Thanksgiving Desserts

ThanksgivingDesserts 1Everyone looks forward to dessert, especially during holiday meals. A party wouldn’t feel complete without a sweet treat to make it perfect. I’ve rounded up a lot of wonderful options for your Thanksgiving meal. Two of my favorite things about making desserts for the holidays is that they can make a big statement and almost always can be made in advance. That way, I can make the most extravagant dessert, but get it out of the way a day or two before the actual meal and not have to worry about it when I am making all the finishing touches come together.

I would only choose one or two of the desserts on this list, of course! 

Apple Cranberry Pie 

Pies are iconic for Thanksgiving, and this one combines two seasonal ingredients – apples and cranberries. The sweet apples and tart cranberries are awesome together and the crust is extra tasty and easy to work with.

Apple Cranberry Pie-1-30 copySwiss Apple Pie

Another incredible apple pie with the easiest pie crust ever. I make this one all year long because it’s so good.

Swiss Apple Pie-9Dulce de Leche Cheesecake and Pumpkin Pie

This pie is so indulgent, beautiful and definitely worthy to make for a special occasion. A hazelnut crust with a dulce de leche cheesecake layer and a pumpkin layer – it’s as heavenly as it sounds. 
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Sweet Potato Pie

This creamy sweet potato pie with a buttery pie crust and a pecan crumble topping is another classic dessert for Thanksgiving.

Sweet Potato Pie-1-16Hazelnut Cake Roll

Cake rolls are so elegant, stunning, but so easy to make. The filling in this Hazelnut Cake Roll is extra special with a hazelnut praline and mascarpone cheese.

Hazelnut Cake Roll-1-60Butternut Squash Cake Roll

This cake roll is so fluffy and tender with a cream cheese filling. Also very appropriate for this time of year. You can use pureed pumpkin instead of the butternut squash.

Butternuts Squash Cake Roll-1-20Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

A combination of pumpkin pie and cheesecake, this dessert has a spectacular presentation but is also very easy to make.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars-1-18Vanilla Souffle Cake

The vanilla souffle in this cake is so creamy, velvety and luscious. The tender cake and chocolate ganache topping are the perfect combinations.

Vanilla Souffle Cake-1-27Smetannik

The multiple thin but fluffy cake layers in this cake are covered with a sweet and tangy sour cream frosting. It’s a perfect marriage.

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Chocolate Honey Layer Cake – Spartak

If you are up to the task of making something extra special, this is the cake for you. The chocolate honey cake layers are interspersed with a pastry cream and the cake is covered with a creamy dulce de leche frosting. Your guests will certainly feel spoiled by such an indulgent dessert.

Spartak - Chocolate Honey Layer Cake 2 copyMedovik – Honey Layer Cake 

Medovik is another extravagant cake that is nice to treat your guests to. The thin honey cake layers are made so soft and tender by the sour cream and cream cheese frosting.

Medovik-12Raspberry “Piece of Cake” Cake

If you are looking for a beautiful cake that will get raving compliments but is ridiculously easy to make, this is it. From all the cakes that I make, most much more time consuming, this is the one that gets the most recipe requests.

Raspberry Piece of Cake Cake -15Apple Almond Cake

Apples and almonds are a great flavor combination this time of year and this cake is very unusual and so tasty. The shortbread almond cake layers are covered with a creamy, fluffy frosting, as well as homemade applesauce (you can use storebought too).

Apple Almond Cake-28Cranberry Orange Muffins

If you’re looking for a super simple dessert, this is a great one to put on your menu. The tender, buttery orange and cranberry muffins are perfect to enjoy with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

Cranberry Orange Muffins-1-33Almond Pear Tart

Another super easy dessert that looks stunning and tastes so delicious. The almond cake combined with sweet pears is baked in a tart pan, which means you will have a beautiful presentation with no extra effort.

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Cranberry Swirl Loaf

A sweet cranberry bread is so satisfying and cozy. With a hot cup of tea or coffee or even a cold glass of milk, it’s just the perfect treat.

Cranberry Swirl LoafTiramisu

You can’t go wrong with Tiramisu for a special occasion. It’s rich and creamy, perfectly moist and a great way to finish a holiday meal.

Tiramisu (500x333)“Ezhiki” –  Hedgehog Cookies

You can’t go wrong with cookies either. We make these pretty “Ezhiki” hedgehog cookies for many parties in our family. You can use dry fruit or nuts in the center of the sandy, buttery cookie.

Ezhiki Cookies-5-2Pecan Tassies 

Instead of making a pecan pie, you can make these bite-sized Pecan Tassies. From all the different cookies that I make, the people in my life seem to like these best.

Pecan Tassies-12Russian Walnut Shaped Cookies – “Oreshki”

A classic Russian cookie, I’ve been enjoying them my whole life. The crisp, golden cookies hold a special surprise filling made of creamy cooked condensed milk or dulce de leche. Oreshki-14-2

Cheese Blintzes “Nalistniki”

If we served only these Cheese Blintzes, I’m sure the guests wouldn’t complain. My husband requests these for every birthday and every holiday:).

Cheese Blintzes -1-18Chocolate Shortbread Bars

Another REALLY easy dessert to make, but so beautiful and tasty. The chocolate shortbread cookie crust melts in your mouth because it’s both buttery and sandy. The creamy cheese (farmer’s cheese or ricotta cheese) filling makes it extra luxurious. Chocolate Shortbread Bars-1-2What dessert is a must for your family during the holidays? Do you make the same this every year, or do you like to try new things?