Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Desserts


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Jenna Heng

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, countless households are in a cooking frenzy. Dishes that require little hassle to make can still be good to eat and spare the cook some stress. Below is a compilation of Thanksgiving desserts that are both delicious and easy to make.

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles


1 8oz. Package cream cheese

½ cup packed brown sugar

1 15oz. Can pure pumpkin

1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice

2 cups heavy cream

2 tsps. granulated sugar

2 cups crumbled graham crackers


  1. Use a mixer to beat the cream cheese. Gradually add in brown sugar, pumpkin, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice until smooth. In a separate bowl, beat the heavy cream.
  2. Divide the crumbled graham crackers among 8 glasses. Layer the pumpkin mixture on top followed by the heavy cream. Continue layering until all of the mixtures have been used up.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Total time to prepare is 40 minutes.

Recipe from www.mybakingaddiction.com

Apple Pear Crisp


½ cup oats

3 small apples

2 medium pears

1 tbsp. Water

2 tsp. Brown sugar

½ tsp. ground cinnamon

½ tsp. ground ginger

½ cup dried cranberries

⅓ cup peanut butter

3 tbsp. whole wheat flour

¼ cup whipped cream


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F, toast oats in a jelly roll pan for 5-8 minutes.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the apples, pears, water, ground cinnamon, and ground ginger and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in cranberries, and place in a pan.
  3. In a bowl, combine the oats and peanut butter. Sprinkle this mixture over the fruit mixture. Bake for 15 minutes.

Total time to prepare is 45 minutes.

Recipe from www.washingtonpost.com

Bread Pudding:


1 loaf sliced firm white bread

4 cup milk

½ cup sugar

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

½ tsp. salt

9 large eggs

3 oz. white chocolate

3 oz. dark chocolate


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F, toast bread on a cookie sheet in the oven for 30 minutes.
  2. Whisk together the milk, sugar, vanilla, salt, and eggs. Stir in both the white and dark chocolate.
  3. Place the toasted slices of bread in a greased baking dish with the slices slightly overlapping, pour the milk mixture over the slices, and let stand for 30 minutes so the bread can absorb the milk.
  4. Cover the bread with foil and bake for an hour, then uncover and bake for 15 minutes. The bread pudding can be served hot or cold.

Total time to prepare is 100 minutes.

Recipe from www.goodhousekeeping.com