Some classic Thanksgiving dessert recipes are pumpkin pie, apple pie and pecan pie. Some traditional non-pie desserts include pumpkin rolls, pumpkin bread, cheesecake and baked apples.
To make a basic pumpkin pie, combine 1 15-ounce can of pure pumpkin, 1 cup of evaporated milk, 2/3 cup of sugar and 2 eggs in a bowl, and season the batter with 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger and 1/4 teaspoon of grated nutmeg. Pour the mixture into a pre-made or baked pie crust, and bake the pie at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour. Turn a classic pumpkin pie into a pumpkin brulee by sprinkling the top of the baked pie with brown sugar and melting the sugar with a torch or under a broiler.
Make a pumpkin roll by combining 3 eggs, 1 cup of granulated sugar, 2/3 cup of canned pumpkin and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in one bowl and sifting together 3/4 cup of flour, 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of ground ginger, 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in another bowl. Fold the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture, and spread it in a greased and floured jelly roll pan. Top the batter with 1 cup of finely chopped pecans, and bake the pumpkin cake at 350 F for 14 minutes.
After the cake cools for five minutes, transfer it to a confectioners' sugar-sprinkled towel, and roll it up. While chilling the cake for 45 minutes, beat together 1 cup of confectioners' sugar, 2 3-ounce packages of softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup of softened butter and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Unroll the cake, spread the cream cheese mixture on top, and roll it up again. Serve the pumpkin roll topped with confectioners' sugar.