I’m sure you’re shocked to find out that desserts are my favorite holiday menu item. Each year I’ll make a “short list” of possibilities for each holiday. I’ll add and subtract items over the course of a few weeks, and if there’s time, I’ll actually test them all first. (You don’t have to say it…I know. Geek.)
So I almost cried when my mother-in-law said she’d take care of our Thanksgiving desserts this year and would I please bring a salad. Would I please bring a salad? Sure, mom. And while I’m at it why don’t I pluck my fingernails out and jab myself with a fork? (Just kidding, Diane. I know you read this.)
But since I already had a short list of dessert possibilities, I thought I’d at least share them with you. Maybe you can make one of these and send me a piece? Also, if you’re still looking for the perfect turkey recipe, check out my five favorites.
Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue
You had me at marshmallow, Southern Living. This pie graced their magazine cover a while back and I left a puddle of drool from my mailbox to the front door.
Salted Caramel Apple Pie
I have to be honest…this one is the hands-down winner for me. I can barely type just thinking about it. Sure, it’s a tiny bit more complicated than the standard apple pie…but it’s salted caramel. I’d rather just have this pie for Thanksgiving and forget the turkey!
Maybe it’s my continued obsession with anything that resembles a Ho-Ho, but I think this looks divine. I would be tempted to cut some of the cream cheese in the filling with some whipping cream (for a lighter, more ho-ho like filling).
Butterscotch Marble Cake
Chocolate always takes a backseat at Thanksgiving, so I love that this incorporates my favorite food group and still lets the fall flavors shine. This recipe starts with a boxed mix, but that doesn’t bother me one bit. I’ll take all the help I can get in the kitchen over Thanksgiving.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie
And for my mother-in-law, for whom no holiday is complete without a cheesecake, this is a perfect (and unexpected) Thanksgiving compromise. How can you go wrong with spiced pumpkin on top of dreamy cheesecake?
What desserts will you be whipping up next week? Don’t mind me…I’ll be the one in the kitchen making salad.
Images courtesy: Myrecipes, cooking channel, Libby’s, Better Homes & Gardens, King Arthur