Just a Bite: 10 Cute, Mini Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes
Instead baking a classic pumpkin or pecan pie, consider whipping up a mini Thanksgiving dessert this year. Without breaking too much from tradition, you can serve adorable, bite-size treats that speak to the holiday thanks to fall flavors like pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, and apples. From kid-friendly cupcakes to mini pastry cups and tartlets, these Thanksgiving desserts mean that family and friends have the opportunity to try a variety of desserts rather than fill up on one large slice of pie. And if you can't do without the ubiquitous apple pie on Thanksgiving, bake one (or more!) of these fun bites in addition to the main dish. After all, there's no such thing as too much dessert.
Since it's not Thanksgiving without turkey, why not take it one step further and also serve turkey for dessert? Our sweet Puff-Pastry Turkeys are so simple to create—just four easy, store-bought ingredients are needed—and they have such a charming effect. You could also use a variety of candy pieces to create mini turkeys atop chocolate and vanilla cupcakes. It's also a fun activity for kids to help out with too after the main meal.
Don't think there won't be pumpkin at the table. For the cutest Thanksgiving dessert that delivers maximum fall flavor, adorn moist pumpkin cupcakes with a light cream cheese frosting and handcrafted edible marzipan pumpkins, as we did here. Guests who want to taste a little bit of everything will love these Spiced Custard Mini Pies, which are bite-sized versions of pumpkin pie. They're small enough so that you still have room for more sweet treats.
Since food is the center of this holiday, these cute and creative dessert recipes for Thanksgiving are sure to bring a smile to the dinner table.