Alternatives to Pie to Serve at Thanksgiving

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Pie for dessert is a Thanksgiving tradition that can be traced all the way back to the 18th century. Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, you’d be hard-pressed to find a table in America without some variation of this classic treat. While we’d never say no to a warm slice of apple, we’re also firm believers that variety is the pumpkin spice of life and prefer to include more than just pie in our Thanksgiving dessert offerings. If you can relate, read on for some of the treats you’ll find on our table this year. 

Brown Butter Maple Pumpkin Cookies

No Thanksgiving table would be complete without a little pumpkin, but if pie isn’t your thing, these cookies by Butternut Bakery make for a great alternative. Made with brown butter, spices, and plenty of fresh pumpkins, they’re packed with seasonal flavor and have a deliciously chewy texture that’s hard to resist. 

Apple Spice Cupcakes

As much as we love caramel apples, they can be a bit of a challenge to eat. Rather than forgo one of our favorite fall treats, we turn to this recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction. With a spiced apple cake base and a dollop of salted caramel frosting on top, they’ve got all of the flavors we know and love in a package that’s much easier to consume.

Tahini Sweet Potato Blondies

For guests with dietary restrictions at your table, you can’t go wrong with this blondie recipe by Minimalist Baker. Japanese sweet potatoes serve as a fun, yet unexpected alternative to pumpkin, while tahini and chocolate chunks add an element of indulgence. Per MB standards, they’re also 100% vegan and gluten-free.