It’s Not Thanksgiving Without Dessert

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What’s your favorite part of Thanksgiving? Is it time spent with family or friends? Or, be honest, is it all of the delicious food? If you said, “The food,” – you are not alone. Thanksgiving is definitely a food-centric holiday. In fact, it may be the most food-centric holiday celebrated in the United States!

If you go the traditional route, you probably have turkey and stuffing and all sorts of sides. You may have some family favorites that get added to the menu that pay homage to your family’s culture and heritage. And of course, there’s got to be dessert.

If you’re in charge of dessert for Thanksgiving this year, here are a few recipes that are sure to tempt those taste buds. 

  • Perfect Pumpkin Pie: This is a Thanksgiving classic! You’ll love all of the spices in this recipe, and when you serve it with a dollop of whipped cream – it’s just about perfect!
  • Classic Apple Crumb Pie: Fall means apples, and while a traditional apple pie is good, this Classic Apple Crumb Pie is a winner. The crumb topping is sweet and crunchy, and the apples have all that cinnamon goodness you expect in an apple pie. A big scoop of vanilla ice cream is a great accompaniment.
  • Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie: If you’ve never tried making a pecan pie before, you’ve got to do it! This pecan pie has a hint of orange zest that really makes the flavors pop. And it can be served with whipped cream or ice cream – the choice is yours!
  • Brown Sugar Sweet Potato Pie: This Southern favorite makes a great addition to the dessert table. The spices, brown sugar, and sweet potatoes are a great combination – and it can be made ahead of time. That means it’s not taking up precious oven space on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Caramel Apple Cheesecake: Not everyone likes pie. (Hard to believe, right?) And if that’s the case in your house, why not try this cheesecake? With apples, cinnamon, and caramel, it has all of the fall flavors you love, but on top of a rich and creamy cheesecake. 
  • Pumpkin Roll: This Pumpkin Roll is another great alternative to pie for Thanksgiving. It’s comprised of pumpkin cake and a decadent cream cheese filling – and it looks and tastes fantastic!
  • Apple Crisp: Apple Crisp is a fall comfort food, and this recipe is both delicious and easy. Once you pull the turkey from the oven, put this in so you can serve it warm with a scoop of ice cream.
  • Rice Pudding: Rice Pudding is another classic Southern dessert, and it’s fantastic for Thanksgiving as it can be served warm (if you have enough oven space) or cold (if there’s just no more room). And if raisins aren’t your thing – just leave them out.
  • Pumpkin Bread Pudding: Pumpkin Bread Pudding is rich and creamy, and this recipe from King Arthur Flour is just downright delicious!
  • Turkey Cake: How about a dessert that can also act as a centerpiece? Then this Turkey Cake fits the bill. It’s both cute and tasty – and if you’ve got kids at your Thanksgiving meal, they’re going to love this!
  • Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles: Are you a pumpkin spice fan, but also love chocolate? Then these Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles are for you! With only a few ingredients, you can make a batch of these for everyone to try.
  • Pecan Pie Brownies: This is another dessert that combines two delicious things – pecan pie and brownies! If you’re short on time, use your favorite boxed brownie mix to make this recipe.

This year, why not try making a new dessert for Thanksgiving? You could soon find that one of these recipes becomes a family favorite.

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