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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.

Yum-Yum Cake

Yum-Yum Cake

Yum-Yum Cake

This cake has been a family favorite ever since my mom received the recipe from a neighbor. My husband's co-workers ask him to bring this cake for his birthday treat every year! —Teresa Marchese, New Berlin, Wisconsin

Cran-Orange Gelatin Salad

Cran-Orange Gelatin Salad

Cran-Orange Gelatin Salad

After seeing this gelatin salad in a flier, I decided to make it lighter. I like to serve it as a fruit salad, but others may like it for a sweet treat. —Eva DeWolf, Erwin, Tennessee

Cranberry Cake Roll

Cranberry Cake Roll

Cranberry Cake Roll

This low-fat angel food cake roll is a guilt-free indulgence, which is much-appreciated during the Christmas season.
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Cherry Cranberry Pinwheels

Cherry Cranberry Pinwheels

Cherry Cranberry Pinwheels

“With the combination of cranberries, cherries, orange zest and cinnamon, these festive cookies are as fragrant as they are flavorful,“ promises Deb Perry from Bluffton, Indiana.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Pie

Cranberry Cream Cheese Pie

Cranberry Cream Cheese Pie

“A friend gave me this recipe more than 30 years ago,” writes Cathy Wood from Salida, Colorado, “and it’s been a Christmas tradition ever since. It’s fluffy and refreshing and so colorful. Everyone finds room for this dessert!”

Cranberry Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

Cranberry Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

Cranberry Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

Toni Fohey of Waukesha, Wisconsin writes, “With a few alterations over the years, this has become one of my families' favorites. I get requests for the recipe every time I make it for guests.”

Caramelized Apple Tarts

Caramelized Apple Tarts

Caramelized Apple Tarts

This recipe cleverly dresses up frozen puff pastry and a no-bake cheesecake mix. Guests will be delighted to be offered their own individual tarts!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Butterscotch Cake

Butterscotch Cake

Butterscotch Cake

I get lots of compliments and recipe requests whenever I make this eye-catching cake. The filling is similar to German chocolate cake. —Judy Lamon, Louisville, Tennessee

Cranberry Pear Tart

Cranberry Pear Tart

Cranberry Pear Tart

Our home economists came up with this delightful pear tart accented with dried cranberries. While it’s lovely as is, it also would be good served warm with ice cream.

Sweet Potato Pound Cake

Sweet Potato Pound Cake

Sweet Potato Pound Cake

Since we are originally from Texas, we naturally love sweet potatoes, but this pound cake deserves to be a tradition in any home, whether you’re from the South, East, North or West. My Montana husband rancher loves it and I get great revues from ladies I’ve treated with it at various social events.

Spiced Fruit Crisp

Spiced Fruit Crisp

Spiced Fruit Crisp

When it comes to a heartwarming treat on a chilly winter's day, this home-style crisp is hard to beat. The gingersnap-crumb topping nicely accents the apples, pears, raisins and dates.—Pat Habiger, Spearville, Kansas
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