43 Gorgeous Desserts That Will Win Your Thanksgiving

Turkey’s alright, but I always hold out for pie.

1. Pecan Pie

Sometimes it’s better not to mess with perfection. Recipe here.

2. Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue

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A sweet potato casserole in dessert form. Recipe here.

3. Pumpkin-Pecan Pie

The perfect cure for dessert indecision. Recipe here

4. Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie

Wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it. Recipe here.

5. Lattice-Top Bourbon Apple Cider Pie

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The only thing more American than apple pie is apple pie with American booze in it. Recipe here.

6. Chocolate Pecan Pie

We’re all nuts for chocolate. Recipe here.

7. Pear Cranberry Slab Pie

No pie dish? No problem. Recipe here.

8. Tarte Tatin with Homemade Rough Puff Pastry

Just because it’s an American holiday doesn’t mean you should be afraid to get a little French. Recipe here.

9. Malted Walnut Pie

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Pecans rule Thanksgiving, but why not let walnuts in on the fun? Recipe here.

10. Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie

A really chill way to end things. Recipe here.

11. Cranberry Pear Tart with Almond Cream

Live a little. Recipe here.

12. Apple Crostada with Brown Butter Streusel

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The more streusel, the better. Recipe here.

13. No-Bake Fluffy Cranberry Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

The perfect solution to having no oven space. Also, the recipe calls for canned cranberry sauce, which is awesome. Recipe here.

14. Easy Puff Pastry Apple Strudel

Easier than it tastes. Recipe here.

15. Triple-Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Chocoholics sort of get the short end of the stick on Thanksgiving. You can fix that. Recipe here.

16. Sweet Potato-Bourbon Bundt Cake

This unassuming bundt will end up being the breakaway star of your dessert table. Recipe here.

17. Three-Tier Candied Pecan Cake with Brown Butter Pears

Sandwiching real fruit between cake layers (instead of frosting or jam) makes for really cool textural variation. Recipe here.

18. Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin and Rye Bundt Cake

Bundts are all the rage this year. Recipe here.

19. Ginger and Pear Upside-Down Cake

Upside-Down Cakes: Helping average bakers make pretty desserts since the beginning of food. Recipe here.

20. Double Layer Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecake

America’s favorite cookie gets along with everyone. Recipe here.

21. Pumpkin Cake with A Pistachio Glaze

Do pistachios count as “greens”? Recipe here.

22. Chewy Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

Cut them up beforehand so no one will be able to tell that you’ve already eaten three. Recipe here.

23. Pecan Pie Bark

Seriously, though, where has this been all of my life? Recipe here.

24. Fudgy Pumpkin Bars with Vanilla Bean Browned Butter Glaze

Kind of like super decadent pumpkin pie filling, sans crust, plus delicious buttery glaze. Recipe here.

25. Lemon-Cranberry Pie Bars

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Every occasion deserves a lemon bar. Recipe here.

26. German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

I dare you. Recipe here.

27. Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcakes with Butter Pecan Frosting

There’s a lot going on here, and all of it is good. Recipe here.

28. Cranberry Hand Pies

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Extra points for dangerously high levels of cuteness. Recipe here.

29. Bourbon Baked Apples

Bourbon and apples are better together, clearly. Recipe here.

30. Mini Pumpkin-Ginger Cheesecakes with PSL Whipped Cream

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Yes, pumpkin spice latte whipped cream is as delicious as it sounds. Recipe here.

(And, psssst: These are perfect for Friendsgiving, too.)

31. Apple Cider Cupcakes with Nutmeg Frosting

Pie is cool. But do you know what pie is missing? Frosting. Recipe here.

32. Mini Baked Pecan-Caramel Cheesecakes

“Mini” is code for “you can eat more than one.” Recipe here.

33. Pumpkin S’mores Cupcakes

Because “s’more, please” is pretty much the theme of Thanksgiving. Recipe here.

34. Pecan Cobbler

An ugly, beige, oozing mess of COMPLETE DELICIOUSNESS. Recipe here.

35. Pumpkin-Gingersnap Tiramisu

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Very autumnal. Very easy. Recipe here.

36. Vegan & Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte Chocolate Pudding Cake

Chances are, you’ll have at least one guest who’s vegan or gluten-free, and they’ll love this. Frankly, so will everyone. Recipe here.

37. Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Easier than pie. Recipe here.

38. Salted Caramel Pear Crisp

Apples are everywhere. Try this new salted caramel PEAR-ing, instead. Recipe here.

39. Pumpkin and Bourbon Mousse

Served straight up. Recipe here.

40. Bourbon Apple Pie Ice Cream


You were going to eat the pie à la mode, anyway. Recipe here.

41. Brown Butter Pecan Ice Cream

The brown butter adds a whole new depth to butter pecan. Recipe here.

42. Pumpkin, Pecan and Gingersnap Ice Cream

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The best part about this is that you can eat it with all of the other desserts. Recipe here.

43. Pumpkin Flan

Wiggle wiggle. Recipe here.

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