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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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