Pumpkin pie is perfection on a plate, yes — but it’s hardly a novelty this time of year. Mix things up and wow your guests or holiday host with one of these surprising, inventive alternatives that are every bit as delish on the dessert table.
Pumpkin pie cookies: Give that old familiar pumpkin pie a new format with this recipe for cookies meant to look like perfect little slices. The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle has the recipe, which takes way less time (and skill!) than it would seem for such cute confections.
Double layer pumpkin Oreo cheesecake: This dessert from Carlsbad Cravings doesn’t make sweet lovers choose between favorite flavors — it has a plain cream cheese layer, a pumpkin layer and a chocolate-y topping. Plus, the impressive looking creation requires only 20 minutes of active prep time.
Peanut butter pumpkin fudge: If you’ve never tried peanut butter and pumpkin together, now’s definitely the time. Crazy for Crust has a super-simple recipe that can be made in the microwave.
Pumpkin mousse: Canned pumpkin puree is the basis for this elegant yet easy mousse from Pham Fatale. For a sophisticated presentation, serve the dense dessert in individual cups.
Cherry jam heart pie pops: Had enough with the pumpkin altogether? Try out these cute, kid-friendly individual cherry pies on sticks. This recipe from the Sweetest Occasion gets extra points for the charming heart shape and simple jam filling. Not a cherry fan? Swap out the filling for another type of jam, Nutella or even — yes — pumpkin! The pie dough is cut out with cookie cutters, so you can mix up the shapes too. (Photograph courtesy of Alice G. Patterson.)