You Won't Want to Skip These Mini Thanksgiving Desserts

Why choose between pumpkin or pecan pie when you can have both.

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Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

You know that saying, "Good things come in small packages"? Well, it's true about desserts, too. Though we love a big slice of pumpkin pie whenever we can get it, there are times when we’ve been so stuffed from Thanksgiving dinner that we’ve had to skip eating dessert. Thanks to these bite-sized sweets though, not only can you adequately enjoy dessert this Thanksgiving holiday, you can eat quite a few of them without feeling even a little bit guilty too. From sweet potato cupcakes to pumpkin cheesecakes, here are all the mini treats we can’t wait to indulge in this Turkey Day.

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes (pictured above)

If you’ve ever found yourself struggling to choose between a slice of pumpkin pie or cheesecake on Thanksgiving Day, this hybrid recipe is for you. Whole gingersnap cookies make up their crunchy crust while a dreamy mixture of cream cheese, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice make up their velvety filling.

These golden phyllo purses are stuffed with a tart mixture of goat and ricotta cheese and topped with crunchy pistachio nuts and a delicious syrup made from cardamom, orange juice and sugar to give you a sweet-meets-salty Thanksgiving dessert that absolutely everyone will love. To ensure that all your guests experience all the yummy goodness of your handmade syrup, you’ll want to spoon half of it on top of your phyllo purses for a few minutes of extra soaking before you serve them. Doing so will make all the difference.

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If you have to downsize your typical Thanksgiving dinner spread this year and find yourself nixing classic sweet potato casserole from the menu, these miniature cupcakes make the perfect replacement. Not only do they feature the very best part of the traditional side dish — sticky, toasted marshmallows each cupcake also contains warm hints of cinnamon, ginger and cayenne pepper for a seasonal bite unlike any other.

Though chocolate mousse often gets a bad rap for being overly decadent and heavy, these bite-sized mousse cups are a fantastic way to still get your holiday chocolate fix without going overboard on the indulgence.


“Flavors all over the place.” Those are the words that Sunny Anderson uses to describe these mini pecan pumpkin pies, and once you finish eating your first one (or five) you’re sure to feel the same exact way. Sunny uses ground pecans in both the crust and the filling of these poppable treats, so traditional pecan pie lovers will enjoy them just as much as new school bakers.

If you like having a fruit-based option at your Thanksgiving dessert table every year, these elegant pear financiers will fit right in. You’ll use a muffin pan to form them, and a combination of almond and all-purpose flour to help give them a beautifully puffed-up texture. Be sure to sprinkle your finished financiers with a beautiful dusting of confectioners’ sugar for an extra special touch.

Cobbler isn’t just for summer and these miniature apple-raspberry ones are perfect proof. They also give you a great excuse to break out your favorite ice cream flavor in November.

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