While this year's Thanksgiving may look a little different, there is always room for delicious treats. Here's a collection of 10 Easy Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas, some classic like pies and some unique such as cookie bars. Whatever your holiday may look like this year, I think this list will help!
Homemade crust is my personal go-to, but there are some great options these days for store bought pie crust. Pre-made crust does make the whole pie making experience a lot easier and reduces the amount of time spent in the kitchen. These two pie recipes are unique variations to the classics.
Chocolate Chess Pie
We always think of the classic pies for Thanksgiving: Apple, Pecan, and Pumpkin. Why not change it up this year? Try this Chocolate Chess Pie. It has a crunchy exterior and a soft, fudgy interior. It is sweet, chocolaty, and absolutely addictive!
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie
Change up the usual classic pumpkin pie by adding a little cream cheese. This Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie starts with a graham cracker crust. Pair that with the delicious pumpkin cream cheese filling and you have yourself a delicious pie. You can purchase pre-made graham cracker crusts too, for an even easier baking experience! Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
If you are looking for an easy no-bake Thanksgiving dessert, look no further than these two recipes. Both of these desserts are perfect when you need something delicious that does not require any oven time.
No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream with Raspberries and Toasted Almonds
This No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream with Raspberry Swirl and Toasted Almonds is incredibly easy to whip up. While this recipe is for raspberry swirl with crunchy, toasted almonds, you can easily play with the toppings. You can also omit the toppings for a classic vanilla ice cream that is perfect for topping pies.
Lime Cheesecake Fluff
This Lime Cheesecake Fluff comes together in about 15 minutes. It's all the satisfaction of cheesecake without all the hassle, making this a perfect easy dessert for the holidays. This fluff can be pre-portioned for easy serving.
There are no rules when it comes to holiday desserts. We may immediately think of pies for Thanksgiving, but there is no reason that you cannot enjoy a nice cake too.
Strawberry Shortcake for Two
If you are celebrating in a very small gathering this year, this quick and easy Strawberry Shortcake for Two is a perfect Thanksgiving dessert for two. This "cake" takes little prep time and leaves you with impressive results. Made with homemade or store-bought yellow cake, cream, and fresh strawberries. It's the perfect size cake for two people to share.
Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting
If you are looking for a healthier dessert, this Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting is the one. This cake is made primarily of almond flour and bananas. It only uses ⅓ cup of sugar, so it is just the right amount of sweet and full of banana flavor. The Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting also uses very little sugar, only a ¼ cup powdered sugar, and 3 tablespoon of honey.
The Thanksgiving meal is a filling one. Maybe you are craving a simple, light dessert in the form of cookie bars. Either of these recipes is sure to satisfy after a big meal!
Fudgy Double Chocolate Walnut Brownies
These Fudgy Double Chocolate Brownies with Walnuts are full of delicious chocolate flavor thanks to the cocoa powder and melty chocolate chips. This recipe is small-batch ( 8-by-8 inch baking pan) and perfect for enjoying after a big meal. Feel free to use chocolate chunks in place of the chips, or chopped pecans in place of the walnuts.
Brown Sugar Walnut Date Bars
These Brown Sugar Walnut Date Bars will take you back to childhood. They taste like an upgraded oatmeal raisin cookie in a bar form. The flavor profile of these bars matches the overall comforting feel of a Thanksgiving meal.
Easy Dessert Toppings
When it comes to dessert toppings, these two recipes are as easy as it gets.
Quick and Easy Caramel
This Quick and Easy Caramel Sauce recipe has a rich, buttery caramel flavor. It cooks in a matter of minutes! With this sauce, you do not have to fret about burning or crystalizing your sugar. It is perfect atop pies, cakes, or ice cream.
If you haven't heard of Chantilly Cream, it is basically a sweetened whipped cream. It’s usually my personal go-to in comparison to regular whipped cream because I find the elevated sweetness to have a better taste and make a better accompaniment to baked desserts. Chantilly is perfect for topping pie, cheesecake, or ice cream.
Items that may help in your Thanksgiving baking
- Piping Bags
- Oxo Glass Pie Plate with a Lid
- Koov Ceramic Deep Dish Pie Dish with Handles
- 9-inch Heavy Duty Foil Pie Pans
- Parchment Paper
- KitchenAid Standing Mixer
Well, there you have it, 10 Easy Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas!
I hope this collection of Easy Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas assists in your Thanksgiving dessert plans. Hopefully, your holiday preparations are made easier from this compilation, no matter what your celebration may look like. Happy Baking!