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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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When I was young, friends of our family traveled to Hawaii and brought back macadamia nuts. My mom used them in this recipe. It's a tasty twist on traditional pecan pie.
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Ultimate Chocolate Chunk Pecan Pie

Ultimate Chocolate Chunk Pecan Pie

Ultimate Chocolate Chunk Pecan Pie

Our family hosts an annual barn party for our close friends, complete with a pie cook-off. A few years ago, this recipe won first prize! —Janice Schneider, Kansas City, Missouri

Makeover Two-Tone Spice Cake

Makeover Two-Tone Spice Cake

Makeover Two-Tone Spice Cake

This is a delicious and decadent cake with half the fat and a third less calories than the over-the-top original. —Michele Wedige, Shullsburg, Wisconsin

Orange Date Pound Cake

Orange Date Pound Cake

Orange Date Pound Cake

Loaded with chewy dates and crunchy pecans, this cake is a "must" to take to family gatherings. The sweet and zesty orange sauce tops it off just right. This cake slices nicely and looks so appetizing served on a pretty plate.
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Spring and Fall Pie

Spring and Fall Pie

Spring and Fall Pie

Every spring, I have a good crop of rhubarb in my garden, and one of my favorite ways to use it is in this pie. I adapted this version from a recipe I received from our county Extension service.

Cran-Apple Pie

Cran-Apple Pie

Cran-Apple Pie

Our home economists capture the flavor of fall in this pretty lattice fruit pie.

Gingersnap Pumpkin Cake

Gingersnap Pumpkin Cake

Gingersnap Pumpkin Cake

It just so happened that on the first day that really felt like fall, we were getting together with friends. I had to make this pumpkin cake. —Koni Brewer, Fort Worth, Texas

Fluffy Cranberry Delight

Fluffy Cranberry Delight

Fluffy Cranberry Delight

This was originally my daughter's recipe, and she or I will make it for one or more of our holiday get-togethers. It can be served as a fruit salad along with the meal or as a light dessert. It's particularly pretty in a cut-glass bowl on a buffet. —Ruth Bolduc, Conway, New Hampshire

Turkey Pilgrim Cookies

Turkey Pilgrim Cookies

Turkey Pilgrim Cookies

These darling little gobblers are fun to make and will make all your Turkey Day guests smile. —Taste of Home Food Styling Team

Cranberry Pecan Tassies

Cranberry Pecan Tassies

Cranberry Pecan Tassies

A traditional pecan tassie is a small tart with nuts. This holiday version adds cranberries. How festive! —Peggy West, Georgetown, Delaware

Date Nut Torte

Date Nut Torte

Date Nut Torte

Whether I serve my torte with coffee at a luncheon or in the evening when friends visit, I always get compliments. My husband (we've been married 42 years), three children and five grandchildren are all good eaters, and it's a joy to prepare this dessert for them, too! Cooking is something I've always enjoyed. I also like sewing, quilting and gardening. My husband and I travel by trailer as often as we can, and we're members, too, of group called "Laborers for Christ" that helps congregation

Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars

Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars

Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars

Your whole house will be filled with the aroma of pumpkin spice when you bake these wonderful sweet potato cheesecake bars. They look complicated but are so easy, you can whip up a batch anytime. —Nancy Whitford, Edwards, New York
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