Thanksgiving Menu: Desserts

Thanksgiving_dessert collage_HandcraftedPartiesBreak out your stretchy pants, friends, because it’s dessert time!!  I’m pretty sure I gained 5 pounds just creating this recipe round-up, but it sure was worth it.  Thanksgiving is right around the corner and in my family, we are all about dessert!  Turkey, mashed potatoes?  Well, okay, if we must.  But make sure there are plenty of desserts to choose from!  The family joke is that we all ask for “just a teensy slice of each”…which adds up to quite a lot when you have just a sliver of about 6 different desserts on your plate.  Because we wouldn’t want the poor desserts to go stale or go to waste, after all.  (Well, that’s my husband’s excuse.)  We are nothing if not considerate.  I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Thanksgiving desserts in different categories and flavors…I dare you to pick just one!

Thansgiving desserts_pumpkin_Photo-by-Bakers-Royalepumpkin cream cheese roll  {Photo + recipe by Baker’s Royale}

Thanksgiving Desserts: pumpkin

Thanksgiving_pecan desserts_Photo-by-PinchofYum

salted maple pecan pie bars  {Photo + recipe by Pinch of Yum}

Thanksgiving Desserts: pecan

Thanksgiving desserts_cheesecake_Photo-by-HowSweetEatsno-bake sweet potato mascarpone cheesecake shooters  {Photo + recipe by How Sweet Eats}

Thanksgiving Desserts: cheesecake

Thanksgiving_dessert_bread pudding_Photo-by-Flavor Mosaicpumpkin praline bread pudding  {Photo + recipe by Flavor Mosaic}

Thanksgiving Desserts: bread pudding

Thanksgiving desserts_pie_Photo-by-JustATastesalted caramel apple hand pies {Photo + recipe by Just a Taste}

Thanksgiving Desserts: pie

Thanksgiving_vegan desserts_Photo by Averie Cooks

soft vegan pumpkin cake with pumpkin spice buttercream frosting {Photo + recipe by Averie Cooks}

Thanksgiving Desserts: vegan

So…what sweet treat tempted you beyond all others?  I’d love to hear about your favorite Thanksgiving dessert recipes and what’s on your must-make-list this year!

Lisa :)

In case you missed it, here are the rest of the posts from my Thanksgiving Menu mini series:

Thanksgiving Menu: Appetizers + Cocktails

Thanksgiving Menu: Potato + Squash Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Menu: Stuffing, Savory Bread Pudding, Breads, Rolls + Flavored Butters

Thanksgiving Menu: Vegan + Vegetarian Main Dishes and Sides


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    Lisa, thank you so much for including my Pumpkin Praline Bread Pudding in your Thanksgiving Dessert Round Up. I am honored to be included with so many talented bloggers. All the recipes look fabulous! I will be sharing your post!
    Michele @ Flavor Mosaic recently posted…Best BrowniesMy Profile

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    You are killing me with these desserts ;) I pin a lot of your dessert pins on Pinterest too. All but the coconut stuff…you can keep that. My family (meaning the whole extended family we are with on holidays) doesn’t focus much on the desserts, especially at Thanksgiving, so I think I need to start having my own Thanksgiving get together earlier in November where we have nothing but fall-inspired desserts. I definitely have a sweet tooth. Last night I pretty much fed my husband and son chocolate fondue for dinner. But hey, it included fruit so we’ll say it’s healthy.
    Heather Morgan recently posted…Two-year Vintage Train Photo ShootMy Profile

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      Hahahaha, Heather–glad I could help contribute to your sweet tooth. Chocolate fondue for dinner?! My hubby would think he’d died and gone to heaven! :)

      I think an all-desserts party is a fabulous idea! My mom is a gourmet cook (I get any and all skill from her) and used to host a big dessert + wine party every January for my dad’s birthday. They’d invite over about 30-40 friends, each couple would bring a bottle of wine and my mom would make about 15+ gourmet desserts. (When I was a teenager I’d dress up and act as a “server”…and therefore get to taste-test all the desserts during the night…not a bad gig!) Doesn’t that sound fantastic?! Heck, I want a party like that!!
      Lisa frank recently posted…Thanksgiving Menu: DessertsMy Profile


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