88+ Easy Thanksgiving Desserts Ideas and Recipes

Thanksgiving desserts are a necessary part of the holiday. After everyone fills up on turkey, they’ll be looking for something sweet to wash it down. These easy Thanksgiving dessert recipes and ideas will save the day!

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Thanksgiving Desserts

Thanksgiving desserts are just as important as the main feast. Sure, everyone will be absolutely FULL after eating turkey, potatoes, and all the cheesy side dishes, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be room for something sweet.

You need the pies, the cookies, the cobblers, and all the delicious treats for people to choose from. These easy Thanksgiving dessert ideas are perfect for the big day. Don’t skimp on the sweets! I like having a few pies to choose from, plus a couple of other desserts for anyone that doesn’t like pie (who are those people? I’m not sure).

Crisps, crumbles, tarts, puddings, and cakes galore! This guide is filled with the best Thanksgiving desserts recipes that everyone is sure to love. Prepare these dishes ahead of time so you can focus on cooking dinner the day of, and the desserts will just feel like they were sent straight from heaven to make your life easier (and more delicious).

Once you’ve got your Thanksgiving menu sorted, make sure you get these easy Thanksgiving desserts ready too!

pumpkin crumble in a white baking dish

pumpkin dessert lasagna on a white plate

Essential Kitchen Tools

Essential Ingredients List

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Whipped Cream
  • Heavy Cream

chocolate pecan pie topped with cream

84 Easy Thanksgiving Desserts Ideas


Nothing says Thanksgiving like a nice homemade pie. These Thanksgiving pies are a must for this holiday!

See the full list of our favorite pies for Thanksgiving right here!

Peanut Butter Blossoms are a classic cookie recipe that is easy to make and loved by all! This BEST Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies Recipe has been in our family for years. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies are perfect for Christmas baking, but also made for enjoying year round, especially at Summer BBQs. When it comes to favorite cookie recipes, these Peanut Butter Hershey Kiss Cookies can't be beat. 
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies


Cookies are an easy thing to make ahead of time, and they’re perfect for anyone that might prefer something a bit smaller after dinner.

apple crisp topped with scoops of ice cream
Sheet Pan Apple Crisp

Crisps & Tarts & Cobblers

Crisps and cobblers are the perfect fall dessert, so they fit in perfectly on the Thanksgiving dessert table!

pumpkin cheesecake topped with pumpkin whipped cream
No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake


You can never go wrong with a beautiful cake. Our No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake is a great fall dessert, and everyone will LOVE our Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake.

pecan bars stacked on top of each other
Pecan Pie Bars

Bars and Brownies

These desserts are another super easy option that can be made the day before Thanksgiving for a simple and delicious dessert!

apple dumpling and ice cream on a plate
Apple Dumplings

Other Dessert Ideas

We’ve got ALL the best Thanksgiving dessert ideas you could ever dream of. It doesn’t stop after pies, cookies, and cakes. Make muffins, fried apples, mousse, or bread pudding for a fun dessert.

pumpkin whipped cream in a jar
Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream

Other Recipes

These little extras are great homemade recipes to take your desserts up a notch. Make your own pie crust, whipped cream, and more to finish off those tasty desserts.

Be sure to check out these other guides for more Thanksgiving and dessert ideas:


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