Unexpected Thanksgiving Desserts Your Entire Family Will Love
As much as we love classic classic apple or pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, sometimes it's nice to mix things up a bit. These unexpected Thanksgiving desserts are just what you need to round out the dessert table on this important holiday. Here are out-of-the-ordinary choices including delectable cakes, bread puddings, cheesecakes, and more.
For the most unpie-like pie option out there, consider this fabulous Cinnamon-Swirl Apple Slab Pie. It has all the flavors of fall your family loves and expects (including apple and cinnamon) but in a fresh, new way. Other apple-centric desserts your family will gobble up? Try an all-American pandowdy with a buttery apple filling or serve caramelized apple cider sundaes for a decadent end to the meal.
Pumpkin is another ingredient that lends itself to a host of desserts beyond the usual pie. Use the same essential ingredient—canned pure pumpkin purée—in a tall pumpkin layer cake, an easy-to-make pumpkin spice latte cake (no frosting needed!), or a decadent jelly roll, our pumpkin roulade with mascarpone and white chocolate. Our fan-favorite pumpkin bread pudding is also sure to please.
Do you think chocolate is what your Thanksgiving dinner has been missing? Then bake a decadent chocolate layer cake or serve a tart with chunks of chocolate in the crust (another unexpected touch, this tart is not the usual round, it’s rectangular). But if something more seasonal seems to be in order, you can't beat our cranberry swirl cheesecake. Made with cranberry sauce (either homemade or store-bought), guests will love the clever use of an essential Thanksgiving side dish—that is if they aren’t too busy eating it to even consider that! A palate-cleansing cranberry-port sorbet is a decidedly lighter option that still feels special.
Whichever you chose, we're sure that the usual pecan pie will sound totally boring next to any of these out-of-the-ordinary Thanksgiving desserts.
Three-Tier Candied-Pecan Cake with Brown-Butter Pears
Pear Cranberry Slab Pie
Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust
Pumpkin Layer Cake
Salted-Caramel Six-Layer Chocolate Cake
Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Dulce de Leche
Pear and Apple Phyllo Crisp
Sweet Potato Souffle Pie
Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake
Pumpkin Roulade with Mascarpone and White Chocolate
While rolled cakes are most often associated with Christmas, and the classic holiday Buche de Noel, once you taste this luscious pumpkin roulade you'll want for Thanksgiving and all through the fall. Lightly whipped mascarpone cheese and white chocolate provides the perfect filling.
Chocolate-Maple Pecan Tart
Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake
Apple Sundaes with Caramel Cider Sauce
Ice cream sundaes might not be the first thing that comes to mind for Thanksgiving dessert, but with caramelized apples and a cream- and cider-based sauce, they totally make sense.