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Yummy Homemade Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes That Aren't Pie

Though pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving staple in many households, it's never a bad idea to shake things up a bit especially if it would add pizzazz and excitement to your dinner table! This year, why not serve a new Thanksgiving dessert to make the celebration more interesting? Who knows, your family could love that dessert so much that it could become new yearly tradition.


Quick Cranberry Cake (One Cake Two Cake)

Though cranberry sauce is usually served alongside roast turkey during Thanksgiving, why not go all the way and use the fresh fruit for dessert as well? This Quick Cranberry Cake recipe from One Cake Two Cake is a great one to try out and offers balanced flavors of tart fruit and vanilla-buttery cake.

"I love baked goods with cranberries, and this cake is a perfect example of why: it’s moist and dense and sweet, but the tartness of the cranberries in every bite balances it all out."


  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, slightly softened and cut into chunks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 cups cranberries (12 ounce bag)

via Quick Cranberry Cake (One Cake Two Cake)


No Bake Pumpkin Trifle (Celebrating Everyday Life With Jennifer Carroll)

If you're not in the mood to bake a cake but would love to offer your family a homemade treat, this No Bake Pumpkin Trifle recipe from Celebrating Everyday Life With Jennifer Carroll would definitely make your day! Made with pumpkin muffins or pumpkin loaf cake, canned pumpkin, and pumpkin spice, this dessert really tastes like Thanksgiving! 

"This dessert is ready in less than 10 minutes! It’s got the flavors of pumpkin pie but is easier. Now, I’m not trying to say it’s the same as Pumpkin Pie – it’s not, but it is tasty and sometimes easy and tasty win the day when your rushing around, right?"


  • 1 package vanilla pudding mix (no bake kind)
  • 2 cups of cold milk
  • 1 cup of canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice + more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Store bought pumpkin muffins or pumpkin loaf cake
  • Whipped Cream

via No Bake Pumpkin Trifle (Celebrating Everyday Life With Jennifer Carroll)


Easy Pumpkin Pudding Cake Recipe (The Recipe Rebel)

The Recipe Rebel has a great Thanksgiving recipe called Easy Pumpkin Pudding Cake. Made with flour, pumpkin puree and milk, this pudding is packed with delicious fall flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla. This dessert is all sorts of delicious on its own, and tastes even more divine when served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!   

"This Easy Pumpkin Pudding Cake takes just 10 minutes prep and makes it's own caramel pudding sauce as it bakes! Perfect hot from the oven with a scoop of ice cream."


  • 1 1/2 cups flour (I use whole wheat!)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of cloves
  • 3/4 cup pure pumpkin puree (not pie filling!)
  • 1/3 cup milk (I use 1%)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

via Easy Pumpkin Pudding Cake Recipe (The Recipe Rebel)


Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip: 

Take advantage of Fall to bake produce in season such as pumpkin, squash, apples, cranberries and sweet potatoes. These produce go well with fall spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and all-spice.  


Make cooking a lot easier and more enjoyable by using good quality silicone baking mats. Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable. Because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean-up time in half.

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