Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Pies, tarts, cakes, and cookie -- any of these easy to make recipes will be a perfect addition o your Thanksgiving dinner. Apples, cinnamon, cloves, and, of course, pumpkin are the stars of our pumpkin spice cupcakes, classic pumpkin pies, pecan pies, traditional apple pies, or creative sweet potato pies. We also have a ton of make-ahead desserts.

Staff Picks

Apple-Pie Cake

Rating: 3.25 stars
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A cross between pie and a fruit crisp, this dramatic dessert is made with just six common ingredients.

Apple-Walnut Bundt Cake

Rating: 3.93 stars
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There is fall flavor in every bite of this seasonal bundt. An apple-cider glaze and caramelized apples in the batter set this spice cake apart.

Ruffled Pumpkin Milk Pie

This ode to a classic Greek galatopita, or milk pie, will knock the socks off your friends who order pumpkin-spice everything. It's also the ideal project to start with if you're new to baking with phyllo: you simply brush sheets of it with clarified butter, scrunch them into accordion-like shapes, and arrange them in a spiral in the pan. This recipe comes from Martha Stewart's Fruit Desserts: 100+ Ways to Savor the Best of Every Season ($24.49, amazon.com).

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Rating: 3.47 stars
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We took the pumpkin out of the pie and baked it into a rich and creamy cheesecake; it's an especially memorable ending to a holiday meal.

Apple Pie

Rating: 3.62 stars
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Baking a pie from scratch takes a little patience, but watching your friends and family enjoy the results makes it all worthwhile.

Pumpkin Bars

In between bars and a crowd-friendly sheet cake is this autumnal dessert. Moist and tender pumpkin spice cake is lavished with cream cheese frosting for bars that are simply irresistible. 

Coconut Custard Pie

Rating: 3.11 stars
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We skipped the cream on top to let the tropical custard filling be the star.

Old-Fashioned Apple Pie

Rating: 3.44 stars
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The words "apple pie" conjure warmth, aroma, taste, and togetherness. This apple pie recipe is filled with Granny Smith apples and is tucked into a buttery pie crust. To make this apple pie recipe even sweeter, serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream-Cheese Filling

Rating: 3.72 stars
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Tender pumpkin-spiced cookies are filled with tangy cream cheese frosting for a delightful autumnal dessert. Kids and adults alike will love this recipe, which comes from Matt Lewis' Baked: New Frontiers in Baking.

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Canned pumpkin purée is quick and easy to use. Don't substitute fresh pumpkin purée in this pie; it will be too watery.

Double Crust Apple Pie

Rating: 3.45 stars
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Like a lot of filling to pastry in your apple pie? Try this fall recipe that's filled with three pounds of apples. We like to use an assortment of different varieties such as Granny Smith, Rome, Fuji, and Jonagold.

Cranberry Bread

Rating: 3.2 stars
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Studded with cranberries, this quick bread is adaptable: Try it at breakfast or as an afternoon snack.
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Inspiration and Ideas

40 Sensational Thanksgiving Pies and Tarts
At Thanksgiving time, dessert is just as important as the turkey perfectly cooked with the help of our downloadable, no-fail guide. Bake these American classics, old and new, for the holiday table.
Unexpected Thanksgiving Desserts Your Entire Family Will Love
Pie is far from your only Thanksgiving dessert option! While there's no denying the seasonal popularity of pumpkin pie, why not surprise your guests with something out of the ordinary on the dessert table instead?

Brown-Butter Bourbon Pecan Pie

In this classic with a twist, the complex flavors of brown butter and bourbon breathe new life into sweet and nutty pecan pie. Traditionalists and modernists alike will appreciate the enhancement of familiar flavors, especially when finished off with a dollop of whipped cream.