Think Outside the Circle
Pies are great and all, but Thanksgiving can get a little overloaded with pies. Everyone’s got to have pumpkin pie, apple pie, and pecan pie, but having those same pies every year gets boring fast. To mix things up, you can use those beloved fall flavors in other types of desserts. Items like cakes, cobblers, cheesecakes, trifles, and puddings are just as good as pies, if not better. So branch out this year with some new Thanksgiving dessert recipes that will make you forget all about pie.
(OK, here’s the thing. This article has 31 desserts to show you. I can’t cut and paste all 31, so I’ll leave you a link to the article so you can check out all 31. I will show you a few samples because they look delish.)
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Slow Cooker Praline Pecan Cobbler
It’s lovely to use your slow cooker as much as possible for Thanksgiving when oven space is at a premium. Start this slow cooker praline pecan cobbler in the morning, and it’ll be done by dessert time. It’s super simple, too. Just mix a few ingredients and dump them into the crockpot. It even creates its own praline sauce, so serve it warm over vanilla ice cream.
Recipe: 365 Days of Crockpot
© cheesecake-marbled pumpkin slab pie by sk (CC BY-NC-ND)
Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake
If you’re not into making pie but you know your dinner guests will want a pumpkin dessert, try pumpkin swirl cheesecake. It’s got the same spiced pumpkin flavor as pie, but it’s creamier and feeds a lot more people, too. The simple swirl and gingersnap crust seem fancy, but they’re really easy to do.
Recipe: Sally’s Baking Addiction
Caramel Apple Crisp
Make an apple crisp instead of a pie — it’s easier because you don’t have to futz with a crust, and it’s just as tasty. This caramel apple version uses an oatmeal-flecked topping, plus a homemade caramel sauce drizzled over the apples before baking and over the top when it’s done. Make it ahead of time and serve at room temperature, or warm it if you like.
Recipe: My Baking Addiction
© Dessert Deluxe by Amancay Blank (CC BY-NC-ND)
Reese’s Peanut Butter Ball
This is a dessert that you can leave out for a while and let your guests graze on until the night is over. It’s like a sweet, peanut buttery cheese ball, and you eat it by dipping graham crackers into it, though other treats like pretzels and Nilla wafers would be good, too. The Reese’s Pieces decoration gives it the perfect fall colors.
That’s enough torture. Man those look good. So here is the link to the complete article written by Lacey Muszynsk for Cheapism©.