Tired of the same pies you have every year at Thanksgiving? Start a new tradition with these 13 delicious ideas for Thanksgiving desserts!
A fresh take on Thanksgiving desserts
Yes, I know Thanksgiving is sacrosanct (at least it is for me). Certain food must be there… you know, roast turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberry sauce. And then there are the usual suspects for dessert…pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie (hmmm, we’re sensing a theme here). And while long-time readers know how much I love pie (we know, we know!), maybe it’s time to introduce some new guests to the dessert table? Here are some ideas to get you started…
If pumpkin has to make an appearance, consider chocolate chip Pumpkin Bread (use the same recipe for muffins), a pumpkin-spiced, chocolate-studded Sourdough Pumpkin Cake (and no, you can’t tell there’s sourdough starter in the batter), or for the indecisive, there’s Praline Pumpkin Pie (from my OutlanderCast blog post).
Dress up that pecan pie for a change (and eliminate the corn syrup), or bring the pecan pie in finger-food-friendly pecan bars. And don’t forget pecans as pralines!
Give the lowly cranberry a chance to shine in a delicious Orange-Glazed Cranberry Bread. And even the all-American Apple Pie can get a rustic makeover with an Apple Galette or Apple Almond Tart.
Start a new tradition
It’s time to introduce friends and family to new choices for Thanksgiving desserts…Butterscotch Pie, Brown Sugar Pie, and Shoofly Pie, for starters. If the recipe is for a mini pie, just double the filling ingredients and use a standard 9-inch pie pan.
Back to Basics
In case you’re needing a refresher on making a pastry or cookie-crumb pie crust, or giving that double-crust pie a pretty lattice…
Thanksgiving dinner may be all about the food (and there’s nothing wrong about that!), but the holiday is really about stopping for a moment of appreciation. Whatever you have for dinner (or dessert) at Thanksgiving, I hope you get to have it surrounded by people you love and who love you. Happy Thanksgiving!
Slainté! L’chaim! Cheers!