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Best Thanksgiving Desserts

Enjoy some of BoB’s best Thanksgiving desserts, from cakes to cheesecakes to cobblers and a whole lot in between!

Thanksgiving Desserts That Aren't Pie

The Best Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

While I’m still of the mindset that Thanksgiving is primarily about the pies, I absolutely feel there’s room for some other desserts as well. It’s good to have a little variety, right?

Here are some of my favorite desserts to make for Thanksgiving. I’ve got cakes, cobblers, cheesecakes, and more. There are some from way back in the archives and some much more recent. And be sure to follow along with my baking adventures for a few more dessert ideas.

Enjoy! And happy Thanksgiving! (And if you still want pie, click here!)

Butter Pecan Cake on a marble cake stand


A beautiful, delicious cake is a wonderful ending to your Thanksgiving meal. These cakes feature seasonal flavors along with some year-round favorites. There’s a lot of territory to cover here, so I’ve broken them down into types of cakes to help you navigate a little better.

Layer Cakes

Bundt Cakes

Apple Crumb Sheet Cake

Single-Layer and Sheet Cakes

Mini and Individual Cakes

overhead view of Brown Sugar Apple Cobbler in a white rectangular baking pan; one corner of the cobbler is missing from the pan

Cobblers, Crisps, and Crumbles

A warm, gooey fruit dessert hits the spot after all that turkey and trimmings. And they’re a good excuse to enjoy a little ice cream, too.

slice of Brown Sugar Caramel Cheesecake on a light gray plate


Cheesecakes are one of my go-to desserts for a special occasion. They generally take some time to make, but they’re usually really easy to mix and assemble. For something a little different, I’ve included some no-bake varieties as well.

Spiced Oatmeal Cookies stacked on a brown-rimmed plate

Casual Desserts

Thanksgiving dessert doesn’t have to be a grand affair. How about serving a variety of cookies, brownies, and other smaller fare? Or a simple coffee cake for entertaining visitors in a more relaxed setting?

Cookie Butter Pound Cake Bread Pudding topped with a creamy vanilla sauce

Everything Else

These desserts offer some nontraditional options for your holiday meal. There’s a lot to be found a little off the beaten dessert path!

I hope these recipe suggestions help you plan your best Thanksgiving yet! Do let me know what’s on your holiday dessert menu. And remember to tag me on Instagram if you make a recipe from BoB!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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    9 Comments on “Best Thanksgiving Desserts”

  1. Excellent, I like having a combination of the pies, cobblers, and bars. This way everyone has what they like. They are also great for leftovers.

  2. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas! Will try and pass on many soon.

  3. OMG why did I choose today to visit? There isn’t ONE of these desserts that’s not to die for good looking. The pecan cake is screaming, “Make me first!!” but it’s so hard to decide.

  4. I really really really want a slice of each.

  5. Great round-up! I want all of them 🙂

  6. Thanks so much for these; caramel is a food group.

  7. Even though I love the pies, I ‘m usually looking for something chocolate too. So the flourless chocolate cake has definitely gotten my attention!

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