30 Thanksgiving Desserts That Are Not Pie
In the South, bringing homemade pies to Thanksgiving dinner is as common as bringing hot casseroles to a neighbor. Although greatly appreciated, it’s often expected. Seasonal cakes and cookies can go unnoticed during the holiday season, but we are here to give them their moment in the spotlight.
Serve the unexpected this holiday season. Put your collection of pies on the backburner, and try an autumnal cake or cookie instead. These signature cakes, cookies, and bars will be the star of the show against a very saturated pie spread. We’ve collected Thanksgiving treats that are even better than pies. From Apple Upside Cake to Pecan Pie Bars, these stunning desserts will make you forget about all about that pumpkin pie. Refresh your Thanksgiving dessert spread with one of these irresistible treats.
Think Outside the Pie Pan for Thanksgiving Dessert
Pumpkin Spice Magic Cake
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Magic Cake
This impressive Bundt cake is as delicious as it is stunning.
Caramel Apple Cake
Recipe: Caramel Apple Cake
This showstopping cake is drizzled with homemade caramel sauce.
Spiced Pecan Pie Bars
Recipe: Spiced Pecan Pie Bars
Swap out the pecan pie for these bite-sized treats.
Recipe: Butterscotch Cookies
These soft and chewy oatmeal cookies are richly filled with butterscotch chips and toasted oats, but you can add in chocolate chips for an even sweeter cookie fix.
Classic Apple Upside Down Cake
Recipe: Classic Apple Upside Down Cake
Swap out your apple pie for this stunning upside-down cake.
Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
Recipe: Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
Grab fresh apples from the farmer’s market and whip up this decadent apple cake.
Recipe: Chocolate Torte
The perfect chocolate-filled finish after a hearty Thanksgiving dinner.
Pumpkin Layer Cake with Caramel-Cream Cheese Frosting
Pumpkin and caramel join forces to make this award-worthy dessert.
Butter Toffee-Pecan Layer Cake
Recipe: Butter Toffee-Pecan Layer Cake
This rich, three-layer cake will fulfill everyone’s sweet tooth.
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Recipe: Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
These old-fashioned cookies are Granny’s signature dessert.
Gingerbread-and-Pear Upside-Down Cake
Topped with caramelized pears, this cake is more impressive than any classic pie.
Chocolate-Caramel Cookie Cups
Recipe: Chocolate-Caramel Cookie Cups
We elevated classic chocolate cookies into cookie cups that contain ooey gooey caramel filling.
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
Nothing says fall quite like Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes.
Crème Brûlée Cheesecake
Recipe: Crème Brûlée Cheesecake
This simple and easy cheesecake has a caramelized finish.
Recipe: Buttermilk-Pecan Pralines
Set out a tin of these sugary treats, and they will be gone in seconds.
Southern Sweet Potato Cake
Recipe: Southern Sweet Potato Cake
Talk about a sugar rush—this sugary Sweet Potato Cake is covered in brown sugar icing.
Gingerbread Cake with Buttermilk Frosting
Nothing is more comforting than the aroma of gingerbread when you're with family.
Chocolate-Pecan Phyllo Turnovers
Recipe: Chocolate-Pecan Phyllo Turnovers
If you love pecan pie, then you need to try these chocolate drizzled pecan turnovers.
Brown Sugar-Rum Cake
Recipe: Brown Sugar-Rum Cake
This extra creamy cake is oh-so heavenly.
Recipe: Cranberry-Apple Tartlets
Honeycrisp apples and cranberries are the perfect pair in these bite-sized tartlets.
Brown Butter-Maple-Pecan Blondies
These blondies are sure to be a crowd favorite, make sure to use high-quality maple syrup for a sweeter taste.
Pecan Pie Brownies
Recipe: Pecan Pie Brownies
Decadent and gooey, these brownies will melt in your mouth.
Pecan Snowball Cookies
Recipe: Pecan Snowball Cookies
These Southern classic cookies are coated in powdered sugar and stuffed with crushed pecans.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies
Recipe: Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies
Kids will love this s’more-like treat.
Recipe: Pecan Tassies
These indulgent Pecan Tassies have the best of both worlds, by combining pecan pie and shortbread cookies.
Nutty Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
Filled with creamy peanut butter, these thumbprint cookies are next level decadent.
Fudgy Pecan Bourbon Balls
Recipe: Fudgy Pecan Bourbon Balls
Would you believe us if we said that this no-bake recipe has only four ingredients?
Praline Mini Cakes
Recipe: Praline Mini Cakes
These sugary Bundt cakes are the perfect bite-sized treat—no sharing required.
Recipe: Pumpkin-Chocolate Brownies
The addition of pumpkin elevates classic brownies and turns them into ooey-gooey treats.
Recipe: Pumpkin-Espresso Tiramisù
This Pumpkin-Espresso Tiramisù deserves to be front and center at the dessert table.