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Our Southern Thanksgiving Menu just wouldn’t be complete without the sweet ending of desserts! This collection of favorite pies, cakes, and pudding are perfect for your Southern Thanksgiving table, too!

Southern Thanksgiving Desserts

Please know that we do not have all of these desserts for our Thanksgiving meal, but we always make sure to have options available and include as many favorites as possible. Everyone loves to see that you’ve included their favorite dish or dessert on the holiday table. It’s a sure sign of your love for them. Take your pick from these favorites!

The BEST Pecan Pie Recipe

The BEST Pecan Pie Recipe - The BEST Pecan Pie Recipe - This Pecan Pie Recipe is a classic in my husband's family. For every family gathering, you better believe there will be pecan pie sitting front and center on the dessert table. Every. single. time. //

There is just nothing like this classic pecan pie recipe. It is simply the best I’ve ever tasted and the one pie recipe that is always a part of our family Thanksgiving celebrations!



Classic Pumpkin Pie

This classic pumpkin pie recipe makes an old fashioned pie perfect for serving during the holidays or anytime! So easy and delicious, this is a family-favorite pumpkin pie! //

It’s pretty hard to think of anything more traditional for Thanksgiving dessert than pumpkin pie, is it? This recipe is made from scratch and you can definitely tell the difference!


Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Southern Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

A while back I made my Aunt Ellen’s Sweet Potato Pie which makes enough for two pies. Instead of making two of her traditional pies, I played around with the ingredients left for the second pie and created a scrumptious Sweet Potato Pecan Pie.

I haven’t forgotten my Grandmother’s Fried Pies, those treats are perfect to have as a snack during the day instead of as the actual dessert.


Southern Caramel Cake

Southern Caramel Cake

There are few cakes as requested in this house as this Southern Caramel Cake. I think when the words, “what cake would you like?” are spoken, my husband’s brain immediately decides Southern Caramel Cake. I wish you could hear how automatic the response was when I asked him if he’d like a cake for Thanksgiving.

Of course, my son is always happy as a lark when he hears this cake is in the works. He grabs a spot in the kitchen to make sure he doesn’t miss a second of the “making of the cake.”

What can I say? We’re an exciting bunch.


Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Cream Cheese Poundcake Recipe

Mama always served her Cream Cheese Pound Cake for special occasions. It is such a simple cake to make, but tastes so delicious no one would ever guess it is so easy. If my family wasn’t so in love with the Caramel Cake, I feel certain this cake would make a grand appearance.


Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake Recipe | ©

This Hummingbird Cake is without a doubt one of those cake recipes that everyone raves over when they taste it! It makes a beautiful dessert for Thanksgiving!


Southern Banana Pudding

Southern Banana Pudding

My Daddy absolutely loved Southern Banana Pudding – the good kind. No quick mixes would do the trick in his book and the older I get, the more I agree with him. Mama would usually include this favorite on her Thanksgiving dessert buffet because he loved it so much.


So, what desserts are always a part of your Thanksgiving menu?

Dessert Recipes

Robyn Stone

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  1. We usually have pumpkin cheesecake with a nut crust! Your caramel cake looks awesome!

    My mouth is watering since its breakfast time!

    Happy Cooking!

  2. Yes hello, I would like to place an order for caramel cake as well. 😉

    My husband is that way with chocolate meringue pie. Not made with pudding, but sugar, cocoa, milk and cornstarch. And when he asked me to make chocolate pie for Thanksgiving, he was VERY specific– “NOT the kind with boxed pudding and whipped cream that everyone makes”. haha And here I was thinking he didn’t know anything about cooking!!

    Your menu sounds so great. Wish I could join you on Thanksgiving!!

  3. I love this post. Thank you so much for sharing all of your delicious Thanksgiving dessert recipes. Yummy!

  4. Your caramel cake would be such a lovely addition! We pretty much stick to the staples of apple and pumpkin pie or cheesecake. I might add in some cookies this year as well. We’ll seee how much the kids cooperate and let me bake though.

  5. Um, yes please? Hmm….I usually make an apple-cranberry pie and the rest we change year to year. This year, we’re GOING somewhere for Thanksgiving dinner. Should be interesting!

  6. Wow! I thought yesterday’s post was exciting… I am literally drooling over that caramel cake! But I cannot leave out the traditional pumpkin pie… an oldie but an oh-so-goody!

  7. The featured desserts are always pumpkin pie and pecan pie. For snacking throughout the entire festivities (and not just post dinner), we always have a variety of cookies and other hand-held treats.

  8. I do the traditional pumpkin plus something with fruit, like an apple tart or pear galette. I’ve never thought to do a cake, but I have to say that Southern caramel one is looking mighty tempting…