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Thanksgiving Desserts

It may be the last course of a holiday meal, but it shouldn't be forgotten. No Thanksgiving feast is complete without a decadent dessert! From classic pecan and pumpkin pie to tarts, tortes, cheesecakes, cookies, cakes and more, browse our collection of family-favorite Thanksgiving desserts.

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Holiday Fruit Pie

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Courtney Stultz
My mom is an excellent pie maker, so I learned from the best. If my pie with cranberries and pineapple seems tart, sprinkle sugar on the lattice. —Courtney Stultz, Columbus, KS
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Fall Pear Pie

Fall Pear Pie

Fall Pear Pie

A wide slice of this festive fruity pie is a great end to a delicious meal. The mellow flavor of pears is a refreshing alternative to the more common pies for the holidays. It's nice to serve a dessert that's a little unexpected. -Ken Churches, Kailua-Kona, HI

Vanilla Wafer Fruitcake

Vanilla Wafer Fruitcake

Vanilla Wafer Fruitcake

This was my dear grandmother's recipe. She was a farmer's wife and a very good cook. Even folks who don't like fruitcake seem to like this one.

Pecan-Topped Carrot Pie

Pecan-Topped Carrot Pie

Pecan-Topped Carrot Pie

People are often surprised to learn that carrots are the main ingredient in this tasty dessert. It's a different twist! —Darlene King, Estevan, Saskatchewan
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Contest-Winning German Chocolate Pie

Contest-Winning German Chocolate Pie

Contest-Winning German Chocolate Pie

Thanksgiving dinner at our house includes an average of 25 guests and a dozen different pies. This one has all the luscious flavor of German chocolate cake. A friend who tried it told me he wanted it to be his birthday pie from now on.—Debbie Clay, Farmington, New Mexico

Cranberry Cheesecake Tartlets

Cranberry Cheesecake Tartlets

Cranberry Cheesecake Tartlets

Ordinary cranberry sauce becomes extraordinary when spooned on top of a cheesecake filling inside a nutty crust. The recipe comes from our Test Kitchen.

Simple Turtle Cheesecake

Simple Turtle Cheesecake

Simple Turtle Cheesecake

For an almost instant dessert, I spread homemade ganache and caramel sauce over pre-made cheesecake. It makes the holidays feel slightly less hectic. —Laura McDowell, Lake Villa, Illinois

Flakey Cranberry Walnut Tart

Flakey Cranberry Walnut Tart

Flakey Cranberry Walnut Tart

Both attractive and delicious, this flaky tart combines a tender golden brown crust with a sweet filling that might remind you of baklava. It's a holiday favorite at our house. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania

Cran-Apple Pie

Cran-Apple Pie

Cran-Apple Pie

Our home economists capture the flavor of fall in this pretty lattice fruit pie.

Joe Froggers

Joe Froggers

Joe Froggers

Large, soft and chewy, the cookies make a great snack. The classic recipe have a warm blend of spices that seem to be more pronounced the second day. Your family is sure to ask you to make them again. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Cran-Raspberry Holiday Pie

Cran-Raspberry Holiday Pie

Cran-Raspberry Holiday Pie

Sweet raspberry gelatin tames the tartness of cranberries and pineapple in this holiday pie from Eddie Stott of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. The fluffy marshmallow-flavored topping is simply amazing! Plan on having seconds.

Caramel Apple Creme Brulee

Caramel Apple Creme Brulee

Caramel Apple Creme Brulee

Here’s the cream of the apple dessert crop. Fruit, caramel and cinnamon flavors enhance the rich, velvety custard. Served warm or chilled, it’s a classic end to a meal. —Cheryl Perry, Hertford, NC
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