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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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Apple pie baked in a cast iron skillet is a real stunner. This beauty, with its flaky, tender crust, also works in a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. —Renee Schettler Rossi, New York, New York
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Sour Cream & Cranberry Bars

Sour Cream & Cranberry Bars

Sour Cream & Cranberry Bars

I turned sour cream raisin pie into a cookie bar with a crunchy oatmeal crust, custard-style filling and crisp topping. —Shelly Bevington, Hermiston, OR

Pumpkin Fruitcake

Pumpkin Fruitcake

Pumpkin Fruitcake

I make this fruity cake many times between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The dense cake has wonderful pumpkin flavor and is flecked with pecans, dates, raisins and cherries. —Janet Hradsky, Three Rivers, Michigan

Cranberry-Almond Pound Cake

Cranberry-Almond Pound Cake

Cranberry-Almond Pound Cake

When you want an extra-special dessert for the holidays, it’s hard to beat a seasonal homemade cake. I like to drizzle mine with a simple but elegant glaze flavored with amaretto. —Jackie Howell, Tucson, Arizona
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Lemon Curd Chiffon Pie

Lemon Curd Chiffon Pie

Lemon Curd Chiffon Pie

This pie is a showstopper. It's very refreshing and tart. I get frequent requests from my gang to make it. Normally I am a chocolate lover, but this pie makes me forget about chocolate. —Callie Palen-Lowrie, Louisville, Colorado

Salted Pecan Shortbread Squares

Salted Pecan Shortbread Squares

Salted Pecan Shortbread Squares

My shortbread squares are the ultimate go-to for cookie trays and gift-giving. The buttery caramel and toasted nuts make it a tough to eat just one. —Diana Ashcraft, Monmouth, OR

Fruits of the Forest Pie

Fruits of the Forest Pie

Fruits of the Forest Pie

Five kinds of nuts are squirreled away in this deliciously sweet pie shared by Mary Lou Timpson of Colorado City, Arizona. There's a crunch in every bite.

Cream Cheese Cherry Meringue Pie

Cream Cheese Cherry Meringue Pie

Cream Cheese Cherry Meringue Pie

People are surprised to hear this pie's meringue crust features saltines. The cream cheese and cherry pie filling make this dessert extra special.

Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread Cake

Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread Cake

Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread Cake

The aroma of baking gingerbread stirs up such warm memories. This one looks festive and is even on the lighter side. —Nancy Beckman, Helena, Montana

Hazelnut Pear Cake

Hazelnut Pear Cake

Hazelnut Pear Cake

From the hazelnuts to the yummy brown butter glaze, this cake is a little different from an everyday pound cake. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

Cranberry Cherry Pie

Cranberry Cherry Pie

Cranberry Cherry Pie

"Guests won't know how quickly you made this sweet-tart pie," notes Marilyn Williams of Matthews, North Carolina.

Glazed Apple Dumplings

Glazed Apple Dumplings

Glazed Apple Dumplings

A flaky, crisp crust hides a moist, tender apple in this Dumpling sent by Roger Slivon from Genesee Depot, Wisconsin. Make any meal special with this tasty treat.
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