Thanksgiving Desserts

A thanksgiving meal isn’t complete without dessert! Of course, pie is always the popular option, but this collection contains an entire assortment of pies, cakes, bars, and other recipes that work great for Thanksgiving Desserts.

From pies to cheesecakes, we are sharing all of the best Thanksgiving desserts for you! We have so many favorites but pumpkin pie and pumpkin delight top the list! Below you’ll see there are so many great options to choose from!

MORE COLLECTIONS: Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas, Thanksgiving Appetizers, Thanksgiving Side Dishes, Pumpkin Recipes

Collage of Thanksgiving Desserts

Tips for easy Thanksgiving desserts

Besides turkey, Thanksgiving is synonymous with Pie. From Pumpkin to Coconut Cream, pie is definitely a perfect desert for this holiday, but it is not the only dessert worthy to finish off a Thanksgiving feast. I’ve collected a few of our favorite dessert recipes that I know your family and friends will love.

Before I share recipes, here are a handful of TIPS that come in handy with Thanksgiving Desserts:

  • Make as many desserts ahead of time as possible. Most desserts store well and still taste delicious the next day.
  • Plan for people to have 2 desserts. A few guests won’t want to have dessert while others will only want 1 or 2 servings. Some, with a sweet tooth, will desire more. Planning 2 desserts per person will ensure everyone gets their fill.
  • Have a separate serving area for desserts. Place small saucers, utensils and napkins next to the dessert display.
  • Using tiered trays is a beautiful way to present desserts as well as save space.
  • Adding a label to each dessert gives a nice finish to the display. You can even include important allergy information on the labels.
  • Leftover desserts can be boxed up and sent home with guests. many desserts can also be stored on the counter or freezer to be enjoyed at a later date. See the individual recipes for storage information.

TOP Thanksgiving pies - pumpkin pie recipe

thanksgiving Pies

Pumpkin may be the fav, but there are so many other great ones that can be made. Here are some of the most popular on the site perfect for you upcoming Turkey day celebrations.

Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Not only is this pumpkin pie incredibly easy - it's the most moist, flavorful, all around perfect pumpkin pie! Made from canned pumpkin, seasonal spices, and evaporated milk, this pie is a must have dessert during the holidays.
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Best Apple Pie Recipe
There's nothing like a slice of warm apple pie served with vanilla ice cream! This recipe for Homemade Apple Pie has proven to be the BEST apple pie recipe around. With a flaky, buttery crust made from scratch, and a gooey, sweet apple filling, this pie will not disappoint!
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
4.91 from 22 votes
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Cherry Pie Recipe
This recipe for cherry pie is simple and elegant, but it tastes amazing. It's perfect for any special occasion or holiday!
5 from 12 votes
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Pecan Pie Recipe
The recipe for THE BEST Pecan Pie! It only takes a handful of ingredients and 10 minutes of prep work to create this ooey gooey, buttery delicacy! Not only is this pie a MUST at Thanksgiving dinner - it's a perfect pie year round!
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
4.5 from 8 votes
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Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
This sweet potato pie has a silky smooth texture, the perfect hint of spice, and a crisp crust. Top it with a little whipped cream, and it's totally irresistible!
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Sugar Cream Pie Recipe
This Sugar Cream Pie is smooth, creamy, and delicious! The egg-free custard filling is easy to make using ingredients you already have on hand.
Total Time: 40 minutes
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Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe
This Chocolate Cream Pie has two types of chocolate in a creamy pudding, topped off with sweetened whipped cream and chocolate curls. It is a perfect pie for chocolate lovers!
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe
This decadent chocolate Pecan pie is made with a homemade pie crust and is filled with chocolate-y goodness and crunchy pecans (and is even better with ice cream on top). It's perfect for holidays or any get together.
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Pumpkin bars on a plate for thanksgiving dessert

Thanksgiving dessert Bars

We love to also make dessert bars because you can usually feed quite a few people with them. These ones all work well for Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Bars Recipe
Fluffy and moist pumpkin bars that are oozing with autumn charm. They're topped with the most delicious cinnamon cream cheese frosting, making them sweet and irresistible!
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Sugar Cookie Bars Recipe
One of everyone's favorite cookies in bar form - these soft Sugar Cookie Bars are simple and are topped with a delicious buttercream frosting that makes this dessert irresistible. 
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Millionaire Bars Recipe
These millionaire bars have a perfectly crumbly crust, an ooey gooey caramel middle, and a thin layer of delicious semi-sweet chocolate on top. They definitely earn their name!
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Pecan Pie Bars Recipe
With a buttery shortbread crust and caramelized pecan filling, it's impossible not to love these sweet and nutty Pecan Pie Bars. Anyone who likes pecan pie (and even those who don't!) LOVE these Pecan Bars.
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars Recipe
Total Time: 33 minutes
Pumpkin Brownie Recipe
The yummiest Pumpkin Brownies you will ever taste! Pumpkin, chocolate, and spices unite to make one pan of deliciousness that will sure to satisfy anyone's pumpkin addiction.
Total Time: 1 hour 3 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Thanksgiving cake ideas - pumpkin dump cake on plate

Thanksgiving Cake ideas + Cheesecakes

Believe it or not, but our family probably has more pumpkin cakes than pies during the holidays. We just love how simple they are and that they feed a lot, are delicious and can usually be served with homemade whipped cream or ice cream.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake Recipe
Pumpkin crunch cake is a must-make during the fall season. It entails all of the smooth pumpkin flavors, topped with crunchy pecans and a dollop of whipped cream.
Total Time: 1 hour 12 minutes
4.85 from 13 votes
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Pumpkin Magic Cake Recipe
3 layer cake made up of creamy pumpkin puree layer, a layer of yellow cake, and lastly a white chocolate pumpkin spice frosting topped with white chocolate shavings!!
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
4.9 from 19 votes
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Pumpkin Roll Recipe
Libby's Pumpkin Roll is a classic fall favorite! Nothing beats a pumpkin cake full of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger all rolled up with a delicious cream cheese filling.
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.93 from 14 votes
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Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe
Try this fall dump cake variation - Pumpkin Dump Cake! This delicious pumpkin dump cake recipe is complete with all the fall flavors, pumpkin, pecan, and cinnamon spice.
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
4.94 from 30 votes
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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
Individual No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes are easy and perfect for the holidays!! Crushed gingersnaps fill the bottom of each jar, layered with a mixed pumpkin puree, and topped with Whipped Cream and caramel!
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.8 from 5 votes
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Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bars
These Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars have so many delicious layers, including a graham cracker crust, cheesecake layer and pumpkin layer. They're full of fall spices and are sure to impress at any holiday gathering.
Total Time: 1 hour
4.19 from 11 votes
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Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe
A buttery, cinnamon cake with cinnamon, brown sugar and pumpkin puree swirls, topped with a sweet pumpkin spice glaze. This Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake is what pumpkin spice dreams are made of!
Total Time: 47 minutes
4 from 1 vote
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Pecan Pie Cheesecake
Pecan Pie Cheesecake Recipe
If you love Pecan Pie, you'll love this Cheesecake! This cake has vanilla wafers crust, pecan pie filling, creamy cheesecake layer and buttery, caramel-pecan topping.
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
4.78 from 35 votes
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Pumpkin Delight Recipe
With a buttery pecan crust, a whipped cream cheese layer, light and fluffy pumpkin spice pudding, and more whipped cream topped off with chopped pecans, this pumpkin delight dessert is absolutely irresistible! 
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
4.81 from 51 votes
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Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake with Oreo Crust
Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
Oreo crust, two layers of cheesecake (one plain and one with pumpkin puree), whipped cream, and chocolate ganache! Everything about this chocolate pumpkin cheesecake is heavenly.
Total Time: 7 hours 25 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Pumpkin Cobbler Recipe
Easy Pumpkin Cobbler recipe - all the flavors of Pumpkin Pie in an easy to make baked dessert! Recipe includes yellow cake mix, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and some seasonings, topped with your favorite nut!
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Chocolate Thanksgiving desserts - Chocolate mousse

Chocolate Thanksgiving Desserts

Not a fan of pumpkin? No worries!! Most love chocolate, so we wanted to share some of our most popular chocolate Thanksgiving desserts.

Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe
Our favorite chocolate sheet cake recipe. It's simple, moist, delicious and serves a lot making it our go-to party dessert - perfect with ice cream.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe
You will love indulging in this this simple chocolate bundt cake with a chocolate ganache glaze. This moist chocolate cake is just the right amount of rich without being too heavy!
Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 8 votes
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German Chocolate Cake Recipe
Homemade German Chocolate Cake is always a favorite. Two layers of tender chocolate cake topped with a decadent coconut pecan frosting. What's not to love?
5 from 10 votes
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No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars
Simple and delicious no bake Chocolate Oat Bars - a great dessert to enjoy any time of year without heating up the house!
Total Time: 12 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Chocolate Mousse Recipe
Chocolate Mousse is a sophisticated ultra smooth and creamy dessert that is perfect for serving at a dinner party. This chocolate dessert is sure to get rave reviews.
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Sour Cream Chocolate Cake
This sour cream chocolate cake is moist, fudgy, completely delicious and so easy to make. It's the perfect old-fashioned chocolate cake recipe that everyone will love and enjoy at every party! Serve it alone or with ice cream and you're sure to get rave reviews.
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe
The BEST Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe. This Simple, Smooth And Fudgy Cake Is Sure To Get Rave Reviews And Is A Great Cake To Add To Your Favorite Go-To Desserts.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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Thanksgiving Desserts for Kids

Thanksgiving Desserts for Kids

Kids LOVE dessert!! With that in mind, we wanted to compile some great ideas for the kiddos to serve as treats on Thanksgiving. These are all so simple, they can even help make them.

Oreo Turkeys Recipe
Oreo Turkeys - chocolate dipped oreos with candy melts as feathers, candy eyes and a butterscotch chip beak. Kids love these!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Pumpkin Cupcake Recipe
The secret to these EASY Pumpkin Cupcakes is a box of yellow cake mix. With pumpkin puree and a dash of pumpkin pie spice, these cupcakes are so soft, moist, flavorful, and pair perfectly with the delicious cream cheese frosting!
Total Time: 27 minutes
4.88 from 16 votes
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Pumpkin Custard Recipe
This pumpkin custard dessert is a cinch to prepare and will satisfy that pumpkin craving! It's rich and creamy and full of pumpkin spice with a delicious nutty, crunch topping.
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake Recipe
This two layer Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake is moist, DELICIOUS, and perfect for any fall festivity! The dessert consists of a buttery cake-like bottom layer, plus a creamy layer of pumpkin puree, cream cheese, cinnamon, nutmeg, and powdered sugar.
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe
You can never have just one of these soft and delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. After trying several recipes, this one is our favorite!
Total Time: 27 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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Pumpkin Parfait Recipe
Pumpkin Pudding Parfaits - a ginger snap base, cream cheese layer, pumpkin pudding layer and topped with whipped cream, crumbs and white chocolate curls!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Pumpkin Snack Mix Recipe
DELICIOUS Pumpkin Snack Mix. An easy and quick snack. Recipe has popcorn, peanuts, cheerios, chex, candy corn, and pumpkins mixed together with brown sugar, vanilla, corn syrup, butter, and baking soda!!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Mini Thanksgiving desserts - mini pumpkin pies

Mini Thanksgiving Desserts

Everything’s cuter when it’s mini!! Sometimes it’s nice to have smaller desserts so you can have more than one. We’ve compiled some of our favorite mini desserts to enjoy on Thanksgiving.

Mini Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
Give these Mini Cinnamon Rolls a try and you'll fall in love with their tender, sweet centers and irresistible cream cheese frosting! These cinnamon rolls are ready in under 90 minutes, and they're perfect for big gatherings! They always disappear in seconds!
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
4.95 from 19 votes
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Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
These Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect bite-sized treat. Made with healthier ingredients, these cookies also provide some guilt-free pleasure while still being delicious!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Mini Pecan Pie Recipe
Everyone's favorite pecan pie in mini form! Perfect for parties and snacking with your hands! Sweet, bite sized, crunchy, and delicious - these mini pies are great for holidays.
Total Time: 23 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Mini Fruit Tarts Recipe
These Mini Fruit Tarts are a delicious and simple summer dessert! Made by filling mini tart cups with an amazing homemade cream and topped with your favorite fruit, these mini treats are perfect for any get together.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Pumpkin Pie Bites
Mini Pumpkin Pies
Mini Pumpkin Pies - the perfect, bite-sized fall treats perfect for any party or occasion!
4.6 from 5 votes
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Mini Glazed Pumpkin Donut Muffins Recipe
A donut muffin filled with pumpkin and cinnamon flavors, topped with a spiced white chocolate glaze. These mini glazed pumpkin donut muffins are totally irresistible!!
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Pumpkin lasagna Thanksgiving dessert

Easy Thanksgiving cookies + more

Can’t forget some of the other classics like pumpkin roll, cookies and more!! These guys are definitely MUST-HAVEs too!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are SO soft and fluffy, they're almost like a cake. Filled with pumpkin flavor, and chocolate chips, these cookies have just the right amount of seasonal spices.
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Iced Pumpkin Cookie Recipe
Iced Pumpkin Cookies - these soft and spicy cookies are a fall favorite! An easy cinnamon glaze makes them simply irresistible.
4.89 from 9 votes
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A stack of 3 soft and chewy pumpkin oatmeal cookies
Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
These pumpkin oatmeal cookies are extra soft and chewy, filled with cinnamon and just the right amount of pumpkin flavor.
Total Time: 48 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Carrot Souffle Recipe
Carrot soufflĂ© is a sweet and unexpectedly delicious dessert! You'll be pleasantly surprised with how amazing and simple this soufflĂ© is - it's the perfect dessert for any holiday meal. 
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Pumpkin Lasagna Recipe
This Pumpkin Lasagna dessert is stacked with the most delicious layers - a Pumpkin Oreo crust, cream cheese layer, pumpkin pudding layer, and topped off with cream and white chocolate curls.
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
4.79 from 14 votes
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Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake Recipe
This two layer Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake is moist, DELICIOUS, and perfect for any fall festivity! The dessert consists of a buttery cake-like bottom layer, plus a creamy layer of pumpkin puree, cream cheese, cinnamon, nutmeg, and powdered sugar.
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles Recipe
DELICIOUS White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles - they're so soft and are the perfect fall treat.
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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So many great desserts to choose from – which ones are you planning to make?

MORE COLLECTIONS: Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas, Thanksgiving Appetizers, Thanksgiving Side Dishes, Pumpkin Recipes

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  1. 5 stars
    These tips are so helpful, kristyn! I especially love the ones about how to store leftovers, and setting up the display with labels (will be so helpful for guests with allergies too!). Happy thanksgiving!