This year, rather than serving up last-minute Gelson?s pie with a tight smile, we?re asking guests to pick up delicious and novel desserts we?ve ordered ahead. (Ordering and pickup guidelines below; most shops are closed on Thanksgiving Day.)
Pumpkin Nuage Lady M Confections gives regular ol? cheesecake a fall twist with pumpkin nuage, a French ?cloud cake? spiced with cinnamon, featuring a graham cracker crust. Order 48 hours in advance for pickup; open Wednesday, 12 to 7 p.m.
Pumpkin Crème Caramel Uncle Charlie can never hog the sweets again. Single-serve Crème Caramel desserts mean each guest has her own mouthwatering French custard drizzled with salted caramel. Order by November 24 for pick up November 27; open Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cinnamon Cakeball with Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Kids love cute Plops Cakeballs, as do calorie-averse diners, since they?re only two bites big. Order 48 hours in advance; open Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Pumpkin Spice Croughnuts Hollywood?s Kettle Glazed has imported the NYC craze of croissant-doughnut hybrids to L.A.; there?s a rumored cranberry version among seasonal flavors for the trendy holiday table. Order 24 hours in advance; open Wednesday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Pumpkin Cupcakes Pre-order pumpkin cupcakes with dried cranberries and cream-cheese frosting so the usual line at popular Beverly Boulevard bakery Milk can't beat you to them. Order 48 hours in advance; open Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.