45 Easy Thanksgiving Desserts You Really Need to Make This Year

Your family feast deserves a sweet finish.

thanksgiving desserts
Steve Giralt

Some people think Thanksgiving is all about the dinner, but those people haven't tasted one of these holiday desserts. Good luck deciding on which one (or two, or three) you're bringing to the Thanksgiving table.

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Swirled Pumpkin and Chocolate Cheesecake Thanksgiving Dessert
Con Poulos
Swirled Pumpkin and Chocolate Cheesecake

Pumpkin and chocolate go together like peanut butter and jelly in this Thanksgiving dessert. The chocolate wafer crust adds an extra layer of decadence that'll really make guests swoon.

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Spiced Pumpkin Latte Cheesecake Thanksgiving Dessert
Johnny Miller
Spiced Pumpkin Latte Cheesecake

Put down the pumpkin spice latte and grab a slice of this cheesecake to satisfy all your fall-flavor cravings.

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Salted Butterscotch Banana Bundt Cake Thanksgiving Dessert
Con Poulos
Salted Butterscotch Banana Bundt Cake

Upgrade your holiday bundt cake this year and go for the version that's packed with banana and toffee bits, drizzled in melted butterscotch chips, and sprinkled with sea salt.

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pumpkin spice cake thanksgiving dessert
Caren Alpert
Pumpkin Spice Cake

Guests will love cutting into this simple, yet delicious pumpkin spice cake. The marshmallow cream and maple extract frosting take it over the top, while pumpkin candy garnishes add a festive touch.

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Surprise Caramel Apple Pound Cake Thanksgiving Dessert
Erika Lapresto
Surprise Caramel Apple Pound Cake

Put this pound cake at the kids table (or at least near it). The fun apple-printed surprise baked inside is sure to be a hit.

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Apple and Oatmeal Ginger Crumb Pie Thanksgiving Dessert
Iain Bagwell
Apple and Oatmeal Ginger Crumb Pie

It may look like your standard oatmeal and apple combo, but this Thanksgiving pie is bursting with flavor thanks to a refreshing hit of ginger.

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apple spice cake thanksgiving dessert
Con Poulos
Apple Spice Cake

Pumpkin isn't a hit with everyone, so make sure there's something to satisfy all your guests. This apple spice cake topped with sour cream and cinnamon has you covered.

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apple cinnamon pull-apart bread thanksgiving dessert
Steve Giralt
Apple Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread

Thanksgiving just got a little stickier — and a lot sweeter — thanks to this apple cinnamon pull-apart bread.

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Chai Pumpkin Pie Thanksgiving Dessert
Steve Giralt
Chai Pumpkin Pie

Decorate this spicy-sweet pie however you want, but we have a feeling this autumn-colored turkey will be a hit.

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Tools you'll need: $6, Thanksgiving Turkey Cookie Cutter, . $10, 3-Piece Leaf Cookie Cutter Set, .

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Christmas Dinner Cranberry Pie
Steve Giralt
Cranberry Pie with Snickerdoodle Crust

You get both cookie and pie flavor in this Thanksgiving dessert, and life just doesn't get much better than that.

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caramel pecan brownies thanksgiving dessert
Chris Court
Caramel Pecan Brownies

Guests are going to go nuts over these pecan caramel brownies.

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Tools you'll need: $25, Living Kit Knife Set,

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apple and cranberry hand pies thanksgiving dessert
Romulo Yanes
Apple and Cranberry Hand Pies

These mini apple and cranberry pies are sure to put a smile on everyone's face this season.

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turkey cupcakes thanksgiving dessert
Steve Giralt
Turkey Cupcakes

These Turkey Day treats are almost too cute to gobble up.

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Salted Caramel Pecan and Chocolate Pie Thanksgiving Dessert
Steve Giralt
Salted Caramel Pecan and Chocolate Pie

This chocolaty, nutty pie is sticky-sweet in the best way.

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pumpkin hand pies thanksgiving dessert
Chris Court
Pumpkin Hand Pies

Nobody has to be stuck at the Thanksgiving table with these portable fall treats on hand.

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cinnamon maple sugar cookies thanksgiving dessert
Courtesy of My Sequined Life
Cinnamon Maple Sugar Cookies

Kick off the holiday season with cinnamon-spiced treats that are packed with maple flavor.

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Tools you'll need: $11, Checkered Chef Stainless Steel Cooking Rack,

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Cookie Cornfield
Steve Giralt
Cookie Cornfield

There's no baking required to pull off these festive peanut butter treats.

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ginger mock apple pie thanksgiving dessert
Steve Giralt
Gingery Mock Apple Pie

Looking at this pie, you'd never know apples weren't actually hiding inside. Luckily, no one will miss the fruit once they taste the tangy raspberry-swirled whipped-yogurt topping.

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pumpkin cobbler thanksgiving dessert
Courtesy of Creations By Kara
Pumpkin Cobbler

A scoop of vanilla ice cream is exactly what this decadent dessert needs.

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Tools you'll need: $15, OXO Good Grips Ice Cream Scoop,

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cranberry pie thanksgiving dessert
Christopher Testani
Cranberry Pie

A tart and festive recipe that's welcome at any dessert table.

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Tools you'll need: $6, Talisman Pastry Wheel Decorator,

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pumpkin pie thanksgiving dessert
Christopher Testani
Pumpkin Pie

Each bite of this classic Thanksgiving dessert will deliver the perfect hint of warm, spicy flavor.

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Tools you'll need: $12, USA Pan Pie Pan,

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pear pie thanksgiving dessert
Christopher Testani
Pear Pie

Consider it a fresh alternative to the classic apple pie.

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Tools you'll need: $12, Pyrex Glass Pie Plate,

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Browned Butter Butterscotch Meringue Pie Thanksgiving Dessert
Iain Bagwell
Browned Butter Butterscotch Meringue Pie

The nutty notes and butterscotch flavor in this meringue pie are sure to send guests into a sweet, sweet food coma.

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Tools you'll need: $12, USA Pan Pie Pan,

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sweet potato pie thanksgiving dessert
Iain Bagwell
Sweet Potato Pie

Bring a taste of the South to the table with this traditional pie recipe.

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Tools you'll need: $25, Living Kit Knife Set,

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Mini German Chocolate Brownie Pecan Tarts Thanksgiving Dessert
Steve Giralt
Mini German Chocolate Brownie Pecan Tarts

Originally featured in the 1965 edition of Landcruisers magazine, this classic pecan tart is upgraded with luscious chocolate and sweet coconut.

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Tools you'll need: $11, MontoPack Aluminum Foil Tart/Pie Pans,

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Cranberry Apple Tarts Thanksgiving Dessert
Chris Court
Cranberry Apple Tarts

All of the best fall fruit gets wrapped up in one easy-to-eat tart for this Thanksgiving dessert.

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Thanksgiving Cupcakes Red  Apple Cupcakes
Steve Giralt
Apple Cupcakes

Red Delicious apples are in season, so why not enjoy them in an adorable cupcake form, too?

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pomegranate panna cotta thanksgiving dessert
Chris Court
Pomegranate Panna Cotta

These may be petite treats, but they're packed with bold flavor. Sprinkle on pomegranate seeds for some holiday flair.

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apple-blackberry crisp thanksgiving dessert
Steve Giralt
Apple-Blackberry Crisp

This apple-blackberry pie filling is tart, sweet, and juicy. In other words, it's pie perfection.

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Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies Thanksgiving Dessert
Con Poulos
Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies

Cheesecake and brownies come together to form a gold-star Thanksgiving dessert.

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