Beyond Pie: 5 Fantastic Pumpkin Recipes

Go beyond pie with some of these pumpkin recipes.
Go beyond pie with some of these pumpkin recipes.

Pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving classic and tables across America are filled with the fall favorite each year. Although pumpkin pie is a must on Turkey Day, there are many other delicious pumpkin recipes to satisfy your pumpkin craving while you wait for the traditional dessert. The Cook editors here at The Daily Meal want to ensure that you make the most out of pumpkins this year - and that means going beyond pie.

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Unlike in the time-honored pie, pumpkins can also be used in many savory dishes. Try a pumpkin-stuffed chicken breast for an inventive new way to serve a dinner favorite. There are also pumpkin chowders and soups that deliver suburb pumpkin flavor in warm and savory ways. Or try pumpkin for breakfast with pumpkin oatmeal bars or cream cheese pumpkin spread for bagels and toast.

So, while we wait anxiously for a slice of the customary pie, make some of these pumpkin recipes in the days leading up to the holiday. Try making your own pumpkin purée with a fresh pumpkin or simply use the canned version for a quick and easy alternative.

Move over apples, there's a new king of fall in town that has kids and adults alike flocking to the farms. Pumpkins are for more than carving and their cooking uses go far beyond pie. Check out these recipes and fill your home (and stomachs) with these new non-pie pumpkin recipes.

Pumpkin Spice Spread Recipe

This cream cheese spread has the flavors of fall holidays - pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and pecans. Serve on bagels, muffins or apple slices.

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Puree of Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Warm up to this pumpkin soup recipe. Take it to go in a thermos or serve it for your family and friends.

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Mini Baked Pumpkin Pie Spice Donuts with Vanilla Glaze Recipe

Baked donuts are so much easier to make than the fried variety. These bite-size treats are scented with pumpkin pie spice and tossed in a simple vanilla glaze.

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Pumpkin Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipe

For the ultimate pumpkin dish, serve this pumpkin flavored chicken. It's easy to make, and you can serve it as your main dish.

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Caramel Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars Recipe

Prepare this updated rendition of the classic bar cookie for the holiday dessert table or cookie exchanges.


2 cups flour
2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Cinnamon, Ground
3/4 teaspoon McCormick Ginger, Ground
1/4 teaspoon McCormick Nutmeg, Ground
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
7 ounces caramels, unwrapped
2 tablespoons milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, oats, sugar, baking soda, salt, and spices in large bowl. Add butter; stir until mixture is well blended and forms coarse crumbs. Reserve 1/2 (about 2 1/4 cups) for the topping.

Add pumpkin and vanilla to remaining mixture in bowl; stir until well blended.

Press evenly into bottom of greased foil-lined 13-by-9-inch baking pan. Set aside.

Microwave caramels and milk in medium microwavable bowl on HIGH 2 to 3 minutes or until caramels are completely melted, stirring after every minute. Let stand 1 minute. Pour over pumpkin mixture in pan, spreading to within 1/2-inch of edges.

Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Lift from pan. Cut into bars.

Recipe Details
Servings: 6
Cuisine: American

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-Emily Jacobs, The Daily Meal