Pass Over Pumpkin Pie for One of These 12 Pumpkin Desserts
Pumpkin pies will fill many dessert tables this year, just like they do every year. Nestle, which produces Libby’s Pumpkin, estimated in 2010 that 50 million pumpkin pies are made using this product each year, a figure that doesn’t even begin to cover homemade pumpkin pie fillings and other brands. But thanks to the ubiquity of pumpkin, there is no shortage of ways to prepare a dessert, snack, breakfast, or even dinner with the fall flavor once reserved for pie. With all of this creativity in baking and cooking, pass on the pumpkin pie and dig into one of the following 12 desserts instead.
1. If we haven’t convinced you to replace pumpkin pie, maybe Pumpkin Lust Cake can. “This pumpkin lust cake is like the new pumpkin pie,” Sweet Treats & More wrote of the dessert. “At least it will be at our Thanksgiving dinner this year. It is so so good!”
2. Don’t settle for regular pumpkin cupcakes and cream cheese frosting, because a more flavorful, decadent dessert exists: Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes With Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting. Tracey, of Tracey’s Culinary Adventures, admitted that “there’s no telling how many I could have eaten” had she not planned on sharing the “tender, lightly spiced cupcakes,” which are “the perfect match for the caramel cream cheese frosting.” See how many you devour before sharing!
3. For a bite-size pumpkin and cream cheese combination, Pumpkin Cream Cheese Truffles are the perfect indulgence. “One bite will satisfy that seasonal sweet tooth for anything pumpkin or spiced,” the Galley Gourmet says.
4. While we’re replacing pumpkin pie in your dessert recipe rotation, we might as well ditch red velvet cake, too — at least for the moment. “One of the things that I love about pumpkin is how relatively neutral in flavor it is, and with its glowing orange color and it’s [sic] rich texture perfect for keeping everything that it’s added into moist,” The Cozy Apron explains, “pumpkin is the perfect ingredient when melt-on-the-tongue velvety-ness is what you’re after, and it doesn’t get much tastier than in a piece of cake.” Make this Spiced Pumpkin Velvet Cake for your next party.
5. If you can’t imagine a dessert table during the holidays without pumpkin pie, you can still be innovative and offer it in fudge thanks to Nicole Morrissey of Prevention RD. Made for a bake sale, the 56 pieces of Pumpkin Pie Fudge quickly disappeared.
6. Kitchen Nostalgia explains that when you bake a “magic cake,” you’ll wind up with three layers out of one batter: “dense one on the bottom, custard-like layer in the middle, and a fluffy sponge cake layer on top.” After experimenting with various types, it was time to test out a pumpkin version. Pumpkin Magic Cake will be the easiest layered dessert you make during the fall and holiday season.
7. When you’re tired of pumpkin cakes, cookies, and bars, why not try Pinch of Yum’s Pumpkin Dip? Paired with crunchy gingersnap cookies, the spread is a delight and takes just under 30 minutes to prepare.
8. For a thick, soft, pillowy cookie, you simply have to bake Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. “These pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are more cake-like, and they’re super spongy,” Two Twenty One wrote of the recipe while also explaining that you can keep them fresh by storing them in an airtight container. But “you won’t have to worry about that because they won’t be around for very long.”
9. Fall flavors are better together, and to see why, look no further than these Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars from Brown Eyed Baker. That divine combination of gingersnap and pumpkin is featured again, thanks to a gingersnap crust for the bars. The combination of all these flavors was a major plus for Brown Eyed Baker, too: “I love that these bars encompass all of my favorite flavors and textures of the season, and that they are contributing to my seasonal maple consumption.”
10. Gingersnaps may not be your favorite cookie, though, a taste preference that should not prevent you from savoring a pumpkin cheesecake bar. Adapting a recipe from All You, Something Swanky took America’s favorite sandwich cookie (the Oreo), plenty of pumpkin, and cream cheese to whip up Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecake Bars.
11. Cinnamon, spice, and everything nice only begins to describe Pumpkin Snickerdoodles. Pumpkin flavors undoubtably fall into the “everything nice” category, but don’t just take our word for it. “This spin on the classic snickerdoodle are kicked up a notch with the addition of pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice,” Sweet Pea’s Kitchen says. “If you love regular snickerdoodles, you’ll flip for this delicious version!”
12. We can’t feature chocolate chips and pumpkin without letting white chocolate chips have their moment of glory, too, and what better way to do that than with White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Blondies. Annie’s Noms promises that the recipe will really deliver the proper blondie consistency: “Not a cakey texture in sight. When I want a blondie, I do not want a cake sliced into bars — they have just got to be chewy and fudgey.”
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