Friendsgiving Desserts for All Skill Levels

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Araya Jackson

Ah yes, Thanksgiving. A glorious holiday dedicated to shoving your face with as much turkey, casserole, and dessert as humanly possible. Shout out to the pilgrims and their first harvest in the New World, the modern world isn’t letting y’all down.

If you haven’t started your own Friendsgiving tradition in college, you may want to get a new friend group. There’s nothing better to fill your heart with than a night of food, booze, and your closest pals. If you’ve been assigned dessert duty for the party, then consider these three indulgent options: From an easy slow cooker recipe to an intricate cheesecake for those who are trying to show off their baking skills.

Slow-Cooker Mixed Berry Cobbler

~ Skill Level: Beginner ~


(for 8 servings)

  • 1 cup raspberry
  • 1 cup blueberry
  • 1 cup strawberry
  • 1 cup blackberry
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 8 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces



  1. Add raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle cornstarch on top and mix gently.
  3. Pour cake mix on top of the berries and spread out so it covers the berries.
  4. Place pieces of butter on top of the cake mix and cover.
  5. Cook on high for 2½ to 3 hours, until the cake is fully cooked.
  6. Serve, topped with ice cream
  7. Enjoy!


Apple Pie Bread Pudding

~ Skill Level: Intermediate ~


(for 4 servings)

  • 6 slices bread
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3 granny smith apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • vanilla ice cream
  • caramel sauce



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Slice the bread into ½ inch (1 cm) cubes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon, stirring until smooth.
  4. Add the bread and stir until the bread cubes have evenly absorbed the milk mixture.
  5. Spread the bread evenly in a 9-inch (23cm) round baking pan.
  6. In a large bowl, combine the apples, brown sugar, and cornstarch, mixing until evenly combined.
  7. Spread the apples evenly on top of the bread.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes, until edges are brown.
  9. Cool, slice, then serve with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce!
  10. Enjoy!


Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Cheesecake

~Skill Level: Experienced ~


(for 6 slices)


Pumpkin Mix

  • ¾ lb pumpkin, chopped
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Cheesecake Mix

  • 13 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup double cream
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon
  • 2 eggs


Chocolate Biscuit Base

  • 2 ½ cups chocolate biscuit
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Cream Topping

  • 1 cup double cream, whipped
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder



  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Prepare the pumpkin by cutting it into bite-size chunks and placing it in a baking tin with the butter and sugar.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes, until soft. Turn down the oven to 350°F and leave the pumpkin to cool.
  4. Blend the chocolate biscuits in a processor to form fine crumbs. Stir in the butter.
  5. Pour the biscuit base into a nonstick springform tin and set it aside.
  6. Mix together the pumpkin, cream cheese, sugar, double cream, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Stir in the eggs.
  7. Pour over the biscuit base.
  8. Bake in the oven for 1 hour. Leave to cool.
  9. Spread over the whipped cream and sprinkle on the cocoa powder on top.
  10. Enjoy!


Recipes courtesy of the creators of everyone’s favorite DIY food videos, Tasty. You can find the videos for each recipe on their website.