Top 5 Thanksgiving Recipes, Cranberry Dessert Recipes | Fresh Fridays, Nov 19

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Happy week before Thanksgiving! How can it be!

I feel like it was last week I was sweltering in the summer heat, enjoying a slice of cool Key Lime Pie on the front porch. Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Regardless it will arrive next Thursday.

Hopefully you had a moment to open the email I sent Tuesday; it had oodles of Thanksgiving recipe ideas — if you didn’t receive it, email me and I will send that over to you.

I’m HERE to answer your Thanksgiving food questions! Shoot me a quick email or comment below and I will do my best to reply quickly to you.

Every year, I think to myself, “Self, you need to get out a Thanksgiving planning guide” and year after year, I laugh to myself and say, “well, maybe next year“. What I really need is a Procrastinators Guide to Planning your Thanksgiving Meal. Who is with me! 🙂

Top 5 Must have Thanksgiving Recipes

Here are what I would call my cream of the crop, top 5 recipes for a great Thanksgiving!

  1. Make Ahead Giblet Gravy | Every year I have people tell me how this has become their GO-TO gravy!
  2. Potatoes au Gratin | these might typically be served with ham, but in our family, they are a must, plus these roasted garlic mashed potatoes!
  3. Easy Yeast Rolls | These really are super easy and so soft and fluffy!
  4. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Honey Balsamic Glaze and Corn Pudding Casserole
  5. Ooey-Gooey Cinnamon Rolls or for after dinner try this amazing Apple Crumb Pie (it’s Gluten-free but nobody will care!)

You might also enjoy this post with some ideas for frugal Thanksgiving decor ideas.


I have had so much fun being part of a collaboration with other bloggers for Cranberry Week, where I created 3 new delicious Cranberry Dessert Recipes for you! I kinda think you are going to LOVE them! Plus a bonus Cranberry Appetizer recipe!

  1. OATMEAL CRANBERRY BARS | Made with fresh cranberries, the crust doubles as the crumb topping, these bars are tender, buttery and bursting with sweet-tart cranberry flavor!
  2. CRANBERRY CHRISTMAS CAKE | This gorgeous cake is easy enough for Christmas morning, elegant enough for Christmas dinner or a Christmas party! Especially when paired with my Vanilla Butter Sauce and Sugared Cranberries.
  3. NANTUCKET CRANBERRY PIE | or Cranberry Cake, or Cranberry Tart, or Crustless Cranberry pie — whatever you want to call this delectable 10 minute prep cranberry dessert, this will become one of your favorite family recipes every Thanksgiving and Christmas.


White Cheddar Cream Cheese Cranberry Dip with hand holding crostini with beautiful red and white dip on it.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip — the perfect sweet, salty, cheesy combo we all love for a holiday appetizer! And it assembles in minutes!

This Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip is a great, tasty way to get rid of leftover cranberry sauce.

Get a Jump on Black Friday Sales

Many companies are starting Black Friday sales early, here are a few for the foodies in your life, or maybe to add to your Christmas wish list.

  • FREE STEAKS FOR A YEAR!!? AT ButcherBox their Black Friday Sale includes free steaks for a year! Read more about it here! I have been using ButcherBox recently and I love their meat!
  • OXO Kitchenware Products | I love the OXO brand and you will to! They are featuring 20% off all bakeware…get the deal.
  • SPOONFUL OF COMFORT | Looking for a unique gift to send to family and friends who have everything? Everyone needs a little comfort food sometimes!
  • Sur la Table continues to have wonderful sales!
  • VAT19 | Looking for unusual gifts? I have shopped VAT19 for years for our boys, there are some really fun and cool gift ideas for kids, adults and every age in between!

*As an affiliate of ButcherBox, Sur la Table, Oxo, Spoonful of Comfort and VAT19 I receive a small commission from purchases, without costing you a dime!

CHECK OUT MY UPDATED HOME page ==> Holiday Favorites, Holiday Sides, Drinks and Sweets!

Print these beautiful From the Kitchen of Gift Tags or these Holiday inspired food gift tags!

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Top 5 TFC recipes on the blog and on Pinterest, these are tried and true with many reviews!

  1. CORN PUDDING CASSEROLE | Going nutso! It’s a great Thanksgiving Side dish! No Jiffy in this casserole!
  2. BEST CLASSIC SHORTBREAD | a winner every time!
  3. TURKEY & CHEESE SLIDERS | Great for leftovers, my Hammy Sammies always do well this time of year!
  4. GIBLET TURKEY GRAVY | For good reason too!
  5. CHEWY CHOCOLATE CIHP COOKIES | There is never a bad time to make Chocolate Chip cookies!

Browse through my recipe index, you will see morning sweet treats, 30 Minute Meals and Dinners of all sorts, sensational sides and of course drinks and desserts!

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I pray you are surrounded with love this Thanksgiving, and are reminded of how very much we have to be thankful for! One of the top things on my list of thanks, is for each and every one of YOU!

With my heart full of gratitude for all of you, I want to wish you and your loved ones a blessed holiday celebration.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever”! 1 Chronicles 16:34

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P.S. Be sure to browse through last weeks Fresh Fridays for more great recipes!

Kathleen Pope, The Fresh Cooky.

About Kathleen Pope

Recipe Innovator | Food Photographer | Food Writer

Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Read more about Kathleen here.

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