Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time to gather with friends and family and reflect on all that you’re grateful for in your life. It’s also a great time to enjoy all of your favorite fall harvest foods, like turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and plenty of delectable desserts. This year, take some of the stress off with a few simple and easy desserts that will wow your guests but won’t cause a lot of hassle in the kitchen.
How to Make Easy Desserts for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving desserts don’t have to be complicated to be delicious. In fact, it often seems that the simpler desserts are more delicious than their complicated counterparts. You can find dozens of recipes online that don’t require a lot of prep or baking time. Some you can even make ahead a day or two before so you can make room in your oven for the main course. Others, like fresh fruit, no bake pies, icebox cakes, and other no bake desserts don’t even require any time in the oven at all so you can cut out the worry altogether. The best part is, these recipes taste just as good as your typical Thanksgiving desserts, they’re just a whole lot simpler to make.
The truth is, you don’t have to give up flavor for convenience. Just look for recipes with minimal, non-fussy ingredients and quick (or no) baking times and you’re all set. You can even find elegant options, like no-bake cheesecake and poached pears, that look like they’re straight out of a fine dining restaurant. Or, just choose a fresh fruit platter or arrangement from Edible® Arrangements that is simply out-of-this-world delicious and perfectly fall-themed.
Top 10 Easy Desserts for Thanksgiving
If you’re wondering what quick and easy desserts you should serve on Thanksgiving, we’ve got you covered. Here are ten delicious Thanksgiving desserts you won’t even be able to tell were super easy to make:
1. Salted Caramel Fall Bouquet
This arrangement is so beautiful and uniquely fall. It’s packed with leaf-shaped pineapple, orange slices, and salted caramel apple wedges. Delish!
Bursting with fresh berries and citrus flavor, this arrangement is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table. It’s packed with orange slices, strawberries, cantaloupe balls, honeydew sticks, and so much more
3. Easy as Pie Pumpkin Cheesecake
This rich and creamy baked cheesecake features warm fall spiced pumpkin and a creamy whipped topping. It’s also ridiculously easy, taking just five minutes of prep time and 45 minutes in the oven.
This cobbler is filled with fresh apples and cranberries, and topped with the best brown sugar cinnamon crumble. It’s super easy to make, completely delicious, and it smells divine.
Poaching pears enhances their natural sweetness with delicious and beautiful spices. They’re a delightfully elegant dessert when served with marscapone cheese, whipped cream, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
These salted caramel peanut bars are easy to make, and taste just like a candy bar. They’re made with just a few simple ingredients and keep well in the refrigerator so you can make them ahead of the big day.
No bake apple pie seems too good to be true, but this recipe has it down to a science. You just need to simmer the apples for a few minutes until tender, mix with instant pudding, and top with crushed graham cracker crumbs.
Icebox cakes are simply cookies and whipped cream that transform into a cake-like dessert when chilled. This recipe combines whipped cream with lemon curd and layers it with delectable ginger cookies for a delicious dessert that’s just heavenly.
With hints of espresso, almond, and chocolate, classic tiramisu is an Italian favorite for good reason. This recipe simplifies the dessert using marscapone cheese, lady fingers, espresso, and cocoa powder.
This delectable recipe is made up of a few basic ingredients, including chocolate chips, marshmallows, butter, milk, cream, and vanilla. It’s also made without chopping any chocolate, whipping any eggs, or making a pie crust.
This Thanksgiving, wow your guests with a delicious and easy-to-make dessert. They’ll be so impressed, they won’t even realize you didn’t spend hours slaving over a hot stove to make it.