It’s hard to say what the best part about fall is. For some, it’s the leaves changing, for others, it's all about the pumpkin-spice-flavored treats and Thanksgiving desserts. But those are not the only autumn desserts on the menu this year. While classics like apple and pumpkin pie should definitely be in your rotation, we’ve also rounded up plenty of seasonal favorites that include fall cupcakes, pumpkin cookies and even Halloween desserts that can help you mix things up a bit. From elegant pecan cupcakes that are sure to wow any crowd to white chocolate meltaways that come together using just two ingredients, these fall dessert ideas are sure to be a hit.
And if you have dietary restrictions, don’t worry: you don’t have to skip dessert. We’ve included some sweets that are vegan-friendly desserts, and others that will be fine to eat if you’re looking for a treat that is gluten-free or dairy-free. Many of these recipes could also be modified to suit different diets, so no one has to miss out.
These recipes will be a hit at any family meal, Halloween party or Thanksgiving dinner. But we wouldn’t blame you for making one of these fall desserts all for yourself. Just saying, these sweets are the perfect thing to have when watching a fall movie or enjoying a seasonal cocktail on a cozy night in!
Everyone will be wowed by these adorable seasonal treats. The secret is to use two different kinds of apples, plus some raisins for extra sweetness.
Get the Mini Apple Pies recipe.
Chocolate + caramel + flaky sea salt = these delectable cookies perfect for fall (or any season).
Get the Chocolate Caramel Cookies recipe.
Need a fall dinner party dessert in a hurry? These white chocolate meltaways only require two ingredients and 15 minutes.
Get the White Chocolate Meltaways recipe.
You can use the last of the summer berries for this crumbly dessert. If you don't have any fresh fruit on hand, you can use frozen berries and strawberries for this crisp, buttery dessert.
Get the Mixed-Berry Cornmeal Cobbler recipe.
This delicious cake gets some extra crunch thanks to the walnut, brown sugar and cinnamon mixture. And hey, you could technically eat this dessert for breakfast if you wanted.
Get the Raisin-Walnut Coffee Cake recipe.
This cake is perfect for everyone: It's vegan, gluten-free and totally delicious with warming spices and a fluffy vegan buttercream frosting.
Get the Vegan Apple Cake recipe.
With notes of caramel and butterscotch, Blondies make the perfect (easy!) fall dessert.
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Why should apple pie recipes and pumpkin pie recipes get all the fall attention? This autumn dessert mixes creamy Bartlett pears with juicy blackberries for the perfect pie.
Get the Harvest Pear-Blackberry Pie recipe.
Made with finely ground pecans, cinnamon and nutmeg, these spiced cupcakes are perfect for fall.
This warm and melty chocolate chip skillet cookie is customizable for the ultimate fall dessert for a crowd. We'll be topping ours with candied pecans and miso caramel, thank you.
Get the Skillet Cookie Sundaes recipe.
This warming fall drink topped with a toasted marshmallow (and spiked with rum or bourbon!) doubles as dessert.
Get the Spiked Hot Chocolate recipe.
Who says pumpkin desserts can only be in pie form? This cool and creamy mousse has all the right fall flavors.
Get the Pumpkin Spice Mousse recipe.
Instead of opting for white chocolate chips, this recipe doubles down on the chocolate flavor (using both semi-sweet chips and rich cocoa powder), to make a cookie that every chocolate dessert-lover will adore.
Get the Red Velvet Cookies recipe.
Psst! We snuck some vegetables into brownies and no one will ever know because they're that good.
Get the Fudgy Beet Brownies recipe.
Looking for a pecan pie recipe without corn syrup? Our brown sugar-maple syrup version is sticky, sweet and irresistible.
Get the Brown Sugar Pecan Pie recipe.
These creamy, ultra-rich slices make an excellent Thanksgiving dessert that's easy to share.
Get the Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars recipe.
We sprinkled decadent dark chocolate with a sweet and spicy pumpkin seed granola, making this crunchy fall sweet basically healthy, right?
Get the Aztec Chocolate Granola Bark recipe.
These bars use honey and dark brown sugar for gooey sweetness with rich caramel notes. A splash of bourbon is the secret ingredient!
Get the Pecan Pie Bars recipe.
Warning: This will be the dessert the whole family begs you to bake each fall.
Sandwich pumpkin pie ice cream in between chocolate graham crackers for an easy fall or Halloween treat.
Once you master making this sticky-sweet homemade caramel sauce, you'll want to pour it over everything.
We coated these piping hot, fresh chocolate donuts in cinnamon-sugar for a churro feel, then filled 'em with rich and gooey caramel.
Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and a pinch of black pepper make this easy pie a little bit spicier than usual.
Get the Spiced Pumpkin Pie recipe.
And we bet you have all three of the ingredients on hand for this fast and easy fall dessert.
Get the 3-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse recipe.
Spiking the dough with a sprinkle of cardamom gives these donut holes a distinctive spicy note that pairs perfectly with the blueberry glaze.
Toasted pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts are suspended in a salty-sweet layer of decadent salted caramel for pure dessert perfection.
Get the Salted Caramel Mixed Nut Pie recipe.