6 Carrot Treats That Deserve a Spot in Your Thanksgiving Dessert Spread

Pumpkin, pecan and apple may get all the love on Thanksgiving, but they aren't the only flavors that deserve a spot in your holiday dessert spread.
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Pumpkin, pecan and apple may get all the love on Thanksgiving, but they aren't the only flavors that deserve a spot in your holiday dessert spread. Get carrot in on the action, too, with our favorite festive dessert recipes, each reaching plush, tender heights.

If you eat a slice of carrot cake for the promise of frosting alone, go even bigger by replacing your favorite part with a thick layer of creamy cheesecake. This decadent dessert mashup —  Carrot Cheesecake — comes with layers of spiced carrot cake, rich cheesecake and a smooth sour cream topping.

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A whole pound of grated carrots goes into the batter for Ina Garten's fan-favorite  Carrot and Pineapple Cake, but the delicious ingredients don't end there. She also loads up  the batter with chewy raisins, crunchy walnuts and juicy pineapple, so each bite of the finished cake is extra-chunky — and goes perfectly with classic cream cheese frosting.

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For those who can't choose among a whole tableful of desserts, bake  Mini Carrot Cupcakes. They are little enough that you can tack one on next to a slice of pie.

FNK CARROT CAKE FOR TWO Food Network Kitchen Food Network Pecans, Allpurpose Flour, Baking Powder, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Carrots, Vanilla Extract, Cream Cheese, Unsalted Butter, Confectioners’ Sugar

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If your turkey day celebration won't quite reach feast-size levels, don't let your small party prevent you from making real-deal desserts. Take carrot cake, for example. Scale down the standard recipe by baking a single sheet cake and transforming it into two cream cheese-frosted, four-layer slices for  Carrot Cake for Two.

The dessert course of Thanksgiving is no time to be cutting calories, but you can opt for a lighter choice: better-for-you  Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. They are surprisingly healthy, even slathered in cream cheese frosting.

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Stuff oat- and raisin-studded  Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies with fluffy marshmallow-cream cheese filling.

For more sweet and savory ways to use carrots, check out these recipes from our friends of #FallFest:

The Lemon Bowl:  Roasted Root Vegetable Soup
The Mediterranean Dish: Turmeric Roasted Carrots
The Fed Up Foodie:  Carrot Cucumber Asian Slaw
Elephants and the Coconut Trees:  Carrot Peas Pilaf
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