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 big 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 (wink, wink). 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!
Cinnamon Roll Apple 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. Prepare for this recipe to 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 one 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.
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 holiday 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
An oh-so-simple recipe for Chess Pie has always been a Southern favorite. Be sure to add this pie to the dessert spread.
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 filling 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!
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 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.
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.
Sliced Sweet Potato Pie
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.
Pumpkin Spice-Heath Cake
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice-Heath Cake
When it comes to serving a crowd, there's nothing better than a sheet cake straight from your favorite 13x9.
Dulce de Leche-Cheesecake Pecan Pie
This isn't your average pecan pie—a layer of rich cheesecake takes it over the top.
Pumpkin Dump Cake
Recipe: Pumpkin Dump Cake
It's all in the name—with this easy recipe, all you have to do is dump the ingredients in, mix, and bake.
Pear-Cranberry Pie with Ginger-Almond Streusel
This fresh pie recipe benefits from the bright addition of ginger and a buttery vanilla bean crust.
Pecan Pie Cobbler
Recipe: Pecan Pie Cobbler
This decadent cobbler comes together with just a few minutes of hands on time and your cast-iron skillet.
Pumpkin-Lemon Cream Cheese Chess Pie
Honeyed Plum Galette
Recipe: Honeyed Plum Galette
This elegant recipe features a homemade crust and a gooey, sweet fruit filling.
Salted Caramel-Apple Hand Pies
Recipe: Salted Caramel-Apple Hand Pies
These cute bites are a fun Thanksgiving dessert for the kids to help you bake.
Recipe: Pecan Tassies
A cross between a shortbread cookie and a sweet bite of pecan pie, these mini delights are an adorable addition to the dessert table at Thanksgiving.
Apple Stack Cake
Brown Butter-Maple-Pecan Blondies
A tip from the Test Kitchen: Choose high-quality 100% pure maple syrup for these bar cookies; the fake stuff doesn't have the same richness and aroma. The darker the syrup, the stronger the flavor.
Cranberry-Orange Cake with Orange Buttercream
Granny Smith Apple Pie
Recipe: Granny Smith Apple Pie
Roasting the apples beforehand makes a world of difference in the flavor of this pie.
Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake
Recipe: Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake
Why choose between a slice of pumpkin pie and a slice of cheesecake when you can have the best of both worlds?
Southern Sweet Potato Cake
Recipe: Southern Sweet Potato Cake
This fall cake will make your house smell absolutely amazing.
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Recipe: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
We turned old-fashioned whoopie pies into a Thanksgiving treat by adding all your favorite autumn spices and flavors.
Caramel Tart with Brandy Whipped Cream
Sick of the same pie each year on Thanksgiving? Try this oh-so-sweet dessert.
Recipe: Cranberry-Apple Tartlets
These cute and delicious tartlets are a welcome surprise in the usual dessert lineup of pies and cookies.
Pumpkin Pecan Pie
Recipe: Pumpkin Pecan Pie
What could make your favorite pumpkin pie recipe better? Candied pecans and whipped cream.
Sweet Potato Brownies
Recipe: Sweet Potato Brownies
The kids won't believe there's actually a vegetable in these fudgy brownies, and you don't have to tell them.