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100 Alternative Thanksgiving Desserts

From Pumpkin Spice Cookies to Autumnal Apple Tarts

— November 11, 2015 — Lifestyle
These alternative Thanksgiving desserts are perfect for those who like to think outside the box. With Thanksgiving only a few weeks away, many consumers are thinking about what to serve at their annual holiday feast. Although pumpkin pie is a classic holiday dessert, there are a number of other options available.

For those who are already tired of pumpkin-flavored treats, there are a number of recipes that do not contain the seasonal gourd. Instead of pumpkin, there are a number of Thanksgiving dishes that make use of other seasonal ingredients. For example, there are recipes for glazed apple donuts, sweet potato cakes and tart cranberry squares.

For those who are looking for something even more unusual, there are a number of alternative Thanksgiving desserts that can be served cold. These chilled Thanksgiving treats provide an unexpected contrast to warm holiday dishes. Some of the chilly autumnal treats include unbaked pumpkin cheesecakes, pumpkin spice popsicles and even pumpkin-flavored ice cream.
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Chocolatey Pumpkin Donuts
Chocolatey Pumpkin Donuts
These Homemade Chocolate Chip Desserts are Ideal for Autumn
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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Breads
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Breads
This Homemade Dessert Bread Opts for a Flourless Recipe
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Autumnal Ice Cream Cones
Autumnal Ice Cream Cones
This Homemade Pumpkin Ice Cream Comes With Candied Pecans On Top
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Autumnal Baked Donuts
Autumnal Baked Donuts
This Vanilla Chai Glazed Donut Recipe is an Alternative Fall Dessert
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Protein-Filled Pumpkin Donuts
Protein-Filled Pumpkin Donuts
The Fit Fork's Sugar-Free Donut Recipe is a Healthy Indulgence
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Spiced Marshmallow Cakes
Spiced Marshmallow Cakes
This Festive Fall Cake Features a Marshmallow Chucks Laced Inside
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Autumnal Apple Tarts
Autumnal Apple Tarts
This Rustic Apple Galette is a Perfect Alternative to Pie
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Seasonal Crumb Cakes
Seasonal Crumb Cakes
This Chocolatey Pumpkin Crumb Cake is a Dreamy and Autumnal Dessert Option
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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Biscuits
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Biscuits
This Recipe Offers a Festive Take on Traditional Oatmeal Cookies
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Brulee Pumpkin Pies
Brulee Pumpkin Pies
This Orangey Pumpkin Pie Recipe is a Fancier Variation of a Seasonal Dessert
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Vegan Pie Puddings
Vegan Pie Puddings
This Pumpkin Pie Pudding Offers a Dairy-Free Take on the Holiday Dessert
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Flourless Pumpkin Muffins
Flourless Pumpkin Muffins
These Homemade Baked Desserts Feature a Sweet Vegan Filling
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Double-Frosted Cupcakes
Double-Frosted Cupcakes
This Pumpkin Cupcake Recipe Features Chocolate Ganache and Spiced Icing
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Autumnally Loaded Loaves
Autumnally Loaded Loaves
This Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe is Loaded With Seasonal Mix-Ins
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Autumnal Dairy-Free Desserts
Autumnal Dairy-Free Desserts
Tali's Tomatoes's Vegan Cheesecake is Pumpkin-Flavored Because Fall
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Healthy Bark Recipes
Healthy Bark Recipes
This Butterscotch and Pumpkin Bark is a Healthier Fall Dessert Option
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Festive Pumpkin Granolas
Festive Pumpkin Granolas
The Spiced Pumpkin Raisin Granola is a Healthy Homemade Cereal
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Microwavable Pumpkin Mug Cakes
Microwavable Pumpkin Mug Cakes
This Fall Oatmeal Torte is Made in Five Minutes
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Healthy Apple Pie Cookies
Healthy Apple Pie Cookies
This Fall-Appropriate Cookie Recipe is Free of Butter, Oil and Flour
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Butternut Squash Pie Recipes
Butternut Squash Pie Recipes
This Butternut Squash Pie is a Classic Artusi Recipe
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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cakes
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cakes
This Angel Food Cake Recipe is Light and Filled with Aromatic Spices
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Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Pumpkin Spice Cookies
This Seasonal Dessert Features Pumpkin Spice Chips in a Spiced Cookie
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Latte-Themed Donut Bites
Latte-Themed Donut Bites
This Recipe for Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes is Gluten-Free and Vegan
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No-Bake Apple Pinwheels
No-Bake Apple Pinwheels
These Apple Pie Cheesecake Desserts Take Seconds to Prepare
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Pumpkin Bread Puddings
Pumpkin Bread Puddings
This Homemade Dessert Features Delicious Fall Flavor Staples
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Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecakes
Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecakes
These Miniature Fall Desserts are Perfect for Single-Servings
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Protein Pumpkin Squares
Protein Pumpkin Squares
These Homemade Dessert Squares are Secretly Filled with Protein
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Pumpkin Breakfast Bars
Pumpkin Breakfast Bars
This Pumpkin Breakfast Bar Turns Dessert into a Tasty Morning Treat
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Autumnal Ice Cream Sandwiches
Autumnal Ice Cream Sandwiches
These Ginger Snap Treats Contain Coconut and Pineapple Ice Cream
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Pie Egg Rolls
Pie Egg Rolls
The Unconventional Baked Apple Pie Recipe Takes the Form of Asian-Inspired Egg Rolls
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Pumpkin Black Sesame Squares
Pumpkin Black Sesame Squares
This Non-Traditional Mochi Cake Recipe is Perfect for Halloween
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Pumpkin-Flavored Popcorn
Pumpkin-Flavored Popcorn
This Festive Caramel Corn is Seasoned with Pumpkin Spice
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Raw Pumpkin Cheesecakes
Raw Pumpkin Cheesecakes
This Vegan and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe is Tasty for Everyone
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Light Pumpkin Pie Dips
Light Pumpkin Pie Dips
This Healthy Dessert Dip Replicates the Flavor of Autumn Pasteries
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Cranberry Sauce Shooters
Cranberry Sauce Shooters
These Festive Jell-O Shots are Perfect for Thanksgiving
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Caramel Pumpkin Blondies
Caramel Pumpkin Blondies
This Frosted Fall Dessert Recipe Contains Pumpkin Spice Oreo Cookies
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Autumnal Pie Cream Puffs
Autumnal Pie Cream Puffs
This Recipe Offers the Pumpkin Pie Dessert in a Lighter Format
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Spiced Autumnal Cakes
Spiced Autumnal Cakes
This Homemade Apple Cinnamon Cake is Decorated with a Cream Cheese Frosting
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Caramel-Covered Dumplings
Caramel-Covered Dumplings
These Flaky Apple Dumplings are the Perfect Fall Dessert
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Bacon Caramel Apples
Bacon Caramel Apples
This Autumnally Appropriate Dessert Recipe Incorporates a Savory Twist
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Autumnal Dessert Hybrids
Autumnal Dessert Hybrids
These Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars Recipe Features a Flaky Flavored Pastry
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Seasonal Pumpkin Truffles
Seasonal Pumpkin Truffles
This Autumnal Dessert is the Pumpkin Spice Latte in Truffle Form
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Caramel Cider Popcorn
Caramel Cider Popcorn
This Caramel Kettle Corn Recipe Includes Apple Cider for Flavoring
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Glazed Apple Cider Donuts
Glazed Apple Cider Donuts
This Seasonal Dessert Recipe Makes an Autumnally Appropriate Treat
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Spiced Pumpkin Fudges
Spiced Pumpkin Fudges
This Homemade Fudge is a Refreshing Take on Pumpkin Pie
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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins
This Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffin Recipe is a Scrumptious Fall Treat
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Spiced Latte Cupcakes
Spiced Latte Cupcakes
These Gourmet Cakes are an Edible Version of the Popular Pumpkin Spice Latte
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Caramel Sweet Potato Cakes
Caramel Sweet Potato Cakes
This Decadent Torte Features a Unique Veggie Base
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Pumpkin Fudge Desserts
Pumpkin Fudge Desserts
This Recipe Demonstrates How to Make Healthy Halloween Fudge
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies
Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies
This Delicious Dessert Recipe is Autumn and Winter Appropriate
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Pureed Pumpkin Donuts
Pureed Pumpkin Donuts
These Gluten-Free Fried Treats are Flavored with Fall-Themed Ingredients
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Autumnal Pumpkin Brittles
Autumnal Pumpkin Brittles
The Trader Joe's Pumpkin Seed Brittle is a Festive Fall Snack
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Autumnal Pumpkin Brownies
Autumnal Pumpkin Brownies
The Fall-Flavored Treat is Latte-Themed for National Coffee Day
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Autumnal Pear Tarts
Autumnal Pear Tarts
Pastry Affair's Fall Dessert is Made From Pear and Almond Ingredients
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Fruity Pull-Apart Breads
Fruity Pull-Apart Breads
This Herb and Pomegranate Bread Recipe Makes an Unusual Appetizer
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Homemade Pumpkin Donuts
Homemade Pumpkin Donuts
These Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donuts Feature Festive Fall Flavors
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Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecakes
Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecakes
This Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe is Designed for Dairy-Free Foodies
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Grain-Free Gourd Desserts
Grain-Free Gourd Desserts
Free People's Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie Results in a Guiltless Thanksgiving
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Boozy Gluten-Free Cheesecakes
Boozy Gluten-Free Cheesecakes
This Bourbon-Infused Dessert Recipe Contains Autumnal Pumpkin Flavor
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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
This Autumn Dessert Recipe Makes a Fall-Flavored Snack Enjoyable All Season
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Pumpkin Crumb Cakes
Pumpkin Crumb Cakes
This Artisan Fall Dessert Features Popular Flavors of the Season
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Spicy-Sweet Thanksgiving Cakes
Spicy-Sweet Thanksgiving Cakes
This Flavorful Dessert Incorporates Apple, Thyme & Salted Caramel
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Pumpkin Cookie Ice Cream
Pumpkin Cookie Ice Cream
This Homemade Cookie Dough Frozen Custard Features Fall Flavors
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Sweet Potato Desserts
Sweet Potato Desserts
This Candied Sweet Potato Crumb Cake Recipe has a Buttered Rum Sauce
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Pumpkin Pie Cobblers
Pumpkin Pie Cobblers
Oh Sweet Basil's Pudding-Like Dump Cake Makes a Spiced Seasonal Dessert
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Apple Pie Lasagnas
Apple Pie Lasagnas
This Recipe Presents a Classic American Dessert as an Iconic Italian Dish
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Spiced Sweet Potato Cakes
Spiced Sweet Potato Cakes
This Gluten-Free Cake is Made from Shredded Sweet Potatoes
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No-Bake Autumnal Cheesecakes
No-Bake Autumnal Cheesecakes
This Healthy Cake Recipe Requires Chilling Rather than Baking
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Autumnal Mini Tarts
Autumnal Mini Tarts
This Grain-Free Dessert Contains Cashew Creme & Cranberry-Orange Spice Topping
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Autumnally Appropriate Apple Cupcakes
Autumnally Appropriate Apple Cupcakes
The Apple Cider Cupcakes Have Fluffy Fall Flavored Frosting
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Cheesecake Pumpkin Crepes
Cheesecake Pumpkin Crepes
This Autumnal Pancake Recipe Contains a Spiced Cheesecake Filling
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Beloved Brand Recipes
Beloved Brand Recipes
This Cranberry Bliss Bar Recipe Will Tide You Over Until the Holidays
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Thanksgiving Whoopie Pies
Thanksgiving Whoopie Pies
This Pumpkin Whoopie Pie Treat has Caramel and Boozy Ganache Filling
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Single-Serve Pumpkin Cheesecakes
Single-Serve Pumpkin Cheesecakes
These No-Bake Cakes are an Ideal Quick Dessert Recipe
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Nutty Pumpkin Cheesecakes
Nutty Pumpkin Cheesecakes
This Festive Dessert Combines Two Classic Fall Flavors
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Fall Vegan Fruit Desserts
Fall Vegan Fruit Desserts
This Vegan Thanksgiving Dessert is Simple, Healthy & Refreshing
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Remixed Thanksgiving Desserts
Remixed Thanksgiving Desserts
The Pumpkin Pie Lasagna by Becky McKay Gives Tradition a Twist
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares
Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares
These Homemade Bars are Filled With Fall Flavors and Colors
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Boozy Autumnal Desserts
Boozy Autumnal Desserts
The Buttercreamy Gingerbread Layer Cake has Salted Whiskey Caramel Drizzle
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Twisted Pumpkin Pastries
Twisted Pumpkin Pastries
These Festive Pumpkin Twists are the Perfect Autumn Dessert
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Vegan Autumnal Empanadas
Vegan Autumnal Empanadas
This Apple Cinnamon Empanadas Recipe is Full of Yummy Fall Flavors
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Layered Pumpkin Spice Desserts
Layered Pumpkin Spice Desserts
This Smooth Caramelized Pumpkin Pudding is Autumnally Appropriate
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Ginger Gourd Gelato
Ginger Gourd Gelato
This Chilly Autumnal Recipe for Pumpkin Ice-Cream is Cold for Cold Weather
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Five-Pound Thanksgiving Pies
Five-Pound Thanksgiving Pies
This Ice Cream Pie is Made of Salted Honey and Cinnamon Ice Cream
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Pumpkin Butter Desserts
Pumpkin Butter Desserts
These Dark Chocolate Cups are Stuffed With a Seasonal Pie-Like Filling
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Tweaked Trifle Desserts
Tweaked Trifle Desserts
Serve Cake Over Steak's Brownie Tiramisu Trifle Recipe at Daytime Events
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Baked Cider Donuts
Baked Cider Donuts
These Guilt-Free Baked Apple Cider Donuts are an Autumnally Appropriate Treat
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Thanksgiving Jell-O Treats
Thanksgiving Jell-O Treats
The T-Day Pie Jelly Shots are Deliciously Different Desserts
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Mug-Sized Pumpkin Desserts
Mug-Sized Pumpkin Desserts
This Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe Comes in a Craving-Killing Serving Size
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Spiced Caramel Popcorn
Spiced Caramel Popcorn
I am a Food Blog's Sriracha Caramel Corn Recipe Reinvents the Sweet Treat
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Autumnal Latte Popsicles
Autumnal Latte Popsicles
This Frozen Pumpkin Dessert is a Pumpkin Spice Latte in Ice Lolly Form
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Caramel Cider Candies
Caramel Cider Candies
These DIY Apple Cider Caramels Meld Two Delicious Fall Flavors
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Decadent Squash Cookies
Decadent Squash Cookies
These Pumpkin Cheesecake Stuffed Cookies Offer the Best of Both Worlds
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Pint-Sized Pie Treats
Pint-Sized Pie Treats
These Pumpkin Pie Cookies are the Perfect Snack or Dessert for Fall
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Pumpkin S'more Desserts
Pumpkin S'more Desserts
The Pumpkin Cupcakes Have Marshmallow, Chocolate and Graham Crackers Too
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Illusory Meaty Desserts
Illusory Meaty Desserts
Your Guests Will Leave Stuffed After Eating a Thanksgiving Turkey Cake
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Sweet Potato S'mores
Sweet Potato S'mores
This Jacked Up Marshmallow and Sweet Potato Takes Thanksgiving to a New Level
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Thanksgiving Bite-Size Treats
Thanksgiving Bite-Size Treats
Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies are the Perfect Festive Dessert
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Meat-Stuffed Celebration Desserts
Meat-Stuffed Celebration Desserts
The Turkey Donut Was Made Just in Time for Thanksgivukkah
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Delicious Unbaked Thanksgiving Cakes
Delicious Unbaked Thanksgiving Cakes
Serve the No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake to Satisfy Party Guests
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