Pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving staple and an absolute must for this time of year. Whether it’s in the form of a spiced latte or ice cream or even rum, pumpkin pie flavor is an American favorite. Assuming that you have the rest of your Thanksgiving (or Christmas) feast covered this year, let’s take a look at some of the very best and some unconventional pumpkin pie recipes from around the web for you to try this year. What’s the worst that could happen? If your pie is fantastic, then everyone will love it and remember how well you did. If your pie isn’t up to your standards, then you can eat it in secret and no one has to know. An absolute win win. Here are some recipes to get your creative juices flowing.

The Gold Standard: The Perfect Traditional Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Like a love poem written by a Pilgrim sutor this recipe is short, direct, and lacking fanfare. It’s an absolute smash home run of a pumpkin pie… but it is the absolute most basic pumpkin pie that ever pumpkin pied. That having been said, it will be delicious, full of spicy pumpkin and cinnamon flavor with a rich, flaky crust that will be crunchy and buttery. Without further ado, here is the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. 


The Standard, Bit Of A Twist!: Pumpkin Pie With Brown Sugar, Hint Of Lemon, And Ginger

This has everything you love about pumpkin pie, but with a few small variations. It has a hint of lemon zest, some ginger, and is made with brown sugar instead of all white sugar. It also has a hint of vanilla to meld everything together. If you want to stray a little bit from the traditional favorite, but not go too deep into the woods, then this is the pie for you! From Chef Lindsey Farr’s website.


An Outside The Box Take On Pumpkin Pie: Chocolate

Pumpkin pie is great. No one is debating that. But, you know what would make it just a little greater? Lots and lots of chocolate! This recipe is not just a twist on an old favorite, but a swirl. It is Food And Wine’s take on adding chocolate to a traditional pumpkin pie recipe and it is divine. Check it out here.


Way Outside The Box Pumpkin Pie: The Non-Pie 

Why have pumpkin pie be limited to just a plain old pie when you can make it so much more? Introducing pumpkin pie cake trifles with (optional) whiskey! These trifles are simple to make and assemble and will blow your friends and relatives away with just how much pumpkin pie flavor you’ve packed into these little serving glasses. This dessert is a perfect take on an old favorite that will keep your guests guessing and coming back for more. It’s also a great way to safely serve food this holiday season as each trifle comes in its own serving container rather than as part of a central pie that everyone will be taking slices out of. Safer and delicious! A total win. Here’s the recipe from Delish.com.