These Thanksgiving desserts are the most luscious, sumptuous treats for your table! Pick from ideas like pies, brownies, cheesecake, and more.
Hunting for a stunning Thanksgiving dessert for your celebration? The holiday is the best time for pulling out all the stops with fall flavors to impress your guests. Here we’ve put together our top Thanksgiving desserts that will wow everyone!
Along with a few of our favorite recipes from this website, we’re featuring selections from two top baking experts: Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes and Tessa Arias of Handle the Heat. We know you’ll be blown away by the flavors of their no-fail baked recipes. Want to browse by ingredient? Try these top Pumpkin Desserts or Apple Desserts.
Let's start with a unique and irresistible Thanksgiving dessert: Pumpkin Bread Pudding! Imagine, bread cubes baked in a pumpkin-spiced custard until puffed and golden. Drizzle it with a golden bourbon butter sauce and wowza! It's a little bit of heaven. It's a great Thanksgiving alternative to pumpkin pie.
Here’s a Thanksgiving dessert that we like even better than pie: Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting! It’s beautifully thick and moist, scented with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. The best part? A layer of tangy, fluffy cream cheese frosting is its ideal flavor match. It’s so classic and irresistible, you’ll want to make it for every gathering.
These mini pies are more than just the novelty factor: though of course, everything is more fun mini-sized! These pies are half the serving of a normal piece of pumpkin pie, and they’re incredibly tasty. Each bite has the perfect ratio of silky smooth filling to flaky pie crust.
Here's a stunning Thanksgiving dessert: homemade Pumpkin Ice Cream! Scoop up a bowl and it’s lusciously soft and creamy, scented with just the right hit of cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg. Each rich spoonful will make you raise your eyebrows in delight. Take it to the next level and add candied pecans for a sweet, salty crunch.
This really is Grandma’s recipe: we worked with Alex’s mom to adapt her famous fall favorite for your home kitchen. Tender, cozy-spiced apples are baked up in a flaky pasty crust with a spiced brown sugar syrup. The result is a revelation: there’s a reason Grandma is famous for these!
Another favorite Thanksgiving dessert: Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting! The bars are perfectly moist and cakey, with just the right warm-spiced interior from cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. They’re topped off with a lusciously creamy layer of cream cheese frosting that gives a tangy lift to each bite.
This apple cranberry crisp is a stunning Thanksgiving dessert! The tartness of fresh cranberries melds with sweet, comforting crisp apples in a cinnamon-spiced fruit layer. The berries add a zingy flavor and a bright red hue to the fruit, which shines topped with golden buttery crisp crumbles.
Want a lighter option as a Thanksgiving dessert? Try Baked Apples! It’s like a short-cut apple crumble, but lighter, easier and tastier. Stuff the sweet tart fruit with oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and allspice, then bake until sweet and tender. The tart tang of the apple against the spiced crumbles is a bit of a revelation!
Looking for an easy Thanksgiving dessert that will have everyone talking? Try apple pie bars! It’s simple to whip up this handheld treat: the same dough makes a sturdy bottom crust and buttery crumbles of streusel topping! Sandwiched in between the layers is a cinnamon-spiced apple filling, and it’s topped with a sweet maple icing drizzle that tastes a bit like melty vanilla ice cream.
Here’s a fun treat for the season: try pumpkin pudding! The sweet custard is made like a traditional homemade pudding, with added pumpkin puree and cozy spices. To serve, add crushed gingersnaps or graham crackers and top with whipped cream! It’s like pumpkin pie filling in a glass: but a mini version with all the fun and none of the fuss. Here’s how to make it!
Here’s a cozy Thanksgiving dessert that’s calling your name: this easy apple cobbler recipe! The topping is a meld of a biscuit and a sugar cookie, chewy, sweet and baked into golden-brown dollops. It covers a sweetly-spiced apple layer that’s flavored with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and lemon zest for a little pop. Top it with melty vanilla ice cream and there’s really nothing more we want in an apple dessert.
Here’s our ultimate Thanksgiving dessert: Pumpkin Cookies! These sweet morsels are lusciously pillowy and chewy, scented with a burst of fall spices and a hint of molasses. The exterior has a subtle sugar crunch and a drizzle of simple sweet icing. Even better, the soft texture holds up for days.
Who says Thanksgiving desserts are only pie? This apple crisp recipe with oats is absolutely classic, harnessing all that cozy nostalgia of the season. The crumble topping is the ideal texture: crispy but not crunchy, and buttery but not soft. The fruit layer below will make your heart sing: cinnamon, a hint of ginger and allspice set off just a hint of orange and lemon zest. Take it over the top with a drizzle of Bourbon Sauce.
What makes this pie incredible? Let us count the ways. It tastes just like your favorite pumpkin pie, but it's 100% plant based! This vegan pie is so full of pumpkin-spiced sweetness and the flavors are so delightfully elevated, no one will guess it’s not the real thing. A true stunner!
They’re fudgy, chewy, chocolaty, and one of the favorite things to come out of our kitchen to date. Try these Sweet Potato Brownies! These brownies could not be more thrilled by their sweet potato interior. It makes the best chewy texture and loads them with nutrients. Perfect for the holiday!
A good pumpkin bread recipe works as dessert, especially if it's topped with this maple glaze. The scent wafting through your kitchen transports you to an autumn paradise, and the loaf falls just so into deliciously cozy-spiced slices. It’s tender and moist, but not too fluffy or too dense. The best part? It’s simple to whip up: one bowl, no special equipment; just dump and stir!
Thanksgiving desserts call for cozy spices like these chewy molasses ginger cookies! This recipe makes soft and chewy cookies with a sugar-crisp exterior, infused with cozy, bold spices. Each one is fractured into picture-perfect crinkles, and when you sink in your teeth for the first bite, it’s like being enveloped in a warm hug.
Variation: Make an ice cream sandwich with two of these cookies and pumpkin ice cream!
If there's someone we trust when it comes to Southern pies, it's Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes! This Southern Pecan Pie is the best classic pie that you can prepare in no time. Nutty, sweet and oh so buttery, this pie was made to be on your holiday table especially when served a la mode with vanilla ice cream! via Grandbaby Cakes
Another fantastic pie from Jocelyn Delk Adams is this Sweet Potato Pie! It's filled with tender baked sweet potato, indulgent fall flavors and baking spices in a flaky buttery crust. If you vote sweet potato pie vs pumpkin, this is the Thanksgiving dessert you need. Via Grandbaby Cakes
Here's a Thanksgiving dessert that will have everyone talking: try this mashup of s'mores and pumpkin pie! Layers of buttery graham cracker crust encase a spiced pumpkin pie filling, toasted marshmallows, and decadent chocolate ganache. via Grandbaby Cakes
Here's a Thanksgiving dessert that's stunning and decadent: Butter Pecan Cheesecake! It gives you the best of both worlds: pie and cheese cake. A crisp graham cracker crust, salted brown sugar cheesecake filling and buttery pecan pie topping come together to create a unique, flavorful holiday dessert! via Grandbaby Cakes
Here's a fancy Thanksgiving dessert: a French-style upside-down apple tart! This Apple Tarte Tatin starts with slow-cooked, caramelized apples that are baked into a flaky, buttery puff then topped with a spiced Baileys Apple Pie liqueur cream sauce. It's all about fall flavors! via Grandbaby Cakes
Want pecan pie but in bars form? Try these indulgent and gooey pecan pie bars! They've got a buttery shortbread base, toasted pecans, sticky caramel, loads of chocolate and a salt sprinkle. via Grandbaby Cakes
Here's a unique Thanksgiving dessert featuring the flavors of the season: Brown Butter Maple Blondies! These blondies are easy-to-make and absurdly tasty. They're buttery, chewy, packed with maple flavor and made with pantry-staple ingredients. via Grandbaby Cakes
Thanksgiving is the ideal festive occasion for pound cakes! This apple cake has a sticky caramel icing, and it's made with a decadent, buttery cream cheese and topped with sauteed fresh apples. Delightful! via Grandbaby Cakes
Here's a fun Thanksgiving dessert that's a mashup of the traditional pecan pie with an ice cream pie! It’s sweet, creamy, studded with crunchy pecans and swirled with sweet syrup. It's a stunner! via Grandbaby Cakes
Creamy, smooth, rich, and indulgent Pumpkin Cheesecake made with a Biscoff cookie crust and topped with homemade whipped cream. This sumptuous dessert by baking expert Tessa Arias is fall perfection and perfect for any Thanksgiving dessert table! via Handle the Heat
Caramel pecan blondies for Thanksgiving dessert? Yes please! They feature an ultra chewy brown sugar blondie with a hidden layer of rich, gooey, and crunchy caramel pecan filling. Truly stunning! via Handle the Heat
Here's a unique Thanksgiving dessert that will have everyone coming back for more: Sweet Potato Pie Bars! They've got a thick graham cracker crust, fresh sweet potato filling, and tall toasted homemade marshmallow topping. via Handle the Heat
Looking for a traditional Thanksgiving dessert? Try an Apple Galette! The rustic crust makes it much easier than apple pie. It's got a buttery, flaky tart crust and a perfectly spiced apple filling. via Handle the Heat
Here's a fun, unique Thanksgiving dessert: creme brulee pumpkin bars! They're a fun twist on the traditional pumpkin pie with a graham cracker crust, chocolate layer, and creamy, spiced cheesecake filling, all topped with a crunchy caramelized sugar topping.
Are pecans your jam? Try this butter pecan sheet cake! It's moist and fluffy, studded with butter pecans, and topped with a luscious brown sugar glaze. It's easy to whip up with no mixer required! via Handle the Heat
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter or grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
Cut or tear the bread into 1-inch squares. Place it in the baking dish and place in the preheating oven for 5 to 10 minutes until lightly dried but not browned.
Meanwhile, whisk the eggs. Then whisk in the milk, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Pour it over the bread in the pan and mix it with your hands until fully coated.
Place in the oven and bake 45 to 50 minutes, until it is puffed and golden and you can no longer see standing liquid. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. Make ahead: This recipe is great made ahead: make it day of and allow to sit at room temperature until serving, or make it 1 day in advance and refrigerate. If you’d like, you can crisp up the top by reheating it in a 350 degree oven until warmed.
Make the bourbon sauce: Prior to serving, in a small saucepan, whisk together all bourbon sauce ingredients over medium heat. When it starts to simmer, simmer lightly bubbling for 3 minutes, maintaining the heat at medium to medium low so that it doesn’t bubble heavily. Once it turns golden brown at about 3 minutes, taste and make sure the flavor is caramelly with a hint of bourbon (the bite of the bourbon should be cooked out). Remove from the heat and strain it into a pitcher. Makes ¾ cup; make up to 3 days in advance, refrigerate, and warm over medium heat before serving.