Best 5 Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes You Should Be Thankful For!

Thanksgiving is one of the best days of the whole year! Especially as the family gets together to enjoy a nice turkey meal. However, the best part is the thanksgiving dessert recipes that gets prepared for the occasion.

These are awesome recipes that I enjoy making when the time allows it.

1 – Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake with Pecans

Starting this list off with an great butter cake recipe. You’ve probably had one of those in your lifetime. In case you didn’t, you should learn to make one and surprise your guests and family this thanksgiving with a recipe they will never forget.


Cake base:

1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

1 egg


1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 eggs

1 (16 ounce) box or bag powdered sugar

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

Caramel sauce and candied pecans, for topping

How to Make:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line bottom of a 10-inch round springform pan with parchment paper, then lightly spray pan with cooking spray (alternatively, you can use a greased 13 x 9-inch pan).
  2. Cake base: In a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, beat cake mix, melted butter and egg until well combined. Spread and press batter evenly into bottom of prepared pan.
  3. Filling: In another large bowl (or clean bowl of a stand mixer), beat cream cheese and pumpkin until well combined. Add melted butter, vanilla and eggs; stir until combined. Stir in powdered sugar and pumpkin pie spice until just combined. Pour batter evenly into pan over cake base.
  4. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, until center of cake is just set and slightly wobbly (if using a 13×9-inch pan, lessen the baking time). Cool completely on a cooling rack.
  5. Remove sides of spring-form pan. Serve slices of cake with caramel sauce and candied pecans on top.

2 – Pumpkin Tiramisu Cheesecake Bars

Of course, I had to include a cheesecake recipe in this list. It wouldn’t be a complete thanksgiving recipes list without it. And you know what, your table wouldn’t be complete either without this recipe! Therefore, prepare this dessert and blow everyone’s mind!



1 pouch Betty Crocker™ oatmeal cookie mix

½ cup butter or margarine, softened

Mascarpone-Pumpkin Cheesecake

8 oz mascarpone cheese

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

½ cup sugar

2 tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

1 egg

½ cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

¼ cup melted semisweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons cognac

1 tablespoon instant espresso powder

Chocolate Ganache:

1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Whipped cream, if desired

How to Make:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13×9-inch pan with foil; spray with cooking spray. In medium bowl, place cookie mix; cut in butter using pastry blender or fork until mixture is crumbly. Press mixture in bottom of pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set.
  2. Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat mascarpone, cream cheese, sugar, flour and egg with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Remove 3/4 cup of the cheesecake mixture, and place in small bowl; set aside. Stir pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice into original bowl of remaining cheesecake mixture. Stir melted chocolate, cognac and espresso powder into reserved 3/4 cup cheesecake mixture.
  3. Pour pumpkin cheesecake mixture on top of crust. Spoon chocolate cheesecake mixture over pumpkin mixture; use knife to carefully swirl mixtures.
  4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until edges are set (center will be just slightly jiggly). Cool 30 minutes.
  5. In microwavable bowl, microwave heavy whipping cream 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds or until hot. Add 2/3 cup chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Spread mixture on top of cheesecake.
  6. Refrigerate about 4 hours or until completely cool. Cut into bars to serve. Top each bar with a dollop of whipped cream just before serving.

3 – Sweet Potato Snickerdoodles

Sweet potatoes make everything sweet. And this recipe is exactly that! You have to at least give it a try this thanksgiving. Believe me, every thanksgiving will be at your home in the future. If your guests taste this, they are definitely coming back next year. You may as well make your home a restaurant.


4 c. all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled

3/4 tsp. Kosher salt

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. cream of tartar

3 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided

1 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 c. canned sweet potato puree

2/3 pt. confectioners’ sugar

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 c. granulated sugar, divided

2 large eggs

1 (13.4-oz.) can dulce de leche

How to Make:

  1. Whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, cream of tartar, and 2 teaspoons cinnamon in a bowl.
  2. Beat butter, sweet potato puree, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and 1 cup granulated sugar on medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Reduce speed to low and beat in flour mixture, just until flour is incorporated. Cover and chill at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Stir together remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a bowl. Roll dough into balls (about 1 tablespoon each). Roll balls in cinnamon sugar, and arrange, 2″ apart, on prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake until just golden around bottom edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 1 minute, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. Spread dulce de leche on the flat side of half of the cookies, dividing evenly. Sandwich with remaining cookies.

4 – Upside-Down Orange-Cranberry Cake

Nothing says November like an orange-cranberry cake. This dessert is the best cake you can make with simple ingredients. It tastes so good, you may need to make one just for yourself.


1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled

1/4 c. yellow cornmeal

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. Kosher salt

1/2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. orange zest, plus 1 orange peeled and cut into rounds

3/4 c. Buttermilk

2 large eggs

3/4 c. packed light brown sugar

3/4 c. unsalted butter, divided

2 tsp. grated fresh ginger

1 (10-oz.) package fresh or frozen cranberries

3/4 c. granulated sugar

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

How to Make:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F with the rack in the lowest position. Whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Whisk together orange zest, buttermilk, and eggs in a separate bowl.
  2. Melt brown sugar and 1/4 cup butter in a 10″, oven- proof skillet, over medium heat. Stir in ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and arrange orange slices and cranberries on top of brown sugar mixture.
  3. Beat granulated sugar and remaining 1/2 cup butter on medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour mixture and buttermilk mixture alternately, beginning and ending with flour mixture, just until flour is incorporated. Spread over oranges and cranberries.
  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Cool in skillet on a wire rack 10 minutes, then invert onto a serving platter to cool.
  5. Serve warm or at room temperature.

5 – Charlie Brown Thanksgiving-Inspired Chocolate Bark

I had to end this list with a very easy thanksgiving recipe. It doesn’t take much to prepare it and you can claim the kitchen crown when you’re done. It is easy, simple, and taste way better than you think it does!


24 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 c. popped popcorn

1 c. Crushed Pretzels

1/2 c. Jelly beans

How to Make:

  1. Microwave chocolate in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until melted. Pour onto a parchment-lined baking sheet with edges (or a jelly roll pan), spreading with a spatula until evenly coated.
  2. Top with popcorn, pretzels and jelly beans, pressing them down to secure them in the chocolate. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to set, 25 to 30 minutes.


Thanksgiving is a great time for cooking. You should always be ready to get your best recipes out.

Let us know which of the five recipes above you are going to try on Thanksgiving!

Also, if you have any other awesome thanksgiving recipes, leave them in the comments down below! We’d love to try them too!!

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