Our 20 Most Popular Dessert Recipes in September

Tres Leches (Milk Cake)
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With summer coming to a close, it's time to say goodbye to summery cakes and pies and start thinking about the rich, decadent flavors of fall. And this month, the Allrecipes community did just that. The top dessert recipes from September prove that our home cooks gave summer the proper send-off with fruity lemon pie and blueberry bottom cake while laying the foundation for a fall filled with baking with apple coffee cake and rich German chocolate cake. Be warned: September's most popular dessert recipes will have your mouth watering. Scroll through to take a look.

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Apple Crumble Coffee Cake

slice of apple crumble coffee cake on a plate
Chef John's Apple Crumble Coffee Cake. Chef John

Bring on the fall flavors with Chef John's mash-up of apple crumble and coffee cake. You can use Honeycrisp or Granny Smith apples as well as Greek yogurt or sour cream to make this moist cake. "It's like baking a crumb-topped coffee cake on top of another coffee cake," says Chef John.

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Magic Lemon Pie

glass dish of lemon pie topped with whipped cream decoration

Even though reviewers can't agree on what kind of pie this is — they say it tastes like a lemon meringue pie, lemon-flavored key lime pie, or lemon curd pie —it's still delicious. This six-ingredient lemon pie gave Allrecipes home cooks one of their favorite last tastes of summer.

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Banana Oatmeal Cookie

overhead view of homemade Banana Oatmeal Cookies on a cooling rack

If you have overripe bananas in your kitchen right now, these oatmeal cookies are a tasty way to use them. This recipe is easy to make with just a few pantry staples, and will taste delicious with extra additions — reviewers like to add chocolate chips, dried cranberries, or blueberries, and some add a drizzle of icing over the top.

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Blueberry Bottom Cake

slice of homemade Blueberry Bottom Cake recipe topped with whipped cream and fresh blueberries

This fruit-on-the-bottom cake looks so gorgeous, no one will guess it's made with boxed white cake mix. If you don't want to use blueberries, Allrecipes Allstar Yoly says this cake is just as good with strawberries.

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Million Dollar Cake

Million Dollar Cake

The light and refreshing icing on this cake might just be worth a million dollars. While the cake is simply made from boxed yellow cake mix, the icing is the star of the show with cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, pineapples, mandarin oranges, vanilla pudding, and whipped topping. This tasty cake is one for any occasion!

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Old-Fashioned Chocolate Fudge

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Fudge
Beth J

This five-ingredient decadent chocolate fudge is the perfect treat to ring in the cooler months. Reviewers recommend using Hershey's or Ghirardelli cocoa and using a candy thermometer for the best results. "Best fudge ever…hands down. Every time I make this, people say it's better than in the specialty fudge shops," says home cook StephanieM.

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Lemon Cream Cheese Bars

Lemon Cream Cheese Bars

Experience the final bright and lemony taste of summer with these easy Lemon Cream Cheese Bars. This recipe uses crescent roll dough, but reviewers have also had success using Phyllo dough or biscuit dough.

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Buckeye Cookies III

chocolate covered round cookies

Don't want to heat up the oven? No problem, try these no-bake buckeye cookies. Simply mix up the peanut butter balls and dunk them in a chocolate and shortening coating. Voilà, the perfect chocolatey-peanut butter dessert.

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Peach Cobbler Coffee Cake

Peach Cobbler Coffee Cake
Darcy Lenz

"If you're looking for a fun way to use up a few ripe, summer peaches and you happen to enjoy having cake for breakfast, this recipe is for you. Fresh peach slices are simmered on the stovetop with brown sugar and cinnamon to form a gooey peach cobbler-inspired filling that you'll layer into rich sour cream coffee cake batter. The cake is then capped with an iconic cinnamon-sugar pecan crumble topping before baking into a coffee cake that's too good not to share," says recipe contributor Darcy Lenz.

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies III

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies III
Cassidy Boone

These no-bake cookies are ready in just 10 minutes. Seriously, it can't get any easier! Some reviewers like to add chocolate chips to these oatmeal and peanut butter cookies. "These are just my absolute favorite cookie. They are very sweet, very peanut buttery, and have a perfect texture; slightly hard on the outside with a nice, chewy middle," says home cook Mary Lou.

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Willard Family German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake on a plate

This indulgent cake is topped with a homemade coconut and pecan frosting. This recipe uses buttermilk, which creates a moist cake, but if you don't have buttermilk, you can use milk and vinegar as a substitute. Some reviewers like to ice the sides of the cake with chocolate frosting in addition to the coconut frosting.

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Golden Rum Cake

Golden Rum Cake

Reviewers love the butter rum glaze of this Bundt cake. Recipe contributor Jackie Smith offers these tips: "An easy way to glaze your cake is to pour half of the glaze into Bundt pan, reinsert cake, then pour the rest of glaze over the bottom of the cake. Let absorb well then invert back onto platter."

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Grandma Ruth's Snickerdoodle Cookies

snickerdoodles on baking rack

Snickerdoodle cookies are the perfect treat to get you into the fall spirit. The secret ingredient to keeping these cookies soft is the cream of tartar, plus recipe creator David.Beveridge's tip to store them in a plastic bag with two slices of bread

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Tres Leches (Milk Cake)

Tres Leches (Milk Cake)

This tres leches cake has three different layers: cake, three-milk filling, and whipped cream frosting to. Reviewers like to top it with maraschino cherries, coconut, or cajeta, which is a caramelized milk.

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Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

chocolate chip cookies on a white plate

You can never go wrong with making chocolate chip cookies, and with over 9,000 5-star reviews, this recipe is sure to be a hit. Just as the name suggests, you will end up with big, thick, and chewy chocolate chip cookies.

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Strawberry Cake from Scratch

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Pictured: Strawberry Cake from Scratch | Photo by tessdawn.

This strawberry layer cake is made with strawberry Jell-O and strawberry purée. This recipe doesn't include icing, but recipe creator GothicGirl says you can ice it with cream cheese frosting, vanilla frosting, or chocolate glaze — and some reviewers like to add strawberry jam in between the cake's layers.

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Best Brownies

Closeup of two fudgy-looking frosted brownies on a white plate with milk in the background

Calling all chocolate lovers! These brownies are both fudgy and cake-like and are complete with a decadent chocolate frosting. "Wonderful little brownie! Not too thick, not too thin, just right! Comes together and into the oven in less than 5 minutes," says naples34102.

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Éclair Cake

Eclair Cake

"This is a very quick and simple no bake dessert cake. It uses graham crackers and a pudding mixture. It tastes just like an éclair, but there is enough for a crowd!! It is a great recipe for children who are learning to cook, there is no baking involved or any power kitchen tools. Just a bowl and a spoon," says recipe contributor Cathy Gordon.

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Creamy Coconut Cake

Creamy Coconut Cake

This cake only requires five ingredients and produces a deliciously creamy cake with coconut filling and a whipped cream and coconut topping. Reviewers suggest using butter cake mix and coconut extract in place of the white cake for an extra coconut flavor.

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Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

Shrink your traditional pineapple upside down cake into these adorable cupcakes. Reviewers recommend using pineapple tidbits instead of chunks as it will keep the cupcake from getting too wet and mushy.

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White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies on a white plate
Pictured: White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies by AngieCooks.
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