The Best Thanksgiving Desserts

Thanksgiving desserts are sort of divisive. Some people like them, others don’t, and everyone who does like them has a very specific favorite. Some people love pumpkin pie, which is borderline savory, but don’t like fruity pies like apple. Then there are people who love fruity pies but can’t stand the texture or flavor of pumpkin. Some people go hard for pecan pie, while other people think it’s too dang sweet. But no matter your opinions on Thanksgiving desserts, we are hoping this list will give you at least a couple Thanksgiving dessert ideas to get you all prepped and ready for T-Givvy 2023. Did we mention these are all easy Thanksgiving desserts? You’re welcome.

Bakery Fresh No Sugar Added Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is a classic for a reason. I really don’t need to sell you on pumpkin pie—this scrumptious little diddy sells itself. But I will go ahead and sell you on this particular pumpkin pie because, yes, it’s no sugar added, but it really is delicious. According to Sporked editor-in-chief Justine Sterling, this pie from the Kroger bakery “tastes more like a homemade pumpkin pie” than any of the other pies the crew tried in their taste test. It has a tender, chewy crust and a very pumpkin-forward filling. But, hey, if you’d prefer to make your own pumpkin pie, check out our rankings of the best canned pumpkin and the best pie crust.

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Sprouts Double Crust Apple Pie

I feel like this is the pie that people picture when (as happens very often to most people I’m sure) someone comes up to you and says, “Picture a pie.” It is the quintessential, all-American, any-time-of-year-but-especially-at-Thanksgiving pie, and that is why we had to put it on this list. Sprouts’ version is about as classic as it gets. The crust is flaky and savory, and the filling is sweet without being cloying. Or if you want to “bake your own pie” without actually “baking,” check out our favorite pie crusts and apple pie fillings for some ~easy Thanksgiving desserts~ inspo.

Read the ranking of the best store bought apple pie

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Brioche Twist

A loaf of bread may not sound like much of a Thanksgiving dessert, but this brioche from Trader Joe’s will quiet the naysayers. It’s sweet like pumpkin meat, and has a lovely cinnamon sugar-nutmeg swirl that makes it a perfect fall treat. Plus, if you have sugar, cinnamon, and eggs lying around, you can (and should) use this to make an easy bread pudding. I bet it will knock your socks off.

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Bakery Fresh Goodness Pecan Pie

Some people don’t like pecan pie because it’s too sweet (others don’t like it because they were raised in a household where their grandmother referred to it as “ear wax pie”), but this pecan pie from the Kroger bakery will please pretty much everyone. It’s sweet without being too sweet. It’s gooey and nutty and kind of tastes like cookie butter, and we don’t know anyone who’s going to turn down pie that tastes like cookie butter (even if the pie’s fillilng does look a little bit like ear wax).

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Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

What dazs all these different Thanksgiving desserts have in common? They all go well with vanilla ice cream, of course! If you are looking for Thanksgiving dessert ideas just remember that you could take literally any one of the desserts on this list, pick up some of this vanilla ice cream that senior writer Jordan Myrick called “the most perfect and most delicious vanilla ice cream you can imagine,” and have yourself a merry little Thanksgiving.

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Costco Pumpkin Spice Loaf

If you’re doing your T-Givvy shopping at Costco, you should pick up this pumpkin spice loaf, which works nicely as a Thanksgiving dessert as it does as a Black Friday brunch. It’s moist and nutmeggy and slathered with cream cheese frosting. This is a great way to say goodbye to fall (and fall flavors) before Christmas rolls around.

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About the Author

Jessica Block

Jessica Block is a freelance contributor to Sporked, a comedian, a baker, a food writer, and a firm believer that Trader Joe's may just be the happiest place on earth. She loves spicy snacks, Oreos, baking bread, teeny tiny avocados, and trying new foods whenever she can. Also, if you give her a bag of Takis she will be your best friend.

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