Finish off your Thanksgiving feast with these crowd-pleasing and delicious treats. From our Ultimate Nanaimo Bars to a perfect Country Apple Pie and pumpkin in oh-so-many ways, here are our current favourite Thanksgiving desserts by some our most beloved Canadian chefs.
The Ultimate Nanaimo Bar
This recipe for the most famous dessert square in Canada is brought to you from British Columbia’s Nanaimo Museum. How cool is that? Find more great Canadian desserts for your upcoming potluck.
For some people, Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same quintessential pumpkin pie. If that sounds like you, make it your best one ever with this tried-and-true classic recipe. And please, don’t forget the whipped cream on top!
Lemon Meringue Squares
Let’s get real, we don’t wait for the holidays to enjoy a good lemon meringue but it’s still such a nostalgic treat. Anna Olson’s torched marshmallow meringue topping takes it to the next level.
A throwback Christmas recipe, you may just want to bring back the mincemeat pie as a holiday staple. If you’ve never had it, rest assured, it doesn’t actually contain any meat. The sweet and spiced filling is packed with apples, raisins, currants, cranberries and candied ginger.
Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Squares
Dear pumpkin fans, we know who you are and trust us when we say you will love these cheesecake squares. (Pumpkin skeptics, just try to stay away.) They only look super fancy and but are simple to make.
Get the recipe for Anna Olson’s Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Squares
Brown Butter Cranberry Gingerbread Cakes
These individual cakes are a little on the fancier side, but so worth it. The components—including a mouthwatering brown butter caramel sauce—can also be made ahead until ready to bake and serve.
Apple Pie Butter Tarts
A mashup of two tasty Canadian favourites, even raisin haters will love the tasty morsels of apple in each gooey bite. Plus, these sweet tarts are flavoured with warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, making them extra irresistible.
Apple Maple Poke Cake
This tasty apple cake has morsels of fresh Canadian apples. Get the kids in the kitchen to help poke holes in the cake for the rich maple caramel sauce.
The Best Butter Tart Cheesecake
Whether you’re pro-raisins or purely a pecan fan, impress the dessert lovers in your life with an incredibly indulgent cheesecake, topped with a sticky, caramel butter tart filling and salty, crunchy pecans. Swap in nuts for raisins if that’s more your jam.
Nanaimo Cheesecake Bars
The classic Canadian layered bar gets a cheesecake twist in this delicious treat that will quickly become a family favourite.
Maple Leche Flan
A classic Filipino dessert gets the Canadian treatment. When flipped, these flans reveal a mouthwatering maple caramel on top of a light and creamy egg custard.
Flapper Pie Dainties
Satisfy your cravings for this Prairie pie with an easy-to-bake bar. The warm, cinnamon-scented graham base is topped light vanilla custard and perfectly toasted meringue for all the layers of flavours you know and love – no fork needed.
Anna Olson's Pumpkin Pie
Don’t be fooled by the nutritional value of whole wheat pie dough in this recipe — Anna says that it makes for a perfectly brown crust that stays crispy under the heavy pumpkin filling.