17 Easy Thanksgiving Desserts for Stressed-Out Hosts

When you’re juggling multiple side dishes, appetizers and an entire bird, it’s easy to freak out over your Thanksgiving feast. But you know what they say: Come for the turkey, stay for the dessert (no?), which is why we’ve rounded up 17 easy, effortless Thanksgiving dessert recipes to calm your hosting nerves.

21 Mini Thanksgiving Desserts That Are (Almost) Too Cute to Eat

Easy Cranberry-pecan Sandwich Cookies

Psst: Use store-bought jam to make them even easier.

Cinnamon Sheet Cake With Cider Frosting

Only 20 minutes of prep (and a whole lot of frosting).

Mini Caramel Pecan Pies With Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust

Did we mention they’re ready in under an hour?

Sticky Toffee Honeycomb Cake

It’s simple to make and looks really darn impressive, thanks to the whipped cream topping.

No-bake Mini Mason Jar Spiced Cheesecakes

Because you’ve only got one oven, and the turkey needs it.

Pumpkin Spice Icebox Cake

This cake practically makes itself.

Maple-baked Pears

Easy, elegant and practically healthy.

Cranberry Apple Danish

Reason number 362 why we love premade puff pastry.

Pumpkin Pie With Cinnamon Roll Crust

No one will know how easy this is to assemble.

Mini No-bake Gingersnap Icebox Cakes

The secret to a stress-free dessert? Store-bought everything.

Rosé Poached Pears With Ginger And Vanilla

We never knew we were fruit-for-dessert people…until now.

Skillet Caramel Apple Crisp

No crust, no problem.

Cardamom Cognac Apple Cake

Rustic desserts are the best kind.

Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies

They’re actually a cinch to make. (We promise.)

Easy Pumpkin Pie Bars

The graham cracker crust really saves on time.

Almost No-bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse Pie

Who needs pumpkin pie anyway?

Sunken German Apple Cake

You can make it up to two days ahead. *kisses fingers like a chef*


Senior Food Editor

Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...