33 Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

With Thanksgiving less than a week away (eek!), I wanted to do a quick round-up of some of my favorite recipes for this awesome foodie holiday.

I know you likely have already planned your meal or contributions for the big day, but just in case you haven’t, I’m here to give you some inspiration.  Or maybe you aren’t totally happy with your meal plans and I can tempt you to consider some other dishes?  Or maybe just some inspiration for next year?  No?  Too far away?

Let’s dive right in.

Breakfast.  Because having delicious options for the first meal of the day is always a good idea.

Thanksgiving Breakfast Ideas | Cookie Monster Cooking

cranberry orange white chocolate scones
orange ricotta poppy seed muffins
maple oatmeal scones
cranberry walnut bread
overnight baked apple cinnamon french toast
almond pound cake
apple cinnamon chip muffins
crumb cake
pumpkin spice latte granola


Appetizers & Drinks.  Fun beverages and quick and easy snacks to make your guests happy before the big meal.

Thanksgiving Appetizer and Drink Ideas | Cookie Monster Cooking

pomegranate cranberry sangria
homemade pumpkin spice coffee syrup
apple pie spiced pecans
baked goat cheese with cranberries and pistachios
spiced rosemary and thyme nuts
caramel apple popcorn


Side Dishes.  Enough said.

Thanksgiving Side Dish Ideas | Cookie Monster Cooking

green beans with almonds and shallots
cranberry orange sauce
cauliflower gratin
fresh herb dinner rolls
creamy mashed cauliflower
company corn
roasted sweet potato salad
honey corn bread muffins
thanksgiving stuffing


Dessert.  Make sure you save room.  Yoga or stretchy pants optional but suggested.

Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas | Cookie Monster Cooking

brown butter pumpkin cupcakes
brown sugar pecan shortbread
skillet apple crisp
soft pumpkin cookies with maple frosting
salted pecan pie cookie bars
macadamia caramel tart
no bake apple pie cheesecakes
maple pecan biscotti
apple pie bars


Next week, we’ll talk Thanksgiving leftovers.  We take turkey day leftovers very seriously around these parts.  And I have some fun ideas for different ways to put them to use.  Until then, have a happy weekend!


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  1. Jo @ The Contented Baker says

    Gosh Ashley! How do you do it?? So many great ideas. I only wish I could note down half as much as you achieve! A belated Happy Thanksgiving by the way :-)

  2. says

    This is great, thanks for consolidating everything in one place! I’ll be cooking a dessert and a side dish for Thanksgiving and I’m still trying to figure out what to do for that. There are so many great options out there, it’ll be hard to decide.

  3. says

    What’s not to love? I’m actually cooking a Thanksgiving brunch for my mother-in-law so the breakfast ideas were much appreciated. Great round-up!

    • Ashley says

      Oh man, I love those stores … although I have to stop myself from visiting often because that can lead to bad things : ) And I totally agree – I LOVE the pottery barn magazines … although I usually want to buy just about everything in them! Which clearly is never going to happen… lol

  4. says

    What a great round up Ashley! They all sound incredible and would make any Thanksgiving complete :) Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

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