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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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Snappy Pumpkin Cheesecake

Snappy Pumpkin Cheesecake

Snappy Pumpkin Cheesecake

I won first place in a pumpkin baking contest with this snappy dessert. The judges gave high marks to its gingersnap-pecan crust and creamy marbled filling. If you wish, substitute cinnamon graham crackers for the gingersnaps. —Lisa Morman, Minot, North Dakota

Apple Dumplings with Sauce

Apple Dumplings with Sauce

Apple Dumplings with Sauce

These warm and comforting apple dumplings are incredible by themselves or served with ice cream. You can decorate each dumpling by cutting 1-inch leaves and a 1/2-inch stem from the leftover dough. —Robin Lendon, Cincinnati, Ohio

Apple Kuchen Bars

Apple Kuchen Bars

Apple Kuchen Bars

This recipe is about family, comfort and simplicity. My mom made this delicious sweet treat many a winters night and served it up warm with some of her famous homemade ice cream. I like to make a double batch and pass on the love! —Elizabeth Monfort, Celina, Ohio
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Zucchini Walnut Cake

Zucchini Walnut Cake

Zucchini Walnut Cake

What gardener doesn't have extra zucchini? When it's abundant, I shred and freeze plenty so I have it on hand to bake this moist sheet cake all year long. The cream cheese frosting is yummy, and the big panful always goes fast at picnic or potluck. —Marie Hoyer, Hodgenville, Kentucky

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

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

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

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

Strawberries & Cream Pie

Strawberries & Cream Pie

Strawberries & Cream Pie

Every time I take this strawberry pie to a family dinner, church event or anything else, it disappears quickly. I've even started taking the recipe with me because I'm always asked for it. —Angela Moore, Tollesboro, Kentucky

Washington State Apple Pie

Washington State Apple Pie

Washington State Apple Pie

This pie won Grand Champion in the Apple Pie category at the 1992 Okanogan County Fair. The pie looks traditional, but making your own filling gives it a different flair and great taste. —Dolores Scholz, Tonasket, Washington

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
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