Easy-to-Make Desserts for Thanksgiving Dinner

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Many Thanksgiving diners look forward to a sweet treat as a conclusion to the hearty meal that is characteristic of this holiday. Creating this requisite meal conclusion does not have to be a challenge. By selecting a simple Thanksgiving dessert recipe in place of a complex standby, chefs can save themselves time and make the task of preparing a complete Thanksgiving meal less of a chore.

Pumpkin Roll Cake

Create a tasty alternative to the standard pumpkin pie by creating a pumpkin roll cake. To make this simple tasty treat, prepare a yellow cake mix, according to package directions, adding half a can of prepared pumpkin to the mix to give it a seasonally appropriate flavor. Spread your batter on a jelly roll tray lined with parchment. Cook the cake, watching it closely to ensure that the thin cake layer does not become over done. Let the cake cool after baking. Spread whipped cream or white frosting across the top of your cake layer, then roll up your pumpkin creation to finish your dessert preparation. Peel away the parchment as you roll the cake.

Cookies and Cream Pie

Provide a chocolate treat for your guests this Thanksgiving by preparing a cookies and cream pie. To create this pie, purchase a chocolate graham cracker crust, vanilla pudding mix and chocolate sandwich cookies. Crush the chocolate sandwich cookies by placing them in a resealable plastic bag and hitting them firmly with a rolling pin or rubber mallet. Prepare the vanilla pudding, according to package directions, adding the crushed cookies to the mix. Pour your cookie-infused pudding into your pie crust and place it in the refrigerator to set. Serve your pie with whipped cream. For a more elaborate look, top each slice with a whole chocolate sandwich cookie.

Apple Pear Cranberry Crisp

Take advantage of the seasonal fruit offerings when preparing your dessert. To create apple pear cranberry crisps for your guests, peel, core and thinly slice apples and pears. Place these prepared fruits in a bowl. Add in dried cranberries. Mix your fruit collection well to ensure even distribution. Add enough sugar and cinnamon to coat each piece of fruit lightly, mixing well. Divide your fruit evenly between single serving ramekins. Top each ramekin with a pat of butter. Mix crushed graham crackers with sugar and cinnamon, and place the mixture atop each ramekin. Bake your crisps in a 350-degree F oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until it is bubbly and brown on top. Serve hot plain or with vanilla ice cream to cut the sweetness.

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