Some people love pumpkin pie. Some people hate pumpkin pie. Some people don’t want to choose sides.

Just in case you don’t like pumpkin pie, or just in case you are looking for a second, third or 14th dessert to overindulge in this Thanksgiving, we rounded up 15 non-pumpkin pie recipes worthy of your table. (Browse all of our dessert recipes here.)

So go forth and don’t make pumpkin pie. Or make it. Either way, don’t forget the whipped cream.

[Ed. note: If you are afraid of making a pie crust, don’t worry, we have you covered.]

1.  Cranberry Crackle Tart

Cranberry Crackle Tart Cranberry Crackle Tart  Photo: Baking Chez Moi

“The tart looks homey, but it's oddly sophisticated in its own way and not-so-oddly very satisfying, particularly after a hearty meal, like a Thanksgiving feast,” Dorie Greenspan says.

2.  Bourbon Pecan Pie

Bourbon Pecan Pie Bourbon Pecan Pie Photo: Squire Fox

“My mom made her pecan pie from the recipe on the back of the Karo corn syrup bottle," Cheryl and Griffith Day say. "She even called it ‘Karo pie.’ Our version of this classic pie is rich and buttery and features plenty of crunchy Georgia pecans and a shot of Kentucky bourbon.” 

3.  Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie Sweet Potato Pie Photo: Squire Fox

Forget sweet potatoes as a side. “I cannot imagine a holiday without this traditional Southern pie on the table,” Cheryl and Griffith Day say.

4.  No-Bake Pumpkin Crème Brûlée

No-Bake Pumpkin Crème Brûlée No-Bake Pumpkin Crème Brûlée Photo: Rachel Joy Baransi for The Kitchn

“It's fast and best of all, doesn't require the oven -- a very nice thing on Thanksgiving and other big holidays when oven time is at a premium,” Faith Durand says. If you aren’t a fan of pumpkin, you might prefer this Bay Leaf Crème Brûlée.

5.  'Pie in the Sky' Apple Pie

'Pie in the Sky' Apple Pie
'Pie in the Sky' Apple Pie (Photo: lesyy / iStock /Thinkstock)

Apples mounded sky high and sealed with a top crust make “an outstanding pie,” according to Lynne Rossetto Kasper. Also delicious: The Best All-American Apple Pie, Fresh Ginger Apple Pie, Kentucky Apple Stack Cake and Custardy Apple Squares.

6.  Five-Nut Caramel Tart

Five-Nut Caramel Tart Five-Nut Caramel Tart Photo: Ellen Silverman

“For the pastry shy, this tart is salvation. It looks like jewels set in amber, with its candy bar mosaic of five kinds of nuts embedded in buttery caramel slicked over a tender crust, which is where salvation comes in. There is no rolling pin in sight. You pat the crust into the tart tin with your fingers,” Lynne Rossetto Kasper says. The tart holds 4 days (but is best the day it is baked).

7.  Dark Molasses Gingerbread Cake

Dark Molasses Gingerbread Cake Dark Molasses Gingerbread Cake Photo: Rachel Joy Baransi for The Kitchn

“This is a cake that should come with a warning: Only proceed if you love molasses,” Faith Durand says. “If you do love molasses and its dark, bitter sweetness, then proceed immediately, and with haste. This cake is dark, fudgy, damp and rich. It's like a chocolate cake for people who don't like chocolate.”

8.  Agee's Pecan Pie

Agee's Pecan Pie Agee's Pecan Pie Photo: iStockphoto

“When you eat Agee’s pie, send your thanks heavenward,” Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton say. Amen.

9.  Pumpkin Pie Panna Cotta

Pumpkin Pie Panna Cotta Pumpkin Pie Panna Cotta Photo: chez pim / Flickr

“Panna cotta, which is essentially Italy's ‘cream jello,’ gets an American redo that takes on the best trappings of pumpkin pie with none of the bother. You heat, you stir, you are done,” Lynne Rossetto Kasper says.

10.  Apple Galette

Apple Galette Apple Galette Photo: Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton

“Baking the galette on a pizza stone ensures a very crisp bottom crust,” Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton say. “Don’t fret when you are folding over the dough; if the edges are a little rough, they will only add to the rustic character of this delicious dessert.” Rosemary fans, try this Rustic Rosemary-Apple Tart.

11.  Lemon-Ginger Cheesecake Truffles

Lemon-Ginger Cheesecake Truffles Lemon-Ginger Cheesecake Truffles Photo: Jason Wyche

These may be an unconventional choice for Thanksgiving, but who are we to argue with these bite-size balls of cheesecake from Michelle Buffardi?

12.  Kabocha Squash Pie

Kabocha Squash Pie Kabocha Squash Pie Photo: Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton

“We prefer the sweet flavorful flesh of the kabocha squash over any other pie pumpkin,” Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton say.

13.  Bourbon, Chocolate, and Walnut Pecan Pie

Bourbon, Chocolate, and Walnut Pecan Pie Bourbon, Chocolate, and Walnut Pecan Pie Photo: elana's pantry / Flickr

With those four ingredients baked to perfection, what more could you want?

14.  Moraga Pear Pie

Moraga Pear Pie Moraga Pear Pie Photo: shutterbean / Flickr

When pumpkin or apple won’t do, try this simple, blue-ribbon pear pie from Barbara Jeanne Flores. Or, maybe an Open-Faced Pear Tart.

15.  Bambrosinana

Bambrosinana Bambrosinana Photo: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

When you need to feed a crowd, this recipe from Charles Phoenix will do the trick. Its ingredients include a 1-gallon can of fruit cocktail, a tub of whipped cream, a bag of colored mini-marshmallows and red maraschino cherries.


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Laura Kaliebe
Laura Kaliebe manages The Splendid Table's website.