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Oct 10, 2008 02:12 AM

Best ever Thanksgiving dessert recipes

I can't wait to get home and bake for my family. So many recipes I want to try. What are a few of your favorite recipes that everyone goes crazy for? I love anything interesting with swet potato or pumpkin.

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  1. Pumpkin cookies are great! My in-laws loved 'em.
    Works well with spelt flour, for a nutty complement to the pumpkin.
    Serve with vanilla ice-cream with maple-syrup drizzle, for a plated dessert?

    Can be easier to double the recipe:
    • 3/4 c. spelt flour (or all-purpose)
    • 1/2 c. brown sugar
    • 2/3 tsp. salt
    • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
    • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    • ½ cup butter
    • 1/2 egg (or one yolk or one white)
    • 1/2 c. pumpkin, cooked and mashed/pureed
    • 1/4 c. fine-chopped walnuts or almonds
    • 7/8 c. uncooked oatmeal

    Mix together, drop about 20 dollops on cookie sheet, bake at 350 11-14 min until golden.

    1. The Nov/Dec Cooks Illustrated has a new pumpkin pie recipe which adds fresh ginger and sweet potato, cutting out clove and reducing the typical spicing so the pumpkin flavor stands out more. Prep technique is designed so as to prevent a soggy pie. This one sounds like a winner.

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      1. re: greygarious

        I just made the CI pumpkin pie this weekend, and it was almost perfect - I felt it was a bit too salty for my taste. But the texture was to die for. Even my sister, who HATES pumpkin pie, couldn't resist trying it when she heard everyone else raving. Definitely takes the same ol' pumpkin pie up a notch.

        1. re: RosemaryHoney

          Thanks, good to know! I use very little salt so will keep that in mind when trying it.

      2. My latest craze is a pumpkin "log" filled with cream cheese icing and sprinkled with icing sugar.....can post recipe if you'd like

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        1. one of my favorite holiday recipes is a butternut squash pie with a maple chesnut puree base. it works well w/ pumpkin as well.

          i make it year round, but gramercy tavern gingerbread is great at thanksgiving because of the great spicy flavors.

          i also make a relatively healthy sweet potato souffle that works as a side dish or dessert by itself or with creme anglaise or creme fraiche.

          one other idea i toyed around with last year was fried pumpkin... i cubed and roasted pumpkin cubes, then i made a cinnamon spiced batter, dipped the pumpkin and fried... it was quite unique.

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          1. re: Emme

            thanks so much! the butternut squash with chestnut base sounds like a winner. to respond to bellywizard, my aunt makes a pretty great sweet pot. cookie and her secret is adding dried coconut, half sweetened, half not i believe.

            1. re: Emme

              I'll second Gramercy Tavern gingerbread, which I'm planning on making. And it can be made a day or two in advance.

              1. re: Joebob

                actually it's best made a couple of days ahead so the flavors can meld

            2. I have a recipe I never got to last year, Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce or similar. Family vetoed it and wanted plain pumpkin pie, but this year I think I will try it anyway.

              Here's some ideas on this theme


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              1. re: coll

                If Hood dairy products and Trader Joe's are in your area, keep this easy and decadent Pumpkin Bread Pudding in mind: One Trader Joe's pumpkin spice cake (small bundt, not very spicy at all) cut into 1" cubes, 2.5 cups of Hood's Pumpkin Eggnog - this is a Nov-Dec seasonal item, and 2 large eggs. 50min at 350 - I used a 7x11 glass dish. Serve slightly warm, with cold eggnog as a sauce. This is a knockout! For an R-rated version, spike the eggnog sauce with some "Holiday spirits".