Delicious Thanksgiving Desserts
Thanksgiving is a time to show off your cooking skills with these delicious Thanksgiving desserts. Filling the table with dessert is a great way to make sure everyone ends their day with a sweet smile. Taking the traditional, adding a few unique twists and offering a dessert that melts in your mouth is a sure way to make your Thanksgiving remembered for years to come.
Pumpkin Trifle Pumpkin trifle is a great twist on the traditional pumpkin pie. When layered and presented in its tall glass dish, its pretty enough to be the center piece of any food table. This dessert is one that everyone will be talking about long after the trifle is gone.
You will need:
- Vanilla pudding
- One (30 oz.) can pumpkin pie filling
- Half cup brown sugar
- One (twelve oz.) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
- Half cup gingersnaps
- Mix the pudding, pumpkin pie filling and brown sugar together till well incorporated. The filling will be used as the creamy filling for the trifle, so make sure the pumpkin and the pudding is creamy after mixing. No lumps in this dessert.
- Grab a trifle bowl or whatever dish you want to use. Break the gingerbread into pieces with your fingers. Use only half of the gingerbread.
- Cover the gingerbread with half the pumpkin mixture. This dessert is to be layered carefully, so put in a few dollops and spread the mixture, being careful not to disturb the gingerbread.
Cover the pumpkin pudding with half the whipped cream. The whipped cream will want to mix into the pumpkin filling, so be careful.
- Repeat steps two through four. Layer the second half of the gingerbread, the rest of the pumpkin pudding and top with it off with the whipped cream.
- Crumble the gingersnaps and sprinkle along the top. You can serve this dessert by placing a cookie on your plate with a scoop of pumpkin trifle as a garnish, if you'd like.
Sweet Potato Pie Sweet potato pie is a traditional, but often forgotten dessert that everyone will enjoy.
You will need:
- One lb. sweet potatoes
- Half cup butter, softened
- One cup sugar
- Half cup milk
- Two eggs
- Half tsp. ginger
- Half tsp. cinnamon
- One tsp. vanilla extract
- One nine-inch unbaked pie shell
- Boil the sweet potatoes in a pot of water for about 40 minutes. Rinse the sweet potatoes under cool water and peel the skin away. Once the skin is removed, break apart the sweet potatoes into chunks and toss into a bowl.
- Add butter and mix, letting the butter finish melting. Then add sugar, milk, eggs, ginger, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Mix well, using a mixer for best results.
Pour mixture into the unbaked pie shell. Try to pour carefully, tapping the pie on the counter to settle the mixture evenly in the pie shell.
- Place pie into a preheated 350 degree oven for 55 to 60 minutes. You'll know the pie is done when a knife comes out clean after being inserted in the center of the pie. The texture will look just like pumpkin pie when out of the oven, but packed with sweet potato flavor.
Garnish with whipped cream, if you'd like. This pie will have everyone requesting sweet potato pie over pumpkin pie for their Thanksgiving dessert from now on.