Here are the top easy fall desserts to bring cozy to your table! These recipes go big on autumn spices and seasonal fruits like apples and pumpkin.
Autumn is all about baking up cozy-spiced treats, and we’re here for it! Fall flavors are some of our favorite to play with: crisp apples, cozy pumpkin, and the warming spices of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Looking for a sweet treat to end a seasonal meal? We’ve got you covered.
Here are our favorite easy fall desserts to add to your repertoire! They’ve all become reader favorites, from our chewy pumpkin cookies (that taste like oatmeal cream pies) to our classic apple crumble. Take a taste and enjoy all that fall foods have to offer!
At the top of our fall desserts: Apple Dumplings! This is Grandma’s recipe (really!): we worked with Alex’s mom to adapt her famous fall favorite for your home kitchen. Tender, cozy-spiced apples are baked up in a flaky pasty crust with a spiced brown sugar syrup. The result is a revelation: there’s a reason Grandma is famous for these!
Another favorite fall dessert: Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting! The bars are perfectly moist and cakey, with just the right warm-spiced interior from cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. They’re topped off with a lusciously creamy layer of cream cheese frosting that gives a tangy lift to each bite.
Here’s our ultimate fall dessert: Pumpkin Cookies! These sweet morsels are lusciously pillowy and chewy, scented with a burst of fall spices and a hint of molasses. The exterior has a subtle sugar crunch and a drizzle of simple sweet icing. Even better, the soft texture holds up for days.
What's better in a fall than a great apple crumble? Golden, crunchy brown sugar crumbles top a sweet tart filling of warm spiced fruit, seasoned with cinnamon, allspice and ginger. Bake this one on repeat all fall and winter, and you’ll never tire of it.
Here's a fun fall dessert: Pumpkin Bread Pudding! Imagine, bread cubes baked in a pumpkin-spiced custard until puffed and golden. Drizzle it with a golden bourbon butter sauce and wowza! It's a little bit of heaven.
Here's a stunning fall dessert: homemade Pumpkin Ice Cream! Scoop up a bowl and it’s lusciously soft and creamy, scented with just the right hit of cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg. Each rich spoonful will make you raise your eyebrows in delight. Take it to the next level and add candied pecans for a sweet, salty crunch.
Got a craving for a cozy fall dessert? Try this Baked Apples recipe! It’s like a short-cut apple crumble, but lighter, easier and tastier. Stuff the sweet tart fruit with oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and allspice, then bake until sweet and tender. The tart tang of the apple against the spiced crumbles is a bit of a revelation!
Can’t choose between traditional chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin cookies? You don’t have to with these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! These sweet morsels are an ode to fall: chewy and spiced, they feature cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg with a traditional chocolate chip cookie base.
At the top of our favorite fall desserts is this decadent apple crisp! It's absolutely classic, harnessing all that cozy nostalgia of the season. The crumble topping is the ideal texture: crispy but not crunchy, and buttery but not soft. The fruit layer below will make your heart sing: cinnamon, a hint of ginger and allspice set off just a hint of orange and lemon zest.
Here’s a recipe that’s just right for the season: this classic Pumpkin Cake! It’s thick and moist, scented with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. The best part? A layer of tangy, fluffy cream cheese frosting is its ideal flavor match. It’s so classic and irresistible, you’ll want to make it for every gathering. It’s great for fall dinner parties, Halloween, Thanksgiving, or really anytime you’re craving pumpkin goodness!
First up in our fall desserts: pumpkin oatmeal cookies! Once the weather starts getting cooler, we immediately crave these chewy pumpkin oatmeal cookies. They taste like (get this) fall-spiced oatmeal cream pies! The soft cookie is full of pumpkin spices, then drizzled with a powdered sugar icing. These will kick off the fall nostalgia in no time. Said one of our readers, "These are now my FAVORITE cookie. I’ve already made them twice. "
Here’s a perfect tiny fall dessert: mini pumpkin pies! These pies are more than just the cute novelty factor: they’re half the serving of a normal piece of pie, making them a healthy dessert option. Even better: they’re incredibly tasty. Each bite has the perfect ratio of silky smooth filling to flaky pie crust.
Try these Sweet Potato Brownies! Why hide vegetables in desserts when you can proudly proclaim them? These brownies could not be more thrilled by their sweet potato interior, perfect for fall baking. It makes the best chewy texture and loads them with nutrients. But most importantly: they’re irresistibly delicious, with a rich nuance in flavor that makes them taste loads better than a standard brownie.
Want to bake a cake with no effort at all? Try this easy applesauce cake! You don’t even need a bowl for this fall dessert: just mix it up right in the pan! It sounds too good to be true: but we promise, it’s very real. And it turns into one of the most delicious cakes you’ll eat. Moist and scented with cinnamon, it’s perfectly fluffy and a little gooey. It’s got a healthy spin with olive oil and Greek yogurt, and instead of icing there’s a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
Want an easy fall dessert? Look no further than these sauteed apples! There’s no baking necessary, and no advanced preparation. Just slice up some apples, saute them in butter and spices, and bam! Eat it warm topped with vanilla ice cream, and there’s really not much better. In fact, why even make apple crisp or apple pie at all? Here’s more about how to make this healthy dessert, and a few more topping ideas.
Pumpkin pie is always a favorite fall dessert: and of course, grandma’s pie is the absolute best, right? When we whipped up this recipe, we weren’t expecting to love it more than the original. But this vegan pie is so full of pumpkin-spiced sweetness and the flavors are so delightfully elevated, no one will guess it’s plant-based! We’re solidly in camp vegan pumpkin pie, so much so that we’ll be making this recipe for years to come.
What's more of a classic fall dessert than poached pears? It sounds fancy, but it's so easy to do and it comes out stunning. Cooking in spiced wine makes the pears a bright burgundy color, and they look elegant with their long curved stems. And the flavor: they come out sweetly fall-spiced and completely otherworldly. Serve with whipped cream and a little pecan granola for some crunch.
What's a more satisfying fall dessert than apple pie? Here a flaky, golden crust encloses a filling that’s so full of cozy spiced flavor, you won’t want the bite to end. We've got two variations: one classic and one plant-based (and secret: we like the vegan one better). Prepare to be amazed by the crunchy crust and velvety, fall-spiced apples.
A good pumpkin bread recipe is as essential to fall as a puffy jacket, and here’s our favorite one. The scent wafting through your kitchen transports you to an autumn paradise, and the loaf falls just so into deliciously cozy-spiced slices. It’s tender and moist, but not too fluffy or too dense. The best part? It’s simple to whip up: one bowl, no special equipment; just dump and stir!
Last up in our fall desserts…another favorite: spiced Applesauce Cookies! These are so moist and irresistible, you’ll forget about everything else and you savory each chewy bite. (Sorry, not sorry.) The applesauce makes them ultra moist, and they’ve got a little oatmeal to balance the sweet. But make no mistake: these aren’t a health food. They’re more like a lighter version of an oatmeal cream pie: which is AOK in our book.
More fall recipes
Love fall? Us too. It’s one of the best seasons for eating, in our opinion. Here are a few more recipe collections outside of these tasty fall dessert recipes:
In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, and baking powder. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or fork until a pebbly texture forms (with butter chunks about the size of peas). Add the milk and stir to combine, adding more milk by the tablespoon until the dough comes together (we usually add about 2 more tablespoons). Divide the dough into 6 equal balls (about 100 g each). Place in a covered container and refrigerate the dough for 30 to 60 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Peel the apples, then cut out the cores with a knife. Slice the apples into 1/8th thick rings width-wise, so the apple can stack after being cut (see the photos above). You can do this with an apple peeler-corer-slicer, or by hand. Check to make sure there are no extra seeds left inside the apple slices.
In a small bowl, mix the filling ingredients: granulated sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger. Cut the 3-tablespoon piece of butter into 6 small stick shapes that fit inside the hole in the center of the apple.
Remove the dough from the fridge. Roll out one piece of dough wide enough to cover the apple when folded, about 8 inches in diameter. Place an apple in the center. Place 1 butter pat and 1 tablespoon of spiced sugar into the center of the apple. Wrap the dough up and around the apple from each side. Pinch the top gently to seal. Repeat for each dumpling, placing the finished dumplings in an ungreased 9 x 13” pan.
Bake the dumplings for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, make the syrup: bring the brown sugar, water, cinnamon and butter to a boil, stirring often, then remove from the heat.
After the first 15 minutes of bake time, spoon a few tablespoons of the syrup over each dumpling, using about half of the syrup. Bake for another 30 minutes, then spoon the remaining syrup over the dumplings. Bake for a final 15 minutes (to make a total of 1 hour bake time). Remove from the oven and allow to cool a few minutes before serving. Serve with vanilla ice cream.