Beyond Pumpkin Pie: Delicious Thanksgiving Desserts

(Image credit: Faith Durand)

What’s going on your Thanksgiving dessert table this year? From coast to coast it seems there is always a requisite pumpkin pie (mine has fresh ginger and a graham cracker crust). Pecan and mince pies are also required in some gatherings. But after those staunch traditions come the corner desserts, the one or two wild cards squeezed in between pies for post-dessert nibbles, or to satisfy those who will just never love pumpkin pie. These are often the most interesting desserts on the holiday table — Aunt Sue’s bourbon balls, the Canadian cousins’ Nanaimo bars, Mom’s cranberry cake.

These fill-in desserts are some of my favorites on the holiday table, so that’s what we’re talking about today.

Pies, Not Pumpkin

Beyond pumpkin, there is a whole world of pies out there that fit the bill for the Thanksgiving table. Stay classic with pecan pie or go wild with banoffee pie.

Cranberry Cake(Image credit: Faith Durand)

Cranberry Desserts

Fresh cranberries are warmly welcomed at Thanksgiving and continue to be celebrated throughout the holiday season. Pick up as many bags as you can to make something sweet, tart, and festive.

Skillet Apple Crisp(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Apple Desserts

Apple pie is as synonymous with Thanksgiving as pumpkin, but that’s just the beginning. Make an easy apple crisp or bake up a German-inspired cake.

Super-Simple Make-Ahead Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Pumpkin Dessert, Beyond Pie

Change up your routine but leave pumpkin on the table by trying something new like cheesecake bars or dessert lasagna this year.