Warm and Cozy Fall Desserts

If you ask us, our best fall desserts are always in season. But these served-warm treats—boasting pumpkin, chocolate, apple, cinnamon, and more—are just right for a crisp autumn night. Whether the leaves are starting to turn or not, these cozy desserts are sure to hit the spot.

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    Mini Roasted Apple and Pear Tarts

    There are a lot of autumn desserts out there, but this one is sure to win in the looks category. Sweet caramel apples and walnuts rest on top of flaky pastry in this yummy fall dessert.

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    Apple Sheet Cake

    Apple butter, dried apples, and fresh baking apples bring tart sweetness to the batter and topping of this incredibly moist sheet cake dessert. 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

    We crave apple desserts all year long—especially this over-the-top cake. Four cups of apples, plus apple brandy, give it delicious fall flavor.

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    Chocolate Bread Pudding

    Bread pudding is one of those 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

    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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    Cornmeal Butter Cake with Pomegranate Sauce

    Slightly savory cornmeal pairs with a sweet pound cake mix for a rich dessert that refuses to sit nicely in one category—except for the incredible fall desserts category.

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    Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Citrus Drizzle

    You may have never thought of combining pumpkin and orange, but you were missing out! Citrus dresses up pumpkin's unmistakable fall taste.


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    Clementine-Fig Spice Cake

    Tart clementines and lush figs marry with traditional spice cake flavors in these single-serve fall treats that you bake in custard cups. Even better? Our tip for making the cakes boozy with a rum soak.

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    Bourbon-Cranberry Cookies

    These fall 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 way beyond milk-dunkers.

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    Peanut Butter-Swirl Chocolate Brownies

    These extra-peanut-buttery, extra-chocolaty brownies are surprisingly low-cal. And with possibilities for sugar and flour substitutes, you can customize the easy fall dessert to match special dietary needs.

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    Marbled Chocolate-Pumpkin Brownies

    The pretty swirl on the top of these brownies isn't the only reason you'll fall in love. Learn how to make this luscious pumpkin dessert.

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    Caramel Apple-Cherry Pie

    Take classic 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 autumn dessert recipe.

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    Apple and Cranberry Crisp

    Transform your apple orchard haul into a delicious apple dessert that can be made in just over an hour. Sweet-tart cranberries add extra fall flavor to the crumble-topped treat.

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    Brownie-Walnut Pie

    Combine brownies and pie to make this delectable 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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    Maple-Pear Pie

    Rich, sweet maple syrup and fresh pears create a 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

    Refrigerated dough makes these apple pops easy as pie. The adorable desserts stuff all the flavor of apple pie into an easy-to-eat treat.

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    Cinnamon Bars

    Cinnamon desserts are often underrated, but these perfect-for-fall bars are sure to impress. Want to enjoy them later on in the season? Freeze 'em for up to a month.

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    Gooey Chocolate-Caramel Fantasy

    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

    Celebrate the favorite 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.

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    Peach-Blueberry Crisp

    Nutmeg and cinnamon deepen peach and blueberry, turning them into fall flavors in this autumn dessert. Each skillet is perfect for two people to share! 

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    Brownie Waffles a la Mode

    Rich chocolate with espresso powder (an optional ingredient, but we recommend it for the kick) takes morning waffles and turns them into a fall dinner finisher. Serve with fudge topping and a spoon of ice cream.

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    Peanut Butter Chip Oatmeal Cake

    Oatmeal and pecans meet creamy peanut butter in this fall treat. Hint: Drizzle with PB&J for a kid-approved garnish.

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    Honeycrisp Apple and Browned Butter Tart

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

    Editor's 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

    Our adorable personalized pecan pies are just the dessert for an after-dinner treat (or even Thanksgiving!). Pure maple syrup and tons of pecans make each bite of the fall dessert absolutely delicious.

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    Maple, Apple, and Date Fruit Crisp

    Whole grain cereal makes this a quick and easy dessert (prep takes under 30 minutes!). Skip the classic ice cream topping and serve the apple dessert with vanilla low-fat yogurt instead.


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    Apple-Cinnamon Streusel Bars

    These bars boast flavors well beyond sweet apples and kicky cinnamon. The easy cinnamon dessert recipe includes oats, cream cheese, maple syrup, and walnuts for a rich, complex taste.

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    Gingerbread Cake Roll

    Fall is all about the spice, and our impressive gingerbread cake roll is no exception. The almond pastry cream lightly balances the sweet maple glaze and lightly spiced fall cake.

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    Walnut Cake with Caramel Whipped Cream

    Light caramel whipped cream is sandwiched between two halves of walnut cake with a hint of orange. When it comes to how much caramel sauce to drizzle on top, you be the judge.

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    Abundant Leaf Apple-Cranberry Pie

    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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    Honey-Glazed Buttermilk Coffee Cake

    You'd never guess what's under this decadently drippy honey-nut topping: coffee cake! Serve the sweet-and-stunning fall cake as a warm breakfast for overnight guests.

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    Maple Bread Pudding with Pecan Praline

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

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    Crumb-Topped Apple Slab Pie

    Not only is our apple slab pie one of our top fall dessert recipes, but it's 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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    Apple-Pear Tart

    Our showstopping pear-and-apple tart is just the ticket for any fall get-together or dinner party. The crust is made from crushed cookies, making it both scrumptious and surprisingly easy.

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    Baby Cheesecakes with Toffee Pears

    When it comes to dessert, sometimes less is more. These one-bite delights topped with golden pears, crunchy walnuts, and crumbled blue cheese make a petite but perfect ending to any cool-weather meal.

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    Honey-Nut Crunch Pie

    The filling of this mixed-nut fall treat resembles pecan pie: gooey, rich, and wonderful, thanks to butterscotch and our homemade honey-nut topping.

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    Snickerdoodle Pie

    This cinnamon dessert is fantastically cakey with all the charm of a cookie in pie form. Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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    Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cobbler

    This cobbler tastes just like snickerdoodles (one of our favorite fall cookies) mixed with pumpkin pie. Talk about a dynamite combo.

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    Apple Smash

    Turn the old apple-a-day advice into an easy treat. All this fall dessert recipe calls for is apples, water, a cinnamon stick, and nutmeg, which explains the 64 calories per serving size.


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    Caramel-Crunch Apple Crisp

    One part crunch, one part sweet, this fall dessert can't be beat! And at less than 200 cals, there's no guilt attached to this apple crisp—if you can stick to the suggested serving size, that is.


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    Pear Dumplings with Maple-Orange Sauce

    Delicious pear dumplings are an impressive treat on their own, but our homemade maple-orange sauce brings them to the next level. Even better, the elegant fall desserts take just over a half hour to prepare.

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