Even after an epic Thanksgiving dinner, there is always room for dessert. From classic pies, to cakes, to cookies and more, I have got you covered. Today I am sharing my 25 most popular and favourite Thanksgiving dessert recipes that go beyond pumpkin pie (but of course, pumpkin pie included too).
Pies and Crisps
Classic Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie
Thanksgiving just isn’t the same without a slice of classic Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. There is nothing better than a bite into that flaky crust and smooth pumpkin filling, full of those classic pumpkin spice flavours.
Old-fashioned pecan pie is a classic fall dessert with a homemade pie crust and sweet custard filling loaded with crunchy pecans — perfect for Thanksgiving. For such a fancy pie, it is actually embarrassingly easy to make.
Pumpkin mascarpone pie is a warm and cozy holiday dessert that is incredibly easy to make with just minutes of prep work before popping into the oven.
Small batch mini pumpkin pies with a flaky crust, delicious pumpkin pie filling, and cinnamon whipped cream, are perfect for a small Thanksgiving crowd.
This braided lattice apple pie is packed with cinnamon apples tossed in a caramel sauce and sealed in a buttery, flaky pie crust with a braided lattice top. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Pecan pie bars are the best and easiest way to enjoy the flavors of pecan pie but with half the effort and in a handheld bite-sized form.
Baked Apples are soft, warm, and tender, with a crunchy sweet cinnamon oat filling. This cozy and comforting fall dessert is quick easy to make too.
Easy homemade apple hand pies/turnovers are the perfect fall treat -- stuffed with tender apples and cinnamon and wrapped in crispy, flakey, buttery crust.
Individual apple crisp is a sweet tart fall dessert served in single-sized portions with all the crunchy corners of crumble. And so quick and easy to prep.
Sweet potato pie is warm and cozy, spiced with classic fall flavors, and delicious. Easy to make with cooked sweet potatoes or canned sweet potato puree.
Give traditional pecan pie a twist this holiday season by using finely chopped pecans to create a smooth topping on this chopped pecan pie with a smooth custard filling. This pie is also ridiculously easy to make.
Why make pie or brownies when you can have them both at once? These Pecan Pie Brownies are the perfect fall treat for any occasion — rich, sweet, indulgent.
Cranberry-Apple Cobbler with Biscuits
Sweet and tart cranberry-apple cobbler with biscuits is packed with fresh fruit and a buttery biscuit topping. This holiday favourite is easy to make.
Homemade Apple Pie Bars are sweet, tart, and crumbly. With 3 delicious layers including a flaky pastry crust, cinnamon apple filling, and crumbly topping.
Nothing says fall better than Homemade Caramel Apples that are sweet, delicious, and fun to make. Chewy caramel made from scratch covers crisp juicy apples, topped with optional toppings.
Caramel Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bars
Decadent caramel pecan pie cheesecake bars with a graham cracker crust, cheesecake filling, and caramel pecan topping is perfect for Thanksgiving this fall.
Pumpkin bundt cake with cream cheese icing is a perfect fall dessert to serve this year — super moist inside, with a perfect golden brown crumby crust.
Pumpkin bread is fluffy, moist, and delicious. This classic fall loaf cake is loaded with real pumpkin and seasonal spices like cinnamon and ginger.
No bake pumpkin cheesecake is the easiest cheesecake to make this fall. It's light, smooth, creamy, and loaded with fall flavors like pumpkin and cinnamon.
Easy Apple Cake has a dense and moist crumb and is loaded with fresh apples, cinnamon sugar, and nuts. It’s quick, easy, and ready to eat in under an hour.
Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Maple Cinnamon Glaze
This showstopping festive gingerbread bundt cake with maple cinnamon glaze and pecans is moist, soft, and fluffy, and packed with warm holiday spices.
Pumpkin Pie Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze
This think and dense, yet surprisingly light, pumpkin pie bundt cake with cream cheese glaze is the perfect after dinner treat. It is warm from the mixture of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice blend, with a hearty drizzle of cream cheese glaze. The perfect pair.
Sourdough Cinnamon Roll Twist Bread
Soft and fluffy sourdough cinnamon roll twist bread is buttery and layered with cinnamon sugar. Prep it the night before and freshly bake it right before serving for breakfast or dessert.
Soft and moist, small batch chocolate chip pumpkin bread is the easiest fall treat, packed with fall flavours of warm pumpkin spice, pumpkin, and chocolate.
Healthier Caramel Apple Fall Cheesecake
Decadent and light, homemade healthier caramel apple fall cheesecake is made with a graham cracker crust, topped with caramel apples and caramel sauce. It's fall heaven.
This rich, creamy pumpkin mousse is a fall dessert favorite. It’s beginner-friendly, no bake, and easy to whip up in 15 minutes before ready to chill.
Apple Cardamom Cake with Caramel Pecan Butter Frosting
Apple cardamom cake with caramel pecan butter frosting is the perfect fall cake and is made by combining all your favourite fall flavours together.
Soft and fluffy, pumpkin cinnamon rolls are packed with pumpkin, layered with pumpkin spice, and topped with cream cheese icing. Best fall treat ever.
Cranberry Sauce Swirl Cheesecake
Cranberry sauce swirl cheesecake is creamy, smooth, and indulgent. With a gorgeous red swirl on top, it's the perfect holiday dessert for your next party.
Homemade applesauce bread is fluffy, moist, and delicious. Loaded with fall flavors that transforms your favorite snack into a loaf cake.
Molten chocolate lava cakes are rich and fudgy with a classic gooey chocolate center that flows out like lava. So simple and easy to make.
Perfect for the holidays, this super moist and tender, festive yogurt fruitcake is loaded with dried fruits and nuts for a burst of flavour in every bite.
No one will be able to resist this perfectly sweet and moist, glazed brown sugar bundt cake. Made with Greek yogurt for major decadence and richness.
Move over pumpkin, there is a new loaf in town! Butternut Squash Bread is moist, fluffy, flavorful, and brings the pumpkin spice season to your home.
Easy No Crust Burnt Basque Cheesecake
Easy no crust burnt Basque cheesecake is the easiest one bowl recipe. It is perfectly caramelized on the top and edges and creamy yet firm on the inside.
Fudgy brownies are rich, sweet, moist, and decadent. Plus, they're easy to make in one bowl (meaning less cleanup!) and ready in about 30 minutes.
Soft and Chewy White Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Cookies
Warm, fresh-from-the-oven, soft and chewy white chocolate cranberry walnut cookies make the perfect holiday treat. They are beyond simple to prepare, and even easier to watch disappear.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Thick, fluffy, chewy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies is when pumpkin bread meets chocolate chip cookies. These no chill cookies are ready in under 20 minutes.
Jam-Filled Thumbprint Cookies with Almond Glaze
Soft, buttery, melt-in-your mouth jam-filled thumbprint cookies with almond glaze are the cutest, festive treat to make. Plus, it comes together with just a handful of ingredients and less than 20 minutes of prep time.
Got some leftover cranberry sauce from your holiday dinner? Revive them into delicious leftover cranberry sauce oat bars, perfect for breakfast or dessert.
Easy Small Batch Almond Biscotti
Small batch almond biscotti are crunchy, crumbly and packed with almonds, perfect for dunking into tea, coffee, or peppermint hot chocolate, and they are super easy to make.
The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Grab a tall glass of milk and start dipping the best homemade, soft-centered, chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies you will ever try.
How to Make Ahead and Store Thanksgiving Dessert
You can make or prepare all of these Thanksgiving dessert recipes ahead of time. You can store most of them at room temperature for a few days, in the refrigerator for up to one week, and in the freezer for up to 3 months. Check each recipe for exact storage details.
If you would like to reheat any of these desserts and serve them warm, just place the in a 300F preheated oven for 5-10 minutes. If heating from frozen, let it thaw first and then reheat. Making dessert a few days before Thanksgiving will make things so much easier on the day of your holiday meal.
More Dessert Recipes
- Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies
- Caramel Cheesecake Brownies
- Double Chocolate Loaf Cake
- Baked Jelly Donuts
- Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookies
- Lemon Loaf with Lemon Glaze
- Carrot Cake Muffins
- Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles
- Vanilla Cake Pops from Scratch
- The Best Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
- Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Muffins
- Nutty Banana Bread
Did You Make Any of These Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes?
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25 Best Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 8-10 servings
- Diet: Vegetarian
Browse the top 25 most popular best Thanksgiving dessert recipes from classic pie to cake to cookies, there is always room for dessert during the holidays.
- Make ahead and store. You can make or prepare all of these Thanksgiving dessert recipes ahead of time. You can store most of them at room temperature for a few days, in the refrigerator for up to one week, and in the freezer for up to 3 months. Check each recipe for exact storage details.
- Reheat: If you would like to reheat any of these desserts and serve them warm, just place the in a 300F preheated oven for 5-10 minutes. If heating from frozen, let it thaw first and then reheat. Making dessert a few days before Thanksgiving will make things so much easier on the day of your holiday meal.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
- Calories: 400
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Amber Borne says
We made the chocolate pops first for Thanksgiving Wednesday with my dad. They were such a hit, we didn't have any left. So we made a gluten-free, non-pop version for a Saturday Friendsgiving using 1-to-1 flour. Also yummy! For Thanksgiving with my husband's family, we felt like such pros...we made the vanilla ones (which we stuffed with a maple pecan center) and the chocolate ones. Thanks for helping us master the elusive cake balls. : )
Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme says
That sounds amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. So glad you liked the cake pops 🙂
Nice! This is just what I needed. Every single recipe sounds so delicious. I wish I could make them all. 🙂 Really lovely collection. Thanks for your ideas.
Sam | Ahead of Thyme says
Thanks Natalie! Enjoy!
Excellent round up. Bookmarked it. Trying every recipe from tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.
Sam | Ahead of Thyme says
Thank you! That is awesome! Let me know which one is your favourite? 🙂