The Ultimate Thanksgiving Recipe List

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What a week this has been!  We moved yesterday and although we made good progress, my bedroom is stacked with boxes of clothes and no where to put them yet.  Luckily we prioritized and the kitchen is ready to go.  Both of us are loving our new place and with twice the amount of space as our last apartment, it is nice to be able to come home and breathe!  I’d love to finish everything here, but I’m off to San Francisco tomorrow morning for the Foodbuzz Festival, a weekend of blog networking and food., ie heaven.

And in other exciting news, this will be the first year that Matt and I will host Thanksgiving.  I’m so glad we had five years of practice because now I don’t have to be too nervous.  On the other hand, I have so many desserts much food that I want to make and I need to work on my menu editing skills!  Otherwise I’m going to need to spend the next three weeks in the kitchen.

So since I’m busy with menu planning, I figured I’d share some ideas from Keep It Sweet and other blogs for your holiday dinner!


Brussels Sprout and Pancetta Flatbread (We Are Not Martha)

Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip (Dinners, Dishes and Desserts)

Fall Bruschetta (eats well with others)

Fall Bruschetta (Eats Well With Others)

Pumpkin Soup with Chili Cran-Apple Relish (The Keenan Cookbook)

Side Dishes

Bacon Cheddar Cornbread (Slow Like Honey)

Baked Potato Soup (Dainty Chef)

Buttermilk Whipped Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes (Prevention RD)

Butternut Squash with Pepita Cilantro Vinaigrette (Eats Well With Others)

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Caramelized Onions, Bacon and Apple (The Spiffy Cookie)

Cornbread Dressing with Tempeh Bacon, Cherries and Portabella Mushrooms (Peas and Thank You)

Maple Cayenne Roasted Brussels Sprouts (Not Rachael Ray)

My Favorite Pumpkin Bread (Keep It Sweet)

pan roasted brussels sprouts (how sweet)

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Brown Butter and Toasted Pecans (How Sweet it is)

Pumpkin Maple Baked Bean Cornbread Casserole (Oh She Glows)

Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto (La Casa de Sweets)

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette (In Good Taste)

slow cooker butternut squash and apples (what megans making)

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash with Apples (What Megan’s Making)

Spiced Maple Roasted Apples and Squash (My Kitchen Addiction)

Sweet Potato Casserole with Toasted Marshmallows (Keep It Sweet)


Crockpot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili (Skinny Taste)

Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs (Lauren’s Latest)

thanksgiving sandwiches (crepes of wrath)

Thanksgiving Sandwiches (Crepes of Wrath)

The Best Thanksgiving Turkey Breast (Heather’s Dish)

Turkey & Carrot Meatloaf (Weekly Bite)

Turkey Shepard’s Pie (Sweet Pea’s Kitchen)

Turkey Taco Pasta Skillet (All Day I Dream About Food)

Zesty Turkey Burgers (Yums and Loves)


Apple & Pear Crisp (Keep It Sweet)

Apple Cider Spice Cake (Confessions of a Cookbook Queen)

Apple Pecan Cheesecake (Baked by Rachel)

Apple Spiced Brown Butter Blondies (London Bakes)

caramel apple cake (pass the suhi)

Caramel Apple Cake (Pass the Sushi)

Caramel Apple Cider Shake (The Avid Appetite)

Caramel Apple Cookies (Blog is the New Black)

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (Keep It Sweet)

Cinnamon & Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Cookies (Keep It Sweet)

Cinnamon Ice Cream (Chocolate & Carrots)

Cinnamon Roll Cookies (Keep It Sweet)

Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Vanilla Sheet Cake (Picky Palate)

Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Dulce De Leche (The Novice Chef)

Double Crumble Hot Apple Pie (Keep It Sweet)

Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Dulce De Leche (the novice chef)

Double Decker Pumpkin Caramel Pie (Recipe Girl)

Fall Trifle (Keep It Sweet)

Frozen Pumpkin and Chocolate Yogurt Pie with Salted Caramel Cream Sauce (Keep It Sweet)

Overnight Pumpkin Pecan Croissant Bread Pudding (The Yummy Life)

Pear, Cranberry and Gingersnap Crumble (Smitten Kitchen)

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting (Espresso and Cream)

Pumpkin Chai Cupcakes (Dessert for Two)

Pumpkin Cheesecake Stuffed Snickerdoodles (Willow Bird Baking)

Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars (Keep It Sweet)

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cookies (Two Peas & Their Pod)

Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispy Treats (Baking Bites)

Pumpkin Shaped Orange Velvet Whoopie Pies (Cookies and Cups)

Caramel Apple Cider Shake (avid appetite)

Pumpkin S’more Muffins (Keep It Sweet)

Mix and Match Chocolate Bars (Keep It Sweet)

Skillet Apple Crisp (Brown Eyed Baker)

Southern Style Pecan Pie (Young Married Chic)

The Best Homemade Applesauce (Keep It Sweet)

Whole Wheat Maple Walnut Spice Cookies (Keep It Sweet)

What are your Thanksgiving plans? I hope they involve someone you love and delicious food!

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45 Responses to “The Ultimate Thanksgiving Recipe List”

  1. Kiri W. November 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    Holy cow! I want pretty much all of it!

  2. Nicole, RD November 3, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    YUM! I want some of all of it, too! Delicious!

    Can’t wait to see you tomorrow!!!

  3. Cassie @ Bake Your Day November 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    Wow, what a round up! I am still drooling over that cake of Kita’s. I have to try that! Have fun at the festival!

    • KeepItSweet November 6, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

      I haven’t made it yet mainly because I’m afraid I’ll eat the whole thing!

  4. Krissy November 3, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    Oh man, all of that looks amazing! Thanks for including my baked potato soup! Have fun at Foodbuzz, so sad I was unable to go.

    • KeepItSweet November 6, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

      Maybe next year, I’d love to meet you!

  5. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 3, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    Wow you have an amazing round up of treats and eats and lovely links. Can’t wait to clickity click on a few of those and see what is tempting me :)

  6. Jenn@BakingJenn'sBlog November 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    Reading this list made me even more excited for Thanksgiving…if that’s possible. My boyfriend and I are hosting our first Thanksgiving meal this year and I cannot wait!

    • KeepItSweet November 6, 2011 at 11:47 pm #

      So fun! Can’t wait to hear what you make:-)

  7. the food dude November 3, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

    Awesome Thanksgiving feast!

  8. Maggie November 3, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    Wow! That is a lot of Thanksgiving inspiration! I am tossing my cooking magazines aside and digging into these. Thank you!

    • KeepItSweet November 6, 2011 at 11:48 pm #


  9. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. November 3, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

    I’m loving all of the recipes you listed here! I hope you have a fun time at the festival!

  10. Christine November 3, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

    Great round-up! Have fun at Foodbuzz festival.

  11. Lauren from Lauren's Latest November 3, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    This list is HUGE! Thanks for including one of mine in the mix! :)

  12. Ann November 4, 2011 at 12:26 am #

    What a GREAT recipe index! Thanks for sharing and have a great Thanksgiving dinner…I’m sure everyone will LOVE It!

    • KeepItSweet November 6, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

      Thanks, Ann! I can’t wait:-)

  13. Baker Street November 4, 2011 at 3:20 am #

    What a lovely round up!

  14. Kathryn November 4, 2011 at 5:13 am #

    This is such a great list (and thank you so much for including one of mine!). Obviously we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving over here but it is the weekend of my birthday so we will be having a family celebration. In a moment of madness, I agreed to make a giant chocolate pavlova…

    • KeepItSweet November 6, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

      Your birthday definitely is reason to celebrate with delicious food! I can’t wait to hear how that pavlova turns out.

  15. Caroline @ chocolate and carrots November 4, 2011 at 6:45 am #

    Seriously?!?!? Droolingggg. I have been craving Thanksgiving since September. I can’t wait!!! :-) A truly great round up, Lauren!

  16. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray November 4, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    WOW! What a list! Thanks for including me, I’m honored!

  17. Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook November 4, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    Awesome round up and perfect timing, Rachel and I just started talking about menu ideas last night as we’ll be hosting again. Great ideas here (Especially the desserts ^_~)
    Thanks for including our Pumpkin Soup!

    • KeepItSweet November 6, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

      Your welcome! Can’t wait to hear what ends up on your menu.

  18. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts November 4, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    What an awesome round up! I am actually making Thanksgiving Dinner this year!
    Thanks for including my Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip – sweet surprise to wake up to :)

  19. Jen at The Three Little Piglets November 4, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    Holy cow! That’s a heck of a list! Have a great time in San Francisco- can’t wait to hear all about it when you get home…

    • KeepItSweet November 6, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

      Thanks, Jen! The weekend was wonderful and I’ll definitely post a recap soon.

  20. DessertForTwo November 4, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Ok now I’m starving!

    Thanks for including me in the roundup ;)

  21. Monica @ The Yummy Life November 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    Wow, Lauren! What a great assortment of recipes. The hard part is choosing. Glad to hear you’re in your new, bigger place. Hosting Thanksgiving will give you a deadline for getting unpacked–I know I always work better with a deadline. :-) Enjoy your new home! (Thanks for including my pumpkin croissant bread pudding in your round up.)

  22. Melissa@IWasBornToCook November 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    So many delicious ideas!

  23. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic November 4, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    Love this round up. Have a blast at Foodbuzz!!

  24. The Healthy Hostess November 5, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    So excited to be following you now!! :)

  25. Cookin' Canuck November 5, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    What a great line-up of recipes! I’m bookmarking this one.

    • KeepItSweet November 6, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

      Thanks, Dara!

  26. marla November 6, 2011 at 1:50 am #

    Lauren it was awesome meeting you this weekend. Go you cooking up Thanksgiving this year. Impressive round up here too xxoo

    • KeepItSweet November 6, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

      It was so good to meet you too!!!

  27. Parsley Sage November 6, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    Great run down! Kita’s cake had my face like 1/2 inch from the screen and all googly-eyed :) YUM!

    Good luck on the move, I know that can be a big pain sometimes :)


    • KeepItSweet November 6, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

      Thank you!

  28. Jessica @Sunny Side Up November 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    This is a SERIOUS list!

    It was great meeting you this weekend and getting to chat a little bit. I’m already looking forward to next years festival just to hang out with everyone again!

  29. Claudie November 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    I’ve started to think about both my Thanksgiving and Christmas menus… I have to say, the choice of delicious recipes is overwhelming, and you’ve just made it even harder!! :) I really don’t know what to make, expect “everything!” hehe

  30. Joanne November 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    You and i need to compare notes on what we’re making so that maybe we can encourage each other to pare down our lists. This is a great jumping off point though!

  31. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking November 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    Aw, thanks for including my snickerdoodles, Lauren! I miss you already! *sniff*

  32. Roxana GreenGirl November 7, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    I want a serving of each and every dessert you listed!
    Everything sounds DELICIOUS!

  33. jennifer @ peanut butter and peppers November 8, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    This is wonderful! I love the list of all the goodies! It’s time to start prepping for Turkey Season!!

  34. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen November 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    Oh man!! What a great lineup!! Thanks so much for including me! I can’t wait to try some of those dessert recipes! Yum!! :)