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I need a thanksgiving dessert recipe--mini pies, maybe?

Who Me?Who Me? Posts: 3,181Registered Users
I need to make a delicious and impressive dessert to bring to Thanksgiving. Something everyone will ooh and ahhh over. There's always a ton of options, so bite-size things usually go over pretty well. I was thinking some kind of mini pies might be great! But I'm also totally open to the idea of a regular-size pie. I kinda want to make everything from scratch. I have all of next week off from work, so I figure I shouldn't take the easy way out! I love to bake, but I'm really at a beginners level. I don't have any special tools or know many techniques other than, you know, stirring stuff together. 8-) I'm willing to learn, but if it involves a candy thermometer or something, it's probably over my head.

Any suggestions?! Any kind of pie really. Chocolate, peanut butter, pecan, blueberry, cherry, apple, etc.

And if you have a non-pie amazing dessert recipe, please share that as well!

It can't need to be frozen, or re-heated. It has to be able to just sit out for a while, and then be served.
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  • NarniaNarnia Posts: 1,770Registered Users
    I would wander over to the recipes thread and check out the cheesecake recipe close to the top. I'm at the same skills level as you and I made that cheesecake and it's DA BOMB!
    I cut mine into slices with dental floss, and brought three small tubs of topping to put beside it so everyone could choose their toppings.
    People were begging for that recipe!
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  • ruralcurlsruralcurls Posts: 2,574Registered Users
    I was going to ask if it had to be pie. ;)

    Pumpkin cheesecakes crumble bars. They are delicious.


    Pumpkin Cheesecake Crumble Bars

    I didn't have pecans so I used chocolate chips and a few ginger snaps for the crust.

    ETA: Clearly, a big flavor change. But we liked it. :) Good luck.
  • divegirldivegirl Posts: 1,286Registered Users
    I have one of these pie makers:
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    It's a new Christmas Eve tradition that I will take this over to my adopted family's house and make pies to eat immediately. It's kind of a novel and fun thing to do with everybody. I usually make a mix of sweet and savory. I make up the filling (it has to chill before you can make the pies), and cut up the pastry rounds ahead of time. I usually use store-bought pastry (pie crust for the bottom and puff pastry for the top) but you can definitely make your own. You can pretty much put anything you like as a filling. Any standard pie filling would work!
  • webjockeywebjockey Posts: 2,786Registered Users
    I'm going to try to make this nutella tart with home made nutella.
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  • Who Me?Who Me? Posts: 3,181Registered Users
    Divegirl, that pie maker is so cute! Not what I need for this, though. We go to a friend of the family's house for dessert--there's at least 30-40 people there. So basically I just need to bring something to put on the dessert table, and I just like it to be cute enough and tasty enough that out of like 20 desserts everyone will be asking "oooooooo, who made this delicious little thing! How cute! I didn't want to eat any dessert, but I just couldn't resist those adorable little treats". :laughing6:
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  • Who Me?Who Me? Posts: 3,181Registered Users
    I want to make the Nutella Tart AND the Pumpkin Cheescake Crumble Bars.

    Now, so make my life extra difficult, any gluten-free suggestions?
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  • ruralcurlsruralcurls Posts: 2,574Registered Users
    Who Me? wrote: »
    I want to make the Nutella Tart AND the Pumpkin Cheescake Crumble Bars.

    That's easy... do both! :)
  • ruralcurlsruralcurls Posts: 2,574Registered Users
    I found this for gluten free, but I have never made anything from there.

    Gluten Free Thanksgiving Desserts
  • spring1onuspring1onu Posts: 16,528Registered Users
    What about some type of bundt cake? Those travel pretty well and there are TONS of options.
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  • LAwomanLAwoman Posts: 2,949Registered Users
    omg, that Nutella tart needs to be IN MY BELLEH stat.
    Who Me? wrote: »
    I want to make the Nutella Tart AND the Pumpkin Cheescake Crumble Bars.

    Now, so make my life extra difficult, any gluten-free suggestions?

    Elena's Pantry has some seriously yummy gluten-free deserts.

    Gluten Free Dessert Recipes | Easy Healthy Desserts - Elana's Pantry
  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    webjockey wrote: »
    I'm going to try to make this nutella tart with home made nutella.
    P1300991x.jpg

    I am making that! I just need to get a 10in tart pan, and I am all over it!!
  • tycho19tycho19 Posts: 805Registered Users
    Momofuku crack pie. Amazing.
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  • geekygeeky Posts: 4,995Registered Users
    My mom is gluten intolerant

    Apple crisp goes over really well
    Apple Crisp - Recipes - The New York Times
    Just use the Bob's Red Mill gluten free oats

    Flourless chocolate roll is a pretty great gluten-free option too. Here is the recipe I use fromt he Cake Bible (I just make the cake and fill with whipped cream, I don't bother with the ganache or the mushrooms)
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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Cheesecake is super easy and people always think it's impressive. I made this one two Christmasses in a row and this one last Thanksgiving.
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  • dia99dia99 Posts: 1,998Registered Users
    I created this recipe for a contest - Pass the Lime and the Coconut Rum Pudding. I didn't win, but it's really delicious and simple to make. I plan on trying it with a tart crust and as a trifle. I think it would make a great holiday dessert!

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  • goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
    In line with the Nutella tart, I make mini chocolate pizzas. They use prepackaged stuff but you could make it all from scratch if you wanted:

    1 roll sugar cookie dough
    1 jar Nutella
    assorted chips: dark chocolate, white chocolate, peanut butter chips

    I slice the roll into cookies and put onto parchment paper. Spread Nutella on each and sprinkle with choice of chips and bake according to cookie roll instuctions. It is ridiculously easy but everyone loves this! I got the idea from Giada but couldn't find her recipe online, so this is what I came up with. She spread the dough out to make a large pizza but I like the little ones better!
  • Who Me?Who Me? Posts: 3,181Registered Users
    In line with the Nutella tart, I make mini chocolate pizzas. They use prepackaged stuff but you could make it all from scratch if you wanted:

    1 roll sugar cookie dough
    1 jar Nutella
    assorted chips: dark chocolate, white chocolate, peanut butter chips

    I slice the roll into cookies and put onto parchment paper. Spread Nutella on each and sprinkle with choice of chips and bake according to cookie roll instuctions. It is ridiculously easy but everyone loves this! I got the idea from Giada but couldn't find her recipe online, so this is what I came up with. She spread the dough out to make a large pizza but I like the little ones better!

    The chocolate doesn't melt and run all over?!
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  • goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
    Who Me? wrote: »
    In line with the Nutella tart, I make mini chocolate pizzas. They use prepackaged stuff but you could make it all from scratch if you wanted:

    1 roll sugar cookie dough
    1 jar Nutella
    assorted chips: dark chocolate, white chocolate, peanut butter chips

    I slice the roll into cookies and put onto parchment paper. Spread Nutella on each and sprinkle with choice of chips and bake according to cookie roll instuctions. It is ridiculously easy but everyone loves this! I got the idea from Giada but couldn't find her recipe online, so this is what I came up with. She spread the dough out to make a large pizza but I like the little ones better!

    The chocolate doesn't melt and run all over?!

    No....oops! I forgot to say that I curl up the edges of the cookies so it's like a raised edge of pizza crust, but no, I've never had it run. It is really gooey when it comes out, but by the time it's cool enough to eat, it's solidified a bit.
  • SpiderSpider Posts: 3,380Registered Users
    divegirl wrote: »
    I have one of these pie makers:
    img87b.jpg

    It's a new Christmas Eve tradition that I will take this over to my adopted family's house and make pies to eat immediately. It's kind of a novel and fun thing to do with everybody. I usually make a mix of sweet and savory. I make up the filling (it has to chill before you can make the pies), and cut up the pastry rounds ahead of time. I usually use store-bought pastry (pie crust for the bottom and puff pastry for the top) but you can definitely make your own. You can pretty much put anything you like as a filling. Any standard pie filling would work!

    I bought a mini pie maker at kohls for about $15 - great idea for thanksgiving !
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  • JusduitJusduit Posts: 578Registered Users
    I can't vouch for this cake because I don't like pumpkin (LOL) but the rest of my family raves about how easy and good it tastes!

    PUMPKIN CAKE

    1 large can pumpkin
    3 eggs
    1 c white sugar
    1 12 oz can evaporated milk
    1 tsp cinnamon
    ¼ tsp each: salt, ginger, cloves

    Mix together and pour into greased 9 x 13 pan.
    Topping:
    ½ box Spice Cake Mix
    ½ to ¾ cup chopped pecans (or mix with some walnuts)
    Margarine

    Sprinkle the spice cake mix over the top of the mixture in the pan, then
    sprinkle the nuts over top and dot with margarine.

    Bake at 350 for 1 hour.
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  • MunchyMunchy Posts: 5,206Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I already have a pecan pie (store bought) and many other desserts planned, but I keep looking at this one
    Mini pecan phyllo tarts because it looks so darn easy.
  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    dia99 wrote: »
    I created this recipe for a contest - Pass the Lime and the Coconut Rum Pudding. I didn't win, but it's really delicious and simple to make. I plan on trying it with a tart crust and as a trifle. I think it would make a great holiday dessert!

    Lydia

    Holy crap that looks good, I want to try it. What type of rum did you use? I wonder if it would be better with light or dark.
  • dia99dia99 Posts: 1,998Registered Users
    I used dark rum, extra proof. The rum flavor was a bit overpowering while still warm, but once it cooled it was delicious!
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