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10 Fabulous Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

What would Thanksgiving be without dessert? Here are 10 fabulous Thanksgiving dessert recipes to delight your Thanksgiving guests with a sweet end to your meal.

We are now about three weeks away from Thanksgiving. I can already taste the turkey, the sides, and, of course, the desserts.

Do you wonder how many desserts you should have? One pumpkin, one pecan, and one apple?

Does your family have a favorite flavor? Mine like pecan much better than pumpkin pie. But they love pumpkin flavors. Go figure.

If you are hosting Thanksgiving, desserts are a great thing to ask people to bring. Just make sure that people bring different desserts.

Will you be hosting this year? I’m here to help you.

This year all our family will be coming for Thanksgiving. That’s 12 mouths to feed and please. I know that one dessert will be my Pecan Rum Tart. The other is still updecided.

I’ll make both ahead of time.

I have hundreds of cookbooks and thousands of recipes in my files to choose from.

Since it’s easy to scroll through Pinterest for some new twists on Thanksgiving desserts, I scrolled until I found ten that I know are delicious, pretty, and can be made ahead of time.

Welcome to 10 Fabulous Finds at Bluesky Browsing #62.

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  1. Tuesday morning I took down all the Halloween decorations. As usual, I left anything that was a fall decoration. We brought in the Thanksgiving turkeys from the garage. I hope by the end of today, our home will be ready for Thanksgiving.
  2. Do you feel like you are juggling between Thanksgiving and Christmas? I’m decorating the house for Thanksgiving and planning our Thanksgiving menu. But my mind is swimming with Christmas ideas. It’s a conundrum. In fact, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed thinking about what colors I will use for Christmas, what level of decorations (a little or a lot?), and how we will entertain this year. How about you?
  3. What a busy week! 4 blog posts, including Celebrate the Holiday Blog Hop. Fun, but busy.
  4. Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour tonight. I thought we were done with this back-and-forth daylight savings time thing. Alas, no. At least we get extra hour of sleep this time year.
  5. This week, the blog was about Thanksgiving dessert recipes, steps to decorate your mantel for Thanksgiving, and the Celebrate the Holiday Blog Hop: Pecan-Rum Tart, 9 Tips to Decorate your Mantel for Thanksgiving in 30 Minutes, Festive Christmas Home Decor Tour, Chocolate-Pumpkin Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting.

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes for the Holiday: 10 Fabulous Finds

Here we go with Bluesky Browsing #62.

So far I’ve shared 10 Thanksgiving Appetizers and 10 Thanksgiving Side Dishes. Now it’s time for 10 Thanksgiving desserts.

These Thanksgiving dessert recipe ideas are gathered from my search on Pinterest. You can see more holiday ideas on these Pinterest Boards:

Is dessert your favorite course of the Thanksgiving meal? I bet many would pick dessert.

What are some favorite dessert recipes for Thanksgiving?

  • pumpkin pie
  • pecan pie
  • apple pie

Google says that pumpkin and pecan pies are the most popular pies. I think anything with pumpkin is popular. Here in Texas, we love our pecans.

For these Thanksgiving desserts, I looked for ideas with a little twist and variety. I hope you find a dessert you wouldn’t have thought of.

Enjoy them all.

I also looked for desserts that could be prepared, at least in part, ahead of time. Dessert is the last thing I want to make on Thanksgiving morning.

I do love enjoying something sweet to end a meal of turkey, vegetables, and mashed potatoes.

Let’s start with that favorite Thanksgiving flavor – pumpkin.

Pumpkin Cake Roll

What a Pretty Pumpkin Roll

Lindsay of Life Love and Sugar shares one of the prettiest pumpkin desserts. Wouldn’t you love to set this dessert out on your Thanksgiving table. This easy Pumpkin Cake Roll is made with tender pumpkin cake and a heavenly cream cheese filling.

Thanksgiving dessert Pumpkin Cobbler

Pumpkin Cobbler

I love cobbler, but I’ve never heard of Pumpkin Cobbler. Thank goodness that Serena of Serena Bakes Simply from Scratch did. If making a regular crust is over your head, then Pumpkin Cobbler is like the best of both worlds – a silky smooth pumpkin filling and crunchy spiced brown sugar nut topping without the crust.

No-bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

Smooth as Silk No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

I can never pass up a cheesecake. This extra creamy no-bake pumpkin cheesecake version from Fiona of Just So Tasty has a delicious pumpkin spice flavor and cinnamon graham cracker crust. It’s way easier to make than traditional cheesecake – and perfect for fall or Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving dessert Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes

Chocolate-Pumpkin Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

This recipe (Bluesky at Home) may be my favorite cupcake. How can you go wrong with a combo of pumpkin and chocolate? I’ve been making this cupcake for a few years and it always gets rave reviews. The Nutella frosting is good enough to eat by itself with a spoon. I’ve included 10 cupcake tips.

Thanksgiving dessert chocolate pumpkin orange cake

Pumpkin Ganache Cake

If you want a Thanksgiving dessert that makes a big impression, then this gorgeous Pumpkin Ganache Cake is for you. Holly of Taste and See not only combines pumpkin and chocolate, but one that is moist, delicious, and beautiful. Don’t you love those chocolate curls?

Thanksgiving dessert apple cake

Caramel Apple Cake

If apple is more your cup of tea as a Thanksgiving dessert, then this rich caramel apple cake covered in browned buttercream is one you should try. John of Preppy Kitchen infused this lovely cake with fall spices, topped with homemade caramel and a darling little apple.

Thanksgiving dessert apple pie

Apple Pie – Thanksgiving Favorite

If apple pie is your go-to Thanksgiving dessert, then try this Apple Pie Recipe is easy to make from scratch! Kristine of Kristine’s Kitchen shares all the steps to a flaky, buttery pie crust and a sweet homemade apple pie filling. This apple pie is guaranteed to be a favorite. It’s perfect for the holidays.

Thanksgiving dessert Gingerbread cake

Gingerbread Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread definitely has the scent of fall flavor. A stunning Gingerbread Cake with two thick, moist layers of spiced gingerbread cake and big generous swirls of sweet cinnamon cream cheese frosting on top. Jessica of The Novice Chef took a traditional flavor and made it into a beautiful cake.

Thanksgiving dessert Pecan Rum Tart

Pecan Rum Tart

This beautiful pecan tart is also one of the most delicious pies/tarts you will ever make and serve. My friend Grant shared the recipe with me several years ago and it’s been my to-go Thanksgiving dessert since then. I share the detailed steps to show you how to make this beautiful dessert.

Cranberry Cake

Cranberry Cake with Hard Sauce

Cranberries are another iconic Thanksgiving ingredient. Sharon of Grits and Pinecones creates a different Thanksgiving dessert combining sweet and tart that is so pretty. I love the pretty color (definitely could be made for Christmas, too.

Visit my Pinterest Boards ~ Thanksgiving Recipes and Thanksgiving Desserts and follow for more ideas.

Let me know what you think of these Thanksgiving desserts? Which ones were your favorites? I could try them all.

I hope you PIN this post, visit each selection, and PIN each one.

What do you think of this new roundup format? From a creator’s standpoint, I love it. Here you find out more about Tasty Roundups.

I’d love to know what subjects you are most curious about. Let me know in the comments and I’ll search browse for them. Be sure to PIN to keep these ideas handy.

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In between writing posts, listening to podcasts, reading, doing various blogging tasks, and walking Nola, I’ll be browsing away.

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  1. Desserts numbered six, eight, and 10 (Apple Caramel Cake, Gingerbread Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting, and the Cranberry Cake with Hard Sauce, respectively, sound and look the most appealing to me. I might try the cranberry one for Thanksgiving. But no mincemeat pie or other dessert featuring mincemeat? If not represented at Thanksgiving, Carol, at least don’t overlook the carryover potential to Christmas for mincemeat’s stunning flavor profile for a wonderful holiday dessert!