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11 Best Chocolate Thanksgiving Desserts

Chocolate is always the secret ingredient.

While Thanksgiving desserts are normally based around seasonal fruits like pumpkins, apples, or cranberries, a little chocolate never hurt anybody. Don't get me wrong, I love a good pumpkin pie as much as the next person. But sometimes getting away from the standard Thanksgiving dessert menu is the change you need to revitalize your dessert buffet. These festive Thanksgiving dessert recipes will satisfy both the chocolate-lover and the holiday dessert purist. Read on for our best chocolate Thanksgiving desserts.

The Best Chocolate Dessert Recipes for Thanksgiving

1. Chef John's Dark Chocolate Mousse

Make this chocolate mousse ahead of time and chill overnight in ramekins for a simple dessert with a festive appearance. Reviewer Doris Cheung says, "Made this for a potluck dinner—I quadrupled the recipe and served it in a large casserole dish. The dish was practically licked clean by the end of the evening. It was easy to make, and everyone loved it. Even the gluten-free folks could enjoy it."

VIDEO: Chef John's Dark Chocolate Mousse

2. Pumpkin Chocolate Dessert Cake

Get the best of both worlds with this chocolate and pumpkin dessert. Reviewer MARIANNE JOSEPH says, "This recipe was a wonderful twist on the traditional pumpkin pie at our Thanksgiving dinner."

Pumpkin Chocolate Dessert Cake
Photo by Laine Barash

3. French Silk Chocolate Pie I

"This is the most heavenly pie ever, I topped it with a dollop of homemade whipped cream and slivered almonds and just a pinch of cocoa," says reviewer Mary Scott. This is another make-ahead dessert with a presentation worthy of your Thanksgiving table.

French Silk Chocolate Pie I
Photo by Mackenzie Schieck 

4. Strawberry Chocolate Mousse Cake

Reviewer DELTAQUEEN50 says, "This was just a wonderful dessert. So easy, yet looked like I slaved for hours over it. The only problem was that it was so good, my family didn't leave me any leftovers!"

Strawberry Chocolate Mousse Cake
Photo by Lulu

5. Salted Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Caramel Truffles

Between all the heavy pies and cakes, your guests will be thanking you for these quick chocolate bites! Recipe creator MariaTheSoaper says, "Dark chocolate, hazelnut, and caramel were just made to be eaten together. How can you resist the indulgent blend of sweet, nutty, with a dash of salt? It's perfect. They can be made up to a week before you want them, just cover and chill."

VIDEO: Salted Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Caramel Truffles

6. Bev's Chocolate Pie

The chocoholics in your life will love this rich chocolate pie! Reviewer Stephanie Anderson says, "I love this pie and so does my family. It is a Thanksgiving staple going on four years now."

Bev's Chocolate Pie
Photo by Tori Guy

7. Pumpkin Brownies

You won't be able to have just one. Reviewer GiGi says, "These were a wonderful addition to our Thanksgiving dessert table. They were very moist and fudgy and pumpkin-y at the same time...I received many compliments and had to hand over the recipe."

VIDEO: Pumpkin Brownies

8. Chocolate Pecan Pie II

A classic Thanksgiving dessert that's made for the chocolate-lovers. Try adding bourbon on top of the pecans before baking. Reviewer jenrtaylor says, "I’ve made this pie for various Thanksgivings and holiday parties and it is always a huge hit...This pie, especially if you add bourbon, is best made a day ahead of time so the flavors have time to meld."

Chocolate Pecan Pie III
Photo by Camis

9. Chocolate Cream Pudding

"This recipe is just about as awesome as cornstarch pudding can get," says reviewer Doc Simonson. "It was smooth and creamy, had an intense chocolate flavor and soul-satisfying richness." Serve this pudding in individual portions topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings for a decadent dessert that's holiday-friendly.

Chocolate Cream Pudding
Photo by camrythegreat

10. Rich Chocolate Tart

"Don't let fears of pastry failure keep you from making a homemade holiday sweet," says recipe creator Pam Anderson. "This rich chocolate tart is a ridiculously easy and scrumptious dessert made with a puff pastry crust."

Rich Chocolate Tart
Photo by APN Sarah

11. Orange Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

Mix orange it with chocolate and cheesecake, and you have a heavenly holiday dessert that stands out on a Thanksgiving spread. Take it from reviewer Lesley who says, "This is a WONDERFUL tasting and looking cheesecake! I love the idea of orange/chocolate. And the orange doesn't overpower the cake as I thought it would have. It's a wonderful combo!"

Orange Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake
Photo by Genequeen


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