Exceptional and Delicious Thanksgiving Desserts
No Thanksgiving meal would be complete without a tasty dessert, especially after all that turkey and stuffing. Now if you are having some trouble finding a perfect example to satisfy your guests’ cravings for sweet treats, we’re here to give you some amazing, creative and sometimes unusual ideas. Have a look at our list of 15 festive and delicious Thanksgiving desserts!
1. Pumpkin Cream Pie
Since pumpkin is one of the most famous symbols of fall, a pumpkin pie should definitely find its way among your Thanksgiving dessert offerings. There is a great variety of recipes for pumpkin pie that can be found in cooking books or on the internet, but no matter how you will choose to make this delicious treat, just keep in mind that it needs to set in the refrigerator for about 4 hours, so make sure that you start early in the day.
2. Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust
Cheddar, pie dough and apples blend nicely into a remarkable, tasty dessert. Once you serve this rustic and highly original dish, your Thanksgiving meal will be considered an epic success. Don’t forget to open a bottle of white wine as well!
3. Chocolate Black-Bottom Pie
Everybody loves chocolate, especially when it comes in three layers in the same tasty pie. This yummy chocolate black-bottom pie features a whipped cream topping mixed with delicious chocolate, a rum-flavored ganache sprinkled with macadamia nuts filling as well as a crust made out of chocolate wafers. You certainly can’t go wrong with this delight.
4. Triple-Chocolate Pumpkin Pie
A combination between chocolate and pumpkin can only mean one thing: deliciousness. This lovely little pie boasts three types of chocolate, namely milk chocolate on top, semisweet in the middle and bittersweet on the crust. Paired with the unique taste of pumpkin custard, this triple-chocolate pumpkin pie is a perfect Thanksgiving dessert.
5. Honey and Pine Nut Tart
If you want to have something truly original as a Thanksgiving dessert on your table this year, then you should think about using a few unusual ingredients such as honey and pine nuts. This amazing tart is made using two distinct types of honey, which give it its unique and enticing flavor. The tart includes a shortbread-like crust as well as mild pine nuts complemented by mellow acacia and leatherwood honey.
6. Lattice-Topped Vanilla Bean Pineapple Tart
Pineapple and vanilla is an interesting combination to say the least. These tasty ingredients are blended with rum and sugar before being baked underneath an intricately woven dough flaunting geometric patterns. Easy on the eyes and on the stomach as well, this dessert is definitely one of our favorites.
7. Hazelnut-Raspberry Jelly Roll
Jelly, raspberry and hazelnut. What could be better than this? Mouth-watering hazelnut cake is rolled up with raspberry jam and cream that has been spiked with hazelnut liqueur for an extraordinary dessert that tantalizes taste buds.
8. Maple Cheesecake with Roasted Pears
A regular cheesecake drenched in maple syrup and adorned with thin slices of broiled pears sounds like a heavenly treat indeed. With its lovely mix of tastes and textures, the maple cheesecake with roasted pears is a perfect addition to any Thanksgiving meal.
9. Apple Strudel
An all-time classic, the apple strudel is widely appreciated around the globe for its deep, tempting flavor, and it’s not hard to imagine why once you take a look at the ingredients that are involved in its preparation. Prunes, raisings and spiced apples are brought together by a few layers of flaky phyllo that is complemented by a filling featuring brandy and honey.
10. Apple Custard Pie
This lovely pie can be made at home quickly and effortlessly. The kataifi and apples are particularly cheap and easy to find on a moment’s notice, and all you need to do is transform them into a delicious treat that would be served at the end of the day.
11. Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin cheesecake is a bit more pretentions compared with the other desserts we presented so far, especially since it can crack at the top quite easily. In order to prevent this, make sure that the pie is at an even temperature when it bakes in the oven or when it cools off. If you do everything right, you will receive nothing but compliments on Thanksgiving.
12. Rum Balls
Make some brownies, tear them apart, flavor them with dark rum and roll them into little balls! These amazing little rum balls are best served chilled, so you might want to leave them in the refrigerator for a few hours before you serve them up in a small bowl or on an ornate platter.
13. Honey Cake with Caramelized Pears
What makes this honey cake special is that it requires a series of high-end ingredients, which guarantee an exceptional end result. High-quality honey, freshly grated lemon zest and caramelized pears are the most important. Apart from its unique flavor, this honey cake also looks terrific, which makes it perfect for a special occasion such as Thanksgiving.
14. Pear and Sour Cherry Flat Pie
A rustic looking, absolutely divine sour cherry, and pear flat pie can do wonders as a Thanksgiving dessert. Its unique flavor is owned to the unusual mix of cherries and pears but also to the addition of some exotic five-spice powder and black pepper.
15. Pumpkin Chiffon Pies
When it comes to Thanksgiving dinners, presentation is just as important as the meals themselves, and this goes for the desserts as well. These lovely pumpkin chiffon pies are made using cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin, all enveloped in a gingersnap crust that waters the mouth. Bon appétit!