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Thanksgiving desserts in New York City your kids will love

Thanksgiving is a busy time. Let these New York bakeries make things easier by picking up their Thanksgiving desserts this year.

Clinton St Baking Co

Clinton St Baking Co Photograph: Juan Carlos Hernande

The thought of Thanksgiving desserts on Thanksgiving can be overwhelming, in more ways than one. (You have, after all, just eaten the most famous meal of the year.) But thinking about Thanksgiving desserts beforehand can make your life a lot easier: Pick one up from one of your favorite city bakeries (we've listed seven of ours below) and you won't have to think about it at all on the big day, leaving you free to check out the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade or other Thanksgiving Day event and ponder all the things your family is really thankful for this year.

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  • Price band: 1/4

At this snug bakery and café in Red Hook, kids can load up on homestyle American sweets like fruit pies, brownies, cupcakes and red velvet cake. The traditional apple pie is the best we've ever had (sorry, Mom).

  1. 359 Van Brunt St, (between Dikeman and Wolcott Sts)
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Clinton St Baking Company

  • Price band: 2/4

We're major fans of this LES spot's exquisite pies. New for Thanksgiving this year is baker Dede Lahman's pumpkin butterscotch pie. The name says it all…

  1. 4 Clinton St, (between E Houston and Stanton Sts), 10002-17
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Four & Twenty Blackbirds

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Got your eye on a pie? At this cult bakery-cafe, quirky kid-approved creations include the Salty Honey Pie, which cuts the sweetness with a sprinkling of flaked sea salt, and the rich chocolate-and-custard Black Bottom Oatmeal pie.

  1. 439 Third Ave, (at 8th St), 11215
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Ivy Bakery

  • Price band: 1/4

More than 500 items are on rotation at this homey sweets shop, an outpost of the popular Bay Ridge original. According to one young pie aficionado, the spot's buttermilk pie is "creamy and heavenly and sweet and buttery."

  1. 138 W Houston St, (between MacDougal and Sullivan Sts), 10012
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One Girl Cookies

  • Price band: 1/4

The bakery's chocolate- and pumpkin-flavored whoopie pies—as well as its lineup of cookies like the Lucia, a bar of shortbread topped with caramel and chocolate—won't disappoint even the most discerning of sweet tooths.

  1. 68 Dean St, (between Smith St and Boerum Pl)
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Pies ’n’ Thighs

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Southern food reigns at this Billyburg spot, friendly to nosh-seeking drinkers and families alike. Its apple pie features a regal burnished butter crust covering a tall heap of local Granny Smith apples, folded with cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice.

  1. 166 South 4th St, (at Driggs Ave)
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Sweet Melissa Patisserie

  • Price band: 1/4

Melissa Murphy's caramel apple pie is no ordinary apple pie: Caramelized sugar is cooked with butter, vanilla, salt and heavy cream, creating a sauce that's tossed with crispy slices of Granny Smith apples for the filling. The topmost of the two handmade, all-butter crusts sparkles thanks to a final dusting of raw sugar.

  1. 175 Seventh Ave, (between 1st and 2nd Sts), 11215
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