Ideas for Thanksgiving Dinner: Tips and tricks for serving just the right amount of food for one of the most important meals of the year, Thanksgiving!
How big of a turkey should I buy? Will we have enough side dishes for dinner and all those leftovers you love so much? Here are several tips and suggestions for planning the right amount of food for Thanksgiving!
With a holiday in which the meal is the main event, it can be difficult to estimate just how much food to make. No one wants to have so much leftover that it spoils, however with the right amount of leftovers you can enjoy all your hard work for a few more days! Here’s a quick guide to help you decide just how many dishes and how much of each to serve on Thanksgiving.
Friendsgiving is all about fantastic food and fun with your pals. As the host, you’ll want to load up on tips to help you spend more time mingling and munching and less time in the kitchen. Recruit your friends to bring their favorite dish. A potluck-style celebration lets you focus on the main course, so you don’t have to spend time stressing over all the sides, sips and sweets.
Another way you can simplify your Friendsgiving is to concentrate on the most popular dishes. If green bean casserole isn’t a huge hit with your crew, there’s no need to provide a portion for everyone. But if mashed potatoes reign supreme, plan for more — or better yet, ask two friends to bring different recipes for everyone to sample.
HOW BIG OF A TURKEY DO YOU NEED?
As the host, you’ve got the oven on-site, so you’ll be in charge of the bird. How much to make depends on the size of your group.
- To serve under 10 guests, plan for a 14-15 lb. turkey
- Up to 16 guests, increase it to a 16-18 lb. turkey
- If your guest list soars to 20 or more, you’re going to need a 20 lb. bird (and possibly another option, such as a small ham)
While you’ve got the turkey covered, request that your guests bring their favorite side dish, appetizer or dessert. Plan for most people to sample each appetizer, but remember they’ll be saving room for the main event, so don’t go overboard. The same is true for side dishes — unless they’re known favorites, in which case you’ll need to plan for more. Ask your friends to bring just the right amount to avoid loads of leftovers.
Under 10 guests
- Appetizers: 2 or 3 options, enough for everyone to have a taste
- Side Dishes: 4-6 options, each to serve 6-8 people
- Dessert: 2 or 3 pies or other sweets, each to serve 6-8 people
Up to 16 guests
- Appetizers: 3 or 4 dishes, each to serve 8-10 people
- Side Dishes: 5-7 options, each to serve 6-8 people
- Dessert: 4 or 5 pies or other sweets, each to serve 6-8 people
Up to 25 guests
- Appetizers: 5 or 6 dishes, each to serve 8-10 people
- Side Dishes: 5-7 options, each to serve 10-12 people
- Dessert: 6 or 7 pies or other sweets, each to serve 6-8 people
Remember to account for friends with dietary restrictions, and make sure there are vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free and nut-free dishes available. If there are children attending your Friendsgiving party, consider having some snacks and alternate dishes available, like string cheese, crackers and chicken nuggets for kid-friendly munching.
For those guests who are averse to cooking, ask them to bring beverages, such as a signature drink, wine or sparkling water.
For many of us, the only meal that rivals Thanksgiving dinner is the one made from Thanksgiving leftovers the next day. To make it easy for your guests to take home some tastes from Friendsgiving, set up a to-go station with containers. Provide labels and pens to help keep things organized.
THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR
Sharing the workload means you’ll get to enjoy Thanksgiving as much as your guests, so don’t be shy about asking for help. It will make everyone feel involved and provide an even stronger sense of togetherness. Now, let the noms begin!
Easy Slow Cooker Turkey Breast recipe made with butter, a sliced apple and a basic mix of traditional seasonings. Crock pot turkey breast recipe perfect for any time of the year!
My family loves turkey anytime of the year and this Slow Cooker Turkey Breast recipe is one of our favorites. Cooking the turkey in the crock pot helps the turkey be super moist and juicy. It’s also incredibly easy to prepare and I tend to have all the ingredients on hand. The apple lends a slightly sweet flavor that is wonderful. Get this Easy Slow Cooker Turkey Breast recipe here!
Easy Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
- 1 turkey breast (mine was boneless, about 3 pounds)
- 1 small apple
- 4 TBSP butter cut into small cubes
- 1 1/2 tsp coarse salt
- 1 tsp crushed rosemary
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp sage
- 2 tsp onion powder
- Place your turkey breast in the slow cooker.
- Combine the seasonings in a small bowl. Rub the seasonings on the turkey breast, making sure to get some underneath the skin. Dot turkey with butter (again, put some underneath the skin.)
- Slice apple. Place apple slices in the crockpot, on and around the turkey breast. There’s no need to add any additional liquid, the butter and apple are sufficient!
- Cook on LOW for 3-4 hours, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. **If your turkey breast is bone-in, then you’ll need to cook it for 5-6 hours on low. After 4 hours, check every hour to make sure you don’t over cook it!
- Let turkey rest after cooking- I like to leave mine in the crockpot on warm for 10 minutes to even an hour, until just before we’re ready to eat. I also remove the skin prior to serving- it helps keep the turkey moist, but the texture isn’t the greatest after slow cooking. Slice and serve with gravy and cranberry sauce.
Easy Smoked Turkey Breast recipe made with just 4 ingredients! Simple method, no brining & results in moist & flavorful smoked turkey. When I got my Traeger electric smoker, to be honest, turkey wasn’t high on my list of foods I was anxious to make. On a whim I decided to smoke a turkey breast to go alongside some tri-tip I was taking to a get-together. You know what? The turkey breast disappeared first and everyone raved about it! My not-so-secret method? Wrapping the turkey breast in BACON. The bacon traps moisture and gives the turkey an absolutely amazing flavor. I’m actually adopting this method for smoking my whole Thanksgiving turkey this year too. It’s THAT good. Find the Easy Smoked Turkey Breast Recipe here!
Cooking a classic roasted turkey really is easy! Here’s my go-to recipe for a moist & flavorful holiday turkey. Step-by-step video included!
It seems even when I don’t host Thanksgiving dinner at our house, I still roast at least 1 turkey this time of year. For years I tried out different techniques and suggestions. I brined and I flipped Mr.Bird over. I seasoned this way and that. You know what? I decided I like traditional roasted turkey the best. This method I use is easy and the results are a moist and flavorful turkey. Click here for this Classic Roasted Turkey Recipe!
With Thanksgiving only days away, most of us are beginning to thaw out our turkeys and formulate a game plan for roasting. I absolutely love turkey and have tried several methods of cooking it over the years. I’ll share with you a few tips I’ve learned and how I’m planning on roasting my bird this year. Get those Roasting A Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey tips here!
Crock Pot Ham is my favorite holiday recipe, with just 4 simple ingredients and it can be made in ONE POT. This slow cooker ham recipe is made with brown sugar and pineapple, which provides a wonderful sweet and tangy flavor.
Making this slow cooker ham with pineapple recipe takes just minutes to prepare and yields scrumptious tender, flavorful and juicy ham. If you want a simple way to make your holiday meal with very little work, this slow cooker ham is the recipe for you! Get this Crock Pot Ham recipe here!
Slow cooker orange glazed ham is a fabulously effortless recipe that’s perfect for any holiday feast. Made with just 4 ingredients and your crockpot, this is one dish you wont have to stress over. Making our ham with orange juice glaze is very easy and simple which just means there’s one less thing to worry about this holiday season. Holiday feasts can be stressful as-is, so having anything simplified can always be a blessing in disguise. The good news is that crock pot ham recipes with orange juice (like this one) are always well received and perfect by the time dinner is ready. Find this Slow Cooker Orange Glazed Ham recipe here!
Apple Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows made with sliced apples and canned sweet potatoes along with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans and marshmallows. Delicious sweet potato recipe that is perfect for Thanksgiving dinner. I’ll be completely honest. We don’t really ever eat sweet potatoes except for on Thanksgiving. I’ve tried multiple recipes and this one is my favorite. I really love the apples in the recipe, and of course everybody loves the marshmallows on top! Find this Apple Sweet Potato Casserole With Marshmallows recipe here!
Best Mashed Potatoes are made with cream cheese, sour cream and lots of butter! Easy mashed potatoes recipe turns out perfectly every time.
Mashed potatoes are the perfect side dish. We go through a lot of potatoes at our house and I think mashed potatoes are our favorite. They seem so simple to make, but it always seemed like sometimes they turned out really well and sometimes they weren’t quite as good.
It’s taken me a while to find a recipe that turns out absolutely perfect every single time. But this is it. Simple, but full of flavor and they turn out perfectly creamy. Every single time. Get the Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe here!
Cheddar Ranch Twice-Baked Potatoes are cheesy, flavorful variation on twice baked potatoes! Change up your favorite potato side dish with this simple twist! Serve up these ranch twice baked potatoes as a dinner side dish or as an appetizer, they are hard to resist so watch how quickly they disappear! From the ranch flavors to the melted cheese, these twice baked cheesy potatoes are a perfect side dish. Find the Cheddar Ranch Twice Baked Potatoes recipe here!
Pineapple Sweet Potato Casserole is everything you love about sweet potato casserole, with pineapple! Switch up your holiday feast with this fun twist on a classic! Making sweet potatoes with pineapple and marshmallows may not be the traditional way to enjoy this dish, but it is a wonderful variation! The crushed pineapple helps elevate this dish, adding the bright flavor of fruit. Get this Pineapple Sweet Potato Casserole recipe here!
Brown Sugar Roasted Sweet Potatoes are a great side dish for any meal. Simple oven roasted sweet potato recipe made with brown sugar, cinnamon, thyme, butter and pecans. Find the Brown Sugar Roasted Sweet Potatoes recipe here!
Our Homemade Thanksgiving stuffing recipe made with just 6 simple ingredients! Easy Thanksgiving Dressing recipe combines fresh bread, vegetables, & chicken broth for a simple & flavorful turkey side dish.
This homemade stuffing is actually my mom’s recipe and I have such wonderful memories of helping her prepare it! It’s an easy dressing recipe that uses 6 ingredients and is so quick to pull together that you can make it while your turkey is resting. You can also add in more fresh herbs to the mix to get them to match more with whatever flavor profile you gave your turkey. Sage, thyme, rosemary, etc. all are excellent ideas! Find the Best Homemade Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe here!
Cheesy Bacon Creamed Corn is a perfect side dish to bring to any backyard BBQ, Tailgate party, or holiday feast. This baked cream corn with bacon is a classic comfort dish that is packed with delicious flavor! There is nothing better than this cheesy cream corn, the sweet corn kernels is in a thick, creamy, cheesy sauce and topped with bacon. This cream corn with bacon is a filling and delicious dish that pairs well with so many main courses, you can make it anytime and for any occasion! Find this Cheesy Bacon Creamed Corn recipe here!
Orange Glazed Carrots are simple, sweet and make the perfect side dish for any meal. Sweet, tender carrots coated with a delicious orange glaze. I have to admit that carrots are not my favorite vegetable, so this recipe is pretty much the only way I will eat them! The simple orange glaze is so yummy and pairs so well with the carrots. Get this Orange Glazed Carrots recipe here!
Scalloped Corn Casserole is an easy side dish made with corn, eggs, cheese, butter & Ritz crackers. Perfect savory corn side that goes well with holiday dinners! This delicious side dish is perfect for weekends and holidays alike and with how easy it is to make, you’ll find even more reasons to make it more often. It’s a comforting dish that’s synonymous with all the feelings of Home. See the recipe for Scalloped Corn Casserole here!
Maple Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole made with sweet potatoes, maple syrup, pecans, & marshmallows of course! Classic side dish perfect for holiday tables, feasts, and indulgent weeknight meals. Sweet potato casseroles are always a huge hit around the holidays, especially in the south but they can be a fun weekend dish throughout the year too. This dish only takes a bit of prep and waiting but everything is worth it in the end for a bite of that sweet and crunchy casserole packed with flavor. Find the Maple Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole recipe here!
Homemade Creamed Corn made with canned or frozen corn & cream on the stovetop! This creamed corn recipe is a delicious side dish that can be made in just a few minutes! Get this Homemade Creamed Corn recipe here!
Twice baked potato casserole is a twist on a classic; made with potatoes, butter, cheese, broth & seasonings. Simple cheesy potato recipe that’s the perfect side dish for Sunday dinner! This cheesy potato casserole is easy to prepare and is always a huge hit. It’s fairly cheap and easy to make and which makes it perfect for any occasion, including weeknights. Prep it in advance and bake it later for those hectic days where you don’t want to stand in the kitchen for too long and it’ll quickly become a go-to favorite. Get this Twice Baked Potato Casserole recipe here!
Festive Cranberry Jell-O combines cranberry sauce, jello, pineapple & fresh fruit for a fruity, flavorful holiday side dish that everyone loves! Festive Cranberry Jell-O is a super easy recipe, and this lovely fruity salad that compliments any holiday dinner perfectly. There are a lot of variations on it, so use what you have on hand! Get creative and try this recipe with different flavors of jello, different fruits to add in, etc…you can’t really go wrong! Find the Festive Cranberry Jell-O recipe here!
Maple Glazed Carrots are tender and sweet and the perfect side dish to share with family and friends. Glazed Carrots are simple to prepare and simmered in a sauce of maple syrup and butter!
Glazed Carrots are one of my favorite vegetables to make and to serve! They take little to no effort and they turn out tender and delicious every time. Plus, they are fairly inexpensive and I always have the ingredients on hand. I’m pretty sure once you make these Maple Glazed Carrots you won’t ever go back to preparing them any other way. See the Maple Glazed Carrots recipe here!
Mashed Sweet Potatoes topped with Cinnamon Maple Butter Sauce for tender, flavorful sweet potatoes perfect for the holidays! Sweet Potato recipes are one of my favorite side dishes. I love the subtle, sweet flavor and hello, they’re good for you! Today I share my favorite way to make make mashed sweet potatoes as well as a sweet cinnamon butter that goes along perfectly. Get this Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Maple Cinnamon Butter recipe here!
Cranberry Salsa Dip is made with cranberries, sugar and spices, and then poured over cream cheese to make a delicious holiday appetizer recipe. This simple dip recipe is perfect for parties and goes well with chips and crackers.
Cranberry Salsa Dip is an appetizer recipe that I recently tried, and it has very quickly become a family favorite! I’ve never tried anything like it before, but the cranberry/spices/cream cheese combination makes for an absolutely delicious dip! Besides, it’s super easy and only takes a handful of ingredients, which is the kind of recipe that I love. Especially around the holidays! See this Cranberry Salsa Dip recipe here!
Honey Butter Pumpkin Rolls are pillowy soft homemade rolls perfect for Fall! Dinner rolls with fantastic honey butter flavor & a hint of pumpkin that everyone loves! These pumpkin dinner rolls are filled with amazing spices, lightly sweetened with honey and absolutely delicious. Make this honey butter rolls recipe and create a heavenly dinner treat that everyone is sure to love. Get the Honey Butter Pumpkin Rolls recipe here!
Soft Cornmeal Dinner Rolls are fluffy homemade dinner rolls with incredible flavor! Yeast rolls with cornmeal have a chewy texture and are perfect served with butter & jam! These cornmeal dinner rolls have a light sweet flavor and are so feathery and heavenly. Making cornmeal yeast rolls is easier than you make think, they come together quickly and easily. Find the recipe for these Soft Cornmeal Dinner Rolls here!
Pumpkin Dinner Rolls are soft & feathery homemade rolls that are shaped like pumpkins! Easy yeast dinner rolls made with pumpkin for a perfectly festive addition to dinner. Making these soft and fluffy pumpkin dinner rolls is actually a lot easier than it may seem. With just some baker’s twine you can shape the dough balls into small pumpkin shaped dinner rolls. So it’s as easy as making a dough and tying a knot. Of course, we don’t have to tell guests this, just let them think your a wizard in the kitchen. Get the recipe for these Pumpkin Dinner Rolls here!
Soft Wheat Dinner Rolls made with whole wheat flour, yeast, oats and molasses for a homemade roll with fantastic taste and texture! Family favorite wheat dinner roll recipe! If you’ve never tried Lion House Wheat Rolls, don’t worry- they’re a Utah thing. But, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out! Now you can make your very own light and fluffy wheat rolls with this easy bread recipe! Get this Soft Wheat Dinner Rolls recipe here!
Easy Dinner Rolls made from scratch in minutes with no yeast! Perfect soft rolls with fantastic buttery flavor that require no yeast, no rising, no kneading or shaping. Just mix, scoop and bake! Easy Dinner Rolls made from scratch in minutes with no yeast! Perfect soft rolls with fantastic buttery flavor that require no yeast, no rising, no kneading or shaping. Just mix, scoop and bake! These homemade rolls are so easy! You don’t need an electric mixer or any special tools (although I do love my large cookie scoop!) Keep it fast and simple! Get the No Yeast Dinner Rolls recipe here!
Easy 30-Minute Dinner Rolls are made with a few basic ingredients, you don’t need a mixer, and they turn out perfectly soft and delicious every time! The best quick dinner roll recipe I have ever tried!
Easy 30-Minute Dinner Rolls are a staple in my house – I make them almost every week and since I discovered this recipe I just can’t bring myself to make any of my other dinner roll recipes because they take so much longer! Find the Easy 30-Minute Dinner Rolls recipe here!
Easy Dinner Roll recipe perfect for procrastinators! Done in just over an hour, these buttery soft dinner rolls are the perfect addition to dinner. Have you noticed yet that I enjoy making bread?! HA! This is a delightfully simple recipe for dinner rolls that I just adore. They’re simple to make and oh my word, don’t even worry about storing leftovers because there won’t be any. Find the Soft & Buttery Dinner Rolls recipe here!
Easy Parmesan Garlic Dinner Rolls made from frozen rolls and tossed with butter and seasonings. Bakes in under 30 minutes, everyone loves these soft, buttery dinner roll recipe!
I updated this recipe years ago and this version of our Easy Parmesan Garlic Dinner Rolls is the best! They’re oven ready in about 10 to 15 minutes. The frozen rolls are defrosted in the microwave, then cut into halves (or fourths) and then tossed with basic seasonings. They bake in less than 30 minutes and are ready to serve fresh from the oven. Find the Easy Parmesan Garlic Dinner Rolls recipe here!
Cheesy Cornbread Muffins are honey cornbread with a cheesy addition! These bite-sized mini muffins easily made with a cornbread mix, canned corn & stuffed with cheese! Making this cheesy cornbread muffins recipe is so simple, using a boxed mix and adding more tasty ingredient, it comes together fast. These delicious cornbread muffins with corn are a great addition to any dinner, they are always a huge hit with my family. Find this Cheesy Cornbread Muffins recipe here!
Creamy Cranberry Salad is made in minutes with only five ingredients! This cranberry salad recipe is made with fresh cranberries, crushed pineapple, whipping cream and marshmallows. Creamy Cranberry Salad includes blended cranberries, which makes this side dish incredible. I had never thought to blend fresh cranberries in the blender before, but it’s such a good idea! I am not a huge fan of eating whole cranberries but I do like the flavor of them, so this recipe is perfect. Add a few more ingredients and you have a delicious and festive side dish within just a few minutes. Grab the recipe for this Creamy Cranberry Salad here!
Caramel Apple Fluff made in minutes with only 6 ingredients. Simple fluff recipe that tastes like caramel apples! Fluff dessert salads are a favorite of mine because they are so easy to make and everyone loves them! They are also extremely versatile – they can be served as a side dish, but they are sweet enough to be dessert. Fluff recipes usually only require a few ingredients and come together in just a few minutes. Find this Caramel Apple Fluff recipe here!
The BEST Cherry Fluff salad recipe ever! Perfectly creamy, not too sweet with tons of bright, cherry flavor. HALF the calories, done in a matter of minutes & ready to serve immediately! Cherry Fluff dessert salad is a sweet & creamy recipe that is made with fruit and whipped topping. It’s a popular Cool Whip dessert that you can likely find in one of your mom’s old cookbooks! There are a variety of additional ingredients like mini marshmallows, nuts, and even coconut. It’s often served as a side dish for a holiday meal, a special occasion or as a fun treat. We love to serve it for Sunday family dinners! Get the Best Cherry Fluff recipe here!
Banana Cream Fluff Salad made with bananas, yogurt, pudding mix and sweet cream. Perfect 10-minute sweet dessert salad for banana cream pie lovers! Banana Cream is a crowd favorite around my part of the world. It is a great, kid friendly flavor that adults seem to like just as much! Find this Banana Cream Fluff Salad recipe here!
Raspberry Vanilla Jello Salad is one of the easiest jello recipes you will ever make and it is perfect as a side dish or a dessert. This recipe only requires 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to make and then it is immediately ready to serve! Raspberry Vanilla Jello Salad is simply amazing! I just recently found this jello salad recipe and LOVE it! It only has 4 ingredients and it literally takes just a couple of minutes to make. It’s absolutely the easiest (and fastest!) jello salad recipe you will ever make! Not only that, but it can be eaten immediately after preparing (or saved for later!)…and it’s delicious too! Get this Raspberry Fluff Jello Salad recipe here!
Creamy Pomegranate Fruit Salad made with pomegranates, fruit and marshmallows is sure to become a favorite holiday side dish! This simple fruit salad recipe is perfect for fall – it’s been a family tradition to serve this for Thanksgiving for many years! Find this Creamy Pomegranate Fruit Salad recipe here!
EASY 5-Ingredient Pistachio Salad made with pudding mix, pineapple, sweet cream & marshmallows! 5 minute potluck fruit salad recipe everyone loves! Easy Pistachio Pudding Salad is a classic dessert salad recipe made with pudding mix, cottage cheese, whipped topping, crushed pineapple and colorful marshmallows. Quick & easy sweet fruit salad with delicious pistachio flavor! Green fluff salads are perfect for family get togethers, holiday dinners and neighborhood potlucks. Get this Easy Pistachio Salad Recipe here!
Raspberry Ambrosia Salad is a simple, sweet side dish perfect for holidays! With only four ingredients, this ambrosia salad recipe tastes incredible and is easy to make. Ambrosia is an ancient Greek word that meant “the food of the gods”… and it sure tastes like it! It has a light and fluffy texture that everyone loves! Find this Raspberry Ambrosia Salad recipe here!
A super simple and incredibly easy holiday recipe for cookie salad is perfect for Easter! Cookie salad with fudge stripe cookies are a tasty crunchy and fruity treat that everyone loves. This festive cookie salad with mandarin oranges is a holiday staple at our house! I’m pretty sure it’s just a regional thing. But those that don’t know about it, are missing out! Cookie salad is such a fun dish that everyone from grandma to the kids can enjoy it. Find the Holiday Cookie Salad recipe here!
Cookies and Cream Salad made with Oreos and pudding for a delicious dessert or side dish that everyone loves. Only 4 ingredients and takes about 5 minutes to make! I know. You can’t really call a dessert salad and have it actually be a salad. I know there isn’t anything green or healthy about this recipe, but we still call it salad at my house. Get this Cookies And Cream Fluff recipe here!
Butter Pecan Banana Cream Pie combines two classic pies into one delicious dessert! This simple banana pie recipe is made in a pecan crust, with fresh bananas sandwiched between two creamy layers. Find this Butter Pecan Banana Cream Pie recipe here!
Hershey’s Chocolate Pie is a no-bake chocolate pie made with melted marshmallows, melted Hershey bars and real whipped cream in a graham cracker crust. This easy chocolate pie recipe is so simple to make and is rich, chocolatey and absolutely delicious!
Hershey’s Chocolate Pie is one of our favorite desserts to make – only 5 ingredients for a chocolate pie that comes together in minutes! Get the Hershey’s Chocolate Pie recipe here!
Maple sweet potato pie made with a homemade flaky crust, pecans, sweet potatoes & brown sugar cinnamon streusel topping! Fantastic flavor in this classic sweet potato pie recipe that everyone loves! Maple sweet potato pie made with a homemade flaky crust, pecans, sweet potatoes & brown sugar cinnamon streusel topping! Fantastic flavor in this classic sweet potato pie recipe that everyone loves! Get this Maple Sweet Potato Pie recipe here!
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cream Pie made with an Oreo cookie crust and filled with a creamy dark chocolate filling & topped with sweet cream! Rich and chocolatey homemade cream pie recipe with great peppermint flavor! Get this Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cream Pie recipe here!
Chocolate Dream Pie is a delicious creamy chocolate pie with an Oreo crust & topped with chocolate curls & whipped cream! Made in just minutes flat, this is a great go-to dessert when you need something quick & easy! If you’re looking for a nice dessert to bring to the table, or the party, then don’t overlook this easy Dream whip chocolate mousse pie. Get the Chocolate Dream Pie recipe here!
Pumpkin slab pie is an ingenious idea come to life. Why feed just a few with a round pie when you can feed so many more with hardly any extra effort? Serving up slab pumpkin pie bars is going to become the next best thing since sliced bread. Check out this Pumpkin Slab Pie recipe here!
Pumpkin marshmallow pie made with pumpkin, marshmallow fluff, Pecan Sandies, warm Fall spices & Cool Whip. Delightful no-bake pumpkin pie with a spiced creamy pumpkin filling that everyone loves! Pumpkin pies are such a holiday staple and classic. Often seen served around Thanksgiving you’ll appreciate this no-bake version just as much as you’d expect. With such little effort and no heating the oven required. It’s perfect for those of us in southern states that didn’t get the memo to turn off the sun for a few months. Find this No Bake Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie recipe here!
Chocolate peanut butter pie made from scratch with layers of chocolate and peanut butter in a flaky pie crust, topped with sweet whipped cream. The ultimate chocolate + peanut butter combination in a creamy pie that’s easy to make! Get this Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie recipe here!
Easy no-knead recipe for the flakiest homemade butter pie crust, perfect to make sweet or savory pies.
Have you ever wondered how to get a flaky and perfect pie crust? The answer is butter! And with this buttery pie crust recipe, you are going to get the most perfect crust every time. Find this All Butter Pie Crust recipe here!
Homemade Caramel Apple Pie is a classic apple pie recipe with a pecan caramel twist! Sweet, fresh apples are tossed with a lovely spice blend, then topped with a Dutch crumble topping. Don’t forget the caramel drizzle! Get this Pecan Caramel Apple Pie recipe here!
Classic cherry pie made from scratch, with the flakiest homemade crust and a delicious fresh cherry filling. Our buttery pie crust is the best and you can’t beat a homemade sweet cherry pie. Serve with vanilla ice cream for the ultimate treat. Find this Cherry Pie Recipe With Fresh Cherries here!
Snickerdoodle Apple Pie is a variation on classic Snickerdoodle cookies + apple pie! This fun take on a traditional apple pie recipe is perfect for Snickerdoodle lovers! We love apples and have an abundance (or should I say bushel) of apple recipes and adding a snickerdoodle apple pie to the list just feels right. Modified from my snickerdoodle apple cobbler recipe, this pie is a unique adaptation! Every slice is so good, I’m so glad I had the idea to make it! Get this Snickerdoodle Apple Pie recipe here!
Chocolate Caramel Turtle Pie made with creamy chocolate, salted peanuts and smooth caramel for a delicious 3 layered pie that everyone raves about! I love cream pies and this Chocolate Turtle Pie with the sweet and salty, creamy crunchy elements to it make it incredible. Our family fights over the last slice every time I make it! It’s rich, creamy and the added saltiness of the peanuts balances it out beautifully. Find the Chocolate Caramel Turtle Pie recipe here!
Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie made with a pre-made pie crust, filled with sliced apples and topped with a crunchy sweet streusel, pecans and caramel! Easy apple pie recipe topped with a buttery brown sugar and oat topping instead of a traditional pie crust. Find the Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie recipe here!
Homemade banana cream pie recipe is a classic! Creamy custard filling with sweet cream & sliced bananas all inside a buttery pie shell. You CAN make a Banana Cream Pie from scratch– it’s easier than you think! Get this Banana Cream Pie recipe here!
Chocolate Cream Cheese Pie is a simple pie made with cream cheese, cocoa, eggs, cream, vanilla and sugar all baked in a delicious graham cracker crust. This simple cream cheese pie recipe is rich and creamy like a perfect slice of cheesecake. Find the Cherry Chocolate Cream Cheese Pie recipe here!
Chocolate chip coconut pie is a simple homemade pie made with just 6 ingredients! Easy chocolate coconut pie perfect for holidays & get togethers! An easy chocolate chip coconut pie just sounds incredible, doesn’t it? This pie is perfect for holidays, Sunday dinners or just because! Find the Chocolate Chip Coconut Pie recipe here!
No Bake Pumpkin Pie is made with a graham cracker crust, a cream layer and a delicious pumpkin layer on top. This easy pumpkin pie recipe takes less than 5 minutes to make and no baking is required!
No Bake Pumpkin Pie is the easiest pumpkin pie recipe that I’ve ever made – it’s the perfect fall dessert! I love making this pumpkin pie recipe for Thanksgiving because I can make it a couple days in advance and keep it in the refrigerator until it’s ready to serve. Even if you aren’t a fan of traditional pumpkin pie, you have got to give this recipe a try! Get this No Bake Pumpkin Pie recipe here!
Mini Pecan Pies are the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table! These personal pecan pies are incredible & made easily with brown sugar, butter, corn syrup & pecans! This mini pecan pie recipe has all the wonderful flavors of a traditional pecan pie, but in an individual size serving. These single serving pecan pies are great to make for holiday parties, every guest gets their own mini treat! Get this Mini Pecan Pies recipe here!
Cranberry Pumpkin Bundt Cake recipe that is made with pumpkin and fresh cranberries. Made in a bundt pan and sprinkled with powdered sugar, this delicious from scratch pumpkin cake recipe is perfect for fall! Get this Cranberry Pumpkin Bundt Cake recipe here!
Pumpkin Pie Krispie Treats are a festive addition to your Thanksgiving feast! These rice krispie pumpkin treats are a deliciously spiced with pumpkin flavor we all love! This adorable treat is so fun to make and serve to family and friends, everyone will want a slice of this rice krispie treats pumpkin pie! These pumpkin spice rice krispie treats are so easy to make, using butter, cereal and marshmallows; this fall themed dessert comes together so simply. Find this Pumpkin Pie Krispie Treats recipe here!
Soft Pumpkin Gingersnap Cookies are soft, perfectly spiced cookies made with pumpkin and packed with amazing flavor. This pumpkin cookie recipe is a fun twist on a classic treat, perfect for holiday baking. These ginger snap cookies are loaded with your favorite holiday spices, perfect to serve at family get togethers or hosting a holiday event. Making these pumpkin ginger cookies is easy too, you most likely already have a majority of the ingredients in your kitchen! Find this Soft Pumpkin Gingersnap Cookies recipe here!
Layered Pumpkin Ice Cream Dessert is made with a gingersnap cookie crust with layers of pumpkin and vanilla ice cream. This delicious no bake pumpkin pie is absolutely perfect for the fall season! Make this easy pumpkin dessert with little effort, the assembly is simple but it does require patience for the chilling periods. This layered dessert is incredibly flavorful and perfect for your next holiday dessert table! Get the Layered Pumpkin Ice Cream Dessert recipe here!
Brown Sugar Whipped Cream adds that special flavor to holiday pies! Made with just heavy cream, brown sugar & vanilla, you’ll love the flavor in this homemade whipped cream recipe! There’s something about making whipped cream from scratch that always makes it taste better but when you make this brown sugar cream you really see how true that is. Thanks to the molasses in the brown sugar, you get a depth of flavor that pairs well with everything. It’s perfect on holiday baked goods and pies! See the Brown Sugar Whipped Cream recipe here!
Caramel Nut Snack Mix is a crunchy caramel combination of Chex cereal, nuts and M&M’s that’s so delicious your whole family will love it! Perfect snack mix for watching football, sharing with friends or gifting! There are so many different ways to make Chex cereal snack mixes, but this one brings the best salty-sweet flavors to the table. I made this recipe for a family get-together one time and no one was able to stay away from it. It’s a winning recipe that is not only irresistibly good but incredibly easy to make as well! Get this Caramel Nut Snack Mix recipe here!
These Homemade Caramels will absolutely melt in your mouth! Incredible from scratch recipe for Homemade Caramel made with heavy cream and butter. I love the holidays! One of my favorite parts is making all sorts of wonderful treats that I only make once a year. I’ve decided to share my creations with you all each day and first on the list was the homemade caramels. Get the Best Homemade Caramels Recipe here!
Pecan Pie Bars are easy to make & taste better than pecan pie! SERIOUSLY! With pecans, brown sugar and butter, it’s a family favorite at Thanksgiving. Pecan pie is a southern favorite, but it can be an overly sweet dessert that could be considered an acquired taste. Thankfully these pecan pie bars are much more subtle in sweetness and therefore so much better. Since I started making these pecan pie bars recipe for my husband’s family, it has quickly grown into a family favorite. They’re Grandma’s best and I’m excited to share them! Find the Pecan Pie Bars recipe here!
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars made with a gingersnap crust, a creamy pumpkin cheesecake layer & topped with caramel sauce. Easy pumpkin cheesecake recipe even more delicious than pumpkin pie!
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars – one of my favorite fall recipes. I absolutely love cheesecake, and in the fall I really love everything pumpkin, so pumpkin cheesecake is practically a dream come true. My husband is a pumpkin pie lover and declared that this dessert is “even better than pumpkin pie.” Get this Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars recipe here!
Four delicious flavors of homemade cheesecake made conveniently on a sheet pan! Serve up these four Sheetpan Cheesecakes at your next holiday party and watch them disappear! If you’re looking for an easy cheesecake that can please the masses, then this sheet pan cheesecake recipe is for you! With 4 delicious holiday cheesecake flavors on one pan, you can have a tasty treat that everyone will enjoy! Find this Easy Sheetpan Cheesecakes recipe here!
Whipped Cranberry Orange Butter is a fast, 5-ingredient, insanely delicious recipe for festive holiday butter. Lovely citrus and cranberry flavors meld with a dash of cinnamon & maple syrup for a sweet buttery treat. This festive butter recipe is easy to make and brings a little “something extra” to your holiday tables. Serve it on a tasty dinner roll, add it to the breakfast toast, English muffins, and more. This is one butter recipe you’re going to want to try soon and one you’ll want to try on everything. Get this Whipped Cranberry Orange Butter recipe here!
Pumpkin Poke Cake takes an ordinary cake mix and turns it into this deliciously festive Fall treat filled with pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pumpkin Poke Cake is not only an easy treat, but it is brimming with fall flavors. Topped with a luscious brown sugar whipped cream frosting, it’s a perfectly festive dessert. See the Pumpkin Poke Cake recipe here!
Cranberry Cinnamon Coffee Cake recipe made with just 4 ingredients! Festive & easy coffee cake recipe perfect for holiday breakfasts. We love making coffee cake during the holidays. Not only is it a tasty dish that’s easy to make but it honestly makes your house smell wonderful! It’s a perfect breakfast for entertaining too because mixing the ingredients together takes minutes, then it bakes while you accomplish other tasks. I like to serve it with fresh fruit and maybe even some crisp bacon. Find this Cranberry Cinnamon Coffee Cake recipe here!
Cranberry Orange Cobbler is easily made with a muffin mix, fresh cranberries and orange juice – it’s the perfect Thanksgiving dessert! Cranberry Orange Cobbler is a fabulous fall dessert with the delicious pairing of cranberry and orange. These muffins were my absolute favorite as a teenager and I have made them so many times over the years. Get the Cranberry Orange Cobbler recipe here!
Pumpkin Pudding Cake is made easily with yellow cake mix, canned pumpkin pie filling, butter, and cinnamon. This pumpkin cake recipe is a heavenly combination of pumpkin flavor and rich buttery taste, a perfect and delicious alternative for Pumpkin Pie! Make this pumpkin cake with cake mix, it is a simple and inexpensive dessert to make and share with family and friends this holiday season. There are only 7 ingredients in this pumpkin dump cake recipe and 5 of them you most likely already have in your kitchen, a perfect treat to whip up on a whim! Get this Pumpkin Pudding Cake recipe here!
Ideas for Thanksgiving Dinner: Tips and tricks for serving just the right amount of food for one of the most important meals of the year, Thanksgiving! How big of a turkey should I buy? Will we have enough side dishes for dinner and all those leftovers you love so much? Here are several tips and suggestions for planning the right amount of food for Thanksgiving!
We hope you have a wonderful holiday!