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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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Although my family enjoys all of the dishes I serve on Thanksgiving Day, it's this rich and creamy cheesecake they look forward to the most.
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Walnut-Date Pumpkin Pie

Walnut-Date Pumpkin Pie

Walnut-Date Pumpkin Pie

I'm forever looking for a little something extra to add to a favorite recipe. In this case, crunchy walnuts and chewy dates take traditional pumpkin pie to a new level. —Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana

Ginger-Pear Upside-Down Pie

Ginger-Pear Upside-Down Pie

Ginger-Pear Upside-Down Pie

I think pears deserve to have a starring role in pies more often. To showcase that mellow fruit, I came up with a spiced filling and gooey nut streusel that becomes the topping. —Marcy Kamery, Blasdell, New York

Blueberry & Ginger Tart

Blueberry & Ginger Tart

Blueberry & Ginger Tart

Wow! That’s what you’ll hear when you bring this showstopping tart to the table. A hint of mint and lime, luscious blueberries, pleasant ginger and a buttery crust—it’s tough to stop at just one slice. —Karen Hicks, Mabelvale, Arkansas
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Apple Cranberry Cobbler

Apple Cranberry Cobbler

Apple Cranberry Cobbler

"My family enjoys the sweetness of the apples as well as the tartness of the cranberries in this old-fashioned treat," says Regina Stock of Topeka, Kansas. "It's a great dessert to make during the peak of apple season."

Festive Cranberry-Topped Cheesecake

Festive Cranberry-Topped Cheesecake

Festive Cranberry-Topped Cheesecake

When my daughter was 4 months old, my husband and I hosted both our families for Christmas dinner. I served this cheesecake for dessert. It's quite festive and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. —Stacy Dutka, Bienfait, Saskatchewan

Spiced Sweet Potato Pie

Spiced Sweet Potato Pie

Spiced Sweet Potato Pie

“I wanted to create a lightened version of this classic pie, so I cut back on the sugar and added vanilla and bourbon to increase flavor without adding fat.” Diana Rios - Lytle, Texas

Butternut-Sweet Potato Pie

Butternut-Sweet Potato Pie

Butternut-Sweet Potato Pie

If you're looking for a memorable dessert, this custard-like pie will certainly fit the bill. It's super easy to put together and slices like a dream. —Mary Ann Dell, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Cran-Raspberry Holiday Pie

Cran-Raspberry Holiday Pie

Cran-Raspberry Holiday Pie

Sweet raspberry gelatin tames the tartness of cranberries and pineapple in this holiday pie from Eddie Stott of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. The fluffy marshmallow-flavored topping is simply amazing! Plan on having seconds.

Festive Cranberry Cake

Festive Cranberry Cake

Festive Cranberry Cake

Each fall here in Alaska, an abundant crop of wild cranberries is ripe for cooking," details Anchorage resident Gladys Wilson. "This cake, a favorite in my family, makes good use of the harvest." What's more, since you can prepare it the night before your Thanksgiving celebration, her recipe is a real time-saver at a hectic time of year.

Rustic Caramel Apple Tart

Rustic Caramel Apple Tart

Rustic Caramel Apple Tart

Like an apple pie without the pan, this scrumptious tart has a crispy crust that cuts nicely and a yummy caramel topping. —Betty Fulks, Onia, Arkansas

Delightful Apple Pie

Delightful Apple Pie

Delightful Apple Pie

There aren’t many things more American than hot-out-of-the-oven apple pie. This recipe is one you can hang your hat on. —Amy Wood, Wichita, Kansas
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