35 Best Thanksgiving Desserts: Creative And Delicious Recipes

Thanksgiving Desserts

It's Thanksgiving day! What better way to celebrate than with desserts? This list of 35 Thanksgiving dessert recipes will not only satisfy your guests but will help you find the perfect Thanksgiving desserts for your feast. 

From pumpkin pie and apple pie to pecan pie and cheesecake, we've got a wide variety of desserts that everyone at the table is sure to love. If you're looking for Thanksgiving desserts that are creative and delicious this year, then look no further because these are what you need!

1. Pumpkin Spice Pretzels

Pumpkin Spice Pretzels

If you want a delicious treat to grab after letting the turkey sit for a while, then these pumpkin spice pretzels are perfect. Just roll the soft, delightful dough in cinnamon and brown sugar or melted white chocolate and top it with nuts or sprinkles; a true Thanksgiving dessert, one that will be remembered!

2. Mini Apple Pie Cookies

Mini Aplepie 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 Pocket Pastry

Apple Pie Pocket Pastries

For those 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

Fudgy Pumpkin Spice Bites

If you're into pumpkin spice lattes, then this Thanksgiving dessert is perfect for autumn lovers alike. Chewy squares of deliciousness that will have your mouth watering in seconds!

5. Pumpkin Pie Dippers with Cinnamon Sugar

Pumpkin Spice Dipper

These work as snacks and desserts, whichever your heart pleases. Pumpkin Pie Dippers are a good idea for Thanksgiving desserts because it's seriously just pumpkin puree and caramel! They are easy to prepare and will have your guests coming back for more.

6. Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

This healthy Thanksgiving dessert goes well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an even sweeter treat. The crisp turns out crispy and flavorful, thanks to the brown sugar and oats that top it!

7. Pumpkin Brookies

 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

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

Cinnamon Oatmeal Treat

These Thanksgiving desserts are made up of 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

Pumpkin Pie Bombs

These Thanksgiving desserts are made with all the good things; cream cheese, crescent rolls, 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

Pecan Pie Cups

To finish off the list of Thanksgiving desserts is these simple and delicious pecan pie cups. They're filled up with a traditional Thanksgiving custard with cinnamon for a rich yet sweet treat in every bite.

12. Chocolate Apple Pops

Chocolate Apple Pops

Who can forget caramel apples? Dip them in sweet melted chocolate and roll them on your favorite toppers to make things a little more interesting! Crushed Oreos, pretzels, or even M&Ms; anything will do as long as it tastes like the Thanksgiving dessert of your dreams.

13. Spiced Pumpkin Pie

Spiced Pumpkin Pie

An easy pumpkin spice pie to bring over to your in-law's place can instantly blow their minds with just a few ingredients. Not only is this tasty pie beloved, but it has a vibrant flavor that is sure to top off your comfort food for Thanksgiving!

The spices cinnamon, gingerbread nutmeg 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

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

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, cinnamon, and vanilla extract all come together for a fantastic Thanksgiving dessert that is sure to become a staple in your home!

16. Pecan Pie Bars with Brown Sugar Butter

Pecan Pie Bars

If your guests love snacks, they can grab them without getting a plate. Pecan pie bars are a great idea. The brown sugar butter brings a nice sweetness to the Thanksgiving dessert, and its crusty pecan top is simply delightful; even the kids and kids-at-heart will want it more than traditional pecan pie!

17. Pumpkin Chocolate Loaf Cake with Frosting

Pumpkin and chocolate layer cake

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

Mini Cherry Cheesecakes with Orange Glaze

For those looking for 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

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 will be sure to satisfy any sweet tooth, vegan and non-vegans alike!

20. Apple Fritters

Apple Fritters with Powdered Sugar

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 brown sugar batter (spiked with fresh apple cider!) are chopped and grated apples that add tons of texture to these fritters. They're also covered in a sweet crust made from powdered sugar, all while being shallow-fried to crispy perfection.

21. Cranberry Crumble

 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

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

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 to try this holiday season. It's mostly sugar, cinnamon, apples, and cranberries-- where can you go wrong?

24. Spiked Hot Chocolate

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

Brown Butter Pecan Pie with Espresso Dates

The 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!

24. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes

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 amount of sweetness for your taste buds!

25. Chocolate Panna Cotta with Spiced Pepita Brittle

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!

26. Chocolate, Hazelnut & Caramel Tart

Chocolate, Hazelnut & 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 have after a hearty Thanksgiving meal.

27. Lemon-Cranberry Pie Bars

Lemon-Cranberry Pie Bars

What could be more delightful than a traditional Thanksgiving pie? If you're looking for something new and delicious, try the Cranberry Apple slices. They have an easy press-in crust that's perfect with lovely tart lemon curd filling swirled through cranberries puree!

28. Whiskey Caramel Bread Budding With Ice Cream

Whiskey Caramel Bread Budding

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!

29. Chocolate Cookie with Cacao Nibs and Flaky Salt

Homemade Giant Double Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookie

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.

30. Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Bourbon Buttercream Frosting

Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Bourbon Buttercream Frosting

This pumpkin coffee cake recipe is not only quick and easy but it's topped off with a bourbon buttercream frosting that will make any Thanksgiving dessert table complete! The best part about this Thanksgiving treat? It's has a kick, thanks to the bourbon. 

31. Pecan Pie with Chocolate Chips and Caramelized Apples

Pecan Pie with Chocolate Chips and Caramelized Apples

Who doesn't love pecan pie on Thanksgiving? Well, a twist to a Thanksgiving classic is never a bad idea. Not only is there chocolate chips, but there's also a load of caramel drizzled with sea salt to top it with some texture.

32. Apple Cider Cupcakes with Frosting and Caramel Drizzle

Apple Cider Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting and Salted 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.

33. Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Brownie Crust

Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Brownie Crust

Before deciding on any menus or dishes that need preparation this year, consider making a pumpkin cheesecake that merged 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!

34. Pumpkin Popovers

 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 make sure everyone's sweet tooths are satisfied until next year's harvest season rolls around again.

35. Apple-Pear Crisp with Peanut Butter

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?


There's absolutely nothing wrong with bringing the classic apple pies, pecan pies, and pumpkin-spiced treats, but entertaining new Thanksgiving desserts for friends and family to enjoy is a great way to bypass tradition.

Whether you're a fan of moist chocolate cakes or you're looking for classic Thanksgiving desserts to wow your guests. Our list of Thanksgiving desserts is an excellent place to start when brainstorming your exciting Thanksgiving menu.

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