Let’s get you ready for the big feast with these festive, delicious and easy Thanksgiving recipes everyone is sure to be thankful for!

Fall Snack Board, Roasted Chicken, Angel Biscuits, Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Tart

What to Make for Thanksgiving Dinner

Holiday season has arrived! Occasions that call for easy, delicious recipes are countless. From family gatherings to class parties to potlucks, Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving, there seems to always be a fun gathering to take a great dish to this time of year.

I’m here to help you keep it easy while also impressing your loved ones with my favorite Thanksgiving recipes. From snacks and appetizers to classic sides to the most delicious desserts and even some ideas for all those leftovers, I’ve got you covered.

You and your loved ones are sure to enjoy these deliciously easy recipes!


These spreads includes a carefully planned menu of delicious, creative takes on your holiday favorites so you can spread the love.

Friendsgiving Spread

Friendsgiving Spread by The BakerMama

Thanksgiving Pre-Feast Snacks

From pages 209-213 of my cookbook, Spectacular Spreads.

Spread_Spectacular Spreads Cookbook

Snacks and Appetizers

These snacks and appetizers are perfect for potlucks or just to get the gathering going!

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

A hint of pumpkin spice adds some fall pep to this festive Pumpkin Cheese Ball. Perfect for dipping, it makes a fun and delicious appetizer for your Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving get together.

Pumpkin Cheese Ball by The BakerMama

Fall Snack Board

This beautiful Fall Snack Board, covered in fall’s favorite flavors, is so perfect to make for a fall gathering. With a delicious pumpkin cheese ball in the center and an amazing assortment of sweet, savory and spiced snacks around it, everyone is sure to enjoy!

Fall Feast Board by The BakerMama

Gouda and Cheddar Cheese Fondue

When served in a baked pumpkin bowl, it makes the perfect appetizer for your Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving feast.

Gouda and Cheddar Fondue by The BakerMama

Susu’s Snack Mix

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a big jar of SuSu’s Cereal Snack Mix to eat!  A scrumptious, salty treat everyone loves!

SuSu's Cereal Snack Mix

Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix

Pumpkin spice and everything nice in this sweet and salty Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix that’s so perfect for fall!

Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix

Turkey Snack Board

How to make a festive and delicious Turkey Snack Board for everyone to gobble up at your Thanksgiving gatherings!

Turkey Snack Board by The BakerMama

Pumpkin Fruit Platter

This adorable Pumpkin Fruit Platter is so fun to make with the kids and perfect for a healthy treat to take to a Halloween or Thanksgiving party!

Pumpkin Fruit Platter

Cornucopia Cheese Board

Make a fabulous Cornucopia Cheese Board with a variety of crunchy snacks shaped like a cornucopia and an enticing selection of fall cheeses, fruits, vegetables, nuts and more for your Thanksgiving gathering enjoyment!

Cornucopia Cheese Board

Fall Fondue Board

Serve up autumn’s best! My Fall Fondue Board features seasonal dippers around a baked pumpkin bowl filled with melty cheese fondue for a gorgeous and delicious appetizer or light meal.

Fall Fondue Board by The BakerMama

Boards on a Budget

Here you can find great ways to entertain by building a beautiful cheese and charcuterie board for just $25 with one-stop-shopping ingredients from either Trader Joe’s, Aldi or Target.

Boards on a Budget with The BakerMama Cover

Pumpkin Spiced Deviled Eggs

Pumpkin puree and hint of nutmeg make these Pumpkin Spiced Deviled Eggs a delicious, inventive appetizer that’s perfect for your fall celebrations.

Pumpkin Spiced Deviled Eggs by The BakerMama

Pumpkin Snack Board

Build an adorable and delicious Pumpkin Snack Board for a Halloween or fall party that is sure to WOW your crowd!

Pumpkin Snack Board by The BakerMama

Thanksgiving Staples and Sides

Dinner rolls, green bean casserole and mac & cheese are sure to be found on every Thanksgiving Day spread. In this section, you’ll find recipes for those and much more…

Cornbread Dressing

No matter what else is on the menu, this perfectly moist and seasoned Cornbread Dressing will be the talk of your holiday table!

Cornbread Dressing by The BakerMama

Green Bean Bundles

Wrapped in crispy bacon and topped with a sweet and savory glaze, these Green Bean Bundles take your Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving veggie to the next level.

Green Bean Bundles by The BakerMama

Angel Biscuits

One bite of these divinely delicious creations and you’ll understand why they’re called Angel Biscuits. Light, fluffy, and perfectly buttery, they truly taste heaven-sent!

Angel Biscuits by The BakerMama

Dinner Rolls

Warm buttery Dinner Rolls with a crisp outside and soft inside that go great with just about any meal!

12 round dinner rolls on a rimmed aluminum baking sheet.

Pumpkin Cornbread

With a soft, crumbly center and a crackly crust, this Pumpkin Cornbread is as delicious as it is charming. Reminiscent of a pumpkin pie, it’s a cute and comforting carb to serve at your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving feast.

Pumpkin Cornbread by The BakerMama

Honey Herb Roasted Chicken Drumsticks

Move over, turkey! Serve up Honey Herb Roasted Chicken Drumsticks for an easy, attractive and delicious main dish for your Friendsgiving dinner. With fresh herbs and golden honey, these drumsticks can’t be beat!

Honey Herb Roasted Chicken Drumsticks by The BakerMama

Garlic Thyme Turkey Gravy

Garlic and thyme make this simple turkey gravy extra flavorful and the perfect accompaniment to your Thanksgiving feast!

Sausage Dressing Stuffed Baked Apples

With sweet Italian sausage baked into rosy, golden apples, these Sausage Dressing Stuffed Baked Apples add an elegantly delicious touch to your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving dinner.

Sausage Dressing Stuffed Baked Apples by The BakerMama

Fresh Green Bean Casserole

Made with crisp green beans and a scrumptious homemade sauce and topped with crispy baked onions, my Fresh Green Bean Casserole is so fresh and so delicious!

Fresh Green Bean Casserole by The BakerMama

Whole Roasted Garlic and Herb Cauliflower with Pomegranate Seeds

Serve a veggie dish they’ll never forget with this Whole Roasted Garlic and Herb Cauliflower with Pomegranate Seeds. It’s as beautiful as it is delicious–a tantalizing Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving side.

Whole Roasted Garlic and Herb Cauliflower with Pomegranate Seeds by The BakerMama

Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes

More veggies, please! With a sweet caramelized top and soft warm insides, these Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes will have them coming back for more! This side dish will take the spotlight at your Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving feast!

Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes by The BakerMama

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon, Apple and Gorgonzola

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon, Apple, and Gorgonzola cheese come together in a crisp & flavorful salad that you’ll want to enjoy again & again!

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

Easy Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole is a classic and comforting side dish that’s great for a holiday buffet.

Broccoli Rice Casserole by The BakerMama

Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

A true southern thanksgiving favorite, this easy, cheesy stovetop mac and cheese can be on your holiday table in under 30 minutes

Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese by The BakerMama

Kale And Brussels Sprouts Salad with a Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

This Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad with a Maple Dijon Vinaigrette is the perfect salad for fall festivities. It’s so fresh and flavorful!

Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad with a Maple Dijon Vinaigrette


Oh, the dessert table, everyone’s favorite! Pies, cakes, cookies and more in all the yummy fall flavors.

Mom’s Special Apple Pie

Deliciously sweet apples are mounded in a flaky crust and topped with an irresistible nutty streusel. It’s homemade goodness at its very best in Mom’s Special Apple Pie!

Mom's Special Apple Pie by The BakerMama

Pecan Pie Bites

The crust is buttery, the filling is sweet and the pecans are plentiful in these delicious Pecan Pie Bites!

Pecan Pie Bites by The BakerMama

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Tart

The amazing combination of dark chocolate and pumpkin in this dreamy Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Tart gives traditional pumpkin pie a run for its title as fall’s favorite dessert!

One-Pan Mini Thanksgiving Pie Three Ways

Pumpkin, apple, or pecan? It’s impossible to choose! With One-Pan Mini Thanksgiving Pies Three Ways you don’t have to! Make all three delicious pies at once with this simple, easy-to-follow recipe.

One-Pan Mini Thanksgiving Pies Three Ways by The BakerMama

Pumpkin Carrot Cake

This incredibly moist and flavorful Pumpkin Carrot Cake gives you the best of so many fall flavors. It screams Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Carrot Cake by The BakerMama

Grandma’s Pecan Pie

With a flaky crust on bottom, crunchy pecans on top and a gooey filling in the middle, no Thanksgiving table is complete without Grandma’s Pecan Pie!

Grandma's Pecan Pie by The BakerMama

Pumpkin Cream Pie

A scratch baked Pumpkin Cream Pie that really is as “easy as pie” and would be the perfect ending to your Thanksgiving feast!

Pumpkin Cream Pie

Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies

These Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies are such an easy way to get your pecan pie fix without having to bake a whole pie. Tender, flaky, buttery shortbread cookies are filled with a sweet, gooey, caramelized pecan pie filling for a cookie eating experience that’s just too tasty to be true!

Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies by The BakerMama

Pumpkin Chocolate Hand Pies

Festive and fabulous Pumpkin Chocolate-Filled Hand Pies for all your fall festivities!

Pumpkin Chocolate Hand Pies

Pumpkin S’mores Snack Cake

This Pumpkin S’mores Snack Cake is a moist pumpkin spice graham cracker cake topped with melting milk chocolate and gooey oven-roasted marshmallows. It’s s’mores perfection with some fabulous fall flare!

Pumpkin S'mores Snack Cake by The BakerMama

Chai Spiced Pumpkin Pound Cake

The warming flavors of chai fill this tender Chai-Spiced Pumpkin Pound Cake making it one of the most delicious cakes you could bake this fall!

Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

The combo of pumpkin and triple the chocolate in these thick, chewy Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies is out of this world delicious!

Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Balls

Turn leftover Thanksgiving pie into bite-sized heaven with these No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Balls. A whole new way to enjoy pumpkin pie!

Pumpkin Pie Balls by The BakerMama

Blueberry Pecan Bars

These Blueberry Pecan Pie Bars are an irresistible twist on a holiday classic. With a tender pecan-studded shortbread crust and a gooey blueberry and pecan loaded filling, they’re sure to be a holiday hit!

Blueberry Pecan Pie Bars

Baked Pumpkin Fritter Bites

Moist and flavorful pumpkin-packed fritter bites are caramelized in a sweet sugar glaze for an irresistible fall treat!

Aunt Ina’s Apple Dumplings

Perfectly flaky pastry wraps juicy tart apples with an amazing cinnamon sugar syrup making my Great Aunt Ina’s Apple Dumplings the ultimate dessert. So comforting, so delicious and a perfect addition to your holiday gatherings!

Apple Dumplings

Fresh Apple Cake

This Fresh Apple Cake is an unbelievably moist cake that’s loaded with chunks of tart apples and crunchy pecans. One slice and everyone will be begging for more!

Fresh Apple Cake by The BakerMama

Pumpkin Pie Chips and Dips

Pumpkin Pie Chips and Dip is a fun and festive way to easily serve all the flavors of pumpkin pie without having to bake and slice a pie!


Sip on a festive cocktail or refreshing sweet tea while enjoying all of the good eats and time with family and friends!

Apple Cider Smash

Here’s to graduating from the kids’ table! Bourbon, ginger beer and a dash of cinnamon make this Apple Cider Smash the perfect Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving cocktail.

Apple Cider Smash by The BakerMama

Apple Cider Sangria

This Apple Cider Sangria is the perfect make-ahead cocktail to serve at a  fall gathering. It’s easy, festive and absolutely delicious!

Apple Cider Sangria

Cranberry Orange Spiked Sweet Tea

This Cranberry Orange Spiked Sweet Tea is the perfect cocktail for the holidays! It’s deliciously sweet, citrusy and spiced just right.

Cranberry Orange Spiked Sweet Tea

Cinnamon Apple Iced Sweet Tea

This Cinnamon Apple Iced Sweet Tea is the perfect drink for your fall festivities. It’s crisp, comforting and compliments the flavors of the season so well!

Cinnamon Apple Iced Sweet Tea


And now that the the big Thanksgiving feast is over, wondering what to do with all of the leftover food?! Make and epic Leftovers Board, a comforting soup or even some epic nachos!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Board

Put all those delicious leftovers to great use by making an awesome Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich Board where each person can build and enjoy their own sandwich creation.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich Board by The BakerMama

Turkey and Cornbread Dumplings

Put your leftover Thanksgiving turkey to great use with this tasty twist on a comforting classic that’s full of hearty cornbread dumplings. Turkey and Cornbread Dumplings is an easy meal that will keep you warm all winter long!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Sheet Pan Quesadilla

Thanksgiving Leftovers Sheet Pan Quesadilla is a creative way to use your holiday leftovers! Turkey, stuffing, and cranberries all covered in melted cheese wrapped up inside buttery, crisp tortillas with gravy for dipping. Delicious!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Sheet Pan Quesadilla by The BakerMama

Ham and Cheddar Muffins

Honey-Glazed Ham & Cheddar Muffins are ham and cheese baked into these sweet & savory muffins. Such a great way to use leftover ham!

Sheet Pan Turkey and Black Bean Nachos

Whether you have leftover chicken or turkey from your Thanksgiving meal, use it to make these amazing sheet pan nachos the day after.

Sheet Pan Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

Turkey Quinoa Chili with Butternut Squash and Edamame

In place of the ground turkey in this recipe, use leftover shredded turkey from your Thanksgiving feast!

Turkey Quinoa Chili by The BakerMama

Hope these recipes are helpful to get you through this busy and delicious time of year!

If you make any of these Thanksgiving Recipes to be Thankful For, be sure to snap a picture and share it with me or tag me on Instagram @thebakermama so I can see. 😍 I love seeing how inspired and creative y’all get with the recipes I share. Enjoy!


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