60+ Thanksgiving Desserts That Aren’t Pie

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Fair warning, I’m about to offend all pie lovers……I just *don’t* like pie. There, I said it. Every year at Thanksgiving dinner I try to convince myself that I want a slice of pie, but the truth is, I’d rather have just about any other dessert.

And if you’re on this page, my guess is that you feel the same way. Or you at least want options. SO if you’re in search of holiday treat alternatives, you’ve come to the right place!

Pumpkin Flavored Desserts

Maybe you like pumpkin flavored things but don’t love the pie format. That’s me. Actually one of my favorite desserts ever is pumpkin roll with cream cheese frosting. YUM! If you want to stick to the pumpkin theme without having pumpkin pie, follow this link to see more pumpkin flavored desserts.

Pumpkin Truffles, Donuts, and Roll from Country Living
  1. Pumpkin Truffles
  2. No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
  3. Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
  4. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
  5. Pumpkin Churros
  6. Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
  7. Pumpkin Cream Puffs
  8. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
  9. Pumpkin Milkshake
  10. Pumpkin Bread Pudding
  11. Pumpkin Scones
  12. Pumpkin Brownies
  13. Pumpkin Sheet Cake
  14. Pumpkin Pie Parfaits

And if you don’t love pumpkin, there’s still hope for you.

Chocolate Desserts

You could say that I’m a sucker for anything chocolate. No matter what time of year it is or what the weather is like, I can always go for chocolate. If you’re a chocoholic like me, add one of these chocolate-themed desserts into your holiday mix! Generally, chocolate desserts are crowd pleasers, so any one of these would be a pretty safe bet.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Swiss Roll, and Brookies from The Pioneer Woman
  1. Chocolate Lava Cake
  2. Oreo Truffles
  3. Fudge
  4. Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
  5. No Bake Cookies
  6. Brookies
  7. Chocolate Trifle
  8. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
  9. No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
  10. Chocolate Swiss Roll
  11. Nutella Wontons
  12. Chocolate Pecan Turtles
  13. Muddy Buddies

Fruity Desserts

Have you ever gone apple picking or collected peaches in the fall? There are a lot of different fruits that thrive during the fall and early winter season. This means that there are plenty of holiday desserts that incorporate fruit in some way. Use one of the following recipes as a pie alternative for your Thanksgiving!

Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies and Caramel Apple Poke Cake from Dash of Sanity, Peach Pecan Crisp from Sally’s Baking Addiction
  1. Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies
  2. Apple Cider
  3. Caramel Apple Poke Cake
  4. Sweet Potato Cake
  5. Apple Turnovers
  6. Cobbler and Ice Cream
  7. Apple Crumble
  8. Pomegranate Scones
  9. Cranberry Rosemary Thumbprint Cookies
  10. Apple Dumplings
  11. Key Lime Bars
  12. Fruit Pizza
  13. Peach Pecan Crisp
  14. Honey Cake with Mascarpone and Figs
  15. Brown Sugar Baked Peaches
  16. Spiced Pear and Berry Crumble
  17. Cranberry Lemon Bars


I’ve found that lots of holiday recipes incorporate nuts, spices, glazes, and more. If any of those interest you, try out one of the following dessert items this year.

Maple Butter Blondies from Delish, Sticky Toffee Pudding from Dinner Then Dessert, Homemade Caramels from The Stay At Home Chef
  1. Snickerdoodles
  2. Flan
  3. Tres Leches
  4. Cinnamon Swirl Bread/ Coffee Cake
  5. White Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
  6. Homemade Caramels
  7. Salted Nut Roll
  8. Maple Glazed Donuts
  9. Cinnamon Roll
  10. Zucchini Bread
  11. Caramel Popcorn
  12. Crème Brûlée
  13. Maple Butter Blondies
  14. Maple Syrup Pudding Cake
  15. Carrot Cake
  16. Sticky Toffee Pudding

Here are links for websites that have recipes for many of the suggested desserts!

I know it can be tempting during the holidays to try and do it all yourself, but don’t bite off more than you can chew. It’s ok if you share cooking responsibilities, limit the number of items you are making, or even just go with something store-bought! Whatever you do, have a good time. And share any new pie alternatives in the comments. As a non-pie girly myself, I appreciate any suggestions!

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