The real Thanksgiving hit isn’t the bird (especially amid a turkey shortage coupled with inflation), the sweet potato casserole or the cranberry sauce – it’s the dessert! From classic apple pie and apple crisp to drizzled pecan pie and traditional pumpkin pie, the options are not only decadent but also limitless.
Baking your own Thanksgiving desserts from scratch takes time, which you might miss this year. Luckily, Trader Joe’s has an assortment of take-out treats that tick all the right boxes. Whether you’re craving the rustic flavor of apples or the creaminess of cheesecake this holiday season, here are six Thanksgiving desserts you can add to your cart right now.
This list adds to Salon Food’s growing library of supermarket guides. If you’re looking for a fun new snack to enjoy this season, check out Trader Joe’s 15 Best Fall Snacks to put in your shopping cart.
Apple crumble pie
Trader Joe’s limited-time Apple Crumble Pie sounds like the perfect way to end a feast. This holiday dessert features cinnamon-soaked Northern Spy apples, an all-butter pastry crust, and a buttery brown sugar oatmeal crumble topping, all baked to perfection. It’s also 8 inches across, so there’s plenty to enjoy with a crowd.
As a general rule, apple pie tastes like a pest best served hot with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream and a piping hot cup of coffee.
Caramel and Pumpkin Cakes
Priced at $3.99 for a box of two, Trader Joe’s Sticky Pumpkin Caramel Cakes are mini Bundt cakes flavored with pumpkin, dates and brown sugar and coated in a deliciously sticky caramel sauce . Pop a cake in the microwave; once warmed, top it with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream.
“From the soft, moist texture of the cake to the rich sweetness of the sticky caramel sauce and the unmistakably autumnal notes of pumpkin, cinnamon and clove, everything about this dessert evokes comfort,” TJ’s says on its website. . “And its price evokes value.”
Rustic Potato Pie
This frozen dessert flaunts a sweet, syrupy apple filling that’s encased in a buttery crust. Simply put a frozen pie in the oven, bake it for 20-25 minutes and voila, the dessert is ready! TJ’s Rustic Apple Pie would go exceptionally well with a sprinkle of pearl sugar and a scoop of salted maple ice cream, vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
According to fans on Reddit, the pie is both “delicious” and “so so good.” “I cook a lot at home, so I have high standards for baked goods, but I was really pleasantly surprised with this pie! The filling wasn’t too sweet, with a good amount of apple chunks and apple goo,” user u/btrd_toast wrote. “Sometimes a French apple pie can be a little dry, which it wasn’t. The apple flavor is good, like they don’t use the cheapest apples. The crust has the taste of real butter.”
TJ’s Pumpkin Cheesecake is a creamy dessert made with smooth cream cheese, fresh pumpkin and seasonal pumpkin pie spice. The best part of this dessert? It doesn’t require any extra time in the oven – just take it out of the package and enjoy as many slices as your heart desires.
A slice can be enjoyed on its own or topped with whipped cream, pumpkin ice cream, or caramel sauce. If you’re looking for something creamy and pumpkin, this might be it.
Autumn Truffle Tart
The Belgian-made chocolates in this seasonal assortment are shaped like small slices of pie and are filled with traditional pie fillings. Each package contains four flavors: Apple Pie (apple-caramel-cinnamon filling with milk and white chocolate shell), Pumpkin Pie (cranberry-ginger-cinnamon filling with milk and dark chocolate shell), Caramel Pie with pecans (salted caramel pecan filling with milk and dark chocolate shell) and silk mousse tart (chocolate and vanilla cream with milk and white chocolate shell).
The truffle pie is topped with cookie crumbs, brownie cookie crumbs, caramelized pecans and milk chocolate chunks. Finish your favorite pies with these mini candies or serve them alone on a dessert platter.
Nantucket Cranberry Pie
Who says apple, pecan, and pumpkin pies are the only desserts you can enjoy on Thanksgiving? NTJ’s Nantucket Style Cranberry Pie is a traditional New England holiday dessert made with tart cranberries, almonds, chunks of walnuts and vanilla. “One bite of this pleasantly tangy alternative to traditionally super-sweet holiday offerings, and you won’t want to argue over whether it should be called pie, cake, or cobbler — you’ll just want more,” TJ’s writes on its website.
Enjoy room temperature or warmed pie with your choice of sweet embellishments. You can either lay it on the counter at room temperature for one to two hours or put it in a 325 degree oven for 20 minutes.
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