5 Easy Ways to Make Pumpkin Pie Even Better

published Nov 19, 2014
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When it comes to dessert, one thing is certain: Thanksgiving isn’t complete without pumpkin pie. This year we’re on a mission to make this classic dessert a little more interesting, and even a more glamorous star of the dessert table.

From a cookie crust to candied toppings to chocolate fudge, here are five easy ways to jazz up your classic pumpkin pie.

1. Make a meringue topping.

Let’s skip the whipped cream topping this year! Instead, top your traditional pumpkin pie with a fluffy and airy pile of meringue. Not only will it make your pie even prettier, but meringue is also really easy to make.

2. Change up the crust.

The traditional version is made with a classic pie crust, but that doesn’t mean that’s what you have to use. Branch out and try something different. Add oats or crushed nuts to the crust, or make a cookie crust using gingersnaps or graham crackers.

3. Pumpkin and chocolate are great together.

Pumpkin and chocolate are an interesting and surprisingly delicious combination. Add a layer of chocolate sauce to the bottom of the pie before topping it with the pumpkin filling, or drizzle it over top.

4. Streusel makes everything better, even pumpkin pie.

Streusel and pumpkin are a match made in heaven. Think about the ingredients in streusel — brown sugar, warm spices, pecans. They all go so well with the flavors in pumpkin pie.

5. Praline topping is magical.

Candied nuts and creamy pumpkin pie just might be the best match-up ever! Whether you love pecans, like us, or opt for walnuts instead, you can’t go wrong.

What’s your favorite way to jazz up pumpkin pie?