From its crazy ability to fool your brain to its recent reformulations, the pumpkin spice latte gets a lot of air time these days. We know it has seasonal appeal, but we’re going to be honest: Pumpkin spice lattes are so 2013, and there so many other pumpkin-flavored foods that are a better bang for your caloric buck. From pumpkin ice cream to spiced pumpkin crème brûlée, here are eight sweet treats that we agree are so much better than a pumpkin spice latte.
1. Pumpkin Butter Sandwich Cookies
Sandwich our favorite fall product, pecan pumpkin butter, in between two buttery shortbread cookies for an awesome autumn dessert that’s perfect for bringing to picnics and potlucks.
2. Spiced Pumpkin Crème Brûlée
End a lavish feast with an inviting tray of spiced pumpkin crème brûlée.
3. Pumpkin Pancakes
Fold pumpkin purée and fall spices into classic pancake batter for a fresh fall start to your day.
4. Pumpkin Pots de Creme
The classic flavor for this French dessert custard is chocolate, but trust us: pumpkin pots de creme are so much more exciting!
5. Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Layer Bars
Are fudgy, chocolatey, coconutty desserts your kind of thing? Then ooey gooey pumpkin layer bars need to be on your to-make list.
6. Pumpkin Ice Cream
Don’t relegate your ice cream maker to the top shelf just yet! First, make pumpkin ice cream by folding puréed pumpkin and fall spices into a classic ice cream custard base.
7. Pumpkin Cupcakes With Candied Pumpkin Seeds
With their cream cheese frosting, these pumpkin cupcakes are reminiscent of a carrot cake, only they’re topped with addictive candied pumpkin seeds for an extra-special touch.
8. Pumpkin Cream Cookie Sandwiches
For a fun twist on the traditional sandwich cookie, these pumpkin cream cookie sandwiches start with chewy ginger-molasses cookies and have a cream cheese filling flavored with pecan pumpkin butter.