30 Fall Dessert Recipes to Keep You Warm and Cozy
This season is filled with so many of our favorite things—cozy campfires, autumn foliage, trick or treating, and, of course, fall desserts. The bounty of fruit currently at its peak—apples, pears, pomegranates, cranberries, and quince—are featured in some of our favorite classic fall treats, but it's not only fruit desserts that we crave at this time of year. Beside pies, crisps, cobblers, and simple roasted or baked fruit recipes, we're also eager to bake and eat bread puddings, cakes, and other warm and cozy treats. Here, you'll find a stellar selection of recipes for a wide range of comforting sweets.
Bread pudding is good place to start. Since it's one of the coziest dessert out there, this is one of our favorite dishes to make (and eat!) as temperatures drop and leaves fall, and our apple pie bread pudding just might be the ultimate fall recipe. It's a delicious combination that showcases everything you love about apple pie and about bread pudding. For that reason, we consider this a back-pocket recipe worth recreating all season long.
If you need another reason to turn the oven on, we think our bar cookies and baked donuts, both of which are flavored with warm spices, will convince you. Scented with cinnamon, of course, but also cardamom and ginger, these warming baked goods are just the thing for something sweet when the weather turns chilly.
Naturally, we can't forget about pies. Though pies are synonymous with Thanksgiving, we think this tasty, versatile dessert is too good to be saved for just one holiday. Now is the perfect time to perfect your pie pastry by making lots of apple or pear (or apple and pear!) pies before Thanksgiving rolls around. We have recipes for all the classics, including traditional pumpkin pie and gluten-free and vegan versions, too.
When you make these fall dessert recipes, the smell of baked apples, spicy cinnamon, and buttery pie crusts will fill your home. From apple crisp to sweet potato pie and a delicious riff on coffee cake, here is sugar, spice, and everything nice.
Pear and Apple Phyllo Crisp
Spiced Orange Palmiers
These spiced orange palmiers may look fancy but they're actually easy to make. That's because these they're made with frozen puff pastry. There are many topping for this traditional French cookie but few are better than a mixture of cinnamon, sugar, and orange zest that creates a caramelized golden finish.
Served alone for dessert or as a stunning addition to a savory cheese board, as pictured here, this gorgeous tart will wow your dinner guests. Quince paste is a jelly-like texture that tastes like a pear and apple hybrid—we're spreading it on anything and everything this season.
Snickerdoodle Crumb Bars
Stencil Apple Pie
Citrus-Glazed Pumpkin-Carrot Cake
Spiced Apple Cake
Apples are not just for pie; be sure to try this classic fall fruit baked into cake, too. This version is super moist (thanks to sour cream in the batter!) and spiced with ginger and allspice. The topping couldn't be easier—it's just sliced Granny Smith apples.
Hazelnut Carrot-Oat Cupcakes with Cream-Cheese Frosting
Quinoa Apple-Pear Crumble
Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake
It's not just for turkey! Swirl cranberry sauce into this elegant fall dessert. The berries add a pretty-in-pink color and tart flavor to a creamy slice of classic cheesecake.
Apple-Cardamom Brown-Butter Dutch Baby
Vegan Apple Pie
This vegan version of an all-American classic is full of sweet fruit flavor. Sprinkling the top crust with sanding sugar adds a little texture and a gorgeous can't-resist shimmer.
Baked Pumpkin Donuts
Apple Sundaes with Cider Caramel Sauce
Deep-Dish Pumpkin Custard Pie
Cardamom-Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Pomegranate
A favorite Italian dessert, panna cotta is a creamy, smooth gelatin-based classic. Using buttermilk adds richness and a subtle tang, while cardamom brings warming spice for some fall flavor. Serve your treat topped with pomegranate seeds, coconut flakes, and sliced mandarin oranges.