While no Thanksgiving celebration would be complete without turkey, stuffing, or mashed potatoes, dessert is often what leaves a lasting impression on guests. He East the last course of the meal, so you’ll want to do it right.
If you want to move away from the traditional apple, pecan, or pumpkin pie, consider taking inspiration from maven Ina Garten. The Barefoot Contessa recently shared three dessert recipes on Instagram “that everyone will definitely remember and be thankful for.”
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In her post, Garten wrote, “My dear friend Anna Pump used to say that no one remembers what you serve for dinner, but they always remember dessert!” She then listed three dessert recipes and their corresponding page numbers in her cookbooks: bourbon chocolate pecan pie, apple pie bars, and pumpkin mousse parfaits.
First published in his book Take-out dinners, Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie is a beginner-level recipe that serves six to eight people. The pie contains a combination of brown sugar, vanilla extract, good bourbon (like Maker’s Mark), semi-sweet chocolate chips (like Nestle), whole pecans, and a few other baking essentials.
After combining these ingredients and pouring the mixture onto your tart base, bake the dessert in the oven heated to 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. To elevate the dessert even more, Garten recommends topping it with a scoop of “good vanilla ice cream” like Häagen-Dazs.
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For a twist on classic apple pie, Garten turns the popular fall dessert into bars. The culinary star’s Apple Pie Bars, first published in Cooking for Jeffreyis an intermediate recipe that makes 12 bars.
The dessert starts with a homemade crust, topped with a topping containing delicious Granny Smith and Golden apples, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter. It’s also topped with extra “pinches” of crust for added crunch. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the topping is golden brown, and enjoy!6254a4d1642c605c54bf1cab17d50f1e
Garten’s third Thanksgiving dessert is her pumpkin mousse parfait. The beginner level recipe, published in Contessa barefoot at home, serves eight to ten people. The mousse is made from a combination of pumpkin, granulated sugar, brown sugar, egg yolks, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, along with homemade whipped cream.
The dessert consists of layers of pumpkin mousse, whipped cream and chopped cookies in a parfait glass. Once the layers are set and refrigerated, garnish the dessert with whipped cream and chopped candied ginger.
These three desserts aren’t the only Thanksgiving recipes Garten has recently shared on social media. This month, the Food Network celebrity also posted several recipes for bread pudding, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes.
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