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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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Potluck German Apple Cake

Potluck German Apple Cake

Potluck German Apple Cake

My mother made this cake for me and my brothers during our childhood. It's excellent any time of the year for potlucks or picnics. —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie

After spending an afternoon in the chilly October air at our town’s pumpkin rolling contest, my family, including my grandchildren, head over to my house for a fun pumpkin-themed meal including this luscious dessert. —Diane Selich, Vassar, Michigan

Lemony Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

Lemony Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

Lemony Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

These spiced-just-right whoopie pies combine two popular flavors in one fun treat. The moist cookies are rolled in sugar before baking for a bit of crunch.—Jamie Jones, Madison, Georgia
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Makeover Pecan Upside-Down Cake

Makeover Pecan Upside-Down Cake

Makeover Pecan Upside-Down Cake

This moist and tender pecan upside-down cake is packed with pecans and sweetness. Although still not a "light" dessert, it has nearly a third fewer calories and 43 percent less fat than the original! —Mae Johnson, De Ridder, Louisiana

Chocolate Ganache Tarts

Chocolate Ganache Tarts

Chocolate Ganache Tarts

Decadent, chocolate mousse-like filling and a flakey, tender crust make this very special. Be sure to coat hands well with flour when putting the dough into pastry cups. — Lorraine Caland, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Contest-Winning German Chocolate Pie

Contest-Winning German Chocolate Pie

Contest-Winning German Chocolate Pie

Thanksgiving dinner at our house includes an average of 25 guests and a dozen different pies. This one has all the luscious flavor of German chocolate cake. A friend who tried it told me he wanted it to be his birthday pie from now on.—Debbie Clay, Farmington, New Mexico

German Apple Pie

German Apple Pie

German Apple Pie

I live in a big apple-producing state, so I think this recipe represents our region well. I tasted this pie many years ago when my children's babysitter made it. I asked for the recipe and have made it many times since.

Pumpkin Pie Squares

Pumpkin Pie Squares

Pumpkin Pie Squares

The first time my husband and two daughters tried this dessert, they thought it was delicious. It has all of the spicy pumpkin goodness of the traditional pie without the fuss of a pastry crust. -Denise Goedeken, Platte Center, Nebraska

Crumb-Topped Apple & Pumpkin Pie

Crumb-Topped Apple & Pumpkin Pie

Crumb-Topped Apple & Pumpkin Pie

“This special recipe combines all the warm, delicious flavors of the season and makes a truly unique presentation. It gets rave reviews each year and has become a holiday tradition at our house.” Trisha Fox - Plainfield, Illinois

Makeover Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Makeover Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Makeover Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

When all was said and done, this recipe makeover was a giant success. The original, a marvel on its own, was transformed into a richer, better-for-you pie with even more fall spices. This winner is perfect for the holidays. Enjoy! - Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen

Surprise Pumpkin Cupcakes

Surprise Pumpkin Cupcakes

Surprise Pumpkin Cupcakes

I like to share these little pumpkin cakes at work. Cupcakes are the perfect workplace treat because they're already wrapped up and so easy to eat. —Kathleen Dimmich, Easton, Pennsylvania
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