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Thanksgiving Recipes Galore

With Thanksgiving coming up, I wanted to share some of my favorite recipes for Thanksgiving, as well as some of my favorite recipes from some fantastic food bloggers. So let’s start with the centerpiece of the meal…the turkey!

If you’re looking to do a traditional Thanksgiving turkey, I always use Alton Brown’s recipe. The brine is perfect and the method always results in a juicy, plump turkey.

Since my Thanksgiving table is going to be a bit smaller this year, I’m going to be trying this Stuffed Roast Turkey Breast recipe from Simply Recipes.

stuffed turkey breast for thanksgiving

I LOVE stuffed things and I find that on the morning after Thanksgiving, I’m eating pecan pie, not leftover turkey! This way I can still have my turkey dinner and not have too much turkey leftover afterward.

For my sides, I usually like to make this Leek Bread Pudding instead of a traditional stuffing. This savory bread pudding is kind of like stuffing, just richer. And Thanksgiving is the one day where it’s completely okay to go richer, right?

leek bread pudding recipe for thanksgiving dinner

I also always do some sort of squash, and I make it just like this Maple Butter Roasted Acorn Squash. Because really, any squash roasted with maple butter slathered on it is going to be good.

maple roasted acorn squash recipe for thanksgiving

My favorite vegetable to do with Thanksgiving dinner is Green Beans, and I like that these don’t require the oven at all, and they’re pretty quick to put together.

sauteed green beans recipe for thanksgiving

If you’re a fan of cranberry sauce but you’ve never made your own, now is the time! I’m telling you, it’s ridiculously easy, and you can make it ahead of time. I love this Simple and Amazing Cranberry Sauce recipe from Savory Sweet Life.

cranberry sauce recipe for thanksgiving turkey

And now we move on to my favorite part of the Thanksgiving feast…dessert!

Every year, no matter what, I always make this Pumpkin Chip Gingersnap Cookie Ice Cream. What’s great is it can be made in advance, so you don’t have to worry about it when the cooking craze really begins!

pumpkin ice cream recipe for thanksgiving

For a new dessert this year, I’m going to try these Spiced Apple Cider Blondies from Bake Your Day. I LOVE blondies and am totally intrigued by this spiced apple cider spin!

apple spiced blondies for thanksgiving dinner

This year for Thanksgiving I am also TOTALLY making these Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar Orange Glaze from Daisy’s World. The photo literally makes my mouth water. And actually I might just make them before Thanksgiving too! You know, just to make sure they’re okay ;)

glazed pumpkn cookies recipe for thanksgiving

Continuing the pumpkin fest, if you’ve never had a whoopie pie, it’s like a cross between a cake and a cookie, and I have a Thanksgiving themed recipe here: Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Filling

pumpkin whoopie pies recipe for thanksgiving

I made the whoopee pies last year though, and plan to make this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache from Averie Cooks instead. Averie said it’s AMAZING and by the looks of the photos, I’m pretty sure she’s right.

pumpkin chocolate chip cake for thanksgiving

My brother has also begged me to make these Pumpkin Cream Filled Brandy Snaps, which is a pumpkin version of The Pioneer Woman’s Brandy Snaps. They’re filled with pumpkin whipped cream!

brandy snaps filled with pumpkin whipped cream for Thanksgiving

My friend Lauren made them last year and admitted that she ate them ALL herself. They’re that good. Make them, I tell you!

And if you’re feeling like a Thanksgiving encore for breakfast the next morning, this Apple Pie Bread with Chocolate Chip Streusel from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts looks SO delicious. It’s COVERED in chocolate chip streusel!

apple pie bread recipe for thanksgiving

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and please feel free to share your favorite Thanksgiving recipes below with everyone in the comments section. Have fun planning your menus!

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  1. Cassie | Bake Your Day posted on November 8, 2012 at 9:06 am (#)

    This is a great roundup, Joanne! Now to make my Thanksgiving menu! Thanks for including the blondies. :)

  2. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts posted on November 8, 2012 at 9:24 am (#)

    Thank you for including my bread! Everything looks so good! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

  3. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction posted on November 8, 2012 at 9:42 am (#)

    This sounds like one delicious Thanksgiving meal!

  4. June posted on November 8, 2012 at 9:53 am (#)

    Thanks Joanne for sharing the menu ideas. Hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving in your new state and your family will join you in celebrating a time for true thanksgiving.

  5. Suzie posted on November 8, 2012 at 12:01 pm (#)

    So many great ideas! Thanks for putting them all together. I must scroll back through for my 15th time :)

  6. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet posted on November 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm (#)

    Wonderful selection! I am ready to set the table :)

  7. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on November 8, 2012 at 12:51 pm (#)

    What a great lineup of food and thanks for featuring my cake. Your Maple Butter Roasted Acorn Squash looks so good (and so do the whoopie pies!)

  8. The Squishy Monster posted on November 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm (#)

    I’m so excited about Thanksgiving! What a great idea to feature a smaller portion of turkey. I’m so happy about Thanksgiving that I might just make one all for myself…and I’m loving your ice cream!!!

  9. Jen @ Savory Simple posted on November 9, 2012 at 9:35 am (#)

    I love this roundup! The recipes all look wonderful.

  10. Bam's Kitchen posted on November 12, 2012 at 8:01 am (#)

    A great round up. Now I just need to wait for 2 weeks until my oven is repaired. I have your paged booked marked for later.