128 Delicious Thanksgiving Desserts Everyone Will Love

updated Oct 24, 2023
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When it comes to Thanksgiving, desserts like classic apple pie and pumpkin pie are really just the tip of the iceberg. While some recipes are central to maintaining tradition, there’s something sweet about trying new things every year in pursuit of finding a new family classic.

So while you’ll never go wrong with those quintessential Thanksgiving pies, don’t be afraid branch out from the tried and true classics and get creative with wow-worthy desserts that will totally impress. Think: sweet and tangy cranberry bars, cheesecake-stuffed baked apples, or spiced gingerbread bundt.

Here are more than 120 impressive Thanksgiving dessert recipes that will keep your crowd — big or small — talking. Who knows? They just might be recurring dishes in the years to come!

Apple Pies

It doesn’t get any more traditional than apple pie on Thanksgiving. If you don’t have a recipe you already love, you’ll find one here.

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Salted Caramel Apple Pie
Ready to go all in with your apple pie this year? Adding homemade salted caramel to the filling makes every bite taste a bit like a candied apple.
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Shortcut Apple and Pear Phyllo Pie
For a no-fuss Thanksgiving pie, look to store-bought phyllo dough.
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Apple Crumble Pie
The all-American classic apple pie gets crowned with an unforgettably crumbly top.
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Classic Apple Pie
Try this easy, foolproof recipe for when you want a warm slice of apple pie as soon as possible.
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Classic Dutch Apple Pie
Dutch apple pie is basically everything you love about apple crisp in pie form, and when topped with vanilla ice cream, you have the ultimate end to a festive meal.
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Apple Sage Gouda Pie
This clever pie celebrates the timeless combination of fruit and cheese. Gouda lends salty, nutty flavor to the crust, which offsets the sweetness of the apples.
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Double Crust Apple Pie
Although any strong pie plate will certainly do, double crust pies like this one usually turn out better when baked in metal, preferably aluminum.
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3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Apple Pie
Slow cooker apple pie is everything you love about warm apple filling with a gooey, cake-like topping, and it comes together with 3 ingredients.
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Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars
With three impressive layers, plus a double dose of caramel sauce, these pie bars are a fall dessert you don’t want to miss out on.
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Mini Apple Pies
Just when you thought apple pie couldn't get better, these individual miniature apple pies — baked up in muffin tins — came through to change the game.
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Mini Apple Rose Pies
If you have been on Pinterest lately, you've probably come across the popular apple rose design. Here's an easy tutorial for making your own.
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Stuffed Apple Pie Scones
These buttery, double-decker apple cinnamon scones are streaked with a layer of sweet apple butter.
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Pumpkin Pies

I wait all year to dig into a wide slice of pumpkin pie that’s piled with freshly whipped cream. If you agree, these recipes won’t steer you wrong.

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Crustless Pumpkin Pie
In lieu of crust, this crustless pumpkin pie gets its crunch from chopped candied pecans.
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Easy Pumpkin Pie
A store-bought crust means this pumpkin pie is completely fuss-free.
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Vegan Pumpkin Pie with Orange-Scented Crust
Made with a buttery, flaky orange-infused crust and topped with a creamy pumpkin-spiced filling, this recipe is a vegan take on a holiday mainstay.
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Classic Pumpkin Pie
Four steps lead to pumpkin pie bliss. Here's how to master each to bake the perfect pumpkin pie for your Thanksgiving table.
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Pumpkin Black Sesame Pie
Nutty black sesame makes this twist on a very traditional pie nothing short of a show-stopper.
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Ginger Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust
A new favorite take on pumpkin pie made with a graham cracker crust and a heaping spoonful of fresh ginger.
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Vegan Pumpkin Pie
This rich and creamy vegan pumpkin pie features an easy homemade coconut oil pie crust and silky-smooth vegan filling.
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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving essential, and this gluten-free version tastes just as good as the classic — and maybe even a little better.
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Easy 5-Ingredient Mini Pumpkin Pies
Ready to bake the cutest mini pumpkin pies for your Thanksgiving table? Here's how to do it!
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Instant Pot Pumpkin Pie
If you've never considered using your Instant Pot to make pie, it's well worth giving it a try.
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Maple Pumpkin Pie with Streusel Topping
A hint of maple syrup in the filling lends nutty sweetness while a buttery streusel topping makes it totally irresistible.
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Pumpkin Slab Pie with Ginger-Pecan Streusel Topping
The best thing about slab pie is you don't even need a fork to dig into a square!
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Deep-Dish Pumpkin Meringue Pie

Brown sugar and honey are combined with granulated sugar to give more depth to this show-stopping pumpkin meringue pie.

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More Great Pies

Beyond apple and pumpkin, there are so many other pies to love, like sweet potato and buttermilk chess. And for those who think dessert isn’t dessert without chocolate, there are plenty of rich pies to slice from, too.

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The Best Pecan Pie
We've streamlined the process of making classic pecan pie to create this easier version that's just as delightful. The filling is rich with brown sugar and a sweet syrup, then topped with a ring of pecans and baked in a flaky, pastry crust.
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Citrus-Cranberry Tart
This festive tart features a spiced speculoos cookie crust, a citrus-cranberry curd, and a sweet-tart cranberry glaze.
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Cranberry Crumb Pie
'Tis the season for all things cranberry. A citrus-kissed cranberry filling provides tangy contrast to the sweet, buttery crumble topping in this festive pie.
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Chocolate Cream Pie
A silky-smooth chocolate cream pie made with an Oreo crust and topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
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Custard Pie
Custard pie is a classic, and this version treats you to a rich and ultra-creamy, silky-smooth custard filling, spiked with a hint of warm nutmeg baked into a buttery crust.
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Any-Citrus Meringue Pie

Feel free to use whatever citrus juice you love in this fun choose-you-own-adventure dessert.

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Blood Orange Chess Pie
Chess pie is perfect for winter months when fresh fruit is slim. The creamy pie is the perfect vehicle to incorporate your favorite citrus, like blood orange.
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Sweet Potato Pie
While pumpkin pie gets all the attention, make this Southern classic once and it might just become your new favorite.
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Banoffee Pie
Make no mistake — this British classic is a sweet slice, one that will make you fall back in love with toffee flavors and ripe bananas.
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Kentucky Bourbon and Walnut Pie
If you love pecan pie but are looking for something a little different this year, you have to try this bourbon-laced walnut and chocolate pie.
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“New School” Sweet Potato Pie
This sweet potato pie is a twist on the traditional Thanksgiving recipe with a couple of variations: a baked sweet potato pie or a crustless custard.
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Grandbaby Cakes’ Banana Tarte Tatin

Here, warming cinnamon and nutmeg heighten bananas that are tenderized in a brown sugar caramel.

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Whipped Cream
All three components of this pie — the crust, the filling, and the topping — are made in the food processor, meaning it's all prepped and assembled and ready to chill in the fridge in just 10 minutes.
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Better-than-Grandma's Buttermilk Chess Pie
Here's how to make a classic buttermilk chess pie, with a crackly top crust and smooth custard-y center.
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Brown Sugar Swirled Boba Pie
This recipe uses cream cheese sweetened two ways to mimic the rich milky taste and swirls of brown sugar boba.
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French Silk Pie
Satiny, creamy, light-as-a-feather French silk pie is a well-loved favorite for a reason.
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Instant Pot Bourbon Pecan Pie
Thanks to the Instant Pot's steamy pressure chamber, this pecan pie — flavored with bourbon, brown sugar, and molasses — cooks perfectly every time.
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Fudge Bottom Pie
This retro pie is the perfect choice if you can never decide between chocolate and vanilla.
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Grasshopper Pie

A no-bake pie where mint and chocolate liqueurs are folded into an airy, creamy mousse filling and set in a chocolate cookie crust.

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Easy, Old-Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie
Coconut cream pie has it all: a flaky crust, creamy coconut custard, mountains of whipped cream, and crunchy flakes of toasted coconut.
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Boston Cream Pie
With three delicious layers of sponge cake, pastry cream, and chocolate ganache, this nostalgic dessert is a stunner.
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Frozen Mud Pie
With its Oreo crust, ice cream, crushed toffee, and whipped cream, frozen mud pie will instantly win you over.
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Copycat Costco Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie
This copycat version of the viral Costco peanut butter pie might just be better than the original.
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Lemon Chess Pie
A classic chess pie with a bright and tart lemon butter filling.
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Banana Cream Pie
Making this pie ahead is a key component to getting it right because the chilling time is as much of an ingredient as the bananas or cream.
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Mississippi Mud Pie
Chocolate lovers, listen up! You’ll want to dive deep into the layers of Oreo cookie crust, chocolate pudding, chewy fudge brownie, and whipped cream.
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Buttermilk Pie
Once you've nailed down the flaky crust and the sweet yet tangy filling, you can confidently and casually bake one as an anytime dessert.
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Peanut Butter Pie
This luscious peanut butter pie is saturated with peanut flavor and you can whip it up in less than 20 minutes.
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Chocolate Pecan Pie
Classic pecan pie studded with bittersweet chocolate.
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Shoofly Pie
This shoo-fly pie features a layer of intensely sweet molasses filling on the bottom, followed by a cake-like layer, and topped with sweet buttery crumbs.
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Bourbon Pecan Pie
A splash of bourbon is the star of this indulgent pecan pie from legendary chef Alexander Smalls.
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How To Make Easy Chocolate Pie
Step-by-step guide to making an easy, yet decadent, chocolate pie.
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Cardamom Crème Brûlée Pie
This beautifully spiced crème brûlée pie is flavored with cardamom and vanilla and topped with a torched sugar crust.
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Orange Cream Pie
This pie is a perfect blend of the classic combination of tart, juicy citrus and silky, vanilla custard cream.
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Ancho Chile Sweet Potato Pie
This classic sweet potato pie gets a little heat and smoke thanks to the ancho chile. It's the perfect pie for your Thanksgiving table.
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Fancy No-Bake Chocolate Caramel Tart
It couldn't be easier to make this chocolate caramel tart that looks as fancy as anything you would find at a restaurant, thanks to two very clever shortcuts.
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How to Make a Classic Lemon Tart
A showstopping lemon tart with a buttery crust and a sunny lemon curd filling.
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Million Dollar Pie
A retro pie that pairs a crunchy graham cracker crust with a rich, creamy filling studded with sweet pineapple, toasted pecans, and coconut.
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S'mores Pie

Gooey and crunchy, the graham cracker crust holds sweet chocolate custard and light-as-air marshmallow cream. Need we say more?

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Chai-Spiced Banana Cream Pie

Impress guests with this creative pie filled with spice-flecked vanilla custard, soft bananas, and pillowy whipped cream.

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Festive Cakes

No one ever said you have to serve pie on Thanksgiving. If you’re on Team Cake, lean into it and bake up your favorite instead.

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Apple Cider Doughnut Cake
All the flavors of a classic apple cider doughnut in bundt cake form, including a generous coating of cinnamon sugar.
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Apple Fritter Cake
Apple fritter cake takes everything you love about the classic donut and turns it into a decadent dessert.
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Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
If your torn between pumpkin pie and cake, this is the dessert for you.
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Cranberry-Orange Quick Bread

Just imagine starting or ending Thanksgiving day with a warm mug of tea, cider, or mulled wine and slices of an orange-scented quick bread studded with tart cranberries.

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Big Mary's Carrot Cake

Ditch the grater, because this moist, tender carrot cake achieves its plush texture and flavor not from carrots but from jars of soft, carrot baby food.

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Buttermilk Pound Cake
This beauty of a pound cake is baked in a Bundt pan for an easy-but-impressive look that requires no adornment beyond a fine sprinkle of powdered sugar.
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Triple Lemon Cake
Inspired by Malinda Russell's cream cake, this triple lemon cake has a delicate crumb and is bursting with flavor.
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Apple Yogurt Cake with a Cinnamon-Sugar Streak
It's a moist cake with a crumb that's almost creamy, swirled with cinnamon, and juicy with small bites of apple. It will take you about 15 minutes to make.
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New England Spider Cake
In this quirky recipe, heavy cream is poured over a sweetened cornbread batter, creating a distinct multi-layered cross-section as it bakes and yielding textures ranging from crisp crust to tender crumb to earthy corn custard, all in one bite.
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Applesauce Cake
Drizzled with a hot rum sauce, this applesauce cake is delightfully moist.
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Pumpkin Dump Cake
This pumpkin dump cake, which bakes up into three distinct, delicious layers, is impressive enough to serve on your holiday table, but easy enough for even the most amateur baker.
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Chocolate Éclair Cake
This showstopper of a no-bake cake is as easy to assemble as it will be to devour.
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Sunken Apple Cake (Versunkener Apfelkuchen)
There are many apple cakes in Germany, but this one has to be one of the most popular.
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Vegan Carrot Cake
You won't miss the dairy products in this spice-packed vegan carrot cake.
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Gingerbread Bundt Cake
This molasses-rich bundt feels perfectly at home at the Thanksgiving table.
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Honey Apple Cake
This show-stopping apple cake might just steal all the attention away from the apple pie.
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Cranberry Cake
Fresh cranberries are the center of attention in this bright and simple holiday cake.
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Gooey Butter Cake
This recipe for homemade Gooey Butter Cake is complete with its signature crispy-chewy foundation, fantastically sloppy, sweet filling, and snowy blanket of powdered sugar.
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Easy One-Bowl Apple Bundt Cake
This is the ultimate apple cake for fall celebrating. It comes together in one bowl and features a sweet and tangy cream cheese glaze.
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Pear and Cinnamon Crumb Cake
This lightly sweetened cake also doubles as breakfast the next morning.
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French Apple Cake
This simple, traditional French cake is made with a rum-based batter and is studded with chunks of sweet apple.
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Apple Dump Cake
For the easiest fall dessert, just dump apple pie filling, cake mix, and butter into a dish and bake!
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Hot Milk Cake
Meet the foolproof hot milk cake, a fluffy and not-too-sweet sponge cake. that will be the life of the party.
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Very Chocolate Bundt Cake
Cheryl Day's decadent cake is covered in dark chocolate ganache frosting.
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Mousse Cake
A bowl of chocolate mousse is a decadent treat, but a double-layered chocolate mousse cake with a cookie crust is next level.
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One-Bowl Apple Cranberry Upside-Down Cake
This pretty fruit-topped treat is glazed with a cinnamon caramel and comes together in an hour.
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Caramel Apple Éclair Cake
This no-bake caramel apple dessert is packed with sliced apples, whipped cream, and sweet caramel.
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Mississippi Mud Cake
Tender chocolate cake layered with gooey, melted marshmallows and warm chocolate frosting.
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Other Great Desserts

There are so many other desserts that feel right at home at the Thanksgiving table. Take your pick and you won’t be disappointed.

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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Pie Bars
Everyone will find something to love in these bars. On the bottom you’ve got a buttery gingersnap crust, topped with a layer of rich and creamy pumpkin cheesecake. Next, you’ve got a tart, tangy layer of apples and cranberries, and the whole thing is finished off with a cinnamon-pecan crumble.
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Apple Delight
Packed with five creamy layers of spiced apples, cream cheese, fluffy whipped cream and sweet caramel, this no-bake dessert will make everyone forget all about pie.
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Pumpkin Cookies
These soft and cakey cookies are made with pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice, and a spiced sugar coating.
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Pumpkin Ice Cream
Whipped together with pumpkin purée and warm baking spices, this no-churn pumpkin ice cream practically screams fall.
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Pumpkin Custard
Pumpkin custard is the ideal dessert for anyone who loves the filling in pumpkin pie.
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Caramel Apple Cheesecake
The creamiest cheesecake topped with soft apples and a simple, elegant caramel sauce inspired by English toffee.
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Pecan Pie Cheesecake

This luscious, creamy cheesecake with a caramel pecan pie topping will wow any crowd, making it perfect for a holiday dessert spread.

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Tea Cakes

For a grander meal like the one we eat for Thanksgiving, it's always nice to find pockets of levity wherever we can. These warm tea cakes are the perfect bite when you want dessert but could do without the sugar rush.

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Limoncello Bars
Spiked with limoncello liqueur, this twist on classic lemon bars is packed with bright, citrusy flavor.
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New York Cheesecake
Here’s a cheesecake fit for a New York diner.
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Toasted Almond Ice Cream Sundae

This nutty, crunchy, treacly vanilla ice cream sundae comes together in four parts and is a textural masterpiece. You can (and should!) make the candied almonds ahead of time to quicken getting dessert on the table on Thanksgiving day.

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Cranberry Curd Bars with Walnut Shortbread Crust
Tangy-sweet cranberry curd meets buttery walnut shortbread for a twist on the classic lemon bar.
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The Easiest Apple Strudel
A step-by-step guide to making a simple Austrian apple strudel using phyllo dough and fresh apples.
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Cheesecake-Stuffed Baked Apples
This cozy dessert takes fall baking to a whole new level. Hollowed-out apples are stuffed with graham cracker crumbs and a cheesecake filling, then baked until soft and golden.
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The Best Pumpkin Cheesecake
The lively, familiar spices of classic pumpkin pie are balanced by the creamy goodness of a New York-style cheesecake.
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Pumpkin Dessert Lasagna
Pumpkin dessert lasagna is an easy make-ahead dessert perfect for Thanksgiving.
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Chocolate and Pear Clafoutis
Definitely have the vanilla ice cream ready for this chocolate-y skillet dessert.
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Triple Chocolate Cheesecake
This decadent chocolate cheesecake is a showstopper and surprisingly straightforward.
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Apple Crumble
This easy step-by-step recipe won't steer you wrong.
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Maple Pecan Pie Bars
These maple pecan pie bars bring you all the flavor of pecan pie, with none of the fuss.
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No-Bake Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake
Easy, single-serve pumpkin cheesecakes that are perfect for serving to a crowd.
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Potato Doughnuts

Should you find yourself with a mountain of leftover mashed potatoes this year, we implore to you make these potato doughnuts. The mashed potatoes make them ultra-soft and pumpkin spice coating amps up the flavor.

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Sopapilla Cheesecake
Sandwiched between layers of buttery crescent rolls and topped with cinnamon sugar, these cheesecake bars are the make-ahead dessert of our dreams.
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Snickerdoodle Blondies
The chewy texture you expect from a blondie partnered with the sweet, slightly tangy flavor and cinnamon-sugar coating essential to a good snickerdoodle.
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Pumpkin Mousse
This easy pumpkin mousse has silky whipped canned pumpkin, mascarpone cream cheese, and crunchy graham cracker crumbs.
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Blood Orange Bars
These blood orange bars are a seasonal twist on classic lemon bars.
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Brown Sugar Apple Pan Dowdy
Brown sugar-sweetened apples baked under a pastry crust that's been broken into syrup-coated pieces.
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Copycat Costco Lemon Meringue Cheesecake
With a toasty graham cracker crust, rich cheesecake filling, lemon custard, and an airy meringue crown, this stunner rivals the viral dessert from Costco.
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Lemon Swirl Cheesecake Bars
A buttery graham cracker crust joins forces with a lemon curd-swirled cheesecake layer in this sweet and tangy spring treat.
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Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Cubes of rich bread baked in a warmly spiced pumpkin-purée custard.
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Vegan Cheesecake
This no-bake vegan cheesecake tastes so creamy and delicious that you can’t even tell it’s plant-based.
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Pie Crust Cookies
Baked until golden brown and puffed, pie crust cookies are buttery and flaky, and kissed with a shower of cinnamon-sugar that gives each bite the most irresistible crunch.
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Lemon Cheesecake
For a zesty, hearty dessert, look to lemon cheesecake.
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Cheesecake Brownies Recipe
Your two favorite sweets in one dessert.
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Sweet Potato Cheesecake Recipe

A lovely addition to any Thanksgiving table for its buttery graham cracker crust and lightly-sweetened whipped sour cream topping.

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