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If you’re looking for some Thanksgiving dessert recipes that are unique and unexpected, these 15 recipes will hit the spot.

15 Unexpected Thanksgiving Desserts Recipes to Try |

November is nearly here, which in America means Thanksgiving is almost here! I have to say, Thanksgiving is one of my all-time favorite holidays. I think I love it so much because there’s not quite as much pressure as there is with Christmas. It’s really just a big, fun day with my family and amazing food.

We switch off families every year, but no matter where we end up, I always like to help out and bring something or take on some major cooking.

This year, we are hosting at our house and I am so excited to finally use my fancy dishware, wine glasses and host people in our dining room. I gathered inspiration for a simple and beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape and created our own with budget-friendly finds—you can see it here!

When it comes to dessert, our family usually has two pies, pumpkin and pecan—sound familiar? Probably, and there’s nothing wrong with them. In fact, pecan is my favorite and pumpkin is Rob’s favorite! But, it’s fun to switch things up and have a new take on dessert (or any part of your Thanksgiving feast).

These Thanksgiving dessert recipes that aren’t pie are a refreshing take on the final course of your feast. While these desserts might not be the most traditional for Thanksgiving, they look so delicious, unique and a welcome change from the old favorites, right?!

Number 7 and 14 are both high on my list this year—which one would you make?

15 Best Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes to Add to your Thanksgiving Dinner

1. Chocolate Cream Pie

chocolate cream pie

image & recipe: How Sweet Eats

Admittedly, I’m not a big chocolate gal myself, but all your chocolate lovers? Rejoice! This decadent chocolate cream pie is not only beautiful, but looks scrumptious.

2. Cranberry Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

cranberry almond chocolate cookies

image & recipe: Tastes of Lizzy

Cookies aren’t your typical dessert, but these are perfect for a dessert station. Or send your guests home with cute bags full of these! Almonds and cranberries are such a yummy combination here.

3. Berry Crisp

berry crisp

image & recipe: The Veg Life

I’m a huge fan of crisps, one with fresh berries—yum!!! Also, how cute are the little leaves on top. If you’re looking for those pie crust cutters, you can find them here.

4. Chocolate Bundt Cakes

mini chocolate bundt cakes

image & recipe: Regan Baroni

These bundt cakes are simple, and so beautiful! The powdered sugar dusting looks like fresh snow.

5. Pumpkin Spice Truffles

pumpkin spice truffles

image & recipe: Sally’s Baking Addiction

I’m always so full after the meal, but these would be the perfect little bite at the end of a meal! If you’re looking for ideas for Thanksgiving desserts that aren’t pie, this one fits the bill!

6. Pear Tart

pear tart

image & recipe: Entertaining With Beth
What I love about this easy dessert is that it looks so simple and elegant! Perfect for newbie bakers!

7. Apple Caramel Cake

apple caramel cake

image & recipe: Boston Girl Bakes

Umm, pretty much everything about this sounds delicious! Caramel and apples in a cake? Sign me up! It’s definitely decadent, but would be such a nice change from pie.

8. Applesauce Cake

applesauce cake

image & recipe: Red Velvet NYC

Rob’s not a big fan of icing, so a simple drizzle over a bundt cake is perfect! I love how simple and elegant this Thanksgiving dessert recipe is!

9. Cranberry Sauce Popsicles

cranberry sauce popsicles

image & recipe: Regan Baroni

These really push the boundaries, but look so delicious! Something cold and fresh like these cranberry popsicles would be such a refreshing dessert after a big meal.

10. Maple Sugar Cookies

soft maple sugar cookies

image & recipe: The Novice Chef

Again, cookies aren’t the most traditional, but these flavors are spot on! Try all white sprinkles for a really elegant look! I know my kids would love these so much.

11. Pecan Pie Cheesecake

pecan pie cheesecake

image & recipe: Giraffes Can Bake

Like I mentioned, I love pecan pie, but pecan pie cheesecake—WHAT?! I have a strong feeling that I would really love this one!

12. Apple Crumble Pie

apple crumble pie | Thanksgiving desserts recipes

image & recipe: Sally’s Baking Addiction

Lastly, an apple crumble pie! Apple pie is traditional, but adding a crumble topping instead of the traditional lattice top makes this one a bit different. I made it for our Friendsgiving last weekend and it was a big hit! The crumble topping added a nice crunch on top and all the spices are so delicious! I swapped steel cut oats for the walnuts because Rob is allergic to them and it was delicious!

13. Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

vegan pumpkin cheesecake bar

image & recipe What Molly Made

I’m not a vegan, but these still look insanely yummy! They’d definitely be lighter after a big meal too. I’m a big fan of pecans, so this one is on my list to try!

14. No-Bake Pecan Pie Bars

no bake pecan pie bars

image & recipe Purely Kaylie

I’ve been looking for this exact Thanksgiving dessert recipe for a while! I love pecans, but pecan pie can be so sugary and overly sweet. These bars fit the bill. Plus, no bake? Yes please!! One less thing to do makes this recipe a yes in my book!

15. Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

pumpkin cheesecake brownies | thanksgiving desserts recipes

image & recipe Chocolate with Grace

These not only look delicious, but also so beautiful. Such a fun combo of some of my favorite desserts with the fall twist of pumpkin.

What is your family’s go-to dessert for Thanksgiving? Which of these easy holiday desserts looks most appetizing to you?!

BTW, 15 healthy Thanksgiving recipes to try this year, and the best roast chicken EVER.



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