Easy Thanksgiving Desserts

15 Easy Thanksgiving Desserts – the best of the best dessert recipes for your holiday meal. All of the recipes can be made ahead of time. LOVE time-saving recipes like these! Pies, cakes, cookie bars, candy, cheesecakes, and more- something for everyone.

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Best Desserts for Thanksgiving

No holiday meal is complete without dessert!!! Today I am sharing 15 of our best desserts. These are all seriously delicious and all of them can be made ahead of time. I’m ALL about make-ahead recipes for the holidays. Who’s with me?!?

I’m having a hard time narrowing down my dessert list this year. Way too many yummy choices. I’m thinking about starting with dessert this year to make sure I have room! Let’s start a new trend this year. Start with dessert and THEN the turkey!

I hope you enjoy any of the recipes you try this year. You really can’t go wrong with any of them.

Don’t miss our other Thanksgiving recipe posts: https://www.plainchicken.com/category/recipes/holidays/thanksgiving/

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slice of pecan pie topped with ice cream

Impossible Pecan Pie

plate of sliced apple cider doughnut cake

Apple Cider Doughnut Cake

apple pie biscuits in baking dish

Apple Pie Bubble Up

slice of lemon pie on a plate

Lemon Velvet Cream Pie

slice of vanilla wafer cake on a plate with whipped cream and mint

Vanilla Wafer Pound Cake

slice of pumpkin cake on a plate with whipped cream and pecans

Pumpkin Butterscotch Bundt Cake

slice of pumpkin heath bar cake

Pumpkin Spice Heath Bar Cake

slice of chocolate chip pecan pie on a plate

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie

inside of a chocolate dipped pecan pie balls

Pecan Pie Balls

slice of three layer carrot cake

The BEST Carrot Cake (Made with Baby Food)

slice of cheesecake on a plate

The BEST Homemade Cheesecake

sliced coconut cake on a plate

Coconut Cake with Sour Cream Frosting

plate of pumpkin pie snickerdoodle cookie bars

Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

slice of ritz cracker apple pie

Ritz Cracker Apple Pie

slice of lemon pound cake on a plate

Ritz Carlton Lemon Pound Cake


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  1. I just gained 10 pounds reading all of these! We may not have turkey and dressing for Thanksgiving–just have all these delicious desserts!

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