20+ Absolutely Delicious Non-Pumpkin Thanksgiving Desserts & Treats

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by Robin
thanksgiving desserts not pumpkin

We need some non-pumpkin Thanksgiving desserts for our guests, am I right?  We all have at least one: that friend or family member who doesn't especially like pumpkin. Or worse, who actively HATES it.

I can remember Thanksgivings of yore where my kids full-on, red-faced, gagged and choked when we tragically tried to get them to politely eat the pumpkin pie our hosts worked so hard on. Embarrassing for all of us. And to what end?

In truth, many kids have trouble with pumpkin pie's semi-solid texture and kinda weird smell. Usually they grow out of it - but often not before some especially uncomfortable moments at the Thanksgiving table.

Pumpkin can be pretty polarizing. But, yet, we seem to feel compelled to serve it at Thanksgiving.  We can't seem to help ourselves!

Hence this collection of pumpkin-free Thanksgiving desserts and Thanksgiving treats. Currently, these are pretty non-traditional Thanksgiving desserts - but hopefully not for long!  Because even if you adore pumpkin, who wouldn't love another delicious option? 

non pumpkin thanksgiving desserts

Absolutely Delicious 

Non-Pumpkin Thanksgiving Desserts

Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Desserts

Vegan Pecan Pie from Abbey's Kitchen vegan pecan pie

Instant Pot Applesauce Cake from Easy Instant Recipes instant pot applesauce cake

Cranberry Pear Lattice Pie from The Baking Fairy cranberry pear lattice pie

Caramel Upside Down Apple Cake from An Italian In My Kitchen caramel apple upside down cake

Autumn Leaves Apple Pie from Kudos Kitchen apple pie with leaves top crust

Caramel Apple Bars from Snappy Gourmet caramel apple bars

Apple Pecan Cream Cheese Cake from Flavor Mosaics apple pecan cream cheese cake

Thanksgiving Kids Desserts

Adorable Candy Pretzel Bites from Suburban Simplicity thanksgiving treats for kids turkey pretzel bites

Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispie Treats from The Crafted Sparrow chocolate dipped rice krispie thanksgiving treats

Healthy Cinnamon Apple Cupcakes from Amy's Healthy Baking healthy cinnamon apple cupcakes

Thanksgiving Cookies from Amanda's Cookin'
thanksgiving cookies

Thanksgiving Treats

Nutella Brownie Recipe from Kleinworth & Co.
nutella brownies

Sweet Potato Cream Cheese Bars from Hello Wonderful
sweet potatoe cream cheese bars

Pecan Pie Truffles from High Heels and Grills
pecan pie truffles

Homemade Snickers Cake from Or Whatever You Dohomemade snickers cake

Best Brownies Ever
one bowl brownies

Cranberry Raspberry Pretzel Salad from The Recipe Rebel
cranberry raspberry pretzel squares

Chocolate Dessert Lasagna from It's Yummi
chocolate dessert lasagna

Chewy Butter Pecan Bars from Craft Create Cook
chewy butter pecan bars

Blueberry Pie Bars recipe
blueberry pie squares

Rhubarb Custard Bars
rhubarb bards with custard

While you're here! We've got even more help for your Thanksgiving meal planning:

Holiday Instant Pot Side dishes

Holiday Crockpot side dishes

crockpot side dishes

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