12 Pumpkin Desserts Beyond Classic Pumpkin Pie

There's more than one way to pumpkin

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 Chiffon Pie

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
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 »Farideh Sadeghin

Mango and Pumpkin Spice Cake

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 »Ryan Liebe

Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust and Pepita-Sage Brittle

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 »Matt Taylor-Gross

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Gingersnap Crust

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 »Helen Rosner

Maple Pumpkin Brûlée Pie

Maple Pumpkin Brûlée Pie
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 »Andrew Ingalls

Pumpkin Halvah (Assidat al-Boubar)

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) »Todd Coleman

Spiced Pumpkin Cake

Spiced Pumpkin Cake
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 »Todd Coleman

Pumpkin and Bourbon Mousse

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 »Todd Coleman

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Pie

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 »Maxime Iattoni

Roasted Pumpkin Pie

Roasted Pumpkin Pie
Roasting the pumpkin will add sweetness and rich flavor to this holiday favorite. Get the recipe for Roasted Pumpkin Pie »Todd Coleman

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Mascarpone

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 »Anna Stockwell

Pumpkin Bread (Fein Tau Weiyema)

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) »Penny De Los Santos