New Thanksgiving desserts to help you ditch the old pie routine
This Thanksgiving, lose the same old pumpkin and pecan pie and opt for another take on fall desserts. Serve up a few of these sweet and savory post-meal nibbles and watch your guests fall for them fast.
Other pumpkin treats
Pumpkin-flavored items are a staple of the fall season — just because you don’t make pie for your Thanksgiving meal doesn’t mean you can’t still incorporate the ingredient. Pumpkin cobbler, pumpkin fudge, pumpkin bread pudding… the possibilities are sweet and endless.
With Thanksgiving launching right into the Christmas season, there’s no reason why you can’t bake up and decorate that first batch of holiday cookies. Reach for recipes that play up ingredients common to the season, such as gingerbread spices, almonds, walnuts, and pecans.
Like cupcakes, these itty-bitty pies offer a great presentation. Unlike cupcakes, they stand alone in quality and flavor when compared to their full-sized versions, with their buttery, cookie-like crusts and flavorful fillings.
Hot cocoa bar
After the meal and cleanup, take a long walk in the crisp, autumn air and then return to enjoy a mug of something warm. Set up a station with a cistern containing your favorite hot cocoa recipe with a variety of add-ins, such as peppermints, chili pepper, whipped cream, mini-chocolate chips, marshmallows, and sprinkles. Set out adult additions, too, like dark roast coffee, amaretto, and crème de menthe.
If savory is your vibe, many out there may agree that a nice hunk of high-quality cheese is the perfect way to end a meal. Set out a well-chosen cheese assortment with a side of crackers and nuts. Scatter pomegranate seeds and fresh rosemary sprigs across the platter to add color and texture. Or bake up a round of brie topped with cranberries and pecans.
Fall for fruit
Whatever dessert ideas you choose, be sure to include a fruit platter with clementine oranges, figs, purple grapes, pears, and pomegranate pieces for a simple, classic touch. Sometimes people are just glad to see some guilt-free options to satisfy their sweet tooth!
With these ideas, you can put your unique touch on the Thanksgiving feast.