This Thanksgiving, branch out from your usual pumpkin pie! From cute turkey cupcakes and caramel-dipped pears to pumpkin parfaits, we’ve rounded up recipes that take traditional fall flavors and give ’em a kid-friendly twist. Scroll through the ideas below to find the perfect final act to your big family dinner.


Photo: The Dessert Chronicles

1. Turkey Cupcakes
Add some extra turkey to your Thanksgiving festivities with these oh-so-cute cupcakes. You can even set out the candies and decorations and let the kids create their own sweet treats. Learn more over at The Dessert Chronicles.

butterscotch cheesecake bar

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2. Butterscotch Cheesecake Bars
These dessert bars check off lots of boxes so you get oatmeal, butterscotch and cheesecake all in one dessert–and can maybe please a lot of dessert lovers at once. Get the recipe at Little B Cooks.

Acorn Cookies

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3. Acorn Cookies
Little ones will go nuts for these cute acorn cookies—and you’ll love that they don’t really involve baking and the kids can even help assemble them. Check out the how-to from A Mom’s Impression, which includes a bonus cupcake recipe, too.

pumpkin-nutella cake

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4. Pumpkin-Nutella Swirl Cake
Did somebody say Nutella? Combining the sweet goodness of Nutella and the traditional spice of pumpkin, this cake looks as good as it tastes. Find out more at The Savvy Kitchen.


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5. Rice Krispie Turkey Drumsticks
This Thanksgiving, why not surprise the kids with a dessert that looks like dinner? These sweet drumsticks are totally creative and pretty easy to whip up. Get the how-to over at TGIF – This Grandma Is Fun.


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6. Spiced Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Whoopie! These sweet cookies are super easy to make and look impressive on any Thanksgiving table. And did we mention they sport delish browned butter maple cinnamon frosting? Score the recipe from The Chunky Chef.

thankful turkey_fruit

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7. Fruit Turkey
If you’re looking to skip the super-sweet desserts this Thanksgiving, opt for a turkey-inspired fruit platter. The creativity is sure to delight the kids and you won’t have to worry about saving room for a heavy dessert. Learn more at The Happy Raw Kitchen.

glutenfree maple nut cake

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8. Gluten-Free & Vegan Maple Nut Cake
If you need to consider certain dietary restrictions at your Thanksgiving meal–but still want the wow-factor when it comes to dessert–this maple nut cake might just be the answer. Get all the details at Fragrant Vanilla Cake.


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9. Chocolate Brownie Turkey Tart
If you have a box brownie mix, then you’re halfway to making this sweet turkey tart. The most important ingredient is M&Ms for decorating–and since you only need a few select colors, we won’t tell if you snack on the blues and greens. Get the step-by-step at

Soft Cinnamon Frosted Pumpkin Spice Cookies

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10. Cinnamon Frosted Pumpkin Spice Cookies
These pumpkin spice cookies get bonus points because you can make the dough ahead of time and freeze it until you need it. Same goes for the creamy spread on top. With just a few simple steps you’ve got a dessert that combines two classic fall flavors. Find out more at The Baker Chick.


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11. Football Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blondies
If your family considers Thanksgiving a big ol’ football fest, then this dessert from is perfect for your dessert spread. And with flavors like peanut butter and chocolate, it’s sure to be a hit with mini quarterbacks and grownups alike. Find out more at Well Plated.

Caramel-Chocolate Dipped Pears

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12. Caramel-Chocolate Dipped Pears
Talk about a statement dessert–these caramel-chocolate dipped pears are downright beautiful and incorporate a fall fruit favorite. (Psst! Use mini pears–they’re the perfect size for your little one’s little hands.) Learn more at Sprinkle with Flour.


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13. No Churn Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
Who can resist a scoop of ice cream–especially when it’s bursting with fall flavors? This homemade version includes 5 different spices and pumpkin puree. Best of all, you don’t need an ice cream maker! Get the recipe from The View from Great Island.


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14. No-Bake Pumpkin Parfait
The oven is already going to be working overtime on Thanksgiving Day so why not take advantage of these creamy, no-bake parfaits and their layers of spiced pumpkin, Chantilly cream, and honey-graham crumble? Worried about your fancy stemware? Serve up the kids’ desserts in plastic cups. Get the recipe at The Cozy Apron.

pumpkin pecan pie

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15. Pumpkin-Pecan Pie in a Jar
Can’t decide between pumpkin pie and pecan pie? There’s no need thanks to this dessert that combines the two. This treat is made for jars–too cute!–so it’s good for saving or giving as gifts, too. Get the recipe at Glorious Treats.

Does your family have an all-time dessert served on Thanksgiving? Tell us about it (if it’s not a family secret)!

–Abigail Matsumoto