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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.

Almond Cranberry Tart

Almond Cranberry Tart

Almond Cranberry Tart

"Cranberries and currant jelly make a jewel-toned filling for the cookie-type crust of this dessert," notes field editor Billie Moss of El Sobrante, California.

Mom's Soft Raisin Cookies

Mom's Soft Raisin Cookies

Mom's Soft Raisin Cookies

With four sons in service during World War II, my mother sent these favorite cookies as a taste from home to "her boys" in different parts of the world. These days, my 11 grandchildren are enjoying them as we did, along with my stories of long ago.— Pearl Cochenour, Williamsport, Ohio

Moist Chocolate Cake

Moist Chocolate Cake

Moist Chocolate Cake

The cake reminds me of my grandmother, because it was one of her specialties. I bake it often for family parties, and it always brings back fond memories. The cake is light and airy with a delicious chocolate taste. This recipe is a keeper! —Patricia Kreitz, Richland, Pennsylvania
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Apple Pecan Cranberry Tart

Apple Pecan Cranberry Tart

Apple Pecan Cranberry Tart

Meet the Cook: People practically inhale this dessert. I modified another recipe years ago to come up with a different way of using cranberries - a favorite fruit of mine. My husband and I have three grown children and two grandsons. -Jo Ann Fisher, Huntington Beach, California

Praline Pumpkin Pie

Praline Pumpkin Pie

Praline Pumpkin Pie

Meet the Cook: For me, baking is a relaxation rather than a chore. This is one of my favorites, a dessert I adapted from a neighbor's recipe for praline chocolate pie. The house my husband and I live in is in the suburbs, overlooking fields. -Sandra Haase, Baltimore, Maryland

Walnut Mincemeat Pie

Walnut Mincemeat Pie

Walnut Mincemeat Pie

Meet the Cook: As a cold and tasty finishing touch, my husband and I usually put a dip of ice cream on top of this pie. The recipe's from my mother - each year, I make it for Christmas, and then for my sister-in-law's New Year's party besides. -Laverne Kamp, Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Black Forest Brownies

Black Forest Brownies

Black Forest Brownies

Although I enjoy sweets, other recipes have failed me (I'm a beginning baker). But not this one! It's easy, and the ingredients are always on hand. Even my boyfriend, who doesn't like most sweets, can't pass these brownies.

Maple Butterscotch Brownies

Maple Butterscotch Brownies

Maple Butterscotch Brownies

Generally, I'll make a double recipe of these brownies—they go so fast no matter where I take them! I've baked them for family dinners and church suppers, and never had any left over. They're very easy besides plus both keep and freeze well. I've been cooking since I was 10. My husband is retired, and we have four grown children.

Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Pumpkin Pecan Pie

I've yet to meet a person who doesn't have room for a piece of this pie! Up here 8,000 feet in the Rockies, my husband and I are enjoying retirement. We're active in our little church (where I try all my recipes on people who love to eat!). We have four grown children and 11 grandchildren. —Jean Lockwood, Bayfield, Colorado

Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie

Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie

Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie

When I'm in the mood for something sweet, this is the recipe I reach for. The addition of butterscotch pudding makes this a tasty twist on traditional pumpkin pie.

Contest-Winning Fruitcake Cookies

Contest-Winning Fruitcake Cookies

Contest-Winning Fruitcake Cookies

Since I've enjoyed cooking almost my entire life—I've been doing it since I was old enough to be able to—I should have known the way my husband and I would meet. I was working at our local county fair (when I retired 2 years ago, I was its executive director)...and Mehrle and his dad were putting up a dining room on the grounds one day! This recipe's one people always ask for. They tell me it's habit-forming! I'm the kind of cook who starts with a basic recipe, then throws in "extras" to make it my own. I'm also the type who doesn't like making the same old thing over and over. So it's good my husband's the way he is—Mehrle's happy to eat just about anything I serve.
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