If you’re looking for some non-pie options to include in your Thanksgiving dessert spread, we’ve got you covered. From turkey cupcakes to apple crisp, there are so many ways to bring fall flavors to the table. Scroll through the ideas below for some Turkey Day inspiration.
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.
photo: Little B Cooks
2. Butterscotch Cheesecake Bars
These dessert bars check off lots of boxes. 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.
photo: A Mom’s Impression
3. Acorn Cookies
Little ones will go nuts for these cute acorn cookies. You’ll love that they don’t really involve baking and that the kids can even help assemble them. Check out the how-to from A Mom’s Impression, which includes a bonus cupcake recipe, too.
photo: The Savvy Kitchen
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.
photo: The Chunky Chef
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.
photo: The Happy Raw Kitchen
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.
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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.
photo: The First Year
9. Chocolate Brownie Turkey Tart
If you have a box of 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 The First Year.
photo: The Baker Chick
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.
photo: Erin Clarke of Well Plated
11. Football Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blondies
If your family considers Thanksgiving a big ol’ football fest, then this recipe 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.
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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.
photo: The View from Great Island
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 five 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.
photo: Glorious Treats
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.
photo: Plated Cravings
16. Skillet Apple Crisp
Apple crisp is one of our favorite fall desserts, and this easy recipe from Plated Cravings is bound to be a Turkey Day win. It’s super quick to make and tastes amazing paired with whipped cream or ice cream. Snag the recipe by clicking here.
photo: Averie Cooks
17. Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake
For a super quick but impressive dessert, you’ve got to try this cake from Averie Cooks. With a boxed cake mix as its base, it comes together in no time and makes for a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Click here to get the recipe.
Does your family have an all-time favorite dessert served on Thanksgiving? Tell us about it (if it’s not a secret)!
— Abigail Matsumoto