Foodie Friday: Thanksgiving Baked Goods

As I mentioned in my last post, I am super excited for the Thanksgiving holiday to roll around. There is something magical about pies (there is something magical about dessert in general…), cranberry sauce, fresh bread, potatoes, turkey, green beans, pumpkin, sage… Really, don’t get me started.

I’m posting a few recipes that I hope to bake this season (and post online too). I’m also posting a few that look way too good to only keep to myself. Friends help friends eat delicious dessert (at least that’s the type of friend I am).

BREADS

American Pumpkin Cornbread from Baltic Maid. Do you ever get a hankering for cornbread? Growing up in the Southeastern United States, I’ve been exposed to “southern” and “northern” cornbread. I don’t really have a preference (cough… northern… cough), but I feel like this one would be more northern because it has the brown sugar addition.

Buttered Rosemary Rolls from the Pioneer Woman. These look so yummy. Rosemary is one of my favorite fall herbs. And a little butter and salt. It looks like a winner!

Hearty Sweet Potato Braids from Once Upon a Cutting Board. I love bread (obviously) but I especially love braided breads. They are so easy and the result is usually pretty stunning. This bread is no exception!

CAKE

Pumpkin-Cranberry Pudding Cake from the Professional Palate. I’ve never made a pudding cake, but I’ve been dying to bake one for a while. This one sounds delicious and festive!

One-Skillet Gooey Pumpkin Cookie Cake from Willow Bird Baking. Basically this cookie cake looks like the best flavor/texture party in a pan I can imagine. I can almost hardly restrain myself from finishing this post and running into the kitchen to bake it!

Pumpkin Cheesecake from Food Network. We can thank Paula Deen for this caloric wonder. It looks divine!

PIE

Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie from Chocolate and Carrots. I have had this pit on my to-make (now!) list since I saw it a few weeks ago. It has two crusts: a flaky pastry crust and a crushed gingersnap crust. I cannot wait to have this in my kitchen, on my plate, in my mouth.

Crustless Cranberry Pie from Allrecipes. Since I go to school so far from home, it’s difficult for me to go back for Thanksgiving. So instead of having Thanksgiving when the rest of the United States celebrates, I have a lovely Thanksgiving-Birthday-Christmahanakwanzika celebration. When I saw this pie last year, I knew that I wanted it on the menu. And I am so glad that I did. It’s slightly sweet, slightly tangy, 100% delicious!

Pecan Praline Tart from Waiting for Gateau. Gorgeous tart with the flavors of fall. Super Yum!

OTHER TASTY TREATS

Cornmeal Cranberry Drop Scones from NYTimes. I love the flavors of cranberry and citrus together. These scones combine the two and are made with whole wheat flour for a healthier Thanksgiving breakfast option

Cranberry Oatmeal Bars from MyRecipes. These look so delicious and also seem to be a healthier, but also super tasty option for an after dinner snack!

Maple Pecan Shortbread Squares from me! I loved these squares. They are great for a crowd because you can cut them into tiny pieces and serve them that way. They were very festive, rich, and delicious.

Basically this is only a tiny list of some of the amazing things that I see online and in cookbooks.

Do you have any wonderful dessert recipes to share? What types of foods do you always have on your table? Do you have an unusual family tradition or no tradition at all? I’d love to hear about them!

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