Pumpkin pie isn’t just a holiday dessert it’s the holiday dessert. Give your standard recipe a rest and try one of these jazzy versions this Thanksgiving Day. Larger pants to accommodate extra dessert not included.
Katie Lee’s Pumpkin Monkey Bread -- This isn’t technically pumpkin pie but it is technically irresistible so it earns a spot on the list. Classic monkey bread gets the holiday treatment with pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and a healthy helping of brown sugar. It’s perfect for breakfast on Turkey day.
Carla Hall’s Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake - prep the crust and filling of this cake ahead of time then let the slow cooker do its magic. When finished, it’s a creamy, chocolatey pumpkin cheesecake that only gets better when topped with chocolate whipped cream. It’s perfect for dessert and as a midnight snack.
Savory pumpkin pie -- This unconventional pie turns your favorite dessert on its ear. A cheesy crust gets the sweet and spicy ancho-chile flavored pumpkin filling. This is the perfect way to justify pie for dinner.
Emeril Lagasse’s Pumpkin Custard Pie -- Forget the canned filling and prepared pie crust; this is really “from scratch.” A homemade puree of sugar pumpkin and a creamy, vanilla and spice scented custard become the silky filling for a buttery crust. If you’re not drooling yet, check your pulse.
Anne Thorntons Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie - Pumpkin and gingersnaps are perfectly matched in this creamy holiday pie. Topped with whipped cream and served with a cuppa joe, it’s the ideal way to fuel up for the family football game
Grant’s Vegan Pumpkin Pie - Why should people who eat dairy get all the fun? This is a pie that everyone can enjoy and its secret superheros include almond butter, vegetable shortening and vegan mayonnaise. Even pumpkin pie purists will be impressed.
Michelle Kwan’s Crustless Pumpkin Pie -- these mini pies are sweetened with agave and flavored with vanilla and maple. Their individual serving sizes make them a perfect lunchbox treat for the kids.