63 Absolutely Incredible Thanksgiving Desserts You Need to Make

Your big feast deserves a finale this good.

thanksgiving desserts
Melanie Dunea/Mike Garten

The turkey may seem like the star, but everybody knows Thanksgiving is all about the sweet stuff. Go all out with these dessert recipes — organized by the time it takes to make 'em — whether you have five minutes or five hours.

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pumpkin spice mousse - thanksgiving desserts
Mike Garten
30 MIN: Pumpkin Spice Mousse

These light-and-creamy desserts pack a lot of fall flavor while staying under 200 calories per serving.

Get the recipe for Pumpkin Spice Mousse »

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apple pie
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30 MIN: The Easiest Apple Pie

This apple pie recipe may be our fastest one yet. Make it in just over half an hour.

Get the recipe for The Easiest Apple Pie »

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gluten-free chocolate ganache tart / thanksgiving desserts
Mike Garten
30 MIN: Gluten-Free Chocolate Ganache Tart

Finally a dessert that can suit every dietary restriction (gluten free, nut-free, and vegan) and doesn't taste like cardboard.

Get the recipe for Gluten-Free Chocolate Ganache Tart »

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pumpkin mousse parfaits
Melanie Dunea
30 MIN: Ina Garten's Pumpkin Mousse Parfaits

Meet Ina's delicious, inventive take on the flavors of a traditional pumpkin pie. We're into it.

Get the recipe for Pumpkin Mousse Parfaits »

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no-bake pumpkin cheesecake mini trifles / thanksgiving desserts
Mike Garten
30 MIN: No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Mini Trifles

You can tell your oven to go off-duty for this sweet treat.

Get the recipe for No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Mini Trifles »

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3-ingredient chocolate mousse
Mike Garten
30 MIN: 3-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

No oven required ... until it's time to roast the turkey.

Get the recipe for 3-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse »

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no-bake cranberry cheesecake / thanksgiving desserts
Mike Garten
30 MIN: No-Bake Cranberry Cheesecake

Because the best kind of dessert is the one you don't even have to turn your oven on for.

Get the recipe for No-Bake Cranberry Cheesecake »

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chocolate dipped pears with almond crunch / thanksgiving desserts
Courtesy of Baker's Royale
30 MIN: Chocolate Dipped Pears with Almond Crunch

So sophisticated. So refined. These fancy little pears are a welcome addition to a table full of pies.

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cranberry chocolate chunk blondies / thanksgiving desserts
Courtesy of The Recipe Rebel
30 MIN: Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Blondies

This is basically a mouthful of chocolatey ganache goodness.

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thick and chewy white chocolate cranberry cookie 
Courtesy of Baker by Nature
30 MIN: Thick and Chewy White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

This white chocolate and cranberry combo is a match made in cookie-heaven.

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sweet potato pie dutch baby / thanksgiving desserts
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest
30 MIN: Sweet Potato Pie Dutch Baby

This one could also double as Turkey Day brunch. Just add everything to a blender, then pour into a skillet and bake.

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gooey pecan pie custard cake / thanksgiving desserts
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest
30 MIN: Gooey Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Custard Cake

There are no words.

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maple-pear tart tatin - thanksgiving desserts
Mike Garten
60 MIN: Maple-Pear Tart Tatin

The combination of fresh pears, maple syrup, and crunchy almonds makes this caramelized dessert stand out from the rest.

Get the recipe for Maple-Pear Tart Tatin »

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berry coconut crumble
Mike Garten
60 MIN: Berry Coconut Crumble

This warm, nutty crumble relies on the natural sweetness in the berries instead of artificial sugars.

Get the recipe for Berry Coconut Crumble »

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pumpkin slab pie / thanksgiving desserts
Mike Garten
60 MIN: Pumpkin Slab Pie

Here's a pie that not only feeds a crowd but has a little somethin' somethin' for both the crust lovers and haters.

Get the recipe for Pumpkin Slab Pie »

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pumpkin spice cupcakes - christmas cupcakes recipe
Mike Garten
60 MIN: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cupcakes are pretty much the perfect party-friendly treat.

Get the recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting »

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Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Cookies - Christmas Food Gifts
Yunhee Kim
60 MIN: Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Chocolatey, gooey and accented with the tart taste of cranberries, we give these cookies our Thanksgiving stamp of approval.

Get the recipe for Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Cookies »

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brown butter pear and cranberry cobbler / thanksgiving desserts
Mike Garten
60 MIN: Brown Butter Pear and Cranberry Cobbler

Apples are nice but give those other fall fruits a chance!

Get the recipe for Brown Butter Pear and Cranberry Cobbler »

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flourless fudge cake
Mike Garten
60 MIN: Flourless Fudge Cake

Just because it's gluten-free doesn't mean that it's not insanely rich in chocolate flavor.

Get the recipe for Flourless Fudge Cake »

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pumpkin creme caramel / thanksgiving desserts
Kate Sears
60 MIN: Pumpkin Crème Caramel

Forgo the usual pie crust and let pumpkin stand on its own. This dessert is proof that it can — and can do it well.

Get the recipe for Pumpkin Crème Caramel »

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cast iron deep dish chocolate pecan tart / thanksgiving desserts
Courtesy of Adventures in Cooking
60 MIN: Cast Iron Deep Dish Chocolate Pecan Tart

Everything is better in a deep dish crust.

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dulce de leche cookies / thanksgiving desserts
Mike Garten
60 MIN: Dulce de Leche Sandwiches

The sweet caramel filling is the perfect contrast to your savory Thanksgiving dinner.

Get the recipe for Dulce de Leche Sandwiches »

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pumpkin pecan bread pudding
Brian Woodcock
60 MIN: Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding

You're going to want to drizzle this homemade bourbon sauce on everything. Bye-bye maple syrup!

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chocolate self saucing pudding / thanksgiving desserts
Courtesy of Wholesome Patisserie
60 MIN: Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding

This year we are thankful that self saucing desserts are even a thing.


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chocolate brownie turkey tart / thanksgiving desserts
Courtesy of The First Year
60 MIN: Chocolate Brownie Turkey Tart

Your kid's table will flip for this adorable M&M's-topped giant brownie, but you might even catch some adults sneaking a few slices...

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rosemary corn cake / thanksgiving desserts
Courtesy of Adventures in Cooking
60 MIN: Rosemary Corn Cake with a Honey and Brown Butter Buttercream

If you like corn bread, you're gonna love corn cake.

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apple tarts with rosemary-lime sugar / thanksgiving desserts
Courtesy of Nerds with Knives
60 MIN: Apple Tarts with Rosemary-Lime Sugar

We've never met a puff pastry dessert we didn't like.

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fudgy chewy pumpkin swirl brownies / thanksgiving desserts
Courtesy of White on Rice Couple
60 MIN: Fudgy Chewy Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

Pie and cake are nice and all, but sometimes you just want a brownie.

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WATCH: How to Make a Homemade Pie Crust

Thanksgiving and pie go hand in hand. Tempted to ditch the frozen stuff and make your own this year? Watch this video to learn how to make a simple but delicious homemade pie crust. But if you really want a shortcut, we would understand if you .

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sparkly apple slab pie - thanksgiving desserts
Mike Garten
90 MIN: Sparkly Apple Slab Pie

Use a sheet pan to turn everyone's favorite pie into one that can feed a whole crowd.

Get the recipe for Sparkly Apple Slab Pie »

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