The classic Thanksgiving dessert is pumpkin pie, but have you ever been to a Thanksgiving feast where it was the only dessert? Probably not. Pumpkin pie is usually the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving dessert table. It’s often surrounded by other pies, cakes, and cookies that are nibbled on throughout the evening as friends and family linger around the table, enjoying coffee and good conversation.


If you’re looking for some ideas for treats to accompany the pumpkin pie on your holiday dessert table, here are some recipes that look so delicious you might have trouble waiting until Thanksgiving to make them.


Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Roll – Pumpkin doesn’t have to be reserved for pie only on Thanksgiving. Sweetened cream cheese goes into this a pumpkin cake that’s rolled so that there’s a little cake and a little creamy filling in each bite.


Pecan PinwheelsPecan Pinwheels – Sometimes an assortment of bite-sized treats is a perfect addition to a dessert table. Frozen puff pastry is pressed into mini muffin pans and filled with sweet and spiced pecans. This is a quick, easy and elegant looking dessert (at right).


Fig and Anise Clafoutis – This recipe can use fresh figs if they’re still in season in your region or dried figs (soak them in the same brandy called for in the recipe to soften them up a bit). This clafoutis can be made a day ahead of time, but bring it to room temperature before serving.


French Apple Tart – Rum and apricot jam are the secret ingredients in this apple tart that’s a little fancier looking than a pie, but not much more work. The recipe calls for homemade pastry, but premade pie crust or frozen puff pastry would make this recipe even easier.


Steamed Cranberry Pudding – Cranberries don’t have to be reserved as a dinner side dish only. This traditional British pudding uses cranberries sweetened with sugar and molasses, and it’s topped with a creamy, sweet hard sauce. You’ll need a steamer mold to make it, but the process isn’t difficult.


Pear Crumble – You probably already have pumpkin pie and some sort of apple pie or tart planned. Why not add a third seasonal dessert with a pear crumble that can be topped with cream or vanilla ice cream?


Especially for the kids

Pumpkin Cupcakes – These moist pumpkin cupcakes can be frosted with a cream cheese frosting or a buttercream frosting to make perfectly kid-sized desserts. (But don’t be surprised if the grown ups reach for them, too).


Mini Brownie Trifles – Here’s another dessert made for the kids that adults might have trouble keeping their hands off. Brownies are layered with a creamy mixture and caramel sauce and topped with chopped candy bars. The recipe calls for Cool Whip, but it’s so easy to make your own whipped cream (and healthier) that you’ll probably want to go the homemade route.


Thanksgiving Cupcakes – There’s always room for more than one type of cupcake on the table. These pumpkin-flavored cupcakes get the turkey treatment when marshmallows, coconut, chocolate sprinkles and gummy fish are added to make them look like Thanksgiving’s favorite bird.


Soft gingersnapsSoft Gingersnaps – Molasses and classic baking spices – cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg – go into these buttery, soft cookies. These chewy cookies (at right) would be a great addition to any Thanksgiving cookie tray.


Pumpkin Pie Pops – Kids love to eat things on sticks, and this recipe uses refrigerated pie crust filled with pumpkin pie filling (or any filling you want) to make little pies on popsicle sticks.  One package of refrigerated pie crust will make 12-16 pie pops.


Got other ideas for yummy Thanksgiving desserts? Leave us a note in the comments below.


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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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