Happy Thanksgiving week! We all know that as Americans, quite possibly the most un-American thing you can do at Thanksgiving is to NOT like pumpkin pie. Believe me, I get it.
I’ve heard all the “whhhaaat???”s over the years when I’ve declared that I’m not a fan of pumpkin pie.
So when it comes time for me to plan out what I’m making for Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert, I always have fun planning a couple of recipes that I know will go over well with the family and that are worthy of being made for a special holiday.
This year, I decided to pull together this list of 15 Un-Pumpkin Desserts for you all since I know there are lots of other pumpkin pie nay sayers out there too! I hope you love what you find here as much as I loved pulling this list together.
And please be sure to leave reviews and star ratings on the recipes that you make. These ratings show up on Google and Pinterest and they help other readers know what great recipes are out there!
15 Un-Pumpkin Desserts for Your Holiday Table
Great Thanksgiving and Christmas desserts don't have to revolve around the almighty pumpkin pie. Here are 15 recipes worthy of your holiday table that do not contain pumpkin!
Apple slab pie is party pie! It's an apple pie baked on a large baking sheet and served in squares. What could possibly be better?!
Cranberry Orange Bread Loaf Recipe
Made with fresh cranberries, this moist Cranberry Orange Bread Loaf dessert has a deliciously sweet citrus flavor which balances out the slightly tart berries. This sweet cranberry bread recipe is the perfect bread to gift in mini loaf pans.
Brown Sugar Bourbon Pear Galette
Brown Sugar Bourbon Pear Galette with a whole wheat crust, is a perfect fall treat and while simple, is stunning.
Everyone needs a classic New York cheesecake in their kitchen repertoire and this one - made consistently without a giant crack through the center! - totally fits the bill.
Kentucky Pecan Pie
Pecan Pie is so simple to make and a delicious holiday pie the whole family will love! The sugar filling is loaded with pecans and nestled in a flaky crust and you can easily make it a day or two ahead of time!
The Best Homemade Eclairs Recipe (from Scratch)
This Best Eclairs Recipe has been in my family for decades! The pastry and frosting are made completely from scratch and the filling is absolutely to-die-for!
Harvest Cake with Maple Frosting
Spiced with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, this Autumn-inspired Harvest Cake is gently sweet and rich with butternut squash, apples and pears. Light and fluffy Maple Frosting, spiked with the lightest touch of dark rum, finishes the cake.
Old Fashioned Coconut Custard Pie
Delicious coconut custard pie filled with coconut flavor and not too sweet. Super easy to prepare using coconut cream, milk, coconut extract, coconut flakes, and a flaky pastry shell.
Chocolate cream pie is a classic American dessert that you'll often find in diners or your kids' school fundraiser brochures but not in the home baker's kitchen. And I'm not sure why! This is such an easy dessert to make and with basic ingredients and a little time (mostly fridge-chilling time), you can have this insanely delicious creamy chocolate pie for dessert. It also makes a tremendous addition to your holiday dessert table alongside your favorite fruit pies.
Banoffee Pie Recipe
This Banoffee Pie recipe consists of a delicious graham cracker crust topped with smooth toffee, banana slices, and freshly whipped cream. This banana toffee pie is easy to make and even easier to devour!
Incredible Butterscotch Cake
This is a moist and decadent Easy Butterscotch Cake Recipe that your family will clamor over. Inspired by vintage recipes and covered in Butterscotch Frosting, it’s baked in a jelly roll or 9×13 and couldn’t be easier!
This chocolate truffle tart is for all the chocolate lovers in your life. With a chocolate crust and truffle filling, it's a simple way to impress your biggest fans and it's a dessert that's fancy enough for your holiday celebrations.
Bailey's Chocolate Mousse Recipe
Boozy chocolate mousse is the perfect make ahead dessert for Thanksgiving. Set up a glass for each person in advance, then just pull them from the fridge and watch everyone ooooo and ahhh!
Deep Dish Apple Cranberry Pie with Oatmeal Pecan Crumb Topping
This Deep Dish Apple Cranberry Pie with Oatmeal Pecan Crumb Topping is a great fall pie recipe and makes an excellent addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table!
This homemade Italian cannoli cake recipe is a doozy! Homemade cannoli filling sandwiched between rum-soaked yellow butter cake layers with whipped vanilla buttercream frosting and loads of mini chocolate chips.
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