Easy to Make Desserts for Thanksgiving

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Preparing a Thanksgiving dinner can take hours. If you want to cut some of that time out with an easy dessert, you could purchase a pre-made one from the store, but you can also make some desserts at home in just a few minutes. This allows you to give a more personal touch to the dishes.

Baked Apples

Use an apple corer to core tart green apples, taking care to leave some of the bottom intact. Cream brown sugar and butter together, and stuff the apple core with the mixture. Sprinkle a generous amount of cinnamon over the top. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes, and you have a delicious and healthy dessert.

Fruit Pies

When you think of a fruit pie, you may think of spending hours preparing the dough and cooking down the fruits. It doesn’t have to be that way. Simply use pre-made pie crusts and canned pie filling. You can stick with a traditional Thanksgiving apple pie, or go with a cherry or blueberry instead. No one has to know that you didn’t spend a lot of time on it. To make this, place the pre-made pie crust in the bottom of your pan, fill it up with the canned pie filling, then cover with another pre-made pie crust. Bake this at 350 degrees F for 30 to 45 minutes, checking often to make sure it’s not getting too brown.

Pumpkin Pudding

Make an instant pumpkin pudding by following the directions on the package — typically mixing the packed with 2 cups of milk — and adding one-half can of pumpkin and 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice. Top it with crumbled ginger snaps or a dollop of whipped cream.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

You can also make a quick-and-easy pumpkin cheesecake by purchasing a no-bake cheesecake mix and adding one-half can of pumpkin and 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice. This is easy to make, but it does take some time to set, so prepare ahead of time. Follow the directions on the box for refrigeration time.

Ice Cream Sundaes

Allow everyone in the family to create their favorite sundae by setting out bowls of sundae toppings. You can stick with traditional favorites, like hot fudge and nuts, but you can also give this a Thanksgiving twist by serving pumpkin ice cream or using canned apple pie filling as a topping.

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