Stay home and eat it by yourself!
junior's pumpkin layer cake cheesecake
Credit: @costco_empties

Though they really probably shouldn't have, TSA data suggests a ton of people have already flown home for Thanksgiving. Well, if you are going to show up at a relative's house after passing through a crowded airport in the middle of a pandemic, I suppose the least you could do is not show up empty-handed. 

To avoid that, or to just eat your feelings during an even weirder and more stressful time of year than it normally is, perhaps you should safely get to Costco and commandeer a Junior's Pumpkin Layer Cake Cheesecake, because it's how you'll win Thanksgiving no matter who you're with. That's especially true if you're feeding any homesick New Yorkers who miss this Brooklyn favorite. 

As recently spotted by @Costco_Empties, this thing looks like the best of both a pumpkin cake and the classic New York-style cheesecake that's made Junior's a go-to destination for the rich dessert. Featuring alternating layers of a "moist pumpkin spice cake" with a rich cheesecake filling in the middle, this delicacy is finished off by a bit of cream cheese icing to add an extra layer of perfection on top. If the turkey doesn't put you to sleep, this thing sure will. 

And because Costco remains Costco even in these strange times, this is no small cheesecake. As @Costco_Empties notes, it weighs in at a whopping 3.5 pounds. If you're able to successfully finish this off in one sitting, it's probably a sign that there are too many people at your Thanksgiving dinner in 2020. 

Of course, you don't have to make this a part of Thanksgiving at all if you don't want to. This one $16 cheesecake could be your dessert for days— maybe even weeks— on end.  Best of all, if you aren't traveling, there'll be no judgmental relatives around as you tear into this thing. Consider that a win-win.