November 02, 2016

Okay, hear me out: Pie is wonderful. While pumpkin, pecan, and apple pie can certainly have a place on the Thanksgiving menu (there's plenty of room), there are so many other seasonal, grade-A desserts out there that are worthy to adorn your turkey day table. Consider this your official challenge to expand your holiday dessert perspective this year and venture into the land of insanely-delicious, alternative uptakes on classic Thanksgiving sweets. These impressive, top-rated treats might just be gone long before the pies are even sliced.

Here are the top 5 dessert recipes, beyond the pie, that our staff suggests serving this year:

 

#1. There's something about a voluptuous round bundt perched high atop a cake stand, with a mouthwatering glaze streaming down its sides, that screams show-stopper. And this

 

Apples are at their seasonal-peak right now, and this sweet cake with cream cheese filling and homemade praline frosting is the perfect way to showcase them. Applesauce adds moisture to the cake batter which also calls for 3 cups of peeled and finely chopped Gala apples. Garnish the glazed cake with additional toasted pecans.

 

#2. Carrot cake at Thanksgiving?! Yes I am, in fact, suggesting you make this classic layer cake for your pinnacle fall feast for a number of reasons. First of all, it's not called our

 

Chrissy Teigen (John Legend's wife and Sports Illustrated model) discovered the recipe on our site earlier this year and took to 

 

This dessert packs in all of the fall flavors I love--including delicate pumpkin depth, toasty pecans, and sugary-sweet homemade praline glaze. Several reviewers have dropped pumpkin pie altogether at Thanksgiving in favor of this recipe. That's a high compliment to cheesecake, people. One tip: Make this dessert the night before so it can set.

Just to give you an idea of how this recipe typically goes over, one reviewer said: "This will be the fourth year in a row I have made this for Thanksgiving! I follow the exact recipe, and it's a HUGE hit in our household!"

 

#4. The picture doesn't nearly do this

 

This is one of those recipes you'll be printing out for your recipe box, sharing with your friends, and making for years to come--you have my word.

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