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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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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      Luscious Pumpkin Desserts

      There's no doubt about it: Pumpkin is the quintessential fall flavor, and we especially love it in desserts. With classic pumpkin recipes like pumpkin pie and new favorites like pumpkin bread pudding and pumpkin cupcakes, our collection of pumpkin dessert recipes will have you prepared for any fall gathering.
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