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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Pecan Tassies

These tarts are very good for parties and special occasions. You'll probably want to double the recipe, because they'll disappear in a hurry!
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Persimmon Squash Pie

Persimmon Squash Pie

Persimmon Squash Pie

I created this recipe for our local persimmon festival, using homegrown squash. I like to make two pies and use more toffee bits and pecans for garnish.

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

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
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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.

Cranberry Velvet Freeze

Cranberry Velvet Freeze

Cranberry Velvet Freeze

Everyone in my family loves this dessert. I normally serve it at Thanksgiving and Christmas when we're all together.

Cranberry Cheesecake Tart

Cranberry Cheesecake Tart

Cranberry Cheesecake Tart

“I created this recipe to reduce the sugar and fat in the original high-calorie version,” notes Diane Halferty of Corpus Christi, Texas. “Although it uses sugar substitute and reduced-fat ingredients, you can’t tell the difference between this dessert and the original.”

Cran-Apple Pie

Cran-Apple Pie

Cran-Apple Pie

Our home economists capture the flavor of fall in this pretty lattice fruit pie.

Caramel Apple Creme Brulee

Caramel Apple Creme Brulee

Caramel Apple Creme Brulee

Here’s the cream of the apple dessert crop. Fruit, caramel and cinnamon flavors enhance the rich, velvety custard. Served warm or chilled, it’s a classic end to a meal. —Cheryl Perry, Hertford, NC

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.

Cranberry Cheesecake

Cranberry Cheesecake

Cranberry Cheesecake

Every year when the cranberries are harvested, my family looks forward to eating this cheesecake. —Nairda Monroe, Webberville, Michigan

Pumpkin Fruitcake

Pumpkin Fruitcake

Pumpkin Fruitcake

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