Dessert Recipes for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving. The holiday that includes everything food. Dessert is one of our favorite parts about the Thanksgiving food, so we wanted to share some recipes (our favorites) from Pinterest from to make for Thanksgiving!


Candy Pretzel Turkey Bites

An easy recipe to let the kids get involved with! This is one of our favorites to make and customize depending on the season, so for Thanksgiving we want to create tiny turkey bites! Salty and sweet is such a great combination, so it’s guaranteed to be a hit for this dessert!


  • Mini pretzels
  • Rolos
  • Candy corn
  • Candy eyes
  • Yellow Reese’s Pieces
  • Note: the amount of each ingredient is dependent on how many bites you will make


Preheat oven to 300°F. While the oven is preheating, place all your pretzels down on a lined cookie sheet. Place Rolos in the center of each pretzel piece. Put into oven for 1-2 minutes or until Rolo is soft (important: do not let Rolo melt!). Immediately after removal from the oven, insert 3 candy corn pieces into the side of the Rolo, on the one rounded side of the pretzel (the “bottom”). Add two candy eyes and one Reese’s Pieces sideways (for the beak) on top of the Rolo, pushing in slightly to create your turkey’s face. Allow to set, or speed up the drying process in the refrigerator.

Recipe from Suburban Simplicity


Mini Pumpkin Pies

Nothing says Thanksgiving more than pumpkin pie. However, pumpkin pie sometimes isn’t a fan favorite, so what better way to still serve pumpkin pie than in miniature form? This miniature pumpkin pies are adorable, in the fall spirit, and the perfect addition to your food arrangement.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4-inch round cookie cutter
  • Standard size muffin tin
  • 1 package refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Nonstick cooking spray


Preheat the oven to 425°F. Mix pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs and pumpkin pie spice in large bowl until smooth. Pour into pastry lined muffin cups to the top. Top with a pastry leaf if desired.

Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake 20 – 25 minutes longer or until knife inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool 30 minutes in pan and remove to wire rack to cool for another hour for pumpkin filling to set completely.

Recipe from: Home is Where the Boat is


Slow Cooker Pumpkin Apple Crisp

We didn’t forget about all you apple pie lovers! Use this super easy twist on apple pie to wow your guests on Thanksgiving.


For the pumpkin apple filling:

  • 15 ounce can (1 ¾ cups) pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into ¼-inch thick slices

For the crisp topping:

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • ¾ cup white whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup

For serving:

  • freshly whipped cream or ice cream, if desired


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, ½ cup pure maple syrup, spices, and salt until well combined. Stir in apple slices. Transfer the mixture to your slow cooker insert.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together oats, white whole wheat flour and cinnamon. Use your fingertips to work the butter into the oat mixture until the mixture clumps together and the butter pieces are small. Stir in the ¼ cup maple syrup. Crumble the topping evenly over the filling in the slow cooker.
  3. Cook on high for 2 to 2 ½ hours or on low for 3 to 3 ½ hours, until the apples are soft. Turn off the heat and let stand for at least 30 minutes and up to an hour before serving (keeping the lid on). Serve with freshly whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.

Recipe from: Kristine’s Kitchen




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