To prepare for your holiday parties, you’ve been doing some serious early planning and, as a result, it seems like you’ve got things under control. You have a list of simple but delicious one-bite appetizers to greet your guests with, along with some exciting non-traditional eats. The only thing you have left to figure out is dessert… *groan.* The obvious thing to do would be to slice up some pumpkin pie, but you’re tired of pumpkin everything and vow to not even go there. No worries — we understand! To give your imagination a little push, we’ve got 16 awe-inspiring desserts that have fall written all over them without any pumpkin in the mix.


1. Gluten Free Crumble Pie With Plums: This here is a pie that everyone and *anyone* can enjoy. It’s GF, nut-free, dairy-free and all around vegan. To top it off, it’s also healthy! Guilt-free dessert is the best dessert, amirite? (via Pure Ella)


2. Bourbon Walnut Pecan Pie: This crusty and golden treat is fall in a pie dish. With the deep flavor of molasses, this pie is stuffed to the brim with crunchy walnuts and pecans. The splash of bourbon doesn’t hurt, either. (via Hungry Girl por Vida)


3. Fresh Fig and Lemon Cream Tart: When you spot figs at the market for the first time during fig season, your primary reason for visiting the market disappears. It’s *all* about those figs. You may not even have a plan for them, but you’re definitely buying them. Something amazing always comes to fruition — like this stunning tart. (via Hummingbird High)


4. Cotswolds-Inspired Apple Tart: To find culinary inspiration from an actual place is something special, and that’s exactly how this rustic tart came to be. Inspired by the rolling hills and medieval villages of the Cotswolds in England, this flaky-crusted apple delicacy is the real deal. (via Bea’s Cookbook)


5. Quince, Pear and Ginger Pie: Ginger and pear are amazing together, and the coupling welcomes fall perfectly. Add to that some quince, and you’ve got an innovative recipe that will wow your family this holiday season. (via Cravings in Amsterdam)


6. Almond Derby Pie: Switch things up this holiday season with a tasty spin on a nutty classic. Almonds replace the usual walnuts in this derby pie recipe. Serve it with a fluffy dollop of whipped cream and get dubbed the new baking genius in your fam. (via Chef Times Two)


7. Chocolate Bourbon Pie With Mint and Brown Sugar Pecan Crust: If you’re a fan of combining chocolate and mint, you need this luscious pie in your life immediately. The kicker? This treat is also boozy. Friends, you just can’t lose with a tart like this. (via The Road to Honey)


8. Maple Apple Pie: If the United States and Canada had an illegitimate love pie together, this would be it. With this treat, you get the plump and juicy apples of a classic American pie with the warming flavors of their maple-y Canadian neighbor. (via Kitchen Heals Soul)


9. Maple Purple Potato Pie: Shake things up with this swoon-worthy spin on a Southern classic. The purple sweet potato has been turning heads in the culinary world this year, and there’s no wondering why. It’s delicious and it’s downright *gorgeous.* (via North Dixie Kitchen)


10. Pine Nut, Rum and Lemon Golden Pie: We often see pine nuts used in savory dishes. But this glorious pie puts them to use in the sweetest way, combining them with brown sugar and — wait for it — RUM. (via Infinite Belly)


11. Blueberry Sour Cream Custard Pie: Blueberries are *so* reminiscent of summer, but that doesn’t mean we have to shun them during the colder months. Sometimes we need that summery pick-me-up, and this rich, custard-y pie with its buttery streusel crumble is the way to go. (via House of Nash Eats)


12. Skillet Apple Pie: Skillets aren’t just ideal for cooking. Their rustic appearance makes them perfect for serving beautiful homemade goods, like this stunner of an apple pie. It’s simple to make, and it is seriously rich in caramel and apple flavors. (via A Cookie Named Desire)


13. Asian Pear and Apple Pie: You know what pairs well with apples? PEARS. We don’t want to knock the classic apple pie — especially since it’s apple pie season — but sometimes it’s nice to switch things up, and that’s exactly what this recipe does. (via A Cozy Kitchen)


14. Salted Caramel Pecan Pie: Inspired by Paula Deen’s heavy yet luscious recipe, this pecan pie is exactly why pumpkin pie needs to take a backseat. A dash of sea salt emphasizes the deep caramel flavors, while the pecans give you that crunch you crave. (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)


15. Bourbon Pear Crumble Pie: Your apples may be a little perplexed as to why you’ve rolled out dough, whipped up a beautiful crumble and reached for the pears instead, but hey. Everyone gets a turn to shine, and today it’s the pears. (via Joy the Baker)


16. Apple and Pear Pie With Brandy and Thyme: This is not just another apple pie recipe. Not only does this bad boy incorporate pears, but it’s got special kick thanks to brandy and thyme. It’s boozy and herbaceous, and it *needs* to be served at your next dinner party. (via 10th Kitchen)

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