Make Room for Dessert with These 9 Tantalizing Recipes

Tired of plain pumpkin pie? Me too. Give boring holiday sweets the boot. Whip up one of these mouthwatering Thanksgiving desserts instead.

Tired of plain pumpkin pie? Me too.

Last week, I posted a roundup of unique stuffing recipes. This week, we tackle Thanksgiving dessert.

Give boring holiday sweets the boot. Whip up one of these mouthwatering fall desserts instead:

If you like your pumpkin with a boozy kick…

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Try Food and Wine’s Bourbon Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel (I haven’t tried them myself, but Cooper River Distillers– the first legal distillery in Camden – produces a handmade, from-scratch bourbon.)

….or this French Apple Cake with Rum from Once Upon a Chef.

If you can’t wait to get in the holiday spirit…

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Make this Festive Cranberry Topped Cheesecake from Taste of Home. (Remember to buy local New Jersey cranberries!)

If you don’t want to put another thing in the oven…

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Check out Taste of Home’s no-bake Old-Fashioned Banana Cream Pie.

If you love to bake from scratch…

Bake this Snickers Cake from Brown Eyed Baker. I can personally attest that this one is a HIT. It’s a lot of work, but your efforts will pay off. Even if you burn the turkey, your Thanksgiving guests will forget all about it when they taste this decadent treat. If you don’t like coffee in your desserts, don’t worry: you really can’t taste the coffee in this recipe, and it makes the cake super moist. (Buy coffee roasted in South Jersey: my favorite local coffee roaster is Harvest in Medford.)

If you want to make your dessert before the big day…

Spend Thanksgiving Eve putting together this make-ahead Cool, Creamy Chocolate Dessert from Cooking Light.

If you love a good ice cream float…

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Drink up this Caramel Apple Float from Taste of Home.

If stuffing just isn’t enough bread for you…

Put together Bobby Flay’s Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Spicy Caramel Apple Sauce and Vanilla Bean Creme Anglaise. (Got all that? It’s a mouthful.)

If you think chocolate and orange are a match made in culinary heaven…

Try your hand at this Orange Macaron with Dark Chocolate Clementine Ganache recipe from PBS. (I’m planning to make these on Thanksgiving – my first shot at macaron-making, so wish me luck.)

And finally, if you like to keep things super simple…

Put a toothpick in some fresh cranberries and dip them in some store-made caramel dip for an easy, delicious dessert. My almost-four-year-old will be making these while I’m making the macarons. We sampled them at Murphy’s Fresh Markets recently, and we both loved them.

What sweet recipes did I miss? Comment below with your favorite Thanksgiving desserts. 

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9 Unique Stuffing Recipes to ‘Wow’ Your Thanksgiving Guests

Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away? Time to finalize your dinner menu and put together a shopping list before the big day arrives.

If you’ve been cooking the same stuffing recipe for decades, you might be ready for a change. Check out these nine stuffing recipes to wow your guests with this Thanksgiving:

If you love ciabatta bread….

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Check out this gourmet Ciabatta and Sausage Stuffing from Saveur.

If you like to combine sweet and savory flavors…

apple cranberry stuffing with New Jersey cranberriesTry this Apple, Onion, and Cranberry Stuffing from Eating Well. Cranberries are in season here in New Jersey, so if you’re using fresh cranberries, buy local. I know Murphy’s Fresh Markets in Medford and Shoprite in Medford both have local cranberries right now.

If you’re vegetarian or vegan…

 

Cook this Chestnut Stuffing from Vegetarian Times. I actually made this years ago, and as I recall it was a hit.

If you like Southern-style cuisine…

Consider this Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage and Collard Greens from Bon Appetit. Collard greens are still growing in South Jersey. I know Fernbrook Farms in Bordentown had collards last week when I was there.

If you don’t feel like making another side dish…

Combine your sweet potatoes and stuffing in this Sweet Potato Stuffing with Bacon and Thyme dish from Bon Appetit.

If you’re watching what you eat…

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Whip up this healthy Whole Grain Apple Cranberry Stuffing from the Food Network.

If you can’t get enough fennel…

I love fennel, which is why I’m planning to make this Sausage and Fennel Stuffing recipe from Food and Wine.

If you love soft pretzels…

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If you’re from the Philadelphia area, you know good soft pretzels. Go Philly style this Thanksgiving with this Soft Pretzel Stuffing from Philly Grub and Zachary’s BBQ and Soul Kitchens. Thank you to Marilyn at Philly Grub for sharing this one!

And, finally, if you like to keep things traditional…

Check out the Kitchn’s guide to classic stuffing.

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