11 Unique Thanksgiving Desserts
Although most of us look forward to Thanksgiving every year, having the same old dishes each time can be more monotonous than nostalgic. If you're wanting to change things up, but don't want to totally rock the boat, then try serving a unique dessert! Say goodbye to basics like pumpkin pie or plain cheesecake, and instead whip up some rich Candied Yam Cupcakes or go even more decadent with Kentucky Butter Cake. No matter what you choose, you're sure to have guests clamoring for the recipe.
Nutty Caramel Apple Pops
While caramel apples are delicious, they're equally messy. Avoid the fuss and instead serve these adorable mini-sized apple pops. The apple pieces are swirled with caramel before being rolled in chopped nuts. If you're wanting an extra cute presentation, use Thanksgiving-themed cupcake liners.
Orange Cake with Semolina and Almonds
November is peak citrus season, so there's no better time to make an orange cake. Semolina and almond give it a rich texture, while using two entire oranges infuses the baked good with a strong flavor. Serve with a little dollop of whipped cream for extra decadence.
Acorn Candy Cookies
These incredibly cute cookies are much easier to make than they appear. By piping prepared frosting, you can "glue" together Hershey's Kisses®, vanilla wafer cookies, and butterscotch chips to appear like acorns. These can be served as-is or be used to decorate other desserts like cupcakes.
Kentucky Butter Cake
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to go buckwild with butter. Over a cup of it goes into this incredibly rich and moist Southern cake recipe. The best part is that if you use an ornate bundt pan, you won't even need to decorate dessert!
Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
While the texture of sugar cookies is divine, sometimes their flavor ends up lacking. Serve up a plate of these tasty pumpkin sugar cookies to shake things up. Canned pumpkin and ground cinnamon add an orange-y hue along with a large dose of flavor.
Hasselback Pear Tart
Pears often get overlooked when Thanksgiving rolls around, so give these sweet fruits a chance to shine in this elegant tart. Hasslebacking the pears lets them keep their shape while cooking through evenly over a layer of cream cheese frosting and puff pastry.
Need a quick dessert that looks like it took you all day to make? Palmiers are the perfect solution. Puff pastry is thinly coated in a buttery spice mix before being rolled, sliced, and baked. You can also roll the dough into a full spiral to make things even easier.
Quick & Easy Pumpkin Mousse
Serving up individual jars of this deliciously light mousse is the perfect way to end Thanksgiving dinner. If the thought of washing all those containers fills you with dread, you can make a larger dish of the recipe and serve out scoops to guests.
Candied Yam Cupcakes
You'll already be cooking yams for a side dish, so you might as well just add a few extra for dessert too. Steamed yams add a rich flavor and color to cupcake batter, which after baking is topped with a decadent cream cheese frosting. No piping bag? No problem! Decorate the top of these with a quick sprinkle of chopped nuts.
Mini Apple Pies
Pie is to be expected at Thanksgiving, but mini pies are sure to wow guests. Everyone will enjoy having their own personal dessert, plus anything that's miniaturized is automatically more cute. Granny Smith apples keep the filling tasting bright, while a blend of spices give it that classic apple pie flavor.
Thanksgiving is during the height of persimmon season, so this cheesecake is the perfect use for the sweet fruit. The persimmon cheesecake batter is baked atop a crunchy walnut crust before being topped with a vanilla cream layer in the last few minutes of cooking.