Whether you have tons of extra pumpkin puree, want to celebrate fall flavors at their fullest, or are looking to switch up the usual Thanksgiving after dinner treat, there are plenty of pumpkin desserts that aren’t pie (though don’t get us wrong – we do love pumpkin pie). From an elegant pumpkin crème brûlée to creamy spiced pumpkin ice cream, these six recipes show that there’s a lot more to pumpkin than pie.
Pumpkin Mousse Parfait
When Ina Garten creates a pumpkin dessert, she doesn’t fool around. Who needs pie when each bite of her seasonal treat is a heavenly mix of creamy pumpkin mousse and crunchy ginger cookie crumbles? (That’s a rhetorical question.)
Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins
We have a thing for marbled desserts, there’s no denying it! Swirl pumpkin cheesecake into a spiced pumpkin muffin and you’ll understand our point of view. Two of our favorite desserts in twelve tidy packages.
Spiced Pumpkin Ice Cream
This cold, creamy treat tastes a whole lot like frozen pumpkin pie and we’re not complaining. With warm spices and a bold pumpkin flavor, serve your Thanksgiving pies a la mode with this pumpkin ice cream and prepare for the compliments to roll in.
Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Bars
If you want to be the hit of the autumn potluck circuit, then bring these ooey gooey pumpkin bars next time you’ve got a party. This recipe puts to use two of our favorite seasonal products that are only available in the fall: Pecan Pumpkin Butter and Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Quick Bread.
Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar-Pecan Streusel
Try saying brown sugar-pecan streusel five times fast! This coffee cake, which is lighter than it sounds, is sweet and moist and crunchy and just bursting with fall flavors. It works just as well as a dessert as it does the centerpiece for an autumn brunch. Or, bring it ’round the office to make your coworkers extra happy.
Pumpkin Mousse Cake
This recipe uses a génoise base – an elegant French sponge cake that is used in jelly rolls and layer cakes alike. Paired with a light and airy pumpkin mousse, this cake is a show-stopping dessert that will cap off any meal with a fanciful touch.
Pumpkin Crème Brûlée
You could certainly cheat and use pre-ground spices here, but for the best pumpkin crème brûlée with the freshest, cleanest flavors, we recommend grating your spices -cinnamon, nutmeg, and fresh ginger – by hand. If you don’t have a kitchen torch this still makes a decadent pumpkin custard, but there’s really nothing better than cracking the top to release those caramelized sugar shards.
As far as pumpkin desserts go, pumpkin cheesecake is up there as far as memorable pie alternatives. The gingersnap crust gives this cheesecake recipe a slightly spicy kick, while sweet and crunchy caramel-coated pecans stud the top. It is rich, decadent, and oh so good.
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