25 Classic Fall Dessert Recipes Starring Apples, Pears, Pumpkins, and More
Whether you're hosting a fall dinner party or just want to enjoy the bounty of seasonal fruits found on farm stands this time of year, these fall dessert recipes are irresistible. From September through December, keep an eye out for grapes, quinces, and fresh cranberries, as well as more obvious choices like apples, pears, and pumpkins galore. They're all at their peak right now and delicious in these classic fall desserts.
As soon as the leaves start to change, it's time to bake and eat pie and enjoy some pumpkin spice. The recipes here include those favorites, in addition to some different fall dessert recipes such as Pear Crisp or a sorbet with autumnal flavors like cranberry and sweet port wine. And don't forget about maple syrup—add a few tablespoons to frosting for a sweet, amber flavor, or create an entire cake inspired by maple's deep tones.
Yes, pies are great, but have you ever tried pandowdy? It's an old-fashioned, all-American fruit dessert that is similar to a cobbler or crisp but with an even simpler topping. Make a basic pie dough, then cut it up into irregular shapes and bake it on top. To save time, you could also top it off with store-bought puff pastry. No need to shape the dough into a perfect circle and fuss over perfectly crimped edges either.
From blondies and bars to cupcakes and even a Pumpkin-Cheesecake Pie, we can't wait to bake our way through autumn with these delicious dessert recipes.
Sweet Potato Meringue Pie
In between a flan and a pancake is clafouti, a traditional French fruit dessert that is served warmed. The batter for this clafouti is super simple to make, and is sure to be a dinner party hit. You'll be thinking about making it again before the last plate is cleared.
Apple and Cranberry Pandowdy
Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust
Quince Slab Pie
Pumpkin Swirl Brownies
Sweet Potato Pie with Pecan Topping
Rustic Apple Tart
Apple Membrillo Tart
Diamond Apple Pie
Quinoa Apple-Pear Crumble
Deep-Dish Pumpkin Custard Pie
Poached-Pear Frangipane Tart
Puff-Pastry Poached-Pear Pie
This beautiful pie is made with store-bought puff pastry which speeds the prep. And the intricate decoration is made by scoring the top crust which is easier than many decorative crusts.
Pear-and-Lemon Pie with Pate Brisee Crust
Big Almond-Orange-Ginger Cookie
A crowd-friendly dessert, this bar cookie has a press-in almond crust and plenty of streusel topping over the orange marmalade filling.