88+ Easy Thanksgiving Desserts Ideas and Recipes

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Thanksgiving desserts are a necessary part of the holiday. After everyone fills up on turkey, they’ll be looking for something sweet to wash it down. These easy Thanksgiving dessert recipes and ideas will save the day!

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Thanksgiving Desserts

Thanksgiving desserts are just as important as the main feast. Sure, everyone will be absolutely FULL after eating turkey, potatoes, and all the cheesy side dishes, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be room for something sweet.

You need the pies, the cookies, the cobblers, and all the delicious treats for people to choose from. Chocolate desserts, desserts for a crowd, unique desserts, and all the best Thanksgiving desserts that are sure to impress your guests.

These easy Thanksgiving dessert ideas are perfect for the big day. Don’t skimp on the sweets! I like having a few pies to choose from, plus a couple of other desserts for anyone that doesn’t like pie (who are those people? I’m not sure).

Crisps, crumbles, tarts, puddings, and cakes galore! This guide is filled with the best Thanksgiving desserts recipes that everyone is sure to love.

Make these desserts ahead of time so you can focus on cooking dinner the day of, and the desserts will just feel like they were sent straight from heaven to make your life easier (and more delicious).

Once you’ve got your Thanksgiving menu sorted, make sure you get these easy Thanksgiving desserts ready too!

pumpkin crumble in a white baking dish

pumpkin dessert lasagna on a white plate

Essential Kitchen Tools

Essential Ingredients List

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Whipped Cream
  • Heavy Cream

Best Desserts for Thanksgiving

I’ve put together a HUGE list of thanksgiving desserts below, so you’re sure to find the right recipes for you and your family. But I want to highlight my absolute favorites; the best of the best for the holiday!

  • Best Chocolate Dessert: I have to go with the classic Chocolate Cream Pie on this one.
  • Cutest Thanksgiving Dessert: I don’t know about you, but I think these Apple Dumplings are the cutest!
  • Best Dessert for a Crowd: Sheet Pan Apple Crisp is easy to make and feeds lots of people! 
  • Mini Thanksgiving Desserts: These Mini Apple Pie Taco Boats are perfect.
  • Most Unique Dessert: Our Pumpkin Pie Dessert Lasagna is a unique way to get that delicious pumpkin flavor after dinner.
  • Light & Healthy Dessert: These Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfaits taste like pumpkin pie, but they’re just a little but healthier (made with yogurt, granola, and pumpkin).
  • Thanksgiving Dessert Most Likely to Impress: Nothing will impress guests like the perfect Pumpkin Pie (complete with a homemade pie crust).

chocolate pecan pie topped with cream

Easy Thanksgiving Desserts Ideas

Thanksgiving Pies

Nothing says Thanksgiving like a nice homemade pie. These Thanksgiving pies are a must for this holiday!

See the full list of our favorite pies for Thanksgiving right here!

Peanut Butter Blossoms are a classic cookie recipe that is easy to make and loved by all! This BEST Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies Recipe has been in our family for years. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies are perfect for Christmas baking, but also made for enjoying year round, especially at Summer BBQs. When it comes to favorite cookie recipes, these Peanut Butter Hershey Kiss Cookies can't be beat. 
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Cookies for Thanksgiving

Cookies are an easy thing to make ahead of time, and they’re perfect for anyone that might prefer something a bit smaller after dinner.

apple crisp topped with scoops of ice cream
Sheet Pan Apple Crisp

Crisps & Tarts & Cobblers

Crisps and cobblers are the perfect fall dessert, so they fit in perfectly on the Thanksgiving dessert table!

pumpkin cheesecake topped with pumpkin whipped cream
No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

Easy Cakes

You can never go wrong with a beautiful cake. Our No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake is a great fall dessert, and everyone will LOVE our Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake.

pecan bars stacked on top of each other
Pecan Pie Bars

Bars and Brownies

These desserts are another super easy option that can be made the day before Thanksgiving for a simple and delicious dessert!

apple dumpling and ice cream on a plate
Apple Dumplings

Unique Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas

We’ve got ALL the best Thanksgiving dessert ideas you could ever dream of. It doesn’t stop after pies, cookies, and cakes. Make muffins, fried apples, mousse, or bread pudding for a fun dessert.

pumpkin whipped cream in a jar
Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream

Other Recipes

These little extras are great homemade recipes to take your desserts up a notch. Make your own pie crust, whipped cream, and more to finish off those tasty desserts.

More Thanksgiving Recipes

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