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Pumpkin Pie Alternatives for Thanksgiving

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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

The canned-pumpkin shortage is worse than originally predicted. If you were going to use this ingredient in your Thanksgiving pie this year but can't find it, we've come up with a list of alternative pies that don't use pumpkin. Why not try one of them this Thanksgiving? We give you 40 pumpkin-free recipes to consider (after the jump), but first, here's our favorite pie crust recipe: Cook's Illustrated's Foolproof Pie Dough.

[Special @jaydeflix/simon addendum: You can always roast fresh pumpkins for your pumpkin pie—if you can find them; heavy rain this year has negatively affected pumpkin crops in parts of the U.S. Alternatively, Carri points out, "You can also use cooked butternut squash or yams in place of pumpkin."]

apple-based

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The Pioneer Woman's Scrumptious Apple Pie. [Photograph: Ree Drummond/The Pioneer Woman Cooks!]

Scrumptious Apple Pie [The Pioneer Woman Cooks]
Alton Brown's Apple Pie [Food Network]
Apple Cranberry Crisp with Pecan Topping [SE]
Apple Cranberry Crumble Pie [Simply Recipes]
Easy Apple Tart with Bourbon Whipped Cream [Steamy Kitchen]
Baking with Dorie: Ann Brettingen's Swedish Apple Cake [SE]
Reconstructed Tarte Tatin [Herbivoracious]

squash-based, sweet potato–based (and other misc., hard-to-categorize pies)

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Pim Techamuanvivit's Best Fig Tart Ever. [Photograph: Pim Techamuanvivit/Chez Pim]

Chestnut and Pear Tart [Dorie Greenspan]
Cousin Eunice's Grated Carrot Pie [SE]
The Best Fig Tart Ever [Chez Pim]
Sweet Potato Buttermilk Pie [Smitten Kitchen]
Buttermilk Sweet Potato Pie [Baking Bites]
Grandma's Squash Pie [Salad in a Jar]
Butternut Squash–Apple Pie [Good Food on KCRW.com]

chocolate, caramel, peanut-butter, and other candy bar–esque pies, etc.

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Lee Zalben's Easiest Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Pie. [Photograph: Lee Zalben]

Caramelized Nut Tart [Simply Recipes]
Food & Wine Magazine's Caramel Cream Pie with Crispy Rice Topping [SE]
Chocolate Truffle Tart [Orangette]
The Easiest Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Pie [SE]
Chocolate Espresso Pecan Tart [Good Food on KCRW.com]
De-LICIOUS Chocolate Pie [The Pioneer Woman Cooks]
Chocolate Whiskey Tangerine Pie [White on Rice Couple]
Potluck Chocolate–Peanut Butter Pie [The Pioneer Woman Cooks]
Snickerdoodle Pie [Baking Bites]
Peanut Butter Pie [Homesick Texan]
Peanut Butter and Apple Pie [SE]
Heavenly Pie [101 Cookbooks]. This one might need some explaning:

...I made it, we ate it, and subjected everyone who had a slice to the "guess what's in it" game. Imagine a honey-sweetened graham cracker crust filled with a cream cheese chocolate filling. Sounds pretty typical, but here's where it gets interesting. The recipe calls for equal parts tofu and cream cheese in the filling. This combination creates a decadent, mousse-like texture that's also a breeze to cut into precision slices. It wasn't overly sweet, and the buttery crust played off the light chocolate flavor beautifully....

cranberry-based

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Cakespy's Cranberry Bourbon Pecan Pie. [Photograph: Jessie Oleson/Cakespy]

Cranberry Bourbon Pecan Pie [Cakespy]
Cranberry Upside-Downer [Dorie Greenspan]
Cranberry Raisin Pie [David Lebovitz]

pecan-based

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Jessie Oleson's Cherry Almond Osgood Pie. [Original artwork and photograph: Jessie Oleson/Cakespy]

Osgood Pie [Not Martha]
Cherry Almond Osgood Pie [SE]
Deep-Dish Pecan Pie [Matt Bites]

flourless, low-sugar, gluten-free, etc.

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Sautéing bananas for Gluten-Free Girl's Gluten- and Dairy-Free Banana Cream Pie. [Photograph: Shauna James Ahern/Gluten-Free Girl]

My Favorite Gluten-Free Pie Crust [Gluten-Free Girl]
Low Sugar and Flourless Apple Cranberry Crumble [Kalyn's Kitchen]
Flourless Apple Crisp made with Olive Oil [Kalyn's Kitchen]
Banana Cream Pie (Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free) [Gluten-Free Girl]
Raw Pecan Pie [SE]
Butterscotch Crème Brulée [Gluten-Free Girl]
Flourless Chocolate Torte [Gluten-Free Girl]

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