15 Fun and Unique Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas

Although Thanksgiving 2022 has come and gone, most likely a multitude of leftovers still remain, and that may include some surviving desserts.

When it comes to Thanksgiving desserts, you of course have the usual suspects like cranberry sauce and pumpkin, sweet potato, apple, and pecan pie, and over time, although they are beloved classics, they can wear out of you eat too much during the holiday season.

Have you or your loved ones realized that those old-time favorite Thanksgiving desserts just aren’t cutting it anymore? Are you looking for something different to try out for your family Thanksgiving get-together next year? If so, look no further, we have you covered with fifteen Thanksgiving dessert ideas to try out!

Strawberry Turkeys

This fun Thanksgiving dessert takes another dessert classic, chocolate dipped strawberries, to a whole new creative level! Using pretzel sticks, mini marshmallows, strawberries, and melting chocolate, you assemble everything into miniature turkeys for a cute and unique dessert that just about anyone will love.

Turkey Cupcakes

Make pumpkin (or yellow) cupcakes with chocolate frosting into cute little turkeys that everyone will just want to gobble up! Use edible accessories such as donut holes, Nutter Butter cookies, and Reeses Pieces to assemble an adorable flock of turkeys that are sure to please almost any palette.

Cranberry Curd Tart

If you still want the cranberries in your Thanksgiving menu, but you don’t want to go with traditional cranberry sauce, then you should try out this sophisticated dessert option. Sugar coated cranberries, pecans, and whipped cream help to bring this fancy, delectable dessert together.

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Toffee

Do you still love your pumpkin pie, but crave to try something a bit different? If this sounds like you, then you might want to try making a batch of Pumpkin Pie Spiced Toffee. Not only is it jam packed with buttery sweet pumpkin flavor wrapped up in a crispy toffee, but it also makes a great treat to give to guests to take home with them after dinner.

Hot Toddy Apple Pie

Kick up your traditional apple pie a notch by making it a Hot Toddy Apple Pie! Poach your apples in a mixture of warm whiskey, lemon, and honey to intermingle the flavors and to cook down and help create a hot toddy version of caramel sauce to top off the one of the most delicious versions of apple pie you have ever had.

Apple-Cranberry Pie

Take two of Thanksgiving’s dessert favorites and combine them for a beautifully harmonious blend of flavors, which is played up by the additions of cinnamon and nutmeg that will blow your guests away, and that is guaranteed not to become boring any time soon.

Pumpkin Pie Brownies

Another great twist on a holiday favorite, this ooey-gooey dessert is one that you’ll be asked to make again and again, whether it’s Thanksgiving or not! You can simply use a boxed brownie mix along with pumpkin, cream cheese, and the usual pumpkin pie spices to create a delicious blend of flavors as well as a rich texture that’s to die for.

Pecan Pie Brownies

This decadent brownie recipe combines the rich, fudgy brownie texture with that of a pecan pie, plus all of the amazing flavor, and we are here for it! On top, you have the classic pecan pie filling and topping, and the bottom consists of gooey, tasty chocolate brownies. This will become another untraditional Thanksgiving dessert favorite in no time!

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Ginger Meringue

For those who love sweet potato pie but want to create something unique at the same time, you should try this fun twist! Bake a batch of sweet potato cupcakes, then whip up a ginger meringue to put on top, then lightly toast the meringue to unlock all of the flavor potential of this creative, delicious dessert.

Apple Dumplings with a Sparkling Apple Cider Sauce

If you’re looking for an out-of-the-box apple dessert for next Thanksgiving, then check out this appetizing creation! Sparkling apple cider, butter, and brown sugar come together to create a delectable sauce for soft, warm, delicious apple dumplings. This is a dessert that’s great served with a scoop of ice cream or cool whipped topping.

Pumpkin Roll

This fun and delicious dessert calls for a thin pumpkin cake, which is achieved with a jelly roll pan, and once the cake is cooled just a little, it’s filled with a rich, creamy cream cheese filling and then rolled up into a log and sliced. You can also opt to make a chocolate roll instead with either a cream cheese or buttercream filling.

Chocolate-Pecan Cupcakes

When you see these gorgeous cupcakes on the table and pick one up, you’re only going to expect a rich, chocolatey cupcake, right? Well, with this dessert, you’re getting a lot more than that with a sweet, sticky caramel-pecan filling inside of it. Watch your guests’ eyes light up with surprise and delight when they take a bite of this dessert!

Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Honey-Cinnamon Apples

This dessert is definitely not one that is going to be served at your every-day Thanksgiving dinner – unless of course you make it! With goat cheese, you create a sweet and oh-so-rich filling for your pie that pairs brilliantly with beautifully sliced and placed apples and a honey-cinnamon syrup poured over top.

Every Flavor Thanksgiving Pie Bars

Don’t want to give up your favorite Thanksgiving pie flavors, but wanting to make something different? This awesome dessert is the perfect combination of apple, pecan, and pumpkin pies all rolled into one with an amazingly delicious and simple crumble topping that brings it all together. You and your guests won’t miss the traditional pies with this unique dessert around.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Give your guests the warmth of the season with an extra kick of sweetness when you serve this soft, warm Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread. Part of the secret to the delectable flavor of this bread is the addition of fresh ginger stirred straight into the batter, and of course the melty chocolate chips embedded within.

Flip Your Thanksgiving Dessert Game Upside Down

Next Thanksgiving, be sure to give these awesome dessert options a whirl! We hope that you’ve enjoyed checking out all of these fun and unique Thanksgiving dessert ideas, and that you’ll take the initiative and find even more fun recipes to try!


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