12 Easy Thanksgiving Desserts That Won't Put You in a Tizzy

November 26, 2014

Don't even think about serving chocolate soufflé on Thanksgiving. On a day when you're expected to be a magician -- to make a moist turkey out of a notoriously dry bird and bake rolls for 40 and light the candles in your "powder room" -- you need to choose your battles. If you're hosting this year, ask your guests to wrangle pie crusts and bake custards in water baths. You should stick to the no-fail stuff.

Here are 12 desserts that won't have you pulling at your hair when you should be eating cranberry sauce and schmoozing with your friends:

Bea's No-Peel Apple Crisp by Alice Medrich

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Sweet Cream Bundt Cake by BrendaZ


Pumpkin Pudding (a.k.a. No-Pie Pumpkin Pie) by Alice Medrich


Hervé This' Chocolate Mousse by Genius Recipes


Baked Apples by Sarah Jampel


Nigella Lawson's One-Step, No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream by Genius Recipes


Spiced Dulce de Leche Banana Icebox Cake by savorthis


Teddie's Apple Cake by Genius Recipes


Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting by Sarah Jampel


Cindy Mushet's Italian Jam Shortbread Tart (Fregolotta) by Genius Recipes


Red Wine-Poached Pears by Kenzi Wilbur


Fudgy Bourbon Balls by Amanda Hesser

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phip November 26, 2014
I'm going with the poached pears (I add a little clove). I'll plate them with a Creme Anglaise with a swirl of warm plum jam. Thanks. I had completely forgotten about this beautiful desert. Its a staple in Roman trattorie.