55 Easy Fall Dessert Recipes That Make the Most of Baking Season
Break out the brown sugar and cinnamon, because it’s officially pumpkin—and caramel and maple and apple—season. Is it just us, or does fall bring out the best in baking recipes? (Nope, it’s definitely not just us.) And even better news: Crafting up an autumnal recipe (whether it’s a batch of cookies, a cake or a pie) can be as easy as, well, apple pie. Save the tedious and time-consuming treats for the long winter months and make one of these 55 fall dessert recipes—like pumpkin angel food cake and caramel-stuffed ginger cookies—that are spiced, seasonal and also shockingly easy to make. Go ahead, have seconds (OK, thirds).
2. Salted Caramel Apple Sundae
Good news: Ice cream isn’t just for summertime.
3. Chai Latte Cupcakes with Caramel Brûlée Frosting
The caramel brûlée frosting alone had our interest piqued, but add a touch of chai to offset the sweetness and we’re smitten.
4. Cinnamon Roll Cookies with Cream Cheese Glaze
Can these count as breakfast? Asking for a friend.
5. Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
They’re soft and chewy like your favorite classic molasses cookies, but the extra addition of chocolate takes them to a new level.
6. Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies
It doesn’t get more autumnal than this apple pie upgrade. Adorable and delicious, they take no time at all to make (thanks to premade pie dough).
8. Candy Corn Surprise Cake
Nothing says holiday like a cake filled with more sugar. Bring it to the table whole, then slice and delight the kids and adults alike.
9. Giant Cinnamon Roll
This skillet pastry is proof that sometimes more is more. And since it’s made with grocery store crescent dough, it’s ready in an hour, tops.
12. Biscuit Dough Pumpkin Hand Pies
All the delicious things about pumpkin pie (flaky crust, sweet-spicy filling) without the messy slicing, cleanup or fuss.
14. Brown-Sugar Pear Puff Pastries
A flavor combination that can’t be beat, plus a presentation that rivals any fancy bakery? Sounds like you just won dessert.
15. Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies
Two desserts in one? Don’t mind if we…eat the whole batch.
16. Sticky Toffee Honeycomb Cake
You could save this one for a special occasion or party (it’s certainly pretty enough), but it’s actually easy enough to make anytime your sweet tooth strikes.
17. Easy Cranberry-Pecan Sandwich Cookies
These simple fall sandwich cookies hit all the right flavor notes: They’re fruity, nutty, salty and just a little tart—sure to be a hit.
18. Apple Tart with Soft-Pretzel Crust
OK, this apple stunner takes a little extra effort. But just look at her. Worth it, right?
20. Pecan Pie Scones
If you look up the word buttery in the dictionary, you’ll find this recipe.
21. Pumpkin Spice Pecan Rolls
We’d say the creamy icing is optional...but we’d be lying. This is all our favorite fall flavors rolled into one dessert.
22. Maple Baked Pears
It doesn’t get easier (or more elegant) than this. Even better, they’re practically healthy but definitely don’t taste like it.
23. No-Bake Mini Mason Jar Spiced Cheesecakes
No oven? No problem. These festive cuties take a quick ten minutes to whip up, then magically come together in the fridge. The hardest part is waiting to dig in.
26. Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust
This might be the easiest recipe ever. Five ingredients, 20 minutes and voilà, a sensational base for whatever filling tickles your fancy…
28. Maple-Pecan Icebox Cookies
As if you needed any excuse to make a batch of these guys, they’re entirely make-ahead.
29. Mini Apple Tarts
Quick, grab every mason jar you can find. We’re making tarts.
30. Cardamom Cream-Filled Bundt Cake
It’s like eating a spicy, sweet, fluffy cloud. Who’s ready for a slice?
31. Candy Apples
Pick up a bag of Jolly Ranchers at the store, and you’re halfway to this quintessential fall treat. Want to dress it up even further? Add dark or milk chocolate into the mix.
32. Mini No-Bake Gingersnap Icebox Cakes
A finishing drizzle of caramel sauce is optional, but highly encouraged.
33. Caramel Almond Cake
You won’t even miss the frosting with this candied, crispy topping.
34. Giant Brown-Sugar Snickerdoodle Cookies
These are the over-the-top comfort food of our dreams. Serve them with a tall glass of milk to indulge your inner child.
35. Caramel-Stuffed Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies
Sweet and spicy cookies stuffed with molten caramel. Need we say more?
37. Sweet Potato Pots de Crème with Toasted Marshmallow
If you’re trying to look like a restaurant pastry chef for your next socially distant dinner party, look no further. These custardy fall treats are secretly simple to make but don’t taste like it.
39. Spiced Palmiers
These pretty cookies are, admittedly, a bit of a project. But it’s worth the effort to spice your own puff pastry, and you’ll be the talk of the town at your next party.
41. Cinnamon Meringue Pie
Say hello to pumpkin pie’s chic cousin from the city. Don’t be put off by the prep time; you can use a store-bought pie crust as a quick shortcut.
42. Pumpkin Brioche
You can’t celebrate fall without pumpkin-y carbs; why not up the ante this year? This bread is fluffy, buttery and—dare we say?—even more delicious than the original.
43. Carrot Cake Doughnuts with Cream Cheese Glaze
When you need a break from pumpkin but not the warm, cozy fall spices, make these guys for dessert…or breakfast. They’ve got carrots so they’re, uh, healthy.
44. Roasted Apple Pavlova with Honey Whipped Cream
Make sure you cook the apples until deeply caramelized for the best flavor. Assemble, then dive straight in with a spoon.
45. Pumpkin Angel Food Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze
Hi there, beautiful. You may look all decadent and luscious, but we know you’re as light and fluffy as any angel food cake on the inside (and taste like a fall fever dream).
46. Caramelized Butternut Squash Upside-Down Cake
Running out of fall dessert ideas? Look to the vegetable aisle. This butternut squash cake is anything but savory, and you’ll want to make it again and again.
49. Mini Cranberry Pot Pies
Hosting a pandemic-era potluck has never been simpler. No one really wants to share a pie, anyway.
50. Pumpkin Spice Icebox Cake
As much as we love pie, we’re always looking for new ways to get our pumpkin fix, and this easy icebox cake is just the thing. Psst: No oven necessary.
52. Apple-Cider Doughnut Holes
If fall were a dessert, this would be it. The good news is you probably already have some cider in your fridge, just waiting for its moment to shine.
53. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread
Pumpkin bread is a classic. Add a swirl of cream cheese and cinnamon streusel on top and you’ve got a masterpiece.
54. The World's Biggest Peanut Butter Cup
You might not trick-or-treat anymore, but who said chocolate candy was just for the kids? This is like a giant version of our favorite Halloween treat.
55. Ginger Cherry Pie
Cherries for fall? You better believe it. Find them in the frozen aisle for a super-simple filling. The crust requires a bit more effort, but the gingerbread-y flavor is worth it.