Don’t get us wrong. We love pumpkin pie as much as the next person. However, we’re entering that time of year when everyone is serving up the classic pumpkin dessert. It’s at potlucks and parties, not to mention Thanksgiving. If your holiday season is anything like ours, you go to at least two or three different Thanksgivings. This can add up to a lot of pumpkin pie consumed in a short amount of time! If you love that pumpkin taste but want to branch out, we’ve got just the list for you! Check out our top ten favorite pumpkin desserts – that aren’t pumpkin pie.
If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, Magic Cookie Bars (sometimes called Seven Layer Bars) are a study in just how great contrasting textures can make a treat. They start with a graham cracker crust, and that’s topped with sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, shredded coconut, and chopped nuts. As they bake, the coconut and condensed milk become sweetly chewy, while the chocolate gets nice and melty, and the graham cracker crust crisps up. They’re rich, but they’re just right.
These bars have all of that magic, but they also have a little pumpkin spice too, and that always makes things extra magical. Here, some pumpkin pie spice is mixed right into the graham cracker layer, plus pumpkin puree mingles with the sweetened condensed milk in the middle of the bar. Get the recipe here!
Sometimes you come across a no-bake cookie that really isn’t all that cookie-like. But not these. These definitely taste like a cookie… think of a chewy, moist oatmeal cookie with plenty of pumpkin flavor. And yet, they’re surprisingly healthy – they’re vegan and gluten-free and their chewy oatiness would make them totally welcome at breakfast. And I think cookies for breakfast is a concept we can all get behind. Get the recipe here!
It’s pretty hard to improve upon one of the most loved candies out there, but sometimes a favorite can do with a little fall twist. While it might seem that there is pumpkin spice flavored everything available these days, we promise that this particular combination is warranted. The pumpkin and the peanut butter go so well together and surrounding them in milk chocolate certainly doesn’t hurt matters. It’s like the peanut butter cup we all know and love… but with a little extra sweetness and a smack of pumpkin spice. They’re easy to love and lucky for all of us, they’re easy to make too. Get the recipe here!
Pumpkin cheesecake is sandwiched between two layers of delicious crunch, pecans, and ginger cookies. The crust is a crucial foundation for any pie, and in our pumpkin cheesecake, a gingersnap crust is the perfect pairing between pumpkin and spice. We’ve got a super quick and easy crust recipe and you’ll see that it makes all the difference. Next, we move on to the main ingredient, the pumpkin cheesecake, which will come out smooth and creamy and just packed with great flavor. And not to be forgotten here is perhaps the real star of the show – a caramelized pecan topping that will offer the perfect crunch and nutty sweetness. Oh, we’re drooling just thinking about this! Get the recipe here!
Have you had enough pumpkin yet? Probably not. Can you ever really have enough? Nah. This special cake gives you one more opportunity to get your pumpkin spice fix this season, and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s full of pumpkin goodness, just spiced enough, and so moist, due to an easy trick we have up our sleeve… Pudding mix! Get the recipe here!
If you’re in need of an easy, delicious, showstopping appetizer to bring to the next party, this is definitely the one to make. It’s glorious to look at and even better to eat – you’ll have everyone clamoring for it before they even know what it tastes like! That’s what so great about this pumpkin cheesecake ball – it’s ridiculously addictive and perfect for when you want to impress people, but it’s also a total cinch to make…we love recipes like that. Get the recipe here!
Whether you know them as magic bars or seven layer bars, one thing is for sure: you’ve never had them quite like this before! Traditionally, these bars have graham crackers as a base. In this fun and festive spin, we’ve replaced graham cracker crust with gingersnap crumbs and added pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the sweetened condensed milk. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of chocolate chips to go around – three different kinds, to be exact! Top it all off with toasted coconut and you’re good to go. What’s not to love about these delicious bars? They’re sure to be a hit at all of your holiday events coming up. Get the recipe here!
Pumpkin gingerbread icebox cake. Trust us, it tastes just as amazing as it sounds, plus, it’s super easy to make, so roll up your sleeves and get ready to make a delicious, easy, autumnal dessert that’ll have people lining up for seconds. We filled ours with a cream cheese pumpkin mixture, then busted out a bag of gingersnaps to separate the layers. That’s it! Just be warned: this stuff is addictive, so prepare to eat a lot! Get the recipe here!
We’ve got the absolute best cookie recipe for you this fall: pumpkin snickerdoodle. With all of the soft and chewy texture of traditional snickerdoodles, these cookies step it up a notch with pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin puree, coated in a layer of lightly crisp cinnamon sugar perfection.
You may end up eating all of these cookies on your own, they’re that good. Then again, the recipe makes 3 dozen, so you might have a few to spare at your next potluck or dinner party. Don’t say we didn’t warn you – these things are addicting! Get the recipe here!
This only takes five ingredients and about five minutes of your time, which makes it even harder to resist. It’s just a matter of stirring together some pumpkin puree (not pie filling!), some vanilla pudding mix, whipped topping, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice. After you stir them together, all you have to do is set the bowl in the fridge to chill for a while, because this dip is much more delicious when it’s cool and creamy than when it’s at room temp. Get the recipe here!