18 Thanksgiving Desserts That Are Easy to Take On the Go

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Bring a Sweet Treat

When you’re planning to hit the road for the holidays, the last thing you want to deal with is figuring out how to transport a fussy dessert. Nobody wants to hold a pie plate on their lap the entire ride — or worry about a sheet pan or casserole dish sliding around in the trunk. But don’t give up on gifting your host a homemade Thanksgiving dessert just yet. We’ve got plenty of travel-friendly ideas that you can make in advance and take on the go, including Thanksgiving cookies, fall-themed cupcakes and even pumpkin bread. One of our favorites? These decadent chocolate brownies, topped with a sweet and crunchy layer of pecan pie. To ensure the layers stay distinct when these two classic desserts come together, the brownie is baked first then the nut filling is layered over it and baked again. In the oven, the syrup seeps into the brownies, keeping them moist and rich.

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Spiced Cutout Sugar Cookies

The dough for these spiced autumn cookies is easily made in a food processor, much like pie dough, but with softened butter. Get festive with the decorating by making fall leaves or turkeys using halved candy corns or pecans for the tail feathers.

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Brown-Butter Pecan Pie Cupcakes

These cupcakes were inspired by one of our favorite holiday pies. We toasted the pecans and finely ground them into a flour (replacing some all-purpose flour) to make the cupcakes, and we topped the cupcakes off with a brown-butter frosting you’ll want to make again and again (it’s perfect on banana bread). Store-bought dulce de leche spooned on top is an easy way to bring on pecan pie’s gooeyness.

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Pumpkin Pie Dip

We turned the fall staple into a cool and refreshing no-bake dip perfect for family gatherings.

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Sweet Potato Pie Cookies

If sweet potato is your pie of choice then these cookies are for you: They channel all the flavor of that Southern favorite in a fun two-bite package. The crust comes together quickly and gets pressed into a mini-muffin tin, no rolling necessary. We bake the crumble topping separately to keep it crisp and easy to put on the cookies after they come out of the oven. Any extra would be great on ice cream, yogurt or fruit — or make a double batch and keep it on hand for a quick topping for a future baked dessert.

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Cranberry-Orange Cupcakes

Celebrate the sweet-tart goodness of cranberry sauce with vibrant pink cupcakes at your holiday gathering.

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Pecan Pumpkin Crunch

These crunchy pumpkin bars will be the star of any fall potluck party.

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Pumpkin Bread

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Every Flavor Thanksgiving Pie Bars

You can enjoy three of your favorite Thanksgiving pies in just one dessert with these tasty pie bars. Layers of prepared pie dough are baked until golden brown, then stacked among pecan pie, pumpkin pie and apple pie fillings, sprinkled with a super-simple crumb topping and baked to perfection. Serve the bars as is or a la mode like traditional pie for an impressive and fun holiday treat.

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Mini Pecan Pumpkin Pies

Sunny mixes pecans into her pumpkin pies and makes them bite-size crowd-pleasers.

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Fried Apple Hand Pies

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Pecan Squares

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

The Neelys give whoopie pies a fall makeover with this chocolate-pumpkin version.

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Pecan Bars

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Pumpkin Cake Pops

These cake pops are kid friendly both to make and to eat. Get the little ones involved in tearing the cake into crumbs and then dipping the finished pops into white chocolate.

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Pumpkin Caramels

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Pecan Bars

Brown sugar does double duty in this five-ingredient bar cookie, adding sweetness and molasses flavor.

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