A collage of the 15 best Thanksgiving Desserts

It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a dessert or two.  And any self-respecting Southern spread is going to have a whole slew of desserts to top off this traditional meal.  It’s true, we love the turkey; we load up on the side dishes, but the Thanksgiving desserts… well, they just steal the show, beckoning to us from over at the dessert table with their promises of after-dinner delights. 

Some of us don’t wait until after dinner to heed their call.  We dive right in with a nibble here and there while the cooking and the visiting is going on.  Others of us just wander by and breathe in deeply while carefully planing out our after-dinner dessert plates… (because it’s the holidays, we definitely plan on allowing ourselves “just a small slice” of each one).  Then there are those who politely wave off the prospect of multiple desserts on one plate and just choose to have a single dessert… and another during the ballgame… and one when they visit the kitchen…  Don’t even get me started on dessert for breakfast the day after… 

The ways to enjoy Thanksgiving dessert are endless! To make sure you are well prepared for all the upcoming enjoyment, I’ve gathered up some of the best dessert recipes around.  There are sure to be one or three that are just begging to be on your Thanksgiving dessert table this year!  Click the pictures for complete recipes.

Caramel Cake makes a great Thanksgiving Dessert.

Southern Salted Caramel Cake is a fool proof alternative to the traditional caramel cake.


Fresh Apple Cake makes a great Thanksgiving Dessert.

My Mamaw’s Fresh Apple Cake is the perfect dessert or breakfast cake. Moist and dense, it is one of those old fashioned recipes that never fails.


Pumpkin pecan pie marries 2 traditional Thanksgiving desserts.

This Pumpkin Pecan Pie is the best of both of the traditional holiday pies, pumpkin and pecan, combined!


Homemade Pear Pie rivals apple pie on the Thanksgiving Dessert Table..

Homemade Pear Pie rivals the traditional apple pie that everyone expects. Enjoy it all the same ways you enjoy apple pie, just with a twist!


Thanksgiving Desserts should always include a sweet potato pound cake.

Sweet Potato Pound Cake is a rich, dense pound cake that boasts all the flavors of the season! It’s perfect after dinner, later with coffee and certainly with a dollop of cinnamon whipped cream.


An apple Crostada makes apple pie for Thanksgiving dessert easy.

A crostada, or galette, is a simple and quick way to make a pie without having to fuss with crimping or other pie-making headaches.  This Apple Crostada certainly delivers all the best of a traditional apple pie and more!


What's Thanksgiving Dessert without Classic Pecan Pie.

No Thanksgiving table is complete without a Classic Pecan Pie. It’s a must-have recipe!


Chocolate Sheet Cake is always welcome as a Thanksgiving dessert.

Don’t underestimate the power of chocolate at Thanksgiving! A Chocolate Buttermilk Sheet Cake is a quick and easy way to deliver an indulgent dessert.


Pumpkin Sheet Cake is the perfect Thanksgiving dessert.

Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Icing bakes up in less than 30 minutes and is chock full of all the flavors of the season.


Pumpkin Chiffon Pie is an easy no-bake Thanksgiving Dessert.

With so many dishes competing for space in your oven, a no-bake option like this Pumpkin Chiffon Pie is a quick and easy go-to! Who can resist all that fluffy yum?


Coconut Cake is a classic Thanksgiving dessert.

An Old Fashioned Coconut Ice Box Cake with Sour Cream Frosting can be made up to 3 days ahead of time. And since it only gets better as it sits in the fridge, making it ahead can be a real lifesaver during holiday baking!



Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chip Pie is another easy Thanksgiving Dessert.

Love chocolate and pecans? Who doesn’t?! Southern Bourbon Chocolate Chip Pie is easier than you think and looks gorgeous among the Thanksgiving desserts.


Egg custard pie- an old fashioned Thanksgiving dessert

One bowl and no pie crust- old fashioned Egg Custard Pie is sure to bring back memories of simpler times. It’s always a favorite!


A stunning alternative to traditional Thanksgiving desserts.

Lemon Layer Cake with Lemon Curd Buttercream might seem like a surprise choice for a Thanksgiving dessert, but its bright and sunny flavor offers a lighter alternative to those expected desserts!


Sweet Potato Pie, a traditional Thanksgiving Dessert.

Filled with everyday ingredients straight from your pantry, a traditional Sweet Potato Pie is the perfectly balanced dessert for Thanksgiving!


Little Pretties and Pretty Handies to Make and Serve These Thanksgiving Desserts!

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15 traditional and traditional with a twist Thanksgiving desserts! From no-bake desserts, to make-ahead recipes, to your favorite classic recipes, this collection of recipes has them all!