37 Best Thanksgiving Desserts That Will Wow Your Guests
Thanksgiving is a time to come together with family and friends and give thanks. What better way to celebrate than by enjoying some delicious desserts?
We’ve put together a list of our favorite Thanksgiving desserts for you to try this year. From classic pumpkin pie to decadent chocolate cake, we have something for everyone. Start planning your holiday feast and get baking!
1. Pumpkin Spice Pretzels
These pumpkin spice pretzels are perfect if you want a delicious treat to grab after letting the turkey sit for a while.
Just roll the soft, delightful dough in cinnamon, brown sugar, or melted white chocolate and top it with nuts or sprinkles. A true Thanksgiving dessert one will always remember!
2. Mini Apple Pie Cookies
A charming yet classic rendition is baking them in cookie form for those who get full with one slice of apple pie. They are small, sweet, and delicious, the perfect Thanksgiving dessert to end your meal.
These mini apple pie cookies are excellent for sharing with your guests. They can even be made just a few hours before the festivities! Just freeze them until you need them for this big holiday dinner.
3. Apple Pie Pockets
For those who are not a fan of cookies and who want to end Thanksgiving with a bang, apple pie pocket pastries are an excellent idea to try. This is a doughboy-approved shortcut even the kids would enjoy!
4. Fudgy Pumpkin Spice Bites
This Thanksgiving dessert is perfect for you if you're into pumpkin spice lattes. The chewy balls of deliciousness will have your mouth watering in seconds!
Pumpkin spice lattes are a seasonal favorite, but these fudgy pumpkin spice bites take it one step further. They're rich and smooth, with just enough sweetness from the pureed pumpkin mixed into wholesome oats for an extra crunchy texture that you can't get enough of!
5. Pumpkin Pie Dippers With Cinnamon Sugar
These work as snacks and desserts, whichever your heart pleases. Pumpkin Pie Dippers are a good idea for Thanksgiving desserts because it's just pumpkin puree and caramel! They are easy to prepare and will have your guests coming back for more.
6. Apple Crisp
There’s nothing better on a fabulous fall day than the sweet taste of apples coated in crisp, golden brown sugar.
This dessert is perfect for those who love both sweet and spicy foods because it has just enough kick from cinnamon and lemon to keep things interesting without being overpowering or too rich-tasting when eaten by itself!
This healthy Thanksgiving dessert goes well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an even sweeter treat. Thanks to the brown sugar and oats that top it!
7. Pumpkin Brookies
Brownie and cookie lovers will enjoy these little Thanksgiving treats! Half a brownie and half a cookie, pumpkin brookies are topped with creamy vanilla frosting for a Thanksgiving dessert that will leave them begging for more.
8. Cheesecake Infused Snickerdoodles
Going for a less boring cinnamon-sugar treat? These Thanksgiving desserts are the perfect option. The dough is infused with cream cheese, giving them a unique flavor and unexpected Thanksgiving dessert texture but a game-changer for your guests!
9. Cinnamon Oatmeal Treats
These holiday desserts comprise the best Thanksgiving flavors: oats, cinnamon, and dried fruits. They're also studded with delicious dried fruit that will leave your guests asking for more.
10. Pumpkin Pie Bombs
These Thanksgiving desserts are made with all the good things: cream cheese, almonds, and of course, powdered sugar! This means there's an extra sweetness to them that will leave your guests asking for more!
11. Pecan Pie Cups
To finish off the list of Thanksgiving desserts are these simple and delicious pecan pie cups. They're filled with a traditional Thanksgiving custard with cinnamon for a rich yet sweet treat in every bite.
12. Chocolate Apple Pops
Who can forget caramel apples? Dip them in sweet melted chocolate and roll them on your favorite toppers to make things more interesting! Crushed Oreos, pretzels, or even M&Ms; anything will do as long as they taste like the best Thanksgiving desserts of your dreams.
13. Spiced Pumpkin Pie
With just a few ingredients, you can make this pumpkin spice pie to bring to your in-law's place and instantly blow their minds. This beloved pie's vibrant flavor will top off your comfort food for Thanksgiving!
Various spices, including cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, all come together for one delicious dish! Try making our signature pies today so they're ready when guests stop by unexpectedly.
14. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Loaf
The aroma of fresh gingerbread fills the room as you mix up your favorite spices in a loaf of chocolatey goodness! The warm chocolate chips bring this delicious treat together with just enough sweetness to keep your pumpkin chocolate loaf's flavor on point.
15. Cranberry Apple Crisp
The tartness of the cranberries makes this apple crisp recipe one you'll want to make year after year. The brown sugar, oats, and pecans all come together for a fantastic Thanksgiving dessert that will become a staple in your home!
16. Pecan Pie Shake
Looking for a delicious and decadent shake recipe? Look no further than this pecan pie shake! This sweet treat is perfect for those days when you need something indulgent. It's easy to make and will satisfy your sweet cravings. Give it a try today!
17. Pumpkin Chocolate Loaf Cake With Frosting
Who says Thanksgiving desserts have to go by the book? This pumpkin chocolate cake will leave people wanting more!
The salted caramel frosting pairs well with the pumpkin in the Thanksgiving dessert, and it is perfect for people who want something indulgent to finish off the Thanksgiving meal they just dove into.
18. Mini Cherry Cheesecakes With Orange Glaze
For those looking for the best Thanksgiving desserts that are one of a kind, these mini cherry cheesecakes will do wonders! The orange glaze adds a twist to a dessert favorite like cheesecake.
19. Flourless Chocolate Cookies
These chewy, intensely chocolatey cookies are perfectly balanced with a pinch of flaky salt. Just use dark chocolate chips and some keto-friendly sugar substitute in these deliciously sweet treats that satisfy any sweet tooth—vegan and non-vegans alike!
20. Apple Fritters
Another Thanksgiving favorite is apple fritters which are easy to make and can be served around Thanksgiving dinner. These are best when they're freshly fried, so serve them warm!
Tucked inside the sugary batter are chopped and grated apples (spiked with lemon juice) that add tons of texture to these fritters. They're also covered in a sweet crust made from powdered sugar and vanilla, all while being shallow-fried to crispy perfection.
21. Cranberry Crumble
Cranberries are an ingredient that reminds us of Thanksgiving, so what better way to top off your Thanksgiving dessert than with these classic crumbles? It's made up of tart cranberries, brown sugar, and oats. It has a crunchy texture because it's topped with rolled oats before baking - yum!
22. Pecan Cupcakes With Spiced Vanilla Frosting
The perfect way to end your Thanksgiving meal, these spiced cupcakes are made with finely ground pecans and cinnamon. It has a special ingredient that will make you feel at home in no time!
23. Cranberry Apple Tartlets
Even though cranberries are often used in Thanksgiving desserts, it's nice to see another fall fruit make an appearance—you can't go wrong with apples!
No one can say no to miniature, and tasty desserts and cranberry apple tartlets are a must-try this holiday season. It's mostly sugar, apples, and cranberries. Where can you go wrong?
24. Spiked Hot Chocolate
It's not too late for you to enjoy this warm, drinkable dessert! It strikes just the right balance between sweet and spicey. Add some whipped cream if desired- it'll make your taste buds sing with joy (and maybe even put them into hibernation).
25. Brown Butter Pecan Pie With Espresso Dates
This Thanksgiving dessert is a rich and complex pie that balances the flavors of sweet Medjool dates with bitter espresso. The brown butter adds an extra layer to this dish, making it heavenly!
26. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes
These super moist, gluten-free cupcakes have terrific pumpkin flavor and an irresistible topping of fluffy, creamy frosting. The moist cake has a light golden caramel sauce that gives it the perfect sweetness for your taste buds!
27. Chocolate Panna Cotta With Spiced Pepita Brittle
Silky chocolate panna cotta brings the rich, cold-weather favorite hot cocoa while tying this decadent dish with fall harvest flavors. The outer edges are crisp from caramelized pumpkin seed brittle that will warm your heart on these cool autumn nights!
28. Chocolate, Hazelnut, And Caramel Tart
You can't mess with the foundation of a tart, and a fudgy one at that is comfort food at its finest. A rich and gooey hazelnut-crusted chocolate tart with a thick, fudgy caramel layer for an ultra-indulgent dessert to savor after a hearty Thanksgiving meal.
29. Lemon-Cranberry Pie Bars
What could be more delightful than a traditional Thanksgiving pie? If you're looking for something new and delicious, try Lemon-Cranberry Pie Bars. They have an easy press-in crust perfect with lovely tart lemon curd filling swirled through cranberry puree!
30. Whiskey Caramel Bread Pudding With Ice Cream
The best way to eat your favorite dessert is in the form of blissfully comforting bread pudding. This genius recipe requires no custard, making for a quick and easy yet delicious Thanksgiving dessert for your extended family to savor!
31. Chocolate Cookie With Cacao Nibs And Flaky Salt
You won't be able to resist these chocolatey and salty cookies that are as simple as they sound. In terms of a rich chocolate flavor, this giant chocolate cookie, topped with cacao nibs and flaky salt, is the way to go on Thanksgiving day.
32. Pumpkin Coffee Cake With Buttercream Frosting
This pumpkin coffee cake recipe is easy to make and topped off with a buttercream frosting that will complete any Thanksgiving dessert table! The best part about this holiday treat? It has a kick, thanks to the bourbon.
33. Pecan Pie With Caramelized Apples
Who doesn't love pecan pie on Thanksgiving? Well, a twist to a Thanksgiving classic is never a bad idea. Not only are there chocolate chips, but there's also a load of caramel drizzled with sea salt to top it with some texture.
34. Apple Cider Cupcakes With Frosting and Caramel Drizzle
Cupcakes are always an excellent Thanksgiving dessert because everyone loves them, and they’re always first to disappear from the cupcake carriers. Plus, you can put anything in the middle of those cupcake molds, which makes it a great Thanksgiving dessert.
In this case, there's apple cider and apples inside, which makes it a little more attractive to the Thanksgiving palette.
35. Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake With a Brownie Crust
Before deciding on any menus or dishes that need preparation this year, consider making a pumpkin cheesecake with a brownie! Trust us. No one's going to want to skip dessert. It takes only 30 minutes to make and serves up to 12 people–12 happy tummies satisfied!
36. Pumpkin Popovers
If you're looking for dessert ideas with these tasty additions, try dusting some confectioners' sugar over hot slices before taking their first bite or dolloping on top after serving these delicious popovers cold.
Either way will ensure everyone's sweet tooths are satisfied until next year's harvest season rolls around again.
37. Apple-Pear Crisp With Peanut Butter
This delectable dessert is sure to be the star of your meal. It's made with spiced apples and pears, topped off by a peanut butter oat crisp—What more could one ask for?
Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and of course, FOOD! This year, why not try something new in the dessert department? We hope this collection of our favorite Thanksgiving desserts will have your guests raving, from classic pumpkin pie to creative cranberry desserts.
With a little creativity, you can make any of these desserts fit for a Thanksgiving feast. Which one will you choose?