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10 Irresistible Fall Desserts That Are Effortlessly Easy To Make

Apple Pie Cookies

Fall has always been a time for baking in my mind, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way! For one, the weather is finally cool enough that using the oven doesn’t put anyone in danger of heat stroke, plus it’s a perfect pastime during the longer, darker evenings.

Today I want to share 10 of my very favorite fall desserts, starting with a more recent discovery: caramel apple pie cookies. They’re among the easiest cookies I’ve ever made, so they’re perfect for those who prefer quick, low-maintenance desserts.

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It’s a great way to enjoy the textures and flavors of warm, gooey apple pie without having to go to the trouble of making a whole pie. Keep scrolling after the cookie recipe explore 9 other delicious fall desserts!

10 Delectable Fall Desserts You’ll Love

Apple Pie Cookies

1. Caramel Apple Pie Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 package refrigerated pie crust
  • 5 oz caramel ice cream topping
  • 10 oz canned apple pie filling
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
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Directions:

Let the refrigerated pie crusts warm up on the counter for an hour or so — pie crust is much easier to work with when it’s not coming right out of the fridge! 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.)

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Spread the caramel ice cream topping over one of the crusts in an even layer.

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Next, spread the apple pie filling over the top of the caramel. (If the apple bits in your pie filling are in big chunks, you might find it easier to spread evenly after pulsing it once or twice in your blender or food processor.)

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Cut the other rolled out pie crust into 1/2″ wide strips, then arrange the strips in a lattice pattern on top of the pie filling. (Weaving them together is optional!)

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Use a cookie or biscuit cutter to cut out individual cookies from your covered pie crust. Transfer the cookies to a cookie sheet prepared with non-stick spray.

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Crack an egg into a small bowl and beat until well blended, then brush the tops of the cookies with the beaten egg. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar, then sprinkle the mixture over the tops of the cookies.

Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown, and enjoy!

Apple Pie Cookies

Now that I’ve (hopefully) whetted your appetite for fall-themed desserts, here are 9 more options to drool over.

Favorite Fall Desserts

2. Rustic Peach Raspberry Slab Pie

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

Favorite Fall Desserts

3. Gluten-Free Pumpkin “Pie” Cake

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 traditional 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

Favorite Fall Desserts

4. Cinnamon Roll Cake

I’m much more likely to make a dessert if it’s relatively quick and easy, and such is the case with this cinnamon roll cake. You get all the best parts of cinnamon rolls — warm spices, creamy icing, and the gooey bits — but without the labor-intensive process of making individual rolls.

Get the recipe: If You Struggle Making Cinnamon Rolls, Make This Cake Instead

Favorite Fall Desserts

5. Crustless Pumpkin Pie

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 pumpkin pie? It’s one of the best fall desserts to take to parties and gatherings, just in case there are any guests there who can’t eat gluten.

Get the recipe: How To Make A Crustless Pumpkin Pie (And Why You’d Want To)

Favorite Fall Desserts

6. Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

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 one of your new favorite fall desserts.

Get the recipe: One Brownie Recipe, 13 Delicious Variations!

Favorite Fall Desserts

7. Pie à la Mode Ice Cream Cones

My husband loves pie, especially when it’s served with a scoop of ice cream alongside. If you’re a fan of pie à la mode too, you’ll love these pie à la mode ice cream cones! Pieces of pie get mixed right into the ice cream for a delicious treat that’s perfect for fall.

Get the recipe: Pie à la Mode Ice Cream Cones

Favorite Fall Desserts

8. Mini Peach Pies

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

Favorite Fall Desserts

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

Favorite Fall Desserts

10. Fall Floats

Whether or not you’re experience cooler fall weather where you live, there’s never a bad time to enjoy an ice cream float. These floats are easy to make, and they capture the delicious flavors of the season in an unexpected format.

Get the recipe: Fabulous Fall-Flavored Floats!

Do you have any favorite fall desserts?

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  • I would love to try the Crustless Pumpkin Pie, but the links to Amazon to get the ingredients are all broken — too old, I guess. I particularly need to know what brand or type of stevia is used in this recipe. Is it pure stevia, like from Sweetleaf, or a blend like most others such that 1 tablespoon equals 1 tablespoon of sugar?

    • Becky, all of these ingredients are available at your local grocery store. I did check the links and most of them work or give other options. I used Sweet Leaf Powdered Stevia. Let me know how yours comes out. :-)

  • I’ve been making my super easy Pumpkin bread in the fall. Just 1 can pumpkin and a spice cake mix. I also usually add some chocolate chips which are optional. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. ( it’s usually ready to come out in 35 minutes). I’ve said before it’s kind of embarrassing how easy it is. This usually disappears at our house in 1-2 days.

  • I substituted cherry pie filling for the caramel apple cookie recipe. I ran it through the blender to break up the cherries as suggested. I got a lot of fruit oozing off the edges where there was no lattice, only the bottom crust. I see fruit at the edge of your cookies but it appears to stay in place. I would appreciate any thoughts about how to make a better conversion. Thank you!!

    • Did you blend the pie filling into a puree? You might have blended it too much, I would suggest just pulsing it a few times. But if it’s just a little bit of fruit oozing out, that’s normal!

  • I love your recipes but I want to print them. The print friendly version also prints all the pictures of the progress of the recipe. Too many pages and too much ink is being used. Cant you do a print version with just ingredients and written directions? I’d sure print off a lot more of them. Right now I have to hand write the ones I want.
    Thanks for all your great ideas and recipes!

  • Hi Jillee.

    LOVE your blog.

    Thanks so much for the gluten-free pie/cake recipe. My husband also has Celiac’s and we are expecting guests for dessert this Saturday, so this is perfect!

    Best,
    Suzanne

  • Here is a long time favorite.
    No muss, no fuss!

    Impossible Cake or Impossible pie.

    Firstly take out the pie plate or dish y want to bake in .
    Add
    4 eggs , 1cup sugar , 1 cup butter , 1 cup coconut , 1/2 cup flour , 2 tsps. Vanilla , 2 cups milk .
    Blend altogether liquid s first , mix well .
    Pour into 10 inch greased pan
    Bake 350 F (180c)
    1 hour or until done

    Magic will happen
    Flour settles to form crust,
    Coconut forms topping ,
    Eggs and milk form custard center . ! Amazing !

    I think if you don’t wish to use the butter you can sub coconut oil or margarine
    Personally I have only used butter but am thinking to sub half of that with coconut oil .
    Enjoy !

  • I love this! I made my cinnamin roll cake with the addition of 1 cup of golden raisins to the batter and made the glaze with cream cheese. Don’t know who was more excited, the kids or the grownups . Great served warm with coffee or hot tea.

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