Whether you’re pastry-phobic or specifically pumpkin-pie averse, we’ve got you covered with five spectacular Thanksgiving dessert ideas. Every one of them is easy, and not a single one involves a rolling pin. Prepare to rock that holiday dessert buffet!

1 Vanilla Mascarpone Cream Pie
This Vanilla Mascarpone Cream Pie is easy, quick and beautiful. (© Jennifer May)

This gorgeous fruit-topped pie deserves an Instagram account of its own. If you’re a Food52 devotee, you may have seen Erin McDowell recipes before. She’s the foodie website’s most popular baking contributor and she has a reputation for her pies, in particular. This one, from McDowell’s new cookbook, “The Fearless Baker” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30), is ridiculously easy. The crust is made from crushed sugar cookies and melted butter. The filling is a mascarpone and whipped cream cloud. And the seasonal fruit can be changed up to suit your preferences — a monochromatic glory of red berries, perhaps, or colorful autumnal pears, grapes and figs. Us? We’re doing persimmons, raspberries and glossy red currants. Here’s the recipe, which includes McDowell’s clever baking tips, too.

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Pumpkin Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting

There’s a reason why pumpkin-spice everything is so popular. Who doesn’t love cinnamon? This dessert takes all those signature flavors — the cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg and cloves — and pairs it with pumpkin in a not-pie, not-custard way. It’s more like pumpkin bread with cream cheese frosting. It’s easy, crowd-pleasing and yummy. You’ll find the recipe here. (And if you want to DIY that pumpkin-spice mix, there’s a great little how-to here, courtesy of Betty Crocker.)

It’s the cream-cheese frosting that sends pumpkin bread into dessert territory, so feel free to bake the batter — or your own pumpkin bread recipe — in 8-inch cake pans. Now they’re cake, ready to be slathered with …read more

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5 fantastic Thanksgiving desserts — not a pumpkin pie in the bunch

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