Our Favorite Fall Desserts
Fall dessert recipes are one of our favorite things about the season, right up there with crisp evenings and brilliant foliage. We anxiously await the time of cool autumn morning trips to the farmers’ market, and the pounds of fresh apples, pecans, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins that we haul home. When the leaves start changing this fall season, it’s time to cozy up with a soft blanket and one of these soul-warming fall desserts. With seasonal ingredients like spicy cinnamon, rich caramel, and decadent pecans, the fall is hands-down one of the best seasons for baking. From gooey morning coffee cakes to elegant holiday-worthy pies, we’ve pulled together our favorite fall cakes, pies, breads, milkshakes, puddings, and everything in between to keep your sweet tooth satisfied all season long. Pound cake coated in praline sauce, bread pudding drizzled in caramel, and apple pie baked in a buttery, flaky cornmeal crust – these best fall desserts will not disappoint.
Our Favorite Fall Desserts
Coconut-Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
Recipe: Coconut-Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
This doctored-up version of a classic pumpkin pie is light, airy, with whispers of spicy fall flavors like coconut and ginger. Says one reviewer, “If this wasn’t on our Thanksgiving table, there would be mutiny.”
Mexican Chocolate Pudding Cake
Recipe: Mexican Chocolate Pudding Cake
Chocolate cake is given a hot and spicy fall upgrade from cinnamon, red pepper, chipotle chile pepper, and sliced almonds. Serve with vanilla ice cream for a gooey and rich chocolate treat.
Caramel-Glazed Monkey Bread
Rum-Glazed Sweet Potato Cakes
Recipe: Rum-Glazed Sweet Potato Cakes
Sweet potatoes, raisins, rum, cinnamon, nutmeg, and toasted pecans? We couldn’t possibly fit more flavor in these mini Bundt cakes if we tried.
Caramel Apple-Brownie Cheesecake
Recipe: Caramel Apple-Brownie Cheesecake
This delicious recipe combines our favorite fall flavors into one chocolaty, velvety dessert.
Mini Apple Cider Pound Cakes
Recipe: Mini Apple Cider Pound Cakes
If fall was a flavor, it would taste like Apple Cider. These moist mini apple cider pound cakes perfectly capture the season, and can be doctored up with three different sweet toppings.
Caramel-Pecan Pumpkin Bread Puddings
All the best flavors of pumpkin and pecan pies come together in this easy, decadent bread pudding.
Pumpkin Pie Dip
Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Dip
This sweet and versatile dish adds fall flavor to your tailgate spread. Serve it with everything from cookies to fruit to nuts.
Peanut Butter-Toffee Turtle Cookies
We packed chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, and toffee into these indulgent, bite-sized cookies.
Recipe: Pumpkin-Chocolate Brownies
Baked with chocolate chips, pumpkin filling, and a hint of espresso, these dangerously delicious brownies are a chocolate lover’s fall dream.
Double Apple Pie with Cornmeal Crust
This layered apple pie takes a classic fall dessert to the next level. Its flaky cornmeal crust and sugary sauce with a kick of brandy make it one of our best pies, ever.
Salted Chocolate Matzo Toffee
Recipe: Salted Chocolate Matzo Madness
With savory, salty ingredients like matzos and pecans, and sweet chocolate chips, this easy-to-make snack is perfect for casual fall gatherings.
Recipe: Praline-Apple Bread
You’d never guess this rich, moist quick bread recipe doesn’t have any butter or oil in its batter.
Candy Bar Pie
Recipe: Candy Bar Pie
Here’s one of our favorite only test-kitchen approved ways for to use leftover Halloween candy. Line a salty pretzel piecrust with chocolate nougat bars (we used Snickers candy bars), and cover in creamy filling for a fall dessert worth hoarding some candy for.
Recipe: Triple Gingersnappers
Nothing says fall like enjoying a stack of fresh Gingersnappers and a hot cup of tea on a crisp fall evening.
Recipe: Pecan-Toffee Shortbread
Buttery shortbread, sugary toffee, crunchy pecans, and rich chocolate make this rustic fall treat perfect for any occasion.
Pumpkin Tart with Whipped Cream and Almond Toffee
Pumpkin spice latte lovers rejoice: this pumpkin tart captures all the best flavors of one of our favorite fall drinks.
Apple Butter Pie
Recipe: Apple Butter Pie
With the smooth, creamy texture of a pumpkin pie and the tart flavor of apples, this pie comes together in a flash for a deliciously sweet and simple fall dessert.
Decadent Cream Puffs with Praline Sauce and Toasted Pecans
These show-stopping cream puffs, filled with butter-pecan ice cream and topped with a creamy praline sauce, will soothe any Southern sweet tooth.
Classic Apple Dumplings
Recipe: Classic Apple Dumplings
These made-from-scratch dumplings are bursting with nutty spices and tart apples. Drizzle in sweet sugar sauce and serve with vanilla ice cream for the ultimate comforting fall dessert.
Pumpkin Pie Spectacular
Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Spectacular
This highly sought after pumpkin pie recipe is truly worthy of its title, and we don’t use the word “spectacular” lightly.
Hot Chocolate Trifle
Recipe: Hot Chocolate Trifle
Next time you’re craving hot chocolate on a cool fall day, make this rich, moist, and flavorful hot chocolate trifle cake instead. Trust us, you won’t regret it.
Praline Bundt Cake
Recipe: Praline Bundt Cake
This special-occasion Bundt cake, full of our very favorite fall ingredients, has earned rave reviews for a reason. Make sure you save yourself a slice before feeding it to guests – it’ll be gone in a flash.
Old Fashioned Caramel Cupcakes
Recipe: Old Fashioned Caramel Cupcakes
You can’t go wrong with tried-and-true yellow butter cupcakes. But you can turn them into one of the best desserts ever – just add old-fashioned caramel frosting.
Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
Watch Video: Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
All the spiced goodness of fresh pumpkin pie in creamy, pint-sized milkshake form.
Buttered Rum Pound Cake with Bananas Foster Sauce
Covered in a rich Bananas Foster sauce and a buttery glaze, this soul-warming rum cake is perfect for a crisp fall day.
Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie
Every Southern chef should master a staple pecan pie for the fall. This cast-iron skillet version is easy and oh-so-decadent.
Sweet Potato Coffee Cake with Caramel Glaze
Start your day with dessert. Sweeten up a crisp fall morning with this gooey coffee cake, flavored with sweet potatoes, cinnamon, a hint of orange zest, and a hearty frizzle of rich caramel glaze.
Creole Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce
This splurge-worthy bread pudding is sweetened with ripe apples, crushed pineapple, and 5 – yes, 5 – tablespoons of vanilla extract for one of the richest fall desserts you’ve ever tasted.
German Chocolate-Pecan Pie Bars
Recipe: German Chocolate-Pecan Pie Bars
If you serve these chocolaty, nutty bars, expect people to ask for crumbs.
Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
Recipe: Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
Full of sweet cream cheese filling, coated in decadent homemade praline frosting, and topped with toasted pecans, this bundt cake is beyond perfection.
Apple Fritters with Salted Caramel Sauce
Apples and caramel belong together, especially during the fall season. This delicious dessert is deep fried and adorned with ice cream – it doesn’t get better than that.
Eggnog Spice Cake with Bourbon Custard Filling and Eggnog Buttercream
This four-layer cake is the perfect dessert to serve at an elegant fall party; the flavorful bourbon custard filling will keep your guests coming back for a second slice.
Fudgy Pecan Bourbon Balls
Recipe: Fudgy Pecan Bourbon Balls
Fudgy pecan bourbon balls are the bite-sized treats everyone loves. They are the perfect sweet for a thoughtful hostess gift.
Sea Salt-Caramel Cake
Recipe: Sea Salt-Caramel Cake
For a timeless dessert choice, go with sea salt-caramel cake. Its nostalgic flavor will remind you of childhood.
Arkansas Black Apple Pie with Caramel Sauce
Let’s be sure Arkansas doesn’t have all the fun; this distinctive pie should be enjoyed across the South. Pair it with vanilla ice cream for the ultimate treat.
Cushaw Pie with Vanilla Bean Custard Sauce
If you can’t find a cushaw, a squash grown in the Louisiana area, try using pumpkin puree as a substitution for the filling.
Mini Pecan Monkey Bread Loaves
Recipe: Mini Pecan Monkey Bread Loaves
Individual portions of pecan monkey bread? Yes, please! This caramel-drizzled dessert is a fall favorite.
Classic Apple Cobbler
Recipe: Classic Apple Cobbler
Quintessentially Southern and oh-so comforting, classic apple cobbler is a staple dessert below the Mason-Dixon.
Double-Decker Pecan Cheesecake Pie
Pecans and cheesecake is the ultimate combination you never knew you needed. The creamy sweetness of the cheesecake beautifully compliments the nuttiness of the pecans, resulting in an irresistible confection.
Pumpkin-Spice Bundt with Brown Sugar Icing and Candied Pecans
This pumpkin-filled work of art is sure impress all of your holiday party guests. It’s the definition of a decadent dessert.
Georgia Peanut Pie with Peanut Butter Crust and Brown Sugar-Bourbon Whipped Cream
Peanut lovers, rejoice! This tasty pie is completed with an impressive brown sugar-bourbon whipped cream.