6 Thanksgiving Desserts for People Who Just Aren't Into Pumpkin

Don't skip dessert just because pumpkin's not your fave.

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Pumpkin and Thanksgiving go hand-in-hand, but we know that this classic squash isn't everyone's favorite. Maybe you're not a fan of the smooth texture, or the slightly vegetal flavor. Or maybe you've had just one too many pumpkin slice lattes and your tastebuds are over it. If pumpkin just isn't your thing, there are plenty of desserts that can satisfy those sweet and spicy holiday cravings. Try one of these instead.

For many, pumpkin cheesecake is a beloved treat, but replace the pumpkin with rich sweet potato and add a toasted marshmallow topping, and you've reached the cheesecake pinnacle. This is a take on everyone's favorite marshmallow-covered sweet potato side, now as a show-stopping dessert.

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Turning cranberry sauce into a refreshing pie or cake is a fun way to honor tradition. This dessert can easily be made ahead of time — just prep the cranberry compote the night before.

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In the realm of autumnul flavors, caramel apple is essential. This fluffy spiced cake is an instant fall-favorite with soft baked apples and a generous helping of caramel sauce. (Don't forget to serve extra sauce on the side!)

Sweet potato pie is as close to pumpkin — but not! The beloved Thanksgiving spices are there, but the flavor is a bit heartier. If sweet potatoes are going to make it onto the table anyway, why not use them in a pie?

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Feel free to leave pie-baking to the pumpkin-lovers and bring out these festive cut-out cookies instead. These adorable treats get a kick from traditional pumpkin pie spice and add fun to the dessert table.

Ina Garten's Easy Cranberry and Apple Cake for Easy Desserts as seen on Food Network's Barefoot Contessa

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If it's the simplicity of pumpkin pie that you adore but not the flavor, try this recipe. It's as simple as mixing and dumping the ingredients, giving you the chance to focus on more daunting Thanksgiving Day tasks while the oven works its magic.

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