10 Essential Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

on October 25, 2011
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without having to save room in your full stomach for at least one slice of pie.

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Hoosier 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,

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Pumpkin-Pecan 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

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Pear and Dried Cranberry Pumpkin 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

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Gluten-Free Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownies

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

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Coconut and Sweet Potato Pumpkin Pie with Ginger Snap Crust

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

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Chocolate Walnut Cake

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

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Caramel Pumpkin Pie with Cornmeal Crust

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

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Butterscotch Toffee Bars

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

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Chocolate Macadamia Nut 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

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Elsie's Gingerbread Recipe

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

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