The 28 Best Fall Dessert Recipes for Cool Weather Baking

Fall is the perfect time to bake because the weather starts to cool off, and a bounty of bakeable fruits and vegetables (that just happen to pair perfectly with fall baking spices) becomes seasonally available. We've rounded up the best fall-themed desserts to spark your inspiration—including apple pie, pumpkin cookies, and our favorite autumn treats with chocolate.

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Mini Roasted Apple and Pear Tarts

Mini Roasted Apple Pear Tarts
Jason Donnelly

There are a lot of autumn desserts out there, but this one will surely win prizes in the looks category. Sweet caramel apples and walnuts rest on top of flaky pastry in this yummy fall dessert. If pears are more to your taste, swap sliced pears for the apples or opt for the best of both worlds and combine the two. Oh, and that delicious pastry is purchased instead of made-from-scratch to save you time.

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Apple Sheet Cake

Applelicious Sheet Cake
Andy Lyons

Apple butter, dried apples, and fresh baking apples bring tart sweetness to the batter and topping of this incredibly moist sheet cake, which we know will become one of your new favorite fall dessert recipes. Fall's favorite fruit is on full display when you place a few thinly sliced apples on top before baking the apple dessert.

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Applicious Cider Cake with Butterscotch Frosting

apple cider cake with butterscotch frosting
Karla Conrad

This over-the-top cake is worth craving all year long, but it's especially delicious in autumn. One of our favorite fall desserts, this cake gets its delightful flavor from four cups of apples, apple cider, and a touch of apple brandy.

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Chocolate Bread Pudding Casserole

Chocolate Bread Pudding Casserole
Andy Lyons

Bread pudding is one of those warm fall desserts that elicits oohs and aahs for minimal chef effort. You'll need just 30 minutes of hands-on time and zero chopping skills to create this lush milk chocolate fall dessert that serves a crowd.

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Apple-Bourbon Monkey Bread

Apple-Bourbon Monkey Bread
Matthew Clark

Well, this is easy. Buttermilk biscuits (the kind that pop when you open the package) serve as the base of this sticky-sweet fall dessert recipe that features chopped apples and bourbon.

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Clementine-Fig Spice Cake

clementine fig spice cakes
Andy Lyons

Tart clementines and lush figs marry with traditional spice cake flavors in these mini fall desserts that get baked in custard cups. Even better? Check out our tip for making this a more decadent fall dessert with a boozy rum soak.

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Bourbon-Cranberry Cookies

Bourbon Cranberry Chippers
Andy Lyons

These cookies are no dessert afterthought. Bourbon-soaked cranberries, rolled oats, chopped macadamia nuts, a homemade Bourbon Ganache topping, and a sprinkling of flaked sea salt take these fall desserts way beyond your average milk-dunkers.

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Marbled Chocolate-Pumpkin Brownies

Luscious Chocolate-Pumpkin Brownies
Jason Donnelly

Fall desserts with chocolate are noticeably better with pumpkin added to the mix, but if you've never tried the two together, give the duo a go in this irresistible and easy fall dessert recipe for marbled chocolate pumpkin brownies. Made with cream cheese, pumpkin, cinnamon, and chocolate, this marbled brownie recipe is an instant classic. Sprinkle with walnuts to give your pumpkin brownies a nice crunch.

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Caramel Apple-Cherry Pie

Caramel Apple-Cherry Pie
Con Poulos

Take one of the best fall dessert recipes with caramel apple flavor to new heights with our pretty cherry pie. A splash of orange juice and a handful of fresh cranberries create a fruit filling that adds a hint of tartness in this recipe that will convert you into a lover of fall-themed desserts.

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Cinnamon-Walnut Cracker Bars

Cinnamon-Walnut Cracker Bars
Carson Downing

No-bake treats are a welcome addition to our menu any time of year, but these easy fall-themed desserts are even better when the weather starts to cool down. The sweet-and-salty combo is one we can never resist, and this recipe—layered with salty crackers, butter, brown sugar, and chocolate—is no exception.

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Brownie-Walnut Pie

brownie walnut pie
Scott Little

The only thing better than brownies and pie is a treat that combines both of these warm fall desserts in one. Mix the two together in this fall dessert, then throw in some walnuts and top with hot fudge for a family-favorite end to a fall feast.

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Autumn Maple-Pear Pie

Autumn Maple-Pear Pie
Blaine Moats

Rich, sweet maple syrup and fresh pears create a decadent fall dessert that's as gorgeous as it is delicious. Try our homemade ground-almond pastry crust for an added layer of nutty flavor.

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Apple Pie Pops

Apple Pie Pops
Helen Norman

Refrigerated dough makes these apple pops easier than pie. These adorable desserts stuff all the flavor of a classic fall dessert—apple pie—into an easy-to-eat treat.

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Cinnamon Bars

Cinnamon Bars
Andy Lyons

Cinnamon treats are often underrated, but these perfect-for-fall desserts are sure to impress. Want to enjoy them later on in the season? You can freeze them for up to a month.

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Gooey Chocolate-Caramel Fantasy

gooey chocolate caramel cake
Blaine Moats

Caramel and chocolate have always gone hand in hand, but never have they tasted so magnificently mouthwatering. Crushed wafer cookies and gooey caramel create a crumbly dessert delight.

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Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pumpkin Cookies

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pumpkin Cookies
Blaine Moats

Celebrate the quintessential flavor of fall with our so-soft pumpkin cookies. They're topped with a dreamy whipped brown sugar frosting and a light dusting of cinnamon for a fall-themed dessert the whole family will love.

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Pumpkin-Spiced Spritz

Pumpkin-Spiced Spritz on pink and white polka dot background
Carson Downing

Canned pumpkin and warm pie spices join forces in one of our favorite fall desserts, these delightful spritz cookies.

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Poached Pears

Poached Pears
Blaine Moats

Poached pears are a decadent and elegant fall dessert. They're sweet, fruity, and complex. The best part? They're a totally versatile fall dessert idea—play around with different pear varieties and the different poaching liquids in this recipe to find your favorite combination.

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Honeycrisp Apple and Browned Butter Tart

Honey Crisp Apple and Browned Butter Tart
Andy Lyons

Lightly caramelized Honeycrisp apples make a gorgeous topper for our festive fall tart. A sweet, buttery glaze pulls the tasty autumn dessert recipe together.

Test Kitchen Tip: Add a scoop of vanilla or cinnamon ice cream to each serving for presentation and to play up hot versus cold temps.

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Mini Maple-Pecan Pies

mini maple-pecan pies
Andy Lyons

Our adorable individually-sized pecan pies are the ideal mini fall desserts for an after-dinner treat (even for Thanksgiving). Pure maple syrup and tons of pecans make each bite of this decadent fall dessert absolutely delicious.

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DIY Hot Chocolate Bombs with Marshmallows

DIY Hot Chocolate Bombs with Marshmallows
Emily Fink

Nothing tastes better than hot chocolate when the weather starts to turn, and these fun cocoa bombs are a great fall dessert idea that the whole family will love. You can even customize them with your favorite flavorings or toppings.

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Apple-Cinnamon Streusel Bars

apple cinnamon streusel bars
Kritsada Panichgul

These bars boast flavors well beyond sweet apples and spicy cinnamon. The easy fall dessert highlights one of autumn's most prolific ingredients in an easy-to-devour treat. The dessert recipe includes oats, cream cheese, maple syrup, and walnuts for a rich, complex taste.

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Abundant Leaf Apple-Cranberry Pie

abundant leaf apple cranberry pie
Jennifer Peterson

Buttery pastry leaves and in-season fruits make our tangy-sweet fruit pie a perfect autumn dessert. A pizza cutter makes quick work of cutting out the pretty leaves.

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Maple Bread Pudding with Pecan Praline

maple bread pudding with pecan praline
Stacey Morris

Topped with pieces of pecan praline, ice cream, and sticky-sweet maple sauce, this warm fall recipe is too delicious to pass up. Bonus: The fall-themed dessert recipe makes 16 servings, perfect for any fall party or potluck.

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Crumb-Topped Apple Slab Pie

Crumb-Topped Apple Slab Pie
Steven McDonald

Our apple slab pie is not only one of our top fall dessert recipes but also one of our most popular recipes of all time! We're not surprised: A buttery crumb topping made with crunchy rolled oats and finely chopped pecans balances its sweet apple filling.

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Honey-Nut Crunch Pie

honey nut crunch pie
Jason Donnelly

A riff on one of the best fall desserts—pecan pie—this mixed-nut treat is gooey, rich, and wonderful, thanks to butterscotch and our homemade honey-nut topping.

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cobbler

pumpkin snickerdoodle cobbler
Jason Donnelly

This cobbler tastes just like snickerdoodles but becomes one of the best fall dessert recipes when mixed with pumpkin pie. Talk about a dynamite combo and a favorite fall dessert idea.

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Pear Dumplings with Maple-Orange Sauce

pear dumplings with maple orange sauce
Jason Donnelly

Delicious pear dumplings are an impressive treat on their own, but our homemade maple-orange sauce turns them into a decadent delight. Even better, the elegant fall desserts are quick to prepare, taking just over a half-hour of prep.

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