Thanksgiving Desserts

If you’re like me, by the time November hits you’re already thinking ahead to Thanksgiving desserts. The holiday meal, of course, has plenty to offer, but what stands out more to your guests than the grand finale? Whether you are looking for simple or classic fall flavors, or want to try something a little different this year, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite Thanksgiving Desserts. Of course, if you want to keep it simple, you can always make a classic apple pie. Or better yet, if your guest list is big enough make the apple pie and one or two of these recipes.

Purple Sweet Potato Pie

The purple in this purple sweet potato pie is stunning, and slicing into it will take your Thanksgiving guests’ breath away. This recipe is inspired, in part, but sweet potato and marshmallow dishes that are so common on many Thanksgiving tables, which is what made a meringue topping a natural choice. It blends beautifully with the purple sweet potatoes and the result is a wonderful Thanksgiving dessert. Get the recipe

Pear Almond Tart

Your Thanksgiving dessert table can double as a work of art, and a beautiful tart is a sophisticated dish to add. The pears, almond cream and toasted almonds are perfect compliments to one another visually and in flavor. I love this dish for Thanksgiving because it is elegant, but simple to make. Get the recipe.

Apple pumpkin cake

Apple and pumpkin are two flavors you must include in your Thanksgiving desserts, but you don’t have to only make pie. This cake is a nice switch from classic desserts, and you’ll love the flavor. You can use any baking apples you’d like, but I recommend including Granny Smith for the tartness. It really balances nicely with the sweetness of the cake. Get the recipe.

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Bars

I know pumpkin can be a divisive flavor, even inside families. Grandma may love it. Uncle Bob may hate it. But pumpkin is sure to end up on most Thanksgiving tables. I love these bars as a pumpkin compromise because they are a great way to ease ease into the Thanksgiving essential, and give a loving gesture to those who adore pumpkin. Get the recipe.

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

The Thanksgiving dessert table calls for a little (or a lot of) chocolate. I love this chocolate mousse cake recipe, because its simplicity can lull you into thinking it isn’t a classic French delight, fit for any special occasion. Check out my full blog post about my experience with it for a funny story from my high school days, and learn how I decided to add a little coffee to this cake. Get the recipe.

Caramel Apple Pumpkin Pie

Caramel Apple & Pumpkin Pie | ZoeBakes

Much like with the apple pumpkin cake above, this caramel apple pumpkin pie is a pure ode to Thanksgiving. To make the pie extra special, roast your own pumpkin. I promise it is it worth it, and not nearly as hard as it sounds. Canned is fine too, and no matter how you get your pumpkin flavor, the resulting combination of flavors in this pie are a must for your dessert table.  Get the recipe.

Triple-Layer Parsnip Cranberry Cake

This recipe is a little more of an outside-the-box Thanksgiving dessert. Might your guests be shocked to find a cake on the Thanksgiving table? Perhaps, but I promise they won’t be disappointed. The cranberry and parsnip are wonderful fall flavors, and the resulting cake is gorgeous. This is a recipe from Dorie Greenspan, and if you want to way your guests with a triple layer cake, this is a great way to go. Get the recipe.

Caramelized Pumpkin & Armagnac Prune Pudding

Here is one more pumpkin option for you. It’s another twist, as this is a pudding with prune. It’s a wonderful fall treat that is easy to make, and makes for a great snack or breakfast, so you can serve it any time on Thanksgiving day, and it tastes great cold with leftovers. Get the recipe.

French Silk Pie

French Silk Pie | ZoeBakes Photo by Zoë François

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