What are the best cookies to serve on Thanksgiving?

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When you sit down with your family this Thanksgiving, for the majority of people two foods will be first and foremost in their minds. Those would be turkey and pies. Unless you’re one of those people who enjoy green bean casserole. If that’s the case we can’t help you.

Anyway, while turkey can be prepared in numerous ways, the kinds of pies you can make are nearly endless. And most of your family will enjoy whatever kind of pies you decide to prepare. Pumpkin, apple, pecan, it doesn’t really matter because everyone loves pie.

But what if you have to deal with someone who doesn’t like pie? What if the same demented guest who adores green bean casserole says at the end of dinner “Well, I hope you have something other than pie for dessert cause I don’t enjoy pie very much.”

As I said, never trust anyone who professes they love green bean casserole.

What are the most popular cookies to have on your table for Thanksgiving?

Lucky for you (and green bean casserole boy) cookies have become more and more popular over the years as a Thanksgiving dessert. Yes they will always be more closely associated with Christmas but more people are finding they make a great alternative to pie.

Plus, making cookies is a great way to keep the most annoying members of your family occupied while you try to figure out how long to cook a 30 pound turkey.

So of course the question is what kinds of cookies are best suited for Thanksgiving. And the answer, it turns out, is pretty much any kind of cookie will work.

First, any cookie that includes pumpkin is an obvious choice. Whether you make a classic Soft Pumpkin Cookie or go more extravagant with something like Pumpkin Spice Pecan Sandies or Pumpkin Whoopie Pie Cookies, you can’t go wrong with pumpkin.

The same can be said for any cookie that includes apples or pecans. Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies or Apple Crisp Cookies will definitely please any crowd as will simple Pecan Pie Cookies.

And then there are cookies that look like miniature turkeys. For these you can use any cookie you like as the base, including Sugar Cookies or even Oreos. Use icing to create the eyes and beak and candy corn for the feathers.

Of course there are also the classics like Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies, classic Chocolate Chip Cookies and Sugar Cookies or pretty much any other cookie you can think of. That’s the best part of adding cookies to your Thanksgiving dessert options. You can’t really go wrong.

And next year, leave the green bean casserole off the menu. For everyone’s sake.

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