This Brilliant Fall Dessert Hack Will Be the Hit of Your Next Party

And the best part is…it can make two desserts in one go!

On the count of three, let’s all say what the best part about fall is. Ready? 1, 2, 3…pumpkins! Specifically, pumpkin-flavored foods such as pumpkin muffins, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin soup, and most importantly, pumpkin pie. For decades, the beloved dessert has been praised as a Thanksgiving table staple — now, celebrity fitness trainer Erin Oprea is bringing pumpkin pie into the 21st century with a 2-in-1 fall dessert hack.

Back in September, Oprea posted an Instagram tutorial demonstrating how to turn store-bought pumpkin pie into two classy fall desserts. First, she made mini pumpkin pies using a round cookie cutter. With the leftover bits, she was able to whip up a batch of pumpkin pie pops (like cake pops only better because there are chunks of crust, too!).

These fall dessert hacks kind of fall on the health-conscious side. Oprea swapped almond whipped cream for traditional whipped cream and coconut oil for vegetable oil. While these minor tweaks aren’t recipe-altering, their nutritional value is reaping the benefits.

Up your dessert game this Autumn with these pumpkin pie fall dessert hacks. They’re fun, easy, and delicious on the taste buds!

Mini Pumpkin Pies Recipe

Sometimes you just want a bite of pie, not the whole slice. These mini pumpkin pies are perfect for Thanksgiving potlucks and can thankfully, be whipped up in a flash. Plus, they look fancy AF.

Step 1: Use a round cookie cutter to cut out mini pumpkin pies.

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If you’re feeling extra festive, you can use a pumpkin- or leaf-shaped cookie cutter.

Step 2: Top mini pumpkin pies with almond milk whipped cream.

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Step 3: Sprinkle a dash (or as much as you want) of cinnamon over mini pumpkin pies.

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That’s all there is to it!

Pumpkin Pie Pops Recipe

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A fun twist on the infamous cake pop, these pumpkin pie pops make great treats for the office and classroom — kids will literally eat these up! While the recipe itself is easy, be sure to set a few hours aside as the pops need enough time to firm up in the freezer.

Step 1: Put the leftover pie (both the crust and filling) in a large bowl. Mix together until combined.

Step 2: Roll mixture into mini balls and place on a stick.

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Step 3: Place in the freezer for 2-3 hours, or until hard.

Step 4: Once the pie pops are hardened, whisk together the chocolate dipping sauce.

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In a small bowl, melt chocolate chips with a little bit of coconut oil. Stir well until thoroughly combined.

Step 5: One at a time, dip the pie pops into the chocolate sauce and top with sprinkles.

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Then, just enjoy!! These smart fall dessert hacks are sure to level up your party-hosting and baking skills.

Emily Weaver
Emily is a NYC-based freelance entertainment and lifestyle writer — though, she’ll never pass up the opportunity to talk about women’s health and sports (she thrives during the Olympics). Read more
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