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Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes They'll Adore

Recipes for Thanksgiving Desserts


Thanksgiving dessert recipes have to achieve a fine line between being traditional (think: pumpkin pie) and being something that will knock your guests' socks off. You want them to be easy to prepare (bonus points if the recipe can be made in advance). But you want to make something a little special, too. If at the end of Thanksgiving dinner, everyone asks you for the recipes for those fabulous desserts, you will know you have hit the mark. Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Recipe
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Real cream is what makes this pumpkin pie so incredible. I recommend heavy cream for an extra rich flavor, but feel free to use light cream (slightly less fat) or half and half. Top with homemade whipped cream.

Pecan Pie Recipe

Pecan Pie Recipe
Stephanie Gallagher

This pecan pie is sweet and crunchy and so simple to make. For a deeper flavor, toast the pecans lightly before folding them into the pie. You won't believe how easy this recipe is.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe

chocolate pecan pie
Stephanie Gallagher

How do you make pecan pie more special? By adding chocolate, of course! This chocolate pecan pie is similar to the popular Kentucky chocolate chip pie. Sweet, nutty and full of chocolatey goodness, this pie is a dessert that will have them talking for weeks!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

pumpkin cheesecake
Stephanie Gallagher

Pumpkin cheesecake is fast becoming one of the most popular desserts for Thanksgiving. But this recipe is special. I use a super simple unique technique for baking the cheesecake that ensures it comes out perfectly smooth and creamy.

Recipe for Apple Pie with Maple Syrup

Apple Pie
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This recipe takes a classic - apple pie - and turns it into something a little unique, with the addition of maple syrup. I like to use aspic cutters (they're like mini cookie cutters) to cut shapes out of the top crust of my apple pie.

Pumpkin Pecan Pie Recipe

Pumpkin Pecan Pie
Stephanie Gallagher

Your family can enjoy two classic Thanksgiving favorites in one delicious pie with this easy pumpkin pecan pie. The sweet nutty topping of this pie pairs beautifully with the pumpkin custard filling.

Rich Chocolate Cake Recipe

Rich Chocolate Cake
Stephanie Gallagher

If the guests at your Thanksgiving dinner are anything like me, they won't think it's dessert unless it's chocolate. And for them, this cake is the only way to go. Easy to make, rich and tender, this chocolate cake is a slam dunk winner.

Pumpkin Tiramisu Recipe

Pumpkin Tiramisu
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This dish sounds fancy, but it is actually super easy to prepare. It's just a matter of layering ladyfingers and sweetened pumpkin and cream cheese fillings. Everyone will be impressed by this dessert, and only you will know how easy it is!

Sweet Potato Pie Ice Cream

Sweet Potato Pie Ice Cream
Stephanie Gallagher

This super simple, no cook recipe (you don't need an ice cream maker) has all the traditional flavors of sweet potato pie in an icy cool treat that will surprise and delight your guests.

Thanksgiving Cupcakes Recipe

Turkey Cupcakes
Stephanie Gallagher
The kids will adore these cute cupcakes. They are fun to make - and a great way to use leftover candy corn from Halloween!

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