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6 Twists on Traditional Pumpkin Pie

on October 19, 2015

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New-School Pumpkin Pie Recipes

We all know the makings for our ideal Thanksgiving spread, and that the creamy, crumbly goodness of pumpkin pie serves as the perfect punctuation at the end of an ultimately indulgent day. But why not take your final course from satisfying to show-stopping?

No need to be shirk tradition completely-after all, this is pumpkin's time to shine, and respect must be shown. But these six alternative takes on classic pumpkin pie will make slipping in that extra piece (or two) a little more justifiable.

Maria Nelson

Pumpkin Meringue Pie with Brown Butter Gingersnap Crust

When the classics collide, magic happens. Here, pumpkin filling meets a generous layer of fluffy meringue, and the pairing lands on top of a warm, spiced gingersnap crust. Pure bliss. And eternal cravings.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Meringue Pie with Brown Butter Gingersnap Crust

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Caramel Pumpkin Pie

The gooey richness of caramel will take your holiday pie to new heights without robbing the dish of its original glory.

Get the Recipe: Caramel Pumpkin Pie

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Coconut and Sweet Potato Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Crust

This varied version of pumpkin pie is so packed with complementary, fall-infused flavors, you'll wonder why you ever settled for the original to begin with.

Get the Recipe: Coconut and Sweet Potato Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Crust

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Pumpkin-Pecan Pie

There are generally two camps on Thanksgiving-the pumpkin pie people, and the pecan pie people. Well, here comes the good news. Now you won't have to choose! (Because everyone knows that's the worst part about holiday pies).

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin-Pecan Pie

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Pear and Cranberry Pumpkin Pie

If you're looking for a more adventurous take on the classic recipe, try this tangy fruit-infused pumpkin dessert. Trust us, it tastes even better than it looks.

Get the Recipe: Pear and Cranberry Pumpkin Pie

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Butternut Squash Pumpkin Pie

This direct alternative recipe is for those of you who want the same effect of pumpkin pie, sans pumpkin (we know it's not for everyone-we're not here to judge). We think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how seamlessly butternut squash blends into a traditionally pumpkin-dominated dessert.

Get the Recipe: Butternut Squash Pumpkin Pie