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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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Maple Pecan Cookies

Maple Pecan Cookies

Maple Pecan Cookies

When I bake cookies for the annual youth ski trip, I try at least one new recipe. When I received recipe requests for these frosted goodies, I knew I had a winner.

Date-Nut Apple Cake

Date-Nut Apple Cake

Date-Nut Apple Cake

WE have enjoyed this recipe for many years. It was given to me by a college friend. It looks like a standard fruit cake, but the rich, moist texture of apples, dates, raisins and nuts makes it a very satisfying dessert. A slice of this cake, topped with whipped cream, whipped topping or a big scoop of ice cream will have your guests coming back for more.

Double-Chocolate Holiday Pie

Double-Chocolate Holiday Pie

Double-Chocolate Holiday Pie

Smooth and creamy, this velvety pie will be a festive change of pace on the dessert table. A hint of orange in the cranberry topping adds extra pizzazz that’s too delish to resist. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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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.

Creamy Cranberry Ice Cream Pie

Creamy Cranberry Ice Cream Pie

Creamy Cranberry Ice Cream Pie

Vanilla ice cream and vanilla pudding make a creamy, delicious duo in this festive pie. Cranberry sauce adds the right balance of tartness and sweetness for a flavor combination that's sure to wow. —Mary LaJoie, Glenoma, Washington

Maple Peanut Butter Pie

Maple Peanut Butter Pie

Maple Peanut Butter Pie

Maple nut goodies have been a favorite candy of mine since I was a child, and I think the flavors taste just as great in a pie! This pie freezes well, too—just take it out to thaw 30 minutes before serving. —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado

Pumpkin Streusel Custard

Pumpkin Streusel Custard

Pumpkin Streusel Custard

This is a delectable dessert for chilly fall and winter days. The streusel topping complements the smooth, spicy custard to perfection. I adjusted a dessert recipe in my files to come up with this two-serving version. -Maxine Smith, Owanka, South Dakota

Fluffy Cranberry Mousse

Fluffy Cranberry Mousse

Fluffy Cranberry Mousse

This is a delicious and pretty salad for the holidays, but it's so good that I serve it other times, too. I got the recipe from a neighbor who had served it with a traditional turkey dinner. —Helen Clement, Hemet, California

Poor Man's Pecan Pie

Poor Man's Pecan Pie

Poor Man's Pecan Pie

THIS IS a recipe my mother-in-law shared with me several years ago. It's easy to make, and most of the ingredients are in everybody's cupboard. And it does really taste like pecan pie. We have it quite often, but it's tradition to have this pie on the menu during the holidays. -Fay Harrington, Seneca, Missouri

Black Walnut Pound Cake

Black Walnut Pound Cake

Black Walnut Pound Cake

I still remember my grandmother making this cake when I was a child...oh, how good it smelled and tasted!

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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