100+ Splurge-Worthy Thanksgiving Desserts
Forget all the fuss about Thanksgiving turkey. The real showstoppers of the day are the Thanksgiving desserts. From traditional pumpkin pie to easy-to-transport pecan pie bars, there are so many options to finish off your Thanksgiving feast. When it comes to crafting a stellar Thanksgiving spread, there are a few holiday party tips you should keep in mind to prepare a balanced selection. We love potluck-style dessert tables (there’s no way you have time to bake all those different pies!), but be sure to have each guest sign up for a dessert ahead of time so you don’t end up with three pumpkin pies and no pecan. Yes, of course Grandma Sue can bake her famous Peanut Butter Kisses, but organizing and coordinating ahead of time will save lots of hassle later. Present lots of different choices that range from lighter to heavier dishes and vary in scale, from bite-sized bars to decadent cakes, and be sure to accommodate any dietary restrictions with at least one dessert. You can’t go wrong making too many Thanksgiving desserts, but it’ll be a tragedy if you have too few–even after all of that turkey! Share these recipes with friends and family to guarantee there will be a winning spread.
Pumpkin Spice Magic Cake
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Magic Cake
Don't be the guest who brings another store-bought pumpkin pie to the table. This Pumpkin Spice Magic Cake is one of a kind.
Ultimate Apple Pie
Step aside, pumpkin pie. This picture-perfect Apple Pie is ideal for an All-American Thanksgiving.
Caramel Apple Cake
Recipe: Caramel Apple Cake
This cake will undoubtedly be the star of your Thanksgiving dessert spread.
Our Easiest Pumpkin Pie Ever
Recipe: Our Easiest Pumpkin Pie Ever
Looking for a quick-fix Thanksgiving dessert that's sure to please? We've got the perfect solution.
Kentucky Bourbon Pie
Recipe: Kentucky Bourbon Pie
If it's good enough for the Derby, it's certainly good enough for our Thanksgiving table. This pie takes everything we love about pecan pie and ramps up the flavor with chocolate and bourbon.
Spiced Pecan Pie Bars
Recipe: Spiced Pecan Pie Bars
These Spiced Pecan Pie Bars are perfectly portioned for no-hassle serving. For a larger group, you can cut them into bite-sized squares so everyone's sure to get a taste.
Sea Salt-Caramel Cake
Recipe: Sea Salt-Caramel Cake
Salted caramel is one of our favorite holiday flavors, and you'll get a double-dose of that warm richness in this Sea Salt-Caramel Cake.
Gingerbread-and-Pear Upside-Down Cake
Easy Skillet Apple Pie
Recipe: Easy Skillet Apple Pie
The only pan you need to complete this rustic Apple Pie is a cast iron skillet. Does it get any easier than that?
Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
Recipe: Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
After a heavy Thanksgiving meal, enjoy a slice of this specialty coffee cake with a hot cup of coffee or a tall glass of milk.
Crustless Pumpkin Pie
Recipe: Crustless Pumpkin Pie
Because we all know the filling is the best part, anyways. This Crustless Pumpkin Pie is actually much easier to make than a pie with a crust, and it's certainly a winner in terms of rich pumpkin flavor!
Apple Cinnamon Roll Pie
Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie
A cinnamon roll crust brings sweetness and warm spice to your favorite apple pie. Plus, a slice of this pie makes for a sweet leftover breakfast the next morning.
Mini Apple Pies
Recipe: Mini Apple Pies
These pies are just cute as a button! Bake a variety of mini pies for your Thanksgiving spread, from pecan to apple, so your guests can get a small taste of all those beloved holiday flavors.
Arkansas Black Apple Pie with Caramel Sauce
Your classic apple pie just got an upgrade. A drizzle of caramel sauce complements the caramelized cinnamon-sweetness of the apples inside the pie.
Recipe: Chocolate Torte
You'll only need one slice of this decadent Chocolate Torte. It's naturally gluten-free, so it's a great option for those with dietary restrictions.
Pecan Pie Bars
Recipe: Pecan Pie Bars
These bars are mess-free and portable, making them a perfect hostess gift. Plus, the crowd will devour these nostalgic bars.
Recipe: Pear Pie
Sweet roasted pears get an upgrade in this decadent Pear Pie. This inventive recipe will become a new holiday staple.
Pumpkin Layer Cake with Caramel-Cream Cheese Frosting
Switch out the pumpkin pie for this stunning Pumpkin Layer Cake, chock full of seasonal spices.
Triple-Layer Chocolate-Caramel Cake
This cake is meant for a very special celebration, and we can't think of a better occasion than reuniting the whole family over Thanksgiving dinner.
Cranberry-Apple Pie with Pecan Shortbread Crust
Savor the flavors of cranberries and apples as they come together with a holiday favorite—pecan shortbread—in this stunning presentation.
Recipe: Pumpkin-Chocolate Brownies
These super-seasonal brownies combine chocolate and pumpkin to create a beautiful marbled effect.
Mini Pecan Pies
Recipe: Mini Pecan Pies
These Mini Pecan Pies pack all that warm, nutty pecan flavor in a bite-sized package.
Pumpkin Crunch Cake
Recipe: Pumpkin Crunch Cake
With layers of fluffy pumpkin sponge, rich pumpkin frosting, and a pumpin crumble to top it all off, this cake makes the most of our favorite seasonal flavor.
Butter Pecan Layer Cake with Browned Butter Frosting
While we'll never tire of a classic Pecan Pie, this cake may just be our new favorite Thanksgiving showstopper. It's got all that warm butter pecan flavor packed into rich layers of sponge.
Butterscotch Pie with Whiskey Caramel Sauce
Nobody can resist a slice of sweet and salty butterscotch pie. This is a great lighter, yet still decadent option to add to your Thanksgiving dessert spread.
Recipe: Classic Chess Pie
This recipe may be oh-so-simple, but the Chess Pie has always been a Southern favorite. If we're being honest, we may even choose this classic over pecan pie this year. Or, a better solution: we'll just have a slice of both!
Chocolate-Caramel Cookie Cups
Recipe: Chocolate-Caramel Cookie Cups
In a spread of extravagant pies and cakes, these bite-sized cookie cups are a great pre-portioned, mess-free option.
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
For a large party, cupcakes are a great way to avoid the haphazard cake slicing that inevitably results in dramatically different portion sizes.
Charlotte Russe Cake
Recipe: Charlotte Russe Cake
After a heavy Thanksgiving meal, you’ll be wanting something light for dessert. This silky-smooth, no-bake cake will hit the spot.
Mini Pumpkin Pies
Recipe: Mini Pumpkin Pies
Everything you love about pumpkin pie, but in miniature form. Be sure to finish them off with a dollop of whipped cream!
Coconut-Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
Recipe: Coconut-Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
Make and refrigerate without the topping a day ahead. Whip and add the topping before serving.
Crème Brûlée Cheesecake
Recipe: Crème Brûlée Cheesecake
This crème brûlée-cheesecake fusion is a dessert made in heaven. Homemade cheesecake is impressive all on its own, but it will really wow with this caramelized sugar crust.
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Recipe: Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Would any holiday spread be complete without a tray of Grandma's signature Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies? We think not.
Recipe: Pumpkin-Espresso Tiramisù
Make Ahead: Loosely wrap baked and cooked tiramisu in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Cherry-Spice Cake Trifle
Recipe: Cherry-Spice Cake Trifle
Thaw Holiday Spice Cake layers and prepare the recipe through Step 3. Assemble trifle in the morning, and refrigerate. Remove 1 hour before serving.
Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Puddings
This recipe is a great way to use the delicious, seasonal flavor of pumpkin. If you're short on time (or dishes) you can make this in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
Recipe: Pumpkin Roll
Impress your guests with a spiced pumpkin cake roll that's filled with sweet cream cheese. Rolling up the cake is easy with these step-by-step instructions, plus, you can make it ahead and refrigerate it until you're ready to serve.
Rum-Glazed Sweet Potato Cakes
Recipe: Rum-Glazed Sweet Potato Cakes
This mini Bundt cake recipe features pureed sweet potatoes, raisins, rum, and toasted pecans along with cinnamon and nutmeg and is a perfect pick-up treat for a holiday dessert party.
Recipe: Cranberry-Apple-Pumpkin Bundt
The topping on this bundt—a maple glaze with sugared pecans and pumpkin seeds—will make your guests ooh and ahh.
Black Bottom Pumpkin Pie
Recipe: Black Bottom Pumpkin Pie
With a moist, crumbly crust and a decadent, creamy filling, it's hard to say no to seconds of this pie.
Tennessee Jam Bundt
Recipe: Tennessee Jam Bundt
The best way to enjoy this blackberry and caramel confection is with friends—it makes 12 satisfying servings.
Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie
Once you’ve made a pecan pie in a cast-iron skillet, you may never go back to a pie plate. Simply press a refrigerated pie crust into the skillet, sprinkle with sugar, top with the pecan mixture, and bake. Serving it in the skillet is also easy and makes the dish even more Southern.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Honey Swiss Meringue
Begin with a toasted pecan crust, layer with cream cheese and a classic pumpkin filling, and then gild the lily with a creamy meringue.
Buttermilk-Glazed Mini Fig Cakes with Vanilla Hard Sauce
Muffin pans make the perfect baking vessels for these little fig cakes. Gussy them up by spooning a dollop or piping a silver dollar of hard sauce on top, and then garnish them with halved fresh figs, fresh herbs, or even pecan halves.
Sliced Sweet Potato Pie
Pumpkin Tart with Whipped Cream and Almond Toffee
Molasses and pumpkin pie spice give this elegant take on pumpkin pie its deep autumnal flavor. Buy one 29-oz. can of pumpkin for the recipe.
Pecan Spice Cake with Caramel-Rum Glaze
Substitute extra cream for rum in the sauce, if you like. For a thicker glaze, add the whole 1 1/3 cups powdered sugar, whisking constantly, as the glaze begins to cool in the pan. For a sheer, saucy glaze, use less powdered sugar.
Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake
We use a mix of chocolate and cinnamon graham cracker crumbs here to give the crust a dark color with notes of chocolate and a little spice. You can choose one or the other, so long as you use 1½ cups total. We also like to give the canned pumpkin a whirl in the food processor so it's nice and smooth in the creamy filling.
Back in the Day Bakery Southern Pumpkin Pie
This classic Southern pumpkin pie recipe comes from Cheryl Day and Back in the Day Bakery. Cut the extra crust into pastry leaves for a stunning decorative touch.
Recipe: Butterscotch-Spice Trifle
With homemade spice cake and butterscotch custard, this layered trifle recipe is a showstopper.
Pumpkin-Spice Bundt with Brown Sugar Icing and Candied Pecans
If you’ve been assigned to bring dessert to Thanksgiving, you can never go wrong with a rich pound cake recipe.
Mississippi Sweet Potato Pie
Recipe: Mississippi Sweet Potato Pie
Like many Southern desserts, this smooth pie gets a flavor boost from a splash of bourbon.
Old-Fashioned Apple Pie
Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cookies
These festive cookies are easy for the kids to grab and go. If you want to up the presentation, a thin layer of cream cheese icing would be divine on these.