14 of Our Easiest Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes
When it comes to baking for Thanksgiving, it's all about serving delicious desserts without losing sleep over whether or not you'll be able to nail a complex custard or the perfect pastry. These Thanksgiving dessert recipes are easy to make but still offer the tried-and-true flavor of holiday classics, like a sweet, gooey pecan pie or a juicy apple pie. The majority of these easy Thanksgiving dessert recipes are made completely from scratch, but we've chosen simple methods that anyone can manage. Consider baking any of these delightful easy dessert recipes for Thanksgiving.
Since this holiday is associated with so many iconic desserts, we have easy versions of those much-loved classics. Our Easy Pumpkin Pie streamlines the process required for making the custard filling, but it's just as creamy and delicious as ever. If making an intricate lattice pie crust topping isn't really your thing, try our recipe for Apple Crumble Pie. The bottom crust is made from homemade pie dough and a delicious brown sugar crumble tops it all off. It's the perfect marriage of two all-American desserts—an apple pie and an apple crumble.
If you're hoping to get kids involved in the baking process, we have recipes for that, too. These Pumpkin-Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwiches are so easy—just sandwich a scoop of pumpkin ice cream between store-bought gingerbread cookies and freeze until someone says "time for dessert!"
We also have a few simple, unconventional Thanksgiving desserts that are guaranteed to delight your guests. Yes, they are pie, but one is made with a rich milk chocolate pudding filling and the other comes in the form of Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars. They may not contain pumpkin or apple, but we promise that they'll be welcomed at the table (who could resist?).
Ahead, you'll meet our favorite and easiest Thanksgiving dessert recipes.
Pumpkin Icebox Pie
This dessert is easy as pie and is guaranteed to disappear in a flash! It looks impressive but has a simple, press-in graham cracker crust. Just fill the crust with a super-easy custard made from pumpkin purée, cream cheese, evaporated milk, gelatin, and spices, bake, and serve.
Apple and Cranberry Pandowdy
Want an easy dessert that will impress family and friends? Try your hand at a pandowdy, a spiced apple dessert that became popular in the 1800s. Toss together apples, cranberries, brown sugar, lemon juice, flour, and salt in a bowl. Then transfer to a baking dish, top with irregularly shaped pieces of pie crust, and bake.
Easy Pumpkin Pie
Thanksgiving is pumpkin pie's time to shine, so why not make an absolutely delicious, super simple version of the classic? The sweet, pumpkin pie-spiced filling can be made in one bowl, then transferred to a blind-baked pie crust. Serve the finished dessert with a homemade maple whipped cream because it's Thanksgiving…indulge a little!
Rustic Apple Tart
Apple Pie Bread Pudding
Apple Sundaes with Cider Caramel Sauce
Milk Chocolate Pudding Pie
This timeless, chocolate cream pie is sure to be a winner no matter the time of year. The crust is pure genius—it's the same concept as a graham cracker crust but made with vanilla wafer cookies instead. Now that's what we're talking about!
Apple Crumble Pie
Citrus-Glazed Pumpkin-Carrot Cake
Here's a riff on a classic carrot cake that's finished with a light citrus glaze. The method is simple—whisk together all of the dry ingredients, then slowly fold in the wet pumpkin mixture and add in carrots and walnuts. Pour into a cake pan and bake for an unexpected, autumnal bite.
Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
Enjoy this take on fall's most beloved coffee drink. If baking a pumpkin pie seems like too much work, make this simple, one-bowl cake instead. Top it off with soft whipped cream and a dusting of espresso powder for a picture-perfect finish that resembles the real deal.
Easy Pumpkin-Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwiches
These adorable, make-shift turkey cupcakes are the perfect dessert for the kids' Thanksgiving table. For a DIY approach, lay out all of the toppings such as coconut marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles, mini gummy fish, and toasted coconut so that they can create their very own edible sweet turkey.