5 Fast & Easy Thanksgiving Desserts!

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Jim and I come from families where we always had big Thanksgiving dinners.  My family might have about 20 people.  Jim’s mom and dad could have upwards of 40 people at their house.  It seemed like the whole neighborhood would show up there.

Most of the people that came bring something.  A salad, a vegetable, or maybe a dessert.  That is a BIG help!  There is a problem sometimes.  You might have people who bring all kinds of vegetables.  Or rolls.  Then nobody brings a dessert.  I had this happen recently when I went to a potluck.  We had all kinds of food.  No desserts!  I have learned to cook one dish of everything when things are at may house.


I rounded up 5 fast & easy desserts for you.  Everything from fruit, vegan, chocolate, something Better Than Robert Redford.  Check them out!


Apple and Cranberry Pandowdy

Apple and Cranberry PandowdyThis dessert features two varieties of apples in season: Firm but tender Rome holds its shape, while the creamy McIntosh cooks down into a sauce.

Prep: 25 mins

Total Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Servings: 8


For the Crust

3/4 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling
1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 to 2 tablespoons ice water

For the Filling

3 Rome apples (1 1/2 pounds), peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch slices
4 McIntosh apples (1 1/2 pounds), peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 cup cranberries (thawed if frozen)
1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 tablespoon heavy cream
2 teaspoons coarse sugar


Make crust: In a food processor, pulse flour, sugar, and salt until combined. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal with a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon ice water. Pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed (if necessary, add 1 tablespoon more ice water). Do not overmix. Form dough into a 1-inch-thick disk, wrap tightly in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour (or up to 2 weeks). On a floured piece of parchment, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes.

Make filling: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, toss together apples, cranberries, brown sugar, lemon juice, flour, and salt. Transfer to a 2-quart baking dish; dot with butter. Tear or cut dough into pieces (around 3 inches square). Lay dough pieces, overlapping slightly, over apple mixture. Brush dough with cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake until crust is browned and juices are bubbling, about 1 hour. Let cool 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living

Apple & Cranberry Pandowdy Recipe!

Better Than Robert Redford Dessert

I saw this name and couldn’t resist looking into it.  This recipe is for a crowd.  You can make it ahead, so it’s ready when you need it.  This dessert consists of five delicious layers not counting the nut and chocolate garnish. When cut into squares, note the walnut crust, the cream cheese layer, the vanilla pudding, the chocolate pudding, and the creamy whipped topping.  This dessert just might be better than Robert Redford!

Recipe from
Better Than Robert Redford Dessert

Tofu Chocolate Cake

I found this recipe on Spark Recipes.  Chocolate cake and tofu, together? It’s  a much healthier way to make your cake and eat too!  I like that.  And this is a cake that even vegans would love!

Tofu Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze

Here is a very dense rich chocolate cake.  I found it on a site that has recipes for diabetics.  This recipe has sugar in it.  With Splenda being available these days, I would go half sugar and half Splenda.  I bet you would hardly know the difference!  Add a little raspberry sauce and you will have a dessert that anyone would want to eat!



Fabulous Five-Minute Fudge

Melt and stir. It’s that easy when you use your microwave for 24 pieces of this ultra-rich chocolate dessert. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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2 thoughts on “5 Fast & Easy Thanksgiving Desserts!

    DeniseBalog said:
    November 22, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    They all look great Marcey! Happy Thanksgiving!

    Liked by 1 person

    Cher|cherthatdish said:
    November 22, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks Marcey for sharing these desserts! I love all the healthy/flourless version will definitely look into them 🙂


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