Remember on Friends when Rachel made that dessert that was part shepherd's pie and part trifle? Everyone pretended to eat it, and then hid the gross meat-fruit desert all over the apartment. Well, these Friendsgiving 2017 dessert ideas pretty much guarantee that no one will be hiding your desert under the bed this year. This is good news if you don't have someone like Joey — who would eat anything — in your circle of friends.
The great thing about Friendsgiving is that one person isn't saddled with all of the cooking. Instead, friends engage in a potluck-style dinner and share the responsibilities. If you pulled the dessert card this year, and you're at a loss for what to make, you might be tempted to pick up a pumpkin or apple pie at Whole Foods, put it on a serving platter, and pretend you made it yourself. Hey, no judgment here.
However, if you want to step up your adulting game for Friendsgiving 2017, these dessert recipes are easy to follow, and they're also delicious and totally unique. While Thanksgiving desserts tend to include traditional dessert recipes that include a lot of pies of every variety, there are literally no rules for Friendsgiving. This means you make any kind of seasonal recipe you want. And, by making it yourself you get the added bonus of feeling great when everyone tells you how much they love it. Ready to get cookin'? Check out these Friendsgiving 2017 dessert recipes.
1. Colavita Pumpkin Hand Pies With Salted Caramel Glaze
If you're feeling really ambitious, these pumpkin hand pies with a salted caramel glaze sent to Bustle by Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil are to die for. And the bonus of brining hand pies is that everyone can eat them with their hands off of a napkin, which will make you a big hit with the host by saving them from having to wash dessert dishes. The entire process only takes an hour and 10 minutes, and you'll get 12 pies. Just try not to eat them all before you get to Friendsgiving 2017. Get the Colavita Pumpkin Hand Pies With Salted Caramel Glaze recipe.
2. Mother Pumpkin Ale Pumpkin Bread
You can bring this one as a dessert by topping it with caramel or brown-sugar butter, or as an accompaniment to dinner to spice up the bread offerings at your Friendsgiving 2017. This pumpkin ale pumpkin bread is made with Blue Point Mother Pumpkin Ale beer, pumpkin, and all kinds of sugar and spices. It's basically like beer and pie baked into a bread. So, by making this delicious recipe you can offer guests three things they love — bread, pie, and beer. Get the Mother Pumpkin Ale Pumpkin Bread recipe.
3. 8fit Apple Crumble
Apple crumble is one of my most favorite desserts on Earth. This apple crumble from 8fit relies on nature’s sweetness for its decedent flavor, drawing on oranges, apple and walnuts, which are all at their seasonal peak, so it won't put guests into a sugar coma during your Friendsgiving 2017. This fan favorite will only take you 45 minutes, and it's super easy to make, which means you can spend a little time baking and the rest of your time enjoying your holiday weekend. Get the 8fit Apple Crumble recipe.
4. 8fit Turmeric Latte With Pistachios
If two people are assigned desserts at your Friendsgiving 2017 gathering, consider making a dessert drink instead with this turmeric latte with pistachios recipe from 8fit. You don't even have to do anything ahead of time to make this post-Friendsgiving dinner sweet treat. Just bring all of the ingredients with you because this drink only takes five minutes to assemble using milk, honey, turmeric, and pistachios. You can even add a little whiskey if you want to offer a dessert drink with spirits. Get the 8fit Turmeric Latte With Pistachios recipe.
5. Enlightened Pumpkin Pie Squares
If your Friendsgiving 2017 is vegan, this pumpkin-pie squares recipe from Enlightened is vegan, gluten free, and nut free so everyone can eat it. The crust is made with sea-salt roasted broad beans, which are super delicious. Seriously, I have been eating them everyday for a mid-morning snack. The other ingredients include pumpkin puree, coconut milk, cinnamon, honey, and salt. This is super easy to put together, and you can even top the squares with Enlightened's toasted almond ice cream for your non-vegan guests. Get the Enlightened Pumpkin Pie Squares recipe.
6. Spiced Caramel Cheesecake With Caramel Sauce
Here's another twist on serving up pumpkin spice for your Friendsgiving 2017 dessert. This spiced caramel cheesecake with caramel sauce from Baked By Rachel combines the creamy goodness or cheesecake and the spicy bite of pumpkin with the sweet taste of caramel. This is a can't-lose dessert idea that will guaranteed you'll be a hit with all of the guests. Get the Baked By Rachel Spiced Caramel Cheesecake With Caramel Sauce recipe.
7. Easy Peazy Pumpkin Cupcakes
This is another one that will make you a hit with the hosts and guests alike because it's delicious, and it won't produce extra dishes. Easy Peazy Pumpkin Cupcakes from Your Cup Of Cake is a great alternative to traditional pumpkin pie, and these adorable little cupcakes were basically made for Friendsgiving dessert. Get the Your Cup Of Cake Easy Peazy Pumpkin Cupcake recipe.
8. Pumpkin Spice Cake
This pumpkin spice cake recipe from Bake, Love, Give is another pumpkin pie alternative. This unique pumpkin delight pairs spicy pumpkin cake with cream-cheese frosting and a pepita brittle topping. This dessert is not only delicious to eat, it's also beautiful to look at, and it's sure to impress everyone at Friendsgiving 2017. Get the Bake, Love, Give Pumpkin Spice Cake recipe.
9. Bourbon Sweet Potato Cupcakes
If you really want to whip up something that no one else will bring, these bourbon sweet potato cupcakes from Bakerella are a perfect way to make sure you'll be remembered as the winner of dessert for Friendsgiving 2017. A mixture of sweet and savory, this fall treat is sure to be a fan favorite. Get the Bakerella Bourbon Sweet Potato Cupcakes recipe.
10. Apple Cheesecake Pie
For a new twist on a classic, consider whipping up this apple cheesecake pie from Dessert Now, Dinner later. This pie-cheesecake hybrid pairs the sweetness of apples and cinnamon with the creamy goodness of cheesecake. If your Friendsgiving 2017 guests are apple pie and cheesecake lovers you can't go wrong with this dessert. Get the Dessert Now, Dinner Later recipe.
No matter your baking skills, as long as you don't mix shepherd's pie with a fruit trifle like Rachel on Friends, all of the above ideas are sure to earn you a reputation as the Friendsgiving goddess of desserts.