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Thanksgiving Desserts for Smaller Gatherings

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Thanksgiving Desserts for Smaller Gatherings.  This Thanksgiving may look a little different than years past, and if you are expecting a few less people around your table this year, you can still wow everyone with a delicious dessert! 

Mini Cakes for Thanksgiving

To start the Thanksgiving Desserts for Smaller Gatherings collection, I’ve selected a few of my small batch cake recipes.  These are easy cake recipes, and perfect to feed smaller crowds.

Slices of pumpkin roll cake

Chocolate Pumpkin Roll Cake

The classic roll cake full of pumpkin flavor and filled with a chocolate cream cheese frosting.

Snow Day Cake

Almond, Cardamom, and Coconut come together beautifully in this show-stopping cake!

Slice of Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake - fall dessert idea

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

Pumpkin is the quintessential flavor for fall. And when you combine it with cheesecake, you have a purely decadent dessert!

Thanksgiving Cupcakes and Bars 

Two of my favorite desserts – cupcakes and dessert bars.  I like the mini size that makes it easier for portion control.  But maybe it doesn’t work the greatest when you eat 4 in one sitting … 🙂

Row of Pumpkin Cupcakes

Double Frosted Pumpkin Cupcake

Whipped ganache and marshmallow whip round out these yummy little cupcakes!

Cheesecake bar with apple caramel crumble

Caramel Apple Chai Cheesecake Bars

Cheesecake bars that are loaded with all of the cozy flavors and spices of Fall!

Thanksgiving Cookie Ideas

Cookies are such a versatile dessert.  You can take a sugar cookie, chocolate chip cookie, or cakey cookie and pretty much add any flavor you like to them.  Proper baking disclosure – just make sure the flavor addition doesn’t alter the batter too much. 

Chocolate cookie sandwiches filled with frosting

Chocolate Sugar Cookie Sandwiches

Add a little cinnamon and cayenne to give these soft chocolate cookie sandwiches a warm kick!

Fall sugar cookies shaped like pumpkins

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies with Maple Icing

The versatile sugar cookie gets a kick with pumpkin spice and maple flavored royal icing.

Pumpkin oatmeal cookie with a bite

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips

The Nutella filling adds one of the many flavors you expect for Fall. Or any time of the year for that matter!

Stack of two soft apple cookies

Soft Apple Cookies with Caramel Icing

A perfectly soft and cakey cookie studded with apple chunks and finished with rich caramel icing.

Plate of pumpkin spice whoopie pies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

There is a debate on whether the whoopie pie is a cookie or a cake. Doesn’t matter to me – I’m still going to eat them without a fork!

Thanksgiving Breakfast Recipes

Though you may be busy in the kitchen Thanksgiving day, don’t forget your breakfast!  So, why not start the day right with a sweet treat that features the cozy flavors of Fall and Thanksgiving

Freshly baked mini pumpkin bread

Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Bread Minis

Moist and flavorful mini pumpkin bread is highlighted with a cinnamon sugar crunch topping.

Pumpkin muffin on a small serving dish

Apple Pumpkin Muffins with Crumb Topping

A muffin is a great way to start the day – and this one is loaded with fresh apples chunks and tons of pumpkin flavor.

Tray of baked pumpkin donuts

Pumpkin Spice Donuts

Oh, these donuts … one with a Nutella glaze. Another with a maple cream glaze. And another with good old-fashioned cinnamon sugar. Yum.

Caramel apple roll with apple slice on top

Caramel Apple Sweet Rolls

This is a small batch of the beloved cinnamon roll baked with a sliced apple and caramel sauce.

Set of Pumpkin Pudding Napolean Desserts - 15 Fall Dessert Ideas

Dessert Alternative to Pumpkin Pie

I’m working on more dessert alternatives to pumpkin pie for this Fall.  In the meantime, these Pumpkin Pudding Napoleon Pastries are my favorite recipe on the blog.  No lie.  

Think of a creamy pumpkin pie filling.  But we are making it even richer by turning it into a pudding.  Then layer that between flaky sheets of pastry – dusted with cinnamon sugar.  

Tray of pumpkin napoleon pastries - fall dessert idea

Pumpkin Pudding Napoleon Pastries

A delicious alternative to pumpkin pie. Not to mention a creative dessert presentation!

Kitchen Accessories You May Need (or want) For Small Batch Baking

Hopefully this collection of Thanksgiving Desserts for Smaller Gatherings gives you a good start to planning your fall desserts and recipes.

In addition to the recipes, I’m including a list of some of my go-to kitchen supplies when making small batch recipes.  And no, these are not affiliate links. 🙂

Happy Fall baking – and I’ll be back soon with more delicious fall desserts!

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