These Thanksgiving Pies, Cakes and Tarts NEED to be On Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is a time for tradition, when families and friends gather to celebrate not just the past, but the present and future. That’s why each year, we add at least one new dish to our holiday table, often an update on classic dishes that we serve in addition to standard-bearers like apple, pumpkin and pecan pie. We riff on these classics, some of which have become so popular that they even replace the original—I’m looking at you, pumpkin cheesecake and toffee-pecan pie. Whether you’re looking to break out of the mold or simply to add something adventurous to the table, the desserts below are inventive ways to great cooking this coming Thanksgiving.


Instead of Apple Pie, Try…



Gingerbread apple pie 

Pass on Pecan For…


Pecan pie cheesecake


English toffee pecan pie 


Chocolate chip pecan pie

Put Something Special In the Pumpkin...


Pumpkin ricotta cheesecake with brown butter crust and Grand Marnier whipped cream


Pumpkin torte


Pumpkin cheesecake 


Pumpkin dream cake


Pumpkin pie cheesecakes



Pumpkin cream cheese pie 

Inspired Additions…


Sweet potato pie cupcakes with marshmallow frosting.


Rhubarb and raspberry frangipane tarte with almond praline.

About McLean Robbins

McLean Rob­bins is a Wash­ing­ton, D.C.-based lux­ury lifestyle writer spe­cial­iz­ing in travel, spas, and wed­dings. She writes reg­u­larly for the Travel Channel, Forbes Travel Guide, The Wash­ing­ton­ian, AOL, Robb Report, Pursuitist, and many more. Fol­low her on Twit­ter: @McLeanRobbins and on Google +

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