Pumpkin pie is a staple at most Thanksgiving tables, but it isn’t the only pumpkin dessert option out there. There are times when you might want to serve something besides the traditional pie – or times when you don’t want to risk bringing the same pie to a party that three other people are delivering. Fortunately, there are many sweet and spicy pumpkin dessert options that are delicious ways to finish a holiday meal besides pie.
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream – This homemade ice cream is full of pumpkin pie flavor, but it is cold, creamy and a lot more refreshing than a piece of pie. It’s rich, but it is also easier to have a very small scoop of ice cream after a big meal than to cut a tiny sliver of pie. The ice cream can be served alongside a slice of cake or by itself.
Pumpkin Bread Pudding – This dish also has a lot of the same flavors that you’l find in pumpkin pie, like ginger, cinnamon and cloves. It’s even easier to put together than a traditional pie and it is perfect for serving a big crowd, where you might normally need two pies to serve everyone.
Easy Pumpkin Tiramisu – Here you’ll find flavors that you won’t find in every other pumpkin dessert, namely a strong coffee flavor. The combination of coffee and pumpkin spice is a good one – just look at the popularity of the Pumpkin Spice Latte! – and this variation on a classic tiramisu is a great choice for a holiday meal.
Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Brandy Buttercream – This is another great dessert option when it comes to serving a crowd. The moist, tender sheet cake is full of those classic pumpkin spices and is finished off with a very addictive buttercream frosting that is spiked with cinnamon and just a hint of brandy. You can omit the brandy if you are serving kids, but there is only a small amount and it really adds a lot of flavor to the frosting.
Pumpkin Flan – Believe it or not, this pumpkin flan might even be easier to make than a traditional pumpkin pie – and no crust is required. The flan has a rich layer of dark caramel on it that gives it an intense caramel flavor and sets it apart from a lot of other pumpkin desserts. It can be prepared well in advance and chilled, so you won’t have to do much prep the day you are serving until you are ready to plate it.