Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Desserts for your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is just a few days away.  Can you believe it?  Where does the time go?  I'm sure you all are looking forward to spending time with your family, I know I am, as well as eating all of that delicious food, and reflecting on all that we are thankful for.  I look forward to the meal itself, but what really gets me excited is all of the desserts.  I mean a Thanksgiving meal isn't complete without dessert, am I right? 

If you're like me, then you have that one dessert that you wait for all year long, the one that you "unofficially" always have first dibs on.  For me, it's my dad's pecan pie.  He only makes it twice a year; Thanksgiving and Christmas and I crave it the other 363 days of the year.  Yes, I have the recipe and yes, I've made it but it's just not the same.  Maybe you're a person who likes to change it up a bit and try something new each year.  If this is you, then don't worry because I have a few desserts that will be at home at any Thanksgiving celebration.

Pumpkin snickerdoodles- these cookies are perfect for the young, or young at heart, they are sure to please crowds of all ages.  These fluffy cookies encompass all that is fall.  The subtle flavor of pumpkin with underlying tones of fall spices would be the perfect end to any meal.

Brown butter pumpkin latte cupcakes- these little pieces of heave are like Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Lattes in the form of a cake.  I love the earthy, nutty flavor the brown butter brings to this cake.  Drizzle with caramel sauce and dust with cinnamon for a fun and festive addition to the dessert table.

Pumpkin coffee pound cake- pumpkin, coffee and all the spices of fall are what comprise these pound cake.  No extra frostings or glazes are needed for this cake, just sprinkle with powdered sugar for an elegant and delicious dessert.

Chocolate bourbon pecan pie-this twist on a pecan pie gives this classic a fresh perspective.  Add chocolate to any dish and it's sure to please any dessert lover.

Pumpkin chocolate cheesecake- combine cheesecake and pumpkin pie and you get this rich and delicious pie.  A spin on a Thanksgiving classic will wow your guest and be the perfect accompaniment to a nice, hot cup of coffee.

To all of my wonderful readers, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I hope you use this day to reflect and remember all you're thankful for.  I try to do this daily, but I will take special effort on Thanksgiving to note each and every thing I have to be thankful for.  I am truly blessed.  Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

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