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Ten Easy and Delicious Make Ahead Thanksgiving Desserts

November 19, 2020

No turkey day feast is complete without a stellar dessert. Whether you are looking for some fresh ideas to change up your usual […]

No turkey day feast is complete without a stellar dessert. Whether you are looking for some fresh ideas to change up your usual menu, or maybe you need some last minute inspiration for dessert in a hurry, you’ve come to the right place! End your holiday meal on a sweet note with one of these easy and delicious make ahead desserts. All of these recipes can be made in advance for the perfect treat to serve at your own holiday table or to tote along wherever you are enjoying Thanksgiving.

MINI SALTED CARAMEL PUMPKIN CHEESECAKES

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Move over pumpkin pie! These mini salted caramel pumpkin cheesecakes are the ultimate Thanksgiving dessert. Full of delicious Fall flavors, these mini cheesecakes have a crunchy gingersnap crust and a smooth and creamy pumpkin cheesecake filling all drenched in a rich homemade salted caramel. Topped with a swirl of freshly whipped cream, these mini desserts will be the hit of your holiday dinner!

EASY BUTTERSCOTCH BUNDT CAKE

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A rich and buttery brown sugar cake topped with a decadent warm butterscotch glaze. This easy butterscotch bundt cake is simple to whip up at a moment’s notice and will be everyone’s favorite turkey day dessert. I love the ease and simplicity of a simple bundt cake. Not only are they easy to make and delicious to eat, but add a glossy, drippy glaze and you have yourself a real showstopper.

CHOCOLATE PECAN PIE COOKIE BARS

Move over pecan pie! These quick and simple chocolate pecan pie cookie bars come together in a heartbeat and they deliver all the deliciousness of a real pecan pie with waaayyyy less fuss. No need for mixing, chilling, and rolling pie dough. These perfectly sweet, deliciously nutty, gooey, chewy cookie bars are one of my favorite holiday desserts. If there ever was a cookie bar that said “Hello Fall”, this would be it!

MINI PUMPKIN WHOOPIE PIES

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I may not love pumpkin pie but I’ll never turn down a pumpkin whoopie pie! These mini pumpkin whoopie pies combine the perfect hint of cozy fall spices with a sweet maple buttercream to make the cutest bite sized dessert. Chock full of delicious pumpkin flavor, easy to make, and fun to eat, you’ll fall in love with these mini sandwich cakes. There’s an option for a boozy buttercream if you’re feeling extra festive.

PEANUT BUTTER PRETZEL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

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Cookies are always a good idea if you ask me. Especially when they are loaded with all things good in the world like crunchy peanut butter, puddles of melted dark chocolate, and bits of crispy, salted pretzels. A totally irresistible salty meets sweet dessert that will have everyone going back for seconds {and thirds!}. They taste even better the next day after that delicious leftover turkey sandwich!

BROWN BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP SKILLET COOKIE

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A ridiculously delicious ooey gooey brown butter chocolate chip skillet blondie made with one bowl, a handful of simple ingredients, and just twenty minutes of oven time. The perfect dessert for two. If you are having a low key Thanksgiving, skip the plates, grab some spoons, and dig in! Don’t forget the ice cream!!

CARROT CAKE CUPCAKES WITH BROWN BUTTER CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

If you’re not a pumpkin fan, try the super moist carrot cake cupcakes with a lick-from-the-spoon worthy brown butter cream cheese frosting. Seriously the best cupcakes I’ve ever had! Pile on that frosting nice and high….calories don’t count on Thanksgiving!

BROWN BUTTER PECAN TOFFEE CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIE BARS

If you’re looking for an easy going treat made in under an hour, look no further. These brown butter pecan toffee chocolate chunk cookie bars are loaded with all the good stuff and then some! Add a sprinkle of flakey sea salt on top for the ultimate one pan cookie bar you’ll make again and again. They’re nothing fancy but they sure are delicious!

GINGERBREAD BUNDT CAKE WITH MAPLE BOURBON GLAZE

This easy and festive holiday bundt cake is bursting with warm, cozy flavors that will make you wonder why you aren’t making gingerbread all year long. As if you need another reason to bake this bundt, do it for the maple bourbon glaze. This boozy bundt is the perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table!

CHOCOLATE DIPPED PUMPKIN MADELEINES

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These chocolate dipped brown butter pumpkin madeleines are everything I love about Fall. Teetering the line between cookie and cake, they make a cozy after dinner treat paired with a cup of coffee or tea. Wrap some up with cello and ribbon for your guests to take home at the end of the night. 

I hope you’ve found a handful of desserts to make this a Thanksgiving to remember. Wishing you all kinds of happy this Thanksgiving!

Happy baking!! 

For more Thanksgiving dessert inspiration, check out these recipes….

The Ten Best Thanksgiving Desserts

Chocolate Hazelnut Tart

Brown Butter Chocolate Pecan Tart

Dark Chocolate Pecan Toffee

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