Stress-Free Pumpkin Pie and Other Easy Thanksgiving Desserts

November 20, 2014

The last thing you need on Thanksgiving is a dessert recipe with steps that span as long as the dinner table.  Give yourself a break this year and prepare one of these stress free treats for you and your family.  You will not have to sacrifice favorties liek pumpkin pie or pumpkin cheesecake and if you are open to breaking tradition, the salted caramel parfait can be whipped up in minutes.

Salted Caramel Pudding Parfait
Recipe from Penny Lane Kitchen

No pie tins. No oven. No timers.  Salted caramel pudding parfaits are a dream dessert because it comes together in minutes.  While this recipe uses vanilla pudding, feel free to substitute with pumpkin pudding to add a fall flavored spin on the parfaits.

Sweet Potato Casserole
Recipe from Oh Sweet Basil

Sweet potato casserole plays two roles on Thanksgiving.  It is served as a side dish at dinner but is sweet enough to be a dessert too.  This recipe tends toward the sweeter end with a brown sugar crumble topping and golden brown mini marshmallows. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for supreme sweetness.

Stress-Free Pumpkin Pie
Recipe from The Nest

It is not Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie.  The dessert table would feel empty without this traditional thanksgiving treat.  This version is simple and straightforward.  No special ingredients. No intricate cooking techniques. Just damn good pie.  For tips on how to avoid cracks in your pumpkin pie, click here.

Pumpkin Cheesecake
Recipe from Betty Crocker

This hassel-free pumpkin cheesecake is easy enough for anyone to bake and can be prepared ahead of time.  The tart cream cheese paired with the warm spices and richly flavored pumpkin puree is absolute perfection.   Everyone will crowding around the dessert table for a delicious slice.

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