If you’re hosting Thanksgiving, you’ve got a lot on your plate: roast the perfect bird, set the table, whip out dozens of pillowy rolls, pick up the wine, find enough serving spoons. And even if you’re a super-duper planner with spreadsheets and seat assignments, things fall through the cracks. For my family, that slip-up always seems to be dessert.
Maybe it’s because no one in my family considers themselves a “baker,” but more often than not our Thanksgiving morning involves a last-minute pie run (with an added ice cream stop) to Walmart. This year, I’m determined to be a better planner, to make a dessert as worthy as the turkey.
Okay, so homemade dessert doesn’t have to be a time-consuming pie with a from-scratch crust. (Although, please save me a slice if yours is!) Instead, I’ve thought about a variety of simple, last-minute treats that won’t add any Thanksgiving stress. Check them out below, and—no matter what—remember that everyone's grateful for your sweet efforts.
You’re committed to baking.
I get it—it’s not Thanksgiving without the smell of warming spices and buttery crusts. Make these streamlined apple treats or no-fail bakes.
My mom stockpiles gallons of ice cream for emergency situations. (Yes, "emergency" is relative.) But I’ve thought of a homemade touch: toppings! These come together in the blink of an eye and add an extra-special something to the end of your celebration.