Spectacular Seasonal Desserts for Thanksgiving

44 Spectacular Seasonal Desserts for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving desserts are about more than standard pumpkin pie! We put together a list of our favorites holiday treats.

If you're looking for a sweet alternative to pie recipes, or just want to try out a new cake, you can't go wrong with any of these festive holiday desserts. But who says you need to only enjoy these on Thanksgiving? We say enjoy these dessert recipes all season long!

You'll find a variety of flavors and ingredients in this recipe round up—there's something for everyone. Some methods are simple, others are complex, and the required cooking or baking times vary as well. The one thing they all have in common? They'll make you want to skip the turkey and side dishes and head straight for the sweet treats.

Ready to ditch the traditional pumpkin pie yet? Read on to find your new favorite Thanksgiving recipe!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars from Closet Cooking

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars from Closet Cooking by Closet Cooking
This recipe combines the rich flavors of caramel apple pie and cheesecake with a buttery shortbread base. Tart Granny Smith apples and a rolled oat crumble are layered on top of creamy cheesecake, then drizzled with salted caramel sauce. It's a dessert worthy of center stage at any Thanksgiving feast!

More bar desserts to try:

Granny Smith apples, unsalted butter, granulated sugar, ground cinnamon and 12 more
dried apples, round toasted oat cereal, smooth peanut butter and 3 more
caramel sauce, cream cheese, cinnamon, butter, graham cracker crumbs and 6 more

Spiced Pumpkin Roll

Spiced Pumpkin Roll from Daisy

Spiced Pumpkin Roll by Daisy
This year, how about swapping out pumpkin pie for a pumpkin roll? To get this recipe rolling, prepare the sugary, spicy pumpkin cake batter and bake it, then roll it up with a silky smooth blend of pudding, sour cream, and milk to temper the pumpkin spice. To finish it off, sift powdered sugar over the top like a light dusting of snow -- it's so pretty, you'll almost feel guilty about slicing it, but after one bite, you'll know you made the right decision.

More ravishing cake rolls:

baking soda, large eggs, coconut oil, allspice, powdered sugar and 16 more
all purpose flour, powdered sugar, egg, creamer, pumpkin, powdered sugar and 18 more
softened butter, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, lemon juice and 12 more

Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies from Crumb

Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies by Crumb
Why choose from cheesecake, pumpkin pie, and brownies when you can have them all in one bite? The brownie layer is dense and chocolatey, while the pumpkin layer tames the sweetness for balance. If you're feeling really ambitious, use the entire package of cream cheese to make a double batch, which, quite honestly we guarantee you're going to want to do.

More fall-flavored brownies:

pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, brownie mix, milk chocolate chips and 2 more
ground cinnamon, ground allspice, sugar, flour, brownie mix, pure vanilla extract and 5 more
Oreo cookies, cool whip, coffee, instant vanilla pudding, brownie mix and 6 more

Ginger Mascarpone Crème Brûlée

Ginger Mascarpone Creme Brulee from Baked Bree

Ginger Mascarpone Crème Brûlée by Baked Bree
Crème brûlée may sound fancy, but it's actually fairly simple to make! Requiring just six ingredients, this recipe is tangy from the mascarpone and subtly spiced with ginger. You'll need to let the cream mixture steep in the fridge overnight, so be sure to set aside enough time. One recipe note: You don't need to own a kitchen torch to make these, you can just put them under the broiler to get that crispy, golden top.

More crème brûlée inspiration:

heavy cream, pumpkin puree, ground cloves, vanilla bean, ground cinnamon and 7 more
crisco, nutmeg, whipped cream, beaten egg, cinnamon, cardamom and 17 more
pumpkin puree, chocolate extract, sea salt, honey, extract, large egg yolks and 9 more

Pumpkin Tiramisu Layer Cake

Pumpkin Tiramisu Layer Cake from Camille Styles

Pumpkin Tiramisu Layer Cake by Camille Styles
Try this creamy pumpkin tiramisu layer cake, and we promise you'll never turn back to pumpkin pie. This recipe brings in pumpkin, cinnamon, and almond flavors to a classic tiramisu without taking away from its subtle Venetian charm. Pumpkin filling makes the cake moist and dense, while the light and airy filling is flavored with traditional mascarpone and amaretto liqueur. Finish it all off with crushed amaretti cookies — an Italian classic. It's a show-stopper that's sure to impress your holiday guests.

More tiers of tiramisu to try:

pumpkin pie spice, liqueur, whipping cream, brewed coffee, mascarpone cheese and 4 more
salt, pumpkin pie spice, cornstarch, apple cider vinegar, soy and 14 more
apple pie spice, milk, walnuts, light brown sugar, caramel sauce and 14 more

Nutella Bread Pudding

Nutella Bread Pudding

Nutella Bread Pudding by Steamy Kitchen
You start this recipe by making croissant sandwiches with chocolatey hazelnut spread, so we understand if you don't make it past that point. But if you do follow through, you then cut the sandwiches into pieces, toss them in a ramekin with pecans, and lavish it all with creamy custard before baking. This is best served warm with vanilla ice cream or topped with whipped cream.

More fall-flavored bread puddings:

heavy cream, apples, nutmeg, vanilla yogurt, milk, bread, unsalted butter and 5 more
large eggs, whole milk, light brown sugar, dark rum, vanilla extract and 6 more
french bread, light brown sugar, large egg yolks, large eggs and 13 more

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Cinnamon Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Cinnamon Whipped Cream from Picky Palate

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Cinnamon Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting by Picky Palate
You're less than one hour away from soft, moist, perfectly frosted cupcakes. This recipe delivers all the flavor of traditional sweet potato casserole but in cupcake form! You can make it in one bowl plus cupcake liners to make clean up a cinch. To lighten your load further, bring in the kids to help fill the cupcake liners! This recipe is a crowd-pleaser for kids and adults alike!

More cupcakes:

salt, granulated sugar, eggs, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and 16 more
vanilla extract, all purpose flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar and 16 more
all purpose flour, salt, unsalted butter, dark brown sugar, table salt and 15 more

Apple Pumpkin Upside Down Cake

Apple Pumpkin Upside Down Cake from La Tartine Gourmande

Apple Pumpkin Upside Down Cake by La Tartine Gourmande
Put the final heirloom apples of the season to work with this amazing upside down cake. You'll only need two or three of them, but the crisp, tart apples truly shine in this recipe. Part pumpkin cake, part apple cake, it's dense yet fluffy, with a lovely balance of sweet and spicy. Serve it plain at room temperature or warm with vanilla ice cream.

More cakes:

kosher salt, golden raisins, pumpkin puree, ground allspice, light brown sugar and 16 more
granulated sugar, vegetable oil, butter, egg, milk, powdered sugar and 6 more
ripe bananas, coconut oil, sea salt, maple syrup, coconut oil and 7 more

Caramel Apple Trifles

Caramel Apple Trifles from Baker's Royale

Caramel Apple Trifles by Baker's Royale
This easy Thanksgiving recipe is simple enough to assemble with minimal effort, yet elegant enough to impress your friends and family on Thanksgiving. A light caramel mousse is layered with a burnt caramel sauce and an apple crisp crumble. Sliced apples are added for a tartness and sweet fruitiness. If you're not up for making mousse, you can use pudding or yogurt instead.

More tremendous trifles:

pumpkin pie filling, gingerbread mix, gingersnap cookies, frozen whipped topping and 3 more
heavy cream, gingersnap cookies, candied pecans, cream cheese and 5 more
chocolate fudge ice cream topping, caramel ice cream topping and 4 more

Sweet Potato Cobbler with Ice Cream

Sweet Potato Cobbler with Ice Cream from Homesick Texan

Sweet Potato Cobbler with Ice Cream by Homesick Texan
This recipe is a unique twist on the classic Southern sweet potato pie. Warm spices bring a richness to the sweet, tender sweet potato filling. This recipe is much like other fruit cobblers in that the sweet potatoes are sliced and left intact, even though it's a custard-based dessert. Bonus: this one makes an excellent breakfast the day after Thanksgiving.

More cozy cobblers:

corn syrup, sugar, pecans, vanilla extract, baking powder, flour and 6 more
yellow cake mix, dried cranberries, apple pie filling, cinnamon and 2 more
coconut oil, pumpkin purée, maple syrup, baking powder, salt and 8 more

Apple Sharlotka

Apple Sharlotka from Smitten Kitchen

Apple Sharlotka by Smitten Kitchen
Surprise your Thanksgiving guests by baking outside the box: Apple Sharlotka. The traditional Russian dessert gets its structure almost entirely from apples. It comes together by filling the cake pan with peeled and sliced apples, the batter is then poured over the apples so it can seep down between the slices. After it's baked and cooled, top it off with powdered sugar and ground cinnamon to serve.

More flavorful cakes:

all purpose flour, ground cinnamon, Hachiya Persimmon Pulp, large eggs and 7 more
spice, spice, eggs, light brown sugar, all purpose flour, fresh cranberries and 7 more
vanilla extract, flour, chopped walnuts, icing sugar, softened butter and 10 more

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