The turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce are all important Thanksgiving staples, but no Thanksgiving meal is complete without dessert. Whether you stick to popular classics like pecan pie and pumpkin rolls, or if you like to get more adventurous with upside-down cake and seasonal mousse, the sky’s the limit when it comes to preparing the perfect Thanksgiving dessert spread. For a truly memorable Thanksgiving meal, get creative with your menu, and experiment with all the rich and unique flavors fall has to offer.


1. Spiced Ginger Cupcakes

This sweet treat is an excellent alternative to pumpkin desserts, and it’s something you and your family will want to make throughout the entire holiday season. To make these cupcakes, beat together ½ cup granulated sugar, ½ cup molasses, ½ cup butter, and two eggs. Once combined, gently stir in 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon allspice, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, and ¾ cup water. Spoon about ¼ cup of batter into individual cupcake cups and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 18 minutes. To make this recipe even more decadent, top the cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting and decorate them with crystallized ginger before serving.

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