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11/22/2014 08:44 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

7 Thanksgiving Desserts That Are Way Better Than Pie

1. Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust & Caramel Sauce

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Pumpkin pie is always expected at Thanksgiving, but why not shake things up and make a pumpkin cheesecake instead? This 5-star recipe is the ultimate sweet ending to your Thanksgiving feast -- and no one will miss that tired ol' pumpkin pie. GET THE RECIPE

2. Apple Cranberry Oat Crumble

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This old-fashioned dessert of warm baked apples and scarlet cranberries with a crunchy oat streusel topping comes from Rustic Fruit Desserts by Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson, a small and unassuming little cookbook full of yummy treasures. It feeds a crowd, and is as pretty as it is delicious! GET THE RECIPE

3. Sticky Toffee Banana Cake

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This warm banana cake drizzled with hot toffee sauce and topped with sliced bananas and pecans is a cozy, delicious treat. Whether you serve it to company on Thanksgiving or bake it for your family on a cold day, just do yourself a favor and make it! GET THE RECIPE

4. Double Chocolate Pavlova with Mascarpone Cream and Raspberries

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A pavlova is a cake-shaped meringue with a soft and marshmallowy center and crisp outer shell, usually topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit. In this gorgeous chocolate version, cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate are folded into the meringue -- which makes it deliciously fudgy -- and mascarpone cheese is added to the whipped topping. It's a wonderfully light, gluten-free dessert. GET THE RECIPE

5. Pecan Shortbread Squares

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If you're a fan of pecan pie, you're going to love these pecan squares. A buttery shortbread crust and rich caramel-pecan topping make them truly over-the-top -- the perfect hostess gift, treat for your co-workers or potluck dessert this time of year. GET THE RECIPE

6. Rum Cake

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If you've ever had the famous Duncan Hines Rum Cake -- an incredibly rich butter and rum soaked pound cake -- you'll love this from-scratch version. Set it out on a Thanksgiving buffet table and watch people swoon! GET THE RECIPE

7. Apple Pecan Crisp

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Apple pie might be traditional, but who can resist warm baked apples, bubbling away in their own syrupy juices, with a streusel topping of pecans, rolled oats, sweet butter and brown sugar? It's ten times easier to make than apple pie, and so much more delicious! GET THE RECIPE