Turkey might be the star of the show when it comes to Thanksgiving (heck, some people even have the audacity to call it Turkey Day, myself included) but I have to admit that after I’m like three bites into my bird and mashed potatoes, I’m already wondering what the dessert spread is going to be like.

That’s why I make sure to never OD on the savory and always leave some room for the sweet.

And when it comes to Thanksgiving, there’s plenty of delicious sweets to go around and sure, you can get creative, but it just doesn’t really feel like Thanksgiving unless one of these desserts is on the table.

1. Pumpkin Pie.


Come on, like we were really going to have a list without this bad boy? Believe it or not, Costco sells a banging one that won’t break the bank.

2. Indian Pudding.


If you’ve never had this New England classic dessert then you’re missing out. A dish as old as Plymouth Rock itself, Indian Pudding is about as old school Thanksgiving as it gets.

3. Pecan Pie.


If you’re allergic to nuts, then I’m sorry you won’t be able to chow down on a slice of this autumn-flavored glory. Sometimes they’re too sweet, but when these bad boys are made just right, you’ll want to french kiss your fork.

4. Sweet Potato Pie.


It might not get as much love as its Pumpkin sibling, but this oranger/gooier counterpart is a notable entry into the Thanksgiving dessert canon.

5. Apple Crisp.


Ridiculously easy to make from scratch, apple crisp has no business tasting this good for something so simple. As with any hot dessert involving apples, add a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream to this bad boy and you’re in dessert heaven.  If you’re looking for the best apples for baking, this list might give you an idea. But definitely opt for autumn flavors, because it’s Thanksgiving and all.

6. Banana Pudding.


Another ridiculously simple but delicious Thanksgiving staple, if this is on the dessert table, it won’t be there for long.

7. Pumpkin Bread.


Sure, it might not be as sweet as banana pudding or decadent as ice-cream slathered apple crisp, but a fat slice of this with some coffee while watching the game after getting your fill of turkey sounds like a great way to cap off your Thanksgiving meal. Plus, pumpkin anything works in the fall.

8. Apple Pie.


Sure, it might seem kind of obvious and there’s really no bad time for a slice of Apple Pie, but there are some people who just can’t call it Thanksgiving unless one of these are being served up. Bonus traditionalist points for the lattice design.

What are some of your Thanksgiving dessert fundamentals? Anything missing from this list that should be on there?

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