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14 no-bake Thanksgiving desserts

Sweet Homemade Chocolate Parfait Dessert
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Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving or bringing a dessert to a get-together, it’s so much easier to skip the oven altogether! It’s filled with things like turkeys and potatoes, so why not make a dessert that doesn’t involve baking? Enter, no-bake dessert recipes that are sweet, festive, seasonal and delicious!


Pumpkin pie cheesecake shooters

A smooth and creamy pumpkin pie cheesecake mixes so well with a crunchy gingerbread crust in these Pumpkin pie cheesecake shooters from Sugar Spun Run. This is the best make-ahead Thanksgiving dessert—layer simple ingredients in disposable glasses and then toss them into the recycling bin when done. No muss, no fuss!

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Shooters for Thanksgiving
Photo credit: Sugar Spun Run

Fluffernutter chocolate crunch parfaits

These no-bake Fluffernutter chocolate crunch parfaits from The Kitchen Adventurer can be pre-assembled and stored in the fridge until guests are ready to indulge. And with Oreos, peanut butter mousse, chocolate-covered potato chips, hot fudge and marshmallow fluff, these truly are an indulgence! Which is exactly what your Thanksgiving feast calls for.

Fluffernutter Chocolate Crunch Parfait for Thanksgiving no-bake dessert
Photo credit: The Kitchen Adventurer

Macadamia key lime pie

This year we’ll be spending Thanksgiving with family in Key West, Florida. So to get into the spirit, we’re making key lime pie for dessert. And when it’s 85 degrees on Thanksgiving Day, you want to keep the oven as cool as possible. This Macadamia key lime pie from The Recipe Critic is a sweet, tart treat to cut the richness of the feast, whether you’re in warm weather or not.

Macadamia Key Lime Pie
Photo credit: The Recipe Critic

Snickers pie

If you say Snickers pie, all the people will come running. Everyone loves Snickers bars, and you’ll love how easy this no-bake pie from Bakerita is to whip up. Especially since its made atop a store-bought Oreo cookie pie crust. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

No Bake Snickers Pie for Thanksgiving no bake desserts
Photo credit: Bakerita

4 ingredient dark chocolate almond butter cookies

After spending a fortune preparing a Thanksgiving meal, it can be nice to find a budget-friendly dessert. Look no further than these 4 ingredient dark chocolate almond butter cookies from Eat Good 4 Life. Did we mention they’re also vegan, gluten-free, quick and easy to make, and out of this world delicious? Oh, yeah.

Four Ingredient Dark Choclate Almost Butter Cookies for Thanksgiving
Photo credit: Eat Good 4 Life

No bake apple cookies

These No bake apple cookies from Sarah Sarna aren’t really cookies at all, but they are a light and healthy dessert alternative that look like cookies. Simply take apple slices, spread on almond butter and top with pecans, coconut shreds and chocolate chips. Family and friends can assemble these themselves. A fun idea for a dessert buffet!

No Bake Apple Cookies for Thanksgiving
Photo credit: Sarah Sarna

Harvest hash Chex mix

Sweet, salty and crunchy Chex mix is a delicious Thanksgiving dessert idea. This Harvest hash Chex mix from One Little Project features Rice Chex, pretzels and Bugles smothered in a caramel sauce with candy corn, candy pumpkins and Reese’s for a portable, on-the-go treat. In fact, you could put these into individual baggies as cute little party favors.

Harvest Hash Chex Mix
Photo credit: One Little Project

White chocolate pumpkin pie spice popcorn

This is one dessert we could really dig into! White chocolate pumpkin pie spice popcorn from Cooking Classy boasts all the flavors of fall. It’s just caramel-packed, white chocolate-smothered, pumpkin pie-spiced perfection—crunchy and totally addicting. Because once you pop[corn], you can’t stop.

White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Spice Popcorn for Thanksgiving
Photo credit: Cooking Classy

Lemon truffles

I love the idea of a tangy dessert after a heavy dinner. These Lemon truffles from Premeditated Leftovers are made with a lemon cake mix, lemon juice and zest, and glittering yellow sprinkles. So easy, yet so flavorful. If you want to make them look even more festive, roll them in orange and red sprinkles too; it will bring out the colors of autumn.

Easy Lemon Truffles for Thanksgiving no bake dessert
Photo credit: Premeditated Leftovers

Gingerbread truffles

Four ingredients is all it takes to roll out these Gingerbread truffles from Six Sisters Stuff on Thanksgiving Day: Gingersnap cookies, cream cheese, vanilla almond bark and nutmeg for garnish! Celebrate gratitude with a dessert that takes no time at all, but is filled with seasonal flavors.

Gingerbread Truffles for no bake Thanksgiving dessert
Photo credit: Six Sisters Stuff

Cappuccino icebox cake

Twenty minutes and six ingredients is all you’ll need to make this Cappuccino icebox cake from Kitchen Nostalgia on Thanksgiving. Plus, we love that this recipe calls for instant cappuccino mix, which means it has caffeine … and everyone needs a pick-me-up after stuffing themselves to the brim on Thanksgiving Day.

Cappuccino Icebox Cake for Thanksgiving no bake dessert
Photo credit: Kitchen Nostalgia

Cinnamon apple icebox cake

Icebox cakes aren’t just for summer. This recipe for Cinnamon apple icebox cake from Inside Bru Crew Life takes the flavors of fall and turns the classic icebox cake into an autumn favorite. Apple pie filling and cinnamon graham crackers really make this the ideal Thanksgiving dessert.

Cinnamon Apple Icebox Cake for Thanksgiving No Bake Dessert
Photo credit: Inside Bru Crew Life

Fluffy pumpkin pie dip

Delivering loads goodness in one scoopable dip, this Fluffy pumpkin pie dip from Spend With Pennies combines pumpkin, warm spices, and a rich creaminess, offering wafers and fruit the perfect companion! It’s a fun and interactive dessert; great for a crowd.

Fluffy Pumpkin Dip for Thanksgiving no bake dessert
Photo credit: Spend with Pennies

Easy caramel apple dip

This Easy caramel apple dip from Mom On Time Out is so quick and easy to stir up. It’s ooey- gooey and sweet—perfect for dipping apples or topping your favorite ice cream! An irresistible treat that everyone will love, especially you, because there’s no baking involved.

Easy Caramel Apple Dip for a Thanksgiving no bake dessert
Photo credit: Mom on Timeout

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