Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

No matter how big the spread is at Thanksgiving dinner (and we’re willing to bet it’s pretty impressive!), everyone always manages to save room for dessert. That’s because Thanksgiving desserts are some of the best baked goods you’ll eat all year, from quintessential pumpkin pie to a variety of fall-inspired (and pumpkin spice-flavored!) cakes, cookies, crumbles, and more. Cooks of all skill levels and ages can contribute to the offerings, thanks to quick and easy dishes such as broiled apples a la mode, and more advanced creations like our Gingersnap-Pear Cheesecake. We also love that the dessert table can be made up of a mix of classic recipes and new ones, so grandma’s sweet potato pie can be plated up next to a sliver of Chocolate-Whiskey Pecan Pie. And if you’re still craving pumpkin long after the pies are gone, we’ve got 12 pumpkin-pie inspired recipes (think pancakes and puppy chow) to enjoy all season long.

Dried Plum and Ginger Turnovers With Brown Butter Cream Cheese Glaze

If you're in the market for a quick and tasty pastry, you've come to the right place. These not-too-sweet turnovers can be enjoyed for breakfast or dessert, and will be out of the oven in less than an hour. We were able to keep the ingredient list short without skimping on flavor by using ingredients that pack a punch, such as fresh ginger and lemon zest. The prunes (dried plums) are naturally sweet keeping the filling super simple, while the nutty brown butter glaze balances out the tartness. Check out that pretty drizzle, too!

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Brownie Batter Babka Bites

If your dream dessert is a slice of chocolate babka, this decadent treat was made for you. We turned the irresistible sweet bread into individual-sized desserts, with chocolate rippling throughout every flaky layer. To mimic the flavor of brownies, we essentially made brownie batter (minus the eggs and dry ingredients) and spread it onto crescent roll dough. Then, we topped the batter with flaky salt, rolled the dough into a log, and cut it into rounds like you would a cinnamon roll. Brushing each one with egg wash ensures that as they bake, they take on a beautiful golden hue. These are best served warm, straight from the oven while the chocolate is still hot and decadent.

Old-Fashioned Apple Pie

There’s never a better time to bake an apple pie than during the first cool days of fall. So which of the thousands of varieties of apples is best? For pies and cobblers, you want apples that can withstand heat without losing their shape or zing. Granny Smith (tart and crisp), Golden Delicious (unbeatable crunch and flavor), and Braeburn (sweeter and slightly softer) are all good picks. For an exotic touch, add 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder to the filling. Or, for a savory twist, sprinkle ½ cup grated Cheddar over the top crust about 20 minutes before you remove it from the oven.

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Apple Butter Rice Pudding

Rice pudding gets a major upgrade with fragrant allspice and sweet apple butter. Embrace fall and the bounty of apples and make a homemade apple butter, or pick some up at the store. Even better, grab some at your local farmers market. Any fruit jam works splendidly well here, too, if you're more of a blueberry or raspberry person. If you have some vanilla beans in your kitchen, just slice lengthwise with a paring knife, scrape out the seeds, and drop both the seeds and the bean in while the rice cooks (just be sure to remove the pod before spooning into jars). Top with coconut chips right before transporting or serving for maximum crunchiness.

Chocolate Pecan Fudge Balls

These chocolate-y fudge balls are so good, no one will be able to stop at just one. Inspired by the Brazilian treat brigadeiros, we combined sweetened condensed milk with warm cinnamon and semi-sweet chocolate for an incredibly easy fudge treat—no candy thermometer required. The toasted pecans add a wonderful texture to each bite. If you want to go the Mexican hot chocolate route, add a pinch of cayenne to the mixture while it’s heating in the saucepan. After the mixture cools, rolling the fudge balls in the crushed pecans is a great kid-friendly activity. Brush a little oil or water onto your hands to keep the mixture from sticking.