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8 Alternatives to Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving Dessert

One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving dinner is the dessert – and yet I’m not a fan of pumpkin pie. (I realize I may be the only one!) If you’re looking for something a little different to complete your holiday dinner, here are some ideas that are still festive, yet easy to prepare and impressive enough to finish with a flourish.

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  • Chunky Caramel Apple Cake 1 of 8
    Chunky Caramel Apple Cake
    Bake a hearty cake in a skillet with the most flavorful apples you can find - they're inexpensive and at their peak. This cake is studded with caramel to make each buttery slice a little more decadent.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream 2 of 8
    Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
    If you're looking for creamy pumpkin flavor but not the pie, try your hand at homemade pumpkin ice cream - easy to make ahead and serve, it's like the very best part of the pumpkin pie - the bites with the most cream!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Pear Spice Cupcakes 3 of 8
    Pear Spice Cupcakes
    Cupcakes are always a hit - especially when there are kids at the table. These harvest-inspired cupcakes make use of ripe pears - they'll go over well with the kids, but are elegant enough for a grown-up dessert, too.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Chocolate Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches 4 of 8
    Chocolate Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches
    An ice cream sandwich is fun for grown-ups and kids - make them ahead of time for stress-free serving. Pumpkin ice cream adds that suggestion of creamy pumpkin pie.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Pumpkin Cocoa (made with melted ice cream!) 5 of 8
    Pumpkin Cocoa (made with melted ice cream!)
    When you're too full to eat another bite, move to the living room and sip rich pumpkin cocoa - made creamy with melted ice cream!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Apple-Blueberry Crumble 6 of 8
    Apple-Blueberry Crumble
    This simple apple crumble is studded with blueberries from the freezer - if you're nervous about making pie, give a crumble a try!
    Dinner with Julie has the recipe!
  • Chocolate Gingerbread Crackle Cookies 7 of 8
    Chocolate Gingerbread Crackle Cookies
    Here's a new idea - serve warm cookies, straight from the oven, with glasses of ice-cold milk (chill glasses in the freezer) for a deliciously different dinner party dessert!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Berry Buttermilk Panna Cotta 8 of 8
    Berry Buttermilk Panna Cotta
    A light panna cotta makes a light and refreshing Thanksgiving dessert - make it ahead of time and top it with berries right before serving.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!

Find more of Julie’s recipes and ideas at her blog, Dinner with Julie. You can also join her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, or find more of her posts at the Family Kitchen.

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