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Beyond Pumpkin Pie

5 pumpkin spiced desserts that are sure to surprise and delight

September 25, 2023  |   by Daniel Osser

As autumn’s crisp breeze gently rustles through the leaves and the days grow shorter, the time-honored tradition of indulging in warm, spiced desserts takes center stage. While pumpkin pie has long reigned as the undisputed monarch of fall delights, it’s high time to expand our horizons and explore a world of delectable alternatives that can give this seasonal classic a run for its money. Welcome to our culinary journey beyond pumpkin pie. Whether you’re looking for a twist on tradition or simply seeking the perfect pumpkin dessert to grace your table, we’ve got your cravings covered. Get ready to savor the season like never before!

pumpkin cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

This dessert is the epitome of cozy comfort, blending the velvety richness of cream cheese with the warm, comforting flavors of pumpkin spice. A buttery graham cracker crust and velvety pumpkin topping sandwich creamy New York style cheesecake. Whether you’re planning your Thanksgiving feast or simply craving a taste of autumn, this recipe promises to be your go-to treat.

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Pumpkin Haupia Crunch Cake

Haupia is a traditional coconut custard with Polynesian origins. When layered with pumpkin and simple boxed cake mix, this may just be your new favorite treat. The surprising technique, often called a “dump cake” doesn’t even involve mixing in the cake mix! Simple dump the mix on top of the pumpkin layer, drizzle with butter, and throw in the oven. This cake is fun, shareable, and super easy to make.

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pumpkin brownies

Pumpkin Brownies

Indulge in these Pumpkin Brownies – a delightful combination of fudgy chocolate richness and the comforting warmth of pumpkin spice. The intricate swirl pattern, though it may seem complex, is surprisingly easy to achieve. Perfect for fall, these brownies offer a harmonious blend of cocoa and pumpkin that’s visually stunning and delectable.

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Pumpkin Butter Mochi

This is an easy Hawaiian-inspired twist on traditional pumpkin pie, requiring only 5 simple ingredients for a delightful treat. After baking, these squares boast a distinctive texture, featuring a lightly crispy golden crust that gives way to a pleasantly chewy and subtly sweet center, all while delivering the comforting pumpkin spice flavors you crave from a classic pie. Elevate your dessert game with this fusion of textures and flavors that’s bound to delight your taste buds.

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pumpkin butter mochi
pumpkin galette

Roasted Pumpkin Galette

A while back, I was determined to make my own, from-scratch, pumpkin pie. I mean ALL THE WAY from scratch. I purchased some heirloom pumpkin seeds, grew the pumpkins myself, harvested and stored them until thanksgiving. I selected the best looking one, peeled it, removed the seeds, cut into cubes, roasted them, pureed them, then baked the puree into a pie. So much work. I took a bite. Imagine my surprise and disappointment as it tasted no different from the canned pumpkin pie I grew up eating. I set to work creating a truly delicious pumpkin pie, that tasted homemade and celebrated everyone’s favorite orange gourd. The result has a rich caramel flavor, warm spices and a flakey crust for the perfect autumn treat.

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Pumpkin Pie

Okay, I tried. Its fine, I understand. There’s just something special about the classic pumpkin pie. Maybe it’s the timeless flavor of roasted pumpkin, spices and a dollop of fresh whipped cream. Or maybe a slice brings you back to family gatherings and celebrations. Here’s our version of the holiday classic. Bring on the nostalgia.

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pumpkin pie

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