Ultimate Thanksgiving Desserts

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

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We have over 250 dessert recipes on this site, but every year, we get emails asking for our favorite 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 Desserts

To make things easier to find, the recipes below are broken down into the following categories:

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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!

slice of pumpkin pecan 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 Thanksgiving 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 an EASY Thanksgiving dessert! 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 dessert idea!

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 Thanksgiving dessert to celebrate
with! For people who aren’t pumpkin fans, this easy box mix recipe includes chunky apple pieces, caramel pudding, and fluffy whipped brown sugar 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

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! Who would have thought the best Thanksgiving desserts are chocolate?!

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 Thanksgiving, or any occasion at all! An easy recipe that comes together in a snap, this is one for the best desserts ever 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 Thanksgiving dessert recipe has just 3 ingredients, and is dreamy,
rich, and totally delicious!

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!

chewy pecan pie bar

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

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 peanut butter explosion in your Thanksgiving desserts lineup!

cranberry bliss bar

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.

super soft applesauce cookie with bite taken

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

Oreo Dessert 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

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars are a delicious Thanksgiving dessert for peanut butter lovers! They’re also a great potluck dessert idea!

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-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.

Enjoy!

With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 

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Originally published November 2013, updated and republished November 2020

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6 Comments

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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