Beyond Pumpkin Pie: 20 Over-the-Top Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes
Pumpkin pie is a staple of the Thanksgiving feast, but there are a lot of other scrumptious dessert recipes that are perfect for giving thanks. We’ve put together 20 of our very favorite dessert ideas, with classic recipes like pecan pie, and unexpected ones like cranberry cheesecake. Head below the jump for a delicious look at 20 pumpkin pie alternatives.

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  • Pumpkin Cheesecake 1 of 20
    Pumpkin Cheesecake
    Creamy, rich pumpkin makes this cheesecake incredibly decadent.
    Make pumpkin cheesecake
    Image: Angie McGowan
  • Maple Walnut Pecan Pie 2 of 20
    Maple Walnut Pecan Pie
    This is a classic pecan pie that features maple syrup and walnuts.
    Make maple walnut pecan pie
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal
  • Cranberry Apple Pie 3 of 20
    Cranberry Apple Pie
    Tart and sweet, this gorgeous pie captures the flavors of the season beautifully.
    Make cranberry apple pie
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal
  • Simple Apple Tart 4 of 20
    Simple Apple Tart
    The elegant apple tart features tart apples with a bit of bite, and a fragrant apple and orange glaze.

    Make a simple apple tart
    Image: Brooklyn Supper
  • Cheesecake Tart with Lime-Poached Pears 5 of 20
    Cheesecake Tart with Lime-Poached Pears
    Hints of fresh-squeezed limes add a delightful tang to the pears atop this creamy cheesecake tart.
    Make cheesecake tart with lime-poached pears
    Image: Brooklyn Supper
  • Caramel & Roasted Pear No-Bake Cheesecake 6 of 20
    Caramel & Roasted Pear No-Bake Cheesecake
    Caramel and roasted pears add an incredible depth of flavor to this easy no-bake cheesecake.
    Make caramel and roasted pear no-bake tart
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal
  • Apple Slab Pie 7 of 20
    Apple Slab Pie
    Feeding a lot of mouths this Thanksgiving? This flaky, buttery, delicious apple slab pie can feed up to 20 people.
    Make apple slab pie
    Image: Brooklyn Supper
  • Caramel Apple Pie with Pecans 8 of 20
    Caramel Apple Pie with Pecans
    Traditional apple pie goes nuts with a decadent caramel and pecan topping.
    Make caramel apple pie with pecans
    Image: Angie McGowan
  • Apple Pie with Cranberries 9 of 20
    Apple Pie with Cranberries
    This picture-perfect apple pie features wholesome apples and tangy cranberries.
    Make apple pie with cranberries
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal
  • White Chocolate Cheesecake 10 of 20
    White Chocolate Cheesecake
    End Thanksgiving on a sweet note with this over-the-top white chocolate cheesecake.
    Make white chocolate cheesecake
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal
  • Meyer Lemon Layer Cake 11 of 20
    Meyer Lemon Layer Cake
    Layer cakes aren't typical Thanksgiving fare, but this bright, beautiful Meyer lemon cake is so beautiful and delicious, no one will mind breaking with tradition.
    Make Meyer lemon layer cake
    Image: Brooklyn Supper
  • Salted Chocolate and Caramel Tart 12 of 20
    Salted Chocolate and Caramel Tart
    Why not end things on a chocolaty note? This sweet and salty chocolate and caramel tart is a pitch-perfect Thanksgiving dessert.
    Make salted chocolate and caramel tart
    Image: Brooklyn Supper
  • Roasted Pear Ice Cream with Honey and Vanilla 13 of 20
    Roasted Pear Ice Cream with Honey and Vanilla
    Ice cream isn't a conventional Thanksgiving dessert, but it just might be after you try some of this roasted pear ice cream.
    Make roasted pear ice cream
    Image: Brooklyn Supper
  • Bread Pudding with Apples and Dried Cranberries 14 of 20
    Bread Pudding with Apples and Dried Cranberries
    Eternally forgiving, this apple and dried cranberry bread pudding is a simple, yet tasty dessert option.
    Make bread pudding with apples and dried cranberries
    Image: Brooklyn Supper
  • Classic Apple Cake 15 of 20
    Classic Apple Cake
    This warm, buttery apple cake is imbued with all the best flavors and spices of the season. Add a scoop of ice cream and you have straight-up holiday magic.
    Make classic apple cake
    Image: Brooklyn Supper
  • Simple Lemon Tart 16 of 20
    Simple Lemon Tart
    Bright and lemony, this tasty and refreshing tart makes for a wonderful dessert.
    Make simple lemon tart
    Image: Brooklyn Supper
  • Panna Cotta with Lime, Thyme, and Ricotta 17 of 20
    Panna Cotta with Lime, Thyme, and Ricotta
    Creamy and tangy, this simple-to-make, herbaceous panna cotta is an ideal way to end your Thanksgiving feast.
    Make panna cotta with lime, ricotta, and thyme
    Image: Brooklyn Supper
  • Apple Blood Orange Buckle 18 of 20
    Apple Blood Orange Buckle
    Buckles are old-fashioned cakes with a buttery crumb topping. This one has lots of fresh apples and sophisticated notes of blood orange.
    Make apple blood orange buckle
    Image: Brooklyn Supper
  • Apple Pear Upside-Down Cake with Vanilla-Infused Butter 19 of 20
    Apple Pear Upside-Down Cake with Vanilla-Infused Butter
    This tasty pear and apple upside-down cake is incredibly moist, and imbued with real vanilla bean.
    Make apple pear upside-down cake
    Image: Brooklyn Supper
  • Cranberry Banana Cheesecake 20 of 20
    Cranberry Banana Cheesecake
    This cranberry banana cheesecake combines unexpected flavors for a very tasty dessert.
    Make cranberry banana cheesecake
    Image: Jennifer Leal

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