27 Spiced Fall Desserts To Get You In the Spirit

Spiced Pecan Pie Bars
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Nothing gets us into the autumn spirit like the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and pumpkin spice in the air, particularly when it's wafting out of our ovens. When the coziest season hits, there is no better way to celebrate than with a fantastic fall baking list that includes spice cakes, pumpkin pies, and all the apple treats we can find.

Whether you start with apple butter biscuit cobbler, mini pumpkin cheesecakes, spiced pecan pie bars, or cinnamon pull-apart bread, you're guaranteed to get the good autumn feels going. Get the very best of fall flavor with these 27 spiced fall desserts featuring our favorite cakes, cobblers, cookies, pies, and sweet bread of the season.

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Apple Butter Cobbler with Drop Biscuits

Apple Butter Cobbler with Drop Biscuits
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Apple Butter Cobbler with Drop Biscuits

The secret to this gooey fall cobbler is spiced apple butter made in your slow cooker. Make an extra large batch to use in a slew of fun autumn treats. The best part about using biscuits is you can worry less about the presentation and more about enjoying your apple dessert.

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Spiced Pecan Pie Bars

Spiced Pecan Pie Bars
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Spiced Pecan Pie Bars

Anything that makes pecan pie portable is right up our alley, especially this recipe that gets an extra kick of fall flavor from cinnamon and ginger. Enjoy the flavors of pecan pie with only 10 minutes of hands-on time. Complete this autumn dish with a scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled with caramel sauce.

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Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes
Photographer: Alison Miksch Food Stylist: Erin Merhar Prop Stylist: Prissy Lee

Recipe: Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

These cute miniature cheesecakes are like autumn in a bite, featuring a spiced pumpkin filling and sweet maple whipped cream topping. Make these delicious treats up to two days before your party and store them in an airtight container. Save the whipped topping for the day of your event and watch as your guests fall in love with these creamy cheesecakes with a salty, crunchy crust.

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Caramel Apple Cookies

Caramel Apple Cookies
Photographer: Alison Miksch Food Stylist: Erin Merhar Prop Stylist: Prissy Lee

Recipe: Caramel Apple Cookies

You might not find a more festive cookie recipe to make this fall. These white chocolate chip cookies topped with Granny Smith apple slices and a drizzle of jarred caramel sauce are bound to wow the crowd. Imagine a hand-held apple pie, but with chocolate.

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Southern Sweet Potato Cake

Southern Sweet Potato Cake
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck; Food Styling: Erin Merhar

Recipe: Southern Sweet Potato Cake

Thanksgiving casseroles aren't the only way to feature sweet potatoes. This idea brings us to this old-fashioned cake that is super moist, delicious, and finished with a standout brown sugar icing. To save time, substitute sweet potato puree for the cup of real sweet potatoes.

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Apple Butter-Pecan Quick Bread

Apple Butter-Pecan Quick Bread
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Apple Butter-Pecan Quick Bread

With all the seasonal spices, chopped pecans, and our spectacular Slow-Cooker Apple Butter, this quick bread is a crowd-pleaser from morning to night. The nutty flavor comes from toasting the pecans, so be sure not to skip this step. Make a second loaf and freeze it for the next time you are expecting holiday company.

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Spiced Pear Hand Pies

Spiced Pear Hand Pies
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Spiced Pear Hand Pies

Forget about the fall apple craze for a minute and choose pears instead. These cardamom-spiced hand pies are warm, comforting, and the perfect substitute for traditional autumn flavors. The cooked pear filling has a spicy sweetness complemented by the flaky crust.

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Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Cinnamon Coffee Cake

You can't beat this classic Bundt with a warm cinnamon ripple and sweet streusel topping. The tangy sour cream cake batter surrounds a ribbon of sugary crunch. With only 30 minutes of hands-on time, this cake recipe is one you'll want to remember.

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Mini Apple Pies

Mini Apple Pies
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Mini Apple Pies

These mini pies are a favorite fall treat, but only tiny, making them better. Small latticed apple pies will disappear from the plate faster than you can say, "pumpkin spice." Muffin tins will keep these adorable hand pies in shape long enough to create the classic flakey crust.

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Auntie's Apple Cake

Auntie’s Apple Cake
Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Ana Kelly Prop Stylist: Kay Clarke

Recipe: Auntie's Apple Cake

This recipe might be our most popular apple cake ever. We're not sure if the fresh apples, pecan-studded spiced batter, or heavenly praline-like frosting makes it so beloved—we're guessing all three. Enjoy it for dessert or have a slice for brunch—or two.

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Pumpkin Dump Cake

Pumpkin Dump Cake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Pumpkin Dump Cake

Thanks to the ease and quick prep time, everyone loves a dump cake. Just mix, dump, and bake—and you're set with a crowd-pleasing pumpkin dessert just waiting for a scoop of ice cream. Ten minutes of hands-on time, and you have a classic fall treat.

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Blackberry-Apple Butter Pie Bars

Blackberry-Apple Butter Pie Bars
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Blackberry-Apple Butter Pie Bars

A perfect mix between pie and bar cookie, this recipe flavored with sweet apple butter and tart blackberries look as charming as can be when served in slices. Paired with Slow-Cooker Apple Butter, the fresh apples and blueberries in these pie bars are full of sweet fall flavors. Choose between Honeycrisp, Braeburn, or Gala apples to make your favorite version of this dessert.

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Persimmon Pudding

Persimmon Pudding
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Persimmon Pudding

Persimmon season might be fleeting, but it's worth taking advantage of when it's here. This moist pudding is warmly spiced and balanced with the addition of orange zest and liqueur. A cinnamon whipped cream makes the most delicious topping.

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Spiced Coconut-Pumpkin Pie

Dairy-Free Coconut-Pumpkin Pie
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Marian Cooper Cairns

Recipe: Spiced Coconut-Pumpkin Pie

Coconut milk makes a classic pumpkin pie taste even creamier and naturally sweetened. Plus, any dairy-sensitive folks can enjoy a slice. Ground seasonings make up for the traditionally less-sweet elements of this dessert by adding plenty of flavors.

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Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Cindy Barr; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

Crunchy, caramelized cinnamon sugar crust is all you need for a perfect fall bread. This pull-apart version is excellent for breakfast or as a dessert. Plus, it's always a bonus when you don't need to be exact about your layout or presentation because, in the end, it's the taste that counts.

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Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Everyone's favorite fall coffee order in easy drop cookie form. What could go wrong? It's a fall version of the classic snickerdoodle, with a buttery and sugary crunch.

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Apple Butter Doughnuts with Salted-Caramel Glaze

Apple Butter Doughnuts with Salted-Caramel Glaze
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Apple Butter Doughnuts with Salted-Caramel Glaze

Look at the glaze on these autumn-ready doughnuts made with homemade slow-cooker apple butter—it's enough to have everyone coming back for seconds. Make the dough up to two days before your holiday gathering or brunch, which is ideal since it needs to chill for at least two hours. Remember the flakey salt for the perfect pairing of sweet caramel and salty crunch.

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Butterscotch-Spice Trifle

Butterscotch-Spice Trifle
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Butterscotch-Spice Trifle

For an occasion-worthy autumn treat, try a trifle. Make this trifle by layering butterscotch custard, spice cake, and vanilla whipped cream. Talk about yum. Remember to save time for the layers of cake and custard to meld, usually at least four hours in the refrigerator.

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Salted Caramel-Apple Hand Pies

Salted Caramel-Apple Hand Pies
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Katie Jacobs

Recipe: Salted Caramel-Apple Hand Pies

Caramel and apple go hand-in-hand come October, and what better way to get a taste of the delicious duo than with hand pies? Evenly chopping apples and caramels to spread across the hand pies will help them cook properly. Use store-bought pie dough to save on time.

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Chocolate Monkey Bread

Chocolate Monkey Bread
Jennifer Causey; Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen

Recipe: Chocolate Monkey Bread

If you want your fall spice with a side of chocolate, this gooey monkey bread is for you. Frozen yeast rolls thawed in the refrigerator overnight help reduce hands-on time. To help pour caramel over the dough, make it just before putting it in the pan.

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Molasses Crinkles

Molasses Crinkles Recipe
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Molasses Crinkles

These old-school spice cookies will see you from autumn through the holiday season. Molasses lends the perfect amount of dark sweetness and pairs well with ginger. Provide at least two hours to chill the dough before rolling balls in sugar and then place them on cookie sheets.

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Slow-Cooker Apple Butter
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Slow Cooker Apple Butter

We thought we might as well showcase the key ingredient to almost all of our apple butter-infused dessert recipes: this slow-cooker apple butter made only with apples, sugar, and three spices you'll already have on hand. Serve it over hot split biscuits or fluffy pancakes. Or, make a large batch at the beginning of the season and save it for all your favorite fall desserts.

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Chocolate Marbled Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Spice-Chocolate Marble Loaves
Linda Pugliese

Recipe: Chocolate Marbled Pumpkin Bread

Chocolate lovers don't have to give it up come autumn, especially since pumpkin and chocolate make the best of friends in a swirled loaf. Canned pumpkin makes this recipe simple, even for baking beginners. To create a marbled effect, alternate scoops of chocolate and pumpkin, layering three scoops across. Lightly swirl the mixture in a figure-eight motion once all pan is full.

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Apple Pie Cookies

Apple Pie Cookies
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Apple Pie Cookies

This recipe should receive the cutest cookie award because it looks and tastes like a plate full of shrunken-down apple pies. The simple icing, made from cinnamon, sugar, and milk, adds a delectable sweetness to these bite-size treats. Canned apple pie filling works just fine for the filling of these cookies as well.

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

This quintessential fall flavor comes in all baking shapes and sizes, such as these pumpkin cupcakes fit for a bake sale. These adorable pumpkin snacks will be a favorite for kids and adults and are filled with fall spices, like cinnamon, ginger, and ground cloves.

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Apple Butter Pound Cake with Caramel Frosting

Apple Butter Pound Cake with Caramel Frosting
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Apple Butter Pound Cake with Caramel Frosting

Expect one of the best bites of the season when you reach the apple butter-pecan ripple in the center of this Bundt cake. This cake, topped with rich caramel frosting and crispy apple chips for extra flair, has everything you want in a fall dessert. Make an extra jar of caramel frosting for the scoop of ice cream to pair with this treat.

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Pumpkin Spice Magic Cake

Pumpkin Spice Cake
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Magic Cake

The magic here lies in a fluffy layer of flan combined with spice cake batter and buttery caramel sauce. The result? A show-stopping fall centerpiece.

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