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Pumpkin Pie, Pavlova & More: 15 Fabulous Thanksgiving Desserts

20Nov

It may be called Turkey Day , but the best part of Thanksgiving is really dessert. You’ll definitely want to save room for these delicious sweets! 1.

It may be called Turkey Day, but the best part of Thanksgiving is really dessert. You’ll definitely want to save room for these delicious sweets!

1. Perfect Pumpkin Pie

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For many, it’s just not Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie — but it can be tricky to make. This foolproof recipe guarantees a perfect pumpkin pie every time. GET THE RECIPE

2. Double Chocolate Pavlova with Mascarpone Cream and Raspberries

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A pavlova is a cake-shaped meringue with a soft and marshmallowy center and crisp outer shell, usually topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit. This chocolate version is deliciously fudgy. And bonus: it’s gluten-free. GET THE RECIPE

3. Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Torte

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Don’t be fooled by its elaborate appearance and fancy name: this dessert only takes 30 minutes to put together. It’s like a cross between pumpkin pie and coffee cake. GET THE RECIPE

4. The Perfect Apple Pie

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Lo and behold: the perfect apple pie. Yes, it does take a little effort to make but you’re guaranteed a crisp and flaky crust with a syrupy, cider-flavored filling every time. GET THE RECIPE

5. Sticky Toffee Banana Cake

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This warm banana cake drizzled with hot toffee sauce is a cozy treat. It’s a fresh take on the classic English dessert, sticky toffee pudding — which is not really pudding at all, but rather a warm, moist cake made with finely chopped dates covered in a sticky toffee sauce. GET THE RECIPE

6. Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust and Caramel Sauce

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This cheesecake-pumpkin pie hybrid is the ultimate sweet ending to your Thanksgiving feast. It’s a bit of a project, but oh so worth it! GET THE RECIPE

7. Apple Cranberry Oat Crumble

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This old-fashioned autumn dessert of warm baked apples and scarlet cranberries with a crunchy oat streusel topping comes from Rustic Fruit Desserts by Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson. It’s easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time. GET THE RECIPE

8. Baked Pears in Spiced Pomegranate Syrup

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Baked pears make a wonderful light dessert for the holidays, especially served with crunchy Italian-style cookies, like Walnut and Cinnamon Biscotti or Double Chocolate Biscotti. GET THE RECIPE

9. Chocolate Cream Pie

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With a chocolate cookie crust, silky chocolate pudding center and pillowy whipped cream topping, this pie is a chocolate lover’s dream. GET THE RECIPE

10. Irish Cream Tiramisu

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If you’re a fan of Baileys Irish Cream, you’ll love this fun twist on tiramisu from Nigella Lawson. It’s almost ridiculously easy to make: you spend 20 minutes putting it together, if that, then just pop it in the fridge overnight. GET THE RECIPE

11. Classic Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Carrot cakes can be heavy and dense, but this one is light with a fine texture. The secret is finely chopping the carrots in a food processor rather than grating them. GET THE RECIPE

12. Walnut & Cinnamon Biscotti

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These biscotti are wonderful with coffee after dinner and they also make a great hostess gift. GET THE RECIPE

13. Citrus & Pomegranate Fruit Salad

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It’s always nice to offer a lighter option along with the classic rich holiday desserts. In this citrus pomegranate salad, the fruits are soaked in their own juices, which makes a refreshing (not to mention gorgeous) magenta syrup that you’ll want to drink straight from the bowl. GET THE RECIPE

14. Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream

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Spiked with bourbon and studded with chunks of dark chocolate, this warm and chocolate-y bread pudding is the ultimate comfort food. Top it with vanilla ice cream and it’s like a grown-up brownie sundae. GET THE RECIPE

15. Pecan Shortbread Squares

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If you’re a fan of pecan pie, you’ll love these squares with a buttery shortbread crust and rich caramel-pecan topping. They’re perfect for a potluck. GET THE RECIPE

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