Southern Desserts for Thanksgiving: 19 Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Any of these Thanksgiving desserts could upstage the turkey!

By: Kaitlin Weiler, Editor,
Southern Desserts for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dinner would not be complete without a sweet ending. This collection of Southern Desserts for Thanksgiving: 19 Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes is full of sugary treats that will be the perfect complement to your Turkey Day feast. Below you will find pecan pie recipes, pumpkin dessert recipes, and more. Each section is going to give you tons of inspiration!

All of these tried-and-true Thanksgiving dessert recipes will please your family this Thanksgiving. Whether you choose a traditional Thanksgiving dessert recipe or a twist on a classic, it is guaranteed to be delicious. Not to mention, most of these recipes can be whipped up in no time without having to spend ages in the kitchen! That's a great break from a day spent sweating over turkey.

Everyone at your dinner table this Thanksgiving will be giving their thanks for these awesome dessert recipes. You can totally keep it classic with pecan pie or go a little innovative with miniature versions of retro faves, these recipes are sure to please everyone!

Any of these recipes can become your new family tradition for the holiday. They're so good you may even make some for Christmas, too! There's nothing like being able to share great dishes with your friends and family to have wonderful times.

You can even get the rest of the family involved and get them cooking these tasty sweets, too! That Thanksgiving dessert spread will never be the same after you try these recipes. Time to get baking so you can share all of these desserts!

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Pecan Pie Recipes

You can't have a traditional Thanksgiving celebration without pecan pie! With these recipes, innovate a classic by turning it into bars, adding chocolate, or turning it into a cake. These dessert recipes are so simple and don't require tons of time in prep and cooking.

Chocolate-Studded Pecan Pie

Add a little chocolate to your Thanksgiving celebration with this recipe for Chocolate-Studded Pecan Pie. This Thanksgiving dessert recipe is definitely a classic.

Darn Good Pecan Pie Bars

This Thanksgiving dessert recipe for Darn Good Pecan Pie Bars allows you to have the flavor of pecan pie without going through the hassle of actually making a pie.

Heritage Chocolate Pecan Pie

Heritage Chocolate Pecan Pie combines a traditional Southern pecan pie recipe with chocolate for a dessert that will have everyone going back for seconds.

Pecan Pie Cake

This homemade cake recipe offers a twist on a classic. Everyone will be both surprised and delighted by this cake that tastes like pecan pie.

Pecan Pie Dip

Offer guests a little something different with this Pecan Pie Dip. Set this dessert dip out with strips of baked pie crust or shortbread cookies for dipping.

Rustic Chocolate Pecan Pie

This pie may be rustic, but it is still unbelievably delicious. A touch of both bourbon and cinnamon help to give this pie a complex flavor.

Sinfully Good Southern Pecan Pie

There's no better time for a guilty pleasure dessert than Thanksgiving. This Sinfully Good Southern Pecan Pie will put a smile on everyone's faces.

Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

Celebrate the versatility of pumpkin with these awesome dessert recipes. Updated cheesecakes and pies make your dessert table look like a page out of a food magazine! Everyone will be sure to love these recipes, and you may just catch people taking photos of them.

Amazing Pumpkin Pie Pudding

This no-bake Thanksgiving dessert recipe for Amazing Pumpkin Pie Pudding is a great alternative to traditional pumpkin pie. To make this pudding, simply combine canned pumpkin with vanilla pudding, whipped topping, and pumpkin pie spices.

Bourbon Pumpkin Pecan Pie

This easy pumpkin pie recipe is topped with a delicious bourbon pumpkin topping. The crunchy pecans perfectly complement the creamy pumpkin filling.

Pecan and Pumpkin Bread Pudding

This recipe is very similar to traditional bread pudding but with the addition of creamy pumpkin puree. Pecans give the bread pudding a nutty crunch.

Secret Ingredient Pumpkin Caramel Cake

Boxed cake mix is the secret ingredient that makes this delicious Pumpkin Caramel Cake a cinch to make.

Ultimate Pumpkin Cheesecake

After a hot day cooking and eating, you need something cooling for dessert, and this cheesecake is the recipe for you!

Secret Ingredient Pumpkin Pie

The boozy secret ingredient in this pie turns it from a boring classic to a revamped favorite! Everyone will love this pie.

Magic Pumpkin Layer Cake

Add a touch of whimsy to your dessert spread with this cake! Super delicious layers make each bite new and exciting.

Other Thanksgiving Desserts

Change it up a little by showcasing desserts that aren't what you would typically find at the holiday table. These are fun new ideas that will be sure to impress, and you can delight everyone with these! There is even a fun option for a lighter dessert if you're wary of eating too much sugar!

Caramel Apple Pecan Pie

Combine two classic pies with this Thanksgiving dessert recipe for Caramel Apple Pecan Pie.

Cranberry Fluff

Everyone loves a good dessert salad, and this one is perfect for Thanksgiving Day. This Cranberry Fluff is a great alternative to traditional cranberry sauce.

Glazed Fresh Apple Cake

This light and sweet cake is a great option for those who do not like pie. This Glazed Fresh Apple Cake is extremely moist and flavorful.

Lightened-Up Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potato pie is a Southern classic, and now you can enjoy a guilt-free version of it.

Mini Caramel Apple Cheesecakes

Get rid of the hassle of slicing with these super cute little mini cheesecakes! So tasty and easy, these will be sure to grab the attention of your guests.

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