October 26, 2020
The best part about autumn is filling the house with the aromatic scent of freshly baked pumpkin spice cookies, apple pies, or decadent fall cheesecakes. There’s something about autumn desserts that makes you want to wear your aprons and get baking; as pumpkin spice products fill the supermarket shelves, you have more opportunities to experiment with creating the best fall dessert.
Once you’ve mastered the art of preparing summer treats, the autumnal season awaits along with its comforting, indulgent flavors that make appearances in everything from homemade pies to chocolate-oozing skillet cookies. With pumpkin spice in one hand and a whisk in the other, check out these easy fall dessert recipes to wow your guests this Thanksgiving and beyond.
Fall Dessert Recipes
1. Pumpkin Brownies
Combining two of the best fall ingredients—chocolate and pumpkin—this autumn dessert is an explosion of deliciousness in your mouth. Upgrade your regular brownies to the best fall dessert that’ll get everyone smacking their lips.
- Preheat your oven according to the instructions on the brownie mix box.
- Follow the directions on the box to prepare your brownie mix.
- Add milk chocolate chips to the mix, and stir until all ingredients are well combined.
- In another bowl, mix together the pumpkin, cream cheese, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice.
- Use cooking spray to grease your pan. Pour the brownie batter into the pan until the bottom layer is entirely covered.
- Add the pumpkin mix on top of the brownie batter. Either spread it evenly over the mix or add it in chunks. Smooth out the top, then pop it in the oven.
- Bake according to the instructions on the box. To check if your pumpkin brownies are ready, dip a toothpick or fork into the top; if it comes out clean, then the brownies are ready to eat.
2. Caramel Apple Crisp Bites
Bringing the best autumn flavors into one treat, caramel apple crisp bites are the perfect comforting and decadent fall desserts, gushing with sweetness. The all-time favorite seasonal snack is best enjoyed with apple cinnamon tea. If you want the ultimate fall experience, go apple picking at a California orchard and use your haul for this recipe.
2 cups graham cracker crumbs from Annie’s Homegrown
½ cup powdered sugar
12 tablespoons butter, melted
4 cups apples, peeled and chopped
⅓ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 ¼ tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Caramel topping from Santini Foods
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Use a non-stick spray to grease your pan.
- Mix the graham cracker crumbs with powdered sugar and gradually add in the melted butter.
- Pour the mixture into mini muffin cups, pressing the sides and the bottom to take the cup's shape and form.
- Pop it in the oven for five minutes, then remove and let cool.
- Place apples in an oven-safe bowl and add sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Bake your apple mixture for 15 minutes to soften the apples.
- Remove apple mixture, then lower oven temperature to 350 degrees.
- Pour mixture into the graham cracker crust cups, and bake for five minutes at 350 degrees.
- Use a knife to remove the treats from the muffin pan, and drizzle with the caramel topping just before serving.
3. Vegan Pumpkin Pie
There’s no Thanksgiving dinner without a classic pumpkin pie. Everyone is bound to enjoy this fabulous cruelty-free fall dessert. Warming your heart and filling your stomach with autumnal flavors, this vegan pumpkin pie will satiate your craving—you won’t even be able to tell it’s vegan. Although there are many ingredients involved, we promise it’s quite easy to make.
1 ½ cups pecans
⅔ cups old fashioned oats
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 can pumpkin puree
1 cup coconut milk
¾ cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 can full-fat coconut cream, refrigerated overnight
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
A pinch of kosher salt
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Throw the pecans, oats, sugar, and salt in the food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add coconut oil to the mixture to create a dough-like consistency for your crust.
- Grease your pan with cooking spray, and press the crust mixture into the pan.
- Place parchment paper on top of the crust and fill the pan with pie weights.
- Bake the crust for 15 minutes, and then bake again for another 15 minutes without the weights.
- Meanwhile, whisk together all of the filling ingredients in a large bowl. Then, pour mixture into your baked crust.
- Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until the center is slightly jiggly. If it starts getting too dark before it's done, cover it with aluminum foil and continue to bake.
- Once baked, let it cool completely.
- For the topping, scoop out the hardened part of the coconut cream into a bowl, and use a hand mixer to beat it until stiff peaks form.
- Add powdered sugar and salt, and mix again.
4. Churro Chips
Churro chips are an easy fall dessert you can snack on at any time of the day. Quick and simple to prepare, they’re beyond addicting and just the thing for a last-minute treat. Best of all, they always come out perfectly.
6 medium flour tortillas
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1 ½ tablespoons cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
- Cut each tortilla into eight triangles.
- Coat all sides of the triangle pieces with melted butter.
- Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl, then toss your tortillas in the mixture until all pieces are thoroughly coated.
- Place cinnamon- and sugar-coated tortilla pieces on a baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes, or until crispy.
- Let churro chips cool for five minutes before serving.
5. Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake
Chocolate and pumpkin in cheesecake form? Yes, please! Though most people avoid preparing a cheesecake because they think it’s too complicated, this dreamy autumn dessert will get you hooked on baking.
3 blocks cream cheese, softened
1 can pumpkin puree
4 large eggs
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup sour cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
24 whole Oreos
6 tablespoons butter, melted
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Using a hand mixer, beat your cream cheese in a large bowl until it’s smooth. Gradually add the rest of the cheesecake filling ingredients, and beat until no clumps remain.
- For the crust, use a food processor to blend the Oreos. Transfer pieces to a bowl, then pour in the melted butter and stir until the mixture becomes fully moist.
- Grease your springform pan with cooking spray, and double wrap the pan in aluminum foil from the outside.
- Press the Oreo mixture tightly into the pan, with the edges slightly aiming upward.
- Pour cheesecake filling into the crust, and place your springform pan into a baking dish.
- Set up a water bath: Pour in enough boiling water to reach halfway up the pan.
- Bake for an hour and 15 minutes in the water bath—until the cheesecake is slightly jiggly in the middle.
- Turn oven off, prop open the oven door with a wooden spoon or other tool, and let your cheesecake cool in the oven for about an hour.
- Remove your pan from the water bath, and unwrap the foil from the pan. Refrigerate the cheesecake for a minimum of four hours and up to overnight.
- Choose your favorite topping to drizzle onto this decadent fall dessert. (You can't go wrong with some chocolate syrup from Ghirardelli Chocolate and salted caramel or pumpkin pie sauce from Torani.)
6. Caramel Apple S’mores
S’mores are everyone’s favorite campfire treats, and we’re not ready to give them up just yet. Munch on this classic dessert with a seasonal touch while enjoying California’s autumn foliage. Bring apples next time you go camping to try this tasty treat with your friends.
- Toast the marshmallows until they’re to your liking.
- Top one apple slice with a square of LetterPress Chocolate and two marshmallows. Drizzle with the warm caramel ganache, then top with another apple slice.
- Repeat with the remaining apple pieces.
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