If You Hate Making Pie Crust, These Are the Thanksgiving Desserts for You

Say bye bye to soggy pie!

Food Network Kitchen’s Pumpkin Pie-Stuffed Cheesecake, as seen on Food Network.

Food Network Kitchen’s Pumpkin Pie-Stuffed Cheesecake, as seen on Food Network.

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KATE MATHIS

I’ll always remember the first time I tried to make an apple pie from scratch. I use the word “tried” because it was a bit of a disaster and didn’t result in an actual pie being made. The best way I can describe the end product is a gelatinous blob. What I found out years later was that on top of being underbaked, my butter hadn’t been cold enough to make that flaky crust I was so desperately after. I've been a fan of using pre-made pie crusts ever since.

If you've also struggled with making the picture-perfect pie crust, don't panic! Food Network has lots of crustless desserts that'll satisfy everyone's sweet tooth this Thanksgiving — even the most loyal of pie fans.

Forget about the turducken, this year it's all about the cheese-pie-kin. This whimsical dessert combines two holiday favorites in one — pumpkin pie and cheesecake — to give your guests the best of both worlds.

Apple Pie Puff Pastry Turkey

Apple Pie Puff Pastry Turkey

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Teri Lyn Fisher

Who needs a floral centerpiece when you've got this flaky turkey-shaped dessert? With its apple pie center and its brown sugar twisted tail, it's a great way to add a festive upgrade to a classic pie.

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Brown Butter Pecan

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These pecan pie-inspired cupcakes are perfect for pie-loving kids and adults. You'll use crushed toasted pecans directly in your cupcake batter to give them a toasty flavor and top them with a luscious brown butter frosting and a spoonful of dulce de leche for a gooey touch.

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

We're huge fans of baking sugar cookies year-round and these pumpkin spice ones are a Thanksgiving must-have! Leave them plain and have kids decorate them right after dinner for a family fun activity or kids vs. adults competition.

Food Network Kitchen's Sticky Pumpkin Pecan Pull Apart Bread.

Food Network Kitchen's Sticky Pumpkin Pecan Pull Apart Bread.

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Teri Lyn Fisher

Whether you're expecting a super large crowd or a small group of your nearest and dearest this Thanksgiving, this ooey, gooey pull-apart bread is sure to be a favorite amongst everyone. It's filled with a mouthwatering combination of crunchy pecans, fragrant pumpkin pie spice and luscious caramel to give you a taste of fall in every bite. You'll also use refrigerated crescent roll dough to make the flaky layers, so you'll have extra time to make three or four of these if you wanted to. (Trust us – you'll want to.)

Cake on a Cake Pedestal Surrounded by Sugary Fruit

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Cake on a Cake Pedestal Surrounded by Sugary Fruit

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Food Stylist: Stephana Bottom

If you're looking for a light and airy dessert to conclude your holiday feast, you can't go wrong with this beautiful Bundt cake. It's surprise cranberry filling and zesty glaze make it a true showstopper. Plus, it's a great way to use up leftover cranberries, if you bought way too many for your cranberry sauce.

Add an unexpected surprise to your Thanksgiving tabletop with this glistening upside-down cake. To make the caramelized top, you'll cook Bosc pears in lemon juice, sugar and water until beautifully golden. It's a great way to add fruit on your dessert spread without having a boring fruit salad.

Food Nework Kitchen's Holiday One-Offs, Pumpkin Crumble.

Food Nework Kitchen's Holiday One-Offs, Pumpkin Crumble.

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Kate Mathis, 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

You can't have Thanksgiving without some sort of pumpkin dish. Thankfully this luscious oat-topped crumble tastes just like pumpkin pie, minus the cumbersome crust. Serve each of your guests a generous scoop and top it with whip cream to end your holiday meal on a warm and festive note.

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