15 Fabulous Fall Treats That Aren't a Mouthful of Pumpkin Spice
It's that time of year when it seems like anything flavored with pumpkin spice gets all the love and attention. But if you're just not feeling it, you'll be glad to have these alternative treats for your autumn enjoyment. You'll still taste all the best fall flavors — apples, pears, caramel, maple, nuts, and dark chocolate — without that overwhelming pumpkin spice vibe.
Almond and Pear Cake
Almonds, pears, and a touch of amaretto liqueur make this tender cake an autumn standout. Kerry Rodgers raves, "Very simple and tasted great! Will definitely make this again."
Oatmeal Cookie Apple Crisp
You're going to want to serve this crisp while it's warm from the oven, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Chef John's Chili Chocolate Cookies
Pecan Cardamom Bar Cookies
Cardamom is quickly gaining in popularity as a substitute for cinnamon. Not that there's anything wrong with cinnamon, but why not expand your taste horizons? Kari says, "Amazingly good. I love cardamom. Also had a great shortbread-type texture."
Apple Harvest Pound Cake with Caramel Glaze
This easy-to-make apple and walnut Bundt cake drizzled with homemade caramel sauce is perfect for fall parties. Jenn says, "Absolutely delightful! I added 1 cup of chocolate chips as well. Worked wonderfully with the cinnamon."
Maple Pecan Shortbread Squares
White Chocolate Macadamia Cranberry Dreams
These delectable cookies are going to go fast, so stash a few away just for yourself. Larrlach says, "This is the only cookie recipe I now use."
Fudge Walnut Brownies
How good are they really? Yoly says, "These are the best tasting brownies ever. I have been making this recipe for over 30 years now and I won't change a thing. Fudgy, nutty, chocolatey, what's not to like?"
Maple Walnut Pralines
Use real maple syrup in this super simple candy so the flavor really shines through. "Fantastic! Love, love, love these! This was so quick and simple to make and tastes so delicious. This is a definite keeper, " raves Christina.
If you love the warm and spicy flavors of chai tea, you've got to try these chai-kissed cupcakes. "I was a bit skeptical the first time I made these for a family gathering! They were an instant hit! Have made them numerous times since then, including as a dessert item for a nephew's wedding!" —babaloo53
"This was my Mom's recipe," says Baker Jim. "Easy and quick to make. Apples and walnuts are packed into a cinnamon spiced blonde brownie. Always a hit when I bring it to parties. Very moist and great to make in the fall when apples are plentiful."
Pear and Chocolate Tart
"My version of a recipe found on a free supermarket recipe card! It's chocolaty, juicy, and scrumptious. The tart is best served warm with crème fraîche." — vicki oliver
Chef John's Apple Dumplings
"This is one of America's oldest desserts. The flavor profile is almost identical to an apple pie, but instead of having a bunch of slices about, we have one beautifully roasted, tender, sweet apple inside--which while still covered in the same crust we use for a pie, is far superior because we basted and baked it with a sugar sauce. I highly recommend these get served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream." — Chef John
Kheer (Rice Pudding)
This Basmati rice pudding is made fragrant with cardamom and rose water. Home cook jeninAZ offers this suggestion: "As others have said, trust the rice quantity and don't add more! And use golden raisins instead of regular — it's more traditional and much nicer looking."
Apple Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce
With apples, caramel, and pecans in the mix, this is the perfect dessert to end any fall feast.