Fall has always been associated with baking in my mind, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way! There’s plenty of functional reasons for baking in the fall, as I see it. For one, the weather is finally cool enough that I’m actually willing to use the oven, and it’s also a great way to pass the time during the longer, darker evenings. But there are also plenty of warm, spiced flavors that just feel so right during the fall season! So today I wanted to share 10 of my very favorite desserts for fall, starting with a recent discovery.
These caramel apple pie cookies are definitely among the easiest cookies I’ve ever made. If you prefer to stick with quick, low-maintenance desserts, these cookies fit the bill perfectly! It’s also a good way to enjoy the textures and flavors of a warm, gooey apple pie, without the guilt of eating 3 pieces of pie in one sitting. ;-) Make sure to keep scrolling after the recipe to check out my other fall dessert faves!
My Top 10 Favorite Fall Desserts
1. Caramel Apple Pie Cookies
- 1 package refrigerated pie crust
- 5 oz caramel ice cream topping
- 10 oz can apple pie filling
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 2 Tbsp sugar
Let the refrigerated pie crusts warm up on the counter for an hour or so before assembling the cookies. Pie crust is much easier to work with when it’s not coming right out of the fridge! When the crusts have warmed up a bit, dust your work area with flour and roll out the crusts. (You don’t need to roll them out too much, just make sure they’re nice and even.)
Spread the caramel ice cream topping over one of the rolled out crusts.
Next, spread the apple pie filling over the top of the caramel. (If the apple bits in your apple pie filling are large, you may want to pulse the filling in your blender once or twice to make it spread more easily.)
Cut the other rolled out pie crust into 1/2” wide strips.
Arrange the strips in a lattice pattern on top of the pie filling.
Use a cookie or biscuit cutter to cut out individual circles from your covered pie crust. Transfer the cookies to a cookie sheet prepared with non-stick spray.
Next, crack the egg into a small bowl and beat until well blended. Brush the tops of the cookies with the beaten egg,
Grab another small bowl, and stir together the cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar. Finally, sprinkle the tops with the spiced sugar mixture.
Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown, and enjoy!
Now that I’ve (hopefully) whetted your appetite for fall-themed desserts, here are 9 more options to drool over from past OGT posts! :-)
If you loved the idea of pie cookies, then I think you’ll love this pie variation too! Instead of shaping and filling a pie pan, you throw this pie together right on a baking sheet. This “slab” pie is a rustic beauty, and it tastes even better than it looks!
Get the recipe: Rustic Peach Raspberry Slab Pie
This may be sacrilege to some of you, but sometimes we refer to this recipe as “Better Than Pumpkin Pie” Cake. It’s totally delicious, and makes for an interesting departure from standard pumpkin pie. If you’ve been on the fence about pumpkin pie in the past, I highly suggest giving this cake a try. (I find that people who have texture issues with pumpkin pie end up preferring this cake version.)
Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Pumpkin “Pie” Cake
I find that I’m much more likely to make a dessert if it’s relatively quick and easy (if you couldn’t already tell!) Such is the case with this Cinnamon Roll Cake. You get all the best parts of cinnamon rolls, like the spiced dough, the creamy icing, and the ooey-gooey bits, without the labor-intensive process of making individual rolls. You truly can have your cake and eat it too!
Get the recipe: If You Struggle Making Cinnamon Rolls, Make This Cake Instead
“Crustless pumpkin pie? Why the heck would I want that?” you make ask yourself. And to that, I would say, “Why not?” Let’s be honest with ourselves here: the filling is the best part of the pie. So why not ditch the extra carbs, save some calories, and make a crustless pie! It’s a great choice to take to parties and gatherings, because it’s safe for gluten-free eaters too.
Get the recipe: How To Make A Crustless Pumpkin Pie (And Why You’d Want To)
Most of the time I’m a brownie purist, but every once in a while I like to add some other flavors into the mix. These pumpkin swirl brownies are super simple to make, and are sure to be a new fall-time favorite.
Get the recipe: One Brownie Recipe, 13 Delicious Variations!
My husband has always been a pie guy, and the majority of the time he likes to have a scoop of ice cream alongside his slice. So in honor of him, and other fans of pie à la mode, I give you my pie à la mode ice cream cones! These cones have pieces of pie mixed right into the ice cream, for a delicious and special treat that’s perfect for fall.
Get the recipe: Pie à la Mode Ice Cream Cones
If you can still find peaches in your area, I highly recommend making these mini peach pies at least once before the snow flies. The combination of fresh peaches and warm spices is too good to pass up!
Get the recipe: These Mini Peach Pies Are The Best Way To Savor Summer
9. Crumb Cake
Who doesn’t love a good crumb cake? The best thing about this one is that you can make it using a standard boxed cake mix. Check out the recipe below, along with plenty of other ideas for reimagining a boxed cake mix!
Get the recipe: How To Turn Ordinary Boxed Cake Mix Into Crave-Worthy Cakes
10. Fall Floats
And for those of you who aren’t experiencing cooler fall weather, here’s a dessert that’s perfect anytime – ice cream floats! These floats are easy to make, and perfectly capture the flavors of the season in a cool, refreshing treat.
Get the recipe: Fabulous Fall-Flavored Floats!