In our house, Thanksgiving desserts are just as important as the turkey and the sides. Most people will stick to the traditional desserts that involve pumpkin or sweet potato. Some people will always have a pecan pie or something chocolate. No matter what you decide, this list has a little bit of everything!

Thanksgiving Desserts

Sweet Chocolate Pie-this classic is a good idea anytime! It’s definitely a favorite around the holidays. It has so many wonderful reviews:

“This is a perfect Chocolate Pie just like my grandmother use to make for me. It brought back so many good memories. Thanks for sharing.”- Patricia

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Walnut Maple Pie-many will make a traditional pecan pie but this walnut pie is always a hit!

“I made this pie for Thanksgiving last year. It’s on the menu again this year. It went over huge!! Thank you.”-Wendy

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Snickerdoodle Apple Cobbler-this cobbler is made with a cookie mix! It’s so simple to toss together and it’s absolutely DELICIOUS!

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Maple Pecan Pumpkin Pie-this is one of our favorites. We make it every year!

“This is the BEST pie. My family loved it. Definitely will make it again and again.”-Linda

Pumpkin Pecan Coffee Cake-this cake is one of our most popular holiday desserts. It has so many reviews on our website, Pinterest and Instagram. It’s simple and SO GOOD!

“I normally never review a recipe but I absolutely had to with this one!! This cake is out of this world good. It lasted one day. I’m making this again and again and definitely making it for Thanksgiving this year! Thank you!”-Michelle

Cranberry Pecan Pound Cake– This easy cake is made with jellied cranberry sauce. I think it’s better the next day, so you can make it in advance.


Pumpkin Pound Cake– This cake is really easy to make. You can add frosting, but it’s just as good without it.

Holiday Pumpkin Pie-this pie is a classic and is always a hit. I never met a pumpkin pie I didn’t like and this one is at the top of the list. Do you love all things pumpkin? Here are 30 of our best pumpkin recipes.

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Crustless Pumpkin Pie– Super easy to make and always a hit with my family.


Southern Apple Crisp-this is such a wonderful dessert served with ice cream. Of course, we like it warm right out of the oven.

Southern Maple Pecan Pie-this is a twist on an old favorite and it’s absolutely delicious. It has fantastic reviews:

“Oh, yummy! I made this for our Thanksgiving meal. It was delicious! My husband wanted to know what all was in the filling because it was perfect. It’s certainly rich, but that’s what makes it delicious! Thank you for an amazing recipe!” – Terri

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Pumpkin Crisp-this crisp is so easy and wonderful with ice cream or whipped topping.

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Kentucky’s Woodford Pudding– This recipe is a classic and has been around since the 1800’s. Definitely check this one out.


Sweet Potato Cake-if you’ve never had this cake, you need to go make it right now. It is the perfect Thanksgiving dessert for your holiday. You may also like our Sweet Potato Pie.

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Apple Cider Donut Cake: This cake has a great flavor and really does taste like a donut. Great for any occasion.


Cranberry Pecan Crisp-this is such a wonderful dessert and so easy. If you love cranberry like we do, then click here for 10 cranberry recipes.

Bourbon Pumpkin Spice Cake-if you’re looking for a “WOW” dessert for Thanksgiving, here it is. This cake has wonderful reviews and is stunning. It will be the talk of your meal. This cake is a show stopper!


Apple Spice Sheet Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting-if you have a large crowd, this is the perfect dessert. It is delicious and I never have any left. However, if chocolate is your thing, try this one.

Brown Sugar Pie-this is an old-fashioned recipe and your guests will love it!

More Recipes for Thanksgiving

Are you looking for some desserts that take no time to make? Sometimes we want quick and easy with no fuss.  Here are 5 Thanksgiving Desserts that are only 3-4 ingredients that are so easy and your guest will love.

Planning your menu? Check out these wonderful Thanksgiving Side Dishes! 

Will you have overnight guests for the Thanksgiving? Maybe you’re planning on a Thanksgiving Brunch? Here are some of our best brunch recipes.

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