Warm-and-Cozy Fall Desserts

These luscious desserts, spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, are just right for a crisp autumn night.


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1/31
Toffee-Pear Sticky Pudding

    A warm and buttery sauce with fresh pear slices tops date-studded pudding cake.

Makes: 9 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   40 mins  350°F 
Cool   10 mins 
2/31
Black and Blue Cobbler with Brown Sugar-Pecan Biscuits

    Fresh blueberries and blackberries are tucked under a sweet biscuit crust. Lemon peel and fresh ginger add brightness.

Makes: 8 servings
3/31
Maple Creme Brulee

    Pure maple syrup puts a fresh spin on a classic dessert.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Chill  1 hr  to 24 hrs 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
4/31
Raspberry Fudge Pudding Cake

    Sweetened whipped cream tops ultramoist, raspberry-studded chocolate cake.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cool  1 hr 
Bake   40 mins  350°F 
5/31
Honey-Nut Crunch Pie

    The filling of this mixed-nut pie resembles that of pecan pie -- gooey, rich, and wonderful.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   50 mins  350° 
6/31
Pear, Vanilla Bean, and Browned Butter Crumble

    Browned butter gives this pear crumble a unique caramel flavor. Serve the individual desserts with whipped cream for a special treat.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   25 mins  to  30 mins  400°F 
7/31
Creamy Flan

    Make this rich and creamy dessert ahead for a sweet treat everyone will love. Sauteed plantain slices and toasted macadamia nuts make a tasty topper.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake  1 hr 10 mins  325°F 
Chill  8 hrs  to 48 hrs 
8/31
Big Papa's Banana Pudding

    Browned meringue topping gives this classic banana pudding recipe from Tyler Florence's father a special touch.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   15 mins  350°F 
9/31
Whole Wheat Spice Bars with Maple-Cream Icing

    A sprinkling of cinnamon and leaves stenciled on with powdered sugar make these cakelike bars the ideal dinner party dessert. Serve them with cinnamon ice cream.

Serving size: 32 bars
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   20 mins  375°F 
10/31
Apple Upside-Down Cake

    The gooey goodness of this cake bakes up from a no-fuss, one-bowl batter spiced with ginger and cinnamon.

Makes: 9 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool   25 mins 
Bake   55 mins  350°F 
11/31
Harvest Carrot Cake with Skillet Fruit

    Cooked pears, kumquats, cranberries, and toasted pecans top this moist pumpkin cake. A buttercream frosting makes it irresistibly sweet.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   30 mins  to  35 mins  350°F 
Cool   15 mins 
12/31
Maple-Nut Pie

    This sticky pie is similar to pecan but features toasty walnuts. Hints of light rum and nutmeg round out the flavor.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cook   8 mins  to  10 mins 
Bake   35 mins  350°F 
13/31
Carrot Cheesecake

    This decadent cake recipe is simple -- it starts with a mix. A layer of rich cheesecake replaces the traditional cream cheese frosting.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Cool   45 mins 
Bake  1 hr 30 mins  to 8 hrs  325°F 
14/31
Chocolaty Harvest Fruit-Topped Cake

    Topped with poached apples, pears, cranberries, and warm caramel sauce, this decadent cake makes a beautiful -- and delicious -- sweet ending to any meal.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
15/31
Gingersnap Crumble Pumpkin Parfaits

    Combine a can of pumpkin with vanilla ice cream, a dash of spice, and a little brown sugar for a rich and creamy dessert.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Freeze  4 hrs 20 mins 
16/31
Snickerdoodle Pie

    This cinnamon-filled sweet is cakey, with all the charm of the cookie in pie form. Serve it warm, topped with vanilla ice cream.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   45 mins  350°F 
Cool   30 mins 
17/31
Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes

    These pretty pineapple cakes feature a ginger-spiced filling with hazelnuts. Add fluffy gingered whipped cream and cherries for a picture-perfect dessert.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   15 mins  to  18 mins  350°F 
Cool   20 mins 
18/31
Mixed Berry Crumble

    For a delicious indulgence that's festive enough for a dinner party -- but simple enough for a weeknight dessert -- try this tart, cinnamon-spiced treat.

Makes: 8 servings
Bake   12 mins  to  18 mins  350°F 
Cook  2 hrs  to 4 hrs on High
19/31
Polenta-Pecan Apple Cobbler

    If you're used to serving polenta only in savory dishes, here's a new way to try it. The cornmeal custard makes a delicious and creamy topping for classic fruit cobbler.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   30 mins  to  35 mins  375°F 
20/31
Pumpkin-Bourbon Pudding

    This creamy, bourbon-laced dessert features all the flavors of your favorite pumpkin pie, plus chewy raisins and toasted oats.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool  1 hr 
Bake   30 mins  375°F 
21/31
Upside-Down Apricot-Caramel Crunch Cake

    Warm caramel sauce and toasted almonds top this irresistible fall dessert. For an extra splurge, serve it with caramel or vanilla ice cream.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   45 mins  to  50 mins  350°F 
Cool   20 mins 
22/31
Sticky Pecan Upside-Down Baby Cakes

    A rich, buttery sauce featuring brown sugar, honey, and pecans tops these moist mini cakes. For a festive touch, garnish with shredded orange peel.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   25 mins  to  30 mins  350°F 
Cool   5 mins 
23/31
Caramel-Apple Pudding Cake

    This pudding cake with caramel and apples is hard to resist. Serve it warm with a dollop of cinnamon ice cream.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
24/31
Rice Pudding with Dried Apricots

    Crystallized ginger adds a sweet note to this slow-cooker variation of traditional rice pudding.

Makes: 8 servings
Cook  2 hrs  to 4 hrs on Low
25/31
Oatmeal Cake

    A buttery, brown-sugar topping starring coconut and pecans makes this dense oatmeal cake better than the rest. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Cool  2 hrs 20 mins 
Bake   40 mins  350°F 
26/31
Spiced Rum Cake

    Your dinner guests will never guess that this moist cake, topped with a sweet rum glaze, starts with a simple cake mix.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   35 mins  350°F 
27/31
Browned Butter Bread Pudding

    Browned butter, dates, hazelnuts, and cinnamon make this satisfying dessert hard to resist.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   40 mins  to  45 mins  350°F 
28/31
Pumpkin Charlotte

    Vanilla pudding mix helps the pumpkin filling set up without any cooking in this make-ahead refrigerator dessert that is ideal for Friday night get-togethers.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Chill  8 hrs 
29/31
Walnut Pear Sour Cream Cake

    For extra "wow," add whipped cream, edible flowers, and fresh figs to each slice of this moist and delicious dessert before serving.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cool  1 hr 10 mins 
Bake   55 mins  to 1 hr  350°F 
30/31
Glazed Gingerbread Cake

    Fluted round cakes are a baker's dream -- they're pretty the minute they come out of the pan. Just add a drizzle of icing and a sprinkle of crystallized ginger, and this sweet will sizzle.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Cool  2 hrs 
Bake   50 mins  350°F 
31/31
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