The 5 Best Thanksgiving Desserts, Ranked

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From cakes to pies, on Thanksgiving dessert is the finishing touch of the night. After a night of filling (literally) they also expect to end the night with something sweet. So don’t forget to save room for dessert.

The most important dish on the menu is dessert. It feels like winning an award when someone is told they have the best dessert of the night (also bragging rights). However, it’s almost time to choose between sweet potato or apple pie. Selecting the dessert that you will take home to enjoy later is the next step. Here are our top-ranked desserts for this Thanksgiving season to help you make up your mind.

1. Sweet potato cake

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A hot slice of sweet potato pie is a Thanksgiving must-have. We’ll also be taking the apple pie substitute which is an honorable mention! Sweet potatoes, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla are, of course, the main ingredients in sweet potato pie. This is a dish that everyone around the table is waiting for. Expect family members to request seconds and thirds, and pray that multiple pies are available.

2. Peach Shoe Rack

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Both family gatherings and late-night sweet cravings are perfect occasions for this dessert. Peach cobbler is a sweet made with peaches, cinnamon and sugar. Usually a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream is added to the peach cobbler to top it off.

3. Banana pudding

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Is it really Thanksgiving if someone’s homemade banana pudding hasn’t made it to the dessert table? It is not! This dessert is the perfect combination of bananas, Nilla wafers or Pepperidge Farm Chess Piece Shortbread Cookies, pudding and a whipped topping of your choice. Some people make their own pudding, while others use a pudding mix. If you know what you’re doing, this dessert will taste like creamy banana heaven either way.

4. Red Velvet Cake

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Nice red velvet cake. This cake is hands down the best, especially when paired with homemade cream cheese frosting. You can’t go wrong with a slice of this cake. Red Velvet has delicious vanilla and cocoa flavors.

5. German Chocolate Cake

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German Chocolate Cake is at once moist, rich, and covered in lots of chocolate. If you’re a chocolate lover, you won’t mind dipping into seconds or thirds of this chocolatey dessert. A scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side has never hurt anyone.

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