Recipe Review

Ina Garten Showed Off Her Favorite Thanksgiving Desserts and You’re Going to Want to Make Them All

published Nov 18, 2022
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We can argue all day about Thanksgiving dinner and which dishes absolutely need to make it to the table, but in my opinion, it wouldn’t even be a conversation worth having without the inclusion of dessert. Far from being the unsung hero, dessert has always been the best way to round out any big meal. I mean honestly, without a good pie, can you even say you celebrated Thanksgiving?

When it comes to deciding which dessert to go with for Turkey Day, I’ve learned that it’s usually a good idea to consult with Ina Garten — aka Barefoot Contessa — first. Always on the forefront of innovation in the kitchen and a master of making even the most complicated recipes feel accessible, it only makes sense that Ina would have the best ideas for Thanksgiving desserts. Taking to her Instagram account to post her favorite dessert each day leading up to the big day, with these recipes, you won’t have to question which course of the evening will be your guests’ favorite.

To save you the trouble of having to do the digging yourself, we went ahead and rounded up four of her exceptionally tasty-looking recipes that are sure to be a hit around your table. You’re welcome!

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie

This decadent and delicious looking pie is an absolute showstopper. Semi-sweet chocolate chips paired with pecans, whipped cream, and a little bit of bourbon? Count me in.

Pumpkin Mousse Parfaits

The type of dessert that can be prepared a day ahead, these pumpkin mousse parfaits offer all the flavors of the holiday while being ready to eat immediately after everyone has cleared their plates. 

Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

Nothing beats the smell of a fresh baked apple crisp. Suggested to be assembled early in the day and popped into the oven before guests arrive, this dessert will have your entire house smelling like the holidays. 

Pumpkin Roulade with Gingerbread Buttercream

Best served at room temperature, this one-of-a-kind roulade is not only delicious, but will most likely warrant you more compliments than any other dish at the table. 

Now that dessert is covered, how about a few main course suggestions to keep the creative juices flowing? You can upgrade Grandma’s classic green bean casserole with this fun and smart hack using frozen onion rings as a topper — or kick off the big day with this heartwarming and delicious French mushroom soup. Both of which are great additions to a hearty holiday meal.