CHOCOLATE & MACADAMIA MONKEY BREAD
Using storebought biscuit dough means this decadent stunner couldn’t be easier. Each individual piece gets dipped in butter and brown sugar then tossed with a trio of nuts and dark chocolate chips. Trust us: No one will even remember that pie exists.
CALIFORNIA ALMOND CAKE
For those who like their desserts not-too-sweet, this simple, nutty confection will hit just the spot.
MEYER LEMON BREAD PUDDING
Meyer lemon season is just beginning, which means it’s a great excuse to make this bread pudding from Bijouxs. But who are we kidding? Even with regular lemons, this dessert is scrumptious enough to make you forget all about apple pie.
CHOCOLATE BARK WITH PISTACHIOS
On a high-stress cooking day, it’s nice to know that this forgiving, easily customizable dessert from With Style and Grace can be completed in four easy steps: Melt chocolate, pour into baking dish, add mix-ins, chill in fridge. You’ll thank us when you’re rearranging dishes inside the oven and playing referee among your relatives.
CRANBERRY MINI CHEESECAKES
Here’s why we love Sweet Peas and Saffron’s mini cheesecakes: They combine something we’ve never really been into (cranberry sauce) with something we can’t get enough of (cheesecake). And the single-serving style means it’s easier to swipe seconds (and thirds!) when no one is watching.
MOLASSES GINGERBREAD CAKE
This rich, dark cake from The Kitchn might be the best replacement for pumpkin pie we’ve found yet. We’re ready to call it the new flavor of fall.
VANILLA COCONUT FIG SLICES
What’s that, you just learned you’ve got last-minute guests with dietary restrictions? Bring ’em on: Secret Squirrel Food’s stunning fig bars are both vegan and gluten-free.
PUMPKIN SUGAR COOKIES
SLOW COOKER CARAMEL APPLE CRISP
There’s no better time to put your slow cooker to work than on Thanksgiving. When the main meal is over, you’ll get to reveal Eat At Home Cook’s caramel apple crisp. And no one needs to know that it required barely any effort.
MAPLE NUT CAKE
This moist layer cake gets its distinctive taste and texture from three different nut flours: almond, hazelnut and walnut. Amy of the blog Fragrant Vanilla Cake calls her creation “crave-worthy, creamy, nutty and sweet.”
BUTTERMILK PEAR UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE
If you’ve got any of Edible Perspective’s beautiful buttermilk pear cake leftover the next morning, we won’t judge if you eat it for breakfast. After all, it does pair perfectly with coffee.
PILGRIM HAT COOKIES
Want to keep the kiddos occupied while you prep and cook? Once they’re tired of watching Wally Kazam, put the over-four crowd to work making these cute cookies from Handmade in the Heartland.
There’s no shame in the game if you buy cannoli shells from a local bakery and fill them with this pumpkin cream cheese from Parsley, Sage amp Sweet.
TIRAMISU CAKE ROLL
This Italian dessert might not be a traditional Thanksgiving confection, but it does go well with a post-feast espresso. Think outside the wafer by making this cake roll from Diethood.
Quince has a short season, but if you can find some at your local farmers’ market, you won’t regret making What’s Cooking Good Looking’s warm, comforting crisp. As an alternative to quince, you can also use a mix of apples and pears.
ORANGE-GLAZED CRANBERRY BREAD
We bet that if slice up this sweet, tangy bread from Sally’s Baking Addiction and arrange it neatly on a platter, your guests will gobble it up in no time even if they claim to be stuffed.
LEMON HONEY THYME SORBET
PUMPKIN PECAN BREAD PUDDING
Another slow-cooker dessert that you can set and forget, this slow-cooker bread pudding from The Gunny Sack can be ready just as you and your guests start to get hungry again.
CHOCOLATE BANANA BREAD
Not only does this banana bread from Erica’s Sweet Tooth make a worthy Thanksgiving dessert, we’re willing to bet that if you eat enough, it totally counts as a fruit serving.
PUMPKIN PIE COOKIES
These mini sugar cookies from Sweet Sugar Belle are a delectable homage to the classic pie, right down to the teeny-tiny dollops of whipped cream.