The Thanksgiving recipe collection below is dedicated to everyone who's a bit short on time -- because I know what it's like -- scrambling for dessert ideas in a hurry when there's a big dinner to plan, and when you'd rather spend those precious holiday moments with family.
Plus, autumn is one of the best times to get baking, and there are tons of blog recipes to help you celebrate the season without compromises.
So here's to lots of pumpkin, apples, pears, caramel, maple, plums, cheesecake, cranberries, persimmons, warm spices...oh man! I can "smell" the baked goods already just thinking of all these seasonal classics.
Hope you find something that inspires you to get baking! (click on recipe titles or photos to get to the actual recipes)
So iconic, how could I not get started with a good pumpkin cheesecake (or two... ?). This baked version is by far my absolute seasonal favorite.
For those that prefer to stick to "unbaked", this oldie pumpkin cheesecake is a blog favorite.
If you're more of a cranberry for Thanksgiving kind of a person, how about these cute little cheesecakes? You can make the recipe into one larger cake, or make individual servings if you prefer.
... or how about some raw caramel topped cheesecake instead? One with a chocolatey crust. Caramel and autumn are kind of synonymous in my books.
... and speaking of caramel, this is the caramel gracing the top of that cheesecake above, but simple and lovely enough to serve in little pots as a treat on its own.
Or if you prefer a whole new way to caramel, try this dulce de leche instead.
Ok, admittedly alfajores and cookies aren't exactly Thanksgiving... but they involve caramel and baking so in they go. Let's make new traditions ;)
Pumpkin bread is always a nice to have of course. Classic.
Wasn't sure where I was going exactly with this recipe... bread? cake? muffins? Oh well, the recipe refuses to be confined to a name, but it's delish nonetheless and so most worthy of a mention :)
... and speaking of muffins, these won't disappoint, I promise! They are one of my favorite recipes and are super easy to make.
... because somehow once again pumpkin leads to cranberries! :)
Of course, how could a classic like pecan pie be left out. A holiday must!
... and more pecans and pumpkin for good measure. Who can resist a "cream cheese" topped slice of autumn?!
And switching it up to something a little unusual, but equally cozy -- a rather unconventional sweet potato dessert.
... or cake. Sweet potato is good like that.
There's often a forgotten autumn hero -- persimmon. And it makes a killer dessert. This is another oldie blog favorite and packs a lot of flavor. Definitely a crowd pleaser.
This simple pear cake can be a lovely treat, especially with the addition of caramel in there to seal the deal.
A simple pear galette is always lovely too.
More of a plum person? This incredible simple and flavorful crumble won't disappoint.
A plum clafoutis is also a good way to go...
An easy no bake pumpkin-pie like treat.
... or a chocolate version of the above. Ignore the halloween-themed cobweb for a classy chocolate treat!
One of the most delicious treats on a holiday morning or a casual holiday table -- so easy to make and so flavorful.
More of an apple person? No problem. Got you covered.
For something quick and easy to throw together last minute.
For those not into formal dessert, these simple nutty caramelized apple nut bars bars pack a lot of seasonal flavor. Gosh, really digging up the oldies here btw!
Need some ice cream to go with that?
Want an ice cream to stand out on its own as a dessert instead? LOVE this caramel swirl beauty.
You could never go wrong with a maple pie at the table...
... or a classic cheesecake. Can never go wrong with that either!
And for those looking for a nut-free version... This one's a treat.
For something fun and "fall".
Something totally unconventional!
To impress your guests with your barista skills ;)
Because there are so many ways to use those pepitas! Plus it's nice to sip on some along with all that pumpkin cake.
If you've got any pumpkin left from all the baking, make breakfast. Or better yet, have your guests wake up to some warm pumpkin porridge and the lovely aroma of autumnal spices.
Into autumn, but not feeling the autumnal chill yet? Cardamom pops are a nice fusion of warming spices in a chilled treat.
Because they're too cute to resist...
Score some wholesome holiday points by serving your guests this tea -- iced or warm.
Not quite seasonal, but if you want to set everyone talking, make them this parsnip cheesecake and see what they say... Plus score some points for being a little different ;)
Because you can't go wrong with cheesecake and pecans ;)
MORE THANKSGIVING DESSERT IDEAS
If you have my digital book Unconventional Treats, here are a few more suggestions for gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, eggless, and grain-free holiday desserts:
Happy holidays & happy baking!