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5 Alternatives to Pumpkin Pie This Thanksgiving

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at LUM chapter.

When I think of Thanksgiving, a few things pop into my mind: turkey, family, and pumpkin pie. But what if you don’t like pumpkin pie, or your family is so large you need more than just a pumpkin pie? Or maybe, you just really like pie! Whatever the case, here are five alternative pies to make this Thanksgiving. 

1. Pecan Pie 

Pecan pie is my favorite pie to make. It is incredibly easy to quickly whip together and stick in the oven. All it takes is pecans, corn syrup, maple syrup, eggs, butter, brown sugar, and vanilla. You simply whisk all the ingredients together, pour the mixture into a pie crust, and pop it in the oven. That’s it!  

2. Apple Pie 

Although not as easy to make as pecan pie, apple pie is super delicious! The ingredients are also often on hand, making this pie easy to do last minute. All you need for an apple pie is sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and of course, apples. Plus, apple pies have a crust on top, so you can get creative and have some fun with the crust design.

3. Chocolate Pie 

I don’t know about you, but I have several chocoholics in my family. Chocolate pie is always a crowd pleaser, especially with children. I know I said pecan pie is incredibly easy to make, but it literally does not get easier than no-bake chocolate pie. For this pie, you need oreos, instant chocolate pudding, milk, and cool-whip. It does need to chill for two hours, but this pie doesn’t take up any space in an already crowded oven.  

4. Cranberry Pie 

My favorite Thanksgiving dish is cranberry relish, so I might be a bit bias, but I absolutely love cranberry pie! It’s such a festive dish, and makes the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving feast. All this pie requires is cranberries, sugar, flour, salt, lemon juice, cinnamon, and butter. And who can resist its delightful pink-red color! 

5. Sweet Potato Pie 

The last pie on this list may look like a pumpkin pie, but the taste is much richer. With butter, sugar, eggs, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and the natural flavors of sweet potatoes, this pie tastes like all the best parts of fall rolled into one! Sweet potato pie provides a unique alternative to pumpkin pie, while still providing that traditional Thanksgiving feel.

Happy Thanksgiving!  

Emily Metheny is currently a Freshman at Loyola University Maryland, dual majoring in Elementary Education and Special Education and minoring in Writing. When not in class, Emily enjoys reading, listening to music, spending time with her family, and watching TV. Her favorite show is Law and Order: SVU, and her favorite book is the Crucible!