You don't have to turn on the oven for these sweet treats.
candied apples topped with nuts and sprinkles
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While autumn usually means pumpkin, apple, and pecan pies galore, sometimes it's nice to make a sweet treat that doesn't require any time in oven. In those moments, turn to these easy no-bake dessert recipes for fall, such as our adorable (and genius!) Candy Apple Pops, pictured above. Instead of dipping whole apples in caramel sauce, we've inserted popsicle sticks into large apple slices, which are then dipped in caramel, drizzled with melted chocolate, and topped with peanuts. From cheesecake with a gingersnap crust to pumpkin ice cream, the whole family can get in on the fun of preparing (and eating!) these simple sweets.


No-Bake Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

Instead of the usual graham cracker crust, try this fall-inspired version. It's made with finely ground gingersnap cookies, which are mixed with melted butter to form the crust. It's topped with an egg-free filling made from cream cheese, fresh lemon juice, and whipped cream.


Pumpkin-Chocolate Tiramisu

We've given this Italian classic a unique twist for fall—an entire can of pure pumpkin purée is added to a mixture of mascarpone cheese, heavy cream, confectioner's sugar, and almond-flavored liqueur.

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Caramelized Figs with Honey and Cheese

For those who gravitate towards a cheese board with sweet accoutrements for dessert, try this recipe featuring figs. Fresh, ripe figs are caramelized in a skillet with honey and fennel seeds, then served with a sprinkling of toasted almonds and shaved sheep's milk cheese (we love manchego here!).

poached pears with saffron whipped cream
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Poached Pears with Saffron Whipped Cream

Poached pears are a fabulous make-ahead, no-bake dessert for fall. In this recipe, they are poached with white wine, sugar, fresh orange juice and zest, cinnamon, and saffron; the pears soak in the syrupy liquid after cooking for a minimum of two hours, which infuse them with even more flavor. Instead of the usual ice cream or pound cake, serve them with saffron-infused whipped cream.

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Caramel Apples

Caramel apples are something of a fall staple, but have you ever tried making them totally from scratch? This all-star recipe will walk you through the process for a bite that's sweet as can be.

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Pumpkin Ice Cream

If you're one of those people who gladly eats ice cream year-round, this caramel-pumpkin ice cream is the perfect recipe for fall. Simply add all the ingredients into an ice cream maker, churn, and let it freeze.

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Apple Fritters

Make this fall fair favorite at home—all you need are basic pantry and fridge staples, plus a couple of sweet apples. Since they're deep-fried, they’re best served warm and crispy, with a dusting of powdered sugar on top.


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