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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.

Recipe Spotlight

This rich, tempting trifle feeds a crowd and features the ever-popular combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Try this dessert for your next party or potluck. —Nancy Foust, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania
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Quick Frozen Pumpkin Pie

Quick Frozen Pumpkin Pie

Quick Frozen Pumpkin Pie

“The holidays are the perfect time to try this quick twist on a traditional pumpkin pie,” suggests Marion Stoll, Dent, Minnesota. “I often make it ahead, so it goes from freezer to feast!”

Cranberry Ribbon Loaf

Cranberry Ribbon Loaf

Cranberry Ribbon Loaf

Patricia Kile of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania uses leftover angel food cake to create a refreshing cranberry dessert perfect for holiday gatherings. It's convenient, too, because it can be assembled ahead and kept in the freezer.

Pumpkin-Toffee Cake Roll

Pumpkin-Toffee Cake Roll

Pumpkin-Toffee Cake Roll

This pumpkin cake roll is a must-have for our family parties. The luscious whipped cream filling has specks of toffee and a mild rum flavor. It's so yummy. —Betty Fulks, Onia, Arkansas
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Billie's Southern Sweet Potato Cake

Billie's Southern Sweet Potato Cake

Billie's Southern Sweet Potato Cake

I made this cake for my kids when they were younger and they told me in their little voices, "Mommy, you're the best baker." Little did they know that was Mommy's first attempt at homemade cake! —Billie Williams-Henderson, Bowie, Maryland

Steamed Carrot Pudding

Steamed Carrot Pudding

Steamed Carrot Pudding

This recipe has been in my family for at least three generations, passed down from my Canadian grandmother. It's been a favorite wintertime dessert for us and always included for Easter dinner and other holiday meals. —Ann Searcey, Kettering, Ohio

Purple-Ribbon Pumpkin Cake

Purple-Ribbon Pumpkin Cake

Purple-Ribbon Pumpkin Cake

I belong to a Christmas village collectors' club and we all bring a potluck dish to our monthy meetings. The cake is always a hit. It's one of my family's favorite Thanksgiving desserts, too, and disappears before the pumpkin pie does. —Debby Powers, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Festive Cranberry Cake

Festive Cranberry Cake

Festive Cranberry Cake

Each fall here in Alaska, an abundant crop of wild cranberries is ripe for cooking," details Anchorage resident Gladys Wilson. "This cake, a favorite in my family, makes good use of the harvest." What's more, since you can prepare it the night before your Thanksgiving celebration, her recipe is a real time-saver at a hectic time of year.

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes with Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes with Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes with Whipped Cream

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

Walnut-Date Pumpkin Pie

Walnut-Date Pumpkin Pie

Walnut-Date Pumpkin Pie

I'm forever looking for a little something extra to add to a favorite recipe. In this case, crunchy walnuts and chewy dates take traditional pumpkin pie to a new level. —Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana

Walnut-Filled Pillows

Walnut-Filled Pillows

Walnut-Filled Pillows

These tender cookie pillows, filled with a delicious walnut mixture, are my husband's favorite. He says it wouldn't be Christmas without them.

Cranberry Crumb Bars

Cranberry Crumb Bars

Cranberry Crumb Bars

This family favorite from Charlene Baert of Winnipeg, Manitoba features cream cheese and cranberry fillings, a tender crust and a nutty crunch.
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