Thanksgiving Desserts, Reimagined

Serve your guests something extra special this year with help from these spruced-up dessert recipes from Food Network Kitchen.

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Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

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Not Your Average Thanksgiving Desserts

We all love a traditional pumpkin or apple pie around Thanksgiving, but once in a while it doesn't hurt to deviate from the norm. If you're feeling adventurous, you can take your Thanksgiving spread to the next level this year by serving any of these classic desserts, reimagined by Food Network Kitchen.

Apple-Pumpkin-Pecan Pie

This is the ultimate holiday pie for those who love apple, pumpkin and pecan pies equally. There's no need to choose — our creation boasts a gooey pecan bottom, a sweet-and-tart apple edge and a creamy pumpkin center. Make it the day before and refrigerate overnight; serve at room temperature or chilled.

Get the Recipe: Apple-Pumpkin-Pecan Pie

Indian Pudding

Alex bakes this pudding until it looks like a slightly moist verson of a corn bread or steamed pudding. Top with tender apples and vanilla ice cream.  

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Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Michael bakes this pie until it has set with a slight jiggle. Let this decadent pie cool completely before serving.   

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Spiced Pumpkin Icebox Cake

For your Thanksgiving get-together, make this chilled twist on a favorite holiday pie a day in advance, so you can focus on other dishes. Or enjoy it in summer for a cool treat with autumn spices and flavors.

Get the Recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Icebox Cake

Creamy Cheesecake with Cranberry Compote

This cheesecake is a great make-ahead dessert. You can prepare the cranberry compote the night before and let it chill along with the cheesecake. The tartness of the cranberries is the perfect complement to the creamy richness of the cake.

Get the Recipe: Creamy Cheesecake with Cranberry Compote

S'mores Sweet Potato Cheesecake

This dessert combines two of our favorite desserts: a sweet potato cheesecake and a gooey, melted s'more. All the flavors and textures are there — from the crispy chocolate graham-cracker crust to the toasted marshmallows and the rich chocolate sauce that gets drizzled over every slice.

Get the Recipe: S'mores Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin spice, the beloved fall latte flavor, works perfectly in a rich cream cheese filling for chocolate whoopie pies. These hand-held treats make a fun addition (or alternative) to your classic Thanksgiving pies. 

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Whoopie Pie

Orange Ricotta Cheesecake

Since there is no crust to contend with, this rustic Italian-style orange-scented cheesecake is incredibly simple to whip together. More delicate in texture than its iconic diner-display-case relative, it has a fine dusting of pistachios and confectioners' sugar that gives it a pretty finish.

Get the Recipe: Orange Ricotta Cheesecake