Fun Thanksgiving Desserts

When it comes to Thanksgiving dessert, pies are the uncontested go-to, but if you’re looking to shake things up, these Thanksgiving treats add a unique twist to traditional flavors, making them both festive AND fun.

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Turkey Tail Cupcakes

Why relegate turkey only to the main table? These adorable feather-topped cupcakes are a surefire way to end with the burd. An easy trick — brushstrokes of melting candy — is the key to the flourish.

Get the Recipe: Turkey Tail Cupcakes

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

All of the flavors of pumpkin pie come in cupcake form! A whipped cream-like frosting and a pie crust cut-out top the spiced little cakes. These are great for Thanksgiving parties and classroom snacks, too.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Apple Pie Puff Pastry Turkey

Make the bird the final word. This impressive finale uses store-bought puff pastry to create a fun, festive crowd-pleaser filled with spiced apples and baked up into a can’t-look-away pie.

Get the Recipe: Apple Pie Puff Pastry Turkey

Pumpkin Pie-Stuffed Cheesecake

This two-for-one dessert stuffs a pumpkin pie into a cheesecake, which is not as complicated as it sounds, but offers a huge fun factor. The recipe calls for pre-made pumpkin pie, so you are essentially just building a cheesecake around it. Right before serving you’ll mix up some confectioners’ sugar and heavy cream for freshly made whipped cream that you’ll dust with cinnamon.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Pie-Stuffed Cheesecake

Sweet Potato-Marshmallow Mini Cupcakes

Sweet potato casserole tastes like dessert, so why not riff it into an actual dessert? Though these cupcakes are mini, they still pack a flavor punch with all of the spices we love in the fall — ginger, cinnamon and even a pinch of cayenne. Marshmallows are toasted over the top until golden.

Get the Recipe: Sweet Potato-Marshmallow Mini Cupcakes

Four-Flavor Sheet Pan Pie

So many pies, so little time. This four-flavor take on pie adds additional wow factor to the standard pie offerings and packs apple, pumpkin, pecan and cherry all into one giant sheet pan.

Get the Recipe: Four-Flavor Sheet Pan Pie

Spiced Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies

Create a cookie cornucopia with these fun sugar cookies, which can come together in a food processor, and have a tender and crunchy texture. Have fun with decorating-make fall leaves or turkeys using halved candy corns or pecans for the tail feathers.

Get the Recipe: Spiced Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies

Apple Ring Pies

These easy hand pies are perfect for the kiddos to help with because they don’t require any peeling and use pre-made pie dough and caramel candies. Each bite packs gooey caramel in with the tart apples.

Get the Recipe: Apple Ring Pies

Thanksgiving Turkeys

Giada's fun mini turkeys are not just adorable, they're easy enough for kids to assemble and a lot of fun to pluck apart and eat.

Get the Recipe: Thanksgiving Turkeys

S'mores Sweet Potato Cheesecake

The pairing of s’mores and sweet potato cheesecake is a brilliant reinterpretation of the natural pairing of sweet potatoes and marshmallows. It's all made a little extra with the addition of chocolate on top and a graham cracker crust.

Get the Recipe: S'mores Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Pumpkin-Brownie Swirl Pie

Chocolate makes everything better — even pumpkin pie. This swirled pie combines the traditional pumpkin pie filling with a rich brownie filling. It’s easy to make, and the swirl adds extra decorative flair.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin-Brownie Swirl Pie

Whoopie Pumpkin Pies

Whoopie pies are almost as fun to say as they are to eat. What makes this version even more special is the addition of cinnamon-laced pumpkin to the filling. It's the ideal take-home dessert for Thanksgiving guests.

Get the Recipe: Whoopie Pumpkin Pies