Fall Dessert Recipes

It's baking season! Browse more than 910 recipes for fabulous fall desserts, from apple, pumpkin, and cranberry desserts to recipes showcasing fall flavors like caramel, maple, and (of course) pumpkin spice.

Staff Picks

11 Apple Crumble Recipes for Celebrating Fall

Use up your bounty of fresh apples in these sweet apple crumble recipes.
By Hayley Sugg

Grandma's Sweet Hubbard Squash Custard Pie

Rating: 5 stars 47
This recipe was handed down from my Grandma. I have tweaked it to spice it up some! It is a unique addition to any Thanksgiving celebration and holds its own against pumpkin pie any day!

Brenda's Apple and Pomegranate Crisp

Rating: 4.5 stars 103
This is a crisp using apples and pomegranate seeds for a festive fall dessert.

Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake

Rating: 4.5 stars 876
This is a wonderful pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap crust. The gingersnap really does make a difference.

Cranberry Carrot Cake

Rating: 5 stars 47
Moist and delicious. The cranberries are a nice change from the raisins most people use. Use your favorite cream cheese frosting to ice this cake.

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Cakes 12 Different Ways

Bundt cakes, sheet cakes, cupcakes, and cake rolls: pumpkin stars in every way, shape, and form.
By Vanessa Greaves

French Apple Tart (Tarte de Pommes a la Normande)

Rating: 5 stars 152
My mother used to cook this for us all, usually to go with Sunday dinner. I was hooked. Haven't had it in ages and I was wanting to bake something special for a special someone so I asked mum for the recipe. Tried it out today, and it's just as I remember. The thing that makes it for me is the frangipane. Hope you like it as much as me.

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting

Rating: 4.5 stars 37
These spiced fall cupcakes are a riff on the classic Thanksgiving casserole. These days, I tend to like savory sweet potato dishes with the meal, but marshmallowy cupcakes make a terrific fall dessert! Store any leftover cupcakes in the refrigerator.

Microwave Apple Kugel

Rating: 3.5 stars 2
My grandmother made this dish for every family gathering. My Jewish grandfather insisted it tasted just like how his mother use to make it. Not only was it good as a side dish, but it's excellent as a morning treat or dessert.

Sweet Potato Pound Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 329
"Everyone loved it! 'Super moist,' 'not too sweet,' 'it's really sweet potato? So good!' Light, fluffy, and moist. Perfect for the fall and winter." – Yess

Baked Quince with Cinnamon

Rating: 5 stars 4
This is a very easy and flavorful autumn dessert. You can substitute any fruit liqueur or sweet red wine for the port. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
By constantina

Chef John's Apple Dumplings

Rating: 4.5 stars 12
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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
Rating: 5 stars 12495

A unique and popular recipe. Sliced apples under a lattice crust get bathed with a sweet buttery sauce before baking.