17 Easy Thanksgiving Desserts

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding

The Spruce Eats

What better way to end your Thanksgiving holiday meal than with a delicious dessert? These easy recipes are packed with seasonal fall flavors, come together quickly, and are designed to be fuss-free, so you can spend more time with your guests and less time in the kitchen.

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    10 Minute No-Bake Pumpkin Pie

    10 Minute No-Bake Pumpkin Pie

    Diana Rattray

    In only 10 minutes, you can prepare a scrumptious no-bake pumpkin pie that will be an instant hit with friends and family. Use an electric mixer to combine the cream cheese, pumpkin puree, frozen whipped topping, brown sugar, and spices, then pour the mixture into a prepared graham cracker crust and chill to set. It's really that easy!

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    Spiced Vegan Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

    SSpiced Vegan Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

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    Vegan kids and adults alike will enjoy these spiced oatmeal cranberry cookies with a soft and chewy texture. They're egg-free and dairy-free, so you can enjoy them guilt-free. This is a great treat for dipping into a hot cup of tea.

  • 03 of 17

    Oreo Turkeys

    Oreo Turkeys

     

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    Get kids helping during the holidays with this adorable dessert idea that's easy for little hands to help you assemble. Oreo "turkeys" are formed by decorating the famous sandwich cookies with just a few fun additions, including vanilla frosting and candy corn.

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    Pear Crisp With Oatmeal Topping

    Pear Crisp With Oatmeal Topping

    Diana Rattray

    A warm and delicious pear crisp is an excellent way to celebrate the in-season fruit. With a crunchy oatmeal and brown sugar topping, it makes a lovely fall or winter holiday dessert, especially when finished with a scoop of vanilla or butter pecan ice cream or a generous dollop of whipped cream.

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    Nutella Pie

    Nutella Pie

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    No-bake Nutella pie is a creamy decadent chocolate dessert. Each layer comes together entirely in your food processor for a "one-bowl" recipe that is high on satisfaction and low on clean-up.

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    Pumpkin Bread Pudding

    Pumpkin Bread Pudding

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    Bread pudding is a comforting dessert that always hits the spot on cooler days. This recipe adds pumpkin puree and pie spices to the batter for a delicious Thanksgiving twist on the classic bread pudding.

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    Easy Red Velvet Trifle

    Easy Red Velvet Trifle

    Elaine Lemm

    Trifle is an indulgent holiday dessert for serving at Thanksgiving and Christmas time. This fantastic recipe for a trifle with berries, whipped cream, custard, and thick slices of soft red velvet cake might be the best version and is easy to make in less than 30 minutes.

  • 08 of 17

    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

    Diana Rattray

    Pumpkin brownies with smooth swirls of tangy cream cheese throughout make a delectable dessert for your Thanksgiving feast. Serve them on their own or topped with caramel sauce.

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  • 09 of 17

    No-Bake Chocolate Mousse Pie

    No-Bake Chocolate Mousse Pie

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    Fewer than 10 ingredients and only 10 minutes are needed to make this super-easy, velvety-smooth chocolate mousse pie. The rich filling is poured into a prepared graham cracker pie shell and chilled in the fridge for 4 to 5 hours until set. Take the pie out on the counter half an hour before serving to allow it to soften.

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    Easy Cranberry Cake Bars

    Easy Cranberry Cake Bars

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    Cranberry dessert bars with a lovely, cake-like texture make a winning dessert at holiday time. Kids can help to mix the simple batter that includes fresh cranberries and chopped pecans and is poured into a rectangular cake pan for baking. Cut into squares and enjoy warm or cold, with or without sweetened cranberry sauce on top.

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    Sweet Potato Bundt Cake

    Sweet Potato Bundt Cake

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    With only five ingredients, including store-bought vanilla cake mix and canned or homemade sweet potato pie filling, this moist and delicious cake could not be simpler to prepare. It is baked in a bundt pan with a built-in topping of brown sugar and pecans for a Thanksgiving-ready dessert with great crunch and tons of flavor.

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    Pumpkin Cookies with Nuts

    Pumpkin Cookies with Nuts

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    Pumpkin cookies with brown sugar, walnuts or pecans, and pumpkin pie spices are a delicious after-dinner treat and make great lunchbox snacks after the Thanksgiving holiday is over. Go ahead and add chocolate chips or raisins, if you like, for even more texture and flavor. This is an easy one-bowl recipe that makes three dozen drop cookies.

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    Easy Chocolate Bourbon Truffles

    Easy Chocolate Bourbon Truffles

    Diana Rattray

    Impress Thanksgiving guests with these decadent chocolate bourbon truffles with a nice crunch from chopped pecans. Nobody needs to know it only took you 15 minutes to make these no-bake treats! Truffles will need a few hours in the fridge to set before serving.

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    Butternut Squash Pie

    Butternut Squash Pie

    Diana Rattray

    Serve this wonderful butternut squash pie with brown sugar and cinnamon at your holiday gathering and you won't have to wait long for compliments. It's similar in texture and flavor to a pumpkin pie and simple to assemble using a store-bought prepared pastry shell.

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    Apple Cranberry Cobbler with Cinnamon and Vanilla

    Apple Cranberry Cobbler with Cinnamon and Vanilla

    Diana Rattray

    Apples and cranberries come together in this comforting classic cobbler with a nicely-browned topping that makes a wonderful fall or winter holiday dessert. Use Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apples, or a combination of both, for delicious results.

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    Pumpkin Dump Cake

    Pumpkin Dump Cake

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    Make this pumpkin dump cake as an easy dessert option when your time for baking is limited. It has plenty of delicious pumpkin flavor and is easily cut into squares or scooped into bowls with ice cream.

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  • 17 of 17

    Easy Baked Apples With Pecans

    Easy Baked Apples With Pecans

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    Baked apples are a comfort food favorite that make a lovely, simple dessert after a filling holiday meal. Apples are cored, but left intact, then filled with brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and chopped pecans for baking until soft and tender. Serve with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or hard sauce.