Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with family, friends and loved ones. While there are plenty of traditional Thanksgiving foods, desserts are something everyone loves to add to their dinner table. From pumpkin cheesecake to apple pies, here are 5 desserts you can make for Thanksgiving to impress your family members and guests. 

1. Cinnamon Roll Sheet Cake 

Cinnamon roll sheet cake is a popular Thanksgiving dessert made by combining cinnamon roll cake mix with icing, caramel, and other cinnamon roll toppings.  

Ingredients: 

  • 1 vanilla cake mix  
  • 100 gm vanilla instant pudding mix 
  • 4 eggs 
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil 
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream 
  • 1/2 cup unsalted melted butter 
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 

For the Icing: 

  • 2 cups of finely powdered sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons milk 
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence 

Method: 

  • Preheat the oven to 175 C.  
  • Coat a baking sheet (13x18x1) with vegetable oil/butter and keep aside. 
  • In a large bowl add the cake mix, vanilla pudding mix, eggs, milk, oil and sour cream and beat on low speed for 30 seconds. 
  • Then beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, and pour the cake mix into the prepared pan. 
  • In a small bowl, add melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon and stir till smooth. 
  • Drizzle over the cake, and with a butter knife spread evenly. 
  • Now bake for 30 minutes or till an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Keep aside till warm. 
  • Add the icing ingredients in a bowl and add more milk to thin it down or powdered sugar to thicken it. 
  • Drizzle it over the warm cake and enjoy. 

2. Classic Apple Pie  


Apple pie is a classic Thanksgiving dessert, but you can easily make extra batches and keep them in the refrigerator for a few days to eat as you please.  

Ingredients:

  • 2 pie crusts 
  • 6 medium apples thinly sliced 
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (maida) 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • Salt to taste 
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg 
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice 

Method: 

  • Preheat the oven to 218 C and place 1 pie crust in an ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate.  
  • Add the filling ingredients in a large bowl and add to the pie plate. Top with second crust.  
  • Wrap the excess top crust under bottom crust edge, press the edges together to seal. Cut slits or shapes in different places in top crust. 
  • Bake for 45 minutes or till the apples are tender and crust looks golden brown.  
  • Cover the edge of crust with 2- to 3-inch-wide strips of foil after the first 20 minutes of baking to prevent extra browning.  
  • Keep aside on cooling rack for 2 hours before serving. 

3. Pumpkin Cheesecake 

Pumpkin cheesecake is a classic Thanksgiving dessert, but it’s also great for parties and other occasions. A spiced graham cracker crust, creamy pumpkin filling, and whipped cream is all you need for this traditional Thanksgiving dessert. 

Ingredients:

For the Crust 

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs 
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 

For the Cheesecake 

  • 4 packs of 225 gm softened cream cheese 
  • 1 cup white sugar granulated 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar 
  • 4 large eggs 
  • 500 gm pumpkin puree 
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence 
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (ground cinnamon, star anise, nutmeg)  

Method: 

  • Preheat the oven to 175 C. 
  • Line a 9-inch baking tin and grease with vegetable oil or melted butter. 
  • Add graham cracker (any cracker will do) crumbs, butter, granulated sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Press the bottom and add 1 inch of prepared pan.  
  • Bake for 10 minutes and let it cool for 10-15 minutes. 
  • In a large bowl add cream cheese, sugar and brown sugar and whisk till fluffy for 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs, pumpkin and heavy cream, and keep mixing till well combined. 
  • Pour this batter into prepared crust bake till edges are set, but if the center is still jiggly, then turn off the oven, open the door slightly and allow it to rest in the oven for 1 hour.  
  • Remove and place the cheesecake in the fridge for at least 6 hours. 
  • Cut into slices and enjoy. 

4. S’mores French Toast  

One of the most popular desserts for Thanksgiving is s’mores, which can easily be used in different baked goods. You can make a S’mores French toast by topping French toast bread with marshmallow mixture and toasted bread. 

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of bread 
  • 1 tablespoon butter 
  • 4 crackers crushed (Graham’s or any local brand) 
  • 4 eggs 
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence  
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon 
  • 2 tablespoons melted chocolate 
  • 2 tablespoons melted marshmallow  
  • Mini marshmallows 
  • 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup 
  • 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips 

Method: 

  • Whisk the eggs, cinnamon, vanilla and milk in a large bowl to create egg wash.  
  • Place the crushed graham crackers in a plate. 
  • Dip the bread in egg wash both sides and cover in cracker crumbs evenly.  
  • Add butter to a skillet on low heat and fry the bread for 2-3 minutes till crispy golden. 
  • Flip them over and spread melted marshmallows on one slice and melted chocolate on the other. 
  • Press the slices together and garnish with mini marshmallows, chocolate chips and chocolate syrup. 

5. Blueberry Muffin 

Blueberries are a popular choice for Thanksgiving, but their flavor is also great in other baked goods. You can use them to make muffins, scones, or even crumbles. This blueberry muffin recipe has been adjusted to accommodate those with allergies or dietary restrictions.  

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (maida) 
  • 1 cup white sugar 
  • Salt to taste 
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder 
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil 
  • 1 large egg 
  • 1/2 cup milk 
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence 
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 

Method: 

  • Pre-heat oven to 200 C.  
  • Line 8 standard muffin cups with paper liners.  
  • Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. 
  • Add oil to a separate bowl, add the egg, milk, vanilla and whisk to combine. 
  • Add this mixture to the bowl with dry ingredients and mix with a fork. 
  • Do not over mix. Now add the blueberries to it.  
  • Scoop the batter in to the muffin cups and sprinkle a little sugar on top of each muffin. 
  • Bake them for 20 minutes till a tooth pick comes out clean when inserted. 
  • Store them at room temperature for 2 to 3 days in a plastic bag.  
  • Freeze them by wrapping them tightly in aluminum foil or freezer bags and placing them in a freezer for 3 months. 

Thanksgiving desserts are quite versatile and are great for holidays, parties and other occasions. Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to bring loved ones together around a table filled with delicious food. You don’t have to follow tradition, and you don’t have to follow a strict diet. Here's wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with the richness and love of food and family.