Homemade Thanksgiving Desserts on a Busy Schedule

Cakes, cookies, and other homemade treats made in 30 minutes or less.

By JoAnna Lou

Pressed for time during the holidays? These quick and easy desserts are sure to please even your most discriminating in-laws.

Cakes and Tortes

  • Almond Chocolate Torte This no-bake chocolate dessert has a tasty almond crust and smooth fluffy filling that’s almost like a mousse.
  • Apple Gingerbread Cake Add apples and a crumb topping to a packaged gingerbread cake mix for a speedy and festive treat.
  • Banana Cheesecake Convenience items make preparing this layered crowd-pleaser a piece of cake.
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake With canned pumpkin and spices, it takes mere minutes to add holiday flair to a no-bake cheesecake. You will love the effortless thick, creamy results.
  • Pumpkin Chiffon Torte After a sumptuous holiday meal, this light and tasty dessert is perfect.

Cookies and Fudge

  • Apricot-Nut Drop Cookies Holiday guests won’t be able to resist this combination of fruit and nut flavors.
  • Butterscotch Peanut Fudge 15 minutes by microwave is all it takes to make this heavenly fudge!
  • Cookie Turkey Recipe Whether used for Thanksgiving get-togethers or bake sales, both kids and adults will love these whimsical treats.
  • Malted Milk Cookies Combine a popular candy with a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe to make the perfect holiday dessert — just be sure to share!

Other Desserts

  • Almond Ice Cream Cups The presentation makes this dessert look like it took more than just 10 minutes to prepare!
  • Apple Cider Gelatin Salad Apple cider and crisp apples lend a hint of fall to this refreshing salad that’s perfect for autumn and holiday gatherings.
  • Chocolate Caramel Fondue Holiday guests will gather around this wonderful, chocolate dipping sauce.

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