14 Desserts to Make Instead of Pie on Thanksgiving

November 18, 2015

If pie just isn't your thing, this time of year might begin to feel a little exhausting—because, hey, there are a lot of us for whom pie really is our thing. Especially around Thanksgiving.

If you find yourself in the former group, unable to give up post-dinner ice cream or trade the flan's tender allure for flaky pie, these recipes are for you: This year, make anything except pie, from flan and crème brûlée to cake and ice cream.

Pumpkin Pavlova with Pecan Brittle by Kendra Vaculin

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No-Cook Butter Pecan Ice Cream by Posie Harwood

Butter pecan


Vegan Apple Crisp by Gena Hamshaw

Vegan crisp


Deborah Madison's Sweet Potato Flan by Nicholas Day

Sweet Potato Flan


Maple Persimmon Upside-Down Cake with Maple Cream by vvvannessa



Red Wine Poached Pears by Kenzi Wilbur



Salted Pumpkin Crème Brûlée by EmilyC

Creme Brulee


Pumpkin Pie Crumble by bonbonmarie



Pecan-Crusted Oat Flour Genoise by Alice Medrich



Pumpkin Flan by aargersi



20 Minute Apple Turnovers by Stacy



Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust by Food52



Baked Apples by Sarah Jampel

Baked apples


Double Layer Cranberry Ginger Upside-Down Cake by Sarah Jampel

Cranberry cake

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Mona P. November 15, 2017
I do a cream puff wreath (with pumpkin spiced filling in a nod to tradition.) Wish I could post a photo, but it can be seen on