2 of 30 Beatriz da Costa
Not much of a pie eater? Cream-filled pumpkin sandwiches make a fine alternative.
3 of 30 Beatriz da Costa
If you feel your meal is not complete without chocolate (and who could blame you?), try a creamy, old-fashioned homemade pudding.
4 of 30 David Prince
Not your same-old apple pie, a twist on the crumb-topped classic is spiked with ginger.
5 of 30 Sang An
Served by New England colonists, this dense molasses-sweetened pudding is still beloved in the region.
7 of 30 Hector Sanchez
No one needs to know that these elegant gourmet-candy-shop treats were actually whipped up in your kitchen.
8 of 30 Anna Williams
This layered confection starts with ladyfingers dipped in a blend of espresso and rum.
11 of 30 William Meppem
A delectable combination of apples, pecans, brown sugar, and butter is baked until golden brown, then served warm with ice cream.
12 of 30 John Kernick
Something for your younger guests: pumpkin cupcakes swirled with a sweet cream cheese icing.
14 of 30 Kan Kanbayashi
Elegant-looking but oh-so-easy, this chocolate-shaving-topped dessert is ready in minutes.
15 of 30 Stefan Anderson
You can use stale bread for more than just stuffing, like layering it into an indulgent apple-and-cinnamon concoction.
16 of 30 Sang An
There’s a place of honor on southern tables for the earthy, cinnamon-and-nutmeg–spiced sweet potato pie.
18 of 30 David Prince
A rich layer of whipped cream and chocolate shavings top a luscious chocolate filling.
19 of 30 Anna Williams
Easy but impressive, an eggnog-flavored custard is a great kickoff to the festive season.
21 of 30 Jose Picayo
This foolproof winner works equally with a store-bought piecrust or a homemade one, if you’re feeling more ambitious.
23 of 30 Susie Cusher
Pumpkin lends itself to so many delicious and inventive variations: Here, it’s combined with pears in a crumble.
24 of 30 Michael Paul
Don’t you love recipes that allow you to cut a few corners and save time? An option here is to use bags of presliced apples.
25 of 30 Michael Paul
Make this treat the day before serving and check dessert prep off your list; just bake it when ready and serve warm with whipped cream.
26 of 30 Beatriz da Costa
Don’t like to bake? Then this ice cream–based treat is for you: It calls for little more than boiling water.
27 of 30 Melanie Acevedo
If you like crispy cookies and creamy filling, make these as close to party time as possible. For a softer, ice-cream-sandwich type of dessert, make them a day ahead and keep them covered in the refrigerator.
28 of 30 James Baigrie
One of the wonderful things about this cheesecake: You simply press its graham cracker crust into the pan, no rolling out needed.
29 of 30 Beatriz Da Costa