Thanksgiving is coming up soon, and tasty desserts are one of the best parts of the holiday! For me one of the hardest part of planning Thanksgiving dinner is picking out what desserts to make. My family has traditional favorites they enjoy, like pumpkin pie or blueberry cheesecake, but it is also a great time to try something new and different.
Keeping it relatively simple is key! The last thing you want during the holidays is extra stress because the most important part of the holiday is spending time with your family and friends, not spending all day in the kitchen. So pick a few traditional desserts, something new and fun and then relax and enjoy the holiday.
Any of these fabulous Thanksgiving desserts would be a perfect ending to a traditional Thanksgiving meal, whether you are looking for something traditional or something unique and different.
Pies are the traditional Thanksgiving dessert. Apple pie, pumpkin pie and pecan pie are old standbys, but here are some ideas for more unique pies too.
An Oreo cookie crust topped with a layer of chocolate mousse and a layer of cookies and cream. Cute little Oreo cookies decorate the edges of this elegant no bake pie.
This traditional pie recipe from upstate New York consists of a flaky pie crust filled with lots and lots of Concord grapes. With only four ingredients this grape pie recipe is not difficult to make and is a unique holiday dessert with amazing grape flavor.
This lemon pie has the perfect level of lemon tartness combined with the perfect level of creaminess. Sweet and tart it is the perfect end to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
It doesn't get much more traditional than pumpkin pie! Delicious pumpkin filling is surrounded by a buttery flaky crust and baked until warm and golden. Topped off with whipped cream or ice cream it is the perfect Thanksgiving dessert.
Apple pie is my husband's favorite and a must for our Thanksgiving! This Apple Cream Pie is a super easy and very delicious apple pie. Covered in cinnamon sugar and some heavy cream, it's sure to be a big hit.
Pecan pie is another traditional holiday favorite and this pie is made with maple syrup instead of corn syrup. Dried cherries and rum are added to the pie for a delicious twist on the traditional pie.
For me cheesecakes are the ultimate indulgent desserts. I love cheesecake, but they are too rich and calorie laden to make very often. But Thanksgiving is the ultimate forget about calorie counting holiday.
A rich cheesecake is a great way to celebrate family and friends. These cheesecakes range from traditional to Instant Pot baked desserts.
This traditional creamy cheesecake recipe is topped off with a fresh fruit topping. Blueberries are cooked and thickened slightly to make this cheesecake extra tasty and holiday ready.
This recipe is all maple all the time! The crust is made from maple cookies and maple syrup sweetens the cheesecake filling. The baked cheesecake is then drizzled with more maple syrup for a decadent holiday dessert.
This is such a pretty dessert! A simple cheesecake crust is made from chocolate animal crackers and topped with cheesecake. Then raspberry puree is piped onto the top in simple heart shapes for a gorgeous and tasty cheesecake.
While chocolate isn't a traditional Thanksgiving flavor it never fails to please. This chocolate cheesecake has a chocolate oreo crust, a rich chocolate cheesecake filling, and a milk chocolate ganache topping and is topped off with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Amazing!
Cranberry Cheesecake is a classic American favorite that is perfect for Thanksgiving! It has a spiced crust, an orange-infused filling, and sugared cranberries as a topping.
Indulge in this gluten free Pumpkin Cheesecake, with it’s velvety texture, warming spices, and nutty pecan crust, pecan crust. Topped with Dulce de Leche it is an amazing gluten free dessert.
This Instant Pot Red Velvet Cheesecake is festive and tasty. The chocolate cookie crust is topped off with red velvet filling and topped off with a cream cheese frosting and chocolate candies.
Other Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas
Sometimes you want something less traditional to serve on Thanksgiving. These desserts are quick and easy to make, while still incorporating holiday flavors like pumpkin and cranberries.
If you don't want to fuss around with making a pie a rustic blueberry galette an easy alternative. Fresh juicy blueberries are baked in a crisp and flaky crust for an open faced dessert that tastes delicious, looks impressive and can be whipped up and baked in less than 30 minutes.
Pumpkin Roll filled with cream cheese is a traditional holiday recipe, and it is even better when you add chocolate chips to make it more tasty. Chocolate and pumpkin are a heavenly combination.
This is called a "salad" but who are we kidding - this is definitely a dessert! Cranberry sauce, cream cheese, whipped topping, sugared pecans and pretzels are mixed together for a delicious creamy and crunchy Thanksgiving treat.
Bread pudding sounds simple, but this bread pudding made with Challah bread, sugar, eggs, milk and dried fruit is decadent. To make it even better it is topped off with vanilla caramel sauce.
These flaky and golden Puff Pastry tarts are easy to make. Puff Pastry is topped off with cranberry sauce and apples for a perfect individually sized fall dessert.
These mini apple rose puffed pastries are perfect for the holidays. They look elegant and difficult to make, but with this easy step by step tutorial you can make them in no time and amaze your holiday guests.
This no bake tiramisu trifle is a quick and easy take on a classic tiramisu recipe. Angel food cake is soaked with coffee and rum, topped with a creamy Mascarpone layer and whipped topping. A quick and easy Thanksgiving dessert that everyone will enjoy.
What are your Thanksgiving plans this year?