20 Fall Dessert Recipes to Make Right Now

published Oct 1, 2023
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Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food Styling: Lauren Radel

While no-cook desserts reign supreme in the summer, we’ll take all the cozy baked treats the second fall begins. In fact, there’s no better way to ring in the season than to whip up a batch of sweet potato snickerdoodles or assemble a quick apple crisp. 

Starring maple glazes, pumpkin spice, and everything in between, we’re sharing 20 fall-flavored recipes to help you make the most of the season. 

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Pumpkin Cookies

These soft and cakey cookies are made with pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice, and a spiced sugar coating, resulting in a sparkling treat you'll want to take to every gathering.

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Pear Galette

In this rustic fall dessert, pears are gently tossed in brown sugar, warm baking spices, and lemon juice, then baked in a flaky homemade crust until jammy and deep golden-brown.

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Apple Fritter Cake

Apple fritter cake takes everything you love about the classic doughnut and turns it into a decadent dessert that can feed a crowd.

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Maple Bars Recipe

These easy make-ahead doughnuts, drenched in a sweet maple glaze, are the perfect doughnut recipe for beginners.

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Apple Dump Cake

For the easiest fall dessert, just dump apple pie filling, cake mix, and butter into a dish and bake! Bonus points if you serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Pumpkin Mousse

This easy pumpkin mousse features layers of whipped canned pumpkin, rich and creamy mascarpone cheese, and crunchy toasted graham cracker crumbs.

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Snickerdoodle Blondies

This seasonal treat is the best of both worlds: you get the chewy texture you expect from a blondie, partnered with the sweet, slightly tangy flavor and cinnamon-sugar coating essential to a good snickerdoodle.

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Apple Delight

Packed with five creamy layers of spiced apples, cream cheese, fluffy whipped cream, and sweet caramel, this no-bake dessert will make everyone forget all about pie.

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Sweet Potato Snickerdoodles

Thanks to a can of cut sweet potatoes in syrup, these chewy, cinnamon-y sweet potato snickerdoodles are even easier than they sound.

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Pumpkin Patch Brownies
These chewy chocolate brownies are topped with toasted coconut "hay" and candy pumpkins for a fun and festive fall treat.
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Cheesecake-Stuffed Baked Apples
This cozy dessert takes fall baking to a whole new level. Hollowed-out apples are stuffed with graham cracker crumbs and a cheesecake filling, then baked until soft and golden.
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Pumpkin Ice Cream
Whipped together with pumpkin purée and warm baking spices, this no-churn pumpkin ice cream practically screams fall.
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Copycat McDonald’s Apple Pie

Skip the drive-through and fry up these hand pies at home. Each one boasts a shatteringly crisp crust and warm cinnamon-apple filling.

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Classic Dutch Apple Pie

Forget fussing over a lattice pie crust. This Dutch apple pie features a crunchy streusel topping, creating a crispy, crumbly, apple crisp-like dessert.

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Brown Sugar Apple Pan Dowdy

If you like apple pie, you'll love this apple pan dowdy. Brown sugar-sweetened apples are baked under a pastry crust, which then gets broken into syrup-coated pieces.

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Pumpkin Custard
Pumpkin custard is the ideal dessert for anyone who loves the filling in pumpkin pie.
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Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars

With three impressive layers and a double dose of caramel sauce, these pie bars are a fall dessert you don’t want to miss out on.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are everything you love about a classic chewy-yet-crisp chocolate chip cookie amped up with a generous amount of pumpkin and warm spices.

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Easy One-Bowl Apple Bundt Cake

This is the ultimate apple cake for fall celebrating. It comes together in just one bowl, and features a sweet and tangy cream cheese glaze.

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Sucre à la Crème (Maple Fudge)

This French Canadian confection, made with maple syrup or brown sugar, can either be served as a spread or fudge.

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