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24 Easy Thanksgiving Desserts

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Caramel Apple Pecan Cheesecake

Looking for the best Thanksgiving desserts? These easy recipes are the perfect end to your turkey feast!

While Thanksgiving is mostly all about the turkey and the stuffing, desserts are just as highly anticipated. Want to make your holiday celebration extra special? Say no more.

Here’s something to be thankful for – my ultimate round-up of Thanksgiving desserts! From fudge to cupcakes to pies, I have something for every craving.

Holidays are a busy time of year, so you have to arm yourself with dishes that are delectable and also a cinch to prepare.

These desserts require minimal effort but have maximum flavor.

End that fabulous Thanksgiving feast on a high note with these toothsome desserts! Let’s get cooking.

1. Sweet Potato Pie Fudge

Let’s get the ball rolling with a super easy yet sinful treat: fudge. This isn’t your typical fudge, though. It’s made with sweet potato.

It’s the perfect Thanksgiving treat.

Sweet, creamy, chewy, and ooey-gooey. If you’ve never had chocolate and sweet potato together before, you are in for a treat.

It may be an unlikely combination, but trust me, it works. The ground cinnamon and ginger add that cozy autumn flavor, to boot!

2. Pecan Pie Brownies

Brownies are already fantastic as is, but top them with pecans, and you’ll have a completely different and even more spectacular treat.

Fudgy and chocolatey brownies loaded with candied pecans. How rich and decadent are these?!

They have such a full-bodied flavor that one small serving is more than enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Best of all, these pecan pie brownies are incredibly easy to make. You can even use boxed brownies if you’re pressed for time. Don’t worry – your guests won’t be able to tell!

3. Crustless Cranberry Pie 

This festive cranberry pie is evidence that not all pies need a crust to be mind-blowing.

A cross between a pie, a cake, and a blondie, this cranberry-filled treat is sure to get your taste buds tingling.

Sweet and chewy pie bursting with fresh cranberries. This dessert has the perfect balance of sweet and tart. 

And since it’s crustless, it has fewer calories than other pies. That may not be a main concern over the holidays, though! 😉

It’s a simple recipe, too. It’s so easy, it’s fool-proof.

4. Turkey Cupcakes 

Looking for a fun Thanksgiving activity to do with the kids? Look no further.

These turkey cupcakes are ridiculously charming, delicious, and so much fun to prepare!

There’s also zero baking involved, making them the easiest dessert on this list.

All you need are store-bought frosted cupcakes, Nutter Butters, candy eyeballs, Reese’s Pieces, candy corn, and sprinkles!

Then it’s just a matter of forming the adorable turkeys, which couldn’t be easier.

If you want to be popular with the kids, this is definitely the Thanksgiving dessert for you.

5. Pumpkin Dump Cake 

Too busy to make something fancy for Thanksgiving? Pumpkin dump cake is here to save the day.

A dump cake is an incredibly easy dessert made by dumping cans of fruit in a pan and sprinkling cake mix over it.

All that’s left is to pop it in the oven, and you’ll have the most decadent, fruity dessert!

This pumpkin dump cake uses a simple mixture of pumpkin, eggs, milk, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice for the topping, and a yellow cake mix for the cake.

It’s so simple that there is absolutely no way to mess it up.

While this dump cake is fantastic on its own, you also can’t go wrong with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top. 

6. Pumpkin Pie 

Here’s another pumpkin-filled treat that’s perfect for the holidays! This pumpkin pie is a simple recipe that calls for only 5 ingredients.

But don’t be fooled. Those 5 components combined make a seriously addictive pumpkin pie!

Velvety smooth pumpkin pie filling seasoned with autumn spices, resting on a flaky crust, topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

Oh my! There is no way anyone can resist this pumpkin pie.

7. Caramel Apple Cheesecake 

Craving the goodness of caramel apples, but don’t want all that mess? I hear you, and I have the perfect solution.

This caramel apple cheesecake is everything you can ever ask for, and more.

Combining the flavors and textures of caramel apples and cheesecake, this dessert is sinfully delicious.

Buttery crust, a sweet and tart apple cheesecake filling, and an apple caramel topping. This dessert is impossible to say no to. 

It may sound so complicated, but caramel apple cheesecake is surprisingly easy to make!

8. Chocolate Pecan Pie

Chocolates and pecans together in one pie. Ahh. This dessert is the stuff of dreams!

This recipe transforms traditional pecan pie into an even more phenomenal treat.

Don’t worry, we’re not adding 10 more steps to the recipe. It’s just one simple addition of melted chocolate.

Melted chocolate makes the pie filling ridiculously smooth and velvety, it’s almost like pudding. The pecans give it a lovely texture contrast. 

It’s also a cinch to prepare. You need not make the crust from scratch. Store-bought is more than welcome in this recipe.

9. Pumpkin Swirl Brownie 

Rich and fudgy brownies with whirls of sweet pumpkin puree? It’s a fresh riff on the classic brownies, and I am in love.

We all know brownies are already perfect as is, but the addition of pumpkin gives them another dimension of flavor. Plus, look how pretty!

Typical brownie swirl recipes will call for a cream cheese filling, but in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’re using pumpkin instead. What a creative and delicious spin!

10. Apple Hand Pies 

Want the goodness of a classic apple pie, but have no time to put in all the work? These apple hand pies are the perfect solution.

Thanks to Pillsbury pie crusts and canned apple pie filling, these hand pies could not be easier to make! Just fill the crust with filling, fold it, and pop it in the oven.

Don’t be fooled, though. Just because we’re using pre-made ingredients doesn’t mean they aren’t good. These hand pies are a certified crowd-pleaser!

11. Baked Apples 

Baked apples are a rustic, soul-satisfying dessert that you can make in a jiff. 

Sweet and tart apples are flavored with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, baked to perfection, and topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.

That’s the epitome of fall flavors!

As you can imagine, this dessert is ridiculously easy to make. It only takes 10 minutes of prep time, and the rest is up to the oven.

12. Sweet Potato Pie 

Sweet potato pie is a classic southern dish that always brings joy to my heart. One bite of this sweet pie gives me warmth and comfort!

It’s also a cinch to make. You can make the crust from scratch, but no one will judge if you use pre-made, either.

The pie filling is a simple mixture of sweet potatoes, sugar, butter, milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Together, they create that irresistible pie we all know and love.

13. Pecan Pie 

Every home cook has to have pecan pie in their repertoire. If you haven’t found the recipe for you yet, look no further.

This pecan pie recipe gives you everything you can ask for in the traditional holiday dessert.

The filling is made with pecans, corn syrup, butter, sugar, and eggs. The combo of sweet and salty is to die for. 

Since the star of the pie is the filling, there’s no need to go through the effort of making a crust from scratch. The handy dandy store-bought will do!

14. Buttermilk Pie 

Sweet and delectable pie that only takes five minutes to prepare? Sounds impossible, but it’s true.

Buttermilk pie is a classic southern dessert made with a creamy, custard-like filling and a crunchy topping.

Made with buttermilk, sugar, eggs, and flour, it’s somewhat like a crème brûlée.

The flaky, buttery crust is loaded with a sweet, tart, and creamy filling, with a crunchy sugar topping.

This pie is so good, people will think you’ve spent hours in the kitchen making it!

15. Apple Pie Cupcakes 

Apple pie in cupcake form. How adorable is that?!

These cupcakes are made with a cinnamon roll base with apple pie filling and a crisp walnut brown sugar topping.

It’s impossible not to fall in love! They’re stunning, delicious, and fun to eat.  

Since we’re using a pre-made cinnamon roll for the base and a store-bought apple pie filling, it’s effortless to make.

16. Pear Cobbler

Apple cobblers are terrific, but so are pear cobblers! 

They’re sweet, buttery, and highly addictive. The cake is so soft and tender, which is beautifully contrasted with the firm pears.

Cinnamon gives the cobbler that warming autumn flavor, to boot.

Served warm and topped with a dollop of vanilla, cinnamon, or caramel ice cream, this pear cobbler will be an instant hit. 

17. Butter Pecan Cookies 

Soft, chewy, crunchy, buttery, sweet, and salty, these butter pecan cookies are a symphony of tastes and textures.

Cookie dough plus toasted pecans equal heaven. The simple combination creates ridiculously amazing flavors!

The cornstarch makes them super thick and chunky, too.

These guys taste even better on the second day, so I suggest you make a huge batch to make sure you have leftovers.

18. Pumpkin Pie Milkshake 

If you are in the mood for the ultimate Thanksgiving drink, look no further. Go ahead, indulge yourself. You know you deserve it!

Vanilla ice cream, milk, pumpkin pie, fall spices, and whipped cream. Imagine all of those flavors blended into one thick and luscious beverage.

This pumpkin pie milkshake will surely knock your socks off.

19. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Chocolate chip cookies are made even better with pumpkin!

These cookies are ultra-soft, chewy, and buttery! The addition of pumpkin spice gives them that wonderful, warming fall flavor that’s impossible to resist. 

They’re also a breeze to make! There’s no need to wait for hours to enjoy this fantastic fall treat.

Unlike other cookie dough batters, this one only takes 30 minutes to chill. 

20. Apple Hot Toddy 

Need a hot beverage to warm you up on a chilly night? This take on the hot toddy gives the classic a refreshing apple flavor.

Apple cider, whiskey or apple brandy, and honey may be a simple concoction, but it sure hits the spot.

21. White Chocolate Cranberry Ice Cream 

White chocolate and cranberry together in one ice cream. What an excellent holiday treat!

The combination of sweet white chocolate, tart cranberries, and cream creates a wonderful balance of flavors.

It’s not overly sweet, so you’ll likely be licking on one scoop after another. 

This homemade ice cream is also very easy to make. All it takes are 5 simple ingredients, and it doesn’t even require an ice cream machine.

What more can you ask for?

22. Snickers Chocolate Peanut Butter Pumpkin Fudge 

Just by the name itself, you can already tell how sinful this dessert is!

Double layers of chewy chocolatey fudge means double the fun! Loaded with Snickers, peanut butter, and pumpkin, this fudge is every sweet tooth’s dream. 

23. Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls 

Cinnamon rolls are made even better with pumpkin. I’ll have 3 pieces, please!

Oh, how I love the smell of cinnamon rolls. Just imagining the aroma of cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter wafting through my kitchen makes me giddy.

These cinnamon rolls have all the goodness of the classic treat – soft and pillowy bread, cinnamon sugar, cream cheese frosting – but it doesn’t end there. 

The beloved treat it taken another step further by adding pumpkin pie spice!

The simple ingredient transforms the buns into seriously addictive treats.

24. Caramel Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake

Can’t decide between pumpkin pie and cheesecake? This dessert gives you the best of both worlds.

Caramel, pumpkin, gingersnaps, pecans, and cheesecake create a beautiful flavor harmony in your mouth.

Gingersnap and pecan crust, a pumpkin puree and cream cheese filling, and a rich caramel topping. Wow.

This cheesecake is the ultimate indulgence! Trust me, one serving won’t be enough.

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