Thanksgiving is approaching, and tasty desserts are one of the best parts of the holiday! Turkey and stuffing are fine, but I always save room for dessert!
For me one of the hardest part of planning Thanksgiving dinner is picking out what desserts to make. My family has traditional favorites they love, 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. I’ve also included one of my family’s favorite recipes, an easy apple galette, at the end of the post.
Fabulous Thanksgiving Desserts
Thanksgiving Pies and Tarts
Pies and cobblers seem like the most traditional Thanksgiving dessert. Apple pie, pumpkin pie and pecan pie are old standbys, but here are some ideas for more unique pies too.
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 Thanksgiving dessert.
Pies don't have to just be fruit! This chocolate pie has 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 the pie for a spectacular dessert.
When a pie seems like too much effort make a rustic blueberry galette instead. Fresh juicy blueberries are baked in a crisp and flaky crust for an open faced dessert that tastes delicious, looks impressive and can be made in less than 30 minutes.
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.
We always have some kind of apple dessert at Thanksgiving, and this apple cream pie is super easy and delicious. Covered in cinnamon sugar and some heavy cream, it's a great twist on traditional apple pie.
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 pecan pie.
For me cheesecakes a very indulgent dessert! 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 and Instant Pot cheesecake to no bake desserts.
A creamy vanilla cheesecake is studded with Oreos for amazing cookies and cream flavor. This cheesecake is baked in the Instant Pot, which means your oven if free for Thanksgiving favorites like turkey and stuffing.
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 and it will look amazing on the holiday table! 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 is another traditional American favorite flavor for Thanksgiving. This cheesecake has a spiced crust, an orange-infused filling, and sugared cranberries as a topping. It is gorgeous and delicious!
When you have friends and family with dietary restrictions of course you want to make them feel welcome at Thanksgiving. 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 trifle is a combination of a cheesecake and cake, with tasty layers of each alternating in a decorative jar. A pumpkin cheesecake filling combines with angel food cake and cream for a simple make ahead Thanksgiving dessert.
Cakes and More
Cakes can be an under used dessert on Thanksgiving. When you want to a make ahead dessert that is easy to transport cakes are a fabulous choice! These desserts are quick and easy to make, while still incorporating holiday flavors like pumpkin and fruit.
To make this dump cake there is no need for skill in baking or cake decorating. Just mix everything together and enjoy it with some whipped cream or ice cream. Seasonal flavors like pumpkin and pecans make this an easy choice for Thanksgiving.
When you want a simple dessert this peach cobbler is quick and easy to make. Fresh or frozen peaches are combined with a biscuit topping for a dessert that everyone will love. Serve it warm with vanilla ice cream melting on top!
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.