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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.

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.

Raspberry Chocolate Sauce

Raspberry Chocolate Sauce

Raspberry Chocolate Sauce

This is the perfect sauce to add to ice cream, cake or brownies. It has a wonderful fruity flavor.—Linda Gronewaller, Hutchinson, Kansas
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Pumpkin Trifle

Pumpkin Trifle

Pumpkin Trifle

One of the nice things about this trifle is the way it uses up leftover cakes that never seem to get eaten! It's convenient, too—it tastes like a traditional pumpkin pie, even though you don't have to make a crust or bake it. My husband's a construction worker and ex-farm boy. When we were first married, it was trial and error to cook like his mother. Now, after 17 years, he says that I've passed the test! We have four children, 13 to 8. So there's another reason I like this trifles—it lasts through two meals at least!

Cranberry Betty

Cranberry Betty

Cranberry Betty

For a tart autumn dessert, this one is hard to beat. We love the way the sweet apples and brown sugar complement the tangy cranberries. Topped with the lemon sauce, it's a winner! —Leona Cullen, Melrose, Massachusetts

Chewy Pecan Cookies

Chewy Pecan Cookies

Chewy Pecan Cookies

Oatmeal cookies were always my son's favorite when he was small. I wanted to send him some recently, but I couldn't find the recipe. So, I got out the ingredients and made my own. My family thought they were the best I've ever made! The pecans add a real Southern touch. —Janice Jackson, Haleyville, Alabama

Fluffy Cranberry Mousse

Fluffy Cranberry Mousse

Fluffy Cranberry Mousse

This is a delicious and pretty salad for the holidays, but it's so good that I serve it other times, too. I got the recipe from a neighbor who had served it with a traditional turkey dinner. —Helen Clement, Hemet, California

Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Southern Sweet Potato Pie

This recipe is very popular here in the South. It's a particular favorite at our house because we always have plenty of sweet potatoes in our garden. Try it with a dollop of whipped cream. —Bonnie Holcomb, Fulton, Mississippi

Squash Custard Pie

Squash Custard Pie

Squash Custard Pie

Acorn squash has been a favorite of mine since I was little and my mother baked it with sugar and cinnamon. This particular pie was something I improvised. We love pumpkin pie, but had fresh squash in excess. So I came up with this new variation! It's good to take to potlucks, to pie or cake walks at school, or to serve as a different dessert for Thanksgiving or Christmas. —Mary Kelly, Hopland, California

Chocolate Mocha Torte

Chocolate Mocha Torte

Chocolate Mocha Torte

A mocha filling is spread between the layers of this decadent chocolate cake that's piled high with flavor.

Chocolate Buttermilk Squares

Chocolate Buttermilk Squares

Chocolate Buttermilk Squares

Every time I take a pan of these to a picnic, it comes back clean! At home, they disappear as fast as I can stir them. —Clarice Baker, Stromsburg, Nebraska
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