Friday, November 13, 2020

Ultimate Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

These Thanksgiving desserts are so good, they’ll make the turkey blush! Get our recipes for the best Thanksgiving pies, bars, cake and more!

Title text (shown in a feminine hand): Ultimate Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes
We have over 250 dessert recipes on this site, but every year, we get emails asking about recipes for Thanksgiving treats for kids and adults.

Whether you want to make traditional favorites like pie or something unique like cheesecake, you will find it all in this collection!

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

To make things easier to find, the recipes below are broken down into the following categories:
  • Pie
  • Cake and Cheesecake
  • Trifles, Tiramisu and Pudding
  • Cookies, Brownies and Dessert Bars
  • Thanksgiving Treats for Kids 

When you find something you want to make, just click on the link and you’ll be taken directly to the recipe post. Once you’re there, you can print the recipe, bookmark it, or Pin it to one of your Pinterest boards.

Plus, many of our recipe posts include a VIDEO so you can see exactly how to make the recipe!

Best Thanksgiving Pies

Pumpkin Slab Pie on a cookie sheet

Pumpkin Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert for a crowd! Creamy pumpkin pie on top of a buttery homemade crust, top it with whipped cream or serve a la mode!

Reese's Peanut Butter Pie with a slice cut out

Reese's Peanut Butter Pie has an extraordinary pie crust recipe with a special ingredient that will blow your mind. It's an extreme cream pie with a no-bake recipe, perfect for summer!

A Slice of Layered Pecan Pumpkin Pie

Layered Pecan Pumpkin Pie is the best of two Thanksgiving dessert recipes, all on one plate!

A Slice of No-Bake Chocolate Icebox Pie

No-Bake Chocolate Icebox Pie is a chocolate lovers dream come true! This simple recipe with 3 amazing chocolaty layers will rock your world.

a piece of Caramel Pecan Buttermilk Pie

Caramel Pecan Buttermilk Pie This buttermilk pie recipe uses caramel and pecans for a sweet, creamy pie with a nutty crunch that your family will love.

Pumpkin Pie with Chocolate Ganache with whipped cream on top

Pumpkin Pie with Chocolate Ganache combines two rich flavors in one decadent dessert. Make this easy pie recipe for your holiday table!

Cake and Cheesecake Recipes

a slice of Caramel Glazed Apple Bundt Cake being taken

Caramel Glazed Apple Bundt Cake is full of fall flavor and incredibly easy to make. You can even make the cake ahead of time and freeze it.

Pumpkin New York Cheesecake with a forkful taken out

Pumpkin New York Cheesecake puts other pumpkin desserts to shame. It’s scrumptious and SO creamy!

a fork in Chocolate Fudge Cake

Chocolate Fudge Cake is the best ever chocolate cake, that you will lose your mind over!

a slice of Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Caramel Apple Cheesecake captures all of the flavors of the classic fall treat. Make this impressive baked cheesecake the star of your Thanksgiving desserts table!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Poke Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Poke Cake is easy to make starting with a chocolate cake with peanut butter drizzle poked all over the cake. It's topped with decadent peanut butter whipped cream and loaded with chocolate and Reese's Peanut Butter cups.

Sweet Potato Cheesecake on a blue plate

Sweet Potato Cheesecake has perfectly smooth, creamy filling in a graham cracker crust. Make this festive treat your new Thanksgiving cheesecake.

Cranberry Christmas Cake stacked on a plate

Cranberry Christmas Cake has only a handful of ingredients and comes together in a snap! A moist butter cake bursting with flavor is speckled with tart sweet cranberries.

No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake on a cake plate

No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake is a simply made graham cracker crust filled with creamy, no bake cheesecake, and topped off with fresh strawberries smothered in cool, sweet strawberry sauce is guaranteed to be a hit!

Caramel Apple Poke Cake in a sheet pan

Caramel Apple Poke Cake is the perfect dessert to celebrate fall with! For people who aren't pumpkin fans, this easy box mix recipe is bursting with apple chunks, caramel pudding, and fluffy whipped brown sugar cream cream cheese. It's festively topped off with apples, toffee bits, and as much caramel as you can handle!

Best Ever Crockpot Cheesecake

Best Ever Crockpot Cheesecake is the most glorious recipe to come out of your slow cooker! No fuss and perfectly fluffy, this delicious cheesecake is going to be your newest obsession, holy yum!!!

Best Ever Carrot Cake with Toasted Pecans on a cake board

Best Ever Carrot Cake with Toasted Pecans is a moist and delicious carrot cake with a luxurious cream cheese frosting and toasted pecans!

a slice of Peach Cobbler Cheesecake

Peach Cobbler Cheesecake is combination of two dessert favorites that will totally blow your mind!!! A tangy, creamy vanilla cheesecake is topped with sweet summer peaches and a soft cobbler crumble - it's a match made in heaven!

whole Death by Chocolate Bundt Cake

with four incredible kinds of chocolate packed into a simple and impressive Bundt cake (with an awesome Kahlua kick), I think I have found my true chocolate love!

Trifles, Tiramisu and Pudding

Double Chocolate & Caramel Turtle Trifle

Double Chocolate & Caramel Turtle Trifle. Sometimes all you need is a spoon. This chocolate covered treat is the perfect dessert for any occasion! An easy recipe that comes together in a snap, this is one for the permanent file.

Creamy Vanilla Rice Pudding in a small blue crock

Creamy Vanilla Rice Pudding is the epitome of comfort food. This simple dessert made with just 2 ingredients is rich, silky and utterly delicious! This recipe is so simple it just about cooks itself!

Caramel Spiced Pumpkin Parfaits

Caramel Spiced Pumpkin Parfaits bring your favorite fall flavors together in an incredible 4 layer Thanksgiving dessert. You can make individual servings, or make it as a dessert trifle.

Orange Creamsicle Rice Pudding

Orange Creamsicle Rice Pudding is bright, citrusy and utterly creamy. This simple dessert made with just 3 ingredients is dreamy, rich, and totally delicious! This recipe is so simple it just about cooks itself!

Chocolate Cherry Tiramisu in a mason jar with a spoon

Chocolate Cherry Tiramisu is a sweet southern twist on an Italian classic dessert recipe, this  is ready in 15 minutes and is destined to be on your holiday dessert menu.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Rice Pudding on a napkin with a spoon

Pumpkin Spice Latte Rice Pudding is the epitome of fall comfort food. This simple recipe brings together the ever popular flavors of the pumpkin spice latte in a rich and creamy pudding

Strawberry Shortcake Tiramisu

Strawberry Shortcake Tiramisu is a bold an flavorful summery treat, two favorite desserts transformed into one perfect trifle!

Thanksgiving Cookie Recipes, Brownies and Dessert Bars

Best Ever Pecan Pie Bars

Best Ever Pecan Pie Bars have caramelized topping on a shortbread crust, for the perfect nut bar. Make this easy pie recipe in under an hour!

a stack of Apple Cookies with Streusel Topping

are a pretty addition to any bake sale or dessert table. Make these for a sweet treat in under an hour!
chocolate being drizzled over Peanut Butter Fudge Frosted Brownies

Peanut Butter Fudge Frosted Brownies are loaded with Reese’s cups and fluffy peanut butter fudge frosting. Make this fudgy brownie recipe for a pb lover!

Starbuck's Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars

Starbuck's Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars are supercalifragilisticly delish! A tender blondie base packed with cranberries, white chocolate and a hint of spice is topped with a fabulous orange cream cheese frosting and topped with tart dried cranberries and drizzled with white chocolate.

a stack of Applesauce cookies

Applesauce cookies are soft and chewy, with the perfect balance of sugar and spice. Make this easy cookie recipe for a sweet treat!

a plate full of Slutty Brownies

Slutty Brownies are a decadent dessert of chewy chocolate chip cookies, Oreo cookies, fudgy brownies, and ooey gooey caramel, all in one delicious bite!

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars are a delicious treat for peanut butter lovers! Make this easy no bake recipe for your next picnic or potluck.

Butterscotch Pecan Cookies

Butterscotch Pecan Cookies are out of this world delicious. Soft and chewy with the perfect crunch, you are going to love 'em!

Outrageous Fudgy Homemade Brownies on a plate

Outrageous Fudgy Homemade Brownies are ultra fudgy, outrageously delicious, and full of chocolate chips! Make the recipe- it’s the perfect dessert for any occasion.

a pile of No-Bake Rocky Road Avalanche Bars

No-Bake Rocky Road Avalanche Bars are my latest obsession. I have made them at least 12 times and everyone raves about them. A simple recipe with chocolate and peanut butter with a candy crunch that comes together in a snap? Sign me up, twice!

Coconut Macaroons

2 2-Ingredient Coconut Macaroons are soft, chewy, and sweet. The perfect cookie to pair with a cup of coffee after your big turkey dinner.

Thanksgiving Treats for Kids

Pretzel Turkeys

Pretzel Turkeys are simple to make and adorable too! Make these as a classroom snack or edible decoration for your holiday table.

Caramel Apple Pie Bombs

Caramel Apple Pie Bombs are like the best pie, in the form of pull-apart bread! Make this baked dessert for the kids, but the adults will love them, too.


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Title text (being held in a feminine hand): Ultimate Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Originally published November 2013, updated and republished November 2020

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  1. All look fabulous and I want to dig in right now! I just linked these on my blog post today as I'm talking leftover turkey!

  2. Have just got to make the Pecan Pie bars. Looks so delicious. Thank you.

  3. All your recipes are fabulous.

  4. I made the pecan bars and brownies last Christmas. Wow! They are absolutely fabulous. My grandkids couldn't wait for the brownies to cool and we wound up with everyone sitting at the table scooping out brownie bits right from the pan. I never got to cut them into squares.

  5. I've made the Pecan pie bars 3x's already. They are to die for. My kids,asked for theses for Thanksgiving instead of Pecan pie. I've also made the Peanut butter fudge brownie twice another winner. Requested for a co workers birthday. Both of these absolutely fantastic. Thank you for all of your recipes, they are wonderful.

  6. I had pecan bars in Vail that were the best I had ever eaten. I have been looking for recipe for years, this recipee is it. They are fabulous.


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