70 Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes That Will Sweeten Your Holiday Table
We love roast turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, but our favorite part of Thanksgiving is definitely dessert. Whether it's classic pumpkin pie or something more unexpected (mini banoffee cobblers, anyone?), there's no sweeter ending to this fall holiday than a homemade baked treat. Here, 70 Thanksgiving dessert recipes that will satisfy every one of your guests—even the picky ones.
1. Easy Cranberry-Pecan Sandwich Cookies
The homemade filling might sound like a lot of work, but it’s actually quite simple, and gets bonus points for making your home smell like a holiday wonderland.
2. Cinnamon Sheet Cake with Cider Frosting
With a tender, moist crumb and more than enough apple cider frosting to go around, we’d like to start a petition to get this cake on everyone’s Thanksgiving table, every year.
3. Sticky Toffee Honeycomb Cake
We put a spin on the traditional British holiday pudding and turned it into a glorious cake. Honeycomb and butter melt together in the oven to create a caramel-like topping when you flip the cake—hungry yet?
4. Ginger Cherry Pie
Erin McDowell is the queen of all things pie, so you know her ginger cherry number is going to be worth the effort. It even has gingerbread crust pieces worked into the lattice.
5. Apple Tart with Soft-Pretzel Crust
Sure, you could put together a traditional apple pie that would likely taste delicious. Or could go the extra mile and make this pretzel-crusted version, and wait for the oohs and ahhs.
6. Rosé Poached Pears with Ginger and Vanilla
We know you still have a lingering bottle of rosé from last season. Put it to good use with this effortless and chic dessert. It’s almost healthy…right?
7. Pumpkin Spice Pecan Rolls
Don’t save these for breakfast. They taste like pumpkin bread and pecan pie combined.
8. Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies
Pumpkin pie might not be your thing, but have you tried pumpkin cookies? These are stuffed with a cheesecake filling, because why not?
9. Miniature Banoffee Cobblers
You can thank the Brits for this delectable treat, which is like banana pudding on steroids. Gooey caramel, soft whipped cream and crisp graham cracker crumbs—sign us up.
11. Maple Baked Pears
Does it count as dessert if it takes only 35 minutes to make? Absolutely.
12. Brown-Sugar Pear Puff Pastries
Don’t be upset if your guests think you picked these up at the fancy bakery down the street. It’s a compliment.
13. Gluten-Free Apple Rose Tart
A layer of pastry cream hides beneath those pretty apple roses, which are easier to pull off than they look.
14. Pecan Brittle Bark Cookies
We couldn’t possibly pick between pie and cookies, so we’re making these instead.
15. Pecan Pie Scones
Need proof that scones aren’t just a breakfast treat? This dough is basically pie crust.
16. Eggnog Snickerdoodles
Best served with a side of eggnog to dunk them in, of course.
17. Mini Carmel Pecan Pies with Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust
You start with a store-bought, refrigerated pie crust and doctor it up. Trust us: No one will suspect a thing.
18. Chai Pumpkin Cake with Maple Browned Butter Frosting
Our motto at Thanksgiving? Go big or go home, hence this jaw-dropping confection.
21. Skillet Caramel Apple Crisp
But if simple is more your style, you can’t go wrong with a skillet dessert. We hope you saved room after all that turkey.
22. Caramelized Butternut Squash Upside-Down Cake
The caramel coats this cake almost like a glaze, so it doesn’t need any accompaniment…but if you wanted to gild the lily, a drizzle of cold heavy cream just before serving would do.
23. Mini Cranberry Potpies
You get a pie, you get a pie! Everybody gets a pie!
24. Pumpkin Angel Food Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze
Not to brag or anything, but that glaze speaks for itself.
25. Sweet Potato Sugar Cookies with Marshmallow Topping
We’ll take these over casserole any day.
26. Giant Brown-Sugar Snickerdoodle Cookies
Extra brown sugar = crackly, chewy, caramelized bliss.
27. Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies
The whole mason jar deal is so much cuter than the same old pie dish.
28. Creamy Pumpkin Eton Mess
This creamy number stars homemade meringue cookies, but it'll be our little secret if you go with store-bought instead.
29. Apple-Cider Doughnut Holes
Warning: These will disappear in five seconds flat.
30. Spiced Palmiers
Making puff pastry from scratch take a little patience, but the payoff? Totally worth it.
31. Cinnamon Meringue Pie
Fun fact: The sugar-pie custard is thickened with flour instead of eggs, so it's basically impossible for the surface to crack. But you'll be covering it in homemade meringue anyway.
32. Candy Corn Surprise Cake
Psst: We have plans for all that leftover Halloween candy corn in your pantry. The kids' table will be thrilled.
33. Carrot Cake Doughnuts with Cream Cheese Glaze
Just the pairing for post-feast coffee.
34. Roasted Apple Pavlova with Honey Whipped Cream
Not only is it gluten-free, but you and your guests can dig in together with spoons—no plates required.
35. Apple Upside-Down Cake
Apples, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon cake batter. What's the worst that can happen? (Besides you eating the whole darn thing before your guests arrive.)
36. Caramel Coconut Macaroons
Not indulgent enough for you? Dip the bottoms in chocolate.
37. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread
Cinnamon streusel falls somewhere between ankle booties and crunchy leaves on our list of favorite fall things.
38. Fig Tarte Tatin
Can you believe this chic French beauty takes less than an hour to make? Très easy.
39. The World’s Biggest Peanut Butter Cup
It blows the ones your kids collected while trick-or-treating wayyyyy out of the water.
40. Mini No-Bake Gingersnap Icebox Cakes
You so don't need to wait for Christmas to put gingersnaps on the table.
41. Caramel Almond Cake
Because you don't need to fuss with fancy icing to make a bakery-quality dessert. Slivered almonds and sugar have it covered.
42. Giant Cinnamon Roll
You call it Thanksgiving dessert. We call it Black Friday brunch.
43. Cardamom Crème Brûlée
This dessert was all the rage in the '90s. Fragrant, whole cardamom pods give it a modern update.
44. Apple-Cider Pear Spelt Cake
For that one aunt of yours who's always on a new diet. P.S., spelt is a nutrient-rich variety of wheat that offers nutty, wholesome flavor to the cake.
45. No-Bake Mini Mason Jar Spiced Cheesecakes
We love cheesecake. The baking? Not so much. Presenting, no-bake cinnamon cheesecake with red currant jelly and gingersnap crumbles.
46. Snickerdoodle Chocolate-Chunk Bundt Cake
'Tis the season for all things apple, pumpkin and cranberry. But you can never go wrong with chocolate.
47. Maple-Pecan Icebox Cookies
Ready for a hosting hack? Make the dough a few days ahead so you can just slice and bake on Thanksgiving.
48. Sweet Potato Pots de Crème with Toasted Marshmallow
This sweet spud can do way more than side dishes.
49. Caramel-Stuffed Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies
A little dusting of powdered sugar goes a long way in the presentation department.
51. Mini Apple Tarts
Want to know the secret behind these itty-bitty sweets? Baking them in mason jar lids.
52. Cardamom Cream-Filled Bundt Cake
Inspired by the Swedish dessert semlor, this cake is light as clouds and super elegant.
53. Apple Cinnamon Spice Whoopie Pies
There's apple cider in both the cake and spiced buttercream.
54. Cranberry Crumble Pie Bars
Cinnamon bars + cranberry filling + orange icing > whatever you were planning on buying at the grocery store.
55. Maple Bacon Cupcakes
Maple buttercream and candied bacon are just the match for buttermilk-bacon fat cupcakes.
56. Caramel Pumpkin Lava Cake
Instead of oozing molten chocolate, this stunner's full of smooth, luxurious caramel.
58. Pecan Pie Maple Shortbread Bars
Two holiday classics, united in buttery, flaky harmony.
59. Buttermilk Sweet Potato Pie
This chess pie-inspired dish thickened with cornmeal will make you forget all about pumpkin.
60. Pumpkin Bark
Peppered to perfection with dried cranberries, pepitas, and almonds.
61. Spiced Pecan Apple Cider Doughnut Cake
Baking it in an autumnal bundt pan is the ultimate pièce de rèsistance.
62. Apple Cheddar Pie
In case you're wondering why some Americans swear by combining cheese and apple pie.
63. Maple Pecan Blondies
These are vegan, gluten-free and ridiculously soft and chewy, thanks to white beans.
65. Pumpkin Chocolate Tarts with Pepita Crust
And the award for best-dressed fall dessert goes to...
67. Pumpkin Cookie Dough Pops
You should probably cut the kids off at one pop each. Good thing you're one of the grown-ups.
68. Apple Pie Sundaes
Caramelized apples and cinnamon-sugared nuts meet vanilla-coconut ice cream. And it'll only take you 25 minutes to make.
69. One-Bowl Vegan Pumpkin Roll
Aquafaba, banana and pumpkin purée make this classic beyond moist.
70. The Best Vegan Apple Crisp
You'll want to put the pecan-oat topping on every fall dish you ever make.