Creative Thanksgiving Desserts

November 22, 2010

Last year I attempted Thanksgiving Dinner on my own for the first time.  This experience, while a learning one, is one I will not repeat this year. I’ll leave that up to the experts, or at least those not as culinary-ily challenged.  :) Despite my turkey debacle (not all of the innards made it out before the bird went into the oven), thankfully the pumpkin pie did turn out. After subjecting my sweet friends to an interesting array of somewhat recognizable Thanksgiving favorites, at they least had dessert to look forward to. This year, that’s about all that I am going to attempt.  Instead of the traditional pumpkin pie, I thought it might be fun to do something different.

When pumpkin pie just won’t cut it, try something out of the ordinary for Thanksgiving dessert! Here are a few fun and yummy recipes:

Cranberry Velvet Pie

Prep Time: 4 1/2 hours
Cook Time: Ready in 12 hours
Serves: 6-8 (one 9 1/2-inch pie)

Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Cook Time: 25-35 minutes
Serves: 6-8. Yields a 9in. cake.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 15 servings

Pilgrim Pies

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Serves: Yields 10-14 Pilgrim Pies

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Serves:  12 servings

Pumpkin Crunch Parfait

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: no cooking required
Serves: 6 servings

Thanksgiving Fall Pie

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45-50 minutes
Serves: 10-12 servings

I hope everyone has a tasty Thanksgiving! Enjoy your time with friends and family…and let me know how your desserts turn out!

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