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Creative Thanksgiving Recipes: Delicious Desserts

Updated on March 5, 2018
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Kitty is a self-proclaimed home and hearth goddess. One of her favorite things is creatively cooking and baking for her family.

Try pumpkin flan for Thanksgiving Dessert this year.
Try pumpkin flan for Thanksgiving Dessert this year. | Source
Martha Stewart's Pumpkin Flan is a daring way to spice up your take on this year's pumpkin pie!
Martha Stewart's Pumpkin Flan is a daring way to spice up your take on this year's pumpkin pie! | Source
Peach Rhubarb Pie and Rhubarb Pie pockets, a classic yet creative Thanksgiving Dessert!
Peach Rhubarb Pie and Rhubarb Pie pockets, a classic yet creative Thanksgiving Dessert! | Source

Ditch the Boring Ol' Pumpkin Pie and Try...

Thanksgiving is coming up and you might be in charge of Thanksgiving dessert. Maybe you're looking to bake a Thanksgiving dessert that is outside of the box this year? Ditch the boring ol' pumpkin pie recipe that everyone uses every Thanksgiving and go with a more creative Thanksgiving dessert this year. The great thing about being creative for Thanksgiving is that you can still incorporate everyone's favorite Thanksgiving dessert ingredients, but use your imagination to find or create your own creative Thanksgiving dessert!

My first suggestion for those who don't have a creative culinary bone in their bodies, check out the recipe websites that never fail us - Martha Stewart, Paula Deen, and Rachael Ray. I can honestly say that every Martha Stewart recipe I've ever used has turned out fabulously, and there is a cornucopia of creative Thanksgiving dessert recipes and ideas on her website just waiting for you to try out for your creative Thanksgiving dessert this year. The one I found incredibly appealing, with a classic feel but a new twist is the recipe for Pumpkin flan in a pastry shell. That yummy creative Thanksgiving dessert is the picture to the right and the recipe is posted in the link for the picture. Give it a'll give you the nostalgia of pumpkin pie but is surely thinking outside of the box!

If you're really wanting to stick with a humble pie for Thanksgiving, ditch the pumpkin altogether and try making a rhubarb pie or peach-rhubarb pie. You could even wrap the entire pie in crust, such as the pies above-right. Talk about a creative Thanksgiving dessert that's still classic!

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Creative Thanksgiving Dessert - Make Turkey Cupcakes!

Betty Crocker's Turkey Cupcakes
Betty Crocker's Turkey Cupcakes

Turkey Cupcake Recipe - A Fun and Creative Thanksgiving Dessert

This is a creative Thanksgiving recipe that is actually by Betty Crocker. I'm sure you could probably find one exactly like it on Betty Crocker's website, as it is quite popular for creative Thanksgiving desserts. Cupcakes are all the craze as of lately, and if you're obsessed with making cupcakes, try making Turkey Cupcakes as a creative Thanksgiving dessert this Thanksgiving. This particular recipe is simple and doesn't take too much time, as you will not be making all of your ingredients from scratch.

What You'll Need:
Devil's Food Cake Mix
All Ingredients Required on Cake Mix Box to Make Cake
2 containers of chocolate frosting
white decorating icing
brown decorating gel
pack of candy corn
candy sprinkles for decorating

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Make your cupcakes and cool them according to the cake mix box.
2. Wait until your cupcakes are cooled and then apply the chocolate frosting to the tops.
3. Use white decorating icing to dot the eyes, and use candy corns for the beaks. Pipe extra frosting to the backs and then use candy corns and stand them up around the back to make the feathers.
4. Sprinkle the sprinkles near the head and at the base of the feathers.

Serve with a smile!

Triple Layered Eggnog Pie
Triple Layered Eggnog Pie
Butter Pecan Mousse Parfait with Bananas
Butter Pecan Mousse Parfait with Bananas

Butter Pecan Parfait

What You'll Need:

1 pint butter pecan ice cream
3/4 cup butterscotch sauce
1/3 cup chopped pecan meats
1/4 cup heavy cream, whipped


Fill parfait glasses 1/3 full with ice cream. Add butterscotch sauce and sprinkle with nut meats. Repeat until glasses are almost full. Top with whipped cream. Serves 6.

Vintage Creative Thanksgiving Desserts Recipes

When modern day thanksgiving recipes aren't appeasing my search for creative Thanksgiving desserts, I take it back to the old school and search through my great grandmother's cookbooks. Here are three of my favorite creative Thanksgiving desserts a la′ vintage:

What says "holidays" like a cup of cold, fresh eggnog? Why not get super creative and make a creative Thanksgiving dessert of eggnog pie?

Eggnog Pie

What You'll Need:
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
4 eggs, separated
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons rum
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 baked pastry shell
Whipped Cream for topping
Chopped toasted almonds

Soften gelatin in cold water for 5 minutes. Combine egg yolks with half the sugar. Add salt and hot water and cook over boiling water until mixture coats a spoon. Add gelatin and dissolve in hot custard. Cool. When mixture begins to thicken, beat egg whites until stiff, beat in remaining sugar, rum and nutmeg and fold into mixture. Turn into pastry shell and chill. Spread with whipped cream and sprinkle with almonds. Makes one 9" pie.

Skip the heavy Thanksgiving desserts and go for a Thanksgiving dessert that's a bit lighter. Try out a butter pecan parfait this Thanksgiving. Talk about a creative Thanksgiving dessert that won't make you feel like you're going to pop!

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  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    Dolores - Hilarious! I wonder if I cook a chicken and swear it's a turkey would people believe it? Probably! LOL. Thanks for the comment and Happy Thanksgiving.

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    Dolores Monet 

    7 years ago from East Coast, United States

    Hi Kitty - the thing about Thanksgiving is that my family always wants the same thing - they are such traditionalists. I like to make a sweet potato pie. One year, my father asked me to make a pumpkin pie instead. He claimed that he liked it better. So I made a sweet potato pie and said it was pumpkin, feeling like a dirty rat for lying to my dear dad. Well, he ate it and raved about it. "Now this is a real Thanksgiving pie," he said.

    "That's a sweet potato pie," I said.

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    8 years ago from Central United States of America

    Uh, I can't ditch the pumpkin pie, but I love rhubarb - just anyway you fix it. That eggnog pie sounds scrumptious too - have to see about that one to go with the pumpkin. Thanks for your wonderful recipes!

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    8 years ago from Summerland

    beth - I think I want to try that recipe this year again. Thanks!

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    Beth Perry 

    8 years ago from Tennesee

    Mmm, that mousse parfait looks delicious!

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    8 years ago from Summerland

    Cloverleaf - Glad I could inspire you! Have a great Thanksgiving.

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    8 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

    Hi Kitty, I'm very inpired by your awesome Thanksgiving dessert ideas! I think those turkey cupcakes would be fun for all the family. Voted up!

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    Kitty Fields 

    8 years ago from Summerland

    Thanks, Eiddwen. Happy Halloween!

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    8 years ago from Wales


    Thank you so much for sharing this oen.

    Another for me to vote up and bookmark.

    Take care and have a great day.


  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    8 years ago from Summerland

    randomcreative - Thanks! I agree...and Martha Stewart rocks. :)

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    Rose Clearfield 

    8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Great idea for a hub! Lots of people are looking for different recipes every year. I will have to check out Martha's holiday recipes on her web site. Thanks!

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    8 years ago from Summerland

    Just History - Thanks so much...I agree!

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    Just History 

    8 years ago from England

    Enough to make us want to celebrate thanksgiving!, especially the turkeys they are so cute

    Hub voted up

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    8 years ago from Summerland

    b. Malin - I'm so glad you found it fun and educational. Yes, the turkey cupcakes are adorable and kids would love them! They're a super creative thanksgiving dessert and a far stretch from the humble old pumpkin pie. Thanks for bookmarking and reading. :)

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    b. Malin 

    8 years ago

    Well this was a Fun, Educational Read for Thanksgiving Treats, Kitty. The Turkey Cup Cake is so Cute and the Eggnog Pie, is certainly a different dessert to serve...maybe instead of Pumpkin Pie, or both. I also like the idea of the light, Butter Pecan Parfait. I shall Bookmark this Hub. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to following your Hubs and hope you will check out my as well.

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    8 years ago from Summerland

    Thanks, Just Ask Susan! I think eggnog pie wouldn't be eggnog pie without a bit of rum! Happy belated Canadian Thanksgiving to you. :)

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    Susan Zutautas 

    8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Those turkey cupcakes are adorable. Eggnog pies sounds delicious. Can I add a bit of rum to it :)

    Even though we had our Thanksgiving here in Canada already I do celebrate the American Thanksgiving too. I may just try these recipes then or in and around Christmastime.

    Happy Thanksgiving.


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