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79 Best Fall Desserts That Are Perfect to Make for Autumn

Treats made with apple, pumpkin spice, chocolate and more to satisfy your sweet tooth this season.

harvest pear blackberry pie and brown sugar pecan pie
Mike Garten

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!

mini apple pies for fall
Danielle Daly
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Mini Apple Pies

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.

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a stack of chocolate cookies with caramel on the inside
Mike Garten
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Chocolate Caramel Cookies

Chocolate + caramel + flaky sea salt = these delectable cookies perfect for fall (or any season).

Get the Chocolate Caramel Cookies recipe.

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white chocolate meltaways with freeze dried strawberries on top
Mike Garten
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White Chocolate Meltaways

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.

mixed berry cornmeal cobbler in mini cast iron pans
Mike Garten
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Mixed-Berry Cornmeal Cobbler

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.

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raisin walnut coffee cake
Mike Garten
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Raisin-Walnut Coffee Cake

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.

vegan apple cake with white frosting on a cake stand
Mike Garten
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Vegan Apple Cake

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.

squares of blondies
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Blondies

With notes of caramel and butterscotch, Blondies make the perfect (easy!) fall dessert.

Get the Blondies recipe.

harvest pear blackberry pie
Mike Garten
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Harvest Pear-Blackberry Pie

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.

pecan cupcakes with spiced vanilla frosting and sliced orange slices
Mike Garten
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Pecan Cupcakes with Spiced Vanilla Frosting

Made with finely ground pecans, cinnamon and nutmeg, these spiced cupcakes are perfect for fall.

Get the Pecan Cupcakes With Spiced Vanilla Frosting recipe.

skillet chocolate chip cookies in small cast iron pans
Mike Garten
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Skillet Cookie Sundaes

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.

spiked hot chocolate with torched marshmallows
Mike Garten
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Spiked Hot Chocolate

This warming fall drink topped with a toasted marshmallow (and spiked with rum or bourbon!) doubles as dessert.

Get the Spiked Hot Chocolate recipe.

pumpkin spice mousse in mason jars
Mike Garten
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Pumpkin Spice Mousse

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.

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red velvet cookies on a wire rack
Mike Garten
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Red Velvet Cookies

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.

fudge beet brownies on a platter
Mike Garten
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Fudgy Beet Brownies

Psst! We snuck some vegetables into brownies and no one will ever know because they're that good.

Get the Fudgy Beet Brownies recipe.

brown sugar pecan pie recipe
Mike Garten
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Brown Sugar Pecan Pie

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.

pumpkin cheesecake bars in a blue decorated plate
Mike Garten
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

These creamy, ultra-rich slices make an excellent Thanksgiving dessert that's easy to share.

Get the Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars recipe.

aztec chocolate granola bark
Mike Garten
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Aztec Chocolate Granola Bark

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.

pecan pie bars on a plate
Mike Garten
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Pecan Pie Bars

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.

pumpkin spice cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
Mike Garten
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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Warning: This will be the dessert the whole family begs you to bake each fall.

Get the Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe.

chocolate and pumpkin ice cream sandwiches
Mike Garten
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Chocolate and Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches

Sandwich pumpkin pie ice cream in between chocolate graham crackers for an easy fall or Halloween treat.

Get the Chocolate and Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches recipe.

brioche bread pudding with bourbon caramel sauce being poured on top
Rebecca Sanabria
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Brioche Bread Pudding with Bourbon-Caramel Sauce

Once you master making this sticky-sweet homemade caramel sauce, you'll want to pour it over everything.

Get the Brioche Bread Pudding with Bourbon-Caramel Sauce recipe.

chocolate mendiants with nuts on top
Mike Garten
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Mendiants

It may sounds fancy (it's French!) but this dessert is easy to make: Just melt chocolate, add toppings and allow to harden in the refrigerator. Done!

Get the Mendiants recipe.

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churro donuts with dulce de leche and cinnamon sugar on top
Mike Garten
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Choco-Churro Donuts with Dulce de Leche

We coated these piping hot, fresh chocolate donuts in cinnamon-sugar for a churro feel, then filled 'em with rich and gooey caramel.

Get the Choco-Churro Donuts with Dulce de Leche recipe.

a slice of spiced pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top
Mike Garten
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Spiced Pumpkin Pie

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.

a circular maple pear fall tarte tatin on a white plate
Mike Garten
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Maple-Pear Tarte Tatin

Juicy pears get bundled up under a blanket of puff pastry, then flipped over in this show-stopping dessert — perfect after any fall dinner.

Get the Maple-Pear Tarte Tatin recipe.

chocolate mousse with chocolate shavings in a glass mug
Mike Garten
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3-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

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.

apple pie with stenciled crust
Mike Garten
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Apple Pie with Stenciled Crust

Use a pie crust stencil to press an intricate design into the top crust of this classic apple pie. No fancy knife skills necessary!

Get the Apple Pie With Stenciled Crust recipe.

RELATED: The 80 Tastiest Apple Recipes to Try for Fall

blueberry cardamom donut holes
Mike Garten
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Blueberry-Cardamom Donut Holes

Spiking the dough with a sprinkle of cardamom gives these donut holes a distinctive spicy note that pairs perfectly with the blueberry glaze.

Get the Blueberry-Cardamom Donut Holes recipe.

maple pecan fudge sauce on french toast
Mike Garten
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Maple Pecan Fudge Sauce

This chocolatey sauce is sweetened with pure maple syrup for a more complex flavor. Brunch, anyone?

Get the Maple Pecan Fudge Sauce recipe.

RELATED: 60 Best Brunch Ideas to Try This Weekend

sweet and salted caramel nut pie
Mike Garten
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Salted Caramel Mixed Nut Pie

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.

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