It’s that time of the year again! You and your kin huddle around the table, bearing bright smiles on your faces as you feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude. It’s been a great year, with its loops of challenges and victories, but not without blessings, which includes the food on your plates. And after the main dishes have been served, it’s time to finish off with a bang. If you’re looking to impress your family until the last spoonful, don’t worry; these 10 thanksgiving desserts will surely curb any sweet cravings.

Thanksgiving Desserts #1
Berry Merry Cobbler
Thanksgiving Desserts

  • Assorted berries
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 sugar
  • 6 tbsp. butter
  • 1 box of corn muffin mix

This no-fuss thanksgiving dessert can be served in individual skillets or in a giant dish, according to your desire. The directions are simple; toss berries, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and flour into one convenient bowl. In another bowl, mix the corn muffin batter, egg, and butter together. Sprinkle this mixture over the berries. Bake until crust is golden brown and cool for ten minutes before serving.

Thanksgiving Desserts #2
Pumpkin Cookie Cheesecake
Thanksgiving Desserts

  • 12 butter cookies
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 15 oz. pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • whipped cream for serving

Thanksgiving won’t be complete without a pumpkin pie, so why not upgrade it and turn it into a cookie-crust, easy-to-bake pumpkin cheesecake? Ground cookies in a food processor and add butter, sugar and salt until all is well-combined. Press it into a 9″ pan and bake until edges brown. Meanwhile beat cheese, sour cream and light brown sugar with an electric mixer. Add eggs. Add pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Pour the batter onto the crust and bake until edges are set. Leave the cheesecake at least one hour in the oven before taking it out to chill.

Thanksgiving Desserts #3
Good Ole Apple Tart
Thanksgiving Desserts

  • 3 large apples, cut into 1/8″ inch slices
  • 1 box Dutch spice cookies
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 white egg
  • 1//4 packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. apple spice or cinnamon
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/4 salt

Nothing is as fragrant as a warm apple tart. Toss apples, brown sugar, salt and spices in a bowl. Toss until the apple slices are soft. Ground cookies in food processor and add melted butter, egg whites and 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar and half-a-teaspoon of salt. Press the cookie mix in a 10″ pan. Bake until edges brown.

Stir cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar in a bowl and spread it into the crust. Drain apples and arrange them in a circular pattern, outside in. Bake until apples are tender. Serve at room temperature.

Thanksgiving Desserts #4
Pumpkin Mousse
Thanksgiving Desserts

  • 5 egg yolks
  • 15 oz. canned pumpkin
  • 3 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tbsp. dark rum
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. powdered gelatin

We’re all about easy breezy thanksgiving desserts. Whisk the yolks with 3/4 cup of cream and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Stir it over medium-low heat until thick. Transfer to a bowl over ice to cool down. Stir vanilla, pumpkin, spices and salt to the egg mixture and with rum and the gelatin mixture. Beat 1/2 cream into peaks and fold it into the mixture. Leave overnight. As for the remaining cream, beat it until stiff. Put it together by alternating layers and sprinkle with your desired embellishments.

Thanksgiving Desserts #5
Pumpkin Goat-Cheese Cake
Thanksgiving Desserts

  • 3 oz. wafer cookies
  • 1 1/4 c. granola
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 8 oz. goat cheese
  • 2 packs cream cheese
  • 1 1/4 pumpkin
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger)

Mix granola, cookie crumbs, brown sugar, salt and spices in a medium bowl and stir in batter. Pat in a 9″ pan and bake for 15 minutes. Beat goat cheese and sugar, add cream cheese and add the remaining ingredients until mixture is smooth. Transfer the batter onto the pan and bake until set. Serve chilled.

Thanksgiving Desserts #6
Comely Cranberry Pie
Thanksgiving Desserts

  • 4 c. cranberries
  • 2 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. orange zest
  • 1/4 salt
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 disks double-crust pie recipe
  • 1/2 c. chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 c sugar

Ground 3 cups of cranberries in food processor. Transfer to a bowl and mix remaining cranberries. Add walnuts, cornstarch, orange zest, salt and a dash of nutmeg. Roll out one of the pie doughs and fit into a 9″ plate. Place cranberry onto the crust. Roll out remaining disk; decorate with cut-out dough weaves, if you want. Brush egg white all over the pie before baking into a 375-degree oven. Pat with confectioners’ sugar for a finishing touch, or serve with vanilla ice cream.

Thanksgiving Desserts #7
Pecan-topped Brownies
Thanksgiving Desserts

  • 4 oz. chopped dark chocolate
  • 1/4 c. unsalted butter
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 1/4 c. heavy cream
  • Chopped pecans
  • Salt

Melt the chocolate and butter over medium heat. Transfer to a bowl and whisk 1 cup sugar and the eggs. Mix with flour and salt; add the chocolate chips and spread the batter onto an 8-inch square baking pan. Bake until set. For the topping, heat sugar and water until it produces a deep caramel color before adding the pecans. Pour the mixture over the cooled brownies. Chill before cutting and serving.

Thanksgiving Desserts #8
Apple Blackberry Crumble
Thanksgiving Desserts

  • Butter
  • 4 Apples
  • 1 package crumb topping
  • Frozen blackberries
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Slice apples 1/4 inch-thick and toss them together with blackberries, sugar, lemon juice and zest. Sprinkle with crumb topping until the top is golden brown. Serve in individual skillets or ceramic mugs.

Thanksgiving Desserts #9
Pumpkin and Orange Sour Cream
Thanksgiving Desserts

  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 c. unsalted butter
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c. molasses
  • 3 c. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1 tsp. orange zest

Whisk flour, ginger, baking powder baking soda, salt and cloves. Beat 1 cup of butter and sugar until light. Mix in eggs, one at a time and beat the pumpkin and molasses. Add the flour mixture until incorporated. Divide the batter into 12 muffin cups and bake until set. For the frosting, beat confectioners’ sugar, sour cream and 6 tablespoons of butter until smooth. Add orange zest. Frost cupcakes before serving.

Thanksgiving Desserts #10
Apple Cranberry Tarts

Thanksgiving Desserts

  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 3/4 c. Cranberry Sauce
  • 2 Gala apples, sliced thinly
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c. apricot jam
  • 2 tbsp. water

Cut the puff pastry into 12 4×3 inch rectangles and make a ½-inch border around each. Spread the cranberry sauce on the borders and top with sliced apples. Brush outer border with eggs and sprinkle with sugar. bake until golden brown.

Combine jam and water over by cooking over medium-heat and brush the mixture over each tart.

There you go! 10 thanksgiving desserts to keep you company during your cheerful holiday dinner. Now, all you need are great stories to tell and pictures to keep as souvenirs.

Credits: this list was curated from the amazing recipes featured in Country Living (1-5) and Woman’s Day (6-10).


Hiya, I’m Maud. I’m an English girl who's moved to Berlin - because who wouldn’t fall in love with a country which has words like ‘Kummerspeck’ hidden around every corner... I love traveling and finding out the quirks of each country - and what better way to remember them than on a postcard?

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