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30 delectable Thanksgiving desserts that have nothing to do with pumpkin

Justina Huddleston is an editor and the head writer for TDmonthly Magazine. She has been a freelance writer for several years, though her real passion is cooking. You can see the recipes she creates on her vegan food blog, A Life of Litt...

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Non-pumpkin Thanksgiving desserts

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Non-pumpkin Thanksgiving desserts

Who needs pumpkin — or pie for that matter — when you can have apples, cheesecake and caramel?

Originally published November 2015. Updated November 2016.

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Salted caramel brownies

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Salted caramel brownies

Luscious salted caramel drips off of these fudgy brownies, a decadent dessert for special occasions.

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Harvest chocolate chip cookie cake

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Harvest chocolate chip cookie cake

Chocolate chip cookie dough and candy corn make up this sweet and festive treat.

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Apple pie fries

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Apple pie fries

Who ever said dessert couldn't be finger food? Try these apple pie fries, no fork required.

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Spiced apple and banana Bundt cake

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Spiced apple and banana Bundt cake

Vanilla-caramel glaze tops this spiced apple and banana Bundt cake.

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Fall leaves Rice Krispies Treats

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Fall leaves Rice Krispies Treats

Jazz up your Thanksgiving dessert spread with these colorful fall leaf Rice Krispies Treats.

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White chocolate-cranberry cookies

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White chocolate-cranberry cookies

Deep red cranberries and shiny white chocolate chips make these cookies look as good as they taste.

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Mini caramel apples

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Mini caramel apples

Cleanup will be a breeze when you serve these mini caramel apples on a stick instead of messy pie.

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Caramel apple cheesecake crumble bars

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Caramel apple cheesecake crumble bars

Topped with a sticky salted caramel crumble, these apple cheesecake bars are a must-try.

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Ginger rice pudding with honey pears

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Ginger rice pudding with honey pears

Honey-roasted pears and warming ginger make this sweet rice pudding the definition of comfort food.

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Cranberry-apple crumb cake

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Cranberry-apple crumb cake

Perfect with coffee, this cranberry-apple crumb cake is an ideal after-dinner treat.

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Pecan pie bars

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Pecan pie bars

Forget about making a fussy rolled pie crust, and opt for these pecan pie bars instead.

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Caramel toffee crunch cheesecake

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Caramel toffee crunch cheesecake

Crunchy and smooth, buttery and sweet, this caramel toffee crunch cheesecake can't be beat.

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Maple caramel bacon crack

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Maple caramel bacon crack

You'll have a hard time getting your guests to leave the table once you put out this bacon "crack" dessert.

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Apple pie salsa

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Apple pie salsa

Serve up this apple pie salsa with homemade cinnamon sugar chips.

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Caramel apple blondie cheesecake

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Caramel apple blondie cheesecake

It'll be hard for your guests to decide what they like more — the cheesecake layer or blondie base.

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Chocolate-peanut butter cake bites

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Chocolate-peanut butter cake bites

Peanut butter frosting makes these chocolate cake bites truly worth celebrating.

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Bloomin' baked apples

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Bloomin' baked apples

Stuffed with caramel and topped with ice cream, these bloomin' baked apples are anything but boring.

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Cranberry upside-down cake

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Cranberry upside-down cake

Colorful, tart cranberries get a hit of caramelization in this upside-down cake recipe.

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Cinnamon sugar cake

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Cinnamon sugar cake

Warm cinnamon makes this sweet cake taste just like fall.

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Cranberry-apple shortbread bars

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Cranberry-apple shortbread bars

Buttery shortbread bars melt in your mouth, and the cranberry/apple combo makes them taste like fall.

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Salted caramel chocolate chip cheesecakes

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Salted caramel chocolate chip cheesecakes

Mini chocolate chip cheesecakes with a thick cookie crust and homemade salted caramel sauce? Perfection.

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Soft maple sugar cookies

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Soft maple sugar cookies

Imagine how great soft maple sugar cookies baking in the oven will make your kitchen smell!

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Fall Oreo acorn balls

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Fall Oreo acorn balls

These little treats are adorable and a snap to whip up.

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Apple pie cookies

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Apple pie cookies

These mini-pies are a cute spin on an old classic.

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Apple cider cupcakes

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Apple cider cupcakes

Apple cider cupcakes with brown sugar cinnamon buttercream sound so good you might want to skip the turkey.

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Sweet potato slab pie

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Sweet potato slab pie

Why not top off your sweet potato casserole with a sweet potato slab pie?

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Caramel apple cream puffs

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Caramel apple cream puffs

Cream puffs are a tad unexpected for Thanksgiving, but this caramel apple version is amazing.

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Pecan pie cake roll

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Pecan pie cake roll

It's literally pecan pie wrapped in cake. What more could a girl ask for?

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Autumn spice cake with cream cheese frosting

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Autumn spice cake with cream cheese frosting

This old-fashioned spiced cake goes perfectly with an after-dinner cup of coffee.

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30 delectable Thanksgiving desserts

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