5 Best Thanksgiving Desserts

In preparation for Thanksgiving and Christmas, you’ll scour the web for trending decorations, fun activities, and tasty recipes. And there are so many great options. Decisions, decisions. You only have one house, one fridge, one event to prepare for, but there are so many options that can create magical memories. It’s a fun and stressful task. 

Let us take away some of the holiday-prep stress. Below are the 5 best Thanksgiving desserts to serve to your guests. 

Mini Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecakes 

Just because they are mini does not mean they don’t pack the powerful flavor of beloved cheesecake. The perfect two-bite cheesecakes with a simple sugar cookie crust get a decadent update with milk chocolate chips and tangy mascarpone cheese topped with chopped toasted hazelnuts. These delightful mini cheesecakes encourage the indulgence you often find at Thanksgiving meals. 

Southeast Dairy Association - Sweet Potato Praline Pie

Sweet Potato Praline Pie 

If you’re a fan of sweet potato casserole, this pie is for you! Mashed sweet potato is combined with warm brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger for a bite that will have you melting back into your seat. You’ll wow your guests with the decadent pecan praline topping that brings a satisfying crunch. 

Chocolate Yogurt Cupcakes with Orange Mascarpone Icing 

There’s just something about the rich flavor of chocolate that encapsulates the holidays. Mascarpone cheese icing and orange chocolate ganache are used on these tasty cupcakes, adding to the decadence. If that’s not enticing enough, the half-and-half the recipe calls for adds extra moistness to the rich chocolate cake. 

Southeast Dairy Association - Caramel Tarts

Caramel Tarts 

Pumpkin, chocolate, peppermint, and more appear in many holiday desserts. The sweet, almost-toasted flavor of caramel deserves more recognition in the colder months, though. Impress your guests with homemade mini tarts filled with thick, creamy caramel and topped with whipped cream. 

Classic Pumpkin Pie 

Southeast Dairy Association - Pumpkin Pie

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the quintessential pumpkin pie on the dessert table. Add vanilla, cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves to pumpkin puree for a deliciously warm flavor. This recipe uses whole milk for an added creaminess. Serve topped with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.  

Don’t worry about having to choose which of these desserts to make this Thanksgiving. Enlist the helpers ready to follow the holiday orders you provide. For a holiday focused on a bountiful meal to share with those you love, include these favorite desserts and more on your holiday menu.