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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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Butternut Squash Pie

I have been making this pie for over 24 years for special occasions. It is so easy and the taste is wonderful. —Mary Ellen Solesbee, Greer, South Carolina
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Carrot Fruitcake

Carrot Fruitcake

Carrot Fruitcake

Even those who don't care for fruit cake will love this special holiday dessert. It's a great way to "dress up" that old favorite, carrot cake. Why not see if your family agrees? —Ann Parden, Chunchula, Alabama

Walnut-Date Pumpkin Pie

Walnut-Date Pumpkin Pie

Walnut-Date Pumpkin Pie

I'm forever looking for a little something extra to add to a favorite recipe. In this case, crunchy walnuts and chewy dates take traditional pumpkin pie to a new level. —Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana

Pumpkin-Sweet Potato Pie with Sugared Pecans

Pumpkin-Sweet Potato Pie with Sugared Pecans

Pumpkin-Sweet Potato Pie with Sugared Pecans

This is not your typical pumpkin pie! With a smooth, creamy filling and pretty arrangement of nuts on top, it's an extra-special dessert. —Loretta Lawrence, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Pumpkin Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Sauce

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Sauce

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Sauce

This old-fashioned treat is so warm and comforting on chilly evenings. Pumpkin gives it great seasonal appeal, and the white chocolate sauce makes it even more irresistible.—Shirley Glaab, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Apple Jack Crumb Pie

Apple Jack Crumb Pie

Apple Jack Crumb Pie

I serve this apple pie at my monthly bridge club meetings and it always gets thumbs up. You don't need to serve it with a slice of cheese, since there is cheese in the streusel.—Mary June Donovan, Clinton, Massachusetts

Pear-Filled Bundt Cake

Pear-Filled Bundt Cake

Pear-Filled Bundt Cake

“Pear-Filled Bundt Cake is yummy warm or cold,” says Barbara Sievert of Yorktown, Virginia. “It’s by far the best pear cake I’ve ever had.”

Squash Custard Pie

Squash Custard Pie

Squash Custard Pie

Acorn squash has been a favorite of mine since I was little and my mother baked it with sugar and cinnamon. This particular pie was something I improvised. We love pumpkin pie, but had fresh squash in excess. So I came up with this new variation! It's good to take to potlucks, to pie or cake walks at school, or to serve as a different dessert for Thanksgiving or Christmas. —Mary Kelly, Hopland, California

Bread Pudding Pumpkin

Bread Pudding Pumpkin

Bread Pudding Pumpkin

When doing my fall decorating, I'm certain to set aside a few pumpkins for this unique dessert. It adds a festive touch to our Thanksgiving table. —Darlene Markel, Mt. Hood, Oregon

Festive Cranberry Cake

Festive Cranberry Cake

Festive Cranberry Cake

Each fall here in Alaska, an abundant crop of wild cranberries is ripe for cooking," details Anchorage resident Gladys Wilson. "This cake, a favorite in my family, makes good use of the harvest." What's more, since you can prepare it the night before your Thanksgiving celebration, her recipe is a real time-saver at a hectic time of year.

Chocolate Peppermint Pie

Chocolate Peppermint Pie

Chocolate Peppermint Pie

"This delightful dessert will satisfy a chocolate lover's craving," assures Kristin Dorazio, from Chepachet, Rhode Island. "It's quite simple as well.

Contest-Winning Pecan Caramel Bars

Contest-Winning Pecan Caramel Bars

Contest-Winning Pecan Caramel Bars

My co-workers request these sweet bars all the time, so I make sure to take some for our group lunches and at Christmastime. The butterscotch chips make them different from most pecan bars. They’re a great way to feature our Georgia pecans, and we call them irresistible!
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