Best Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Our Favorite Traditional Thanksgiving Pies and Puddings

April 29, 2020
Apple Crumb Pie for Thanksgiving
Becky Luigart-Stayner

When it comes to Thanksgiving desserts, a traditional pie is a sure bet for us. But which pie? Here are 8 delicious pie recipes made with seasonal ingredients—pumpkin, apple, pecans, sweet potato, cranberry, and more. Plus, we’ve included two delicious Thanksgiving puddings and a seasonal pound cake!

Sour Cream Apple Pie

One of the editors’ grandmothers made this pie every Thanksgiving and it was always a hit. Add a scoop of ice cream for pie à la mode!


Cranberry Dream Pie

This icy-cold Cranberry Dream Pie is sure to be a hit at any table. Made ahead of time and waiting in the freezer, it’s like having an ace up your sleeve.

Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Bacon Maple Cream Pie

Bacon and maple in a pie? It doesn’t get much better than this!

Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner

Grandma’s Pecan Pie

This delicious pecan pie is sweetened naturally with maple syrup. Gran’s pie recipes are the best!

Photo by MSPhotographic

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

This pudding is like pumpkin pie, but with a firmer, denser texture. Skip making the crust and try this twist on the classic pumpkin pie. All you have to do once it’s done cooking is top it with whipped cream and serve! (Kids love this recipe, too!)

Photo by Istetiana

Blue Ribbon Pumpkin Pie

We can’t leave off the classic  pumpkin pie. This recipe won a blue ribbon at the Goshen (Connecticut) Fair. The pumpkin pie is nice and firm, not too custardy. It’s a basic pie recipe, but the crust turns out very well. After all, appearance and taste count most at the fair!

Photo by Brent Hofaker

Indian Pudding

A classic New England dessert, Indian Pudding is made with cornmeal, milk, and molasses. The “Indian” refers to Native American cornmeal. Despite its messy presentation, this “pudding” tastes amazing, especially topped with ice cream or whipped cream.


Apple Crumb Pie With Carmel Sauce

For those who love a crumb topping, we offer an apple pie that looks as good as it tastes with a mixture of cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla and apples. These ingredients are impeccably combine to create the perfect flavor and aroma for autumn.

Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner

Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potatoes for dessert? Yes, please! This simple-to-make sweet potato pie recipe will perfectly complement holiday dinner.  

Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Sweet Potato Pound Cake With Pecan Crust

Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner

Mini Cranberry Apple Pies

These cranberry-apple pies are sweet, yet tart. What a great combination in one pie! Single-serving pies also work really well at a holiday gathering or dinner party.


Have you decided on the Thanksgiving dinner menu? Check out ALL our Thanksgiving recipes.

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