60+ Delectable Fall Desserts

From seasonal fruit, like pumpkin and persimmons, to warming fall-inspired spices, these fall dessert recipes make the most of this season. Check out our best fall dessert recipes here from traditional pies and cobblers to more unique preparations.

Mom's Apple Crisp

“Loved this crisp! We made it into a pie actually by just putting into a ready made pie crust because that's what my husband wanted”


Mascarpone Chestnut Yogurt Mousse

“This recipe requires only a few minutes of mixing. Chestnut spread is often used in France and can be purchased online. The spread is quite sweet so you don’t need to add extra sugar unless you have a real sweet tooth. If you don’t wish to use rum, I suggest adding vanilla extract instead.”


Fall Harvest Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

"These were great! I wanted some fall cookies for a Halloween celebration and found these. I couldn't find cinnamon baking chips, so I made my own out of butter, cinnamon, sugar, and honey. For the cookies, I followed the recipe except I exchanged the raisins for chocolate chips. The dough was slightly dry, but held together.”


Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie

“I have made Libby's pumpkin pie for 40 years. I get a lot of praises!”

-Dave Carolyn W.

Best Pumpkin Cookies

“Wow! What a great cookie this recipe makes! We will certainly be using this one often!”


Pumpkin Pie Dip

"I made this to take to work for my coworkers’ going away party. This was surprising to me: it was the hit of the party! The dip was so easy to make and had a great creamy texture. The cinnamon and ginger added a wonderful spiced flavor.”


Pumpkin Cream Cheese Roll

"Excellent Dessert! I add a little orange zest in the cream cheese filling and pecans on top of the filling, before rolling back up."

-Linda Kadlec

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

“This cake was wonderful. We liked it much better than pumpkin pie. The bottom turned out chewy like a brownie and the top was creamy. The cake had a slight butterscotch flavor to it.”


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

"I have made these cookies twice already and they are so so yummy! The only adjustments I did was one cup of chocolate chips (semi-sweet) and I added a dash more nutmeg than called for because I like a little more of that spice flavor, adds to the holiday season!”

-LDS Chef Ashlie

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

"This was a huge hit at Thanksgiving. I followed the advice of a couple of people who had reviewed the recipe. I made all of the components the night before, refrigerated them overnight, and put the trifle together in the morning. I think this kept it from getting soggy.”


Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Pie Pudding

"You can also make this in the microwave. Put it in a glass or rubber bowl and cook it for five minutes on high and 15 minutes on medium. Make sure the center looks done when you pull it out and it is the easiest recipe. I put all the ingredients in the blender to make it very smooth with no chunks.”


Dutch Apple Pie

"This is the most amazing apple pie recipe in the world! I've made it for three different groups of people so far, and it was gone in hours. I decided to use part Fuji apples (sweet) and part Granny Smith apples (tart). The combination was perfect!"


Yummy Crunchy Apple Pie

“This apple pie is absolutely scrumptious!”


Mini Apple Pies

“I loved how easy it is to make and my husband loved the taste of both the filling and the crust. I will definitely use this recipe again next time! I just used my hands and grated the cold butter instead of using a food processor.”

-Marge R.

German Apple Cake

"I thought this cake was wonderful! It was so simple to make. As others have said, the most difficult part is peeling the apples. After that, it takes five minutes to prepare everything. Also as others have said, the dough was incredibly thick and difficult to stir prior to the addition of the apples.”


Seasoned Apple Crisp

“I will make this again and again. Don't be afraid to cut the butter some, if you are watching your diet like us!"


Kittencal's Caramel Apples

“Once the apples are on sticks, dip them in boiling water for about 15 seconds, to remove the wax on the outside of the apples. This will allow the candy/caramel to stick better.”


Chunky Apple Spice Cake With Vanilla Butter Sauce

“I absolutely adore this recipe — and I usually feel that if a dessert does not contain chocolate, why bother, but I make an exception here. This is the very best cake and I can't say enough about how incredibly delicious the hot sauce is with the cake.”


Apple or Pear Clafoutis

“Very similar to bread pudding and I think it has just the right amount of sweetness to it.”


Pumpkin Cake Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting

"Moist and so amazing! I added a half teaspoon of nutmeg and a half teaspoon of clove to spice it up a bit. It was definitely a hit with my family. Plus it was super easy to make. This is a keeper."


Spicy Japanese Persimmon Bread

“Very moist and flavorful. I will make again next year — or again next week."


Persimmon & Cranberry Pie

"Very good pie. I brought it to Thanksgiving and everyone enjoyed it. They commented that the flavor reminded them of strawberries. I think the cranberries totally overpowered the Fuyu flavor but everyone else thought it was just right."


Slow-Cooker Persimmon Bread Pudding

“The recipe didn't say to peel the persimmons, and some people do eat the skin, so I didn’t. I wish I did — the skin ended up giving the whole thing the texture of dried shredded coconut, which I dislike.”


Soft, Spicy, Heavenly Ginger Cookies

"I am a huge ginger lover, so this may be a little biased, but these are probably the best cookies I have even eaten! I used butter instead of margarine, but other than that I followed the recipe.”


Gingerbread Cake

“Wow! That's the first thing and everyone who's tried this gingerbread has said after taking a bite. Wonderful, complex flavor and fantastic texture. I could seriously eat the whole cake!"


Gingerbread Truffles

“Yum! I did cool the mixture overnight, and I’m so glad I did. Then once rolled into balls I put them in the freezer for a while before coating them. Got lots of compliments on these — they were so good!"

-Chef Pippy

Pecan Pie

"This is the recipe that has been on the Karo syrup bottle for about 20 years. I know, because I've been making it that long!”


Pecan Pie Bars

"Scrumptious! Will be my go-to pecan bar recipe. Be sure to wait a few hours before eating so these set well. Once the set, they cut much better.”

-Shabby Sign Shoppe

Udny Arms Sticky Toffee Pudding

"This is the sticky toffee pudding recipe I use a lot. Makes a great dessert, is easy to make and is good enough to serve to company.”

-robyn win

Pumpkin Spice Cake

“This cake is a winner. Instead of using a box of yellow cake and the pumpkin pie spice, I just use a box of spice cake mix — turns out great.”


Individual Puff Pastry Apple Pies

"We have made this several times now, and the results are really yummy. The frozen puff pastry I bought recommends baking at 400 and not 350. For me, cooking at 350 for 20 minutes yielded a less puffy and anemic sort of looking pastry. When cooked at 400 for 25 minutes, the pastries rocked!”

-Desert Mojo

Hot Baked Cinnamon Apples

"These are really yummy! I used six very large Melrose apples so I decreased the sugar to one cup.”


Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings

"You can easily make the calorie content of this recipe lower by using Splenda instead of sugar (one cup of Splenda), use diet Mountain Dew instead of regular (eight ounces is plenty) and finally use light butter in place of full-fat butter.”


1-2-3 Apple Crisp

"This was an excellent apple crisp. I chose it because it served eight instead of four or six, but I will make it again because it was so good. The flavors were just right and I liked that it wasn't syrupy. The fresh apple taste came through clearly.”

-Julie F

Creamy Apple Dessert

“Very tasty and easy — a perfect recipe. More than five stars. The instructions were right on the mark — could not have been better.”


Sugar-Crusted Swedish Apple Pie

“This turned out great. My mother was in heaven! Last time I made it I did not boil the apples, it wasn't as good. I could have maybe boiled them another one or two minutes, but my family likes their apples a little crunchy in their pies.”


Mammy's Apple Crisp

"This was so yummy! I was looking for something for a bed time snack. So I substituted quick-cooking oatmeal for flour and added two tablespoons of cinnamon and one tablespoon pumpkin pie spice. I had to make a second batch because it was gone before I could get any.”


Apple Streusel Cheesecake

"This is simply one of the best cheesecakes I have ever made. It's like an apple crisp and cheesecake all in one.”


Cinnamon Cookies

"I used Egg Beaters and reduced-fat margarine. It still turned out great. Because of the lower-fat, higher-water content, the cookies puffed — so we had cinnamon puffs!”


Harvest Pumpkin Cheesecake

“Wonderful and easy recipe for holiday season! If you love pumpkin and cheesecake, you definitely won't go wrong with this recipe.”

-Heidi T.

Harvest Pear Crumb Pie

“This was my first time ever to make or even taste a pear pie. It was so good! I loved the crispy topping!”

-Darlene Summers

Pumpkin Pie Crunch

"An outstanding easy, delicious recipe that everyone loves! I have taken this to several parties and it is loved by everyone. It is a must that you bake it in a 9x13 pan.”


Moong Daal Halwa

Halwa is a rich, intensely sweet pudding that is popular in South Asia and has many versions. This recipe is made with mung beans (moong dal), which give the dessert an earthy, nutty flavor.

Biscuits With Roasted Pears & Almonds

"Didn't have honey or almonds so used cashews and blue agave. Easy to make. Not as sweet as I thought it'd be, which is great.”

-Beatrice J.

Persimmon Cookies

"This is the second year I have used this recipe. I substituted butter for the shortening. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly. My son was a chef in a nice restaurant last year. After he had my cookies, he added them to the menu last winter.”


Persimmon Pudding

"This was very yummy! The persimmon by itself was terribly bitter but in this recipe it was absolutely delicious! "


Dutch Speculaas Cookies

“The taste of these cookies is five stars. The spice blend for these is awesome!”

-Phunny Pharmer

Pecan Pie Cupcakes

"This recipe is awesome. Will use it for the holidays instead of making the pie. Wait until they are cool to try them. They need to be cool for the pecan pie flavor to come through.”



"Coming from a Dutch Indonesian family, you need four sticks of butter instead of the two this recipe calls for — it’s too dry without the full pound of butter!”

-Stephanie L.

Cinnamon Streusel Bundt Cake

"Terrific cake recipe! I was worried because I had so much streusel mix and thought there is no way this is going to work right — but boy was I wrong! This cake bakes up to perfection with a wonderful swirl of cinnamon streusel through the middle.”



"If I could give this 25 stars I so would! This has to be the best cake I have ever made. It tastes like no other coffee cake I have ever had, and the texture is great.”


Cuban Boniatillo

This is a homey Cuban dessert made with a type of white yam called boniato. You can replace it with Japanese or Korean yams/sweet potatoes with the same result.

Speculaas Tart With Almond Filling

"Made this a few days ago and it is already gone! This is fabulous and I am keeping this in the back of my mind for Christmas. I come from a Dutch background and it reminded me of something my Oma used to make.”


Apple Halwa

This North Indian dessert is like a buttery apple sauce. This is a basic recipe that you can adjust with spices like cardamom and saffron.

Harvest Cake

“Wow, this is really good cake. The flavors combine well. I didn't use the pecans. The apple cider makes this taste like Autumn.”


Sugarless Fall Harvest Cookies

"Nice change of pace for a healthier cookie! Loved the dates, apples and nuts in this cookie. Because others stated it was a bit dry I was not overly concerned with totally draining the liquids from the fruit mixture and left a few tablespoons in there and that seemed to work for me.”


Harvest Pumpkin Cookies

"I didn't use the cranberries and didn't top with the pecan halves. Still, the fam went nuts over them.”


Gesztenye Torta

"This recipe was great! Coming from a Hungarian family, this brought back childhood memories! You should definitely try it!"

-Bacsi N.

Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Chestnut Cake

“Me and my husband love these flourless cakes — they are so intense and moist. I made this with sweetened chestnut purée and did not change anything else. Perfect — not too sweet at all.”


Gajar Ka Halwa

This is one of the most popular varieties of halwa in India and Pakistan and is made with grated carrots and spices. The end result tastes like carrot cake pudding.

Quince Upside Down Cake

"I had a fabulous result here using poached nectarines instead of quinces — not a quince to be seen here currently! I followed the recipe exactly except changing the fruit. Cake part cooked perfectly, too, in the time given. It was a huge success."


Pear Coffee Cake with Ginger Pecan Crunch Topping

"The combination of pears, nutmeg, ginger and pecans in this recipe is incredible, and the aroma of it permeated the whole house while it was baking — it was simply wonderful. This is one of the most delicious coffee cakes I have ever tasted! I would recommend this recipe to anyone — it was very easy to make.”

-Mary Scheffert

Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodles

"We liked these very much. On the last few trays, I added sparkling white sugar on the tops to add some glitz. We doubled the recipe and I know that they won't last long!”


Chai Tea Cupcakes

“My friends now request me to make these for gatherings. They always turn out good, and look so pretty.”


Applesauce Spice Cake

"What a fantastic cake! And it came out beautiful! I was so pleased. Simple to put together — iced with cream cheese frosting. This will be a favorite around here.”


French Apple Pie

"Second time I used this recipe. Yummy."

-Jeanie M.