Traditional Thanksgiving Desserts

Delicious Twists on Traditional Thanksgiving Desserts for a Tasty Friendsgiving

You love a good celebration, especially when it allows you to spend quality time with the people who mean the most to you. That's what makes Thanksgiving such a special time of year, along with the fact that you get to indulge in your favorite tasty treats! This holiday is memorable for so many reasons, but it’s a perfect time to celebrate Friendsgiving when you can't be with your actual family. Your friends, after all, are some of the greatest people you know — and they don't bring the drama that sometimes accompanies the customary holiday festivities with family.

Another advantage of celebrating Friendsgiving is it gives you a chance to flex your creative culinary muscles. Sure, you might get the chance to cook when celebrating with your family, but they probably expect you to prepare your tried-and-true hits. And while those classics always go over well, sometimes it's nice to shake things up. Friendsgiving is a good time to put a little spin on traditional desserts and share the results of your hard work with your BFFs.

The Not-So-Typical Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is a seasonal staple that’s found on most Thanksgiving tables alongside your centerpiece, featuring anything from orange candlesticks to autumnal bouquets. While it’s easy enough to whip up a conventional pie — or buy one from the store — it’s a whole lot more exciting to treat your friends to a unique take on the treat. That’s the beauty of this mouthwatering ginger-streusel pumpkin pie that features a crumbly, brown-sugary, slightly crunchy topping. It provides a wonderful balance for the creamy pumpkin filling, especially when adding walnuts for extra crunch.

The Unexpected Bowl of Ice Cream

You might not typically associate ice cream with Thanksgiving. Instead, most people have visions of cozy sweaters, warm fires, and fluffy throw blankets in their heads. Sure, ice cream is the antithesis of all of those things, but you probably haven't stumbled across an apple sundae with cider caramel sauce before today. This classy take on a summertime favorite features sweet apples baked with festive toppings like cinnamon and ginger, a layer of warm caramel sauce, and some ultra-creamy vanilla ice cream to finish it off. Enough said.

The No-Bake Apple Pie

Whether you’re short on time or just want to try something new this holiday, consider a no-bake apple pie to wow your friends. This is also a smart option for the host who isn't much of a cook. If you don’t have a knack for whipping up meals or don’t want your first experiment to fall on Thanksgiving day, try this easy option instead. You’ll combine a few spices with apples, boil the combination and simmer until the fruit is tender. You’ll combine pudding mix with water in a separate bowl and stir it into the apple mixture. Cook, stir, add nuts and pour over crust. Refrigerate until it’s time to serve — and prepare to wow everyone who bites into this smooth delight, especially when you add whipped cream.

The Cardamom-Cream Doughnuts

On the other hand, you might rival some of the world’s greatest chefs in the kitchen. If that’s the case, Thanksgiving is just made for you — and Friendsgiving is a good excuse to play around with new recipes. Instead of serving up simple cookies, why not load up a plate with rich cardamom-cream-filled sugar doughnuts? Sure, they’re deep-fried, and yes, they’re loaded with cream and spice, but that’s the beauty of these doughy treats. The end effect is lighter than you might expect, too, making it a good choice for those friends who crave something sweet but don’t want to indulge in a slice of heavy pie.

The Ultimate Hot Chocolate

A mug of hot cocoa is always welcome on a cold day — as is a glass of something stronger. Combine the two, and you’ve got yourself a boozy pumpkin white hot chocolate that’s packed with intense flavor, creamy topping, and holiday goodness. It’s fun and simple to make, and it all begins with white chocolate that’s been melted down to perfection. Then you’ll add milk, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin spice. Whisk, whisk, whisk, taking care not to burn the chocolate. Then pour it into a glass, add an ounce of Kahlua, and stir. Finish with as much whipped cream as you like, along with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg for a little flourish. Voila: a holiday season beverage that’s so addictive, you might be tempted to make a few for your own indulgence throughout the coming months.

Of course, this is also an opportunity to slow down and sit in gratitude as you reflect on the wonderful friends in your life and the value and joy they add to your world. Of course, treating them to a few delicious desserts on Friendsgiving is just the cream on the pie! Finish with a few festive accents, like decorative hand towels and plates, and you’ll feel like the best host around.

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