40 Maple Desserts That Taste Like Autumn Bliss

Fall is synonymous with baking season, and there’s no better time of year to bake with fresh produce, warm spices and comforting ingredients. We’re talking crisp apples, tart cranberries, tender pumpkin, earthy cinnamon and decadent caramel. But one seasonal flavor tends to be forgotten about (until you’re about to dig into a stack of pancakes, that is): maple. Whether you’re using maple extract, maple sugar or maple syrup, its sweet, toffee-like qualities will bring all the autumn magic to your baked goods. Here, 40 maple desserts that will wow your guests on Thanksgiving and beyond.

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1. Maple Pecan Pie

Swapping traditional corn syrup for maple syrup not only keeps the pie from tasting sickly sweet, but it also infuses the filling with lots of fall flavor.

2. Maple-pecan Icebox Cookies

Bookmark them now to impress at the holiday cookie swap later. You can even prepare and chill the dough ahead, so all you’ll have to do the day of is slice and bake the cookies.

3. Baked Pears With Maple Syrup And Almond Crumble

Why should apples have all the fun? This fork-tender pear dessert comes together in just 35 minutes.

4. Aran Goyoaga’s Peanut Butter-banana Cookies

Believe it or not, these handhelds are vegan, gluten-free and sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar instead of refined white sugar.

5. Dorie Greenspan’s Miso-maple Loaf

This recipe is proof that you should always have white miso on hand. The crumb is ridiculously moist, thanks to buttermilk in the batter.

6. Sunbutter Cookies

Usually, cookies fall in one of two camps: They’re either healthy or taste good. Luckily, this five-ingredient recipe delivers the best of both worlds.

7. Pumpkin Scones

The light, sweet glaze on top calls for maple extract, but you can make it bolder and more decadent by substituting molasses.

8. Nutty Maple Glazed Cookie Bars

They’re vegan, Paleo and gluten-free, but you don’t need to be on a special diet to enjoy these chewy gems.

9. Buckwheat Apple Galette With Maple Walnut Frangipane

Buckwheat flour in the pie dough offers toasty, nutty flavor to every bite. If you don’t serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, you’re doing it wrong.

10. Brown Sugar Maple Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

So. Much. Butter. Dark brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract and bourbon unite for the ultimate fall dessert.

11. Apple Whoopie Pies

We can’t decide what we love more, the cakey, light-as-air cookies or the pillowy maple-cream cheese frosting.

12. Sticky Rolls With Pecan Bourbon Maple Filling And Eggnog Glaze

These have Christmas morning written all over them. Use vanilla bourbon in the filling for a more nuanced flavor.

13. Soft Pumpkin Cookies With Salted Maple Icing

Most pumpkin cookies are crowned with a layer of cream cheese frosting, but these are finished with an easy four-ingredient glaze instead.

14. Paleo Apple Cinnamon Ice Cream

We’re betting a couple of scoops and a slice of leftover apple pie would make a killer milkshake…just sayin’.

15. Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Peanut butter takes over for marshmallows to bind the treats together, while maple syrup holds down the fort on the sweetness front.

16. Maple Bacon Doughnuts

File these under Surprisingly Unfussy. Canned biscuit dough is used as a shortcut, so the doughnuts will be ready to eat in 20 minutes flat.

17. Maple Sweet Potato Pie

Complete with fresh maple meringue. Use a store-bought pie crust to cut down on prep time.

18. Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

These guys are packed with fall flair, courtesy of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, canned pumpkin purée and maple syrup.

19. Peanut Butter And Jelly Oatmeal Bake

Maple syrup is used as a better-for-you sweetener in this nostalgic dessert. Feel free to use whatever jam you have on hand.

20. Maple Chestnut Pudding Chômeurs

This traditional winter treat hails from Quebec. This rendition stars a chestnut flour cake drizzled with brown butter coffee maple sauce.

21. Maple Brown Sugar Cookies

Crisp edges, chewy centers and a generous drizzle of maple icing—what’s not to love? Chill the cookie dough a day ahead so you can hit the ground running when you’re ready to bake.

22. Sweet Potato Bundt Cake With Maple Icing

Sweet potatoes are just as overlooked as maple when it comes to fall dessert ingredients. Give this 50-minute masterpiece a chance and you’ll never forsake them again.

23. Maple Bourbon Bars

Classic blondies get a long-overdue makeover in the form of chopped walnuts, maple syrup and a hefty glug of bourbon.

24. Brown Butter Chewy Maple Brown Sugar Cookies

Bless you and your nutty, toasty, caramelized flavor, brown butter. We’ll use you on everything from pasta to vegetables to dessert.

25. Maple Brown Butter Chess Pie

Chess pie is a type of custard pie that’s super popular in the South. This one is best topped with cranberry sauce and fresh whipped cream.

26. Maple Ginger Snaps

Drop the dough balls onto a plate of coarse sugar and roll them before baking for a crispy, crystallized look.

27. Walnut Maple Apple Crisp

Use a variety of sweet-tart apples to deepen the dessert’s flavor. (We’re partial to Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Gala and Honeycrisp apples.)

28. Maple Pecan Bars With Sea Salt

These easy bars bake to gooey perfection in the air fryer. We love that you won’t have to worry about the goopy middle setting like you would with a round pie.

29. 5-minute Vegan Salted Peanut Butter Caramel

Drizzle it over pancakes, ice cream sundaes, popcorn or even stir it into your next homemade latte.

30. Maple Cheesecake With Boursin Maple Bourbon Cheese

BRB, diving headfirst into the Insta-worthy maple-pecan topping.

31. Maple Bacon Sugar Cookies

Alexa, add pig-shaped cookie cutters to our cart, please. This sweet-and-salty delight is bound to charm all your Thanksgiving guests.

32. Peach Fritters With Maple Glaze

Black Friday breakfast has never looked better. Feel free to use canned, drained peaches if fresh ones are out of season.

33. Cream Cheese Swirled Pumpkin Bread With Salted Maple Butter

Aka our new favorite way to use up brown bananas. (P.S.: We’d make a double batch of the maple butter to use on waffles, cornbread and fried chicken if we were you.)

34. Healthy 5-ingredient Cake Batter Freezer Fudge

Even your low-carb-dieting relatives can get in on this confection, since it’s free of refined sugar and made mostly from cashew and coconut butters.

35. Maple Pear And Ginger Pie

Candied ginger adds a spicy je nais se quoi to this stunner. If you want the heat to be even more intense, add freshly grated ginger to the filling too.

36. Maple Sugar Ice Cream

Maple sugar is made by evaporating the liquid in maple syrup, a process that leaves behind tiny granules of fall-flavored magic.

37. Maple Caramel Candies

These minis are studded with chopped hazelnuts for a fancy finishing touch. They’d made a great homemade Christmas gift.

38. Maple Bacon Cupcakes

Not only is there bacon fat in the cupcake batter, but they also taste just like pancakes. Don’t even get us started on the maple buttercream and the candied bacon topper.

39. No-bake Salted Tahini Cookie Dough Fudge

The fudge will keep in the freezer for up to three months—but we doubt it’ll last longer than three hours.

40. Chai Pumpkin Pie With Maple Whipped Cream

Don’t look now, but the roast turkey is getting super jealous of this Thanksgiving treasure. (And we can’t blame him.)

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