Pumpkin Pie, Pavlova & More: 15 Fabulous Thanksgiving Desserts

11/20/2016 06:59 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

It may be called Turkey Day, but the best part of Thanksgiving is really dessert. You'll definitely want to save room for these delicious sweets!

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For many, it's just not Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie -- but it can be tricky to make. This foolproof recipe guarantees a perfect pumpkin pie every time. GET THE RECIPE

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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. This chocolate version is deliciously fudgy. And bonus: it's gluten-free. GET THE RECIPE

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Don't be fooled by its elaborate appearance and fancy name: this dessert only takes 30 minutes to put together. It's like a cross between pumpkin pie and coffee cake. GET THE RECIPE

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Lo and behold: the perfect apple pie. Yes, it does take a little effort to make but you're guaranteed a crisp and flaky crust with a syrupy, cider-flavored filling every time. GET THE RECIPE

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This warm banana cake drizzled with hot toffee sauce is a cozy treat. It's a fresh take on the classic English dessert, sticky toffee pudding -- which is not really pudding at all, but rather a warm, moist cake made with finely chopped dates covered in a sticky toffee sauce. GET THE RECIPE

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This cheesecake-pumpkin pie hybrid is the ultimate sweet ending to your Thanksgiving feast. It's a bit of a project, but oh so worth it! GET THE RECIPE

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This old-fashioned autumn 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. It's easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time. GET THE RECIPE

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Baked pears make a wonderful light dessert for the holidays, especially served with crunchy Italian-style cookies, like Walnut and Cinnamon Biscotti or Double Chocolate Biscotti. GET THE RECIPE

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With a chocolate cookie crust, silky chocolate pudding center and pillowy whipped cream topping, this pie is a chocolate lover's dream. GET THE RECIPE

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If you're a fan of Baileys Irish Cream, you'll love this fun twist on tiramisu from Nigella Lawson. It's almost ridiculously easy to make: you spend 20 minutes putting it together, if that, then just pop it in the fridge overnight. GET THE RECIPE

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Carrot cakes can be heavy and dense, but this one is light with a fine texture. The secret is finely chopping the carrots in a food processor rather than grating them. GET THE RECIPE

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These biscotti are wonderful with coffee after dinner and they also make a great hostess gift. GET THE RECIPE

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It's always nice to offer a lighter option along with the classic rich holiday desserts. In this citrus pomegranate salad, the fruits are soaked in their own juices, which makes a refreshing (not to mention gorgeous) magenta syrup that you'll want to drink straight from the bowl. GET THE RECIPE

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Spiked with bourbon and studded with chunks of dark chocolate, this warm and chocolate-y bread pudding is the ultimate comfort food. Top it with vanilla ice cream and it's like a grown-up brownie sundae. GET THE RECIPE

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If you're a fan of pecan pie, you'll love these squares with a buttery shortbread crust and rich caramel-pecan topping. They're perfect for a potluck. GET THE RECIPE