooker for 3-4 hours, while that rich caramel sauce over the top is prepared in the microwave. Brilliant! As a dietician, Kara has even offered some smart substitutes to help keep the calorie count down — something I know I could definitely use on Thanksgiving.
I clicked through to this recipe for Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake at Full of Plants because those layers of chocolate, vanilla and pumpkin cheesecake look unbelievably rich and decadent. It’s just a bonus that it also happens to be gluten-free and vegan. That means we get two slices, right?
For kids who may not be so willing to try a pie made of pumpkin (eww, something that sounds good for you!) I imagine they’d go for these Pumpkin Pie pops spotted at One Little Project. The filling is still that same, delicious pumpkin goodness, but in bite-sized pop form that kids can’t resist.
I love pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin bread. And I love pound cake. So, for another creative pumpkin pie recipe alternative, looks like I can’t go wrong with this Pumpkin Pie Pound Cake recipe from I Am Baker. And yes, I’m going to go ahead and serve this with coffee for breakfast too if we have leftovers. Don’t judge.