Got Cheesecake? New and Different Thanksgiving Desserts

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Almost no one will pass up the traditional Thanksgiving pies, be they pumpkin, apple, mince, or pecan. But if your guests relish new and different flavors, try one of these dessert ideas for your Thanksgiving feast from Better Homes & Gardens (bhg.com), and you might start a whole new tradition at the table. Fruit pies can mean much, much more than just apple or cherry; put together a tart with peaches, raspberries, apricots, and almonds, tucked into almond-flavored pastry, serve cherry kȕchen bars with powdered-sugar icing over tangy cherries, or make citrusy tarts out of blood oranges or grapefruit. (The crusts on these tarts will surprise you!) For those who love cake, any time and any place, there is white chocolate and almond pound cake, triple-citrus pound cake, raspberry cupcakes topped with meringue, and almond-mocha cake.

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How about guests who love cheesecake? Make a crustless variety, top it with cranberry sauce and fresh mint, and listen for the oohs and ahhs. Of course, you can do an all-almond cheesecake too, with an amaretto-laced filling, or a cherry-almond mix in a creamy cheese pie (the best of a lot of worlds). And finally, for a truly unique twist, try a lime-pecan shortbread bar or Earl Grey-maple gingerbread with pumpkin ice cream! Chocolate lovers will flock to the fudge cream pie, and you’ll even find some great tips for making truly terrific coconut cream pie here as well. With almost a dozen and a half different recipes, you’ve got your pick: from cakes to pies, cheesecakes to tarts. Set one of these alongside any of your traditional choices ¬— and watch the forks fly!

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).