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

Coconut Custard Pie

Rating: 3 stars 321
We skipped the cream on top to let the tropical custard filling be the star.

Cranberry Tartlets

Rating: 3.5 stars 38
Pair leftover pie dough and cranberry sauce for a tasty post-turkey-sandwich dessert.

Old-Fashioned Apple Pie

Rating: 3.5 stars 1495
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.

Pecan Tassies

Rating: 3.5 stars 206
These tart-like cookies feature the flavors and textures of pecan pie -- tender, buttery crust, crunchy pecans, and brown-sugar filling -- all in one bite. Martha made this recipe on Martha Bakes 409.

Florida Citrus Pie

If you love Key-lime pie, try this easy citrus-spiked custard pie—it's our tribute to the Sunshine state. The press-in crust gets baked ahead of time, and the creamy contents are a no-bake, fill-and-chill formula that is perfect for a holiday feast where oven space is at a premium.

Cranberry Bread

Rating: 3 stars 800
Studded with cranberries, this quick bread is adaptable: Try it at breakfast or as an afternoon snack.

Apple-Pie Cake

Rating: 3 stars 1582
A cross between pie and a fruit crisp, this dramatic dessert is made with just six common ingredients.

Maple Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 248
The incomparable flavor of pure maple syrup is reason enough to make this sweet treat; that it is also quick to prepare is an added bonus. Maple syrup is marked and graded by its color, ranging from light to dark -- the darker the color, the more intense the flavor. If you can find grade B, use it here for both the batter and the icing.

Chocolate-Caramel Cookie Bars

Rating: 3.5 stars 353
Deep, dark chocolate, rich caramel, and a sprinkling of fleur de sel atop a shortbread crust make a contemporary combination with timeless appeal. Martha made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 405.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Rating: 3.5 stars 1388
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.

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. 

Black-Bottom Pie

Rating: 4 stars 33
The creamy, bittersweet-chocolate "bottom" of this early-twentieth-century icebox pie rests on a graham cracker crust. The pile of ethereal meringue on top includes a hint of rum.

Inspiration and Ideas

40 Sensational Thanksgiving Pies and Tarts
At Thanksgiving time, dessert is just as important as a perfectly cooked turkey. 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?
Fruit-and-Herb Sorbets

A cold treat this time of year might seem like a curveball, but there are certain fall flavors that are made for sorbet, like concord grapes, rosemary, and cranberries to name a few. Using 100 percent juice rather than cooking fruit is a welcome shortcut, and you don't have to wait for it to cool, so you can get it churning ASAP. Our fruit-plus-herb formula is ripe for riffing. Here, grape and rosemary announce autumn, guava and basil tease the tropics, and cranberry nods to the harvest.