12 Thanksgiving Day Dessert Recipes that Aren’t Pie

Who doesn’t love a Thanksgiving Day dessert? There’s no better season to forget about your sugar intake and enjoy the holiday to the fullest. And, we mean fullest! As you prepare to attend gatherings or even host some in your Plumas Ranch home, get your dessert on and start collecting some fabulous recipes that will make a splash. Sure, pie is a great option, but today, we’re looking at some other choices that add a little more variety to your spread!


These desserts are so much fun, especially since they’re designed for individual portions! If you’re hosting a small get-together, a parfait is the ideal option, since you can use pretty serving glasses and transport a few of them easily. Try this recipe –  it includes pumpkin and ginger, two of the warming flavors of the season. If you’re in a pinch, you can always whip something together with sponge cake, cranberry, and whipped topping. Perfect!


Mmmmm…just saying the name of the dessert out loud makes our mouths water! Cheesecakes are open to endless variations, and it’s easy to make one that feels festive and seasonal. Try a simple New York style recipe, or jazz things up with Pecan Pie Cheesecake, Pumpkin Cranberry Cheesecake, Caramel Apple Cheesecake, or even Pumpkin.


Interested in something a little outside the box this season? We love experimenting with baklava! It’s a traditional Middle Eastern dessert that’s actually big on flavor and richness, but lower on the sugar than some of our typical American desserts. Full of a variety of toasted nuts and sweetened with cinnamon and warm honey, this is a great way to go that will truly surprise your guests.

Creme Brulee

If you’re hosting a holiday gathering this year, creme brulee is a showstopper! Made in individual ramekins and finished with a torch to crystalize the sugar to a crisp crunch, this dessert is the height of elegance and sophistication. Make it Thanksgiving ready with flavors like pumpkin and brown sugar.


Hey, other holidays don’t have to steal all the fun when it comes to cookies! Thanksgiving is the perfect excuse to work with flavors like Snickerdoodle, Pumpkin, and Gingerbread. Anything warm and spicy is always a hit! Plus, when your guests are stuffed full of your other incredible dishes, they can snack lightly on dessert when it comes in the form of a sweet little cookie.

Enjoy the sweet!

Thanksgiving isn’t the time to skimp on richness, so choose the recipes that excite you and just go to town! We can’t wait to see what you might whip up this year. Happy Thanksgiving!


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