15 Decadent Chocolate Thanksgiving Desserts to Add to Your Spread

Try something new for dessert this year.

chocolate bundt cake topped with ganache and peppermint bark
Photo: Carson Downing

A slice of chocolate cake or fudgy brownie might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Thanksgiving desserts but these indulgent chocolate dessert recipes deserve a spot on your menu. Our best chocolate Thanksgiving desserts are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Read on for crowd-pleasers like chocolate pie, jumbo chocolate chip cookies, and pumpkin chocolate truffles.

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Chocolate Chess Pie

chocolate chess pie

Kelsey Hansen

This easy chocolate Thanksgiving dessert tastes like brownie batter baked in a flaky pie crust. Top the baked pie with piles of homemade chocolate whipped cream and chopped chocolate.

Test Kitchen Tip: Bake this pie the day before you plan to serve as it's best once it has chilled overnight.

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Fudgy Stout Brownies

overhead view of Fudgy Stout Brownies on black background
Blaine Moats

We haven't met many people that will turn down a rich, fudgy brownie and holiday time is no exception. Adding dark beer to the batter of this chocolate dessert for Thanksgiving results in a subtle malty flavor and extra-moist brownie.

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Chocolate Bread Pudding Casserole

Chocolate Bread Pudding Casserole
Andy Lyons

If you're making homemade stuffing, put that leftover bread to good use with this chocolate bread pudding recipe. As one BHG home cook raves, "Just made this for my Irish husband and father in law. They said to put this recipe on the keeper list. I followed the instructions exactly and used Ghirardelli 60 percent cocoa and Kerrygold butter and the crunchy bread it is to die for!"

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Double-Chocolate Muffins

double chocolate muffins
Blaine Moats

Start your holiday with something sweet. These moist chocolate muffins call for just 15 minutes of prep time. Bake a batch the night before guests arrive and Thanksgiving breakfast is ready when you are!

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Triple Chocolate Cream Pie Bars

sheet pan of Triple Chocolate Cream Pie Bars
Jason Donnelly

These creamy bars feature layer upon layer of rich chocolate flavor. Crushed chocolate cookies form the base while a creamy bittersweet chocolate filling adds decadent flavor. Finish the dessert with more grated chocolate and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

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Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Bundt Cake

Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Bundt Cake
Carson Downing

This chocolate Thanksgiving dessert is a total showstopper. The cocoa-flavored chocolate cake is topped with a fluffy marshmallow meringue. As one reviewer shared, "I was a little nervous about trying the meringue, as I've never made one before, but it came out beautifully! Time to invest in a fancier Bundt pan!"

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Gluten Free Glazed Chocolate Cake

Gluten Free Glazed Chocolate Cake
Karla Conrad

Gluten-free chocolate Thanksgiving desserts don't have to be complicated to make! This easy cake recipe starts with cocoa powder and brown rice flour. Top the finished cake with a homemade sour cream glaze. When making the dessert, be sure to use gluten-free vanilla extract.

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No-Added-Sugar Rich Chocolate Cake

No-Added-Sugar Rich Chocolate Cake on white cake stand topped with cream and chocolate curls
Brie Passano

If you're looking for a healthy (but still totally indulgent) Thanksgiving dessert, this is the cake recipe for you. The rich chocolate batter is sweetened with applesauce and prunes. Top the baked cake with sugar-free vanilla ice cream and homemade raspberry sauce.

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Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake Brownies

Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake Brownies
Jason Donnelly

This brownie-cheesecake mashup will make you forget all about pie for Thanksgiving. Swirl chocolate hazelnut batter with cream cheese and bake until fudgy. We love the added crunch of toasted hazelnuts on top.

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Dark Cocoa Buttermilk Cake with Cocoa Mascarpone Frosting

dark cocoa buttermilk cake with cocoa mascarpone frosting

The key to a moist chocolate cake? Adding plenty of buttermilk to the batter. Here we've topped a crowd-ready sheet cake with swirls of homemade mascarpone chocolate frosting. Look for mascarpone cheese in the specialty cheese case of your grocery store.

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Chocolate-Walnut Bread Pudding with Coffee-Kahlua Cream Sauce

Chocolate-Walnut Bread Pudding with Coffee-Kahlua Cream Sauce

It's the coffee cream sauce that takes this chocolate Thanksgiving dessert totally over the top. We tossed toasted walnuts into the filling for added crunch and flavor.

Test Kitchen Tip: When making (or buying!) dried bread cubes for your stuffing, double up and make them for this recipe as well.

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Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cakes

Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cakes

There's something about a molten chocolate cake that just screams special occasion. These gooey chocolate pudding cakes are great on their own but we like to serve them with coffee or vanilla ice cream, fresh strawberries, and a final dusting of cocoa powder.

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Triple-Chocolate Cake with Peppermint Ganache

chocolate bundt cake topped with ganache and peppermint bark
Carson Downing

Chocolate and peppermint are a match made in holiday heaven. There's no peppermint in the chocolate cake batter but the toppings more than make up for it. Top the cake with pieces of homemade chocolate-peppermint bark and a rich ganache frosting.

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NYC's Giant Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies on cookie sheet
Jason Donnelly

Add these chocolate chip cookies to your Thanksgiving dessert table and they'll be the first to disappear. Inspired by the classic NYC cookie, these oversize chocolate chip cookies are loaded with melty chocolate and toasted walnuts.

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Pumpkin-Gingerbread Truffles

Pumpkin-Gingerbread Truffles
Jason Donnelly

Have leftover canned pumpkin? Put it to good use and make these rich chocolate truffles. This chocolate Thanksgiving dessert makes a great take-home gift for guests. Simply package them up in individual bags or boxes.

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