13 Fabulous Fall Desserts

Fall serves up a bunch of flavors that make wonderful desserts. Try out some of these recipes for pies, breads, cobblers, and more. Many of them feature classic warming fall spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Some feature classic autumnal produce, like apples and pumpkins. Others spotlight maple syrup, traditionally harvested in the cold weather months.

Whatever you're craving—cookies, cobbler, or pies—we've gathered our favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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    Easy Pear Cobbler

    Easy Pear Cobbler

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    Pears are very prevalent this time of year also. Pears are one of the fruits that do not ripen on the tree. They are picked when they mature, but they are still “green”. What makes this easy pear cobbler recipe for easy? Instead of measuring out flour, sugar and the like, a cake mix is used instead.

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    Old-Fashioned Apple Butter

    Apple Butter

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    While you’ve got the abundance of apples in the fall, you must take advantage of it with this old-fashioned apple butter. Making your own homemade apple butter will enhance the flavor of any bread you choose to serve it on.

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    Apple Spice Cake

    Apple spiced cake recipe

    The Spruce / Victoria Heydt

    Everyone needs at least one special apple cake for the fall. This apple spice cake is it. Not only is it loaded with all kinds of warming spices, but it’s got a shot of apple schnapps in it too.

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    Maple Cookies

    Maple Cookies

    The Spruce Eats / Jennifer Perillo

    Mimic the falling leaves with these festive maple cookies. The recipe is simple and requires just five ingredients, including pure maple syrup which gives them the signature flavor. Use a maple leaf cookie cutter and you'll have six dozen cute and tasty treats to share at any fall event.

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    Applesauce Cookies

    Apple Sauce Cookies

    The Spruce / Jennifer Perillo

    These applesauce cookies are the perfect subtle and light fall dessert. They're not cloyingly sweet, nor overly spiced as some "pumpkin spice" desserts can be. The apple flavor here is delicate, thanks to the applesauce, and the cinnamon brings that classic "fall" note. What's more, they come together in just 30 minutes, so they're the perfect quick baking project.

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    Crumb-Topped Apple Pie Bars

    Crumb-Topped Apple Pie Bars

    The Spruce Eats / Jessie Sheehan

    When you're craving an apple pie but don't want to bake a pie, try apple pie bars instead. Between the shortbread crust and the crumbly top is a perfectly sweetened filling of Granny Smith apples and cinnamon.

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    Cheddar and Bacon Bread Machine Bread

    Bread Machine

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    With all of those soups you’re going to make for dinner, you need a good bread recipe. If you have a bread machine, this is the recipe to make in it. This cheddar and bacon bread machine bread is good all by itself, but it is excellent with any type of soup, too. You’ll still get your protein when you serve it with a vegetable soup.

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    Pure Maple Quick Bread

    Loaf of quick bread

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    Even though you can purchase maple syrup all year long, we just happen to think of it more during the fall with all of those lovely colored leaves. The flavor of this pure maple quick bread is not overpowering so it can be served with just about anything.

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    Mini Apple Pies

    Mini apple pies

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    These apple hand pies, also known as mini apple pies, have a sugar-cinnamon-apple filling wrapped in a baking-powder pastry and are deep-fried to a golden brown. When sprinkled with confectioners' sugar, they're perfection.

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    Pumpkin Bundt Cake

    Pumpkin Pound Cake With Maple Pecan Glaze
    Pumpkin Pound Cake With Maple Pecan Glaze. Photo: Diana Rattray

    This cake is one of the prettier bundt cakes we make. We believe that the cream cheese glaze is what makes this pumpkin bundt cake so special.

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    World’s Best Pumpkin Bread

    Fresh baked pumpkin bread
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    About once a year, we take a loaf of this world's best pumpkin bread, warm from the oven, to a monthly potluck luncheon. We bring real butter along too, of course. The loaf is totally gone before we even begin our luncheon. We will tell you that it is a bit spicy. Spicy doesn’t always mean hot, which is the case with this quick bread. Spicy, in this case, means full of flavor. You do have the option of using pumpkin pie spice in this recipe but don’t. You don’t want to miss the full flavor you’ll get from the other spices.

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    Caramel Apple Cake

    gooey apple cake with caramel
    Diana Rattray

    You’ve just got to have a least one caramel apple during the season, and this caramel apple cake is certainly a fantastic one to choose.

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    Canned Fruit Crisp

    Fruit Crisp with Peaches

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    A crisp is called such as the topping is crispy, which usually comes through the addition of old-fashioned oats to the topping mixture. You always serve a crisp warm and hopefully topped with ice cream or whipped cream. This canned fruit crisp can be made with ingredients you have on hand.