75+ Yummy Thanksgiving Treats (That Everyone Will Appreciate)!

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You know how the saying goes – Gobble ’till you wobble!

Okay, we may have made that one up. But this Thanksgiving, we want to ensure that you’re preparing a feast for everyone to delight in, so we’re here to help!

Whether you’re preparing an elaborate spread of Thanksgiving-themed treats or looking for some cute Thanksgiving-related gift ideas, this list has you covered. Thanksgiving is notorious for being a time of gluttonous feasting (as it should be), so we hope you’re inspired to get in the kitchen and whip some of these up!

We’ve also included a vegan/gluten-free section for those who need healthy alternatives to the usual Thanksgiving food offerings.

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Thanksgiving Treats Perfect for Gifting/Parties

You can’t have Thanksgiving without tons upon tons of yummy treats! We’ve curated a list of the best treats for you to make at home. Whether you’re assembling these as themed gifts for friends or just looking for some new creative Thanksgiving recipes for yummy appetizers or snacks, this list has it all.

Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

These marbled pumpkin cheesecake bars are as beautiful as they are delicious! Their crust is made out of cinnamon graham crackers and filled with the classic pumpkin-flavored cheesecake. Follow this recipe for an easy tutorial on how to get a unique marbled look for this tasty treat, adding a magical finishing touch!

Click here for the recipe from Bake or Bust. (@bakeorbustblog on Insta)

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For another version of pumpkin bars, try these. They’re topped with tangy cream cheese frosting, berries, and walnuts. Yum! Click here for the recipe from Natalie’s Health.

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

These pumpkin snickerdoodles are a delicious twist on a classic cookie! They’re also the perfect size if you plan to give yummy Thanksgiving treats to loved ones.

Click here for the recipe from Milk and Pop.

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Cranberry Pistachio Bark

This cranberry pistachio chocolate bark is an easy, quick dessert, and it’s a great Thanksgiving treat to serve at a party or give as a gift. And how often do you find cranberries and pistachio in bark? The combined flavors are a drool-worthy party in your mouth.

Click here for the recipe from Delicious Meets Healthy.

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Coconut Ambrosia Fruit Salad

Coconut ambrosia fruit salad is a modern take on a classic salad and a gorgeous holiday treat. With its fluffy marshmallows, refreshing chunks of juicy fresh fruit, chewy coconut, and crunchy pecans all dressed in a sweet and creamy sauce, this dish may become a new tradition!

Click here for the recipe from Veeg.

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Bar Snack Blondies

Get all the sweet and just enough salty flavors from these delicious bar snack blondies! They make an excellent addition to your Thanksgiving dessert spread, or you can package them up nicely and send them off on their merry way to delight friends and family. Plus, they’re a unique recipe that includes chocolate chips, pretzels, nuts, and all the flavors of typical bar snacks… perfect for something a little different.

Click here for the recipe from Crave the Good.

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Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

These soft and perfectly spiced pumpkin bars are super simple and delicious. Plus, you can easily make them in just one bowl in under 30 minutes. The cream cheese frosting is especially yummy!

Click here for the recipe from Greedy Eats.

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Puff Pastry Fried Apple Tarts

Puff pastry fried apple tarts are the perfect little treat for Thanksgiving. They’re tender slices of sautéed apples with just the right amount of sweetness, laced with cinnamon and sugar, all wrapped up in a flaky puff pastry shell. They’re literally heaven in your mouth!

Click here for the recipe from Homemade & Yummy.

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For another puff pastry treat, try this baked brie in puff pastry. It’s a quick, easy, and elegant appetizer that is perfect to serve at any gathering or holiday party.

Click here for the recipe from Lemon/Blossoms.

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Pumpkin Crunch

Pumpkin crunch makes for the perfect dessert. Layers of pumpkin sitting atop a deliciously moist, crunchy crust, topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting. It’s the ultimate dessert for your Thanksgiving feast!

Click here for the recipe from Keeping it Relle.

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White Chocolate Bark

This delicious Thanksgiving white chocolate bark is quick, easy, and impressive. It can also be made and packaged for gift giving in under an hour! Gift giving has never been so easy when you have the perfect sweet treats to whip up and give away.

Click here for the recipe from The Monday Box.

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

These super soft pumpkin cinnamon rolls are topped with honey cream cheese frosting and walnuts. They’re truly a delight in your mouth, and will keep your guests salivating for more!

Click here for the recipe from Little Sunny Kitchen.

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For another version of pumpkin cinnamon rolls, try this recipe. They’re made with real pumpkin, a blend of fall spices, and have a sweet cream cheese frosting that slowly melts on top of each warm roll.

Click here for the recipe from Foodal.

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Apple Cinnamon Popcorn

This apple cinnamon popcorn is perfectly scrumptious, and it takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. You just need an air popper along with five other basic ingredients that will combine to create this flavorful explosion in your mouth. The apple chips also give it a rustic, Thanksgiving-y feel.

Click here for the recipe from 3 Boys and a Dog.

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Thanksgiving Dessert Turkeys

These no-bake turkey cookies are super simple and portions are easily scalable to serve as many people as you’d like. They’re also adorable gifts to package up and gift to anyone you’re particularly thankful for.

Click here for the recipe from Dancing Through the Rain.

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Maple and Brown Sugar Stuffed Baked Apples

This is an easy to make fall dessert that is also quite nutritious. It’s a great Thanksgiving treat to indulge in, and the taste is beyond describable! All of the ingredients, from the apples to packed brown sugar, are reminiscent of the fall season as well.

Click here for the recipe from All Haileaby.

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Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

These colorful no-bake pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats are easy to make and are shaped into cute pumpkins, perfect for a Thanksgiving theme. They’re whipped up with only six ingredients and fun for the kids to help out with, as well.

Click here for the recipe from Recipes from a Pantry.

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Air Fryer Pumpkin Spiced Crullers

Air fryer pumpkin spiced crullers are full of your favorite fall flavors! They’re quick and easy to make, and they’re a healthier version of French crullers in the air fryer.

Click here for the recipe from Recipes from a Pantry.

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Caramel Apple Slices

Caramel apple slices are easy to make and a great way to easily enjoy homemade caramel apples. These are slices of crisp apples smothered in peanut butter, dipped in chocolate, and drizzled with homemade caramel and various toppings. You can get away with saying these are a partially healthy Thanksgiving treat!

Click here for the recipe from A Farmgirl’s Kitchen.

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If you’re looking for something more miniature and tailored to the kiddies, try these caramel apple bites. Click here for the recipe from Easy Family Recipe Ideas.

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Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Cookies

These easy, pumpkin chocolate cookies are soft, chewy, and delicious with a cold glass of milk. These cookies always get rave reviews, and they’re melt-in-your-mouth divine. Good luck trying to package these up as gifts, since they might be gone in a few hours!

Click here for the recipe from On My Kid’s Plate.

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Baked Cinnamon Apples

This simple baked cinnamon apples recipe is a great way to satiate your appetite. As a unique take on the Thanksgiving classic of apple pie, this dish is a foolproof and creative way to wow your guests with ingenuity ; )

Click here for the recipe from 3 Boys and a Dog.

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Cranberry Orange Spiral Cookies

This cookie recipe requires a bit of planning due to chilling times, but it’s absolutely worth the wait! Their unique design makes them that much more appealing and irresistible.

Click here for the recipe from Amanda’s Cookin’.

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Pumpkin Spice Nanaimo Bars

These 3-layered pumpkin spice nanaimo bars are a fun variation on tradition and a great way to use leftover canned pumpkin puree this Thanksgiving season. Plus, the color scheme is absolutely perfect for your dessert spread!

Click here for the recipe from Celebration Generation.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

These pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are bursting with flavor – and they’re paleo! These cookies are the perfect, healthy treat post-Thanksgiving dinner.

Click here for the recipe from Hungry Hobby.

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Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispie Treats

This pumpkin pie made out of Rice Krispie treats is the CUTEST Thanksgiving treat! Yes, even the crust is made of the Krispie delights, so your guests will get a real kick out of its creative presentation. Plus, it’s fewer calories than an actual slice of pumpkin pie (we think)!

Click here for the recipe from Desserts on a Dime.

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Pumpkin Rolls

These pumpkin rolls with cream cheese frosting are absolutely mouth-watering. The best part is that you make them beforehand, freeze them, and then distribute them as gifts at a later date. They’re the perfect Thanksgiving treat that cooks up enough for several people!

Click here for the recipe from Eating on a Dime.

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Creamy Cranberry Salad (Cranberry Fluff)

This creamy cranberry salad looks like it’s straight out of Candyland, but it’s a great addition to your Thanksgiving spread. It’s a classic southern side dish made with fresh cranberries, crushed pineapple and red grapes, pecans, and marshmallows.

Click here for the recipe from Homemade Interest.

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For a different take on cranberry fluff, check out this option. Click here for the recipe from Bitz n’ Giggles.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins

These pumpkin cheesecake muffins are the perfect fall-inspired treat. Flavored with real pumpkin and warm spices, plus a surprise cream cheese filling, these are treats that are sure to make an impression on your Thanksgiving table.

Click here for the recipe from Natalie’s Health.

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Acorn Oreo Balls

So, you’ve heard of cake balls – but what about acorn Oreo balls? These chocolate delights are made with cream cheese, mini Nilla wafers, and butterscotch chips. They also fit perfectly into grab bags for Thanksgiving treats to pass out to your friends!

Click here for the recipe from Homemade Interest.

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For another acorn-y recipe, try these realistic-looking salted caramel marshmallow acorns. Click here for the recipe from Dancing Through the Rain.

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White Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles

These white chocolate pumpkin truffles are the perfect mix of a creamy pumpkin cream filling encased in a white chocolate shell. Plus, they’re vegan and low-carb, and you can also make them dairy-free.

Click here for the recipe from Whole New Mom.

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Chocolate Swirl Spiced Bread

Chocolate swirl spiced pumpkin bread will be on the top of your list of favorite recipes to make this fall. It’s beautiful swirls of chocolate and aromatic spices, mixed throughout each thick and fluffy slice. The best part about this recipe is that it makes two loaves, allowing you to give one away and hoard one for yourself!

Click here for the recipe from Foodal (@foodal_blog on Instagram).

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Thanksgiving Pilgrim Hat Cookies

Celebrate Thanksgiving with simple pilgrim hat cookies, which are fun to make and delicious to eat. They barely require any ingredients, and the cleanup is minimal!

Click here for the recipe from The Gingerbread House.

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Mini Cornbread Muffins

You can’t have Thanksgiving dinner without cornbread! These mini cornbread muffins only take 30 minutes in total to whip together, and they’re easier than you think to bake. Their fluffy, sweet, crumby texture is simply irresistible!

Click here for the recipe from On My Kid’s Plate.

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

This classic New England dessert gets an update with pumpkin, spices, and maple! These pumpkin whoopie pies with maple cream cheese frosting are perfect for any Thanksgiving spread. Anyone would love to receive these bite-sized delicacies as a gift, as well!

Click here for the recipe from Food, Folks, and Fun.

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Everything Bagel Cashews

Buttery rich with a savory crunch, these everything bagel cashews are perfect for snacking! They’re perfect for packaging as a gift for a friend or teacher, and also well-loved at gatherings. You’ll be one hit of a host if you bake these bad boys up!

Click here for the recipe from Hug For Your Belly (@hugforyourbelly on Instagram).

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Maple Cinnamon Star Sugar Cookies

These thick and chewy cinnamon spiced star sugar cookies topped with golden star sprinkles and dunked in maple icing are decadent and delicious. They’re perfect to make for any occasion, and the maple cinnamon flavor is especially noteworthy.

Click here for the recipe from Greedy Eats.

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Thanksgiving Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

If you’re looking for a recipe for perfect sugar cookies this Thanksgiving, these sour cream sugar cookies are ideal! These simple yet delicious cookies are adorned with with cream cheese frosting. They’re light and fluffy, perfect for cutting into fun shapes with cookie cutters, and kids can even help to decorate the cookies themselves.

Click here for the recipe from Saving Talents.

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Candied Pecans

This candied pecans recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and salty, making it a great snack, gift, or salad topping. Plus, when you bake them in the oven, your entire home will smell like the aroma of sweet pecans – who wouldn’t want that?!

Click here for the recipe from Chisel & Fork.

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For another take on candied pecans, try these easy stovetop candied pecans. They have the perfect balance of sweet and savory. Fill a mason jar with these nuts, add a cute ribbon and label, and you’ve got yourself the perfect thoughtful gift!

Click here for the recipe from A Sweet Alternative.

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Thanksgiving Pies and Cakes

Ah, some of the jewels of any Thanksgiving dinner – pies and cakes! Here’s a list of the best Thanksgiving pies, cakes, crumble, and any other large sweet creations that can feed multiple people for dessert.

Pecan Cheesecake Pie

This pecan cheesecake pie is the ultimate treat for Thanksgiving, packed full of flavor! Package it whole to give to a group, or in slices for individual gifts – either way, everyone will be delighted to eat this up.

Click here for the recipe from B4 and Afters (@libertyb4andafters on Instagram).

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Mini Chocolate Pecan Pie

These mini chocolate pecan pies are great as party appetizers, and they make the best gifts. Plus, you can make these quickly the night before your big Thanksgiving feast and can be rest assured that they’ll still be delicious the following day.

Click here for the recipe from The Country Chic Cottage.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake

This pumpkin cheesecake made from scratch is a traditional Thanksgiving delicacy that should be on everyone’s dinner spread. This recipe calls for double layers of pumpkin-y goodness – a true pumpkin lover’s dream!

Click here for the recipe from Eating on a Dime.

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Apple Cobbler

This simple apple cobbler recipe is filled with granny smith apples. While similar to an apple pie, its apple mixture and biscuit top layer truly set it apart from that traditional dish.

Click here for the recipe from 3 Boys and a Dog.

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Crustless Pumpkin Pie

This crustless pumpkin pie is super easy to make, and it’s incredibly delicious. You can even make mini versions of this pie to give as a gift (and use proper substitutions to make gluten-free, if needed). It’s the perfect treat for both Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts!

Click here for the recipe from Simple Living Recipes.

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Apple Dump Cake

This easy apple dump cake takes no more than 15 minutes to prep and only requires six ingredients. Plus, it looks even better than anything you’d find in a store!

For even less cleanup, prep this recipe in the same dish you baked it in. Talk about an easy yummy Thanksgiving treat that will satisfy everyone’s tummies!

Click here for the recipe from Lemons and Zest (@lemonsandzest on Instagram).

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Apple Crumble Pie

This apple crumble pie is baked completely from scratch is truly any pie lover’s personal slice of heaven. Learn how to make the crumble, pie crust, and inside apple filling in this delicious recipe that can be reused for any special occasion!

Click here for the recipe from Delicious Table.

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Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake

This cheesecake is filled with the same flavors of a caramel apple cheesecake, but with an additional crunchy layer on top. Tasty by itself or served with vanilla ice cream, this Thanksgiving dessert is bound to wow your guests.

Click here for the recipe from Baking Beauty.

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Pumpkin Angel Food Cake

This pumpkin angel food cake is a light dessert that the entire family will love. This recipe calls for just pumpkin, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, angel food cake mix, and white chocolate. It’s bound to be a favorite on the Thanksgiving table!

Click here for the recipe from Easy Family Recipe Ideas.

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Pumpkin Pie Cake

Who said you can’t make pumpkin pie from a cake mix? This recipe shows you how! The final product tastes like both pumpkin cake and pumpkin pie, so it’s like getting two desserts jam-packed with flavor into one dish.

Click here for the recipe from Desserts on a Dime.

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Southern Fried Apple Hand Pies

These apple hand pies are made with homemade apple pie filling and pie crust (or refrigerated biscuit dough). You can even make these fried apple pies ahead of time and refrigerate them overnight, or freeze for later nomming.

Click here for the recipe from A Farmgirl’s Kitchen.

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Blackberry & Blueberry Galette

This rustic blackberry and blueberry galette recipe is made with fresh blackberries, juicy blueberries, and hints of fresh rosemary, all baked in a golden buttery crust. With a final touch of powdered sugar dusted on top and some vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream, this Thanksgiving treat is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.

Click here for the recipe from The Forked Spoon.

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Salted Caramel Apple Crisp

This salted caramel apple crisp is delectable! Don’t forget to add a pinch of salt at the end, which elevates the sweetness of the apples and gives it an extra kick.

Click here for the recipe from A Food Lover’s Kitchen.

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Cranberry Orange Custard Pie

This beautiful and delicious cranberry orange custard pie is a unique holiday dessert that makes a fantastic addition to your Thanksgiving spread! It pairs the unique flavors of creamy egg custard together with tart cranberries and looks even better than anything you could find in a restaurant.

Click here for the recipe from The Creative Bite.

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Applesauce Walnut Cake

This delicious applesauce walnut cake recipe is lightly spiced but full of warm and cozy flavors. Gooey, moist and full of texture, this apple cake is full of Thanksgiving vibes and can easily be made any season.

Click here for the recipe from On My Kid’s Plate.

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Mini Apple Pies

This mini apple pie recipe is made in mason jar lids! They’re delicious, cute, and versatile. Due to their small size, they’re easy to package for Thanksgiving gifts as well. Kids will love finally getting an apple pie that’s perfect for the size of their appetite (although they may just end up having multiple!)

Click here for the recipe from Easy Budget Recipes.

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For a different take on mini apple crisp tarts, try these easy graham cracker tart shells. These individual apple pies can be prepared in advance and reheated, making them perfect for Thanksgiving.

Click here for the recipe from Erica’s Recipes.

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Thanksgiving Cupcakes

Looking for Thanksgiving cupcakes that are perfect for the entire family (or as delectable gifts)? Check out this list of cupcakes that have been made specifically for Thanksgiving spreads.

Turkey Cupcakes

Gobble, gobble! These turkey cupcakes are not only cute, but sure to be a big hit with kids (and adults!). They’re adorable, make the perfect photograph subjects, and will certainly receive rave reviews if you package them up as Thanksgiving treats.

Click here for the recipe from Crayons and Cravings.

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For another turkey cupcake recipe, check out this adorable version (check out those LEGS!). Click here for the recipe from Bitz n’ Giggles.

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Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

These cupcakes taste exactly like pumpkin pie, but in smaller serving sizes! They’re perfect for not only Thanksgiving, but also Halloween and Christmas festivities. The whipped cream topping is of course like the final crowning touch, adding a hint of creamy sweetness that completes this cupcake perfectly.

Click here for the recipe from Baking Beauty.

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Caramel Apple Cupcakes

These caramel apple cupcakes are the perfect fall dessert. Bite into one and you’ll be rewarded with a rich caramel apple filling, which will warm your heart with delight.

Click here for the recipe from A Food Lover’s Kitchen.

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Pumpkin Cupcakes

These easy pumpkin cupcakes are perfect for Thanksgiving dessert. They’re just like eating pumpkin pie in cupcake form, topped off with themed sprinkles and frosting!

Click here for the recipe from Little Sunny Kitchen.

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No Bake Thanksgiving Treats

No bake? No problem! Try these easy recipes that require minimal prep, no expert cooking or baking skills, and are so straightforward that they could all be prepped overnight before your big Thanksgiving feast.

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites

These no-bake pumpkin cheesecake bites are creamy and decadent, all while being super quick and easy to make. Make and serve these up within minutes and enjoy them with family and friends.

Click here for the recipe from Life Begins with Dessert.

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And if you’re looking for the real deal – pumpkin cheesecake (not bites) – check out this no-bake, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan pumpkin cheesecake! It’s a yummy treat filled with thoughtfulness, spectacular flavor, and eye-catching presentation.

Click here for the recipe from Veeg.

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To continue the PSL season ambience, try this no-bake pumpkin spice cheesecake. It’s a smooth fridge-bake cheesecake made with all the iconic flavours of the classic pumpkin pie.

Click here for the recipe from Sew White.

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No-Bake Oreo Turkey Cookies

These Oreo turkey cookies are adorable and don’t require baking at all! Kids can help decorate these in a jiffy, as well. They’re a clever use of Oreos, candy eyeballs, candy corn, and peanut butter chips.

Click here for the recipe from Desserts on a Dime.

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No-Bake Pumpkin Mousse

This no-bake pumpkin mousse is light and easy to throw together for a Thanksgiving dessert. You can easily eat this with gingersnap cookies, or straight from the jar or serving bowl.

Click here for the recipe, via Baking Beauty.

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Vegan and/or Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Treats

For those looking for vegan, gluten-free, and/or paleo options, here are some healthy plant-based Thanksgiving recipes for you to peruse. Who said you had to sacrifice flavor when eating healthy?

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake

This vegan pumpkin cheesecake has all the ingredients of a regular cheesecake… just without the cheese!

You’ll be surprised to learn that this recipe includes tofu and cashews and still packs a punch in every bite. It’s also ideal for anyone who needs a gluten-free alternative to this famous dessert.

Click here for the recipe, via The Daring Kitchen.

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Looking for another variation with a salted caramel topping? Here’s another vegan, gluten-free pumpkin cheesecake that offers exactly that. Click here for the recipe from Rhian’s Recipes.

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Vegan Pumpkin Donuts

These vegan pumpkin donuts are the perfect way to welcome fall! They’re warm-spiced, pumpkin flavored, and frosted with a cinnamon-sugar coating. The ingredient list is simple, and they’ll be ready in a flash!

Click here for the recipe from Vegan Huggs.

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Vegan Pumpkin Meringue Pie

This vegan pumpkin meringue pie is relatively effortless, and you may even have the basic ingredients already stocked in your pantry. It also freezes well for 2-3 months (if you can resist eating it for that long!), so you can even recycle it for holiday gatherings, if you’re absolutely crunched for time.

Click here for the recipe from Vegan Huggs.

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Energy Balls

These gluten-free pumpkin spice oat energy balls are packed with nutrients. They have a chewy texture with just the right amount of caramel sweetness. Roll them in unsweetened shredded coconut, and they’ll look like Ferrero Rochers – but without all the calories!

Click here for the recipe from My Chef’s Apron.

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Gluten-Free Honey-Glazed Cinnamon Pecans

These honey-glazed spiced cinnamon pecans are a great topping for salads or desserts… and they’re gluten-free!

You can make these in just under 20 minutes, and they’re so tasty that you may even find yourself popping them in your mouth while watching TV. But don’t worry – they’re highly nutritious, packed with healthy fats and protein (as well as minerals), so these are actually the healthiest snacks around.

Click here for the recipe from End of the Fork.

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Vegan No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Tarts

These vegan no-bake pumpkin pie tarts are easy to make, with just a few ingredients. They’re the perfect dessert for fall, after Thanksgiving dinner, or as a healthy alternative to pumpkin pie.

Click here for the recipe, via Running on Real Food.

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Turkey-Themed Veggie Tray

Looking for something that’s actually super healthy as a Thanksgiving treat? The kids will love this veggie tray displayed in the shape of a turkey. It’s the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer for everyone to snack on while waiting for the main dishes, and it’s 100% guilt-free!

Click here for the recipe from On My Kid’s Plate.

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Vegetarian Wellington

Beef wellington is a traditional English pie (but who said it just had to be for Christmas?) – and this recipe makes it vegetarian and healthier! Decorate with rosemary and drizzle with yogurt sauce for the final “wow” factor.

Click here for the recipe and video tutorial from The Daring Kitchen.

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

These gluten-free cookies are scrumptious, festive, easy to make, and perfect to wrap up for a gift.

Plus, they’re even healthier than your average oatmeal cookie, AND they have an irresistible pumpkin flavor! They’re also dairy-free and very low in sugar (but still taste amazing), so these are the perfect gifts for anyone who is more health-conscious.

Click here for the recipe from Mae’s Menu.

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Try another version of vegan, gluten-free pumpkin sugar cookies here, which are decked out in a faux cream cheese frosting. Click here for the recipe from Rhian’s Recipes.

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Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Muffins

These maple orange muffins are the perfect treat to serve at a Thanksgiving gathering. They’re filled with the fresh flavor of cranberries and a hint of sweet oranges to satisfy all your taste buds.

Click here for the recipe from Delicious Meets Healthy.

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Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are the perfect combination of flavors for any Thanksgiving feast! They’re loaded with fall spices, pumpkin puree, and chocolate chips. These bakery-style cookies are packed with “yum” in every bite and will be ready in 20 minutes or less!

Click here for the recipe from Vegan Huggs.

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

These gluten-free pumpkin whoopie pies are the perfect autumn treat. With only maple syrup as a sweetener, you get a healthy dessert that is chock-full of Thanksgiving flavors in every bite!

Plus, who can resist how adorable they look? They’re so bite-sized that they make the perfect gifts to wrap up as a thoughtful gift to show your appreciation this Thanksgiving.

Click here for the recipe from The Daring Kitchen.

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Thanksgiving Dips and Spreads

We thought that dips and spread should get some love, as well – so we created a separate section for them. Read on for the best recipes from various bloggers for Thanksgiving dips and spreads that complement fruits and/or veggies magnificently! Bring these along to any Thanksgiving gathering and you’re sure to rake in all the brownie points.

Pumpkin Pie Dip

This dip is a super fun snack for any Thanksgiving festivity, since it only requires four ingredients. Plus, the only main direction is: stir. It’s as simple as they come – quick, easy, and scrumptious!

Click here for the recipe from It is a Keeper.

pumpkin pie dip
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Looking for more options? Here’s another delicious pumpkin dip for you to try. It’s creamy, fluffy, and features spicy pumpkin flavors that remind you of the fall season. It’s perfect for desserts and general get-togethers! Click here for the recipe from Momma Lew.

Fluffy pumpkin dip
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Pumpkin Mousse Dip with Pie Crust Dippers

This light and delicious dip is served with flakey pie crust dippers for an amazing Thanksgiving treat!

If you can’t get enough of the flavor of pumpkin pie (but don’t want to bake an entire pie), this treat is for you. This light snack will definitely be a hit amongst all of your friends and family at your next gathering!

Click here for the recipe from The Creative Bite.

Pumpkin mousse dip and crust dippers
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Acorn Squash Honey Custard

For a Thanksgiving spread that your guests most likely haven’t tried before, whip up this acorn squash honey custard. It’s perfect for using as a dip or just as a delicious dessert. Plus, it’s gluten and dairy-free!

Click here for the recipe from Homemade for Elle.

Acorn squash honey custard
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For a healthier paleo, sugar-free pumpkin custard, try this option (also available with vegan substitutions). Click here for the recipe from Whole New Mom.

vegan pumpkin custard
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Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

Looking for a simple but thoughtful Thanksgiving gift? Whip up some of this pumpkin pie spice blend! It’s easy to make (just four ingredients), budget-friendly, and adds powerful oomph to any food you sprinkle this on.

Click here for the recipe from Foodology Geek.

Pumpkin pie spice blend
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Whipped Pumpkin Dip

This whipped pumpkin dip is just made with vanilla pudding, pumpkin puree, and cool whip! It isn’t overly sweet, but it has hints of pumpkin to remind you of pumpkin pie and all things PSL. It’s a refreshing dip to add to your Thanksgiving spread!

Click here for the recipe from Mighty Mrs.

Whipped pumpkin dip
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We hope you enjoyed this list of yummy Thanksgiving treats!

If you’ve managed to read this entire article without drooling or ransacking your kitchen for ingredients, congratulations! We hope that you have plenty of inspo for planning your next Thanksgiving feat (or if you’re just looking for yummy Thanksgiving treat ideas).

If you have any suggestions for what to add to this list, let us know in the comments!

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