Are you ready for Thanksgiving Dessert ideas? If you haven’t already, it’s time to start thinking about your Thanksgiving menu, and what Easy Thanksgiving Desserts you are going to make! I can’t believe that Thanksgiving Day is in a week. I’m usually the Thanksgiving host in my family, and I’m all about keeping things simple. I’m a fan of easy Thanksgiving dinner menus, delicious easy Thanksgiving desserts, and spending a Happy Turkey Day with my family. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite easy Thanksgiving dessert recipes and a chocolate pecan pie recipe.
I feel like Thanksgiving is one of those events that can get a little, well, stressful. There is a lot of food to be made, a lot of people around and a lot of messes to be cleaned up before the day is done. And naturally you want to make your house sparkle and shine and be spotlessly clean before inviting the entire family over to mess it up. While I love to entertain, I’ll be honest that it stresses me out just a bit. So I’m all about keeping things easy. Here are some of my favorite easy Thanksgiving desserts. These are the Thanksgiving dessert recipes that I make most years.
Easy Thanksgiving Desserts
Thanksgiving Pie Recipes
Let’s start with this Chocolate Pecan Pie (print recipe below). I’ve always felt pecan pie was a little on the sticky sweet side for my taste, and something about adding dark chocolate chips to it balances that out, and creates an amazing flavor combination.
Here are my other favorite easy Thanksgiving recipes. Many of these can be used as make ahead Thanksgiving desserts.
Pumpkin Pie Recipes
Easy Pumpkin Pie – this is my go to pumpkin pie recipe. It’s simple and darn near foolproof.
If you want to shake up your pumpkin pie a bit, I highly recommend this Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie.
Pumpkin Pie fans will absolutely love these pumpkin pie cupcakes. These cupcakes have all the delicious flavor of pumpkin pie.
While I don’t typically think of myself as a huge gingerbread fan, these gingerbread bars with cream cheese frosting are AMAZING. Like addictively good.
Every time I make these soft and chewy gingerbread cookies, people ask me for the recipe. Even people who say they don’t like gingerbread, love these soft gingersnaps!
Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Bars are always a huge hit. Being a bar, these travel really well.
Don’t forget apple! My apple pie cheesecake bars are so good you might forget about the pie.
It’s hard to say no to these delicious pumpkin blondies!
Individual Size Thanksgiving Desserts
Can’t decide between pumpkin pie and cheesecake? Have your (cheese)cake and eat it too with these mini pumpkin cheesecakes!
And speaking of mini, who doesn’t love their own mini pumpkin pie?
Pumpkin Cake And Brownies
This Pumpkin Poke Cake is one of my families all time favorite desserts, and it’s so simple to make. My family talks about this cake year round, for real!
Want a great pumpkin dessert that isn’t pie? This pumpkin bundt cake fits the bill!
Pumpkin brownies anyone? The texture on these is incredible!
Pumpkin And Caramel Recipes
Caramel lovers have to try my Pumpkin caramel cookies topped with sea salt. The combo of caramel, pumpkin and sea salt is divine!
Apple fans will gobble up this Easy Apple Crisp Recipe With Caramel Sauce. Make sure you have ice cream, it’s best served a la mode!
Another one for the caramel fans! While Pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are a classic, I’ve kicked them up a notch with caramel. Because pumpkin and caramel are my jam. Or my caramel sauce.
The best part of all these recipes is that you can make them ahead of time. Get all those desserts ready before Turkey Day, so you have one less thing to worry about on Thanksgiving. If you want even more easy Thanksgiving dessert ideas, head over to my Thanksgiving Recipes category!
Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe
Here’s the chocolate pecan pie recipe I promised you! I keep this super simple and use a ready made pie crust from the store. You can absolutely make one from scratch, but truth be told I get an almost ridiculous amount of compliments on my pie crust. The one from the box in the refrigerator section of the store.
Easy Chocolate Pecan Pie
Easy Chocolate Pecan Pie
This Easy Chocolate Pecan Pie brings in the flavor of chocolate to help balance the sweetness found in pecan pies. A great Thanksgiving dessert.
- 1 ready made unbaked pie shell or pie crust
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 eggs lightly beaten
- 2 TBSP all purpose flour
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 3 TBSP butter melted and cooled
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup and 1/2 pecans
- 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Prepare pie crust or unwrap unbaked pie shell and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine brown sugar and eggs. Stir in the flour. Stir in the corn syrup, and once that is combined, stir in the butter and vanilla extract. Gently fold in the pecans and chocolate chips.
- Pour mixture into your pie shell. Place pie in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow pie to cool completely prior to serving.
Tips For Keeping Thanksgiving Easy
Any way that I can some time and stress with my Thanksgiving dinner prep, I’m all about that. I love some of the great #TurkeyDayHacks that Bounty has come up with to help make your day easier. Bounty will be sharing more great hacks on Facebook and Twitter as Thanksgiving approaches, but check out some of these great ideas…
- Wrap your produce/greens in a Bounty paper towel to keep them fresh longer.
- Place a moist Bounty paper towel over a bowl of hard brown sugar, then microwave to soften the brown sugar.
- Place cooked bacon on Bounty paper towels to soak up the excess grease.
- Turn a Bounty Quilted napkin into a napkin pocket for Thanksgiving.
- Create a turkey decoration suing an empty Bounty paper towel roll tube.
One of my challenges when preparing for Thanksgiving is keeping my little one occupied while I get cooking and cleaning done. I found a simple and fun activity for her that she could do while mom was busy baking pies. I cut Bounty paper towel roll tubes into pieces and turned her loose with some cut up tissue paper, sequins and a glue stick. She created one of a kind napkin rings for us to use for Thanksgiving.
While you could use any type of paper (or even stickers) for this, the great part about the tissue paper is that it’s lightweight, which allows you to use glue sticks. No heavy glue or glue guns needed, a totally toddler and little kid friendly craft.
Quick, easy and totally kept her amused long enough for me to whip up a delicious and easy chocolate pecan pie.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Bounty. All opinions however are mine and mine alone.