As much as we love a flavorful turkey and salads that rival classic Thanksgiving sides, we're partial to the decadent desserts. With nostalgic flavors of pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon, and brown sugar, no Thanksgiving gathering is complete without a sweet treat that caters to our holiday-minded palates.
Contrary to popular belief, serving up crowd-pleasing pies, cakes, and cookies doesn't necessitate tons of time in the kitchen. To save you from added stress—and let you get back to enjoying your Thanksgiving dinner rather than slaving away in the kitchen—we've rounded up seven easy Thanksgiving desserts that are sure to impress every guest. Not only are these recipes easy, but they put a playful spin on our favorite fall sweets. Here are 10 crowd-pleasing easy Thanksgiving desserts that are simple as pie.
Surprise guests with a twist on two dessert staples: pumpkin pie and tiramisu. While the recipe itself is relatively straightforward, plan ahead as "it needs at least eight hours to soak up all of the pumpkin and coffee flavors," recipe creator and founder of Foodie Crush, Heidi Larsen advises. "For the filling, creamy mascarpone is a must, and while it will soften once it's set out at room temperature, a quick go around in the stand mixer will result in a creamy mix-in for the pumpkin and whipped cream, avoiding all clumps that could possibly be lurking."
Apple Pie Dip
"I love pie any way I can get it, and finding it outside of the dessert context is always a fun surprise," Claire Thomas, founder of The Kitchy Kitchen admits. Put a playful spin on another Thanksgiving dessert staple with this delicious pastry-and-dip combo. "I'm turning one of my favorites, apple pie, inside out by serving the filling as a dip, and making cinnamon sugar puff pastry spirals," Claire explains.
If your leftovers get a bit soggy after a night in the fridge, pop them in the oven for no more than five minutes to enjoy that delicious and satisfying crunch.
Brown Sugar Bacon Ice Cream Sandwich
Ready to satisfy guests who crave both sweet and savory? "I have no trouble indulging in ice cream sandwiches with a twist," states co-founder of I Am a Food Blog, Stephanie Le. "I really love sweet and salty desserts, so it was no surprise that I fell in love a little bit." This flavor-packed recipe combines salty, sweet, and in the best ways. Plus, if you love bacon, you'll develop a new appreciation for it in candied form.
Easy Twisted Pumpkin Spice Danish
No fall festivity is complete without a hefty dose of pumpkin spice. "Think flaky puff pastry, cream cheese, sweet pumpkin filling, butter, and pumpkin spice," says Half Baked Harvest's Tieghan Gerard of this twisted danish recipe. Better yet, the recipe is super easy, making them perfect to top off your Thanksgiving feast or even to whip up on a random Tuesday this fall. If you're in a pinch, take comfort in knowing these treats take only 30 minutes to whip up.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Looking for a kid-friendly staple that's decidedly fall-inspired? This recipe from Foodie Crush will do the trick. Heidi says, "Especially if you're baking for a crowd, you can't lose with this recipe." She claims that the only way she can really describe these cookies is that they're pillowy and packed with pumpkin pie flavor.
Nutella Stuffed Pumpkin Beignets
What do you get when you combine plenty of pumpkin flavor, fried dough, and Nutella? Pure perfection is pretty close. "The combo screams fall, adds ample flavors, and creates a perfectly light and airy beignet," Tieghan notes. Beignets are usually a crowd-pleaser, and these Half Baked Harvest ones are no exception. "The dough is really simple, but what makes it special and different from other beignet dough is the addition of apple cider and pumpkin," she says.
No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
Does it get any easier than no-bake dessert? How about one you can make in advance? "This is a fabulous make-ahead dessert, in the tradition of icebox cake," says Claire. "You never have to turn on an oven, and the crust is exceedingly simple to make," One thing we love about this recipe from The Kitchy Kitchen is that it's light and airy. It may be sweet, but we don't feel like we need to take a nap after a slice.
Brown Sugar Walnut Apple Pie
This brown sugar walnut apple pie from Creme de la Crumb has a flaky, buttery crust, making it the perfect easy Thanksgiving pie. Simply spoon the tossed sliced apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and walnuts in the pie crust and bake. "I highly recommend using a combination of red and golden apples and leaving that skin on," recipe creator Tiffany Edwards suggests.
Mulled Spiced Apple Cider Doughnuts
One thing we can't resist at a farmers' market in the fall is an apple cider doughnut, so we're thrilled to be able to bake them ourselves courtesy of this easy recipe from Half Baked Harvest. "Unlike most doughnuts, apple cider doughnuts are not made using any yeast, and instead are made with baking powder and baking soda," Tieghan explains. "Not only does this make them simpler and easier to make, but it gives them a heartier, denser texture with a soft inside, but a slightly crisp outside."
Pumpkin Skillet Cobbler
If you like cobbler, you'll love this simple pumpkin skillet cobbler from How Sweet Eats. "The base is a pumpkin custard-like base, and then I made my own 'cake mix' (with dry ingredients only) and sprinkled them over top," Jessica Merchant, who created the recipe, explains. It's our personal belief that everything tastes better when it's baked in a cast-iron skillet.