What is Thanksgiving without desserts, right? They are the highlight of every Thanksgiving dinner. So, lay out all your cards and impress your loved ones with these Delectable Thanksgiving Desserts that are guaranteed to bring absolute joyous bliss. These quick and easy-to-make dessert recipes are outrageously delicious and perfect for all occasions.
You can never be too full for desserts because it’s true what they say; there is always room for dessert.
And to make your Thanksgiving extra special, here I compiled 35 Delectable Thanksgiving Desserts to complete your holiday menu. Oh yeah!
Happy Thanksgiving! ❤
1. German Chocolate Cake
The chocolate and coconut combination in this amazing Thanksgiving dessert is sure to entice your tastebuds with delight. Especially when every layer is filled with sensational coconut pecan filling and coated in decadent chocolate frosting. Indeed, one of the best Thanksgiving dessert ideas to try this year.
2. Mississippi Mud Cake
How can you say no to a cake with gooey and luscious melted chocolate and marshmallows for toppings? Not to mention its rich and fudgy chocolate cake base. Aah! So easy to make yet the perfect chocolate Thanksgiving dessert that will surely impress everyone at the table.
3. Chocolate Rum Marble Cake
Experience the best of both worlds with this lovely ensemble of chocolate and vanilla cake. It’s made even more special with its indulging butter rum syrup poured on top. Then it’s drizzled with alternating vanilla and chocolate glaze for a fantastic finish. Such an amazing Thanksgiving treat, indeed!
4. Texas Sheet Cake
Our Texas sheet here is one of the easy Thanksgiving desserts you can whip up in less than 30 minutes. Oh yes! It’s not only incredibly fudgy and decadent but it’s also loaded with pecans and generously topped with an ever-delicious butter cocoa frosting layer.
5. Chocolate Pecan Pie
If you asked me about my favorite pie ever, I’d definitely answer Chocolate Pecan Pie in a heartbeat! Undoubtedly, one of the best chocolate Thanksgiving desserts ever made! Although Pecan Pie is already a masterpiece on its own, the addition of dark chocolate chips totally brings this indulging dessert to a whole new level of deliciousness.
6. Chocolate Chess Pie
You’ll surely love our classic Thanksgiving dessert, Chocolate Chess Pie. It’s made with buttery and flaky Homemade Pie Crust and chocolate-flavored custard-like filling. It’s incredibly light yet fantabulously rich and toothsome. And it’s one of the easiest chocolate Thanksgiving desserts that you can totally make ahead of. Awesome!
If you’re looking for new Thanksgiving ideas this year, then this magical cake is perfect for you. This Chocoflan is an amazing 2-for-1 dessert that will surely impress you with its moist chocolate cake and a silky smooth flan on top. And, of course, don’t forget to drizzle it with Mexican caramel sauce or Cajeta for added charm. ❤
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8. Pecan Pie Bars
One of the finest Thanksgiving treats you’ll ever make and one of the easiest, too! I absolutely love its buttery crust topped with luscious and gooey caramelly filling loaded with crunchy pecans. Ahhh! Simply irresistible comfort food that you can serve any time of the year with or without occasion. 😉
9. Monkey Bread
Make way for this sweet and wholesome pull-apart baked treat, Monkey Bread. Undoubtedly, one of the classic favorite Thanksgiving desserts for kids. They’ll go bananas for its buttery cinnamon sugar toppings and vanilla glaze drizzled on top. A fun and exciting spin-off version of our favorite comfort food, Cinnamon Bread Rolls.
10. Apple Pie
This one is made with buttery and flaky Homemade Pie Crust and filled with glorious apple pie filling. It’s brimming with warm flavors, too, brought about by this trio of holiday spices – nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. Enjoy it even more with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or caramel sauce on top. Aah! Truly a comforting dessert like no other!
11. Caramel Cake
Have a slice or two of this comfort food. I won’t judge! Truth be told, I can finish two slices of this amazing caramel cake in one sitting. Oops! When the buttery and soft layers of cake filled with caramel goodness are so inviting, how can you not? Certainly, one of the best Thanksgiving dessert recipes that you can try!
12. Red Velvet Cake
The secret to this moist and tender Red Velvet Cake is buttermilk and sour cream to the cake batter. If you do this, you’ll never have a dry cake ever. Everything is so beautiful in this chocolate and vanilla cake ensemble wrapped beautifully in delectable cream cheese frosting. Just wow!
Why don’t you try my Red Velvet Cupcakes next? Not only do they make a delightful snack and dessert, but they are also perfect as Thanksgiving treats and giveaways. 👌
13. Chess Pie
Treat your loved ones with this easy Thanksgiving dessert, Chess Pie. It’s made with simple ingredients, yet it delivers wonderful flavors from buttermilk, cornmeal, nutmeg, and lemon juice. A classic favorite that you can quickly whip up in less than an hour! 😉 And if I were you, I’d top it off with a handful of fresh berries for an extra refreshing treat.
14. Egg Custard Pie
Although this stunning Egg Custard Pie here looks too complicated to make, don’t be disheartened just yet because it’s actually as easy as pie. In fact, it only requires eight basic ingredients, such as egg, milk, sugar, and Homemade Pie Crust. And believe it or not, it’s ready in less than an hour. So quick and easy to make yet so tasty!
15. Buttermilk Pie
But, of course, how can I forget this humble Buttermilk Pie here. Made primarily with Buttermilk instead of the usual whole milk; thus, giving this fabulous dessert a smooth, silky, and melt-in-your-mouth sensation. So delicate, indeed! Not to mention the added lemon zest, pineapple chunks, and lemon juice to add to this sweet delight. Oh yes!
16. Apple Galette
This Apple Galette is another comfort food favorite to include on the list of easy Thanksgiving desserts. The luscious filling is made with fresh apples and is full of holiday flavors from cinnamon and nutmeg. And, of course, the flaky and buttery crust certainly adds to the greatness of this sweet treat as well.
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17. Bourbon Pecan Pie
Complete your Thanksgiving desserts collection with classic holiday dessert, no other than Pecan Pie with a twist! Featuring gooey caramel pecan praline filling infused with a splash of bourbon on a bed of flaky and buttery Homemade Pie Crust. Certainly, one of the greatest comfort foods that you can enjoy slice after slice.
18. Pineapple Upsidedown Cake
This tropical cake spiked with a touch of spiced rum, which definitely elevates this cake over the rest. It blends wonderfully with the combination of juicy tart pineapple up against the sweet caramel and buttery cake. Thanksgiving dessert ideas, you asked? Well, this one gladly fits the bill. 👌
19. Light Fruit Cake
Level up your classic Madeira cake with the addition of mixed fruits, dark rum, and raisins. Not only is it dense and moist, but it’s also full of wonderfully vibrant colors. Such a festive Thanksgiving dessert that will surely brighten up your holiday. Fantastic!
20. Caribbean Black Cake
Our Caribbean Black Cake here may not be as fancy as the other frosted cakes, but there’s more to this cake than meets the eye. It has the perfect amount of rum and wine, not too overpowering, just enough to get the party started. The added spices are sure to sweep you off your feet with their comforting goodness.
21. Rum Cake
This Rum Cake is incredibly easy to make yet oozing with delectable goodness brought about by lush butter rum sauce. You’ll also love the generous amount of chopped pecans on top. This buttery, dense, and moist cake will surely give you forkfuls of cheerful delight. Indeed, it’s the perfect Thanksgiving dessert that is even better when shared with your loved ones. ❤
Meanwhile, this no-bake cake here is extremely creamy and indulgent with a beautiful medley of flavors from coffee, cocoa powder, and mascarpone cheese. And you’ll love it with or without the rum. It comes in two versions, too! One is made traditionally with eggs, while the other one is made with whipped cream. Take your pick! 😋
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23. Southern Pound Cake
Still, nothing beats this classic soul food favorite Southern Pound Cake. Plain and simple yet enchantingly buttery and dense, just how a perfect pound cake should be. And if you love this recipe, then you’ll definitely love my Sour Cream Pound Cake, too. Yet another pound cake you’ll enjoy naked or drizzled with vanilla glaze. Oh yes!
24. Sweet Potato Pound Cake
What I like about pound cakes, like our Sweet Potato Pound Cake here, is that they are amazingly delicious even without frosting. Agreed? And they’re easy to make, too. Pretty much as easy as a dump, mix, and bake, and without the need for special tools as well. Even a beginner can easily pull this off as long as you have our star of the show, sweet potatoes. 😉
25. Sweet Potato Pie
You’ll be surprised how fantastically easy it is to throw together this delicious homemade Sweet Potato Pie. You can make it with the most basic ingredients, including eggs, evaporated milk, butter, and my very own Homemade Pie Crust. And, of course, it has all the lovely holiday flavors, too, from nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. Yum!
26. Carrot Souffle
Veggies in my dessert? Why not! Not only do the shredded carrots add a nice flavor to this side dish slash dessert, but they are also healthier with vitamin A and Beta Carotene. So good for your eyesight. And you’ll love it even more because it’s light, creamy, and not too sweet.
27. Malva Pudding (Chocolate)
It’s pretty amazing how a variety of flavors meld gloriously in this African-style pudding. It’s flavored with apricot jam and lemon zest, thus adding refreshing fruity flavor to our dessert, which perfectly compliments our fascinating chocolate sauce, too. Simply irresistible, indeed!
Not a fan of chocolate? Worry not because you can just try this Malva Pudding instead. 😉
28. Apple Cobbler
If you love Peach Cobbler, then you’ll absolutely adore the apple version. A dazzling surprise awaits you as you dig in its nice and crumbly biscuit-like top. Serve it with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and you’ll have the most fantastic dessert ever. Such a winner dish, indeed!
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29. Coconut Cake
Love coconut? Then, you can’t miss out on this stunning Coconut Cake. Aside from its light and airy cake layers, you’ll also love its luscious cheese frosting. And it doesn’t end there because it’s loaded with toasted sweetened coconut flakes, too, to add more coconut goodness with every bite. Aah! Very soothing, indeed!
30. Hummingbird Cake
You can’t go wrong with adding fresh fruity treats to our cake, like this classic Southern Thanksgiving favorite, Hummingbird Cake. Featuring a lovely tropical combination of bananas and crushed pineapple in a soft and moist cake. Generously covered with velvety smooth cream cheese frosting and decorated with toasted pecans for added texture. What’s not to love?
31. Italian Cream Cake
And yes, obviously, I really love coconuts in my desserts, and I bet you will grow to love them, too. Especially when you finally try this Italian Cream Cake here. Aside from the fact that it’s light and airy, it’s also loaded with crunchy textures from pecans. Above all, you’ll enjoy it even more because its fancy cream cheese frosting perfectly matches our moist cake here.
32. Spice Cake
Well, our next cake here is definitely not your typical cake dessert. Because it’s uniquely flavored with different spices such as allspice, ginger, and cloves. Hence, adding interesting complex spicy and savory flavors apart from being just a sweet dessert. So, are you up for the challenge? Try it; you really won’t regret it! 😉
33. Cinnamon Apple Cake
Well, it’s true what they say about an apple a day keeping the doctor away! And I think it’s safe to say that it includes enjoying a slice of this crumbly Cinnamon Apple Cake here every day. It has loads of apple slices, so it counts, right? Woohooo! What I love about this dessert is the crunchy sweet cinnamon butter and chopped pecans on top. Simply delicious!
34. Pumpkin Cake
Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without baked pumpkin goodies like this simple yet super comforting Pumpkin Cake on the table. The caramel and cream cheese frosting combination is sure to fill your heart and soul with sweet pleasures. I’m sure you’ll enjoy other pumpkin treats, too, such as Pumpkin Banana Bread and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. Yaaay!
35. Pecan Pie Cheesecake
There’s no need to cause yourself a dilemma of having to choose between Pecan Pie and Cheesecake because you can have them both in this crave-worthy dessert. Imagine the caramelly goodness dripping down the sides of the smooth, dense, and velvety cheesecake. Aaah! It’s so dreamy and fancy, you’ll want to eat it all the time. You’ll experience forkfuls of pure happiness in every bite. You can’t beat that! 😉