10 Classic Desserts to Serve at Thanksgiving (Because Sometimes Simple is Better)

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 6:25 AM, November 9, 2016

Aired November 9, 2016

These days, what were once unimaginable food creations have now become the new norm. But sometimes you just don’t want a pumpple cake (Is it a cake or a pie?) or a dessert pizza covered with 100+ toppings. What you really want is a good old rich and gooey chocolate brownie or a gosh darn chocolate chip cookie -- what’s so bad about that? Nothing! And in fact, your Thanksgiving guests would probably agree. Here are 10 classic desserts for you to serve this Turkey Day that everyone (yes, we mean everyone) will love.

Buddy Valastro's Italian Ricotta Cheesecake

This moist, smooth Italian cheesecake is guaranteed to be the star of the dessert table. If you want to make it fancy, dress it up with some fresh fruit or a drizzle of chocolate. Simple!

No-Bake Pumpkin Pie

And there it is -- the traditional Thanksgiving dessert. No Turkey Day is complete without it, and you’ll be happy to know that this pumpkin pie doesn’t need to be baked, so you can save your oven for more important things like the turkey.

Grant’s Cold Oven Pound Cake

Pound cake is notorious for being easy to make, and it’s even easier with this recipe because you don’t have to preheat the oven first. Yep you read that right -- it starts off in a COLD oven! This buttery pound cake doesn’t need to be dressed up; serve it as-is because it’s just that good.

Sara Moulton's Three-Ingredient Apple Crisp

Who could resist sweet and crunchy apple crisp around the holidays? You can make this in a pinch because it only requires three ingredients!

The Cake Boss' Vanilla Cake

Don’t assume all vanilla cakes are just… you know, vanilla. This recipe in particular happens to be one of the most popular desserts from Thanksgiving last year, and there’s a reason why. You cannot go wrong with a classic like this one!

Kaleb Wyse's Caramel Apple Pie

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving (or fall, actually) without an apple pie for dessert! Plus, the base of it is fruit so you might feel better about eating two slices of it (or more) after the large dinner you’ve just consumed.

Miss Robbie’s Sky-High Sweet Potato Pie

Bring a little bit of south to your Thanksgiving feast with this sweet and savory sweet potato pie! It’s rich, fluffy, and perfect to scarf down even if you’re full. (Plus, if you really think about it, it’s full of fiber, so it’s good for you, right?)

Buddy Valastro’s Brownies

Sometimes you just need chocolate, and lots of it! These perfectly simple, gooey brownies will hit the spot.

Grant’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are the perfect dessert for anytime of the year, so why not Thanksgiving, too? These salty, chocolatey cookies are a fan favorite, and we’re sure they’ll be a hit for you too!

Buddy Valastro’s Classic Cannoli

Cannolis -- where do we begin? The sweet, creamy filling combined with the crunchy, sugary shell is simply irresistible. You can have one, two, or ten -- it’s up to you. We won’t judge -- it is the biggest food holiday in the U.S. after all.

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