25 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Pumpkin Pie Filling This Thanksgiving
During the holidays, Southerners don’t do “under-prepared.” Just the thought of running out of canned cranberry sauce or buttermilk biscuits mid-Thanksgiving feast is enough to make us hightail it to the grocery. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail,” Mama always said.
The same goes for canned pumpkin. We stock up to the gills with it, refusing to serve pumpkin pie that barely scrapes by on the fall flavor. So, after the pies are baked, what to do with leftover pumpkin pie filling? We’re glad you asked. Below, you’ll find 25 delicious ways to make the most of your still half-full or even unopened cans of pumpkin. Thanks to these easy desserts, leftover pumpkin pie filling might be your season’s biggest blessing in disguise.
Our Easiest Pumpkin Pie Ever
Recipe: Our Easiest Pumpkin Pie Ever
First thing's first: Master the classic. If you've never tried our easiest-ever pumpkin pie recipe, it's time. After you've finished, keep scrolling.
Recipe: Pumpkin-Chocolate Brownies
Never choose between pumpkin and chocolate again. Baked with chocolate chips, leftover pumpkin pie filling, and a hint of espresso, these brownies don't care about being subtle on flavor.
Ginger-Pumpkin Trifle with Vanilla Mascarpone Cream
It's the unexpected flavor combination we never knew we needed. But, oh, we certainly do. This trifle is layered with the flavors of pumpkin, ginger, coffee, and rum. (And topped with a to-die-for vanilla-marscapone cream, too.)
Pumpkin Spice-Chocolate Marble Bread
We wouldn't dare toss that one-half cup of leftover canned pumpkin ever again after tasting this decadent pumpkin-chocolate bread recipe. It deserves some love well after Thanksgiving.
Pumpkin Spice-Heath Cake
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice-Heath Cake
Find a prettier fall-inspired sheet cake, we challenge. Using leftover pumpkin, boxed cake mix, and store-bought toffee bits, the recipe is a total breeze.
Recipe: Pumpkin Crisp
Get ready for yet another super easy dessert that uses leftover pumpkin and boxed cake mix. You can thank us in the comments.
Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe: Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Cookies
A few dollops of pumpkin give classic chocolate chip cookies a heavenly texture and a depth of flavor that's as rich as its festive color.
Recipe: Cranberry-Apple-Pumpkin Bundt
"Is it possible to pack all of the fall flavors into one Bundt pan?" we asked. Turns out, you definitely can. This cake is made with cranberries, apples, pumpkin puree, and pecans.
Recipe: Pumpkin-Espresso Tiramisù
We call this pumpkin perfection. Layered with creamy pumpkin tiramisu filling and crisp ladyfingers, this dessert gets better by the bite.
Cheesecake-Marbled Pumpkin Slab Pie
It's like packing a rich, delicious, time-intensive pumpkin cheesecake into a much-easier sheet pan version that's even better fit for a crowd. Win, win, win.
Pumpkin Pie Dip
Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Dip
If you've never showed up to the fall potluck with this fun dip, it's about time. You probably already have these six ingredients in the kitchen, too.
Pumpkin-Lemon Cream Cheese Chess Pie
Give your chess pie a fall-tastic makeover. Using buttermilk, cider vinegar, or citrus (like here) mellows the high-voltage sweetness in a traditional chess pie recipe.
Salted Caramel Gingerbread Poke Cake with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting
Did we just faint? Just reading that recipe name makes us feel dizzy with delight. Gingerbread cake mix, leftover pumpkin, and crushed gingersnap cookies make up a tasty trio.
Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake
Spruce up classic cheesecake with your leftover pumpkin puree. The real kicker: a to-die-for crust made with chocolate graham crackers and cinnamon.
Marshmallow-Brown Butter-Pumpkin Slab Pie
Someone decided to combine our favorite fall pie with our favorite Thanksgiving casserole topping, and we're here for it. The sheet pan recipe makes it easy to feed a crowd.
Recipe: Pumpkin-Pecan Cheesecake
We suggest serving this dessert alongside your pumpkin pie on the Thanksgiving spread. It'll tempt even the most die-hard of pie purists. The creamy cheesecake texture and sweet praline-pecan topping makes using your extra canned pumpkin look mighty good.
Recipe: Pumpkin Fudge
And the crowd goes wild! These smooth, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth squares are the most genius use of leftover pumpkin pie filling we've ever tasted.
Pumpkin-Spice Bundt with Brown Sugar Icing and Candied Pecans
Round out the season with this grand finale-worthy dessert. Show up to Sunday dinner with this pumpkin-filled masterpiece, and they'll never guess it was inspired by leftovers.
Black Bottom Pumpkin Pie
Recipe: Black Bottom Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin and chocolate might just be a match made in heaven. This pie gets its namesake from the mouthwatering layer of melted chocolate on the bottom.
Marbled Pumpkin Praline Cake
Recipe: Marbled Pumpkin Praline Cake
This one's for the go-getters, to be sure. This beautifully iced and garnished cake will impress every time. Sugared pecans, kumquats, and bay leaves might make it shine on the outside, but the marbled pumpkin and cream cheese cake is the real reason everyone swoons.
Pumpkin Tart with Whipped Cream and Almond Toffee
We like to think that the magic touch in this recipe lies in the molasses. The Southern staple makes pumpkin puree really shine.
Coconut-Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
Recipe: Coconut-Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
Think of this pie as holding all the delicous flavor of your traditional pumpkin pie, but turning it up a notch with fluffy chiffon texture and toasted coconut.
Pumpkin Spice Battenberg
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Battenberg
Just a dollop of your leftover pumpkin pie filling—one-fourth of a cup, to be exact—will get this Battenberg cake rolling. This recipe showcases two flavors of sponge cake wrapped up in a thin layer of marzipan, like a present.
Pumpkin-Honey-Beer Bread Pudding with Apple Brandy-Caramel Sauce
Our crazy-good Pumpkin-Honey-Beer Bread makes up the fall-inspired base of this bread pudding. The apple brandy-caramel sauce? Now that's just showing off.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Honey Swiss Meringue
There's nothing humble about this pie. It'll be the prettiest treat on the spread, with its airy meringue topping, toasted pecan crust, and traditional pumpkin filling.