Thanksgiving Pie Countdown: Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Pie

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[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Half the fun of Thanksgiving is dreaming up the menu. Sure, there are some staples that you can't take off the menu without risking a family fight, but nothing prompts people to eat through a food coma like an enticing new dessert. That's why we're holding a Thanksgiving Pie Countdown—every day until Thanksgiving we'll share a new take on the Big Three of pies (apple, pumpkin, and pecan). Hopefully you'll be inspired to give one a try!

The first recipe is a chocoholic's take on pumpkin pie. Though it may sound odd to some, everyone I know loves pumpkin-chocolate chip cookies, and this pie simply takes on that flavor profile in a new form.

If what you love about pumpkin pie is its ease of assembly, fear not; this takes about three minutes longer to put together than a traditional pumpkin pie. First, our stellar easy pie dough is blind baked to prevent a soggy crust. Then an easy pumpkin pie filling is swirled together with a chocolate-butter mixture that you can make in your microwave.

The final pie is not aggressively chocolaty, but if you're looking for something new this Thanksgiving, it's sure to be an unexpected hit.

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