Pumpkin, apple, ginger and more. These are the flavors of fall (of course, chocolate is, too, because chocolate is a flavor of every season). And these fall desserts feature recipes with all of these flavors. From pies to cakes, brownies, cookies and more, these fall dessert recipes are perfect for everything from tailgating to holidays to after-school snacks.
Don't Miss: Pumpkin Desserts
This pie is sweetened with maple syrup instead of sugar, giving it a rich, almost caramel-like flavor. The combination of spices in this pie is fabulous. If you can't find mace, use ground nutmeg instead.
One year for Thanksgiving, I made pumpkin cheesecake instead of pumpkin pie. Now, as soon as that first snap of cold hits in the fall, they ask for this cheesecake. It uses a unique method of baking the cheesecake in a very low-temperature oven for a long period of time. This results in a smooth and creamy cheesecake (with no cracking) every time.
Walnuts and fresh chopped apples add incredible fall flavor to these brownies. Chocolate chips make these brownies extra sweet, but feel free to substitute butterscotch chips or even cinnamon chips if you can find them. These brownies make an excellent bake sale dessert in the fall.
Sometimes pumpkin chocolate chip cookies can be too soft and cake-like for my taste. This version is much more like a traditional chocolate chip cookie, but with a bit of pumpkin flavor. Rolled oats give these cookies structure and a wholesome flavor.
See also: Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes
Sweetened dried cranberries and white chocolate chips punctuate these soft cookies that are perfect for an after-school snack, fall birthday party or holiday treat.
Whole wheat pastry flour lends a nuttier flavor to these sweet coffee cake. The walnut and brown sugar streusel filling pairs beautifully with the pumpkin in this cake. Serve for dessert or even a sweet breakfast treat.
These recipe couldn't be easier. Whenever I want to make a homemade dessert, but I don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, I make a crisp. This one is made with Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apples (though any type of cooking apple will do) and a sweet oat and walnut streusel topping. Serve warm, topped with homemade whipped cream.
We're so used to ginger by itself, but it pairs beautifully with chocolate, as these soft and chewy chocolate ginger cookies prove. Turbinado or Demerara sugar is a larger-crystal sugar. Any type of large-crystal sugar will work as a topping for these cookies.
This recipe is sometimes called "caramel apple salad" because it tastes a bit like caramel apples. Chopped Snickers candy bars are mixed with chopped apples and peanuts, then folded into a whipped cream topping. The result is a sweet dessert that is creamy, crunchy and altogether delicious.