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Southern Living Pumpkin Desserts Perfect for Thanksgiving

Thursday, Nov 4, 2021  |  admin  |  At Home


Pumpkin spice everything is all the rage each autumn. It’s such a versatile fruit (yes, pumpkin is a fruit.) But if you’re looking to spice up your Thanksgiving dessert table with something other than the typical pumpkin pie, you’ve come to the right place. 

Granted, there’s nothing wrong with a delicious pumpkin pie, but this time, we’re sharing some other Southern Living pumpkin desserts that are sure to make a perfect ending to your Thanksgiving feast.

Pumpkin-Spice Bundt with Brown Sugar Icing and Candied Pecans

Get your best cake stand out for this one. A five-star reviewer of this cake said, “My family and friends would not stop talking about it. It was moist, delicious, and one of the best bundt cakes I have ever eaten. It is one that I will make again and again.” Another reviewer said, “This is the second time that I have made this cake as my friends and family love it. It is a must-have recipe for fall.”

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

A moist, delicious, slightly spicy cookie that beckons for a sweet, cream cheese frosting. Or, you could do what this reviewer mentioned, “I loved this recipe and so did my friends. I added chopped pecans on top just before baking. Fabulous!” We recommend toasting those pecans first for an even better layer of flavor. 

Pumpkin Spice-Heath Cake Recipe

Our friends at Southern Living claim that this cake “tastes like fall in a cake pan.” We get it — teaming up pumpkin spice with toffee bits and a spice cake mix will smell and taste heavenly. A five-start reviewer shared this: “This is an amazingly moist and flavorful cake. I made the recipe as written, but only used half the amount of the toffee bits. If you enjoy pumpkin and spice, this is the cake for you!” But why only use half the toffee bits? We’ve much to be thankful for this year — go ahead and use the whole bag, as per the recipe instructions. 

Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake

How can you possibly go wrong with these three layers: a graham cracker crust, a creamy cheesecake, and a richly spiced pumpkin layer top. A five-star reviewer mentioned a helpful tip, “This was fantastic!!! Will definitely make again! Everyone loved it for Thanksgiving. **One recipe note, white wine vinegar is listed under cheesecake filling ingredients but then it is not mentioned in the step-by-step directions. However, if you watch the video, she adds the vinegar at the very end of the cheesecake filling. So don’t forget to add that even though it’s not mentioned in the step-by-step.”

Pumpkin Crisp

Apples and berries aren’t the only fruits perfect for a crisp. This super-easy recipe includes moist butter cake, sweet pumpkin, and crunchy pecans. The Southern Living staffers recommend topping each portion with homemade whipped cream, but it would be great with a creamy vanilla ice cream too. 

As a Southern Living-Inspired Community, we encourage new traditions that represent life in the charming South. Who knows — one of these yummy recipes could be the beginning of a tasty new tradition at your holiday table. No matter how you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, we wish you a wonderful and joyous holiday with family and friends.