20 Fresh Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas

Along with the traditional pumpkin pie, this year enjoy a cake, pie, tart, or cookie that's brimming with luscious winter fruits and warm spices.

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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.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   50 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
Cool  1 hr 
Grapefruit Tart with Chocolate-Almond Crust

    Fresh slices of orange and grapefruit garnish this artful tart.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Chill  3 hrs 
Bake   12 mins  375°F 
Lime-Pecan Shortbread Bars

    Sweetened mascarpone cheese and a rich Key lime filling top pecan-studded shortbread.

Serving size: 36 bars
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   18 mins  350°F 
Bake   10 mins  325°F 
Triple-Citrus Pound Cake

    Candied orange slices and a tangy orange glaze top tender pound cake.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   40 mins  350°F 
Cool   10 mins + cool completely
Crustless Cheesecake with Cranberry Sauce

    Homemade cranberry sauce tops rich and creamy cheesecake in this 5-ingredient dessert.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake  1 hr 10 mins  275°F 
Cool  1 hr 
Almond-Mocha Cake

    Coffee-flavor whipped cream is the finishing touch on this two-layer cake -- one mocha, the other almond.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   35 mins  350°F 
Cool   30 mins 
Almond Flan with Golden Caramel

    Almond paste gives this traditional Mexican dessert a fresh twist for the holidays.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   50 mins  350°F 
Cool   30 mins 
Earl Grey-Maple Gingerbread with Pumpkin Ice Cream

    Rich and creamy ice cream makes dense ginger-spiced cake even more irresistible.

Makes: 20 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   45 mins  350°F 
Cool   30 mins 
Fudge Cream Pie

    Fluffy meringue crowns a creamy layer of chocolate and a crisp chocolate cookie crust.

Serving size: 8 slices
Prep   45 mins 
Chill  3 hrs  to 6 hrs 
Bake   30 mins  325°F 
Cranberry Cream Tartlets

    Vanilla whipped cream tops this sweet-tart dessert.

Serving size: 8 tartlets
Prep   35 mins 
Bake   10 mins  325°F 
Stand   15 mins 
Lemon Buttercream Sandwich Cookies

    Tender hazelnut cookies are filled with a tangy lemon frosting.

Serving size: about 32 sandwich cookies
Prep   40 mins 
Chill   30 mins  to 1 hr 
Bake   8 mins  350°F per batch
Lime-Coconut Chess Pie

    Tart lime filling adds brightness to this thick and custardy pie.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Chill  3 hrs 
Cool  1 hr 
Rustic Blood Orange Tart with Salted Pecan Crust

    This creative tart is brimming with salty, sweet, and tangy flavors.

Serving size: 8 slices
Prep   35 mins 
Bake   40 mins  375°F 
Meringue-Topped Raspberry Cupcakes

    Fluffy meringue and a fresh raspberry crown vanilla cupcakes laced with raspberry liqueur.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool   5 mins 
Bake   23 mins  to  25 mins  350°F 
Very-Almond Cheesecake

    Amaretto-laced cheesecake fills a buttery crust.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Chill  5 hrs 
Bake  1 hr  350°F 
Fruit and Almond Country-Style Tart

    Peaches, raspberries, apricots, and almonds are tucked into tender almond pastry with a lattice-top crust.

Serving size: 8 slices
Prep   45 mins 
Bake  1 hr  375°F 
Cool   30 mins 
Cherry-Almond Creamy Cheese Pie

    Tart cherries and toasted almonds top a rich cheesecake-like filling.

Serving size: 10 slices
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   10 mins  450°F 
Bake   15 mins  350°F 
Almond Pastry Fingers

    When you slice this flaky pastry, you'll discover a decadent almond-white chocolate filling.

Serving size: 48 cookies
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   20 mins  400°F 
Cool  4 hrs 
Cherry Kuchen Bars

    Powdered sugar icing adds sweetness to tender bars filled with tart cherries.

Serving size: 32 bars
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   42 mins  350°F 
Cool   10 mins 
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.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   50 mins 
Bake   55 mins  to 1 hr  350°F 
Cool   15 mins 

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