Looking for a non-pie Thanksgiving dessert? This list of Thanksgiving desserts that are not pie has everything you need from Thanksgiving cakes to Thanksgiving dessert bars!
Dessert has to be my favorite course during Thanksgiving. I am all about the side dishes, too, but desserts for sure take the cake for me.
I'm as guilty as anyone that when it comes to Thanksgiving desserts, I always think of pies, like my grandma's pecan pie.
But there are SO many amazing Thanksgiving desserts that are not pies. Think all of the same great pie flavors — pumpkin, apple, sweet potato, cranberry, pecan, cinnamon, maple — but in non-pie form.
Thanksgiving menu tips
When you are serving Thanksgiving, it's a good idea to offer some classic Thanksgiving recipes along with any non-traditional dishes you may serve.
This holiday is all about comforting, nostalgic food, so you don't need to deviate from the family favorites too much. For example, if you make a traditional-style turkey, you can make a fancier stuffing to go with it, like this easy stovetop sausage stuffing. Instead of the usual rolls, you could make rosemary drop biscuits.
You could also make a unique spin on a classic recipe, like garlic green beans instead of regular green beans. Little specks of creativity throughout the menu will keep it new and exciting but also friendly to all your guests.
That goes for dessert too: If you're serving more than one dessert, you may want to serve a pie in addition to any non-pie desserts you may be planning.
Types of Thanksgiving desserts
Below we've pulled together a fantastic list of all the Thanksgiving desserts you could make that are NOT pie!
There are so many great ideas, such as:
- cakes and cupcakes
- tarts and crisps
- dessert bars
- mousse and puddings
45 Thanksgiving Desserts That Are Not Pie
Fluffy, moist cake is the perfect substitute for pie at Thanksgiving. You can also go for cheesecake if that's your thing.
Bite-size cupcakes are a tasty and kid-friendly alternative to pie at the holidays.
Cheesecake is a delightful addition to the Thanksgiving dessert table. Have fun with seasonal flavors or keep it traditional.
Cookies at Thanksgiving? Why not! These delicious fall cookies would be the best dessert.
Thanksgiving Tarts and Crisps
These aren't pies, per se! You don't have to roll out a crust, but they have a similar vibe.
Thanksgiving Dessert Bars
These handheld desserts are great for a dessert table or sending home with guests.
Mousse, Puddings and Custards
These individual size desserts are great for big crowds.
Confections and Other Treats
Beyond these desserts, there are candies and confections like truffles and bark that make great snacky treats.
Which non-pie Thanksgiving dessert would you try? These unique Thanksgiving desserts are sure to be amazing!