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

Double-Coconut Cream Pie

Shredded coconut is folded into a silky coconut-milk custard for the filling of this indulgent pie, then the whole thing is finished with whipped cream and toasted coconut.

Coconut Custard Pie

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

Old-Fashioned Apple Pie

Rating: 3.44 stars
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.

Apple-Pie Cake

Rating: 3.25 stars
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
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.

Cranberry Bread

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

Maple Cake

Rating: 3.35 stars
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.

Flourless Chocolate-Almond Cake

Made with dark chocolate and almond flour, this special occasion-worthy cake is surprisingly light and airy thanks to the addition of egg whites and just happens to be gluten-free. Serve with whipped creme fraiche and a tumble of fresh raspberries.

Double Crust Apple Pie

Rating: 3.45 stars
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.

Citrus-Glazed Pumpkin-Carrot Cake

This dessert combines the texture of grated carrots and the moistness of pumpkin puree into a great cake. Feel free to substitute your favorite cream cheese frosting for the citrus glaze.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Rating: 3.47 stars
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.

Meyer-Lemon and Hazelnut Tart

A gluten-free hazelnut crust is teamed with a no-bake lemon curd filling and a toasted meringue topping in this bright, tangy dessert.

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.

25 Pumpkin Dessert Recipes, Including Everything from Pies to Cheesecake

Farmers' markets packed with sugar pumpkins and grocery-store shelves lined with canned pumpkin purée are telltale signs that autumn is here. We have a host of pumpkin recipes, including classic pies, cakes, cheesecakes, cookies, and puddings.

Black-Bottom Pie

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.