dessert collage dessert collage Pumpkin, pecan and apple pie are great, but there are many new and unique things to do with dessert this Thanksgiving. (Photo: Sarah Berkowitz/Shutterstock)

8 holiday-friendly desserts that'll have your guests begging for seconds

Keep these recipes in mind when it's time to prepare your feast.

You've chewed your way through what is perhaps the biggest meal of your year. Naturally, you start to feel a bit, well, drowsy. Maybe it's the tryptophan, maybe it's the fact that you spent all day helping rearrange chairs and keeping Aunt Helen out of the wine cabinet. A nap would be oh-so-sweet right now. But then ... is that ... dessert ... I smell?

Suddenly, you don't feel so sleepy – or full – anymore.

Simply put, dessert is the best part of Thanksgiving. So when it's your turn to do the important work of preparing a holiday feast, keep the following dessert recipes from our Israeli Kitchen in mind to ensure your guests will leave feeling pleasantly full and duly impressed. (Click on the titles to see the full recipes.)

No-bake white chocolate strawberry pie

No-bake white chocolate strawberry pieYou can use any kind of berry instead of or in addition to strawberries for this pie. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

This is one of those desserts that’ll make you look like a whiz, and the best part is, there's no cooking or baking needed! The next best part about this is, your guests will be so delighted by the presentation and glorious taste of this pie, they won't even notice there's no pumpkin, pecan or apple in it.


Oreo Rice Krispies treats

Oreo Rice Krispies treatThis recipe pairs the classic Rice Krispies treat with one of America’s favorite cookies, the beloved Oreo. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Sandwiched between two layers of cereal and marshmallows, Oreo cookies never tasted better than in this fun take on the classic Rice Krispies treat recipe. C'mon. Do it for the kids.


Chocolate hazelnut danishes

chocolate hazelnut danishThis danish combines fluffy pastry, luscious hazelnut filling and sweet glaze. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Yes, we know, danishes are usually breakfast. But this recipe simply screams dessert. Maybe it's the chocolate drizzle (we love a good drizzle!), maybe it's the vanilla glaze. Either way, we're sold.


Tiramisu in cocktail glasses

Tiramisu in cocktail glassesThe steps to this tiramisu are simple, and the results are gorgeous. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

If this doesn't look like it came from a five-star bakery, we don't know what does. But don't be fooled: this charming take on the classic Italian dessert is surprisingly easy to prepare, and so much fun to serve.


Peanut butter cheesecake

peanut butter cheesecake on a plate.Magic Shell adds a great little crunch topping to the cheesecake. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

We'll find any excuse to feature this recipe as many times as possible, because we just can't get enough of it. It's so good it should probably be illegal, which can only mean one thing: the best place for this decadent dish is on your Thanksgiving table.


Cherry cobbler

A cherry cobbler dessert rests on a cooling rack.A cherry cobbler dessert rests on a cooling rack. (Photo: Charles Brutlag/Shutterstock)

Does anyone ever wonder why it's called cobbler? We're not sure, but here's a guess: It's easier to "cobble" together this fantastic recipe than it is to make a pie with basically the same ingredients. This recipe uses real cherries, not the canned pie filling, but it's still relatively easy. And what's better than a fresh cobbler after a fresh gobbler?


Tropical fruit syllabub

Fruit syllabub with mango and papaya.We’ve sweetened the syllabub with just a touch of honey, gave it a little kick with fresh lemon juice, and left out the alcohol. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Did you know that in Great Britain, dessert has a slightly different meaning than in the U.S.? The British dessert typically consists of a serving of fruit after a sweet course. But in this recipe, the two courses combine for a luscious, heavenly, beautifully presented dish.


Mercy bars

mercy barsThis is the blondie to end all blondies. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

In this recipe that Israeli Kitchen chef Sarah Berkowitz calls "OMG delicious," the blondie gets a makeover – or more like a complete culinary transformation (she's also made it gluten- and egg-free!). The name of this dessert, Mercy Bars, is short for "Lord Have Mercy," and you'll see why as soon as you take a bite.

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8 holiday-friendly desserts that'll have your guests begging for seconds
Keep these recipes in mind when it's time to prepare your feast.