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Sweet Alternatives: 18 Thanksgiving Desserts That Say Goodbye to Pumpkin Pie

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Pumpkin pie is a classic Thanksgiving dessert, but it’s not for everyone. Whether you’re looking for something different or just want to please a crowd with a variety of sweets, there are plenty of other delicious Thanksgiving desserts to choose from. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Air Fryer Apple Fries

Cinnamon sugar apple fries on a plate.
Photo Credit: Trop Rockin’.

Pop these yummy apple fries into the air fryer for a unique and tasty option on Thanksgiving. They are healthier, and so easy to prepare for a seasonal sweet to share.

Get the recipe: Air fryer apple fries.

Pumpkin Brownies

Fudgy pumpkin swirl brownies.
Photo Credit: My Vegan Minimalism.

This vegan recipe is so fudgy and decadent! It combines seasonal pumpkin with chocolate for the ultimate after dinner treat to enjoy. 

Get the recipe: Pumpkin brownies.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

A slice of pecan pie with chocolate filling, topped with whipped cream.
Photo Credit: I Heart Eating.

What do you get when you combine pecan pie and chocolate? A dessert everyone will want to try! This is sure to be a favorite with your family for holiday meals!

Get the recipe: Chocolate pecan pie.

Cinnamon Cupcakes

Cinnamon cupcakes with loads of frosting.
Photo Credit: Chenee Today.

Skip the standard pumpkin pie and offer a sweet cinnamon cupcake after dinner this year. This recipe is best when piled high with fluffy cream cheese frosting!

Get the recipe: Cinnamon cupcakes.

Caramel Apple Shortcake

 A shortcake on a plate with caramel apple filling.
Photo Credit: Live to Sweet.

Mix things up this holiday season by offering apple shortcakes instead of pumpkin pie. This recipe is unique, gorgeous, and best of all; delicious!

Get the recipe: Caramel apple shortcakes.

Pumpkin Bundt Cake 

A slice of marbled pumpkin bundt cake with cream cheese glaze.
Photo Credit: Julie’s Recipes.

This bundt cake is so easy to make. It has the yummy pumpkin flavor your family expects, in cake form. Don’t forget to drizzle plenty of cream cheese glaze over the top!

Get the recipe: Pumpkin bundt cake.

Pumpkin Tiramisu

A serving of pumpkin tiramisu on a plate.
Photo Credit: Recipes From Leftovers.

Bring a seasonal taste to your table without turning to pie. This pumpkin tiramisu is nothing short of perfect with a cup of coffee after a great meal.

Get the recipe:  Pumpkin tiramisu.

Pecan Pie Cheesecake

A slice of pecan pie cheesecake on a plate.
Photo Credit: Cake n Knife.

This mashup dessert brings pecan pie and cheesecake together into one amazing sweet. It is luscious, creamy and has a yummy sweet crunch thanks to the nuts!

Get the recipe: Pecan pie cheesecake.

Cranberry Meringue Pie

Slices of cranberry pie with meringue topping.
Photo Credit: The Simple Sweet Life.

This gorgeous pie has a sweet yet tart filling. Pile it high with meringue for a holiday dessert that everyone will want seconds of!

Get the recipe: Cranberry meringue pie.

Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

A spice cake with cream cheese spiced frosting.
Photo Credit: Craving Some Creativity.

This spice cake has layers of yummy cake with the best spiced cream cheese frosting. Make this for Thanksgiving to find a new family favorite dessert.

Get the recipe:  Spice cake with cream cheese frosting.

Persimmon Apple Pudding

A slice of apple persimmon bread pudding on a plate.
Photo Credit: Cook with Kushi.

This apple pudding is so flavorful and festive! It has persimmons and apples for a cozy dessert everyone will love.

Get the recipe:  Persimmon apple pudding.

Rustic Cranberry Galette

A rustic galette with cranberry filling.
Photo Credit: xoxo Bella.

This stunning rustic galette makes a great alternative to pumpkin pie. It has the best flavor. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream for a festive dessert everyone will love.

Get the recipe: Rustic cranberry galette.

Apple Layer Cake

A slice of three layer cake with frosting and apple compote.
Photo Credit: Quiet Baking Day.

With layers of apple butter cake, and layers of apple compote, this cake is a must make for the fall holidays. It provides the best after dinner sweet treat to share with your favorite people.

Get the recipe:  Apple layer cake.

Pecan Pie Cream Puffs 

Pecan pie cream puffs on a plate with fluffy filling and a pecan on top.
Photo Credit: Live to Sweet.

Your family will be deliciously surprised to find these pecan pie cream puffs as an offering on Thanksgiving! They are the most decadent cream puffs you will ever sample, but they aren’t too complicated to recreate at home.

Get the recipe: Pecan pie cream puffs.

Apple Spice Cupcakes

Cupcakes with plenty of frosting on top.
Photo Credit: Mama Needs Cake.

These cupcakes pack the perfect apple spice flavor into the perfect portion. Your guests won’t miss the pumpkin pie after they try these!

Get the recipe: Apple pie cupcakes.

Cinnamon Apple Roses

Photo Credit: Trop Rockin.

Beautiful, yet so easy to create! Apple slices and puff pastry are rolled together to look like a rose. Add powdered sugar and offer a drizzle of honey on the side. Your guests will be impressed with this beautiful presentation and deliciously sweet dessert.

Get the recipe: Cinnamon Apple Roses

Apple Cranberry Pie

A slice of cranberry apple pie with whipped topping.
Photo Credit: Quiet Baking Day.

Apple and cranberry are perfect partners for a holiday pie. This recipe is sweet, slightly tart and so festive when served after Thanksgiving dinner!

Get the recipe: Apple cranberry pie.

Air Fryer Baked Apples

Baked apples from the air fryer.
Photo Credit: Trop Rockin’.

These baked apples are perfect for a holiday dessert. They are easy; they are made in the air fryer to free up oven space, and they are so tasty! Offer with whipped cream or ice cream if you like.

Get the recipe: Air fryer baked apples.


  • Tammy Camp

    I love easy recipes and delicious desserts and happy to share with you my favorite recipes. My favorite places are tropical, family always comes first and I'm a cocktail enthusiast for sure! Connect with me: Facebook and Pinterest

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