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Thanksgiving is usually all about thinking big: 20-pound turkeys, a giant tub of mashed potatoes and casseroles for days. But when it comes to sweets, we want to make an argument for going small this year. Mini desserts mean no fighting with your sister over the last slice of anything. They mean getting to have pecan and apple and pumpkin pie. They’re a hit with the kids. Oh, and also, they’re adorable. Here are 21 of our favorites.
No need for fancy pie plates—these bake up right in a muffin tin.
Where's our gingham tablecloth?
Not on Team Pie? Give these a whirl.
Adorable and nostalgic.
Your whole house will smell like autumn.
Serve with a cappuccino to counteract all that tryptophan.
We’re powerless against anything involving chocolate and peanut butter.
A relatively guilt-free choice (Greek yogurt replaces half the cream cheese) that's perfect after a big meal.
Paired with marshmallow frosting, of course.
Use the ring from a mason jar to punch out perfect little circles of dough.
The best possible way to use up leftover Girl Scout cookies. (Or the best excuse to order extra?)
Bonus: These are vegan, and easily made gluten-free.
Because your oven is already working overtime.
We’re pretty sure there’s nothing cuter than the word “cakelet.”
Homemade doughnuts usually sound intimidating, but this recipe requires no special equipment or deep-frying.
Three of our favorite desserts, all rolled into one.
Three layers of deliciousness.
Make these with dried cranberries for some extra Thanksgiving flavor.
Perfect as a last-minute addition to your dessert spread.
Our favorite farmer’s market treat, but bite-size.
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