Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. And while the big meal might be the focus for the day, you can’t forget the desserts!

I don’t know about your family, but after the big feast and a good nap, we all have pie and treats on the mind.

Related: My Favorite Desserts of All Time

You too?

Then I invite you to check out my top dessert ideas for Thanksgiving! Trust me when I say you’ll gobble them up!

Cherry Cheesecake Dessert

When it comes to Thanksgiving dessert, your first thought may go straight to pumpkin pie.

But in my family, Cherry Cheesecake Dessert is our go-to for the holiday.

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake
Find the cherry cheesecake dessert recipe HERE.

With a creamy cheesecake base and a tart yet sweet cherry topping, this dessert may seem like a summertime treat. But I’m telling you… you’ll enjoy it no matter the season!

It’s really simple to make—meaning it’s great if you need to whip something up last minute. It’s also no-bake!

Apple Pie with Cinnamon Streusel Topping

Pie is the dessert of the season.

But this recipe takes apple pie to a whole new level thanks to a secret ingredient.

Find the apple pie recipe HERE.

Oh, you want me to let you in on the secret? I suppose 🙂

I add sour cream (yes, sour cream) to the recipe which brings out the apple flavor and takes your tastebuds on an adventure.

It’s also topped with cinnamon streusel topping. The added texture brings life to every bite!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

While we’re on the subject of pie, let me introduce to you my Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie.

It takes your classic pumpkin pie to a whole new level. And it even includes a little chocolate!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie
Find the pumpkin cheesecake pie recipe HERE.

It feels decadent thanks to the creamy cheesecake layer. Trust me when I say that the chocolate and pumpkin go together PERFECTLY too!

It’s one you’ll just have to try to know how good it is. And Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity!

2-Ingredient Snack Cake

We’ll stick with the pumpkin theme for a minute while I share my 2-Ingredient Snack Cake.

Pumpkin Cake
Find the snack cake recipe HERE.

I know it doesn’t look like it includes a whole lot of pumpkin… but that’s half of the recipe!

Truly. Making this tasty cake only requires a box of cake mix and a can of pumpkin!

A little stirring, a few minutes in the oven, and some patience while cooling and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying an autumn-inspired dessert.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Cake

Last year, I created a brand new recipe inspired by the snack cake above.

I call it my Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Cake and you’ll be shocked at how simple it is to make and how much flavor you get in each bite.

Find the pumpkin cream cheese swirl cake HERE.

I made this cake in a bundt pan and love how beautifully it turned out. The side view is impeccable… but the taste gives you even more to love.

Because it’s loaded with pumpkin, it actually has some decent nutritional benefits. So I won’t judge if you eat it for breakfast a mid-day snack and dessert!

Apple Brownies

If you’re looking for a dessert that feels like fall in every bite, look no further than my Apple Brownies.

I first tried them when I was a young reporter and immediately knew I needed the recipe.

Apple Brownies
Find the apple brownie recipe HERE.

Fast forward to today, and I still make them every fall!

The best part about these apple brownies is the simplicity of the ingredients. I wouldn’t be surprised if you already have everything you need in your pantry!

Harvest Apple Cake

Oh, this Harvest Apple Cake.

The cream cheese frosting… the subtle tartness of the apple… the spice in the cinnamon… it’s one of those recipes people will be asking for at the end of the night!

harvest apple cake header
Find the harvest apple cake HERE.

Not only is this one of my favorite desserts, it’s one of my Mom’s, too! She even requested it for her birthday last year. We were all happy to share!

The shredded apple keeps the cake moist and you can even turn it into a cupcake recipe for easy-to-snag bites!

Historic Maine Inn Pecan Pie

I just love how a sweet dessert can bring everyone together. And if it’s a crowd favorite, you know the whole crew with gather round!

That’s what you’ll get with this classic Pecan Pie recipe.

Pecan Pie
Find the pecan pie recipe HERE.

The name of this recipe comes from a trip to Maine I took with my parents. One bite of that pecan pie and I was in heaven!

We were lucky enough to talk to the owner of the inn and he gave us the recipe. I’ve been making it ever since!

If you’re not in the mood to make a dessert or you don’t have enough time, go the easy route and pick up a couple of dessert offerings we have in the Just Jill Shop!

You’ll find an assortment of My Grandma’s Coffee Cake flavors, and quite a few cookie bundles from Southern Roots Sisters!

Oh… and don’t forget our newly added rice crispy “pie” from Sweeteez Sweets!

Have you tried any of my dessert ideas for Thanksgiving? If so, leave a comment on my Facebook or Instagram post! If not, I’d love to know what you plan on making!

From my Thanksgiving kitchen to yours,


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Dessert ideas for Thanksgiving

Dessert ideas for Thanksgiving

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