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The Cookstr Weekly: Thanksgiving Desserts

November 13, 2015

When planning my Thanksgiving menu, I always begin with dessert. Those desserts, in fact, often become the most memorable parts of meals past: I still recall a pumpkin cheesecake, a pie topped with leaf-shaped sugar cookies, the cake that fell apart coming out of the oven only to be reborn as a crowd-pleasing trifle.

Perhaps it’s because I grew up with Thanksgivings that ended predictably with pumpkin and apple pie and vanilla ice cream, but I like to finish the meal on a slightly surprising note. Adding an unexpected twist will just make your guests happier that they saved room for dessert.

Warmest regards,

Kara Rota
Editorial Director
by Beth Allen
In my home state of Texas, pecan orchards are plentiful. The long thin paper-shell pecans make some of the best pies. This pecan filling is flavored with chocolate and has a layer of melted tiny chocolate chips on the bottom.”
More Thanksgiving Desserts from Cookstr

with Laura Theodore
Choosing a plant-based diet is made deliciously easy with Laura Theodore’s Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet, a new approach to living vegan. Laura Theodore, the award-winning host of public television’s Jazzy Vegetarian, joins the Clever Cookstr to talk about go-to ingredients and holiday entertaining. 

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– Nicole Axworthy and Lisa Pitman

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