I love holidays because it gives everyone a chance to unwind and spend quality time with those you love. The Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a warm cooked meal with friends and family and give thanks for everything you have.
Once the main course has been devoured it’s time for delicious dessert. It’s funny how you can feel overly full when you finish a big meal yet, there is always room for dessert. Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving or have volunteered to bring a dessert, you need to check out these recipes! We’ve have found you some amazing Thanksgiving desserts that range from pumpkin flavor, to lemon and even some fun Fall-themed treats too!
Pumpkin pie might just be the most traditional recipe served at Thanksgiving. I mean, come on, pumpkin just screams fall! The lovely flavors of pumpkin pie are also very fitting for the fall holiday.
If you want a pumpkin pie that tastes like it came straight from Grandma’s kitchen then you need to give this recipe a try. The pumpkin filling has warm flavors of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and ground cloves. You can even use store-bought pie crust if you wish to save yourself some time.
https://www.livewellbakeoften.com/pumpkin-pie/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LIVE WELL BAKE OFTEN
This is a boozy dessert that adults will go crazy for. These truffles are delicious and stunning and will earn their place on your dessert table.
Coconut rum gives them a fun boozy makeover. The flavors of the chocolate pair perfectly with the rum resulting in a truffle you’ve never tasted before. These truffles also have hints of vanilla and orange zest for an unforgettable treat.
https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2016/04/25/dark-chocolate-coconut-rum-truffles/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SALLYS BAKING ADDICTION
Rice Krispie treats are awesome because when they’re warm you can mold them into almost anything. These pumpkin Rice Krispie treats are adorable your friends and family will love them!
As a bonus, they’re really easy to make too. However, keep in mind they can be quite messy but this blogger will fill you in a special secret on how to prevent messy hands. This dessert is festive and perfectly fitting for a Thanksgiving bash.
https://onelittleproject.com/rice-krispie-treat-pumpkins/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: ONE LITTLE PROJECT
Profiteroles are fun little desserts, they’re also commonly known as a cream puff. Make this dessert for Thanksgiving and your guests will feel like they just stepped into a French bistro in Paris.
Creating a pastry for a dessert like profiteroles might appear complicated but with this recipe, you’ll be guided on how to achieve them easily. The pastry starts on the stove top and is then finished in the oven. What makes this dessert so special is the ice cream filling and chocolate ganache drizzle.
https://www.monpetitfour.com/profiteroles-2/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MON PETIT FOUR
Following the pumpkin trend, a great alternative to pumpkin pie is pumpkin cake. This cake might look simple but its aroma will have you salivating the moment it begins to bake in the oven.
Pumpkin puree is added to the cake batter to provide an authentic pumpkin flavor. Pair the pumpkin with hints of cinnamon to transform this treat into a delicious fall dessert.
http://cincyshopper.com/pumpkin-cake-with-cream-cheese-frosting/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CINCY SHOPPER
If your palate needs cleansing from all these warm and savory recipes then add a plate of vibrancy with these lemon cheesecake slices.
This recipe isn’t like any ordinary lemon bar recipe, these are unique because of their cheesecake-like filling. They start with a shortbread base and then are topped with the cheesecake layer. Once those layers have been baked and set you’ll add the lemon layer. Then, when the bars are ready you’ll complete them with a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top.
https://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/lovely-lemons-lemon-cheesecake-bars/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: YOUR HOME BASED MOM
These edible Oreo acorns would be another fun and festive dessert idea to bring to your Thanksgiving dinner. They look like adorable acorns, but they are actually a delicious truffle.
The truffle center is made from crushed peanut butter Oreos and cream cheese. Once they’re molded you’ll cover them in melted chocolate. To create the perfect acorn top you’ll dip the truffle in chocolate sprinkles and add a pretzel stick.
https://thefirstyearblog.com/oreo-acorn-balls/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE FIRST YEAR
Like apple pie, apple crisp is another fall favorite. It warm, crumbly and delicious! This recipe is quite simple to put together too, it’ll require just 15 minutes of preparation time.
You’ll only need a few ingredients to whip this apple crisp together. Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a heavenly Thanksgiving dessert.
http://www.humminghomebody.com/apple-crisp/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HUMMING HOMEBODY
These little pumpkin cakes are charming and if you make them for Thanksgiving your guests will be amazed by your efforts. Mini bundt pans help create the perfect pumpkin shape.
The cake contains our favorite fall spices and even has a layer of cream cheese frosting. The outer layer is from a buttercream frosting which will help you sculpt the pumpkin into shape. You can top these pumpkins with a real pumpkin stem or make one out of fondant.
https://preppykitchen.com/pumpkin-mini-cakes/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PREPPY KITCHEN
If you don’t love pumpkin desserts, no problem! Try making these spiced cupcakes to contribute to the Thanksgiving dessert table.
These spiced cupcakes contain apple butter and warm flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg. For the finishing touch, you’ll want to add the delightful cream cheese frosting.
https://wonkywonderful.com/spiced-cupcakes-with-cinnamon-cream-cheese-frosting/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: WONKY WONDERFUL
These cinnamon maple sugar cookies might be a delicious treat to serve during Thanksgiving but they would make an excellent snack to enjoy all year round too. They contain flavors of cinnamon with a hint of maple.
Once your cookies are finished baking in the oven you’ll want to set them out to cool. Then while you wait you can whip up the wonderful glaze. It’s made from cinnamon, confectioners sugar, vanilla and water and will pair perfectly with the cookies.
https://www.mysequinedlife.com/cinnamon-maple-sugar-cookies/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MY SEQUINED LIFE
If baking an apple pie is too complicated for your liking then give this dessert a try at Thanksgiving. You won’t need any complicated skills such as crimping pie edges or whipping up a complicated dough recipe because these are fairly easy!
Instead of using good ol’ elbow grease to whip the dough together, you can let your food processor do all the hard work for you. While you set the dough to chill you can get started on the apple pie filling. Then, to finish this dessert you’ll add a delicious drizzle of icing but make sure you don’t slice or ice the dessert until it’s fully cooled.
https://lovelylittlekitchen.com/iced-apple-pie-bars/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LOVELY LITTLE KITCHEN
Apple pie is a classic dessert that often makes the dessert table at Thanksgiving and other traditional holidays. While it deserves it place sometimes it’s fun to step outside the box and try something new such as these apple crisp shortbread bars.
The base begins with a shortbread layer and is then later topped with a delicious apple filling, and a crumbly top. It’s almost as if apple crumble and apple pie morphed into one enticing dessert that your friends and family will go crazy for.
https://www.soberjulie.com/2015/09/apple-crisp-shortbread-bars/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SOBER JULIE
As we discussed earlier, much like apple pie, pumpkin pie is another classic Thanksgiving dessert. After all, pumpkin appears to be one of the most perfect Autumn vegetables. This recipe takes flavors you love about pumpkin pie, combines them with a delicious cheesecake and transforms those flavors into these fun cheesecake bars.
These pumpkin cheesecake bars have exciting layers and are flourishing in fall flavors. They start with a graham cracker crust and then are layered with cream cheese and pumpkin. Serve this at Thanksgiving and you’ll see how quickly they’ll disappear.
https://lilluna.com/pumpkin-pie-cheesecake-bars/#_a5y_p=5821427 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LILLUNA
Your guests might be expecting a turkey on the table for Thanksgiving, but they surely won’t be expecting this kind of turkey! Not only is this dessert delicious, its creates humor and might be the perfect conversation starter you’ve been searching for.
The turkey is made from a crowd favorite, Rice Krispies. This recipe will walk you through how to create the turkey shape as well as a few tips on how to be successful. Fill your turkey with a fun filling like Reese’s Pieces or even Smarties. This dessert will definitely be the talk of your Thanksgiving dinner!
https://www.thelifejolie.com/rice-krispie-treat-turkey/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE LIFE JOLIE
Transform a classic dessert like apple pie into a delicious single sized serving for a fun Thanksgiving dessert. The fun thing about this recipe is they’re so easy to create and call for minimal ingredients.
This recipe doesn’t require any intricate dough making, instead, you’ll use prepackaged crescent roll dough. By mixing a few fall-favorite seasonings, adding an apple slice and rolling the crescent dough, you’ll have a quick and easy dessert in a hurry!
https://theblondcook.com/apple-pie-bites/#_a5y_p=3046884 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE BLOND COOK
Whoopie pies are best described as two soft cookies sandwiched together with a creamy filling in between. Basically, they sound like a cookie dessert dream! This recipe isn’t any ordinary whoopie pie recipe, it’s pumpkin flavored and perfect for Thanksgiving.
The soft cloud-like cookies are made from flour, butter, sugar, and a few other ingredients. Packed pumpkin is added to give them an authentic flavor. Instead of a traditional whoopie pie filling this one is filled with a savory and sweet cream cheese filling, so irresistible!
http://chocolatewithgrace.com/cream-cheese-filled-pumpkin-whoopie-pies/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CHOCOLATE WITH GRACE
Candy apples are often a fall favorite. If you enjoy untraditional desserts then you need to make these for your next Thanksgiving dinner.
All you’ll need is 5 ingredients and popsicle sticks. They’re so easy to make you could even have your little ones help you during the preparation.
https://www.momlovesbaking.com/chocolate-turtle-apple-slices/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MOM LOVES BAKING
Along with the classics such as apple pie and pumpkin pie, pecan pie is another traditional dessert that is often served at Thanksgiving dinner. This recipe takes the flavors we love about pecan pie and reconstructs them into a delicious cheesecake.
The exciting layers are just a few of the things that make this dessert so fun. It begins with a simple crust then, is topped with a pecan filling, a cheesecake filling and last but surely not least, a melt-in-your-mouth topping.
https://omgchocolatedesserts.com/pecan-pie-cheesecake/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: OMG CHOCOLATE DESSERTS
Cupcakes are always a good idea, for any occasion. These cupcakes are perfectly fitting for a fun Thanksgiving dinner. They’re quite easy to make which means you can let the kids help in the creation of these adorable treats.
These cupcakes begin with a delicious chocolate cupcake and they are decorated to look like little turkeys. You’ll be provided with an easy tutorial on how to transform Oreo cookies, fudge stripe cookies, chocolate M&M’s, and candy corn into the perfect turkey look-alike design!
https://kellystilwell.com/thanksgiving-turkey-cupcakes/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: KELLY STILLWELL
These mini pecan pies are perfectly portioned for a fun single-sized serving dessert. They require minimal effort and can also be made ahead of time. If you love planning and preparing your to-do list well ahead in advance then make these ahead and freeze them for later.
The great thing about this recipe is you can use any store-bought pie crust or homemade crust, it’s your choice. The pecan filling only requires a few ingredients and can be whipped up effortlessly.
https://www.livewellbakeoften.com/mini-pecan-pies/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LIVE WELL BAKE OFTEN
If you’re unfamiliar with blondies, they’re much like a brownie but instead of chocolate, they’re vanilla. This blondie recipe gets a fun fall makeover and is infused with flavors of pumpkin. These bite-sized desserts would be a fun addition to your dessert table.
A mini muffin tin will help you achieve the perfect bite-size portions. Then once you’ve baked the blondies you can top them off with a pumpkin spiced flavored cream cheese frosting.
https://www.thisisnotdietfood.com/pumpkin-spice-blondie-bites/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THIS IS NOT DIET FOOD
Something like a dip might sound like an untraditional dessert but this one is definitely worth noting. Cherry cheesecake may taste wonderful as a pie but this dip proves you can enjoy the same flavors in a unique way.
This dessert is extra easy because it’s a no-bake recipe. The dip is made from Greek yogurt, Greek yogurt cream cheese, whipped topping, and condensed milk. Top it off with cherry pie filling then, dig into this dip with graham crackers or your favorite wafer cookies for a fun dessert.
https://www.ihearteating.com/cherry-cheesecake-dip/#_a5y_p=4613917 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: I HEART EATING
Add fun themed food to your Thanksgiving dinner. These turkey legs are sweet and delicious and your guests will get a kick out of them.
To recreate these chocolate caramel turkey legs you’ll need braided pretzel twists, caramels, and chocolate. They’re so easy to create, go ahead and encourage the whole family to participate in making them, they’ll have fun with it too.
http://www.culinaryenvy.com/chocolate-caramel-turkey-legs/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CULINARY ENVY
Diets are hard to follow especially when the holidays roll around. You want to enjoy time with loved ones, indulge in delicious food and the last thing on your mind is your diet.
However, if you’re following the ketogenic diet then there is no need to worry. With this recipe, you can stay on track with your diet all the while indulging in delicious food. This pumpkin cheesecake mousse is thriving in flavors of fall too.
https://peaceloveandlowcarb.com/keto-pumpkin-cheesecake-mousse/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PEACE LOVE AND LOW CARB
Growing up, cinnamon rolls were that one dessert we saved for special occasions, particularly holidays. Don’t serve just any cinnamon rolls at your Thanksgiving dinner, serve ones that are pumpkin flavored for a fun fall treat.
This recipe is incredibly uncomplicated and isn’t like your traditional cinnamon roll recipe. You’ll use store-bought crescent rolls for the dough. To enhance the rolls with pumpkin you’ll want to spread pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice over the dough prior to rolling. Then, while they bake in the oven you can whip up the delicious frosting.
https://thenovicechefblog.com/2016/10/pumpkin-cinnamon-rolls/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE NOVICE CHEF
Imagine the ooey-gooey texture of a chocolatey brownie but combined with a sticky pecan pie, sounds intriguing! This recipe essentially takes the flavors of two classic desserts and combines them to create a new and exciting treat.
These brownies start with a box of your favorite brownie mix. Then with a few other ingredients such as pecans, corn syrup and butter you can quickly transform a regular brownie into a pecan pie brownie.
https://realhousemoms.com/pecan-pie-brownies/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: REAL HOUSE MOMS
Parfaits are awesome desserts because they contain delicious layers. If you want a fall-inspired parfait then you need to try this caramel apple recipe.
You’ll be provided with a recipe for the apple filling, a homemade coconut salted caramel and a coconut crumble. They’ll even walk you through how to assemble this divine dessert. You’ll have your guests drooling at your Thanksgiving dinner if you serve this for dessert.
https://www.savorylotus.com/caramel-apple-parfaits/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SAVORY LOTUS
Cranberries are an excellent ingredient in dessert recipes because of their tart flavor. Their tartness helps balance out the sweet flavors resulting in a delicious treat.
These cranberry shortbread bars are simple but hold a lot of flavor. To make this dessert even more intriguing, the dough contains pieces of white chocolate and macadamia nuts. This treat would be great for Thanksgiving and any other holiday dessert too!
https://houseofnasheats.com/fresh-cranberry-shortbread-bars/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HOUSE OF NASH EATS
If you and your family love peanut butter and chocolate, then you need to make these fun Reese’s turkeys for Thanksgiving. Keep the kids busy and turn this dessert into a fun activity.
All you’ll need are Resse’s Peanut Butter Cups, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures, Reese’s Pieces, Candy eyes and chocolate chips. This recipe will guide you to make the perfect turkey look-alike chocolate.
https://www.momontimeout.com/reeses-turkeys/#_a5y_p=4590316 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MOM ON TIMEOUT