Desserts

6 Favorite Thanksgiving Desserts

A collection of favorite Thanksgiving desserts, from the traditional to the offbeat (festive whoopie pies, anyone?).

By Cathryn McCann

Nov 20 2018

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Thanksgiving Desserts | Creamy Pumpkin Pie
with Hazelnut Crust

Photo Credit : Heath Robbins
Sure, the turkey is great. And it’s hard not to go in for a second (or third) helping of stuffing. Some would argue, however, that the real star of a Thanksgiving meal is dessert. Nothing beats a full spread of sweet treats, from classic pumpkin pie and fragrant, nutty pecan pie to something maybe a little less traditional, like pumpkin whoopie pies – a festive spin on a New England favorite. Here are six Thanksgiving desserts we would be happy to see as part of that after-dinner spread.

6 Favorite Thanksgiving Desserts

Favorite Thanksgiving Desserts | Recipes
Creamy Pumpkin Pie with Hazelnut Crust
Photo Credit : Heath Robbins

Creamy Pumpkin Pie with Hazelnut Crust

In Yankee’s October 1995 issue, food writer Corby Kummer riffed on classic pumpkin pie with variations including pecan crunch, marble cheesecake, and this creamy pumpkin pie with hazelnut crust. It’s fully recognizable to traditionalists but adds a pleasing aroma of hazelnuts to keep things interesting.
Favorite Thanksgiving Desserts | Recipes
Bourbon Walnut Pecan Pie
Photo Credit : Heath Robbins | Styling by Beth Wickwire/ Ennis Inc.

Bourbon Walnut Pecan Pie

Fragrant and nutty, this bourbon walnut pecan pie is just as tasty as it is beautiful. Bourbon and walnut lend some welcome additional flavors to the classic pie.
Cranberry Crumble Bars Recipe
Cranberry Crumble Bars
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming

Cranberry Crumble Bars

These Cranberry Crumble Bars are a great use for those cans of cranberry sauce in the back of your cupboard: Stir them into a fruit filling for these sweet-tart-buttery bars. We love their bright ruby color and ease of preparation.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Roll
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Roll
Photo Credit : Heath Robbins

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Roll

This autumn-hued pumpkin roll with maple-flavored cream cheese filling can be served year-round but is particularly suited for the Thanksgiving table.
Favorite Thanksgiving Desserts | Recipes
Blue-Ribbon Deep-Dish Apple Pie
Photo Credit : Squire Fox

Blue-Ribbon Deep-Dish Apple Pie

When it comes to apple pie, the more fruit the merrier. This version of deep-dish apple pie is good enough for a bake-off: tall, beautifully domed, and filled to the top with juicy apples.
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Photo Credit : Heath Robbins

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Savor the flavor of fall with these pumpkin whoopie pies, a spin on the traditional chocolate whoopie. You’ll love the maple cream cheese filling sandwiched between the pumpkin spice cakes. Do you have Thanksgiving desserts that you serve every year? Let us know! This post was first published in 2017 and has been updated.

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