Turkey day is right around the corner, and while I’m all for tradition, why not try breaking the (pie crust) mold this year with fun, inventive, and delicious desserts that are a bit more out of the ordinary?
All of Thanksgiving’s usual and delightful flavors can be found in these inventive sweets, and most of them are easy as pie to make — even if they’re everything but! For beautiful table settings to go with these Thanksgiving desserts that aren’t pie, check out these 16 DIY ideas.
If you’re in the mood for more dessert, try these 7 no-bake Thanksgiving treats, too!
1. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Fool
This foolproof dessert (fool is basically flavored whipped cream) is light and fluffy, the perfect end to a rich and heavy meal. You only need four ingredients and a few minutes to make it!
Makes 12 small fools
- 16 ounces heavy cream (2 cups)
- 1-1/2 cups pumpkin pie filling
- 1/4 cup sugar (or more to taste)
- Mini chocolate chips for sprinkling
- Whip the heavy cream in an electric mixer on high until it’s quite thick.
- Add the pumpkin pie filling and sugar, then whisk until just combined.
- Transfer the fool to one large serving dish or individual dishes and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.
- Let sit in the fridge for at least four hours or overnight.
2. Pumpkin Cheesecake
Source: Chocolate Moosey
Keep the traditional pumpkin flavor but remix it into a smooth and creamy cheesecake instead. It’s appropriately American for the holiday!
3. Maple-Pear Clafoutis
Source: Baked by an Introvert
Add a French touch to your Thanksgiving table with this flan-like dessert that has a custard-y, pancake consistency. This one is filled with pear and maple for a hearty dose of fall flavor.
4. Chocolate-Covered Roasted Pumpkin Seed Turtles
Source: Half Baked Harvest
Not only will these turtles be a hit as a Turkey Day dessert, they’re also a cinch to make with only six ingredients (plus salt). Guests will love this unexpected treat that’s full of flavor but not too filling.
5. Pumpkin Spice Lava Cake
Source: Love Bakes Good Cakes
While you’re busy preparing the turkey, this warm and gooey dessert will be baking in the slow cooker. The simple recipe calls for cake mix and pudding mix, so it practically makes itself!
6. Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcakes
Source: Half Baked Harvest
No matter the day, everyone loves cupcakes. These channel the traditional T-day dessert, served up in the perfect individual form.
7. Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars
Source: Sally’s Baking Addiction
Apple pie is tradition, but when you add salt and caramel and turn it into a bar, it’s even tastier. You could even serve these a la mode.
8. Maple-Apple Milkshake
Source: Snappy Gourmet
Why not really shake things up this year by ending the evening with milkshakes. This one is packed with seasonal flavors, plus it only requires four ingredients, plus a whipped cream topping.
9. Toffee-Apple-Sweet Potato Choux
Source: Edible Imagination
These little French pastries might look and sound intimidating, but they’re not croissant-level difficult to make — in fact, they’re relatively easy if you follow this blogger’s helpful tips. Fill them with sweet potato cream then top them with caramel sauce and you have a truly memorable Thanksgiving dessert.
10. Apple Pie Cookies with Cinnamon Whipped Cream
Source: The Garlic Diaries
OK, they look just like pie — but you can eat them with your hand, so they’re definitely cookies! The lattice topping looks pretty and makes them extra satisfying.
11. Pumpkin Dulce De Leche Cake
Source: The Seaside Baker
This stunning layer cake tastes just as glorious as it looks. Layers of moist pumpkin cake are perfectly complemented by slow cooker dulce de leche and buttercream frosting.
12. Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Cake
Source: My Dish is Bomb
Turns out, ice cream season is every season! Guests will love ending the evening with something cool in all the right flavors.
13. One Skillet Gooey Pumpkin Cookie Cake
Source: Willow Bird Baking
This giant cookie-like cake is cooked in and served right from the skillet. Grab a bunch of forks and dig in.
14. Apple Crisp-Stuffed Baked Apples with Butterscotch Sauce
Source: Adore Foods
A dessert involving whole fruit can be considered a health food. Put all those apple-picking leftovers to good use with these warm and gooey stuffed apples.
15. Sweet Potato Ice Cream with Toasted Marshmallows
Source: Grandbaby Cakes
That traditional Thanksgiving Day side dish is practically a dessert to begin with, especially when it’s turned into ice cream. Refreshing and rich at the same time, guests will love the unexpected treat.
Make your own Thanksgiving tradition this year with an unexpected autumn dessert. Cakes, ice creams, cookies, and more are delightful and tasty alternatives to the usual pie!