fig and ricotta hand pies photo by greg rannells

8 recipes to make your Thanksgiving dessert table perfect as pie

Thanksgiving may look a little (or a lot) different this year thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn't mean you can't still dazzle your (very small number of) guests with some fine home cooking. We've compiled some of our favorite holiday recipes to help see you through. Don't miss our roundup of main courses and starters and sides, and keep an eye out for an upcoming feature with some ideas for what to do with all those leftovers.

Pint Size Bakery & Coffee’s fig and ricotta hand pies are ideal to prevent the spread of germs over a communal dessert. Cookies are another great way to avoid sharing, and these pumpkin spice sandwich cookies are reminiscent of macarons. Or sneak some veggies into dessert with vegan chocolate-zucchini cookies.

pumpkin spice sandwich cookies // photo by amrita rawat

If you're OK with a shared dessert (designate one clean-handed person to cut and serve), this Southern 7UP cake from La Patisserie Chouquette's Simon Faure is a New Orleans favorite. You can trick your family into thinking you've been laboring in the kitchen all day with quick caramel cake from Gourmet Soul's Lavinia McCoy. Or add a salty counterpart to your sweets with Sucrose Bakery's salted caramel tart.

southern 7up cake // photo by carmen troesser

No Thanksgiving is complete without pie, and the coconut pie from chef Candice Poss is a true show-stopper. Or keep things traditional yet progressive with a vegan pumpkin pie.

With all these recipes in hand, you should be equipped to feed the fam. But if preparing a slew of dishes for the big event seems daunting, check out our list of 11 takeout meals to make Thanksgiving a little easier this year.