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10 Thanksgiving Desserts That'll Leave You in a Food Coma

Elizabeth
July 27, 2021

Thanksgiving is a day to, well, give thanks. And while we’ll all be counting our blessings big time this year, there are certain things you can be especially grateful for, like Thanksgiving desserts. In fact, Thanksgiving desserts are one of everybody’s favorite parts of Turkey Day.


Even though Thanksgiving Dinner might look a bit different this year (including virtual Thanksgiving visits), you can still help make the season bright by carving out some time to make or at least indulge in one of these unique Thanksgiving desserts. Prepare to drool.

10 Thanksgiving Desserts Worth Trying This Year

1. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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We love pumpkin pie and we love chocolate chips. But, putting them together in one delicious dessert? Revolutionary. If you follow the recipe just right, these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies can be fluffy and full of flavor. Biting into one yields an explosion of pumpkin and spice followed quickly by the ooey-gooey goodness of melted chocolate chips. Simply put, it’ll be one of your favorite Thanksgiving desserts for years to come.

Get the recipe here.

2. Pumpkin Truffles

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We promise not to make this list of the best Thanksgiving desserts all about pumpkin, but we’ve gotta give some serious credit to these pumpkin truffles. They’re made and filled with cream cheese, pumpkin spice, white chocolate, and other delectable ingredients. They’re perfectly-sized to enjoy just one or two without going overboard while also being delightfully elegant for fancier dinners.

Get the recipe here.

3. Dark Chocolate Pecan Cobbler

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Depending on where you’re from, pecan pie and cobbler are a staple at any Thanksgiving dinner (hello Texans!). However, this Thanksgiving dessert recipe kicks it up to a whole new level. Yes, we’re talking dark chocolate pecan cobbler. Take a second to let that sink in. You’ll be stirring together lots of butter, pecans, and dark chocolate chips for a dessert that’ll be gone as soon as you set it on the table.

Get the recipe here.

4. Vanilla & Cider Panna Cottas

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This is another great Thanksgiving dessert recipe that’s perfect for a fancier Thanksgiving Dinner or party (safe and social-distanced, of course). The key to succeeding with this dessert lies in the elegant plating of the cinnamon-and-vanilla-flavored panna cotta and apple cider gelée. Serve it in an elegant glass and place the spiced ginger cookies on the side for added flavor and decor.

Get the recipe here.

5. Salted Caramel Apple Slab Pie

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Who doesn’t love a good apple pie after a large Thanksgiving meal? We’re all likely accustomed to seeing it on the dessert table, but this year you can wow friends and family with an upgraded recipe. This salted caramel apple slab pie is perfectly flaky and delightfully sweet. It tastes like a mixture of spiced mulled cider, traditional apple pie, and Starbucks’ delicious salted caramel drink. It’ll be such a big hit we suggest making two.

Get the recipe here.

6. Pumpkin Spice Pretzel Bites

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Looking for a simple recipe that’s easy to make and easy to serve? Check out these pumpkin spice pretzel bites. They’re bite-sized, as the name suggests, making them also ideal for goodie bags at school parties or as sweet “appetizers” with coffee in the morning for breakfast. The recipe is so simple you’ll even have time to whip some up on Thanksgiving Day if you’re in a pinch.

Get the recipe here.

7. Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Blondies


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Again...we all love snickerdoodle cookies. And we love blondies. And we love pumpkin spice. But what if you combined all three together into one delicious dessert? That’s what we’ve got here with these pumpkin snickerdoodle blondies, which are fluffy, cakey, and oh-so delicious. The pumpkin puree added makes them super moist and ideal for a post-dinner pick-me-up.

Get the recipe here.

8. Oatmeal Ginger-Cream Pies

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If you’re not much of a fan of pumpkin and are more interested in a hearty, filling fall dessert, try these oatmeal ginger-cream pies. They taste just like the oatmeal cream pies you probably grew up on, but they’ve got an added kick of ginger that spices things up just a bit. Toast the oat nuts beforehand for a crispier pie or switch up the spices to adjust the cream filling according to taste.

Get the recipe here.

9. White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Cups

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups just got a whole new fall makeover. These white chocolate pumpkin pie cups offer the same tantalizing allure but with pumpkin pie cream cheese filling instead of peanut butter. This is easily one of the best Thanksgiving desserts to make if you prefer sweets over confections, and they can be made with either pumpkin cream cheese filling or with pumpkin pie puree.

Get the recipe here.

10. Harvest Caramel Corn

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If your Thanksgiving 2020 plans include nothing more than just lounging around safely at home, take a few minutes out of your day to throw together this unique, scrumptious harvest caramel corn. All you have to do is mix together salty popcorn, chocolate treats, and sweet caramel. Harvest M&Ms and Rolos are what this recipe calls for, but you can add any sweet treat you like.

Get the recipe here.

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