7 Amazing Thanksgiving Desserts That Aren’t Apple Or Pumpkin

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Don’t let the shelves at Trader Joe’s fool you, there is such a thing as too much pumpkin pie. With Thanksgiving around the corner, there’s always serious peer pressure to have a pie on the table. We’re here to tell you that’s it’s okay to steer the dessert ship in a different direction this year. You might get a few haters who love to cling to the classics, but most people will probably love you for changing things up. Here are seven Thanksgiving desserts to try that aren’t apple or pumpkin.

1. Pear And Cranberry Tarts

We like to think cranberry plays just as much of a crucial role around the holidays as pumpkin. Since pears and cranberries are a duo made in fruity heavy, try this pear and cranberry tart for a change. If you’re craving a flaky crust, this Pear-and-Cranberry Slab Pie will check all of your boxes. Get out the vanilla goat’s milk ice cream to top it all off.

2. Cranberry Clafouti

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Don’t let the word clafouti intimidate you. The easy French dessert is made by pouring a sweet batter over fresh fruit. The gooey batter bakes around the fruit, creating an airy custard-like dessert that’s pretty damn addicting. If you’re on the cranberry train this year, try this cranberry clafouti on your guests. It’ll make any dinner table look festive.

3. Sweet Potato Marshmallow Bars

We love sweet potatoes, whether they’re savory or sweet. For an audience that can’t get enough of sweet potato casserole with the marshmallows, we have a dessert that’ll impress. These sweet potato marshmallow bars have a buttery graham cracker crust with a creamy sweet potato layer and melted mini marshmallows on top. The bars will be a hit — no matter what kind of crowd you’re dealing with.

4. Chocolate, Bourbon And Pecan Pie

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Name a more indulgent trio than chocolate, bourbon and pecans. We’ll wait. This chocolate pecan pie with bourbon hits on all of those complex rich notes. No one will miss the pumpkin. If pie bars are more your speed, these chocolate pecan bars with bourbon and sea salt aren’t looking too shabby.

5. Bourbon Bread Pudding

There’s no denying our love for bourbon, especially in desserts. Bread pudding is always a crowd-pleaser (even if your crowd is gluten-free) so the idea of a bourbon bread pudding makes us pretty happy. This New Orleans-inspired bread pudding involves bourbon-soaked brioche. Packed with butter, pecans, half-and-half, eggs, cinnamon and nutmeg, there’s no way you can mess up this bread pudding.

6. Carrot Cake Bars

We’re suckers for carrot cake and cheesecake. For the best of both worlds, carrot cake cheesecake crumble bars are chock full of old-fashioned oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, vanilla, grated carrots and pecans. Don’t forget the thick layer of cream cheese icing on top. These bars are dangerous.

7. Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Dip

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If you like cheesecake and you like cinnamon, you’ll want to have a bowl of this cinnamon roll cheesecake dip on your Thanksgiving table. Scoop up the dessert dip with graham crackers, cookies or anything in between.


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