The Ultimate Thanksgiving Countdown: Delectable Desserts

Delightful dessert recipes to finish off your Thanksgiving meal

Apple Pie with Cream Cheese Pie Crust

No Thanksgiving feast is complete without a delectable dessert to round out the meal. There are the familiar classics — such as pumpkin pie and pear crisp — and then there are inspired twists on these timeless recipes. That's what we've gathered together here.

Whatever you decide to make, though, you can't really go wrong. We just hope that you'll remember to save some room for dessert and to enjoy the laughter and good company of family and close friends.

Check out the other segments of our Ultimate Thanksgiving Countdown for more cooking ideas:

Turkey Takedown

Getting Saucy

Starters and Healthy Salads

Spectacular Sides



Apple Crumb Pie

The balanced combination of tart filling and sweet crunchy topping in this apple crumb pie is excellent. For a more traditional apple pie, top with pie pastry instead of the crumb topping.




Autumn Pear Galette

Here's a rustic and elegant dessert from scratch that's much easier to pull off than homemade pie; you won't have to worry about rolling out a perfectly round piece of pastry or transferring it to a pie plate.



Bittersweet Chocolate Soufflé

Decadent and rich, these no-fuss individual soufflés are reminiscent of flourless chocolate cake and are a little gooey in the middle, in the best possible way.




Apple Pie with Cream Cheese Pie Crust

Make this pie for your family and friends, and it's sure to disappear off the plate in about 15 minutes.




Pumpkin Tiramisu

Here's a fantastic vegan and dairy-free alternative for dessert from chef Chloe Coscarelli.




Vanilla-Saffron Poached Pears

Try this lighter option for dessert; the saffron not only adds a lovely flavor but also an orange tint to the syrup that stains the pears ever so slightly, giving them a deep, golden glow.




Apple Italian Plum Pie

This pie is a gorgeous color, sweet, tart, juicy, and magnificent.





Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Here’s a delicious and slightly sweet bread that can be served as a dessert topped with whipped cream.




'Pumpkin' Cake with Pecan Streusel and Maple Ice Cream

Suzanne Goin, James Beard award recipient and chef of Lucques Restaurant in Los Angeles, offers her take on pumpkin cake with a slight twist — using the increasingly popular kabocha squash.