17 Fresh Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas

Ditch the plain pumpkin pie! This year, turn to a Thanksgiving dessert that's brimming with luscious winter fruits and warm spices, like the cakes, pies, and tarts featured here. We're sure your holiday guests will love digging in to one of these Thanksgiving desserts.

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    Fruit and Almond Country-Style Tart

    Peaches, raspberries, apricots, and almonds are tucked into tender almond pastry with a lattice-top crust. Serve this fruit-filled tart in place of your usual Thanksgiving pie.

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    Brown-Bottom Butterscotch Cashew Cream Pie

    Butterscotch tops a salty-sweet nut crust and a rich layer of deep, dark chocolate to make this creamy Thanksgiving dessert. Add a layer of sweet brown sugar meringue to finish.

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    Cherry Kuchen Bars

    Powdered sugar icing adds sweetness to tender bars filled with tart cherries. Canned cherry pie filling and a simple icing make the prep for this dessert recipe a breeze.

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    Crustless Cheesecake with Cranberry Sauce

    Homemade cranberry sauce tops rich and creamy cheesecake in this five-ingredient dessert. Garnish the Thanksgiving dessert with sugared cranberries and fresh mint.

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    Earl Grey-Maple Gingerbread with Pumpkin Ice Cream

    Rich and creamy pumpkin ice cream makes our ginger-spiced cake even more irresistible. Made with Earl Grey tea and maple flavors baked right in, this Thanksgiving dessert is a delicious combination of favorite fall flavors.

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    Coconut Cream Pie

    Take your coconut cream pie from good to great with our tricks and tips. Our No. 1 secret: Use three types of coconut.

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    Fudge Cream Pie

    Fluffy meringue crowns a creamy layer of chocolate and a crisp chocolate crust made with chocolate wafer cookies. Don't forget to chill before serving -- this pie tastes best cold.

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    Triple-Citrus Pound Cake

    Candied orange slices and a tangy orange glaze top tender pound cake. Use a decorative 10-inch fluted tube pan to make this cake recipe look as impressive as it tastes.

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    Cranberry Cream Tartlets

    Each of these sweet-tart Thanksgiving desserts is topped with delicious vanilla whipped cream and garnished with sugared cranberries.

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    Rustic Blood Orange Tart with Salted Pecan Crust

    Just five ingredients make up this creative tart, which boasts juicy blood oranges and a salted pecan crust. Pure maple syrup sweetens this Thanksgiving dessert.

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    Cherry-Almond Creamy Cheese Pie

    Cherries and toasted almonds top a rich cheesecake-like filling for a combination of mild sweetness and tart fruitiness in every bite of this Thanksgiving dessert recipe.

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    Very-Almond Cheesecake

    Amaretto-laced cheesecake fills a buttery shortbread crust in this Thanksgiving dessert recipe. Top with ground toasted almonds for an easy garnish that adds crunch to every bite.

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    White Chocolate and Almond Pound Cake

    Drizzled with a white chocolate glaze and sprinkled with toasted almonds, this moist cake is a sumptuous treat. The graceful swoops and curves of a fluted tube pan shape it into something simply beautiful.

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    Meringue-Topped Raspberry Cupcakes

    Fluffy meringue and a fresh raspberry top vanilla cupcakes laced with raspberry liqueur. Guests will love the unexpected burst of fruity flavor at their Thanksgiving table.

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    Almond-Mocha Cake

    Coffee-flavor whipped cream is the finishing touch on this two-layer cake -- one mocha, the other almond. Serve it alongside coffee or tea for a delicious after-dinner treat.

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    Grapefruit Tart with Chocolate-Almond Crust

    Fresh slices of orange and grapefruit garnish this artful tart. The homemade chocolate-almond crust is sure to wow any Thanksgiving guest.

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    Lime-Pecan Shortbread Bars

    Sweetened mascarpone cheese and a rich Key lime filling top pecan-studded shortbread for a unique finish to your holiday dinner. This Thanksgiving dessert recipe makes 36 bars -- perfect for feeding a crowd.

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    Great Green Bean Recipes

    Whether you're scooping up a side of green bean casserole or munching on a crisp green bean salad, green beans add classic flavor, color, and nutrients to your meal. Change up your usual green bean routine with some of our fresh green bean recipes -- you won't be disappointed!
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