By Vanessa Greaves

When you're craving a homemade fall-flavored dessert without a lot of fuss or fancy ingredients, these simple recipes will do the job nicely. Packed with autumn fruits, nuts, and spices, these easy-to-make treats deliver the best of autumn on a plate and just might make it look like you know what you're doing.

9 Easy Fall Desserts Anyone Can Make

1. Baked Apples

The very definition of ridiculously easy. All you do is scoop out the top of the apple and fill it in with brown sugar and butter. Thirty minutes later, you've got a warm and satisfying baked apple to keep you company while you binge watch that show you love. Allrecipes home cook Kate Heitstuman Dobson added chopped pecans for extra crunch, and you can, too.

2. Amazing Gluten-Free Layer Bars

Six easy ingredients is all it takes to layer up these rich, indulgent bars. You'll bake them for 20 minutes, then let them cool before you slice them up. If you truly are eating gluten-free, Allrecipes home cook sarakate wants you to be sure to read the butterscotch package to make sure you're choosing gluten-free chips.

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3. Easy Pear Clafouti

Individual ramekins filled with fresh fall pears baked in a sweet custard batter are as satisfying to behold as they are to eat. And imagine how great your home will smell! Allrecipes home cook Maureen Sullivan didn't have ramekins so she baked them in a 12-inch round glass pan. "The taste was fabulous," she says.

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4. Grandma's Iron Skillet Apple Pie

Use refrigerated pie crusts as your short cut to this warm and cozy 3-tiered apple pie that you bake right in a cast iron skillet. Be sure not to skip the butter in the bottom of the skillet, otherwise the apples and sugar will stick to the pan. Several home cooks dialed back the sugar to suit their tastes.

Lynne Stone raves, "This is the best apple pie I have ever tasted! It was extremely easy to make and had basic ingredients. Didn't change anything. My family loved it."

5. Caramel Popcorn Brownies

Start with a package of brownie mix (or make brownies from scratch if you're a purist) and spread a layer of popped popcorn, peanuts, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chip over the top. Drizzle with an easy homemade caramel syrup and bake. Yes, you should share.

Jenina 'Sutton' Halitsky took an even easier approach and used caramel chips instead of making the caramel syrup, and said everyone loved this recipe.

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6. Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge (2-Ingredient)

If you've got 2 everyday ingredients and 15 minutes to spare, you'll be rewarded with this rich and creamy maple peanut butter fudge-like treat. Annie Hashmi says she microwaved the syrup to thin it out a bit before whisking it into the peanut butter.

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7. Butterscotch Bread Pudding

After a quick 10-minute prep, this soul-satisfying bread pudding goes for some hands-off baking time while you maybe read a book by the fire. Or however you want to spend a cozy hour.

Carol Anne says, "OH MY GOODNESS!!! I have made this 4 times in the last four weeks for different groups of company each time, and if I owned the rights to this recipe I could get rich." And Nandabear adds, " I am dumbfounded at how easy and delicious this recipe is."

8. Frosted Cereal Bars

Crispy rice cereal bars get the fall-flavor treatment when you add chocolate and butterscotch chips to the mix. JAWANDMEE raves, "These are excellent. My husband and son don't like regular rice krispy treats but they both loved these. These are more substantial and flavorful." And yes, they're very easy to make.

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9. Boardwalk Quality Maple Walnut Fudge

Ten minutes and five ingredients are all it takes to make this creamy, dreamy fudge. The only hard part is when you have to let it cool before cutting it into squares. You can do this! Allrecipes home cook BOAZGIRL says, "OMG!!! The only modification I made was I toasted the walnuts. Easy, delicious, and a crowd-pleaser. Everyone will think you are a candy making genius."

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