Friday, November 17, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017 Ideas: Desserts!

Happy Friday! I don't know about you, but I've been waiting for this day all week! This week has been long and insane and I'm oh so happy for it to end! It might help that my birthday is this weekend, but I'm still mostly just ready for the week to be over! Today, I'm closing out my Thanksgiving posts (yay for 3 posts this week!!) talking about everyone's favorite - the desserts!



You can't have Thanksgiving without desserts! The best part about Thanksgiving is eating way too much at the meal, then getting a little of all the desserts. And then coming back and grazing some more later in the day. It's a whole day of gluttony! So, without further adieu, here are some of my personal favorites and recipes I want to try!

Trisha Yearwood's Chocolate Pie
Chocolate Pie has long since been one of my favorites. I don't like it super sweet, almost more on the semi-sweet side. I've made this pie a few times and it always comes out really good.  I've stopped making the graham cracker crust, though, and use the Pillsbury pie crusts.  I find that I like a traditional crust more than a graham cracker crust. Both are pretty awesome though!  You can find the recipe here.



Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie
I originally found this recipe in a magazine and have loved it ever since.  When I went to find the recipe online, I was saddened to find that someone gave it two stars! What?! It's one of my favorites.  For as much as I love all things pumpkin, I'm not a huge fan of straight pumpkin pie. The cream cheese makes it a little lighter, but still with the awesome pumpkin taste.  And who doesn't love apple butter?! If you want some pumpkin, but something a little different, check this one out here!



Pioneer Woman Blackberry Cheesecake Squares
I normally don't make this recipe for Thanksgiving, but it's one of our favorites in my family.  It's pretty easy to make and is something different than your usual pies!  Make sure to read the full post/recipe for tips on how to bake the cheesecake! You can find the recipe here.

Image from www.thepioneerwoman.com
Pioneer Woman Chocolate Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie
I watched the Pioneer Woman make this on her episode this past Saturday and was so, so tempted to make it for Thanksgiving this year. But when I looked at what everyone else was making, I thought it might be too much pumpkin.  But I'm so intrigued! It starts with a store-bought pumpkin pie, then you add chocolate ganache and top with a seriously delicious-looking marshmallow whipped topping. In a word, it looks orgasmic. I'm thinking this would be great to make and take to someone's house and totally make it look like you worked a lot harder than you did!  Check out the recipe here.

Image courtesy of The Food Network
Five Flavor Pound Cake
By far, one of my most favorite recipes in the world comes from my beloved Granny's Cookbook. It's an old church spiral-bound cookbook that's from my Grandma Ollie's hometown in Virginia. There is nothing healthy in that book, but I have yet to find a recipe that is anything short of amazing.  The pages are old and yellowing and are starting to tear at the binding from use. Sometimes, if you're lucky, you'll find handwritten notes from my Grandma in the margins.  It's one of my most treasured items. And this is where my recipe for Five Flavor Pound Cake comes from.  My mother would hurt me if I shared that recipe, but I've found a fairly similar one here.  The best part about Five Flavor, is the bottom of the cake.  The cake itself is moist and delicious, but then you spoon over this syrup while the cake is still hot and all the juices land at the bottom of the cake and create this crust of yumminess. You can eat this cake with whipped cream or by itself. It's always, always a winner. Not cheap! But a winner. 



I hope you've enjoyed talking about food for an entire week! I most certainly have! And I'm even more excited to eat it all next week! Happy Friday everyone! Go make your menus and enjoy your weekend!

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