Chocolate desserts for Thanksgiving?

To me, Thanksgiving desserts are about pumpkin and seasonal fruits. To my mother-in-law, "dessert" means chocolate (and maybe nutty). This year, my goal is to make my mother-in-law happy. Ideas for appropriate chocolate desserts for Thanksgiving?

  • Posted by: Jennifer
  • November 19, 2014


Jennifer November 22, 2014
Thanks for all the ideas--just fyi, I'm leaning toward chocolate pecan pie.
jamcook November 23, 2014
No one ever regrets making chocolate pecan pie... We are a 3 pie family on Thanksgiving, and the chocolate pecan always disappears first... And making it is well... As easy as pie ! (Sorry, couldn't resist!)
jamcook November 22, 2014
Our favorite Thanksgiving dessert is Chocolate pecan Pie. I use an old Craig Claiborne recipe . You could probably. Just add 2 Oz of unsweetened chocolate to a favorite pecan pie recipe.
Christine November 21, 2014
Definitely chocolate mousse because it can made ahead and chilled in little teacups or dessert wine glasses for a festive look. However, do take them out of the fridge for 10-15 minutes prior to serving. Another lighter make-ahead chocolate dessert that is flour-free is torta cioccolata, served with just a little loosely-whipped cream flavored w/ maple syrup. Great served with coffee after dinner. Almond meal can be found at Trader Joe's or Bob's Red Mill online. Here's a Mario Batali recipe, but there are plenty of authentic recipes on Italian websites, too.
keg72 November 21, 2014
I'm looking forward to trying this recipe for Thanksgiving this year. It's got chocolate, but I feel like the oatmeal makes it somehow cozy and Thanksgiving-y.
You can also never go wrong with Ina Garten's chocolate pudding tart from How Easy Is That?
ChefJune November 20, 2014
Why not make a chocolate mousse? Yes, it's rich, but it doesn't feel so. and it's easy and do-aheadable and everyone likes it. You could do a pie as well.
Yianna November 21, 2014
I completely agree - I made Herve This's 2 ingredient chocolate mousse last time and it was absolutely beautiful even without eggs or cream!
Stephanie G. November 20, 2014
Bon Appetit had a delicious chocolate tart in the November issue. It's on epicurious and Bon Appetit's website.
Julie November 20, 2014
I really love this chocolate tart from Smitten:
I've made this for Thanksgiving before and it fit well with the other desserts, especially with the gingersnap crust.
Posie (. November 20, 2014
I really cannot recommend Gena's vegan chocolate tart highly enough. I am not a vegan, and I was SO skeptical because I am pretty discerning about chocolate, but I've made it twice for a big parties and it got such rave reviews from tons of hearty, non-vegan eaters. It's incredibly easy to make, and it has this bizarre effect of tasting intensely rich but feeling light after you eat it (because it's mostly tofu) -- which is great for the end of a heavy meal. It sounds weird but I would so encourage everyone to try it.
sexyLAMBCHOPx November 20, 2014
I'm in the camp with a French silk pie or chocolate torte.
drbabs November 20, 2014
I've actually made chocolate ice cream (at my husband's request) for Thanksgiving. How about a chocolate pecan pie? I haven't made this one, but it looks good:
aargersi November 20, 2014
I second chocolate pecan pie! It's a TDay tradition in a chocolate dress!!!
drbabs November 20, 2014
There are a few chocolate recipes in this article from Food and Wine:
Lindsay-Jean H. November 20, 2014
fiveandspice's milk chocolate nutmeg tart with hazelnut crust is awesome:
Nancy November 20, 2014
Susan W's idea of asking your MIL is great! Meanwhile, awaiting your asking & her response, 2 suggestions using chocolate & hazelnut (not Nutella, but why not?)...Nigel Slater's' Wholemeal (aka wholewheat to Americans) Chocolate, Hazelnut & Coffee cake or Tamasin Day-Lews' hazelnut chocolate cake
creamtea November 19, 2014
This tart is rich and scrumptious. I've made it several times. It's also very easy.
Meaghan F. November 19, 2014
Can't go wrong with homemade truffles... Can be made ahead, not a lot of work, and don't take up much space. Maybe roll them in hazelnuts or almonds since you mention she likes nuts.
Susan W. November 19, 2014
Oh lawdy..those MILs. We always do pies for Thanksgiving and chocolate for Christmas. I think because we all adore pumpkin and apple pies after turkey.

Have you thought about asking her what her dream dessert might be? You know we could all help you find the right recipe if she would come up with a dessert wish.

Chocolate desserts we have done..Thomas Kellers brownies. We served them with whipped cream or ice cream. Chocolate mousse torte. Basically, a chocolate mousse with an oreo crust made in a springform pan. Either of these could be topped with candied or plain nuts. We're not huge nut fans, but pistachios were fun on both desserts.
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