Homemade pumpkin pie is a must for any American Thanksgiving, this traditional dessert is much loved! These easy pumpkin pie recipes are perfect when you want to serve up something a little bit different to the classic, all have a delicious twist to make them stand out from the crowd!
Find gluten-free, low carb and vegan options, as well as recipes with added ingredients like whiskey, chocolate, walnuts and maple!
Have you started planning your Thanksgiving menu yet? For a lot of people, pumpkin pie for dessert is a must, and this list of recipes is sure to give you lots of inspiration!
If you are looking for something a bit different to serve up this year, these homemade pumpkin pies are the perfect way to shake things up a little. With delicious variations, as well as those for specific dietary restrictions, these easy recipes will have everyone asking for seconds!
Be sure to try my Pumpkin Pasta Sauce and Pumpkin Spice French Toast too, as well as all of these delicious savory pumpkin recipes!
Frequently Asked Questions
It can be tricky to tell when pumpkin pie is done as the top doesn't brown. When it's ready, the edges near the pie crust will be firm, but when you give it a shake, the very center should jiggle a little. You can insert a knife in the middle of the pie, and it should come out clean, this will leave a mark in the top of the pie, but you can cover that with some whipped cream to serve!
Pumpkin pie can over bake, so do keep your eye on it. If the filling starts to move away from the pie crust then take it out of the oven immediately!
Native Americans in the Northeast gave pumpkins as gifts to the first settlers. The first American Thanksgiving was in New England, and it was between the Wampanoag Tribe and Plymouth Colonists, where pumpkin was served. Early recipes for pumpkin pies appear in cookbooks and manuscripts from the 1650s, though they were a little different to the ones we enjoy today.
When it comes to making homemade pumpkin pie from scratch, it's generally better to use canned pumpkin. Making your own pumpkin puree can be a little tedious, but it can also contain a lot of water, and no one likes a runny pie!
To avoid a soggy crust on your pie, use a dark pan. This absorbs heat and does a much better job of baking the crust to perfection.
Make ahead and storage
I have a sneaking suspicions that one of the reasons that pumpkin pies are so popular at Thanksgiving is because they need to be made ahead of time! Make it up a few days ahead and serve up a totally hassle free dessert on the day.
Once the pie is baked, take it out of the oven and let it cool for up to 2 hours. Once cool to the touch, cover it loosely with plastic wrap and keep refrigerated for up to 4 days.
You can also freeze a homemade pumpkin pie. Once fully cool, wrap it a couple of layers of plastic wrap and foil to protect from freezer burn and freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw in the fridge for at least 12 hours before serving.
Whipped cream is a popular topping for your pumpkin pie, and you can't go wrong with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Try sprinkling over some chopped nuts, or drizzle with some chocolate sauce to mix things up a little.
The Best Easy Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipes
Fireball Whiskey Pumpkin Pie
This pumpkin pie variation contains Fireball whiskey for a boozy punch of flavor that's warming and comforting. If you're bored of your usual pumpkin pie recipe, you have to give this one a try!
Low Carb Pumpkin Pie
This recipe for low carb pumpkin pie doesn't stray too far from the classic. It has a flaky crust, with a creamy pumpkin filling that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!
No Bake Pumpkin Pie
No Bake Pumpkin Pie is an easy and creamy dessert for fall. It’s a great twist on the typical pumpkin pie usually served during the holidays.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie
This pie features pumpkin and cream cheese baked in a graham cracker crust and topped with a sweetened sour cream mixture.
Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Pie (Gluten Free)
This rich vegan chocolate pumpkin pie is packed with chocolate and pumpkin flavours. It will become a new, welcome addition to your holiday table.
Pumpkin Cream Pie
This No Bake Pumpkin Pie is made with a graham cracker crust filled with a creamy pumpkin pie filling topped with a crunchy brown sugar, graham cracker topping.
Pumpkin Pies with Spiced Walnut Streusel
Wonderful mini pumpkin pies with spiced walnut streusel!
CREAM CHEESE PUMPKIN PIE & GINGERSNAP CRUST
This Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie with a Gingersnap Crust has creamy and fluffy filling with a flavorful crust that’s so much better than traditional pumpkin pie.
Maple Pumpkin Pie
This Maple Pumpkin Pie recipe is a Canadian adaptation on carnation’s Classic Pumpkin Pie recipe. The combination of the two really does bring it over the top!
Pumpkin Pie Made With Sweetened Condensed Milk
This simple pumpkin pie recipe is made with sweetened condensed milk, so you know it’s going to be good! It only takes a few ingredients and tastes amazing.
Homemade Pumpkin Pie For One
All the wonderful flavors and ingredients you'll find in a traditional pumpkin pie recipe can be found in this perfectly rich and smooth "pumpkin pie for one"!
Pecan Crusted Caramel Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Crusted Caramel Pumpkin Pie is a gluten-free, rustic and over-the-top delicious Thanksgiving and holiday dessert. The crust is a treat in and of itself and the caramel notes in the filling will make you swoon!
Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Pie
This Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Pie will be your family’s new Thanksgiving tradition! It is made with a rich chocolate swirl and creamy spiced pumpkin pie in a homemade whole-wheat crust!
I really hope that you have enjoyed this list and it's given you some inspo to get into the kitchen and try some for yourself!
If you are not usually a fan of a traditional pumpkin pie, I'm sure that one of these recipes will change your mind this Thanksgiving!
More Thanksgiving Recipes
- Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast
- Cranberry Brie Stuffed Chicken Breasts
- Vegetable Crumble
- Mini Hasselback Potatoes
- Fireball Whiskey Cocktail
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