This year, why not serve some chocolate desserts for Thanksgiving instead of the usual pumpkin or apple pie?
From classic mousse and dreamy truffles to adorable turkey brownies and cupcakes, these sweets are all to die for.
Thanksgiving desserts usually call for fall fruits like apples and cranberries, plus our old fave pumpkin.
But if you ask me, chocolate desserts are the way to go. They’re sweet, rich, and guaranteed crowd-pleasers.
Some of these recipes even incorporate traditional Turkey Day flavors. That way, you get the best of both worlds!
So, get ready to gobble gobble because these chocolate desserts for Thanksgiving are irresistible.
20+ Chocolate Thanksgiving Desserts the Whole Family Will Love
Adding chocolate is an easy way to make the classic pecan pie five times more delicious.
I mean, do you see how ridiculously mouthwatering these chocolate pecan pie bars are?
I look at them, and I can already tell I’m eating at least six of these come the holidays.
They’re incredibly sweet, but not cloyingly so.
Instead, the semi-sweet chocolate chips and pecans do a fine job at balancing the richness of the sugar and the butter.
Chocolate mousse pie is such a simple dessert. It’s basically just chocolate and cream mixed with gelatin to help it set.
But despite its simplicity, this mousse pie is beyond phenomenal.
The filling is nestled in a decadent Oreo crust and topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings for good measure.
It’s rich, silky-smooth, and just what you need after a big turkey dinner.
This is another easy recipe that yields mind-blowing results.
Chocolate truffles are just simple ganache. Make sure you use more chocolate than cream, and it’ll set nice and firm.
Once the mixture is ‘hard,’ it’s shaped into balls, and voila, chocolate truffles are created.
And while they only use two ingredients, they’re so incredibly delicious. They’re smooth, silky, and decadent (but not too sweet).
You’ll want to use decent chocolate for this since it’s the primary flavor. Oh, and full-fat heavy cream.
Now isn’t the time for watching your waist!
Give traditional pumpkin flavors a fun chocolate twist with this fantastic recipe.
Even picky eaters will devour a slice of dreamy pumpkin pie. But for those extra-picky few who shy away from all things ‘veggie,’ why not add a sweet incentive?
I mean, would you believe this moist, chocolatey cake is loaded with pumpkin? No way! And neither will anyone else.
Sour cream cakes are some of the most flavorful and moist around. The extra acidity and fat ensure the sponge is at its best.
Of course, it won’t make the cake sour. The chocolate flavor is strong enough to hide the sour cream almost entirely.
Instead, it just makes the crumb fudgy – which is what you want in a beautiful bundt!
Chocolate-covered strawberries…but in cake form? I’m intrigued!
This cake combines everything you love about chocolate cake with sweet, juicy strawberries.
And it tastes just as good as it looks!
This cake is very light and moist, and not heavy at all! And the fruit brightens the whole thing up.
What more could you want?
No, that wasn’t a typo. There really is such a thing as a chocolate and cranberry sauce.
And it’s nothing short of fantastic!
It’s exactly what you expect it to be: sweet chocolate and tart cranberries blended into something balanced and playful.
Raspberries also join in on the fun to contrast the tartness of the cranberries. Together, these three create magic.
If you thought no-knead bread was already perfect, just wait until you try this chocolate version!
First, it’s freaking delicious. Soft and pillowy with a subtle crunch around the edges, it’s also studded with chocolate chips.
Seriously, every bite bursts with chocolatey goodness.
Second, it’s effortless to make.
Unlike other yeasted bread recipes, this one doesn’t require kneading! Everyone – even novice bread-makers, can pull this off.
If you like Burger King’s Hershey’s cream pie, you’re in for a real treat. This version is rich, sweet, and possibly better than the OG!
It’s got a crumbly Oreo crust at the bottom, silky chocolate pudding in the middle, and whipped cream and chocolate shavings on top.
It’s creamy, dreamy, and oh-so-heavenly.
Chocolate and cheese are a match made in heaven, and this cheesecake is proof.
It has an Oreo crust at the bottom and silky cheesecake slathered on top.
Feel free to garnish with chocolate ganache, chocolate shavings, and a dollop of whipped cream.
Though, this one doesn’t need it. It’s insanely good as it.
It’s not just the flavor combination but the textures as well. It’s thick, indulgent, and everything you want in a chocolate dessert.
11. Turkey Brownies
How adorable are these brownies? They’re almost too cute to eat – but way too delectable to pass up!
On top of a round brownie base, add a yummy peanut butter cup in the middle, along with a pair of edible eyes.
You’ll use candy corn around the edges to make it look like feathers.
When you’re done, this dessert looks like the cutest, most charming little turkey!
While they’re definitely a work of art, these brownies are so easy, even the kids can make them.
If you’re on the hunt for a fancy dessert that’s secretly easy to make, look no further than these tartlets.
They’re gorgeous, right? And if you use ready-made shells, half the prep is done in a flash!
Pre-made shells come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, so be on the lookout! They’re such a lifesaver around the holidays.
This dreamy pie has two layers of chocolate because…why not?
It’s an easy and delicious way to take a simple dessert to the next level. And it looks super impressive to boot.
The first layer is chocolate pudding spiked with espresso. While it won’t make the pudding taste like coffee, it’ll enhance the chocolate’s flavor.
The next layer is billowy chocolate-flavored cream infused with Kahlua. Yum!
The fact that it’s boozy makes this even better – and for the adults only!
14. Turkey Cupcakes
Here’s another charming dessert that’s perfect for Thanksgiving.
These turkey cupcakes are such a breeze to make, and they’re ideal for getting the kids involved.
The simple mix of cupcakes, peanut butter cups, edible eyes, and candy corn forms the cutest turkey creation!
The gummy worms create a cute turkeys’ wattle, too.
15. Pumpkin Brownies
Pumpkin and chocolate unite again to form a fantastic dessert mash-up.
Is it a brownie or a pumpkin pie? No one knows. And frankly, it doesn’t matter.
Of course, this recipe has a much more prominent pumpkin taste. It’s not hidden like it was in the cake above.
I love it, and I know you will too!
From the looks of it, these raspberry eggs are something only a master chef can pull off.
In reality, though, they’re embarrassingly easy to make.
You can whip up these chocolate raspberry eggs with minimal effort, thanks to silicone molds!
As long as you’re careful when filling the molds and taking them out, you’ll end up with smooth, gorgeous candies.
Chocolate and hazelnuts fill these tarts with pure, unadulterated decadence. So if you’re obsessed with Nutella, this tart is an absolute must-try.
The crust is made with ground-up hazelnuts, so you’ll taste the creamy nut in every bite.
Toast them first to really make them sing!
Rich, intense chocolate is no match for sweet, refreshing coconut. Together, they make one helluva dessert.
The chocolate ganache on these bars is lovely. And when you add a little sea salt? *Chef’s kiss*
It contrasts the sweetness of the chocolate and coconut filling, giving you a perfect balance of flavors.
You know what’s better than coffee in the morning? Coffee plus this coffee cake, that’s what.
There’s nothing like starting a big holiday with something sweet.
And this blend of dark chocolate and raspberries makes this breakfast-dessert decadent yet refreshing at the same time!
It’s bright, light, and just a little naughty.
But hey, it’s the holidays, right? So go ahead and have a second piece!
If you’re not fond of the chocolate and orange combo, this cake might just change your mind.
This cake and buttercream frosting are predominantly chocolatey, with just a little hint of orange.
The citrus cuts through the decadence of the chocolate, resulting in a beautiful balance of flavors.
It smells beyond incredible too!
If you’re from or have ever visited Raleigh, NC, chances are you know how delightful Angus Barn’s chocolate chess pie is.
Luckily, this copycat recipe recreates it perfectly, so you don’t need to wait until your next vacation.
Why make boring old pumpkin pie when you can have something fudgy and full of chocolate?
Studded with chocolate chips and pecans, these cookies scream Thanksgiving.
They’re pretty hefty, but you’ll still want at least 3 of them. They’re just that good.
That said, if you’re serving this at a party, be sure to (at least) triple the recipe.
You read that right: this cake combines chocolate and sweet potatoes.
It may sound weird, but if you liked the pumpkin cake above, I know you’ll love this!
The sweet potato makes this cake incredibly moist and eliminates the need to add grains and dairy (you’ll use coconut flour for structure).
So, while this cake is rich and decadent, it’s also secretly wholesome.
If you can’t decide between a brownie and a cookie, this recipe is the answer.
These crinkle cookies are gluten-free, but they’re for everyone to enjoy.
They’ll definitely be a hit at any party with their crackly surface and rich chocolate flavor.
Make the classic creme brûlée even more irresistible with chocolate!
With its crunchy torched sugar topping and silky chocolate custard filling, this dessert is simply divine.
And it’s easier than it looks too. I promise you can have a whole tray ready to feed the family in no time.
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