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5 Thanksgiving Desserts Inspired By Books

While Thanksgiving is a special time of year to give thanks, it’s also our favorite time of year to enjoy a delicious meal with family and friends. And, the best thing about the delicious feast—other than the turkey, of course—is the dessert table. We confess, we can’t take our eyes off all the scrumptious treats that our guests bring for dinner!

But, this year, we wanted to try something a little different for our sweet treats table. We decided to make desserts featured in some of our favorite novels! While searching for recipes, we happened upon a blog called The Little Library Cafe; it’s written by food blogger and avid reader Kate Young. Drawing inspiration from her recipe curation, we compiled a list of our favorite desserts we can’t wait to dream up this holiday season! Keep reading to see the round-up:

1. Flaming Christmas Pudding

Christmas PuddingImage Source: The Spruce/Elaine Lemm

Flaming Christmas puddings followed the turkey. Percy nearly broke his teeth on a silver sickle embedded in his slice. Harry watched Hagrid getting redder and redder in the face as he called for more wine, finally kissing Professor McGonagall on the cheek, who, to Harry’s amazement, giggled and blushed, her top hat lopsided.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J. K. Rowling, Chapter 12

When we imagine the holidays, we’re easily reminded of J.K. Rowlings’ beloved Harry Potter novels, which is why this British treat is an easy choice!

See the recipe here.

2. Salted Caramel Brownies

Salted Caramel BrowniesImage Source: The Little Library Café/Kate Young

“Ignatius, we gotta go now,” Mrs. Reilly said. “I’m hungry.”

She turned toward him and knocked her beer bottle to the floor where it broke into a spray of brown, jagged glass.

“Mother, are you making a scene?” Ignatius asked irritably. “Can’t you see that Miss Darlene and I are speaking? You have some cakes with you. Eat those. You’re always complaining that you never go anywhere. I would have imagined that you would be enjoying your night on the town.”

Ignatius was back on radar, so Mrs. Reilly reached in her boxes and ate a brownie.

“Like one?” she asked the bartender. “They nice.”

A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole, Chapter 3

We’ve not read this book, but the delicious looking brownies were too good to scroll past on the laptop!

See the recipe here.

3. Peach Pie

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“Hallelujah!” Aunt Spiker shouted. “What a peach! What a peach!” “Terrifico!” Aunt Sponge cried out, “Magnifico! Splendifico! And what a meal!” “It’s still growing!” “I know! I know!” As for James, he was so spellbound by the whole thing that he could only stand and stare and murmur quietly to himself, “Oh, isn’t it beautiful. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.” 

James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl, Chapter 7

Dahl’s beloved children’s classic gives us all the Fall feels, so including a helping of yummy peach pie was simply necessary!

See the recipe here.

4. Lemon Cake

Lemon CakeImage Source: Genius Kitchen

I took him into the pantry where he looked a little reproachfully at the Finn. Together we scrutinized the twelve lemon cakes from the delicatessen shop.

“Will they do?” I asked.

“Of course, of course! They’re fine!” and he added hollowly, “…old sport.”

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chapter V

The Great Gatsby is one of our favorite novels, and it just so happens that lemon cakes are one of our favorite desserts!

See the recipe here.

5. Key Lime Pie

Keylime PieImage Source: The Little Library Café/Kate Young

If I had to do it all over again, I would have made a different pie. The pie I threw at Mark made a terrific mess, but a blueberry pie would have been even better, since it would have permanently ruined his new blazer, the one he bought with Thelma. But Betty said to bring a Key lime pie, so I did.

Heartburn, Nora Ephron, Chapter 13

Can’t wait to make this tasty Thanksgiving treat; it’s sure to be an instant favorite!

See the recipe here.

What desserts will you be making for Thanksgiving? 

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