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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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I combined my two loves, cupcakes and pie, into one amazing treat. These pumpkin cupcakes have a piecrust bottom and a snow white topping. —Julie Herrera-Lemler, Rochester, MN
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Carrot Fruitcake

Carrot Fruitcake

Carrot Fruitcake

Even those who don't care for fruit cake will love this special holiday dessert. It's a great way to "dress up" that old favorite, carrot cake. Why not see if your family agrees? —Ann Parden, Chunchula, Alabama

Flakey Cranberry Walnut Tart

Flakey Cranberry Walnut Tart

Flakey Cranberry Walnut Tart

Both attractive and delicious, this flaky tart combines a tender golden brown crust with a sweet filling that might remind you of baklava. It's a holiday favorite at our house. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania

Cranberry-Cherry Nut Pie

Cranberry-Cherry Nut Pie

Cranberry-Cherry Nut Pie

This delightful, stress-free pie using our basic pie pastry combines cranberries with convenient cherry pie filling for a fresh, fun flavor. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Tapioca Pudding in Pumpkins

Tapioca Pudding in Pumpkins

Tapioca Pudding in Pumpkins

Dinner guests will love this unique dessert. If you really love pumpkin, scoop some out along with each spoonful of pudding. —Lesli Dustin, Nibley, UT

Sugar and Spice Pear Pie

Sugar and Spice Pear Pie

Sugar and Spice Pear Pie

My family loves pear pie because it's a little less tart than apple pie. The nutty crust complements the tender fruit and buttery pastry.—Kristina Pontier, Hillsboro, Oregon

Apple-Cherry Cream Cheese Pie

Apple-Cherry Cream Cheese Pie

Apple-Cherry Cream Cheese Pie

A layer of sweetened cream cheese topped with a tart fruit filling makes this pie popular with family, friends and co-workers. It won the blue ribbon at a local fair.—Donna L. Rettew, Jonestown, Pennsylvania

Dixie Pie

Dixie Pie

Dixie Pie

When Mom baked this old-fashioned sugar pie, family members would clamor for second servings. We love the combination of cinnamon, coconut, nuts and raisins. She'd sometimes toss in a few chocolate chips for variety. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner were not complete without this dessert.

Toffee-Pear Crisp Bread Pudding

Toffee-Pear Crisp Bread Pudding

Toffee-Pear Crisp Bread Pudding

My son loves pear crisp, but one night I was making bread pudding. He asked if I could make both. I compromised by combining two desserts into this one dish. It's absolutely fantastic!—Kurt Wait, Redwood City, California

Grand Marnier Cranberry Pound Cake

Grand Marnier Cranberry Pound Cake

Grand Marnier Cranberry Pound Cake

This is a bit different than the usual pound cakes I've prepared. The combination of cranberries and orange liqueur is incredible. —Kathy Hunter, Woodland, Washington

Date Pecan Pie

Date Pecan Pie

Date Pecan Pie

At our house, we call this “oh-so-good pie.” It’s rather like a traditional Southern pecan pie without being overly sweet.

Pear Praline Pie

Pear Praline Pie

Pear Praline Pie

This pie is good served warm or at room temperature. We like it with scoops of vanilla ice cream or thick whipped cream on top. It’s great with any meal, or on its own with a cup of coffee or glass of milk as a treat.
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