Not everyone is a fan of a heavy, baked pastries to finish off their Thanksgiving dinner. (Haters gonna hate!)
If you or any of your guests fall into this category, skip the pie and try one of these delectable desserts instead. They all use seasonal ingredients and are certain to satisfy any sweet tooth.
There’s no need to load this pumpkin dessert with loads of whipped cream. The rich flavor of pureed pumpkin, pecans and cream cheese stands on its own and makes the perfect fall treat.
For something a little lighter, try this pumpkin spice cake recipe with a cream cheese glaze. You still get the requisite pumpkin flavor and every bite has the warm, seasonal taste of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
Think it’s un-American not to serve apple pie at Thanksgiving dinner? Think again. A tradition in my family is the Apple Cake. One bite of this moist cake drizzled with cinnamon-butter sauce and you’ll never want anything else for dessert. You could also substitute a caramel sauce if you prefer.
Apples plus cranberries equal the perfect baking combination. Serve warm slices a la mode after your Turkey Day meal, then have leftovers for breakfast the next morning.
Cookies of any kind make a great, informal treat. Guests can grab them at will, while mingling or watching the game on TV. There is no better cookie recipe than this one filled with macadamia nuts, white chocolate chips and dried cranberries.
The juicy, indulgent flavor of pears makes them ideal for elegant holiday desserts. This Martha Stewart recipe is almost to pretty to eat, but once you are brave enough to cut into the tart, it’s love at first bite. Try topping it with bourbon whipped cream for an extra punch.
Are you a pie hater? Share your favorite Thanksgiving cake, tart, cookie and other recipes below.