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Top Thanksgiving Desserts

Are you dreaming about Thanksgiving dinner? You are not alone! After passing around the turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and the rest of the fixings, comes the part we all love, dessert! Of course, you may need some time to digest before gathering around the table for the desserts you wait all year for! So what are some of the top Thanksgiving desserts? That is exactly what I am here to share.


As the song goes, There’s no place like home for the holidays and let’s not forget the traveler that was heading home for some homemade pumpkin pie. What Thanksgiving is complete without homemade pumpkin pie? I can’t imagine not have at least one pumpkin pie but truthfully, I bake 3 because everyone loves it!


As someone who has been baking pumpkin pies for more years than I care to admit, I have some tips to pass along. Use a high quality  pie dish because it allows the crust to bake evenly so that it is nice and flaky.

I like the Emile & Henry Ruffled Pie Dish.  The Burgundian clay heats evenly for gentle uniform baking and browning. Dish is microwave, oven, freezer and dishwasher safe. Make sure your spices are nice and fresh and Libby’s pure pumpkin is the only canned pumpkin I use. Always have some fresh whipped cream to top your pie with as you serve it. If you love this pie dish as much as I do, you can find it at Williams-Sonoma.


From pumpkin to pecans, a decadent, rich, sweet pecan pie satisfies many a sweet tooth. This is a relatively simple pie to bake. If you don’t have a recipe, you can check out sites like the Food Network for one. One important thing to remember is to let the pie cool completely so that everything comes together to form that nutty, sweet confection that is so worth the wait!


Cheesecake is another thanksgiving dessert staple in our house. We love it so much that it is not unusual to have more than one.


I usually make mini cheesecakes because I have been making them so long, my family expects them. They are really nice because you can use many different toppings to appeal to everyone. You can make the mini cheesecakes in cupcake pans with decorative cupcake liners. I use the Baker’s Secret cupcake pans that you can pick up in Target.


My kids love to help bake too so I always make some sugar cookies. They are fun to roll out and cut with Thanksgiving shapes of turkeys, pumpkins, cornucopias, pilgrims and other fun shapes. Then we sprinkle them with colored sugar before baking. If you don’t have a big cookie cutter selection, I highly recommend the Wilton 101 Piece Cookie Cutter Set. This set includes a huge selection of cookie cutters so you will have whatever you need for holidays and special occasions throughout the year. You can find them in many stores or right on


Whatever you decide to serve for dessert, the most important part is that it is baked with the most important ingredient, love! Happy Thanksgiving!