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Thanksgiving Day Desserts

For as long as I can remember I have been in charge of making Pecan pie and other desserts for Thanksgiving. It wasn’t until recently that I began to appreciate the significance of these desserts. My love for baking began when I was a young child. I remember making dishes like Pecan pie with my mom and cousin Mitchell and Jell-O fruit salad with my grandmother. I believe today more than ever, that food truly does bring people together. It’s such a great way to make memories, carry-on traditions, and make new ones along the way.  A few years ago I started making my Iced Spiced Pumpkin Yodels, and now they are a family favorite. I think I might be disinvited to Thanksgiving dinner if I didn’t arrive with these pumpkin cookies in hand!

This year I am in charge of ALL OF THE Thanksgiving desserts. I’ve been compiling lists in my head all month. Here’s what I’ve got on the menu!


1.     Iced Spiced Pumpkin Yodels- like I said, if these pumpkin cookies are not in hand Thanksgiving Day, I might be shunned for life!

2.     Apple Pie- my favorite holiday pie, actually my all-time favorite pie. I love warm apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You really can’t beat this combo!

3.     Pecan Pie- probably the easiest dessert I make on Thanksgiving Day. I get so much praise for making a delicious Pecan Pie, but little does everyone know, I just follow the recipe on the back of the Karo Light COrn Syrup bottle (I double the amount of pecans tho)! I know I know corn syrup is not a healthy sweetener but during the Holiday’s some traditions just shouldn’t be messed with. One day of refined sugar will not kill us!

4.     Blackberry Crumble Pie- can’t forget to add my husband’s favorite holiday treat into my recipe lineup!

Using my Williams Sonoma pie crust cutters!

5.     Chocolate Cream Pie Tarts- Since I already have three pies baking, I’ve decided to make the chocolate cream pie in my mini tart pan, that way we can snack on these goodies before dinner. We aren’t the only ones who eat dessert before dinner riiiight?

6.     Baklava- something Andrew’s grandmother Baka always made. She was the matriarch and long time baker in the family. Baka and I bonded early on over our love of baking, after she passed last year; I was honored to inherit the “Family Baker” title. In honor of Baka and her traditions I will make one of her specialties on Thanksgiving Day. This will be my first time making Baklava alone without Baka there to “boss me around”!!! …oh I mean show me her baking ways!



Happy Thanksgiving! May your day be filled with lots of love, laughter and FOOD!




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