Thanksgiving Desserts: 35+ easy, traditional favorite recipes for this holiday

Don't be caught unprepared this year and try our 35+ Thanksgiving desserts. These traditional, easy recipes include such favorites as pumpkin pie, pies, cookies, cakes, and bars.

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Eating a pie at the end of Thanksgiving dinner is a tradition in many families. America's favorite ones? No doubt the pumpkin pie, as well as cranberry and pecan pie.

If you're looking for a sweet treat this holiday season other than the usual pie, you can check out our selection of 35+ Thanksgiving desserts. We've included easy, tasty recipes you can feed a crowd with. Keep store-bought or homemade pumpkin puree, apples, caramel, pecans, and other seasonal ingredients on hand to make cookies, rolls, cheesecakes, cupcakes, and many other yummy sweet treats.

If you're focusing a lot on savory recipes for your Thanksgiving celebration and don't have time to focus on sweet ones, try no-bake desserts to save time. Still not convinced about anything? Check out our selection of fall desserts for more inspiration.

Thanksgiving Pies

1. Pumpkin Pie: the traditional, spiced dessert recipe for your Thanksgiving dinner
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It’s fall season and that means it’s time for our favorite pumpkin desserts…homemade pumpkin pie! Pumpkin pie is an easy, traditional dessert recipe to make in fall and serve at Thanksgiving. Pumpkins are native to the American continent, but the method of making pumpkin pie traces its origins back to France and England. Today it’s a classic dessert in America which is a symbol of harvest time.

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2. Sweet Potato Pie: an amazing recipe for a classic Southern Thanksgiving dessert
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If you're looking for an incredible, delicious dessert you can serve at Thanksgiving this year, you'll love this easy Southern sweet potato pie recipe. With a generous dose of cinnamon, allspice, and ginger, this silky, creamy sweet potato pie with its flaky, crisp brown crust hits all the right notes for fall.

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3. Cranberry Pie: the best recipe for a much-loved holiday dessert recipe
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Cranberry is a fall favorite and there's no better way to enjoy this tart berry than to make a classic homemade cranberry pie. Cranberry pie has a wonderful sweet-tart flavor that makes every bite an absolute delight. The filling is juicy and perfectly sweet, while the from-scratch pie crust is beautifully buttery and flaky.

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4. Pecan Pie: a fantastic recipe for a classic nutty dessert
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An old-fashioned pecan pie is always a welcome addition to any holiday gathering whether it's Thanksgiving, Christmas, or a festive party with your friends and family. Pecan pie is a classic Southern dessert with a sweet, salty, nutty flavor and chewy texture.

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5. Apple Pie: the best-ever recipe for the classic American dessert
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There's nothing like homemade apple pie. If you're looking to make the most of apple season this fall, this apple pie recipe is perfect for you. Made with perfectly sweet-tart Granny Smith apples tossed in sugar and cinnamon and baked in a homemade flaky pastry, this is one of the best apple pie recipes you'll ever try.

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6. Chocolate Pumpkin Pie: the amazing dessert recipe to make during the holidays
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If you're looking for a beautiful dessert to bake once the temperature dips, you'll love this easy chocolate pumpkin pie recipe. An ideal baked treat to serve on Thanksgiving or Christmas, chocolate pumpkin pie has the same wonderful flavors as a pumpkin pie with the mouthwatering addition of a decadent layer of chocolate ganache. It's rich and creamy, incredibly easy to put together, and is a delicious way to put a new spin on a much-loved classic holiday dessert. That said, chocolate pumpkin pie is so good, you might find yourself baking it all year round!

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7. Buttermilk Pie: the old-fashioned Southern dessert to make these holidays
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Buttermilk pie is a classic Southern dessert recipe perfect for celebrating holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. With a thick, creamy filling, it's a custard-base pie that is sweet yet tangy in flavor. This old-fashioned dessert dates back to the Depression during World War II, when Southern women made do with simple ingredients.

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8. Caramel Apple Pie: the simple recipe for a decadent fall dessert
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Fall is in the air and with the weather starting to change, it's the perfect time to start baking. Apple pies are a favorite come autumn, but if you want to take your classic apple pie to the next level, why not try this easy caramel apple pie recipe? With a flaky, buttery crust, rich, sweet caramel sauce, and tart crisp apples, this irresistible pie has it all.

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9. Chocolate Cream Pie: a silky, delicious pie to make for any occasion
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Chocolate lovers unite! This stunning silky-smooth chocolate cream pie is the perfect, elegant dessert to serve for any special occasion. Amazing as a holiday dessert, but just as wonderful for birthdays, parties, or anytime you want to impress your loved ones with your baking skills, chocolate cream pie is always a treat.

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10. Coconut Cream Pie: the decadent, old-fashioned dessert recipe for any occasion
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There's nothing like taking a bite of coconut cream pie. This dreamy, creamy old-fashioned dessert is always a hit with a crowd. Thanks to its tropical flavor, coconut cream pie is a fabulous dessert for hot, sunny days, but its rich, beautiful taste also make it wonderful for special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

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11. Chocolate Pecan Pie: the rich dessert recipe everyone will love
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If you’re looking for a simple dessert that will wow everyone during holiday dinners, you have to try this chocolate pecan pie. It is very quick and easy to make, yet looks fabulous. Unlike the classic pecan pie, this recipe tastes even more flavorful as it is packed with chocolate chips.

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12. Cherry Pie: a beautiful sweet dessert to make this summer
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Cherry pie might be one of the all-time best summer desserts out there, especially when made with ripe, in-season cherries. With its tender, flaky, buttery crust and sweet, juicy cherry filling, there's nothing like sinking your fork into a slice of freshly baked cherry pie topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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13. French Silk Chocolate Pie: the easy recipe for an elegant, chocolatey dessert
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Rich, creamy, and silky smooth, French silk chocolate pie is the ultimate decadent dessert to serve up for any special occasion. With an incomparable chocolatey flavor and lighter-than-air texture, it's a stunning dessert that's sure to impress.

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14. Pecan Pie Without Corn Syrup: the amazing recipe for a beautiful holiday pie
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Everyone loves a slice of pecan pie around the holidays, and this pecan pie without corn syrup is a perfect Southern dessert to whip up on special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas when you don't have corn syrup as you don't actually need it.

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15. Banana cream pie: a decadent recipe
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Banana cream pie is a pretty quick dish if you already have a prepared pie crust with you. In every bite of this pie, you will relish some gooey, some creamy and some crunchy texture. That is not all, you will love the way the banana in this dish tastes so fresh even after getting baked in heat.

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Thanksgiving Cakes, Crisps and Cheesecakes

16. Apple Crisp: the easy, flavorful recipe you’ll love
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Apple crisp has to be one of the absolute best fall desserts around. It is easy to make (even easier than making an apple pie as you don't have to make pie crust) and it tastes fantastic when made fresh.

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17. Pumpkin Cheesecake: a decadent creamy recipe for autumn
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With its rich, creamy pumpkin filling, buttery spiced crust, and lighter than air whipped cream topping, nothing says “autumn is here” like this easy pumpkin cheesecake. This delicious dessert is an easy recipe you can make this fall. Pumpkin cheesecake is perfect for big family gatherings like Thanksgiving, or any other occasion where you're entertaining a group.

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18. Apple Cake: the light dessert recipe made with crisp apple chunks
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This Apple Cake is an easy, light dessert recipe perfect for fall. It’s a great dessert to make if you’re craving something between an apple cake or apple pie. It’s easy to make (whip the batter up in one bowl) and even easier to eat!

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19. Gooey Butter Cake: the sensational recipe for the classic St. Louis dessert
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If you're looking for a delicious, dense, rich cake to serve with afternoon tea or tuck into with a cup of coffee in the morning, get ready to fall in love with St. Louis gooey butter cake.

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20. Apple Butter Cheesecake: the elegant recipe for a no-bake dessert
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This decadent apple butter cheesecake is a phenomenal no-bake recipe that's as beautiful as it is delicious. Perfectly creamy and laden with generous swirls of rich apple butter, it's a great easy dessert you can make in virtually no time, and all without ever having to use your oven. For the best flavor, make the apple butter yourself. If you're short on time, store-bought apple butter will do the trick, too. For a simple yet elegant dessert that's sure to impress, try this no-bake apple butter cheesecake recipe.

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21. Caramel Apple Cheesecake: the decadent, creamy cheesecake recipe
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Fall is the time of apple desserts. If you haven’t tried apple cheesecake yet, you’ll fall in love with this Caramel Apple Cheesecake. It combines the sweet flavors of a caramel apple pie with the creaminess of a cheesecake—delicious! It’s not difficult to make either. Mascarpone and yogurt create a delicate cheesecake filling, while fresh apples are cooked and used as a topping.

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Thanksgiving Sweet Treats

22. Pumpkin Cupcakes: the best autumn cupcake recipe to make right now
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These decadent pumpkin cupcakes are the perfect way to usher in fall, especially if you're a fan of pumpkin. They're lightly spiced with pumpkin pie mix, cinnamon, and ginger. These sweet, fluffy cupcakes are moist but not greasy on the inside, then topped with tangy-sweet cream cheese frosting.

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23. Pecan Pie Bars: the delicious recipe for a bite-sized autumn treat
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Love pecan pie? Then you'll adore these phenomenal pecan pie bars. These bite-sized pecan pie bars are fantastic when you're hosting a large group and make a great treat to serve over the holidays. With a rich, buttery, nutty flavor and satisfying crunch, they're hard to resist.

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24. Apple Pie Cupcakes: a delicious cupcake recipe made from apple pie
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There's nothing like freshly baked apple pie when the weather starts to dip. The only thing that might be better than apple pie? Apple pie cupcakes! These incredibly soft, fluffy cupcakes are packed with the same irresistible apple pie flavor as the iconic fall dessert, and topped with decadent creamy frosting. It's a great way to use in-season apples this fall and offers a fun twist on a much-loved classic dessert. Serve them at holiday parties, Thanksgiving potlucks, or as a toothsome treat in a packed lunch.

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25. Pumpkin Cookies: the perfect iced cookie recipe to make this fall
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Autumn is the perfect time to get cozy in the kitchen and make all sorts of heavenly baked treats. Fall is pumpkin season, so it's a wonderful excuse to make these incredible iced pumpkin cookies.

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26. Pumpkin Bars: the sweet yet tangy dessert recipe for your fall
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Pumpkin bars are a classic sweet treat perfect to enjoy as dessert during fall season. Super easy to make, they're moist, spiced on the inside and topped with a fluffy cream cheese frosting. It's the perfect crowd-pleaser recipe you need to try.

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27. Apple Cookies: the soft sweet treat recipe for fall
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These Apple Cookies are easy to make and is the perfect dessert recipe for fall. Both children and adults will love them. The texture of the cookie is soft, chewy on the inside, almost cake-like. The edges are slightly crispy and the chocolate chips inside add just enough sweetness.

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28. Pumpkin Roll: the simple recipe for a beautiful autumn dessert
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With the arrival of autumn, it's officially the season for delicious pumpkin desserts. If you're saving your pumpkin pie to show off at Thanksgiving dinner, but still want to make the most out of this tasty seasonal squash, why not try making a classic pumpkin roll? This easy fall dessert is light, fluffy, and full of that wonderful pumpkin and baking spice flavor so many of us associate with autumn.

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29. Cranberry Hand Pies: the buttery, flaky treat for all occasions
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Cranberry hand pies are a delicious sweet treat synonymous with fall. With its sweet-tart flavor, it's a perfect dessert to serve at holiday dinner such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. This cranberry hand pies have a crisp, flaky crust and a ruby red, creamy filling that everyone's sure to enjoy. The luxurious crème brulée filling goes beautifully with the tangy taste of the cranberries.

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30. Pumpkin Bread: an effortless recipe for a tasty quick loaf
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With its fragrant spices and rich, pumpkin flavor, pumpkin bread is a phenomenal recipe to whip up this fall. This moist, tender loaf is packed with the delicious taste of baking spices like cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg, and sweet pumpkin.

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31. Caramel Apple Cookies: the decadent autumn cookies everyone will love
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While everyone loves pumpkin pies and apple crumbles, why not shake things up this fall by making these irresistible caramel apple cookies? This fabulous dessert recipe is perfect for autumn and is a fun, festive alternative to making caramel apples. With their decadent frosting and tantalizing chopped pecan garnish, caramel apple cookies are delicious and eye-catching.

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32. Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls: a cozy, comforting recipe to make this fall
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If you're a fan of classic cinnamon rolls, get ready to fall in love with the best pumpkin cinnamon rolls you'll ever try. This simple recipe is perfect for fall – it's cozy, delicious, and packed with a rich pumpkin flavor and warm cinnamon spice.

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33. Apple Hand Pies: the easiest recipe for a delicious dessert
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Made with gorgeous sweet apple pie filling wrapped inside a flaky fragrant crust, apple hand pies are a killer way to enjoy a single serving of apple pie. They're similar to apple turnovers, but turnovers are usually made using puff pastry rather than pie crust. Apple hand pies cook much faster than a classic apple pie and are perfect for those moments when you want to treat yourself to a little something sweet. They're an easy-to-make dessert and it's a wonderful autumn recipe to whip up with your family.

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34. Pumpkin Flan: a simple, delicious recipe for a festive flan de calabaza
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With its incredible pumpkin and warm baking spice flavor and rich, creamy texture pumpkin flan is a phenomenal dessert to make this fall. This decadent recipe is known as flan de calabaza, and it's popular in many Latin American countries.

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35. Baked apples
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Baked apples can be a great and healthy dessert to serve after meal, but also a delicious recipe to accompany a cup of tea.
The preparation of baked apples is really simple and consists of very few ingredients, but the result can be surprising for both taste and aesthetics.

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