12 Thanksgiving Desserts You Can Eat During the Game (PHOTOS)

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Serve up a selection of handheld sweets so football fans can enjoy dessert from the sofa.
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By Debbie Koenig

After a long, leisurely holiday meal, the last thing you want to do is sit at the table for another half hour over dessert. No, you want to watch the game! To make that possible, we’ve gathered a baker’s dozen mini-pies, autumnal desserts, and pumpkin-spiced treats that don’t need a fork, or your full attention. Invite everyone to pile a few onto their plates and join the family in time for kickoff.

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Mini Autumn Cheesecakes

These bite-size treats combine classic Thanksgiving pie – apple, pumpkin, or pecan – with creamy cheesecake, in cupcake form.

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Pecan Pie Cookie Bars

Pecan Pie Cookie Bars let you eat all the gooey, nutty goodness of the classic pie with your hands.

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Chocolate Pecan Tartlets

Chocolate Pecan Tartlets combine three of our favorite things: chocolate, pecans, and tarts we don’t have to share.

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Cookie Dough Truffles

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles turn everybody’s favorite unbaked dough (no raw eggs, don’t worry!) into portable, chocolate-covered treats.

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Apple Pie Trifles

Individual Apple Pie Trifles offer up the classic flavor with a gingery twist.

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Turkey Cookies

“Little Gobblers” are a perfect pre-Thanksgiving activity for the kids! You can make them in a variety of ways using different ingredients, including the gingersnap and marshmallow peanut version pictured above.

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Even More Sweet Treats

Want even more ideas? Pecan Pie Truffles freeze well, so you can make them in advance! Bite-Size Carrot Cake is the perfect size to pop right into your mouth. Apple Pie Cookies look and taste like apple pie, but in cookie form. Pumpkin Pie Bites downsize the Thanksgiving favorite into something irresistibly cute – and delicious. Mini Pumpkin Pie Gingersnap Cookie Cups use crushed gingersnaps for a super-easy crust. And Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes with Sweet Ginger Frosting get drizzled with caramel sauce for a festive touch.

Which of your family’s favorite desserts can be eaten while watching the game?

Debbie Koenig writes about family and food, and is the author of the cookbook Parents Need to Eat Too. Find her at http://debbiekoenig.com.

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