Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to gather with friends and family, but it can also be a lot of work. One easy way to save time and stress is to make easy Thanksgiving desserts that everyone will love.
These easy-to-make Thanksgiving desserts are great for the holidays but are also delicious year round. Options for everyone including Thanksgiving desserts with chocolate and even vegan desserts for the holidays!
Try out all of these Thanksgiving dessert ideas and some chocolate desserts for Thanksgiving for all of your holiday meals and parties! It's never a bad time for extra desserts so you can always keep these recipes on hand for anytime you need a sweet treat.
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What are typical Thanksgiving desserts?
There are plenty of delicious recipes that can be made in advance and don't require hours in the kitchen. For example, pumpkin pie is a classic Thanksgiving dessert that can be made ahead of time and doesn't require any last-minute baking.
Another easy option is to make a batch of fall-themed cookies or bars. These can be easily transported and stored, making them perfect for potlucks or large gatherings.
With a little planning, it's easy to enjoy stress-free Thanksgiving desserts!
Are these gluten free Thanksgiving dessert ideas?
There are some recipes here that will be great for those of you who need to make gluten free Thanksgiving desserts. A lot of the recipes can easily be modified to work with many dietary restrictions.
These are not ALL gluten free recipes though, so make sure to keep an eye on ingredients in each recipe so you can plan accordingly.
Are any of these recipes vegan?
There is a whole section below where you'll find vegan desserts for Thanksgiving. If you are trying to keep your dessert recipes vegan you won't have to struggle to find something that will suit your needs.
Check out the sections below to find exactly what you are looking for without sorting through ingredients lists. There's also a section specifically for chocolate lovers!
Looking for more Thanksgiving recipe collections?
If you are looking for some other collections of recipes that will be good for the holidays, you won't want to miss out on these other great posts.
Check them out for more tasty recipes that will wow all of your guests!
- Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes
- Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes
- Gluten-Free Thanksgiving: Stuffing Recipes
- Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Desserts
Easy recipes for Thanksgiving desserts
When it comes to the holidays there's so much to be done in the kitchen. You don't have to stress about desserts now! This collection of Thanksgiving desserts will have you stocked up with simple recipes and ready to go.
Now, thanks to this collection, you can make your favorite chocolate desserts for Thanksgiving, vegan desserts for the holidays, and every other type of dessert you can think of with ease. Choose a cute Thanksgiving serving tray for your table this year.
Don't add extra stress to your plate, use these simple desserts to plan your holiday meals and make everyone happy…including the chef!
Whether you prefer traditional Thanksgiving desserts or want to try something new, this big list has something for everyone!
The Most Perfect Pumpkin Cheesecake
This pumpkin cheesecake is rich and creamy, and the pumpkin pie filling swirled into it sets it apart. It has an easy graham cracker crust, and goes together quickly!
Double Pecan Pie Shortbread Bars
Double Pecan Pie Shortbread Bars have all the delicious flavors of pecan pie in an easy to serve bar. Perfect for your Thanksgiving feast.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Pie
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Pie is easy to make with a tangy cheesecake swirl. Try this pumpkin pie with cream cheese for a holiday dessert.
Fireball Whiskey Pumpkin Pie
America's favorite Thanksgiving dessert just got a tasty makeover! This pumpkin pie variation contains Fireball whiskey for a boozy punch of flavor that's warming and comforting. If you're bored of your usual pumpkin pie recipe, you have to give this one a try!
This easy pumpkin fudge is rich, smooth, and loaded with pumpkin flavor. No candy thermometer necessary, and only 15 minutes of hands-on work!
Apple Hand Pies
Simple handheld pies filled with spiced apples and made with puff pastry for an easy assembly and even easier eating!
Cast Iron Skillet Apple Crisp
This skillet apple crisp baked in a cast iron skillet is easy, delicious and the perfect holiday dessert to serve for Thanksgiving or Christmas!
Pumpkin Roll Cake Easy Recipe
This pumpkin roll cake is truly irresistible, deliciously moist with a heavenly cream cheese filling. A classic Fall dessert that everyone will love!
Pumpkin Dump Cake
Sour Cream Pound Cake
Perfect for Thanksgiving! This sour cream pound cake is AMAZING! Moist and light — the perfect backdrop for fruit, whipped topping or just a sprinkling of powdered sugar.
Small Pumpkin Pie (6 Inch Pie Plate)
Cooking a small Thanksgiving for two this year? Bake up this Small Pumpkin Pie from scratch in a 6 inch pie pan! Recipe includes an easy substitute for evaporated milk.
Pumpkin Cake Crockpot Dessert
Slow Cooker Caramel Pumpkin Cake is ready to eat in just 2 hours. Make your Thanksgiving dessert for the easiest course of the whole meal. And the most delicious!
Old Fashioned Fruit Salad With Whipped Cream
This old fashioned fruit salad is a delicious and easy vintage recipe. It is an extremely versatile recipe that you can use with your favorite fruits!
Fresh Apple Cake
This fresh apple cinnamon cake is incredibly soft and filled with comforting spices! Made with fresh apples, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon for a combination of flavors that your family will love.
Cinnamon Apple Cupcakes With Salted Caramel Frosting
Cinnamon apple cupcakes with salted caramel frosting are the perfect little treat after a big holiday meal.
Brown Sugar Caramel Apple Pie
Gooey rich caramel and sweet brown sugar layers make this the most loved apple pie ever. This recipe is easy to make and will be the talk of your Thanksgiving meal.
Caramel Apple Oatmeal Bars
These perfectly spiced apple oatmeal bars are so delicious with caramel sauce on top. They are great for holiday baking!
Brown Butter Butterscotch Pie
This easy brown butter butterscotch pie has a flaky crust with a custardy, caramel-like filling, making the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving.
No-Bake Eggless Chai Cheesecake Jars
Eggless chai cheesecake is a delicious no-bake dessert recipe. This mini cheesecake Indian fusion recipe is smooth, creamy, deliciously tart, and served in a jar!
Apple Crumble Slab Pie
Apple crumble slab pie combines the buttery, flaky crust of an apple pie with an oat crumble topping and peak fall apples. Best of all, baking in a sheet pan means no lattice or crimping required.
Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce Recipe
This easy gluten free Pumpkin Bread Pudding recipe is baked with cinnamon and topped with homemade caramel sauce. A perfect fall dessert!
Pumpkin Mousse Pie with Toasted Brown Sugar Meringue
Pumpkin Mousse Pie is made with a crunchy graham cracker-pecan crust filled with light and luscious pumpkin mousse. The pie is topped with a mountain of luscious toasted brown sugar meringue.
Apple Cranberry Crisp with Snickerdoodle Crumble
Loads of apples studded with tart dried cranberries make this the ultimate apple cranberry crisp. A quick snickerdoodle cookie dough is whipped up and then crumbled on top of the apple cranberry crisp and doused in cinnamon sugar.
Cranberry Crumb Bars
With a lightly sweetened cranberry filling and a buttery base that doubles as the crumb, these cranberry crumb bars celebrate the humble fruit long after Thanksgiving ends.
Nantucket Cranberry Pie
Nantucket Cranberry Pie is a delicious and easy thanksgiving dessert…no crust necessary!
Cranberry Crumb Pie
Cranberry Crumb Pie celebrates the gloriously tangy flavor of the indigenous American berry. The pure cranberry filling is perfectly complimented by a sweet and cinnamon-y brown sugar crumb topping.
Pear Cranberry Apple Crisp Recipe
Pear Cranberry Apple Crisp is a warm, saucy dessert made with fresh pears, apples, and cranberries nestled under a crispy oat topping. It's juicy, delicious, and perfect with a scoop of ice cream.
No-Bake Cranberry Yum Yum
Two fluffy whipped cream layers sandwich whole berry cranberry sauce filling to create a cranberry version of this classic Southern dessert. No-Bake Cranberry Yum Yum is truly one cranberry dessert that lives up to its name.
Cranberry Bundt Cake
This cranberry bundt cake is full of fresh cranberries with a touch of orange. Perfect for dessert during the holidays.
Cranberry Curd Bars with a Pistachio Shortbread Crust
Everyone will love this bite size cranberry bars recipe as an impressive addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table. You really can’t get more festive than the bright red cranberry curd and chopped green pistachios.
Cranberry Bliss Bars
Cranberry Bliss Bars – a homemade version of the popular Starbucks treat! These taste just like the original, and are easy to make right at home!
Thanksgiving Desserts with Chocolate
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
Pumpkin chocolate chip cheesecake is the perfect holiday dessert. It's a delicious and easy cheesecake recipe that the whole family loves. This is a great Thanksgiving dessert recipe!
Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie
Traditional pecan pie gets a chocolate overhaul with chocolate chips and/or chopped chocolate. This sweet and salty combo is perfect with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.
Dark Chocolate Brownie Pumpkin Cheesecake
The dark chocolate and the pumpkin flavors are amazing paired together in this Dark Chocolate Brownie Pumpkin Cheesecake.
Chocolate Trifle with Toffee Bits
Chocolate is always in season! This Chocolate Trifle is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving feast! Instant chocolate pudding layered with cool whip, brownies, and toffee bits!
Boston Cream Bundt Cake
This easy homemade Boston Cream bundt cake is ready in less than an hour!
No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake
Make dessert easier with this No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake! Make a day or two ahead and keep in the fridge until you're ready to serve. Add a little chocolate to the Thanksgiving dessert table.
Pumpkin Coconut Dark Chocolate Chunk Bread Pudding
Not a fan of pie? Enjoy this festive pumpkin bread pudding with dark chocolate chunks for Thanksgiving!
Chocolate Lasagna No-Bake Dessert
This chocolate lasagna no-bake dessert starts with an Oreo cookie crust and is topped with luscious layers of whipped cream cheese, chocolate pudding and topped a whipped topping sprinkled with crushed Oreos. Easy, yet decadent dessert.
Classic Tiramisu Recipe
This delicious Tiramisu recipe is made with espresso dipped ladyfingers layered with rich and creamy mascarpone filling, and topped with cocoa powder.
Pumpkin Cheesecake and Chocolate Mousse Topped with Dark Chocolate Ganache
This pumpkin and chocolate dessert will upstage Tom Turkey at Thanksgiving dinner this year! It's easy to make ahead, and the results are so impressive! One small slice is plenty, so this feeds a large gathering!
Creme Brulee Brownie Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
This fudgy, gooey brownie bottom with a layer of creamy pumpkin cheesecake topped with crispy, caramelized sugar is sinfully good.
Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Bars
Chocolate chip pecan pie bars are a must for Thanksgiving! So easy to make and they are a great dessert to take to a potluck or Friendsgiving event!
Chocolate Pumpkin Cake
Topped with a thick layer of whipped cream, this decadent cake is a cross between chocolate cake and pumpkin pie. Perfect for the holidays!
Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Pie
This Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Pie is beyond delicious! You’ll love the flavor combination! The perfect dessert for holiday gatherings and parties that’s slightly decadent and oh so good!
No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Bites Recipe
These no bake cheesecake bites make the perfect Thanksgiving dessert recipe!
Thanksgiving Desserts - Vegan
No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake (Vegan + Gluten-Free)
This creamy no-bake vegan gluten-free cheesecake is ready to take the stage at your Thanksgiving table. No highly coveted oven space necessary!
Vegan Pumpkin Creme Brulee
This creamy vegan pumpkin creme brulee makes a impressive vegan Thanksgiving dessert and is sure to stand out on your holiday table.
Vegan Pumpkin Cookies
Easy, soft and chewy vegan pumpkin cookies with plenty of spices and real pumpkin puree. Topped with dairy free cream cheese frosting!
Gluten Free & Vegan Pecan Pie Bars
These healthy Pecan Pie Bars are super easy to make and are the perfect Thanksgiving dessert! They taste amazing!
Vegan Bourbon-Orange Sweet Potato Pie
Silky-smooth bourbon-orange sweet potato pie is a unique take on the classic dessert. Dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and grain-free, this healthier dessert is vegan and almost paleo!
Easy Vegan Apple Cake
This easy vegan apple cake is the perfect addition to your thanksgiving baking list! It’s soft, fluffy, filled with hints of cinnamon, bits of fresh apples, and a delicious cinnamon streusel topping!
Vegan Pumpkin Spice Donuts
Vegan pumpkin spice donuts which are so fluffy, affordable and easy to make! You'll need less than 10 ingredients and only one bowl for this recipe.
Vegan Pumpkin Coffee Cake
Vegan Pecan Pie Cheesecake (No Bake)
This easy no bake vegan pecan pie cheesecake is the ultimate fall dessert. A buttery crust, creamy tangy vanilla cheesecake with a maple caramel pecan topping!
Paleo Apple Pie Bars (Vegan)
Paleo Apple Pie Bars made with only 6 ingredients are a warmly-spiced inviting grain-free treat! Dairy-free, vegan and refined sugar-free, these super simple yet incredibly flavorful apple pie bars are an absolute delight!
Vegan Pumpkin Cake
This healthier pumpkin pudding cake is like a cross between a lava cake and pumpkin pie! With a creamy pumpkin pudding layer, crunchy pecans and a moist and pumpkin spice flavored cake, it makes the perfect nutritious yet decadent fall dessert!