8 Must-Try Fall Dessert Recipes

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8 Must-Try Fall Dessert Recipes

Olivia Witte, Staff Writer

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With Monday being the first day of fall, it is officially time for a surplus of pumpkin, apple, and cinnamon flavored everything.

As sweater weather rolls around, baking becomes the perfect indoor activity that can incorporate the iconic tastes of fall.

Below are some recipes that best capture what the season is all about.

Pumpkin Spiced Cream Puffs:

A delicious way to recreate the taste of pumpkin pie in a bite-sized dessert. The small and simple cream puffs are the perfect addition to brunch with friends.

Ingredients:

  • 1 puff pastry sheet
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • 1½ tbsp canned pumpkin
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup powdered sugar

Go to Berly’s Kitchen for the specific instructions on how to make pumpkin spiced cream puffs.

Pecan Pie Fudge:

These yummy treats integrate the nuttiness of pecan pie into rich chocolate fudge. The salty-sweet combination of this dessert will spice up any dinner party.

Ingredients:

  • 4½ cups pecan halves
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1½ cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup cream
  • 3 tbsp dark corn syrup
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple extract

Go to The Spruce Eats for the specific instructions on how to make pecan pie fudge.

Caramel Apple Strudel:

The inclusion of caramel and apple add fall-themed tastes to this already delicious Austrian dish. The sweet caramel, tart apples, and buttery strudel will result in an unforgettable dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups peeled and chopped apples
  • ¾ cup apple cider
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 puff pastry sheet
  • ¼ cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp coarse sugar

Go to Taste of Home for the specific instructions on how to make caramel apple strudel.

Honey Cinnamon Bars:

These honey cinnamon bars are a great festive alternative to brownies. They take a turn away from many of the other recipes by being more savory than sweet with the use of cinnamon, walnuts, and a quirky mayo glaze.

Ingredients:

Bars:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp water

Go to Taste of Home for the specific instructions on how to make honey cinnamon bars.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes:

Pumpkin spice lattes are a staple of everyone’s diet this fall, so incorporating this iconic drink into the list of fall-themed desserts seemed like a no brainer. These cupcakes allow you to eat your coffee!

Ingredients: 

Cupcakes:

  • 1⅓ cups flour
  • 4½ tsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup brewed coffee

Frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream

Go to Brown Eyed Baker for the specific instructions on how to make pumpkin spice latte cupcakes.

Candy Corn and Pretzel Chocolate Bark:

How could you go wrong with a dessert that has 4 ingredients and takes 30 minutes to make? Eating candy corn by itself is great, but adding the salty pretzels and rich chocolate to the mix brings out the very best of the Halloween treat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound white chocolate
  • 2 cups mini pretzels
  • ½ cup candy corn
  • ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips

Go to Brown Eyed Baker for the specific instructions on how to make candy corn and pretzel chocolate bark.

Apple Crisp Cookie Cups:

This dessert combines two of America’s fall favorites: apple pie and oatmeal cookies. You can practically taste fall in each bite of the cup’s chewy crust and sweet apple filling.

Ingredients:

Apple Pie Filling:

  • 6 cups Granny Smith apples (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups water

Oatmeal Cookie Cups:

  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups rolled oats

Go to Liv for Cake for the specific instructions on how to make apple crisp cookie cups.

Snickerdoodle Blondies:

This simple recipe manages to capture the taste of snickerdoodle cookies but is even easier to make. The cozy cinnamon aroma that’ll flow throughout the house while this treat bakes will really bring about the feeling of fall.

Ingredients:

Blondies:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2⅔ cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Topping:

  • 1½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

Go to Taste of Home for the specific instructions on how to make snickerdoodle blondies.