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Add some new flavors to your pumpkin recipes

Think you know what pumpkins taste like?

In honor of National Pumpkin Day, celebrated Oct. 26, try a new pumpkin-themed recipe and unleash the full power of the pumpkin.

You can always return to your pumpkin spice lattes if you don't like it.

Here are some savory suggestions:

  • Pumpkin pie brownies

It's pumpkin pie with a twist: chocolate. What could be better? Oh, and you can just use boxed brownie mix. Easy for a last-minute party or family gathering. The prep is only 10 minutes.

  • Apple Pumpkintini

Like autumn in a glass, this drink features two fall favorites: apples and pumpkin. The mix includes apple cider, ginger ale, vanilla vodka and pumpkin puree. Cinnamon and sugar on top for the rim makes it look even more festive.

  • Cheesecake-stuffed pumpkin bread

What's better than pumpkin bread? Oh, yeah. Cheesecake-stuffed pumpkin bread. This recipe makes a whole loaf. It will be a deliciously pleasant surprise for any guests or taste-testers. Pumpkin bread on the outside. Cheesecake on the inside.

  • Caramelized spicy pumpkin seeds

Don't throw out those seeds once your pumpkin is carved. Eat them! Maybe you've eaten pumpkin seeds before, but not like this. With cinnamon, sugar, ginger and cayenne pepper, these little seeds are both spicy and sweet.

  • Harvest pumpkin soup

If you have some extra uncharted pumpkins this holiday season, try making them into soup. This creamy soup is perfect for a crip fall day spent outside raking leaves. A couple of warm sips from a nice, big mug and you'll be good to go.

  • Gingerbread and pumpkin cream trifle

Make a big bowl for the whole table or mini trifles at each place setting. You can't go wrong this holiday season with gingerbread and pumpkin flavors. This recipe also includes vanilla pudding, brown sugar and, of course, whipped topping. To be decadent and for additional flavors, you can sprinkle toasted pecans and/or gingersnap cookies on top.

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