By Vanessa Greaves

Sweater weather is the perfect excuse to indulge in comfort food desserts that warm you up from the inside out. Here are 11 top picks you'll want to make and share all through snuggle season.

1. Grandma's Iron Skillet Apple Pie

If you love pie crust, you'll want to dig into this multi-layered apple pie baked in a skillet and served warm from the oven. Watch the video to see how easy it is to make.

Home cook Mark Turpen raves, "This is the first pie I have ever made and it was fantastic. Make it as directed, bake it for 45 minutes and turn off the oven. Leave the pie in for another 15 minutes and it will rock your world! Serving it with vanilla ice cream is simply one of life's simple pleasures."

2. Baked Apples with Oatmeal Filling

You're just 5 simple ingredients away from enjoying these classic baked apples with a crunchy oatmeal topping. They brought back memories for lutzflcat, who says, "Tender, juicy, and perfectly cooked at 30 minutes. The house smelled wonderful while these apples were in the oven. This one takes me back to my childhood when baked apples were typically the first thing my mother cooked to welcome the fall season."

Baked Apples with Oatmeal Filling | Photo by lutzflcat

3. Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce

This easy gluten-free chocolate cake is served warm with a homemade caramel sauce, or with freshly whipped cream if you prefer. Home cook Laura says, "Dense and rich and SUPER chocolaty -- this is enjoyed by everyone, not just those who are wheat-sensitive."

Photo by abapplez

4. Scandinavian-Style Rice Porridge

Wrap your hands around a warm bowl of this hearty, cardamom-kissed rice pudding and inhale that delicious fragrance. But if cardamom doesn't do it for you, you can always leave it out and bump up the cinnamon a bit, or substitute freshly ground nutmeg. That's what home cook karen16 did, and she still gave the recipe 5 stars.

Photo by Diana71

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5. Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding

The harvest flavor of pumpkin pie meets the no-fuss fix of bread pudding, and together they make a sweater-weather dessert that'll earn you rave reviews. Naomi S served hers hot out of the oven with pecan caramel ice cream. (We're coming to your house for dessert, Naomi!)

Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding | Photo by Allrecipes

6. Poached Pears Belle Helene

Need to impress the heck out of someone? This gorgeous dessert should do the trick. Watch Chef John show you how to make it. Note that you'll serve the pears cold, but they'll be bathed in a warm fudge sauce. Home cook robin welling calls this an "Easy, delicious no brainer!"

7. Skillet Apple Brownie

Recipe creator MomZilla describes this as a "warm, chewy apple dessert with a brownie-like texture." If you don't have a cast iron skillet, just bake it in a metal baking dish.

Skillet Apple Brownie | Photo by Allrecipes

8. Baked S'mores Dip

Staying in for movie night? Here's a hot, melty, chocolaty, dip that embodies everything you love about s'mores but done indoors. Home cook Lela says, "Chocolate and Marshmallows MMMM! I made an individual serving. Don't forget to spray the pan or in this case, an individual ramkin! Watch carefully, so you don't burn your dip."

Baked S'mores Dip | Photo by Carmen Sue Fowler

9. Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

For this easy dessert, you'll toss the apples into the slow cooker, sprinkle it with a walnut crumb topping, and let it cook itself while you go off and have some fun. Come back to a mouthwatering aroma and a slow cooker full of deliciousness.

To those who wonder why make this in a slow cooker instead of the oven, home cook jaxwife says, "Why make this in the crock pot when you can stick it in the oven? hours of AROMATHERAPY! Wow!"

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10. Brandied Bananas

Toasted pecans and sliced bananas get all warmed up together in a sweet, syrupy sauce you can spoon over ice cream or pound cake. Home cook bArdicMelodYs suggests spooning it over French toast, too.

Brandied Bananas | Photo by lutzflcat

More ways to indulge in warm caramel bananas.

11. Apple Dumplings I

These super-simple biscuit dough apple dumplings are baked in a tasty vanilla sauce and served up hot with a scoop of ice cream. And talk about easy! Home cook KC YOOPER says, "This was a very quick and easy recipe that was all the more enjoyable because my 4-yr-old daughter was able to help."

Apple Dumplings I | Photo by JenniferJP


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