Dessert Ideas for Pie Haters

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.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

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.

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake

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.

Apple Cake

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.

Apple Cranberry Crisp

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.


 White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

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.


Chocolate Pear Tart

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.

Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

1 Comment

  • November 26, 2015

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    All three of my daughters dislike pie, with the exception of pecan pie, and only one likes that.
    I make a version of a cookie pie for them. I use small ball canning jars to bake in, and make sure that I leave enough room for the lids to be put on if there are any left overs.

    3 sticks unsalted butter Creamed with
    1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    1 cup granulated white sugar
    then add –
    4 eggs beaten until frothy
    1 cup all purpose flour
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 – 2 cups milk chocolate chips

    Optional 1 cup nuts.
    Pour into jars and bake at 375 for about 40 minutes or until pie is brown on top. I skip the pie crust this way and my girls never miss it.