30 Gorgeous Thanksgiving Desserts for People Who Hate Pumpkin

by Justina Huddleston
Nov 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. ET
30 Delectable Thanksgiving Desserts That Have Nothing to Do With Pumpkin
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Raise your hand if you are totally over pumpkin! I know, I know. It seems like sacrilege nowadays, but it's totally OK to admit that you freaking hate pumpkin. Blame Starbucks and their damned pumpkin spice latte, but somewhere along the way, the whole world went bonkers for everything pumpkin — and forgive us if we say that a world in which pumpkin spice-flavored dog treats exist is a world we don't want to live in.

And though pumpkin pies are totally an old-school Thanksgiving standard, the smooshed-up squash dish does not have the market cornered when it comes to the best holiday desserts. Not even close. Who needs pumpkin — or pie for that matter — when you can have apples, cheesecake and caramel?

Just for you, our fellow pumpkin haters, we've rounded up 30 dessert recipes that are delectable — and have nothing to do with orange gourds. 

Originally published November 2015. Updated November 2017.

1 /31: Apple pie bites

1/31 :Apple pie bites

Refrigerated canned crescent rolls make these apple pie bites a breeze to whip up.

2 /31: Salted caramel brownies

2/31 :Salted caramel brownies

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

3 /31: Harvest chocolate chip cookie cake

3/31 :Harvest chocolate chip cookie cake

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

4 /31: Apple pie fries

4/31 :Apple pie fries

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

5 /31: Spiced apple and banana Bundt cake

5/31 :Spiced apple and banana Bundt cake

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

6 /31: Fall leaves Rice Krispies Treats

6/31 :Fall leaves Rice Krispies Treats

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

7 /31: White chocolate-cranberry cookies

7/31 :White chocolate-cranberry cookies

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

8 /31: Mini caramel apples

8/31 :Mini caramel apples

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

9 /31: Caramel apple cheesecake crumble bars

9/31 :Caramel apple cheesecake crumble bars

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

10 /31: Ginger rice pudding with honey pears

10/31 :Ginger rice pudding with honey pears

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

11 /31: Cranberry-apple crumb cake

11/31 :Cranberry-apple crumb cake

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

12 /31: Pecan pie bars

12/31 :Pecan pie bars

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

13 /31: Caramel toffee crunch cheesecake

13/31 :Caramel toffee crunch cheesecake

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

14 /31: Maple caramel bacon crack

14/31 :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.

15 /31: Apple pie salsa

15/31 :Apple pie salsa

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

16 /31: Caramel apple blondie cheesecake

16/31 :Caramel apple blondie cheesecake

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

17 /31: Chocolate-peanut butter cake bites

17/31 :Chocolate-peanut butter cake bites

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

18 /31: Bloomin' baked apples

18/31 :Bloomin' baked apples

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

19 /31: Cranberry upside-down cake

19/31 :Cranberry upside-down cake

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

20 /31: Cinnamon sugar cake

20/31 :Cinnamon sugar cake

Warm cinnamon makes this sweet cake taste just like fall.

21 /31: Cranberry-apple shortbread bars

21/31 :Cranberry-apple shortbread bars

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

22 /31: Salted caramel chocolate chip cheesecakes

22/31 :Salted caramel chocolate chip cheesecakes

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

23 /31: Soft maple sugar cookies

23/31 :Soft maple sugar cookies

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

24 /31: Fall Oreo acorn balls

24/31 :Fall Oreo acorn balls

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

25 /31: Apple pie cookies

25/31 :Apple pie cookies

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

26 /31: Apple cider cupcakes

26/31 :Apple cider cupcakes

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

27 /31: Sweet potato slab pie

27/31 :Sweet potato slab pie

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

28 /31: Caramel apple cream puffs

28/31 :Caramel apple cream puffs

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

29 /31: Pecan pie cake roll

29/31 :Pecan pie cake roll

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

30 /31: Autumn spice cake with cream cheese frosting

30/31 :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 That Have Nothing to Do With Pumpkin
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