The holiday feast isn’t over until everyone’s had their last bite of dessert. What’s the secret to the perfect crust? Do I have to make pie? Let us fill you in!
Side Dish FAQs
Q: I need suggestions for a dessert that serves a crowd—can you help?
Q: Can I bake cupcakes ahead of time and freeze them?
Q: Help! I need ideas for make-ahead desserts so I’ll have time to enjoy my family.
Q: I don't have any time for homemade desserts. Do you have any alternatives?
Q: Any new takes on classic Thanksgiving desserts like pumpkin or pecan pie?
Q: Help! It’s my first Thanksgiving; can you help me make a pie?
Q: What fun and easy treats can I make with my kids?
Q: Do I need to bake my refrigerated pie crust before filling?
Q: If I make a two-crust apple pie from refrigerated pie crust, can I freeze the unbaked pie until I’m ready to cook it?
Q: How do I use frosting to make a glaze for my desserts?
1) I need suggestions for a dessert that serves a crowd—can you help?
A. Praline Pumpkin Dessert, Pumpkin Cheesecake and Caramel Cream Brownie Trifle are all guaranteed crowd-pleasers that will provide the perfect ending to any Thanksgiving feast.
2) Can I bake cupcakes ahead of time and freeze them?
A.Yes! Baking and freezing are smart do-ahead strategies that avoid last minute rushing. Just bake cupcakes, cool completely and then tightly wrap in an airtight freezer bag or container for up to two months. Thaw uncovered, frost and decorate before serving.
3) Help! I need ideas for make-ahead desserts so I’ll have time to enjoy my family.
A. Make-ahead desserts are a terrific way to save time during the holidays. Here are a couple of our favorites:
Easy Orange Cranberry Dessert
Spiced Pumpkin Praline Roll
Frosty Pumpkin Squares
4) I don't have any time for homemade desserts. Do you have any alternatives?
A.The bakery section of the grocery store can be your best friend when strapped for time. Ready-to-eat pies and cakes can easily be dressed-up with whipped cream and a dusting of ground cinnamon, baking cocoa or powdered sugar. Drizzled caramel or chocolate ice-cream syrup is another easy way to add pizzazz. Drizzle on top of the dessert or on the serving plate – either way will look spectacular.
5) Any new takes on classic Thanksgiving desserts like pumpkin or pecan pie?
A.Of course! Here are some new twists on the old favorites:
The best of both worlds: Praline Pumpkin Pie
The perfect combination: Pumpkin + Cheesecake
6) Help! It’s my first Thanksgiving; can you help me make a pie?
A. Making pie for the first time can be nerve racking, but don’t fret, these tips will make it easy:
- Begin with a trusted recipe, read it through from beginning to end.
- Skip the crust…use easy pat-in-the-pan crust found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.
- Follow along for step-by-step directions: Pumpkin Pie How-to
- If you want to make your first crust, we recommend using this recipe: Classic Pumpkin Pie
7) What fun and easy treats can I make with my kids?
A. Fantastic question! Kids love to help in the kitchen, especially when it comes to treats. And what better way to sneak in a math lesson or two? Here are two recipes that are sure to inspire sweet moments:
It’s Turkey Time Cookies
8) Do I need to bake my refrigerated pie crust before filling?
A.No, you do not. Refrigerated pie crusts are a fantastic shortcut. Just pour pumpkin filling into an unbaked crust and bake. Note: most pie recipes will suggest that you begin baking at a higher temperature to get the crust done and then reduce temperature.
9) If I make a two-crust apple pie from refrigerated pie crust, can I freeze the unbaked pie until I’m ready to cook it?
A.Yes, go ahead and freeze your unbaked pie until ready to bake. It’s a great way to save on time while preparing your Thanksgiving feast.
- Assemble the pie as you normally would, but don’t cut slits in top crust.
- Freeze pie in baking pan and wrap in airtight freezer bag.
- When ready to bake, heat oven to 425°F, cut slits in top crust and set pie onto baking sheet.
- Bake frozen pie for 15 minutes; reduce heat to 375°F and bake 30 to 40 minutes or until top is golden brown.
- Cover edges of pie crust with strips of foil after 15 to 20 minutes to keep the crust from burning.
10) How do I use frosting to make a glaze for my desserts?
A.Betty Crocker frosting is so versatile – frost or glaze with it, you choose. To use as a glaze, fill a resealable plastic bag with ready-to-use frosting from a tub. Snip a tiny corner, and squeeze glaze over cookies or cake.
You can also make a glaze by microwaving Betty Crocker frosting in the container on High 20 to 30 seconds, stirring once, or until pourable. Finally, spread frosting over cake, cookies or bars for a glaze-like topping.