These easy No Bake Thanksgiving Desserts are low-stress and totally delicious! Plus they leave the oven open for the stars of your delicious Thanksgiving dinner and still ensure you'll have your fill of pumpkin desserts, decadent pies and family favorite sweets.
Whether you're hosting or assigned an easy dessert to bring this list has delicious recipes that everyone will love.
Why Choose No Bake Desserts
No-bake Thanksgiving desserts are convenient, delicious and often make-ahead. Early prep means you can stress-less on Turkey day and enjoy the meal and company instead of jockeying for oven space. I mean, desserts are the best part of the Thanksgiving feast, amIright?
With simple ingredients and a little creativity, a no-bake recipe is a great way to end the meal on a sweet note without all the hassle that comes with baking. And you know family doesn't think twice about throwing elbows if you try to move their dish in the oven.
Most no-bake Thanksgiving dessert recipes use easy techniques which means they are great for people (like me) who don't feel like they are skilled bakers. And no-bake treats are just as delicious! That's a win in my book.
My house is tiny and not conducive to hosting on the big day. So I'm well versed in taking no-bake desserts with me on the go.
And while I gathered these recipes specifically for Thanksgiving, they work all holiday season long. From Friendsgiving to Christmas parties, an ice box cake, no bake cheesecake, or no bake pie is a great idea.
Frequently Asked Questions
No bake does not mean raw or unsafe. These recipes often involve methods like chilling or freezing to set a dessert instead of baking it. The ingredients used are all safe to eat un-cooked.
For most no bake desserts, you'll only need basic kitchen tools like a bowl, a spatula, and/or a blender. Some specific recipes might require equipment like a mixer or a mold, but they are usually simple to work with.
Absolutely! One of the biggest advantages of no-bake desserts is their make-ahead convenience. With these easy recipes, you can prepare your Thanksgiving dessert a day or even two ahead. They typically need time in the fridge or freezer to set up so they should be made in advance.
Most no-bake desserts can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, until ready to serve. Some can also be frozen for longer storage. Always check the specific recipe for correct storage instructions.
Tips for making these recipes
- Read through the entire recipe before starting the recipe so you aren't caught off guard. For many make-ahead recipes, you need to allow for chilling time so you need to prepare for it.
- If you need to make a double batch to feed all the guests make sure you do your math correctly. Some recipes can go very wrong if you use too much of one thing or not enough of another ingredient.
- Have a backup idea ready. While these recipes are very simple, things happen. Have another, even easier idea ready so you can use it last-minute if you need to. Thanksgiving is not the day to be without a dessert!
- If you are making a dessert that is frozen, be sure to read about serving to know if you need to thaw it a little bit first.