15 Festive Thanksgiving Cookies

Think Outside of the Pie Crust

turkey cookies

The Spruce / Leah Maroney

It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without pie, but try thinking outside the crust for the rest of your dessert table this holiday. Thanksgiving cookies can make a fun project for kids on the big day, liven up a fall bake sale, Friendsgiving dinner, or just round out your offerings after the big feast. Give a few of these a try, for a new twist on the after-dinner options.

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    Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Icing

    Pumpkin Cookies With Caramel Icing
    Diana Rattray

    These pumpkin cookies have a delightful spiced flavor that showcases the seasonal gourd in a new, while still familiar, way. Caramel icing adds a lovely sweetness. Sprinkle with a little crushed maple candy or cinnamon before it sets completely for extra fall flair.

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    Pie Crust Cookies


    When assembling all of your holiday pies, use up the scraps to make these flaky, cinnamon-infused cookies. With the flaky goodness of a pie and the portability of a cookie, they make an excellent addition to any dessert spread. And because they're so easy to make, the kids can help out too.

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    Apple Cookies with Raisins

    Apple Raisin Cookies
    Diana Rattray

    Raisins give these old-fashioned apple cookies a little extra chew while sour cream keeps them nice and soft. This recipe is as versatile as it is delicious. Try folding in some chopped walnuts or swapping the raisins for the golden variety or dried cranberries for a different flavor.

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    Pumpkin Cake Mix Cookies

    Easy vegan pumpkin cake mix cookies

    The Spruce 

    Let's face it: None of us have tons of extra time on Thanksgiving when there's a whole meal to make. These pumpkin cookies use a boxed cake mix to save you a step and you only need two other ingredients to toss it together. The cookies come out chewy, tender, and perfect for the dessert table.

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    Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

    Vegan Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

     The Spruce

    These delicious pumpkin cookies use no animal products and because applesauce replaces the margarine or oil, they're also low in fat. Enjoy several guilt-free alongside the rest of your Thanksgiving spread.

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    Maple Cookies

    Maple Cookies

    The Spruce Eats / Jennifer Perillo

    Adorable and delicious, maple cookies are fun to bake and eat. The recipe requires just five ingredients, with pure maple syrup adding a warm, inviting sweetness. A maple leaf cookie cutter ensures these shortbread cookies are festive, too.

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    Oreo Turkeys

    Oreo Turkeys

     Leah Maroney

    You're just five ingredients and an adorable craft project away from these fun Oreo turkeys. The kids will love helping out with the assembly and you can pick up everything except the candy eyes right at the grocery store. These taste best eaten right away, but they will keep in an airtight container for a few days.

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    Molasses Crinkle Cookies

    molasses crinkle cookies

    Diana Rattray 

    Something about the deep flavor of molasses just screams autumn and these crinkle cookies will make a delicious contrast to your pumpkin pie. The kind of molasses you use will determine the flavor: blackstrap will result in darker, less sweet cookies while a lighter variation will allow the sugar to shine through.

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    Frosted Ginger Cookies

    Double chocolate chunk vegan cookies recipe

     The Spruce

    If you loved store-bought gingersnaps as a kid, try these frosted ginger cookies for a similar homemade treat. The sweet frosting balances out the spicy ginger in these soft and chewy cookies, but you can also leave it off for a simpler experience.

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    Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling

    Pumpkin Cookies With Cream Cheese Filling

    Diana Rattray


    If you have extra canned pumpkin after making your pie, turn it into these simple, crowd-pleasing sandwich cookies. The drop cookie part comes together easily, and you can use store-bought cream cheese frosting for the filling if you're short on time.

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    Turkey Sugar Cookies

    turkey cookies

     Leah Maroney

    These cute turkey cookies come together with mostly store-bought ingredients for an easy, family-friendly snack. We've included a great sugar cookie recipe for the base, but you can easy pick those up while grocery shopping to save even more time. Everyone will want a snapshot—and a bite—of these gobblers.

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    Gluten-Free Gingersnap Cookies

    Gluten-Free Gingersnap Cookie Recipe Image 2014 © Teri Gruss
    2014 © Teri Gruss

    Don't leave those who can't eat gluten out of the Thanksgiving dessert festivities. These crisp cookies have assertive flavor thanks to an extra hit of ground ginger. You can also make the dough ahead and store it in the fridge to save on time.

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    Classic Snickerdoodles

    Diana Rattray

    These classic cookies appear on many holiday dessert trays and it's easy to see why. They will fill your home with a festive cinnamon aroma as they bake and their spiced flavor goes wonderfully alongside pumpkin and pecan pies and maybe even a cranberry crumble.

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    Butter Pecan Shortbread Cookies

    Plated butter pecan shortbread cookies.
    Diana Rattray

    These butter pecan shortbread cookies just beg for dunking in a cup of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa and will make a delightful end to your meal. Dip them in dark chocolate for a fancier presentation. Scale up this recipe to feed a crowd or leave as-is for a smaller gathering.

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    Pecan Pie Cookies

    Pecan Pie Cookies

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

    These adorable cookies come out just like miniature pecan pies, perfect for serving as part of your Thanksgiving spread. You can even make them ahead of time and freeze for later. Plan ahead before diving in; both the dough and the filling need to chill before assembly