Stuffing. It’s an iconic Thanksgiving word. We stuff the turkey and we stuff ourselves, and we are so incredibly happy about both. While digging into the delicious Thanksgiving meal, one must always play the game. That is, you want to eat as much as possible while still leaving room for the amazing desserts you know will follow the meal. As you plan your menu this year, consider going beyond the traditional pie and making alternative delicious desserts to entice your friends and family to save room for the post-dinner round of stuffing.
A Slice of a Different Sort
The secret to making a cake at Thanksgiving is to incorporate the flavors and tastes of fall into your recipe. Consider these examples: pumpkin, apple, pear, cinnamon, caramel, nutmeg, and pecans. You can also play up the colors of fall with warm browns, sunny yellows, eye-catching oranges, nutty tans, and stop-in-your-tracks red. Decorate your cakes with the trappings of fall: leaves, sticks, harvest fruits like apples and pears, or candied nuts like pecans and walnuts. As an example, check out this recipe for a Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake, or this one for a Caramel Cake with Apple Cider Whipped Cream. Consider turning your cake on its side and making a roll, like this Pumpkin Roll recipe. Though it’s not technically called “cake,” we all know that gingerbread is a close relative of its cakey cousin. The warm spices of gingerbread make it a delicious fall treat, which you can easily elevate by adding nuts, cranberries, or baked apples. When your cake it complete, consider presenting it on a platter encircled by candied fruit or nuts. Drizzles of chocolate or caramel add a graphic element, or you may choose to add a pop of color with cranberries or strawberries.
Bite-Sized and Beautiful
Sometimes we feel like just a little sweet bite after a big dinner. Cookies satisfy that sugary urge without making us feel overstuffed… or more overstuffed, as the case may be. It’s also fun to provide your friends and family with variety. Rather than making several dozen of the same kind of cookie, consider making just one or two dozen of a few types. There’s certainly no shortage of options! You can start with warm chocolate chip cookies, of course. Sugar cookies give you the chance to get creative with decorating. With the right colors of icing and a few edible eye candies, you can make turkeys, pumpkins, and even little Pilgrims. Peanut butter cookies are even better when you add a square of chocolate or caramel to the middle. Pumpkin cookie recipes are light, fluffy, and full of flavor, while oatmeal and cranberry cookies can hit just the right homey note.
Who says desserts have to be in solid form? Your guests may be in a sipping mood after all of that eating and will be delighted to have their sweet tooth washed over with a delectable drink. With a quick search of the internet you can find fabulous recipes for drinks that taste like apple pie or pumpkin pie. These drinks are best served warm and can be topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel. Cinnamon sticks make for the perfect fall stir sticks, but you can also use Pirouette cookies or a toothpick with a marshmallow on it. Better yet, you can add a toasted marshmallow that has been rolled in Oreo crumbles; these are just begging for a mug of hot chocolate. Relax around a fire with hot buttered rum drinks or hot apple cider. As a final touch, make your guests feel extra special by sugar coating the rim of their glass.