The Best Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes on Hummingbird High
If you’re looking for the best Thanksgiving dessert recipes, you’re in luck! I’ve scoured my recipe archive for the best pies, cheesecakes, and other showstopping desserts so YOU don’t have to. There’s something here for everybody—I’ve even included other bakes like brunch items and dinner rolls to get you baking this Thanksgiving!
Best Thanksgiving Pie Recipes
This black bottom chocolate pecan pie is a new twist on classic pecan pie! The pie has two layers in its filling: a dark chocolate ganache for its black bottom, underneath a gooey brown sugar pecan filling. The chocolate acts as a waterproof layer between the pecan filling and the pie crust, ensuring an extra crispy pie crust!
Chocolate chess pie is one of my favorite Thanksgiving desserts! Chess pie, a beloved dessert in the Southern United States, is a butter-crusted pie with a smooth, creamy custard filling. My chocolate chess pie recipe has lots of chocolate, resulting in the perfect chocolate chess pie with a gooey, brownie-like filling.
My best easy vegan pumpkin pie recipe takes 10 minutes of work and is made with a coconut milk based pumpkin custard in a store bought vegan pie crust! The recipe can be made ahead, and easily customized to fit any diet.
This is the Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie recipe on the back of a Libby’s 100% Pumpkin Puree can, but made better with some easy pie baking tricks I’ve learned over the years! With its super smooth texture and subtly spiced filling, this recipe is the very definition of a Thanksgiving pumpkin pie!
Best Unique Thanksgiving Recipes
I think that cheesecake needs to be considered as a serious contender for one of the best Thanksgiving dessert recipes. This 6 inch cheesecake recipe makes a mini version of classic, New York style cheesecake! Despite its smaller size, this cheesecake still packs a punch with three layers: buttery graham cracker crust, dense and creamy cream cheese filling, and tart and tangy sour cream topping.
This bread pudding with bourbon sauce recipe layers the bread pudding with multiple layers of bourbon sauce, resulting in a super flavorful pudding with a sugar crust! The best part? The bourbon sauce is super simple and made with just three ingredients: brown butter, brown sugar, and bourbon.
This burnt basque cheesecake is lighter than New York-style cheesecake, with an airy texture more similar to soufflé! Despite its heavily torched appearance, it tastes mildly caramelized, with a subtle flavor of brown sugar and crème brûlée. The best part? It’s one of the easiest cheesecake recipes you’ll ever make!
This creme brulee without a torch recipe is perfect for folks who don’t want to invest in any more specialty equipment for their kitchen! The baked custard base is sprinkled with sugar and broiled in the oven. And like traditional recipes, it makes a creamy, decadent creme brulee with the perfect molten caramelized sugar top!
Best Thanksgiving Breakfast Recipes
These maple pecan muffins are extra flavorful thanks to ingredients like pecan flour, maple syrup, and pecan nuts in the muffin batter! The best part? The recipe is quick and easy, coming together in just 15 minutes with *almost* just one bowl—no stand mixer required!
This pumpkin chai bread recipe is light, moist, and flavored with lots of chai spices like cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg! The recipe is quick and easy, using only two bowls and a whisk to make the batter—no stand mixer necessary!
These small batch pecan sticky buns are similar to traditional cinnamon rolls, but topped with a sticky caramel pecan topping instead of traditional frosting. The recipe only makes 6 buns!
This small batch cranberry orange muffins recipe makes only FOUR muffins! Each small batch cranberry orange muffin has a distinctive tall and domed sugary muffin top laced with cranberries. But the muffins are packed with lots of orange flavor, too! This is thanks to both fresh orange zest and orange juice soaked dried cranberries in the batter.
This small batch pumpkin muffin recipe makes pumpkin muffins that are super light, moist, and fluffy! Each muffin tastes like pumpkin pie and has a signature sky-high, domed, sugary muffin top. The best part? The recipe makes only 4 muffins!
Best Thanksgiving Cookie Recipes
My best snickerdoodle cookies recipe makes flat snickerdoodles that are soft yet chewy in the middle, with crispy and lightly puffed edges. Each cookie dough ball is rolled in a generous amount of cinnamon sugar. The best part? These snickerdoodle cookies come together in just 15 minutes.
Unlike most pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, these are NOT cakey at all. Instead, this pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe makes cookies that are crispy on the edges, chewy and fudgy in the center, and filled with pools of gooey, molten chocolate—just like your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe!
These pumpkin Neapolitan cookies have three different flavors in one cookie: vanilla, pumpkin spice, and chocolate! Despite their striking appearance, the cookies come together easily. Why? The cookies are made with one chewy, buttery, pumpkin sugar cookie base!
This snickerdoodle without cream of tartar recipe makes cookies that are soft and chewy in the middle, yet crispy and lightly puffed around the edges. The best part? This is a snickerdoodle recipe WITHOUT cream of tartar recipe. As a result, it’s likely that you already have all the ingredients you need to make these cookies at home.
Best Thanksgiving Dinner Roll Recipes
Milk bread rolls are super soft and fluffy thanks to the Asian tangzhong method! The tangzhong method instructs you to make a roux for the dough, leading to extra soft and fluffy buns that stay that way for longer.
These salted honey Parker House rolls are light, fluffy, and drenched in a generous amount of salted honey butter and flaky sea salt. The dough is designed to be proofed overnight, making the rolls a perfect Thanksgiving make-ahead dish!
This small batch cheesy garlic bread recipe makes a smaller serving of a popular, pull-apart garlic bread recipe. An artisan loaf of bread is sliced into cubes and stuffed with cheese and butter. Pulling out a cube of bread from the loaf yields a gooey, stringy piece of cheesy garlic bread.
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Over the past several years of running Hummingbird High, I kept a crucial aspect of my life hidden from my readers: I had a full-time, extremely demanding job in the tech world. In my debut cookbook, Weeknight Baking, I finally reveal the secrets to baking delicious desserts on a tight schedule.