Thanksgiving Recipes: 45+ easy and classic dinner ideas to enjoy this year

For this holiday season, plan your menu with these 45+ Thanksgiving recipes. Classic favorites include roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, casseroles, dinner rolls and pies.

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Late November means only one thing. It's Thanksgiving Day! If you're planning to celebrate this classic American feast by hosting a dinner with family and friends, you can't miss our 45+ Thanksgiving recipes. We've included dinner ideas for everyone, from favorite recipes that no one can pass up, to healthy and tasty ones that are on trend this year.

A good Thanksgiving dinner is nothing without a hearty roast turkey to go with lots of tasty vegetable side dishes such as mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce. Enjoy these traditional dishes while sipping Thanksgiving cocktails reminiscent of fall flavors. Don't forget to serve creative appetizers you can devour in one bite to start the festivities off right. If you want to make sure your guests will never forget your dinner, end the meal with delicious, festive desserts including pies, cakes, cookies, and sweet treats of all kinds.

Whether you want to celebrate a classic Thanksgiving or an informal Friendsgiving, don't be surprised if you end up with leftover food at the end of dinner. You can continue the festivities the next day by making a handy Thanksgiving sandwich or finding easy and tasty recipes to save the leftovers.

Classic Thanksgiving Recipes

1. Roast Turkey: the classic Thanksgiving recipe for making a juicy, moist roast turkey
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Roast turkey is the perfect holiday recipe to serve as main dish, it's just the showstopper you want on your table this season. This is an easy, fool-proof recipe to make the classic Thanksgiving dish being served during the holidays. It feeds a lot of people, making it the perfect meal for when the extended family comes over.

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2. Spatchcock turkey: the fastest, juiciest way to cook turkey
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Spatchcock turkey takes the hassle out of roasting. There's no need to truss it, the turkey is easier to carve up, and you'll get outstanding results – crispy skin outside and moist, tender meat inside. It also cuts your cooking time in half. Removing the backbone is easy and means you'll be enjoying your turkey in just over an hour. It's so simple, you'll be wondering why you haven't spatchcocked a turkey sooner!

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3. Mashed Potatoes: the best-ever recipe for perfect mashed potatoes
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If you're searching for a crowd-pleasing side dish that the whole family will love, look no further than these easy homemade mashed potatoes. Any holiday or family dinner will be made even better with a bowl of creamy homemade mashed potatoes on the table. They're an incredible side dish to serve on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter or occasions where you're feeding a large group.

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4. Turkey Gravy: the delicious Thanksgiving recipe using pan drippings
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It's Thanksgiving Day, and your table is set with a beautifully, delicious dishes. The only thing you need to complete your perfect Thanksgiving dinner? Turkey gravy, of course!

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5. Cornbread Stuffing: a mouthwatering Thanksgiving recipe to try this year
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Moist, tender, crumbly sausage cornbread stuffing is a must-have for any Thanksgiving dinner. Stuffing is a much-loved traditional Thanksgiving side dish that's easy to make and is packed with flavor. Sausage cornbread stuffing is herby, savory, with just a hint of sweetness thanks to the cornbread.

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6. Cranberry Sauce: the sweet-tart recipe for a classic Thanksgiving side dish
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No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without a side of homemade cranberry sauce to dollop over your roast turkey. This classic Thanksgiving recipe is incredibly easy to make and even more delicious than the canned cranberry sauce you can find in stores. It also adds a fantastic sweet-tart flavor that's a perfect complement to all the savory items on the table.

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7. Green Bean Casserole: the hearty, delicious holiday side dish to serve this Thanksgiving
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While roast turkey is often the star of Thanksgiving dinner, it's the spread of side dishes that help make this holiday meal special. One classic side dish that no Thanksgiving dinner should be without is green bean casserole. It's made with its perfectly tender yet crisp green beans cooked in a rich, creamy mushroom sauce, and topped with crispy fried onions.

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8. Sweet Potato Casserole: a creamy, delicious casserole to serve this autumn
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With its gorgeously creamy texture and crunchy, buttery pecan topping, sweet potato casserole is one of our favorite casseroles to whip up in the fall. It's a sweet, rich casserole that you can serve as soon as the leaves start falling off the trees.

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9. Cornbread: the best recipe for tender, moist homemade cornbread
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Cornbread is a classic quick bread that's a staple in Southern cooking. No barbecue or cookout is complete without a plate of homemade cornbread. This tasty bread is popular all over the US, thanks to its wonderfully buttery, rich corn flavor and fluffy, moist texture.

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10. 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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11. 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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12. 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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13. Dinner rolls: the recipe to make them fluffy and delicious
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A delicious and super fluffy dinner rolls to enjoy your meal.

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Thanksgiving Appetizers

14. Cranberry Brie Bites: the easy, bite-sized recipe for a delicious holiday appetizer
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Cranberries are quite popular around this time of year. In the US, cranberry season stretches from September, through to January which means that fresh cranberries are abundant at Thanksgiving. Fortunately, thanks to food preservation processes, we can have cranberries right through the year in the form of cranberry sauce. In this recipe, we use it to make delicious Cranberry Pecan Brie Bites. It’s the perfect bite-sized appetizer for the holidays when you make a lot of cranberry sauce at home.

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15. Fried Mashed Potato Balls: the bite-sized appetizer perfect for holidays
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This recipe for Fried Mashed Potato Balls is an easy, bite-sized appetizer you can make with mashed potato leftovers. It's a great recipe to serve during the holidays, especially on Thanksgiving when you usually have a lot of leftovers. These Fried Mashed Potato Balls are crispy on the outside while being soft and melt-in-your-mouth on the inside.

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16. Pumpkin Cheese Ball: a delicious festive party appetizer to make this autumn
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Searching for an easy appetizer that's sure to impress your guests? Look no further than this incredible pumpkin cheese ball recipe! It's made with two types of rich, smooth, tangy cream cheese, crunchy red bell peppers, and spring onions, a splash of ranch dressing rolled in sharp cheddar cheese. Super creamy on the inside, this fantastic fall appetizer is not only delicious, it's sure to wow your guests.

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17. Walnut Raspberry Baked Brie: easy, quick recipe for the perfect holiday appetizer
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Walnut raspberry baked brie is insanely easy to make, and tastes fabulous. It is the perfect appetizer recipe to serve during holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. All you need is a round brie, you don't even need to take the rind off before baking because it will hold the cheese shape while melting. Top the brie with some raspberry jam, a handful of walnuts and brown sugar, then bake and enjoy still hot and creamy inside.

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18. Bacon Brie Crescent Wreath: the tasty recipe for a great holiday appetizer
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Bacon brie crescent wreath is a very tasty recipe, an appetizer you can serve during a party with family and friends. Very easy to make and assemble, it is a cheesy, savory crescent ring perfect for holiday season like Christmas.

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19. Turkey Fruit Platter: the effortless recipe for a funny, fruity Thanksgiving appetizer
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This Turkey Fruit Platter is an easy and fun recipe to serve as an appetizer for kids. It’s fun, healthy, and also kid-friendly! You can use any fruits you have on hand, or ones you can easily find in a store near you. Use the fruits to create a “turkey shape”.

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20. Fried Mac and Cheese Balls: the effortless recipe for a tasty party appetizer
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Looking for a clever way to use up your leftover mac and cheese? Why not try making fried mac and cheese balls? This delicious comfort food is perfect as an appetizer or snack and is always a popular bite-sized dish you can serve up over the holidays or any time you're entertaining friends and family at home.

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21. Brussels Sprouts Sliders: the delicious keto recipe for a bite-sized appetizer
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Brussels sprouts sliders are an easy, bite-sized, keto appetizer recipe where you use Brussels sprouts instead of bread buns for making sliders. Brussels Sprouts get a lot of bad publicity, but unfairly so. They look like little cabbages and are from the same family as purple and green cabbage. They can be steamed, roasted, or boiled. But in this recipe, we decided to get creative.

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22. Caramelized Onion Dip: the mouthwatering recipe for a savory party dip
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Caramelized onion dip is the perfect party dip to serve anytime you're hosting a get-together with friends and family. This simple dip recipe is made with mouthwatering caramelized onions, sour cream, cream cheese, and wine, and is a million times tastier than anything you'll buy from a store – including Trader Joe's!

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23. Fried Okra: the easy and quick Southern recipe
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Fried okra is a quick and easy Southern recipe. Enjoy it as a summery side dish packed with fiber. These fried okra nuggets are super crispy and golden brown, enough to be known as southern popcorn just because they pop in your mouth. To make fried okra, simply soak the sliced okra pods in egg and coat with a mixture of cornmeal, salt, pepper, or your favorite seasoning mix. Then, pan fry okra until golden brown. Serve fried okra as you want together with your favorite main dish, such as braised brisket, BBQ ribs, or Southern fried chicken.

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24. Classic Cocktail Meatballs: the easy and tasty recipe
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Classic Cocktail Meatballs are a crowd-pleasing favorite. Who doesn’t love a sweet, spicy meatball? It’s easy to prepare ahead of time and is quick enough so that you can make a large batch for your next cocktail hour or party. Unlike other cocktail meatball recipes, this meatballs have a meaty flavor mixed with a rich, sweet and spicy. They are baked until golden brown but are still moist (thanks to the sauce!). You need high-quality ground beef, eggs, and seasonings. To make the sweet and spicy sauce (which can also be served on the side), you only need a handful of ingredients: ketchup, water, sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Serve these at your next party, and your guest will leave super happy!

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Thanksgiving Sides

25. Potato Rolls: the super soft, moist roll recipe made with mashed potatoes
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Potato rolls are a tasty, pull-apart side dish recipe you can serve with any meal during holidays such as Thanksgiving. They're fluffy, super soft yet moist thanks to mashed potatoes. The golden brown top is shiny and crisp because of butter and honey.

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26. Roasted Vegetables: the effortless recipe for a delicious, healthy side dish
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For a healthy, flavorful side dish that will go with just about any main dish, there's nothing better than roasted vegetables. Crispy and golden brown on the outside, tender on the inside, oven-roasted vegetables are the perfect nutritious side dish to make with everything from roasts to pasta, stews, casseroles, burgers, and more.

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27. Mashed Cauliflower: the delicious recipe for a creamy low-carb side dish
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If you've been searching for an easy, nutritious, low-carb side dish you can serve for any occasion, this creamy mashed cauliflower recipe is perfect for you! Cauliflower mash is a low-carb, keto-friendly dish you can serve on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, or enjoy whenever you fancy.

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28. Roasted Brussels Sprouts: the effortless recipe for a nutritious, tasty side dish
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With their crispy, savory outside, and tender, almost sweet insides, there's nothing like a side of perfectly roasted Brussels sprouts to accompany your Thanksgiving dinner. This delicious, healthy recipe for Brussels sprouts is a baked version of the classic sautéed Brussels sprouts recipe, and it's just as easy to make – all you need to do is toss the Brussels sprouts with some garlic, olive, salt, and pepper, then add a little parmesan halfway through baking.

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29. Candied Yams: the irresistible recipe for a classic Southern Thanksgiving dish
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With a rich, buttery, perfectly sweet flavor seasoned beautifully with warming baking spices, there's nothing like tasty tender candied yams with your Thanksgiving dinner. This classic dish is a staple recipe for Southern Thanksgiving dinners, and it's super easy to make.

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30. Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots: the quick and easy side dish
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Are your plain carrot sides getting a bit boring? These garlic butter roasted carrots are just the thing to get you enthusiastic about side dishes again!

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31. Roasted Butternut Squash: simple and delicious side dish
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Roasted butternut squash is an easy side dish recipe perfect for fall.

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32. Whole Roasted Cauliflower: the low-carb recipe popular among chefs
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Because cauliflower is naturally low-carb and keto-friendly, this recipe is not only easy but healthy too! Recipes for Whole Roasted Cauliflower have become quite popular among chefs and it can be served as both a side or a main dish.

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33. Creamed Corn: the quick, easy recipe everyone will love
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Creamed corn is a quick, easy recipe you can enjoy as side. Ready in less than 15 minutes, this is a great last-minute dish that will save your meal. It's is creamy and tasty, a perfect recipe to enjoy all year long, from weeknight to holiday dinners like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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34. Cauliflower Stuffing: a vegetarian stuffing recipe for a Thanksgiving side dish recipe 
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Stuffing is a staple side dish for Thanksgiving dinner, but not everyone is keen on the heavy, bread-based version that graces so many holiday tables. So what do you do if you need a delicious alternative? Make cauliflower stuffing! This healthy, low-carb vegetarian cauliflower stuffing recipe is ideal for Thanksgiving, even if you're on a keto diet.

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35. Broccoli Bacon Salad: the phenomenal recipe for an easy healthy side dish
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Creamy broccoli salad with bacon is a sensationally tasty dish that everyone will love. This is a brilliant recipe to serve for the broccoli skeptic in your life: the tantalizing combination of savory bacon and red onion combined with a hint of sweet raisins and a mouthwateringly red wine vinegar-mayonnaise dressing make broccoli bacon salad hard to resist. Even the most broccoli-averse folks out there will be converted. It's effortless to prepare, so you can throw this simple salad together if you need a quick, delicious side dish for your table.

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36. Butternut Squash Soup: a cozy vegan soup recipe to warm you when it’s cold
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Make the most of seasonal autumn produce with this phenomenally delicious butternut squash soup. It's an easy-to-make vegan soup with a luscious creamy, velvety texture that's perfect for warming you up during chilly fall and winter evenings.

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37. Pumpkin Bread Rolls: the simple recipe for pumpkin dinner rolls
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It’s pumpkin season! And we’re looking forward to enjoying all things that celebrate the fall season… which means lots of pumpkin recipes. This pumpkin bread roll recipe is one with a difference. Not only does it taste like pumpkin, but it also looks like little pumpkins!

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Thanksgiving Desserts

38. 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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39. 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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40. 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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41. 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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42. 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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43. 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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44. 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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45. 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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