Top 10 Thanksgiving Dessert Tips

Save time by making pie dough and fillings ahead and storing in the fridge overnight. Pie dough can even be made weeks ahead, frozen and then defrosted in the fridge the night before.

Make sure all ingredients for your pie dough are cold before you start. For best results, make it the day before you plan to roll it out.

Keep in mind that one pie generally serves eight people.

Make pumpkin pies two days in advance. Wait until the day before Thanksgiving to make apple and pecan pies or the crusts will get soggy.

Use your eyes and senses to test for doneness. Pumpkin and other custard-style pies are done when they still jiggle slightly in the middle. Fruit pies are done when the pastry is golden, the juices bubble, and fruit is tender.

Oven temperatures can be off by 25 degrees F and more, so buy an inexpensive oven thermometer to make sure you're at the right heat.

Get kids involved. They can help with pumpkin cheesecakes, cookies and brownies. Results may not always be picture-perfect, but the process itself will be much sweeter.

Jazz up your desserts with special ingredients. Real vanilla beans, premium liquors, homemade whipped cream, fresh pumpkin purees and heirloom apples add pizzazz to sweet treats.

Next Up

Chefs' 50 Best Thanksgiving Tips

Food Network Magazine turned to seven reigning Iron Chefs—and dozens of past competitors—for some holiday advice.

Ted's Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

Chopped host Ted Allen sees enough frantic cooking on his show. This Thanksgiving, he wants to help you keep your cool, so he shared his tips in his Food Network Magazine column.

Thanksgiving Stuffing Tips

How to cook and serve Thanksgiving stuffing.

Food Network Magazine: November 2013 Recipe Index

131 great recipes, including chefs’ 50 best Thanksgiving tips, a festive cake roll and 50 vegetable sides

Thickening Fruit Pies — Thanksgiving Tip of the Day

When thickening a fruit pie filling, there are several options to consider. Very often flour or cornstarch is used, but in certain instances tapioca, arrowroot and potato starch can also help achieve the desired consistency.

Make and Freeze Pie Dough — Thanksgiving Tip of the Day

If you're using homemade pie crusts, make the dough now and freeze it in freezer bags for Thanksgiving.

10 Healthy Thanksgiving Desserts

Planning your turkey day menu? We’ve got something for every kind of sweet tooth, filled with fall flavors.

10 Thanksgiving Wine Tips And Pairings

Be the wine hero of Thanksgiving by bringing the perfect bottle — use our tips and wine pairing ideas.

Disaster? What Disaster? 5 Thanksgiving Day Fixes

Be a Thanksgiving hero this year. If disaster strikes on Thanksgiving Day, face it head-on with these simple fixes for common mishaps.

A Sandra-Style Thanksgiving

Food Network's Sandra Lee dishes one her top three Thanksgiving holiday tips, from the best turkey size to her ultimate go-to Thanksgiving stuffing.

Latest Stories

Related Pages