Spice up your holiday table with a surprising dessert.

By Jacquelyne Froeber
October 06, 2008
Pumpkin–Cream Cheese Napoleons
Becky Luigart-Stayner

The standard pumpkin pie signifies the holiday season, but why not shake things up this year? The following recipes will satisfy any sweet tooth. And who knows―you may inspire a new tradition.

Caramelized Pumpkin Crostata
Using two small pumpkins and a homemade caramel sauce, this dessert is worth the extra prep and bake time.

Pumpkin butter, pumpkin pie filling, and pumpkin pie spice combine to create a triple threat treat. Top each fluffy square with a dollop of whipped cream.

Cranberry Pies
Running short on time? This simple recipe tastes amazing. The combination of cream cheese and real cranberries almost guarantees a second helping.

Pear-Cranberry Crisp
Make this warm treat on a cold day. We love the mix of tart and sweet fruit flavors with crunchy oats and chopped pecans. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a glass of milk.

Pumpkin Rice Pudding
In Korea, Thanksgiving means the new rice harvest. Celebrate in your home with this unique combination of vanilla bean, orange zest, short-grain rice, and canned pumpkin. Serve warm with a pinch of brown sugar.