16 Friendsgiving Desserts That'll Make You Want To Skip The Turkey

From pumpin spice bread pudding to crustless apple pie.

by Chelsey Grasso and Lauren Grant
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Friendsgiving Desserts: Lemon Blackberry Tart

If you're planning on enjoying a virtual Friendsgiving dinner this year, you can't forget about the desserts! These delicious Friendsgiving dessert ideas are great options if you're looking for something special to share with your closest companions after the group finishes feasting on turkey, stuffing, and the like. From "Crack Pie" to Black Forrest Cheesecake Cookies, these sweet treats will have you wanting to skip the turkey and head straight to the dessert table.

Friendsgiving celebrations usually consist of a potluck-style menu, which means you can bring any one of these desserts without having to worry about sticking to a specific theme. While you could always go pick up a store-bought pumpkin pie, why not be a little more adventurous in the kitchen this year? These recipes provide easy step-by-step instructions so that even the most unexperienced cooks, bakers, and chefs can nail down these recipes in one try.

Impress your friends this year. You love them all, so why not show it to them with a dessert that will leave them begging you for the recipe? Get your ingredients, and then get to work... your Friendsgiving contribution will be one to remember if you make use of one of these recipes.

1. Crack Pie

There's a reason this recipe from Averie Cooks is called Crack Pie. It's that good. Inspired by NYC establishment Momofuku's own Crack Pie, this DIY recipe contains everything you'd ever want in a dessert and more. (I'm talking oat cookie, egg yolks, and heavy cream amongst other ingredients.)

2. White Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Spice Oreos

Don't have a lot of confidence in your baking skills? This recipe from Bake Love Give lets you cheat a little by using pre-made Oreo cookies as a base for your dessert. White Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Spice Oreos are a great solution for the novice baker.

3. Apple Cinnamon Blondies

Take Blondies in a new, exciting direction with this Apple Cinnamon Blondies recipe from Baked by Rachel. Apples are the ultimate fall fruit, and I think your friends will agree when you feed them these goodies.

4. Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Though it's called Strawberry Pretzel Salad, this recipe by Brown Eyed Baker is the furthest thing from a plate of greens I've ever seen... and I want it that way! Treat your friends to this dessert salad this Friendsgiving.

5. Chai Whipped Cream

If you know someone in your group is bringing ice cream or coffee, then this Chai Whipped Cream by Bru Crew Life is the perfect accompaniment. It's also pretty simple to make — just pull out the spices!

6. Black Forrest Cheesecake Cookies

What's better: cheesecake or cookies? You don't have to decide thanks to Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. She has you covered on both fronts with her Black Forrest Cheesecake Cookies. Amazing, right?

7. Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding

What's a Friendsgiving dessert table without some pumpkin? This Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding recipe by Deliciously Yum knows what I'm talking about. It takes a unique stab at a classic dessert, and I'm obsessed with it.

8. Chinese Almond Cookies

Hari Chandana

They're buttery, they're crisp, and they're full of almond flavor. They're Dessert Now Dinner Later's Chinese Almond Cookies. They're also ridiculously cute with that almond center piece, right?

9. Lemon Blackberry Tart

There's something about a tart that makes one feel like they're sitting beside the River Seine in Paris. These Lemon Blackberry Tarts by Hummingbird High are no exception, and I think everyone on your guest list will agree.

10. Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Never had a creamsicle cupcake before in your life? You're missing out, big time. Thank goodness My Baking Addiction has an easy to follow Orange Creamsicle Cupcake recipe for you. Enjoy!

11. Walnut & Cinnamon Babka

Mmm, the thought of a warm, freshly baked Babka is making me drool just thinking about it. This Walnut and Cinnamon Babka by Simmer & Boyle is extra festive, and your friends will be impressed with how beautifully it's rolled.

12. Butterscotch Pecan Pie

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Thanksgiving isn't Thanksgiving without pie, and this Butterscotch Pecan Pie recipe from Something Swanky fits the bill perfectly. This recipe uses butterscotch chips and chopped pecans as two of its main ingredients, and it's so deliciously sweet you'll have trouble putting your fork down.

13. Crustless Apple Pie

I admit it, I’m not a huge apple pie fan. The hype surrounding it has always perplexed me as there are way better fruit pies out there. However, this recipe will change one’s mind. Delectable and perfectly portioned, this interesting take on a classic is perfect for sharing with friends.

14. Peanut Butter Dessert Lasagna

Everyone already makes regular lasagna to share and the dessert version should get the same treatment. Besides, no one can resist both chocolate and peanut butter.

15. Vegan Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls

You can’t leave out your vegan friends during Friendsgiving, and the perfect way to warm up their hearts is with a vegan attribution to the classic cinnamon roll.

16. 5-Ingredient White Chocolate Truffles

I don’t care if white chocolate technically isn’t real chocolate, these white chocolate truffles will make you not care about chocolate . These bite sized morsels are perfect for sharing and will wow even your non-vegan friends.

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