Are you in the mood for pumpkin spice? Craving caramel? Dreaming of all things apple? Then this roundup of Over 30 of the Best Fall Dessert Recipes is for you! Each recipe is easy to make and full of your favorite fall flavors, from flaky apple pie bites to creamy pumpkin lush. Yum!
Meet Your New Favorite Fall Baking Treats!
Today’s post is all about my favorite time of year: fall! When the air begins to turn cool and crisp, it’s so fun and rewarding to crank up the oven and bake something cinnamon-filled or pumpkin-spiced, right? From pies and cakes to bars and cookies, there are endless opportunities to channel classic fall flavors into special snacks and treats that your family will love. And this list of more than thirty amazing fall recipes is sure to inspire you. You might just find a new favorite (or two, or three…)
Of course, you may live in a warmer area, and if so, maybe it’s not really all that cool and crisp outside! Still, check out these desserts—lots of them are chilled or no-bake! From creamy chilled pies and layered bars to autumn-inspired cheesecake, they are so refreshing and indulgent, you’ll want to make them year-round!
So let’s get into the recipes!
What is an impossible pumpkin pie cupcake, you ask? It’s a delightful mini pumpkin pie you can hold in your hands! Made in a muffin tin, each is the perfect size for an individual serving of pie. They’re made with all of the usual ingredients you’d put into a pumpkin pie, so die-hard pie lovers will love them.
Cream Cheese Stuffed Carrot Cake with Orange Glaze from Carlsbad Cravings
Swirled with a sweet cream cheese filling, this dark and spicy carrot cake is perfect for a cool, crisp fall day. Like a standard carrot cake, this one is rich and moist and full of soft, sweet grated carrot, cinnamon and other spices, and chopped pecans. But from there, you add a sweet cream cheese filling, and an orange cream cheese glaze when it’s out of the oven. Seriously delicious, folks.
Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookie Bars from Delightful E Made
Pumpkin pie meets sugar cookies in these easy and pretty bar cookies from Delightful E Made! The base of the bar cookies is a sweet sugar cookie dough with added pumpkin. This dough is dense buttery, and perfect for pressing into a baking pan. In the oven, it turns slightly crisp and crumbly on the bottom, while staying rich and moist on top.
Ah, snickerdoodles. If you love soft sugar cookies, then you will crave these. Just like a classic snickerdoodle, these cookies are buttery, perfectly sweet, and rolled in cinnamon sugar before baking. Each one is like a little pillow, perfectly moist and chewy with an airy, soft texture.
Have you ever had a “lush” dessert? Made with several layers of cold and creamy goodness, any kind of “lush” dessert is a special treat… but this easy no-bake pumpkin lush might just be my favorite. It’s made with a graham cracker crust, pumpkin-spice pudding, and a creamy whipped cream topping. Then the whole thing is decorated with caramel drizzle and chopped pecans. Yum.
Family recipes are the best, and this one is definitely one of our favorites. It’s an old-fashioned pecan pie, complete with a flaky pie crust, gooey filling, and golden-brown pecans on top. And with a prep time of only ten minutes, this classic pie is easy to pull together, even on a busy holiday morning.
One cookie we never get tired of is chocolate chip. Whether they’re small and crispy, soft and chewy, or jumbo-sized and studded with chocolate chunks, we love every variation of this classic cookie! Which brings me to our new, fall-themed favorite: pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!
Pumpkin Cheesecake Balls from Cakes Cottage
If you’re looking for a pumpkin-spiced no-bake treat, these might just be the perfect option. Pumpkin cheesecake balls are adorable, truffle-sized bites of real pumpkin cheesecake. But there’s no need for a bain-marie or springform pan in this recipe! These simple treats are easy to mix, roll, and chill (and eat!).
Pumpkin Lasagna from OMG Chocolate Desserts
Pumpkin lasagna? You heard that right! But it’s not savory (although, now that I think of it, that could be good!). Anyway, this pumpkin lasagna is a sweet, lush-type dessert with several scrumptious layers! With a crumbly walnut crust, a layer of cream cheese filling, and a decadent vanilla-pumpkin layer, this is one heavenly recipe! A sweet whipped topping sets it off perfectly.
Banana Cake Roll with Cream Cheese Filling from Eat Cake for Dinner
While some of the desserts in this lineup are heavy and rich, this one is surprisingly light! It’s a fun play on banana bread and banana cake. A springy, light banana sponge cake is baked on a jelly-roll pan, and is then cooled and wrapped around smooth and creamy cheesecake filling. The beautiful spiral is so appealing when you cut into this cake! There’s no need for glaze or frosting on this dreamy dessert—a simple dusting of confectioner’s sugar is all you need.
Apple Pie Bites are a sweet little treat when you don’t want to bake a whole pie! I love serving these as an after-school snack, or even a sweet weekend brunch/breakfast item. Each bite is made with a piece of tart green apple, dipped in melted butter, and then rolled up in crescent dough. They’re spiced with fragrant apple pie spice, sweet brown sugar, and crunchy pecans. Easy to make, and absolutely scrumptious!
This recipe combines tender, moist layers of pumpkin cake with a center layer of actual cheesecake. It’s a very unusual recipe, but let me tell you, this is a match made in heaven! The textures complement each other perfectly, and so do the flavors of real pumpkin, spicy cinnamon, and sweet, creamy cheesecake. So decadent! My mouth waters just thinking about it. And if that weren’t enough, there’s the frosting! a perfectly balanced cream-cheese frosting unites the two cakes into one elegant dessert.
Caramel Banana Cake Roll from Lady Behind the Curtain
Another jelly-roll style dessert, this recipe features a simple little banana cake, made light and fluffy thanks to whipped egg whites. There’s no need for spices or nuts here: just a classic vanilla cake with real mashed banana for extra moisture and flavor.
The filling is equally simple: cream cheese, brown sugar, and vanilla are blended with whipped topping to make a fluffy, sweet cream that goes perfectly with the cake. From there, a drizzle of caramel over the top is all it needs! This one is lovely with a cup of tea.
Chocolate Turtle Apple Slices from Mom Loves Baking
This unusual treat is made with a base of apple slices! If you like caramel apples and chocolate turtles, this treat will be just your style. Each apple slice is coated with a thick layer of tempered chocolate, and then drizzled with caramel and nuts. I love how pretty these look on a platter, and how the apple gives everything a sweet, tart crunch.
It’s like a lollipop, truffle, and caramel apple all in one. Yum!
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars from Yummiest Food
Three lovely layers here! I love the clean, appealing contrast of the different layers. The crust layer is a classic buttery graham cracker crust, which goes perfectly with the cheesecake layer in the center! This cheesecake layer is easy to whip up, and bakes firm and moist, just like a traditional cheesecake recipe. From there, you’ll pour a creamy pumpkin pie custard on top, and bake until firm. These bars slice beautifully, and make a great presentation arranged on a platter. .
Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake Bars from Sugar Apron
Another caramel apple combination! This one is all about contrasting textures. A buttery oat-and-graham-cracker-crust is pressed into your baking dish to make the bottom layer. You know a dessert is going to be good when you start out that way!
From there, you’ll make a sweet, silky cream cheese layer. This decadent cream cheese filling is spiked with a bit of cinnamon and ginger, making it the perfect partner for the apple crisp topping: thinly sliced apples and a spiced, floury mixture of rolled oats, sugar, and coconut oil. A drizzle of caramel is the ultimate finishing touch.
Pumpkin Crumb Coffee Cake from Collecting Memories
Something like a coffee cake, brownie, and pumpkin pie all in one, this dessert has a dense and moist texture that’s truly decadent, like a fudgy brownie (but without the chocolate).
From there, it’s all about fall flavor: pumpkin spice, with a sweet crumb topping. Perfection!
Cinnamon Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting from Six Sisters’ Stuff
I don’t know when zucchini took off as a baking ingredient, but I for one am glad that it did. Zucchini bread, zucchini muffins, and this amazing Cinnamon Zucchini Cake all take the humble veggie to new heights! Like carrots in carrot cake, the zucchini in zucchini bakes is a mild, moist ingredient that adds an almost nutty sweetness to the recipe. It pairs beautifully with the cinnamon and cream cheese frosting. Does this count as a side of veggies? Asking for a friend!
Sea Salt Caramel Carrot Poke Cake from Sugar & Soul
Poke cakes are probably the ultimate easy way to make a crazy-delicious dessert. You literally bake a cake, and then poke holes into it with a straw or chopstick, so that you can pour more yumminess right in! So indulgent! This fall-themed poke cake combines a flavorful carrot cake with sweetened condensed milk for an ultra-sweet and moist cake layer. The frosting is a fluffy whipped cream mixed with cream cheese pudding mix, and the whole thing is topped with pecans and salted caramel! Gorgeous!
Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake from Half Baked Harvest
What a showstopper! This dramatic cake has an artistic design perfect for Halloween. The cascading layers of chocolate ganache and caramel look simply gorgeous, not to mention the amazing apple decoration dipped in caramel. But the real star of this cake is what’s underneath: three layers of chocolate-and-applesauce spice cake, frosted in a nougat-like peanut butter frosting. Whew! It’s a combination of Snickers and apple—pretty much everything you could want!
Who doesn’t love a soft crescent ring? I have a weakness for any type of pastry, especially pastry with cream cheese filling! This one is so easy to make, using easy ingredients: crescent roll dough, apple pie filling, cream cheese, and pre-made caramel sauce. Serve this easy danish-style bake with a cup of hot coffee, for breakfast, a snack, or a dessert.
Fun, right? I love whoopie pies. They’re cute to look at, fun to eat, and one of my favorite easy fall desserts. What could be better? For fall, these little pumpkin whoopie pies are just right. Each soft, cakey cookie is made with creamy pumpkin and cinnamon. They’re delicious even without filling! But sandwiched around sweetened cream cheese frosting, they’re utterly perfect. I like to serve these for afternoon snacking, or even for the holidays.
Muffins are a favorite around here, whether for breakfast or just for a treat. And these pretty pumpkin muffins are extra special, because they’re filled with our super-easy cream cheese filling! All you have to do is mix powdered sugar with cream cheese, and you’ve got the perfect filling mixture for just about any bake! The buttery cinnamon-crumb topping is also easy to make, and really puts these muffins over the top. You’ll want to sprinkle it over everything you bake!
Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting from Sugar Apron
Another classic pumpkin bar with cream cheese frosting, these are a traditional recipe that’s cakey and moist. If you want a simple, sweet pumpkin bar without too many bells and whistles, this is the one! The flavor is sweet and cinnamon-y, and the ginger gives it a great kick—a little bit like pumpkin gingerbread. Everyone will want seconds!
Top Rated Pumpkin Cake Roll from Taste of Home
This classic pumpkin roll is so highly rated, you know it’s going to be amazing! The pumpkin sponge cake is lightly spiced with cinnamon, and the old-fashioned frosting is made with cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and confectioner’s sugar. Additionally, this cake freezes beautifully, so you can make it ahead and keep it in your freezer! Just thaw it and cut it the day you’re ready to serve.
Cheesecake Pumpkin Bars from Great Grub Delicious Treats
Cheesecake and pumpkin pie are obviously a favorite combination, and for good reason! In this recipe, they’re combined into pretty layered bars with a Biscoff cookie crust! Yes, Biscoff cookies, as in the famous cookie behind the cookie butter craze! And to top it off (literally), candied pecans grace the top of these decadent bars. Perfect for Thansgiving, Christmas, or anytime!
No-Bake Triple Layer Pumpkin Pie from Art and the Kitchen
As much as I love baking, I also love the occasional no-bake dessert. This one doesn’t disappoint. With three distinct layers of no-bake cheesecake, no-bake pumpkin pudding, and whipped cream, this is an over-the-top pie that will have everyone’s mouth watering! You’ll want to chill it well, and use a sharp knife (maybe dipped in hot water) to slice it neatly!
Pie Crust Leaf Chips and Cinnamon Dip from Pampered Chef
Possibly the cutest Fall snack ever! I love this easy recipe for leaves cut out of pie crust, and then dipped in cinnamon sugar and baked. This is a wonderful recipe to make with kids! The cut leaves look so pretty, and the cinnamon sugar makes buttery pie crust into a dessert all its own. And of course, you don’t have to stick to just leaves; cut out pumpkin shapes, gingerbread men, or whatever you like! Dip into the creamy pumpkin spice dip, and enjoy.
Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake from Cakes Cottage
This is one sumptuous dessert! The base is a traditional graham-cracker-crust cheesecake, made in a springform pan. From there, it’s topped with an apple crisp topping, and then drizzles of caramel sauce. To serve, whipped cream and more caramel are added for a truly indulgent result. After one bite of this unusual cheesecake, you’ll be asking, “Where have you been all my life?”
Pumpkin Pie Crescents from Spend with Pennies
These sweet little hand pies are sure to delight whoever you share them with! Kids especially will love these small, flaky treats filled with a sweet pumpkin filling. And unlike most of these recipes, this one actually calls for pumpkin pie filling, not canned pumpkin (so be sure to read the label carefully)! Pumpkin pie filling makes this recipe even faster and easier to pull together.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Coffee Cake from OMG Chocolate Desserts
This dessert is a masterpiece of fall baking! A simple pumpkin coffee cake batter is layered around sweet cream cheese filling, and then topped with streusel-style crumbs. The finished cake is topped with a drizzle of old-fashioned glaze, for a beautiful presentation and even more texture. You’ll love how this coffee cake complements a strong cup of your favorite java.
A slab pie is baked in a large baking pan, or even a jelly roll pan, rather than a round pie pan. The huge size and easy baking method make slab pies ideal for feeding a crowd! Perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or anytime, our apple slab pie features a delicious flaky crust, traditional apple filling, and lots of love!
Pecan Pie Cheesecake from Lil Luna
An unusual dessert, this one combines a pressed crust made of vanilla wafers with a layer of old-fashioned pecan pie filling. Then a layer of cheesecake is added, and the entire thing is baked in a springform pan and allowed to cool and set. Finally, it’s topped caramel pecans. With all of these delicious flavors in one place, pecan pie cheesecake may just be your new favorite dessert!
Pumpkin Lush Bars from Cincy Shopper
Three soft and smooth layers make these pumpkin lush bars a decadent treat everyone will love. The crumbly cookie crust at the bottom of the bars makes them easy to serve, and adds a nice contrast to the silky-smooth layers of pumpkin spice pudding, cream cheese filling, and whipped topping. Yum!
Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake from Hugs & Cookies
This caramel apple crisp cheesecake looks amazing, doesn’t it? You’ll love the soft caramel drizzle over the whole cheesecake, with a thick topping of pecans. The crust is a graham-cracker oat crust pressed into the pan, and the apple crisp topping is made with brown sugar, butter, and more oats. Yum! (Plus, the soft cheesecake filling doesn’t need any eggs, so it’s great for those avoiding eggs due to allergies!)
Caramel Apple Slab Pie from The Recipe Critic
Another apple slab pie, this one swaps out the top crust for a delicious Dutch-apple-pie-style streusel topping. But as you can see, it doesn’t stop there! Along with the buttery streusel, there are plenty of pecans and a sweet homemade caramel drizzle, too. This one would be great for a big holiday meal!
Pecan Pie Bread Pudding from Call Me PmC
Not everyone likes bread pudding, of course—but I do! And if you try this recipe, you might just become a believer, also! This creative take on the classic is essentially a big, family-sized bread pudding that’s topped with ooey, gooey pecan pie filling! This is an indulgent and cozy recipe that will warm your heart!
Carrot Cake Cookies from Cooking Classy
Another whoopie-pie style recipe, these cookies are made of a festive, spicy carrot-cake batter. They’re soft, gently spiced, and perfect for sandwiching around light, fluffy cream cheese filling. These will be sure to please the whole family. Serve with tea or coffee for the adults, and milk or juice for the kids, for a festive afternoon snack.
Apple Fries with Caramel Cream Dip from Fav Family Recipes
Apple fries are wonderful! If you’ve never had them, you’re in for quite a treat! Texturally, apples are fairly similar to potatoes—so it’s no wonder they fry up beautifully into golden-brown wedges. The creamy caramel dipping sauce makes the dish complete, and is super easy to make.
Cream Cheese Banana Bread from Eazy Peazy Mealz
Dense, moist, and very indulgent, this rich banana bread has a ribbon of sweet cream cheese filling running through it! The sweet banana bread comes out golden brown and almost glazed on top, while the sweet cream cheese filling adds textural contrast and a tangy flavor. This would be great to try with variations like chocolate chips and nuts!
Apple Pie Bread from Cookies & Cups
Applie pie bread has a beautiful crumb! I think it would be especially appealing to if you love the taste of apple pie but not necessarily the texture. This bread is cakey and moist, like banana bread, with a rich crumb topping like Dutch apple pie, and plenty of chopped nuts throughout. Gorgeous!
Coffee time isn’t the only time you can make a Fall treat! What about serving up a sweet, pumpkin-loaded breakfast bake? This Slow Cooker Pumpkin Maple French Toast is just the thing. It’s great for a slow morning, and has layer upon layer of delicious fall flavor. You’ll love the combination of cinnamon raisin bread and light pumpkin custard with pure maple syrup.
Do you like pecan pie? Me too. Do you like cheesecake? Me too! Think it’s a good idea to put them together? Me too! So that’s exactly what we did, and the result is this beautiful cheesecake. It has tons of delicious pecan flavor, and a soft, scrumptious cheesecake base. Yum!
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