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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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Gingery Pumpkin Pie

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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Citrus Cranberry Pie

Citrus Cranberry Pie

Citrus Cranberry Pie

To showcase abundant fall cranberries, our home economists developed the recipe for this lattice-topped pie. A dollop of orange cream complements the slightly tart flavor.

Pecan-Topped Carrot Pie

Pecan-Topped Carrot Pie

Pecan-Topped Carrot Pie

People are often surprised to learn that carrots are the main ingredient in this tasty dessert. It's a different twist! —Darlene King, Estevan, Saskatchewan

Fruit & Carrot Cake

Fruit & Carrot Cake

Fruit & Carrot Cake

“This is the best carrot cake I've ever made. It has all the texture, taste and denseness of regular carrot cake, but is much lower in fat.” Ellie Rausch - Goodsoil, Saskatchewan
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Swiss Chocolate Bars

Swiss Chocolate Bars

Swiss Chocolate Bars

—Margaret Jelinek, Wrentham, Massachusetts

Holiday Pound Cake with Strawberry Topping

Holiday Pound Cake with Strawberry Topping

Holiday Pound Cake with Strawberry Topping

We top off our Thanksgiving feast with this mellow, tender cake dressed up with a strawberry topping. Pound cake is a southern tradition, and I'm proud to say I've baked hundreds of them in 83 years. It's a pleasure to share my recipe. -Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana

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.

Cranberry-Apple Nut Crunch

Cranberry-Apple Nut Crunch

Cranberry-Apple Nut Crunch

This dessert is especially pretty and appropriate for the holidays. I updated my mother's recipe using instant oatmeal to make it even easier to fix.

Individual Cranberry Trifles

Individual Cranberry Trifles

Individual Cranberry Trifles

If you don't have enough individual parfaits, you can make this dessert from our Test Kitchen in a trifle bowl. Either way, it's sure to bring you rave reviews.

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

Fruitcake Christmas Cookies

Fruitcake Christmas Cookies

Fruitcake Christmas Cookies

As holiday gifts, these rich fruit-and-nut filled cookies are pretty and practical—the taste actually improves with age!

Pecan Bread Pudding with Rum Custard Sauce

Pecan Bread Pudding with Rum Custard Sauce

Pecan Bread Pudding with Rum Custard Sauce

Fat-free ingredients, though not suitable for all baking recipes, work like a charm in this homey dessert. —Virginia Anthony, Jacksonville, Florida
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