10 Essential Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

October 25, 2011

Thanksgiving isn't the time to go light on dessert—here is a collection of our favorites

Hoosier PiePumpkin-Pecan PiePear and Dried Cranberry Pumpkin PieGluten-Free Chocolate-Peanut Butter BrowniesCoconut and Sweet Potato Pumpkin Pie with Ginger Snap CrustChocolate Walnut CakeCaramel Pumpkin Pie with Cornmeal CrustButterscotch Toffee BarsChocolate Macadamia Nut BarsElsie's Gingerbread Recipe
It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without having to save room in your full stomach for at least one slice of pie.
A sweet and easy-to-make custard makes up this pie's pretty filling. Use your favorite pie crust recipe or, if you're short on time, purchase a pre-made crust from your local grocery store.

Recipe: Old-Fashioned Hoosier Pie,
Can't decide whether to make a pumpkin or pecan dessert? Make in our two-in-one pie with the flavors stacked to have the best of both.

Recipe: Pumpkin-Pecan Pie
From the outside it appears to be a fruity French tart, but once you dig in, you'll discover this is a pumpkin pie in disguise. Boasting a gingersnap crust, traditional pumpkin filling and layer of perfectly arranged pears it's sure to be a head-turner.

Recipe: Pear and Dried Cranberry Pumpkin Pie
Gluten-free guests will no longer have to suffer through sweetless Thanksgivings thanks to these decadent brownies. In fact, their oogy-gooey chewy texture will have gluten-lovers reaching for them as well.

Recipe: Gluten-Free Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownies
An unlikely combination of flavors comes together for an unusually delicious pie. We especially love the gingersnap crust and toasted coconut topping.

Recipe: Coconut and Sweet Potato Pumpkin Pie with Ginger Snap Crust
Forget flour! This rich chocolate cake substitutes the baking staple for ground almonds, walnuts and breadcrumbs. Slather on homemade buttercream frosting and this coco cake is the perfect holiday alternative to pumpkin pie.

Recipe: Chocolate Walnut Cake
Homemade caramel gives traditional pumpkin pie an unexpected twist. In our recipe we also change things up in the crust with an easy-to-make cornmeal shell.

Recipe: Caramel Pumpkin Pie with Cornmeal Crust
If you are a guest, bring along a batch of these bars to the feast. Not only is the dessert easy to transport, but its fall-ish toffee and butterscotch flavors will appeal to almost everyone.

Recipe: Butterscotch Toffee Bars
It's hard to believe these palate-pleasing chocolate and toffee bars contain only seven ingredients, and they make a delicious addition to your sweets sideboard.

Recipe: Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bars Recipe: Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bars
Let guests know Christmas is just around the corner with a spiced-filled gingerbread cake. Try our extra moist version topped with a buttery sprinkling of streusel for something really special.

Recipe: Elsie's Gingerbread Recipe
It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without having to save room in your full stomach for at least one slice of pie.A sweet and easy-to-make custard makes up this pie's pretty filling. Use your favorite pie crust recipe or, if you're short on time, purchase a pre-made crust from your local grocery store. 


Recipe: Old-Fashioned Hoosier Pie,Can't decide whether to make a pumpkin or pecan dessert? Make in our two-in-one pie with the flavors stacked to have the best of both.


Recipe:  Pumpkin-Pecan PieFrom the outside it appears to be a fruity French tart, but once you dig in, you'll discover this is a pumpkin pie in disguise. Boasting a gingersnap crust, traditional pumpkin filling and layer of perfectly arranged pears it's sure to be a head-turner.


Recipe:  Pear and Dried Cranberry Pumpkin PieGluten-free guests will no longer have to suffer through sweetless Thanksgivings thanks to these decadent brownies. In fact, their oogy-gooey chewy texture will have gluten-lovers reaching for them as well.


Recipe:  Gluten-Free Chocolate-Peanut Butter BrowniesAn unlikely combination of flavors comes together for an unusually delicious pie. We especially love the gingersnap crust and toasted coconut topping.


Recipe:  Coconut and Sweet Potato Pumpkin Pie with Ginger Snap CrustForget flour! This rich chocolate cake substitutes the baking staple for ground almonds, walnuts and breadcrumbs. Slather on homemade buttercream frosting and this coco cake is the perfect holiday alternative to pumpkin pie.


Recipe:  Chocolate Walnut CakeHomemade caramel gives traditional pumpkin pie an unexpected twist. In our recipe we also change things up in the crust with an easy-to-make cornmeal shell.


Recipe:  Caramel Pumpkin Pie with Cornmeal CrustIf you are a guest, bring along a batch of these bars to the feast. Not only is the dessert easy to transport, but its fall-ish toffee and butterscotch flavors will appeal to almost everyone.


Recipe:  Butterscotch Toffee BarsIt's hard to believe these palate-pleasing chocolate and toffee bars contain only seven ingredients, and they make a delicious addition to your sweets sideboard.


Recipe:  Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bars


Recipe:  Chocolate Macadamia Nut BarsLet guests know Christmas is just around the corner with a spiced-filled gingerbread cake. Try our extra moist version topped with a buttery sprinkling of streusel for something really special.


Recipe:  Elsie's Gingerbread Recipe
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