3 Alternatives to Pumpkin Pie | White Bear Subaru

With Thanksgiving around the corner the smell of pumpkin pie will soon be wafting from the windows of kitchens across the country. Change things up this year with a unique alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. We’ve picked three of our favorite pumpkin recipes that are sure to give your aunt’s pumpkin pie a run for her money.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Via yourcupofcake.com

These handheld delights are a great mess-free dessert for kids and kids at heart. With only 5 ingredients total, you may have just found your new family tradition.


Soft Pumpkin Cookies

  • 1 box spice cake mix (OR yellow cake mix plus 1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice)
  • 15 oz pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup oil


  • 1 pkg. Jello instant cheesecake pudding mix
  • 16 oz whipping cream

See full recipe here.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bites

Via thegunnysack.com

Like cake balls, but better. A crunchy chocolate shell wrapped around a smooth pumpkin spice center, these sinful cheesecake bites might not make it through the first course of Thanksgiving diner. Probably best to save some back for yourself.


  • 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese
  • ? cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1½ cups mini chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 pkg vanilla almond bark (about 1 lb)
  • 2 tsp vegetable shortening

See full recipe here.

No-Bake Cheesecake Mousse

Via afamilyfeast.com

These mini mousse cups may look advanced, but this no-bake recipe couldn’t be easier to make. Top them off with some whip cream and a cinnamon stick or two and your friends and family will more than impressed.



  • 1 sleeve graham crackers (about 9 crackers)
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar


  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
  • 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 (1 oz) package sugar free cheesecake flavored instant pudding mix (or ? of a non-sugar free instant pudding may be used)
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 oz) container frozen whipped topping, plus extra for garnish if desired

See full recipe here.

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