8 Easy Thanksgiving Desserts Using 5 Ingredients or Fewer

If you’re on a last-minute mission to find simple-yet-spectacular dishes for your Thanksgiving dessert spread, then you’re in luck! We searched the web to track down the most luscious, easy-to-make sweets for your dessert selection this week. Best of all, each of these dishes requires 5 ingredients or fewer.

Read on for 8 irresistible dessert recipes, each requiring 5 ingredients maximum, to try out this Thanksgiving.

1. Chocolate Coconut Pie

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Pie is an absolute must on any Thanksgiving menu, but we don’t all have time to throw together a pecan or pumpkin dish from scratch. This creamy, indulgent chocolate coconut pie is a much simpler addition to the holiday dessert table, also bringing a welcome change of pace to the year’s festivities. The pie’s buttery coconut crust is a breeze to make, and is topped with a decadent chocolate ganache for an irresistibly chocolatey finish. This pie from Say Yes makes one (8-inch) pie.


For the crust:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 cups of sweetened coconut

For the filling:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate and 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • toasted almonds

Head to Say Yes for the full recipe.

2. Molten Nutella Pops

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These molten nutella pops may be a bit messy to prepare, but there’s never any shame in snacking on any spilled (or “spilled”) chocolate. To get the full molten effect of these Nutella pops, allow them to come to room temperature before serving, which will allow the interior to soften. If you’re feeling impatient, you can also snack on them when they’re still slightly chilled. If you opt for the hazelnut praline coating, you can save time by preparing this component up to 2 days in advance. Cleo Buttera’s recipe yields 15 servings of elegant chocolate-hazelnut goodness. Enjoy snacks immediately upon preparing or store in fridge, covered, for up to a week.


For the Nutella Pops:

  • 15 tablespoons Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)
  • 8 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped

For the Hazelnut Praline: (optional, enough to cover 8 pops):

  • ½ cup (2 ounces) skinned, roughly chopped hazelnuts
  • ¼ cup (4 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons water


  • 15 lollipop or popsicle sticks

Head to Cleo Buttera for the full recipe.

3. Maple and Salted Caramel Nut Clusters

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Need to whip Thanksgiving dessert up out of thin air in 10 minutes? No problem. Your friends and family will go crazy for these maple and salted caramel nut clusters from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken. The clusters can be made with any kinds of nuts you like — we promise you they’ll taste delicious, no matter what you choose. The dessert has both salty and sweet components, lightly flavored with maple syrup and vanilla extract to achieve a mouthwatering balance of flavors. If you’re feeling daring, you can even try adding a dash of chili powder. The recipe yields 12 gooey caramel clusters.


  • 1 cup unsalted nuts of choice
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Several pinches of flake salt
  • Optional: ½ teaspoon chili powder

Head to It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken for the full recipe.

4. Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt

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If you’ve got an ice cream maker at home, then this pumpkin frozen yogurt is a perfectly seasonal solution for Thanksgiving dessert. The softly-spiced flavor is delicious on its own, and will pair beautifully with any pies or pastries as well. For an ideal frozen yogurt consistency, don’t freeze it for over 3 hours (it will become too difficult to scoop). Super Nummy’s recipe takes 5 minutes to prepare (plus freezing time) and yields about 2 pints of homemade frozen yogurt.


  • 1¼ cups pure pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup raw honey (or more to taste)
  • 1¾ cups plain Greek yogurt

Head to Super Nummy for the full recipe.

5. Chewy Cashew Butter Toffee Cookies


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These chewy cashew butter toffee cookies can be prepared and baked all in the span of 35 minutes. On top of that, the recipe prep requires just 1 bowl — hello, easy cleanup! Incorporating brown sugar into the batter results in an extra-chewy cookie. Freshly-made toffee bits and the distinctive flavors of cashew are mixed in to make these cookies a truly remarkable holiday treat. The Gold Lining Girl’s recipe yields 20-24 cookies.


  • 1 cup cashew butter
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup toffee bits

Head to The Gold Lining Girl for the full recipe.

6. Chocolate-Amaretto Fudge

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Four-ingredient fudge doesn’t get more festive than this. Wine and Glue’s creamy, decadent fudge incorporates chocolate — of course — condensed milk, vanilla, and amaretto liqueur for a creamy and sophisticated taste of post-dinner bliss. Be sure to store any leftover chocolate-amaretto fudge in the refrigerator to maintain peak freshness.


  • 3 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons amaretto liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Head to Wine and Glue for the full recipe.

7. Gooey Caramel Pull-Apart Rolls

Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun

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These gooey caramel pull-apart rolls from Love Grows Wild are the perfect last-minute solution for the holidays, incorporating several shortcuts to make one easy and excellent dessert dish. You’ll drape your modified dinner roll base in a gooey caramel concoction made from cook-and-serve butterscotch pudding mix, brown sugar, and butter. After preparation, bake up your rolls for 30-35 minutes to yield a sticky, beautiful piece of caramel-infused goodness, topped off with crunchy seasonal pecans. The recipe takes 11 hours to make (including thawing time if rolls are frozen, plus overnight rising time) and yields 10 servings.


  • 16 dinner rolls
  • 1 (3.5-ounce) package cook-and-serve butterscotch pudding (not instant)
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Head to Love Grows Wild for the full recipe.

8. Sweet and Salty Chocolate Peanut Butter Treats

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These sweet and salty chocolate peanut butter treats are amazing for the holidays, not just because they are downright delightful, but also because they’re impossible to ruin. Any combination of these simple 5 ingredients will result in a fantastic dessert, so no worries necessary! Simply sandwich a peanut butter-vanilla mixture between two butter crackers (Ritz works well) and dip those delicious bites into melted semi-sweet chocolate. After chocolate has set, cover your treats with powdered sugar “snow,” and enjoy! The recipe takes 20 minutes to make and yields 32 cookies. You can store your leftover snacks in an airtight container at room temperature.


  • 32 butter crackers, such as Ritz
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Head to Half Baked Harvest for the full recipe.