Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Do Thanksgiving dessert right with a fall-flavored pie, cake, or roll. Browse through recipes and Thanksgiving dessert ideas that will finish your meal with a bang.

Staff Picks

Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake

Rating: 4.63 stars
This is a wonderful pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap crust. The gingersnap really does make a difference.

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting

Rating: 4.65 stars
These spiced fall cupcakes are a riff on the classic Thanksgiving casserole. These days, I tend to like savory sweet potato dishes with the meal, but marshmallowy cupcakes make a terrific fall dessert! Store any leftover cupcakes in the refrigerator.

Pumpkin Cannoli

Rating: 4.79 stars
I needed to bring a pumpkin dessert for a pumpkin-themed baby shower and I came up with this and it was a huge hit.

Pumpkin Roll with Ginger and Pecans

Rating: 4.74 stars
This is a great dessert, especially nice for holidays, but it can be served anytime of the year. The resulting pumpkin roll slices will impress your guests. The pumpkin roll is not as hard to make as it sounds. Be sure and use plain canned pumpkin, and not pumpkin pie mix.

Chef John's Pecan Pie

Rating: 4.75 stars
This is my idea of the perfect pecan pie. It has the perfect ratio of crunchy nuts to the sweet, sticky goodness underneath. And thanks to the blind-baking, the crust is wonderfully crisp.

Mini Apple Pies

Rating: 4.64 stars
I love these mini pies because I can serve several different types together and everyone can select their favorite. This mini apple pie uses Granny Smith apples. I bought the mini pie dishes online, and they are really fun!

Pecan Cranberry Butter Tarts

Rating: 4.71 stars
These are the product of early morning experimentation modifying an old butter tart recipe that I've been using for years. They are a combination of sweet and tart, look beautiful, and disappear very quickly!

Easy Pumpkin Pie Squares

Rating: 4.43 stars
A delicious pumpkin pie without having to roll out a crust. A great snack and Halloween treat.

Grandma Carol's Pumpkin Roll

Rating: 4.59 stars
My mom always makes her pumpkin roll around Thanksgiving and takes one to work where everyone asks her if she can make them one and they all want the recipe. You may want to halve the recipe unless you are making for a crowd or to give away. It makes a lot. It is without a doubt the best pumpkin roll I've ever had!

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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Rating: 4.78 stars
This was my grandmother's apple pie recipe. I have never seen another one quite like it. It will always be my favorite and has won me several first place prizes in local competitions. I hope it becomes one of your favorites as well!

Inspiration and Ideas

There's Always Room For Pie
Get tried-and-true pie recipes for pumpkin, pecan, apple, and sweet potato pies: all of your Thanksgiving favorites!

Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler

Rating: 4.7 stars

I've been experimenting with cobbler for some time and this recipe is the final result. Loved by all. Use fresh Georgia peaches, of course!