Snuggle Up With 15 Warm and Cozy Comfort Food Desserts

apple dumplings in a baking pan
Photo: joe shepler

The onset of sweater weather is the perfect excuse to indulge in comfort food desserts that warm you up from the inside out. And who doesn't need a little extra comfort right about now? So go ahead and try these top picks for warm and cozy desserts to see you through snuggle season.

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Apple Crisp II

Apple Crisp II on a white and blue plate

Let's kick things off with our best warm apple crisp. With 7,000+ reviews, this top-rated classic is a no-fail favorite that'll make your home smell amazing while it bakes.

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Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce

Slice of Flourless Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce, whipped cream and berries

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."

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Grandma's Iron Skillet Apple Pie

Grandma's Iron Skillet Apple Pie

If you love pie crust, you're going to 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."

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Scandinavian-Style Rice Porridge

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.

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Baked Apples with Oatmeal Filling

Baked Apples with Oatmeal Filling in a white bowl over an apple tablecloth

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."

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Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding in a white dish

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!)

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Poached Pears Belle Helene

poached pear in a white dish
Chef John

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. Sure, this dessert may look a little fancy, but home cook robin welling calls this an "Easy, delicious no brainer!"

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Skillet Apple Brownie

Skillet Apple Brownie topped with ice cream

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.

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Baked S'mores Dip

Baked S'mores Dip with toasted marshmallows and chocolate
Carmen Sue Fowler

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."

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Apple Pot Pies

mini open face apple pies

Refrigerated pie crusts make these open-face apple pies quick and easy to pull together. Reviewers recommend you roll out the crusts so they're quite thin. You'll bake them in a muffin pan, so you might want to spray first with non-stick spray to make them easier to remove.

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Brandied Bananas

Brandied Bananas
banana slices cooked with pecans and brandy. lutzflcat

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.

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Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings

apple dumplings in a baking pan
joe shepler

Home cook Micki Wood shares this recipe, saying, "These are the ones my grandmother used to make: warm, flaky, apple-y sweet and drizzled with a sauce that bakes right with them. These are not difficult to make, just a little time-consuming. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream."

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Air Fryer Pear Crisp for Two

pear crisp in small ramekins
France C

When you don't want to deal with a big baking pan full of fruit crisp, give this scaled down dessert a try. Recipe creator France C says, "Skip the oven and make dessert in your air fryer! Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and/or caramel sauce. The recipe can easily be doubled for larger air fryers."

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Slow-Cooker Peanut Butter Fudge Cake

bowl of peanut butter fudge cake topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce
Matt Wencl

You can serve this extra-indulgent cake warm from the slow cooker. Top with ice cream and chocolate sauce because if you're going to do dessert, do it big.

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Best Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

Best Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce
Melissa Goff

"Absolute pure comfort for a fall, blustery day," says Jab. "Everyone is lickin' their lips and rubbing their satisfied bellies in this house. I made it exactly as written."

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