I think it’s safe to say that Thanksgiving is the best food holiday. The preparation and anticipation for the big feast happen months in advance. By now, you have already planned the menu and compiled the shopping list. While the main dish is something to be excited for, Thanksgiving desserts are the icing on the cake.
These are the best Thanksgiving desserts and they’re sure to amp up your holiday spread. From the creamiest pumpkin pie to tangy cranberry pie, to pecan pie cheesecake, there is something for everyone! You will impress everyone this holiday season with these delectable desserts!
Caramel Sweet Potato Pie
This is one of the best sweet potato pies ever. The crunchy, flaky homemade crust is the perfect bedding for the luscious sweet potato filling. The filling uses canned sweet potatoes (yams) which saves time when making this decadent fall pie. Ground nutmeg, ginger, and allspice combined with brown sugar and vanilla yield a rich depth of flavor. The contrast of the creamy filling, the crisp crust, the gooey caramel, and the pillowy meringue topping creates a wonder array of textures and flavors in every bite. Everyone gets excited to see this pie on the holiday table.
Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes that taste just like pumpkin pie! The pumpkin cupcake is deliciously moist with hints of cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and vanilla. It’s topped with homemade whipped cream and pie crust cutouts. Serve these instead of pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving and your guests are sure to be impressed!
Pumpkin Oatmeal Cream Pies
These insanely decadent cream pie cookies are a wonderful treat for fall. A simple pumpkin oatmeal cookie is filled with homemade caramel and marshmallow cream for an ultra rich dessert experience. Plan ahead for these sandwich cookies, though. They take a while to prepare. The cookie dough needs to refrigerate for at least 2 hours before baking and the caramel sauce needs to be cooled completely before filling the cookies. You can make both of these components the day before you plan to serve the cookies.
Pumpkin S’mores Bars
These bars are like gooey s’mores sandwiched together with pumpkin pie in the middle. It’s a wonderful recipe with so much rich, decadent flavor. The bars are sweet and go great with a glass of milk. I used cinnamon, ginger, and cloves for spices in the pumpkin filling but you can the spices you prefer most in pumpkin pie. Bake the bars until they are no longer wiggly and keep them stored in the refrigerator.
Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
These cookies are soft and chewy. One egg yolk is used as a binding and this small amount keeps the cookies from being cakey. There’s a ton of oats, making each cookie hearty and full of texture. Molasses and cinnamon offer warm fall flavors without overpowering the pumpkin flavor. Mix in a cup of your favorite dried fruit or chocolate chips to add variety to the recipe.
Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Bars
This recipe for Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Bars gives you the flavor of a pumpkin pie without the hassle of making a pie. A graham cracker crust is topped with a layer of dulce de leche cheesecake and a layer of pumpkin pie filling for an epic twist on the classic pumpkin pie. Each bar served with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream. Bring these to your next social gathering, everyone is going to love them.