Waste not! 8 great recipes for leftover Thanksgiving sides and desserts

You may have perfected a roster of go-to recipes for leftover Thanksgiving turkey over the years — but how about those sides and desserts? Make the most of the remaining cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, stuffing and more with these easy, inventive recipes.

pie milkshake
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Pumpkin pie milkshake: What’s better than pumpkin pie? Not much, actually. But this divine (and absurdly simple) pumpkin pie milkshake recipe from Blogging Over Thyme just might trump the solid form.

Cranberry baked brie
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Cranberry baked brie: Top a wheel of brie with leftover cranberry sauce and fresh basil in this simple, savory and sweet recipe from Cook the Story.

Cornbread stuffing muffins
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Cornbread stuffing muffins: Make stuffing as you normally would, then pack it into muffin tins and bake in this recipe from A Spicy Perspective, which yields savory finger foods great for any time of day.

Cranberry sauce cheesecake brownies
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Cranberry sauce cheesecake brownies: Give leftover cranberry sauce new life as a super-sweet dessert with this decadent brownie recipe from Damn Delicious.

Vanilla bean sweet potato waffles
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Vanilla bean sweet potato waffles: Come Friday morning after Thanksgiving, turn those roasted sweet potatoes into waffles with just the right amount of sweetness with this recipe from Joy the Baker. They freeze well too — so keep the leftover train going!

Pumpkin butter
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Pumpkin butter: Teeny bit of pumpkin left in the bottom of the can after Thursday’s big feast? Turn it into a delish multi-purpose whipped pumpkin butter with this simple recipe from Let’s Dish.

Pie dough cookies
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Pie dough cookies: Instead of tossing that leftover pie dough, turn it into cookies that are a perfect match for hot tea or cider as company lingers throughout the weekend. Baked Perfection has the recipe.

Mashed potato and stuffing patties
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Mashed potato and stuffing patties: Scrape just about all the leftovers on the table into this patty recipe from Pocket Change Gourmet — a crowd-pleasing snack for football watching.