Sick of the same ol' pumpkin pie? Try these pumpkin desserts instead

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Matt Jaworowski, Media General National Desk – (MEDIA GENERAL) -- Thanksgiving is a holiday steeped in tradition. From turkey and stuffing to football and friends, every family does it differently -- but mostly the same.

Pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving staple for many American households, but for those who aren't fan or those looking for something a little different this turkey day, here are some pumpkin desserts to try, instead.

Pumpkin Torte

I'm not the biggest pumpkin fan out there – hence the desire to write this article – but I am a fan of desserts where pumpkin takes a more supplemental role. Enter this recipe for a pumpkin torte. The layered cake makes the creamy frosting the star of the show, and the caramel and pecans are a great touch.


Pumpkin Pie Dippers

If you want pumpkin pie with a twist, this is it – literally. Mini pumpkin pie slices baked and used for dipping into melted caramel? Yes, please! My condolences to whoever washes the dishes for those mini-bowls for caramel. View the recipe here.

Pumpkin Butterscotch Gingerbread Trifle

Butterscotch is such an underappreciated dessert and has a flavor profile that can blend nicely with pumpkin. This trifle recipe can look beautiful in the dish and make a big mess on your plate. Perfect, right?


Cheesecake-stuffed Snickerdoodles

"What would you do to improve the glorious cookie that is the snickerdoodle?" Well, there are a few interesting ideas, but stuffing them with cheesecake definitely sounds a winner. Check it out here.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

The light texture of a pumpkin cheesecake combined with a fudgy chocolate brownie? Sounds like a winner to me. And the contrasting colors will look great on a plate. View the recipe here.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

OK, we get it, you really don't care for pumpkin. Let's compromise with these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, instead. An American classic gets re-introduced with a twist for this traditional holiday. Check it out here.