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We all know that pumpkins lend themselves beautifully to pie, but don’t stop there—pumpkin is more versatile than you think. When cooked down and puréed, their creamy, sweet flesh adds heft, moisture, and a luscious, rich flavor to everything from rose water-scented halvah to Senegalese mango cake to, yes, a million variations on the classic pie. Here’s our favorite ways to eat the squash for dessert—or breakfast—or as a snack.
Pumpkin Spice Bars with Toasted Meringue Tender pumpkin spice cake, topped with a fluffy toasted meringue. Get the recipe for Pumpkin Spice Bars with Toasted Meringue » This autumnal dessert is a lighter and more refined version of plain old pumpkin pie, thanks to egg whites folded into the filling. Get the recipe for Pumpkin Chiffon Pie » Easy Pumpkin Pie with Press-In Oat Crust No rolling pin required for this easy, flavorful pie crust! Simply toss together oats with pumpkin seeds, warm spices, butter, and a touch of whole-wheat flour. Easy Pumpkin Pie with Press-In Oat Crust » Mango and Pumpkin Spice Cake Fresh mango, mixed into the base and fanned on top of this Senegalese pumpkin dessert adds a tropical brightness. Get the recipe for Mango and Pumpkin Spice Cake » Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust and Pepita-Sage Brittle A sprinkle of bittersweet caramel brittle adds a welcome crunch to this perennial favorite, made even more special with a homemade graham cracker crust. Get the recipe for Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust and Pepita-Sage Brittle » Ladyfingers supply the structure for this towering, centerpiece-worthy cake. Get the recipe for Pumpkin Charlotte » Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Gingersnap Crust Creamy pumpkin filling over a ginger cookie crust provides a comforting balance of sweetness and spice. Get the recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Gingersnap Crust » Maple syrup is folded into the filling of this take on a classic. Just before serving, the chilled pie is brûléed, yielding a caramelized top with a dramatic crunch. Get the recipe for Maple Pumpkin Brûlée Pie » Pumpkin Halvah (Assidat al-Boubar) Like many traditional Emirati desserts, luscious pumpkin porridge (in Arabic it's a halvah, or sweet food) straddles the line between sweet and savory. The dish thickens as it cools, so be sure to serve it while it's still quite warm. Get the recipe for Pumpkin Halvah (Assidat al-Boubar) » A welcome addition to the holiday table, this simple frosted layer cake can be made with either canned or homemade puréed pumpkin. Get the recipe for Spiced Pumpkin Cake » Pumpkin and Bourbon Mousse All the traditional flavors of pumpkin pie combine in this satisfying, creamy mousse. Get the recipe for Pumpkin and Bourbon Mousse » Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Pie This pie packs in all the spicy sweetness of your traditional pumpkin pie, with the added bonus of a creamy pumpkin ice cream filling. Get the recipe for Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Pie » Roasting the pumpkin will add sweetness and rich flavor to this holiday favorite. Get the recipe for Roasted Pumpkin Pie » Pumpkin Spice Cake with Mascarpone This batter also makes delicious muffins, perfect for a day-after-Thanksgiving brunch. Get the recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cake with Mascarpone » Pumpkin Bread (Fein Tau Weiyema) A dense, pudding-like pumpkin bread makes a rich and satisfying dessert. Use leftover butternut, acorn, or pumpkin squash purée. Get the recipe for Pumpkin Bread (Fein Tau Weiyema) »