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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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My birthday is in late November so my mom often morphed the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie into my birthday "cake" and had all the family sing for me. This is an update on her recipe, adding lots more of our mutual favorite ingredient, ginger. The pie's best after it's nice and chilled. Birthday candles optional. —Emily Tyra, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Old-Fashioned Almond Pear Cake

Old-Fashioned Almond Pear Cake

Old-Fashioned Almond Pear Cake

Pear lovers will find it hard to resist going back for seconds (and maybe even thirds) of this old-fashioned cake. Almond extract beautifully complements the pears and tender cake.—Roxanne Chan, Albany, California

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.

Spring and Fall Pie

Spring and Fall Pie

Spring and Fall Pie

Every spring, I have a good crop of rhubarb in my garden, and one of my favorite ways to use it is in this pie. I adapted this version from a recipe I received from our county Extension service.
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Makeover Two-Tone Spice Cake

Makeover Two-Tone Spice Cake

Makeover Two-Tone Spice Cake

This is a delicious and decadent cake with half the fat and a third less calories than the over-the-top original. —Michele Wedige, Shullsburg, Wisconsin

Carrot Cake with Pecan Frosting

Carrot Cake with Pecan Frosting

Carrot Cake with Pecan Frosting

My husband constantly requests this homey, old-fashioned version of carrot cake. The frosting is still tasty even without the pecans. —Adrian Badon, Denham Springs, Louisiana

Sugared Fruit Centerpiece

Sugared Fruit Centerpiece

Sugared Fruit Centerpiece

For an elegant table topper, create this centerpiece showcasing simple-to-make sugared fruit. It's not only eye-catching but edible as well.

Gingered Cherry Pear Cobbler

Gingered Cherry Pear Cobbler

Gingered Cherry Pear Cobbler

This cobbler is warm, sweet and filling—comfort food at its best! This is great for those crisp and cool autumn days. It tastes best when served warm. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

White Chocolate-Cranberry-Pecan Tart

White Chocolate-Cranberry-Pecan Tart

White Chocolate-Cranberry-Pecan Tart

The first time I tasted my friend's dessert was at a Christmas party that she was having. I got a copy of the recipe and now it's a yuletide tradition for my family. The white chips, cranberries and orange peel take pecan pie to a scrumptious new level.—Karen Moore, Jacksonville, Florida

Cranberry Mallow Dessert

Cranberry Mallow Dessert

Cranberry Mallow Dessert

A holiday tradition at Cristie Hunt’s house in Rossville, Georgia, this fluffy refresher is pretty as a picture and lighter than air. “It makes a great alternative to plain old cranberry sauce,” she adds, “and an easy potluck dish for seasonal get-togethers.”

Grits Pie

Grits Pie

Grits Pie

Simple, southern and scrumptious, this pie will be a definite hit even with people who dislike grits. It has the perfect custardy texture.—Victoria Hudson, Pickens, South Carolina

Cranberry Rugalach

Cranberry Rugalach

Cranberry Rugalach

These traditional Polish treats will keep for a long time in an airtight container. One Christmas, I sent a batch to my sister, but the box got lost. She received it 12 days later ... and the cookies still tasted great!
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