The Ten Best Thanksgiving Desserts

November 26, 2019

If you’ve been following along here for awhile, you know that my favorite part of any meal is dessert! Just […]

If you’ve been following along here for awhile, you know that my favorite part of any meal is dessert! Just in time for the big day, I’ve rounded up my ten best (like, the very best!) Thanksgiving desserts to wow your guests. End your holiday meal on a sweet note with any of these show-stopping recipes. Most of these desserts can be made ahead for the perfect treat to serve at your own table or to tote along wherever you are feasting on the big day.

Pumpkin Pie Bars

You have a long list of things to stress about on Thanksgiving day, but turning out a perfectly flakey, all-butter pie crust isn’t one of them. Making a traditional pie crust can be time consuming….all the rolling, chilling and crimping. It’s not for me. Enter these easy pumpkin pie bars. Easy, delicious and made to feed a crowd – they’re Fall dessert perfection!

Dark Chocolate Chess Pie

chocolate chess pie recipe

Thanksgiving is traditionally all about pecans and pumpkins but I’m that girl that’s like, where’s the chocolate?? I’m feeling pretty grateful for this rich and fudgy Dark Chocolate Chess Pie right about now. This delicious twist on the classic southern pie will be the hit of your holiday table! Serve chilled with a dollop of freshly whipped cream or a drizzle of salted caramel.

Almond Toffee

A rich, buttery toffee topped with dark chocolate and sprinkled with toasted pecans makes the most indulgent sweet-meets-salty dessert. Nothing says the holidays quite like a fresh batch of Almond Toffee to satisfy your sweet tooth. This irresistible treat can be made days ahead of time and makes the perfect holiday dessert or hostess gift.

Snickerdoodle Bars

These thick and chewy Snickerdoodle Bars are a fun twist on my favorite cinnamon sugar cookie. They’re everything you love about the classic cookie, but waayyyyy easier to make. No scooping, no rolling, zero chilling. Dusted with a crunchy layer of cinnamon sugar, these bars will be all anyone can talk about on Thanksgiving day.

Pecan Pie Bars

These best ever Pecan Pie Bars have all the deliciousness of a pecan pie with way less fuss! Made with a simple press-in shortbread crust and topped with heaps of chopped pecans and melted chocolate chips, these easy slice-and-serve bars are a real crowd-pleaser.

Molten Chocolate Cakes

These rich and ultra chocolatey Molten Chocolate Cakes come together in just minutes with simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Chocolate always has a place at my holiday dessert buffet and these individual cakes are the perfect chocolate lover’s treat with just the splurge factor that every holiday meal deserves. And they’re gluten free so everyone can enjoy!

Chocolate Cream Pie Bars

No Thanksgiving feast is complete without a stellar dessert and this is itttttt! These Chocolate Cream Pie Bars are rich, ultra chocolately, and perfectly sweet. And I give them major bonus points for being an *almost* no-bake dessert which means they won’t compete for oven time on turkey day. Easy AND delicious?? That’s my kind of dessert!

Apple Cider Bundt Cake


I’m all about minimal effort, maximum yum and this easy apple cider cake delivers on all counts! It’s soft and fluffy, super moist and perfectly spiced. And it’s coated with a layer of crunchy cinnamon sugar…what’s not to love. Serve with vanilla ice cream, drizzle with caramel and watch as the rave reviews roll in!

Mini Salted Caramel Cheesecakes


Move over pumpkin pie! These Mini Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecakes are the ultimate Thanksgiving dessert. Full of cozy Fall flavors, these mini cheesecakes have a crunchy gingersnap crust and a creamy pumpkin cheesecake filling all drenched in a rich homemade salted caramel. Topped with a swirl of freshly whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg – they’re as pretty as they are delicious!

Chewy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Keep kids of all ages happy with a warm batch of Chewy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles. These cookies have all the classic snickerdoodle flavor and texture we know and love, but we’ve made them even better by adding nutty brown butter and pumpkin spice. They taste even better the second day so save a few to nosh on after that leftover turkey sandwich.

Wishing you all kinds of happy this Thanksgiving. Hoping it’s filled with good food, great company and all of your favorite desserts.

Happy Thanksgiving and happy baking!

**Originally posted November 2019

  • Reply
    November 26, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Can I use a GF wafer cookie?

    • Reply
      Heather Mubarak
      November 27, 2019 at 8:18 am

      Yes, that should work! Enjoy!!

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