11 Ways to Transform Pumpkin Pie


Make like all those pumpkin-spice-latte lovers and reinvent the classic Thanksgiving pie as 11 unique fall desserts.


Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Adam Rose ©2015, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Stick it on a Stick

What could be more festive than a pumpkin pie on a stick? Bake these grab-and-go treats to lend instant holiday cheer to your house (their seasonal spices will waft through your kitchen for hours).

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Chai Pie Lollipops

Chill it in the Fridge

This chilled dessert is perfect for Thanksgiving or any day you're craving seasonal flavors. It comes together quickly, thanks to the use of prepared pumpkin pie puree, which is already sweetened and requires no additional spices. Prepare the pie one day ahead to allow the crust time to become tender.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Icebox Cake

Package it as a Cookie

These one-bite treats pack all of the flavors of fall into a single crisp cookie. Hedy Goldsmith gives her filling a kick by spiking it with bourbon and a bit of sour cream.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Cookies

Shrink it Down

This hybrid recipe shrinks classic pecan-and-pumpkin pie into snack-size bites. Crushed pecans are incorporated into the pie dough itself, which holds a vanilla-spiked pumpkin filling.

Get the Recipe: Mini Pecan Pumpkin Pies

Top it with Marshmallows

Torn between pecan pie and pumpkin pie? Have the best of both worlds with this pumpkin pie recipe that features a layer of pecan-laced streusel. A browned marshmallow topping adds an extra layer of sweetness.

Make a Different Kind of Pie

This autumnal whoopie pie features creamy maple-marshmallow filling sandwiched between super-soft pieces of pumpkin cake.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Whip a Citrus Meringue

Fluffy orange-flower meringue adds tang to this nicely spiced take on pumpkin pie.

Get the Recipe: Spiced Heirloom Pumpkin Pie

Churn a Sweet Butter

If you're craving a slice of pumpkin pie but require a sensible swap, choose this pumpkin butter slathered on an English muffin instead. Despite its name, there's actually no butter involved, as the dessert-inspired flavors stem from maple syrup and warm spices.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Butter

Add Some Bacon

Tia Mowry crumbles bacon into her pumpkin cheesecake's gingersnap cookie crust for an unexpected salty bite. Cream cheese and bacon are both popular breakfast ingredients, so you can totally eat a slice of this in the morning.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake with Bacon Crumble Crust

Mix a Milk Shake

If you enjoy your holiday-season pies spiked and sweetly spiced, this boozy pumpkin milk shake –– made with actual roasted or canned gourds –– is your ideal holiday drink (or drinkable dessert).

Get the Recipe: Spiced Bourbon Pumpkin Milkshake

Keep it Classic

This traditional pumpkin pie recipe (which is easy, thanks to canned pumpkin) is an absolute showstopper.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Pie