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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The 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 recipes 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! 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 dinner menu sorted, make sure you get these easy Thanksgiving desserts ready too!
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- Chocolate Chips
- Pumpkin Puree
- Vanilla Extract
- Whipped Cream
- Heavy Cream
What are the 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: This Strawberry Pretzel Salad can be made sugar-free, or try these Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars.
- Thanksgiving Dessert Most Likely to Impress: Nothing will impress guests like the perfect Pumpkin Pie (complete with a homemade pie crust).
Easy Thanksgiving Desserts Ideas
Nothing says Thanksgiving like a nice homemade pie. These classics and creative ideas are a must for this holiday!
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.
Crisps, Crumbles, and Cobblers
Crisps and cobblers are the perfect fall dessert, so they fit in perfectly on the Thanksgiving dessert table!
Easy Holiday 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.
Bars and Brownies
These desserts are another super easy option that can be made the day before Thanksgiving for a simple and delicious dessert!
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.
Add these Homemade Details
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.
- Homemade Pie Crust
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Stabilized Whipped Cream
- Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream
- Caramel Apple Dip
- Homemade Chocolate Sauce
More Thanksgiving Recipes
Finish out your Thanksgiving menu with these desserts, guides, sides, and other recipes to make for the holidays.