Thanksgiving, you say?! Isn’t it too early to start planning for that holiday?! We’re still in October!
Well, if you’ve learned anything by reading this blog, you’ve learned that I’m a PLANNER. And yes, my family has already started planning the Thanksgiving menu. On my part, it’s really more that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and so why not go ahead and start planning?!
So when Holly Stellings contacted me and asked if I was interested in sharing her post on Thanksgiving desserts, I was all about it! And she’s got some great ideas! Read on…
You’ve already got the Thanksgiving entrees and sides planned out, and may have gotten started on the table settings, plus the relatives have all RSVP’d. It seems like you’ve got everything planned down to a “T” when you suddenly realize the dessert menu is lacking—all you have on hand is months-old ice cream hidden somewhere in the freezer. Be sure you don’t slack off when it comes to the delectable desserts on this Thanksgiving holiday, and prep in advance to ensure every detail is perfect for your entertaining purposes. Make your Thanksgiving spread one to remember with some excellent Thanksgiving dessert ideas and brace yourself for the cries for seconds.
1) Craving Cranberries
Cranberry sauce is the perfect side to a well cooked turkey, but you can incorporate this seasonal favorite into a delicious dessert everyone will enjoy. Mix some delectable cranberries with apples, Bisquick, and a few other choice ingredients to make a treat that will disappear in a jiffy—not a crumb left in sight. That Betty Crocker sure did know what she was doing.
2) Crumble Galore
Choose your favorite fall fruit and transform it into a crumbly delight all your party guests will love, like this delectable apricot crumble version from Williams-Sonoma. Top your steaming crumble with a generous dollop of freshly whipped cream, or really go decadent and place a picture perfect vanilla ice cream scoop on top. The mixture of hot and cold will go down well with your visitors, trust me.
3) Crème Brûlée
Impress your Thanksgiving guests with flames this November, and I’m not talking fireplaces. Crème brûlée is an elegant, decadent treat sure to surprise and delight. Don’t happen to have a blowtorch lying around? Don’t worry, there are easy and inexpensive kits that come with the perfectly sized crème brûlée dishes and a micro torch for easy fire-blowin’. Guests will crack the crispy, caramelized top and reveal creamy, buttery insides for a dish that will be the talk of the town. Garnish your crème brûlée with a little whipped cream and strawberries for a delicious and beautiful presentation.
4) Apple Pie Lovin’
Making apple pie has never been easier, especially with delicious pre-made pie crusts that just need a few minutes in the oven to become perfectly flaky additions to any delicious apple pie filling. Make the dessert process even more fun and take your sweetheart and kids out to an apple orchard the week before Thanksgiving for some good old-fashioned apple picking. Use any leftover apples to make some kid-approved baked apple rings.
5) Sweet Potato
Who says a sweet potato can only be a side for the turkey? Take this sweet, starchy carbohydrate and transform it into a treat even the pickiest of kids will try—sweet potato truffles. Mix together mashed sweet potato, orange juice and zest, powdered peanut butter, coconut flour and maple syrup. Roll into little balls and dip in melted dark chocolate chips for a truffle to die for.
6) The Most Delectable Pumpkin Pie
You didn’t think I’d leave this classic off the list, did you? No Thanksgiving table is complete without the addition of the buttery smooth taste of pumpkin pie. You’ve no doubt come across a variety of store-bought options of this autumn favorite, but do yourself and your guests a favor this year by creating your very own pumpkin pie. It’s surprisingly easy to make this crowd pleaser in the comfort of your own kitchen with some easy to find Nestle ingredients. Don’t deny yourself the scents of sweet pumpkin baking inside a warm oven.
7) Easy Alternatives
If the kitchen is about as scary as a jail cell to you, don’t worry. There are plenty of options for even the most culinary-challenged entertainers out there to ensure their guests have a fun and, more importantly, delicious time. Order some fall-inspired treats ahead of time if you aren’t much of a baker. Something like cake pops will be a hit with kids and adults alike, and you can even find themed ones that will make setting the dessert table effortless. This option also works well if you are pressed for time.
Make Thanksgiving desserts a top priority this year. You’ll fall in love with the creamy, sweet tastes and adore how the smells of autumn fruits and heavenly doughs waft through your home for a scent that is so wholly fall. Make the most of the season by utilizing the yummy ingredients Mother Nature has provided, and fill guests’ tummies with delicious treats they won’t be able to get enough of. Life is too short to not indulge in dessert!
I’ve gotta say, I LOVE the idea of a crumble/dump cake. You could make a few of them with various fruits, too! So easy! And the cake pops. Hopefully this is the year I conquer my fear of cake pops! Thanks so much for the great ideas, Holly!
What is your favorite Thanksgiving dessert? Do you plan on making anything different this year?
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