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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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Autumn Leaf Cutouts

Turn classic cookies into a platter of autumn leaves. Make them in solid colors, or combine pieces of tinted dough for a multicolored effect. — Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
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Cranberry Ribbon Loaf

Cranberry Ribbon Loaf

Cranberry Ribbon Loaf

Patricia Kile of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania uses leftover angel food cake to create a refreshing cranberry dessert perfect for holiday gatherings. It's convenient, too, because it can be assembled ahead and kept in the freezer.

Dutch Cranberry-Apple Pie

Dutch Cranberry-Apple Pie

Dutch Cranberry-Apple Pie

Fresh cranberries bring tongue-tingling tartness and festive Christmas color to classic apple pie. With orange peel, spices and a crumb topping, this is a warm and wintry favorite. —Jerri Gradert, Lincoln, Nebraska

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.
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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

Cranberry-Apple Lattice Pie

Cranberry-Apple Lattice Pie

Cranberry-Apple Lattice Pie

Two favorite fall fruits bring out the best in each other — and rum works its own mellow magic. Few people pass up a piece of this pie. — Adri Barr Crocetti, Sherman Oaks, California

Cinnamon Apple Tart

Cinnamon Apple Tart

Cinnamon Apple Tart

“I got the idea for this delicious fall dessert from a lovely Italian woman who’s also a fabulous cook,” writes Stacie Blemings from Califon, New Jersey. “It’s so simple to make—and cleanup is just as easy! I often make two and freeze one. It’s great at brunch alongside eggs and bacon.” STACIE’S TIP: For some tasty variations, try strawberry jam and walnuts and skip the icing. Or add extra cinnamon chips to suit your taste.

Apple Cranberry Cobbler

Apple Cranberry Cobbler

Apple Cranberry Cobbler

"My family enjoys the sweetness of the apples as well as the tartness of the cranberries in this old-fashioned treat," says Regina Stock of Topeka, Kansas. "It's a great dessert to make during the peak of apple season."

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.

Homemade Maple Pumpkin Pie

Homemade Maple Pumpkin Pie

Homemade Maple Pumpkin Pie

Here’s a 5-inch pie that’s as cute as it is delicious. You’ll enjoy the creamy pumpkin-maple filling and golden, melt-in-your-mouth crust. “It’s good with whipped cream,” says Vivian Colwell of Goshen, Ohio.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Chocolate Pecan Pie

This recipe originated here in Louisville. It is often served during the famous Kentucky Derby, but it's good any other time of year, too!

Chocolate Pavlova

Chocolate Pavlova

Chocolate Pavlova

A mild chocolate-flavored meringue is topped with a colorful, fresh, red and green fruit topping.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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