easy Thanksgiving dessert recipes

6 Easy Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

With just a few weeks left until Thanksgiving, it’s time to start thinking about what you might want to make for dessert, whether you’re a guest or hosting at home! Having a few options to choose from that are simple and delicious will help make sure you can simply enjoy the process – and the reward! We’ve compiled six of our favorite easy Thanksgiving dessert recipes for you to try this year.

1. Classic Apple Crisp

For a delicious seasonal dessert that is an easy crowd-pleaser, you can’t go wrong with the classic apple crisp! It’s truly so simple. Without a crust to worry about – just an irresistible crumbly topping – you can whip this together in no time before your holiday event.

You can find the recipe here: Taste of Home

2. Bourbon Pecan Banana Bundt Cake

The bourbon butter glaze on this banana Bundt cake is what takes it to the next level, from a basic baked good to absolutely indulgent. It’s full of flavor and the perfect way to use up those overripe bananas you have laying around! Topped with crunchy, nutty pecans, your loved ones will surely be coming back for seconds.

You can find the recipe here: This Delicious House

3. Easy Pear-Cranberry Streusel

This simple streusel makes for an incredible dessert that will have your loved ones thinking you spent hours in the kitchen! Sweet pears combined with tart cranberries (fresh is best if you can find them!) creates an unbeatable flavor, especially when topped with a crunchy oatmeal crumble topping. Serve a la mode with vanilla ice cream, and your job is done!

You can find the recipe here: Martha Stewart

4. Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Sweet potatoes are a staple of Thanksgiving in many forms, but this sweet potato cheesecake recipe takes a modest classic to the next level. The earthy, nutty-sweet flavor of sweet potatoes and cinnamon combined with a graham cracker crust makes for an irresistible dessert. Plus, the orange hue gives an unexpected “wow” factor you’ll love!

You can find the recipe here: NYTimes Cooking

5. Pumpkin Brownies

This dessert is the ideal mix of two fan-favorites: spiced pumpkin pie and gooey, chocolatey brownies. Perfect for any fall event but especially for Thanksgiving, there likely won’t be any leftovers – especially if served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The best part? These are one of the easiest recipes on the list!

You can find the recipe here: Taste of Home

6. Spiced Applesauce Bread

If you’re looking for a moist, fluffy, fall-flavored dessert, this spiced applesauce bread is the perfect fit! Not only is it subtly sweet and relatively “healthy” for a baked good, it’s very quick to pull together. It’s absolutely mouthwatering fresh out of the oven, but it freezes well, too – be sure to bake an extra (or two!) to save for yourself!

You can find the recipe here: Ahead of Thyme

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