Easy Apple Pie Bites
These quick and easy desserts solve a common problem: Let's say you only have time to make two pies, and your family loves pumpkin and pecan, but they also like apple. Devote your pie-making abilities to the first two, and let these little goodies save you time on the third without feeling like you're giving up a traditional treat.
Get the recipe from Cakes Cottage.
Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Dip
As we mentioned before, this utterly addictive dip takes just a matter of minutes to make, and the texture is fluffy perfection. Set out a variety of cookies and apple slices for dipping and listen as your living room goes quiet while everyone nibbles their way happy.
Get the recipe from A Night Owl.
Chocolate Turtle Apple Slices
Meet the caramel apple's more delicious cousin. These pops take the classic fall concept and improve them. They're the perfect size for biting, have no fibrous core to deal with and upgrade the traditional flavors with the addition of chocolate and nuts.
Get the recipe and directions from Mom Loves Baking.
Soft-Baked Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies
The poor cranberry is the uncelebrated fruit of the season. Apples get all the attention cloaked in caramel or perfectly baked in pies. But these soft, chewy cookies will make you think twice about the tart little fruit. It might just become your new favorite.
Get the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction.
Caramel Apple Pie Bread Pudding
Gooey bread pudding becomes even more indulgent when paired with caramel and sweetly-spiced apples. And we won't tell anyone if you call it a breakfast bake and serve it in the morning instead of pancakes or cinnamon rolls.
Get the recipe from Cakes Cottage.
Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake
Sure, so this one takes a little more effort than a pumpkin pie to prepare, but just check out those luscious layers and tell us it isn't well worth the time. When the first bite melts on your tongue, you'll swear to bake it every year when the holidays roll around.
Get the recipe from Lil Luna.
We know Thanksgiving pie is classic, but is there any need to stop there? Why not whip up a couple extra Thanksgiving desserts that, while untraditional, are undeniably delicious.
We’re not to go so far as to say pie is passe, but it has one major downfall: it comes after dinner. We all know that plenty happens during the day when you’re trying to balance hosting the extended family — that doesn’t necessarily get along — and basting the turkey all while corralling the chaos of little kids running around the house.
So let’s just put it this way: Your living room could be filled with family bickering or happy, quiet munching. The difference between the first and the second? A couple of these easy and addictive Thanksgiving desserts that will keep everyone coming back for more instead of keeping old feuds burning.
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Don’t worry, there’s nothing too shocking here. They’re all based on classic cozy flavors from the holiday season, like apple and warm baking spices or pumpkin pie. Most of them are also far less time-consuming than those pies you churn out, so they’re easy to add to the holiday cooking line-up without making you slave over the stove.
Our favorite might just be the pumpkin pie cheesecake dip, which comes together in 10 minutes flat. Set out a spread of cookies (we like speculoos for that warm, spiced flavor) and apple slices for dipping and let the crowd go to work. They’ll be scraping the bottom of the bowl before you know it, and all you did was measure, mix and serve. PS: It really does taste like cheesecake.
But that’s not the only standout in this collection. We have plenty more ideas for sweet and snackable treats and options for everyone, no matter how much time you have (or don’t) for throwing another item together.