Comfort food is the hallmark of autumn and these fall favorites can get you in the mood. Indulge in some of the fall desserts you loved as a child to feel warm and fuzzy inside.
A lot of things have changed in our world due to current events. These changes have many moms wondering how to make autumn special for their kids this year.
So, what is a smart mom to do? She pulls out some fall dessert recipes and treats her family to something special. That’s what!
And we’re here to help you with an array of easy fall desserts to tickle your taste buds.
Make Fall Special with Our Fall Favorites
The words “pandemic” and “social distancing” have become household terms. No one is quite sure how the holidays will look this year.
Will kids get to go trick or treating? Are fall parties in the classroom a lost cause? No one really knows right now. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the season to the fullest.
Nothing says autumn like the smell of fresh baked goods. From apple dumplings to pumpkin pie to spiced cider, the aroma of these foods can stir memories deep inside us.
One taste of any of our fall favorites will have you ready to jump in a pile of leaves like you did when you were a kid.
These fall baking recipes will not only stir your memories, they will create memories for your children. Having them help you make these fall desserts will give them their own memories of a cozy autumn afternoon with mom.
Sure trick or treating is fun. No one can deny that. But an evening of scary movies with goodies that make your mouth water is an experience worth having too.
It might surprise you how much fun you can have staying home and cooking up some of these fall desserts.
And we promise the fall baking recipes we have for you are way better than the stale candy corn your neighbor always hands out anyways. Way, way better.
10 Fall Favorites to Warm Up Your Home
What kinds of fall baking will give your home the warm, loving touch you’re looking for? Well, to start with, you want to focus on foods that are synonymous with fall.
These are usually foods that are harvested in the autumn. That’s why we see so many harvest-themed festivals this time of year. The most popular are probably apples and pumpkin pie.
I mean, who doesn’t think fall when they smell apple dumplings. And every single one of us knows autumn has arrived when we drink our first pumpkin latte of the season.
One bite of gingerbread is all it takes to transport you right back to grandma’s kitchen. You have the ability to pass memories like that on to your own children, which is a gift that will last a lifetime.
Even if the rest of the world is crazy, comfort foods such as the fall dessert recipes on our list can make your home a cozy oasis. And isn’t that what we all want?
Well, you can absolutely have that for your entire family. All you have to do is start baking. Before you know it, your home will be filled with the fall spirit — even if your favorite fall activities aren’t happening this year.
So, without further ado, let’s dive on in and take a look at 10 of our fall favorites.
Nothing says fall quite like an apple pie. But you can give it a little more oomph just by adding caramel.
1. Caramel Apple Pie
This Caramel Apple Pie is exactly what you need to give you a sense of nostalgia. If you want a dessert that says “autumn” then this all-American fall favorite is just what you need.
It’s also a dish that is easy to make. Bake this caramel apple pie, add a scoop of ice cream, and your taste buds will be in heaven.
You can check out the full recipe at Delish.
2. Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Pumpkin is another flavor that screams autumn with every bite. After all, no Thanksgiving meal is complete without a homemade pumpkin pie.
These Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting give a new twist on an old fall favorite.
These are great for kids of all ages. And if you’re looking for Halloween desserts that don’t require art skills, these are perfect.
If you decide you would like some festive decoration, try adding Halloween themed sprinkles. There are plenty of other party favors that can go on top too, such as those plastic spider rings we all remember.
You can find the full recipe for these Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes at Taste of Home.
3. Tomato Spice Cake
Now, I know this one sounds just a tad bit gross at first. But stay with us here. This Tomato Spice Cake actually became one of Cambell’s most popular recipes.
Please, just trust us on this. When it comes to the desserts on our list of fall favorites, we won’t steer you wrong. Scout’s honor.
Even though tomato soup doesn’t sound like the most likely ingredient for a cake, it blends with the spices perfectly.
This recipe first appeared during the Depression and has stood the test of time. That alone should convince you that it’s worth giving this old-fashioned fall dessert a try.
You can find the Tomato Spice Cake recipe at Woman’s Day.
4. Pecan Slab Pie
When it comes to fall favorites that will get you in the mood for cooler weather, you can’t go wrong with a good pecan pie.
The twist on this recipe is the shape. It’s a rectangle instead of the usual circle. And the benefit is that the pie comes out larger, so there’s more tasty goodness to go around.
This hearty dessert is not only a decadent treat, but it’s also just the ticket to get you into the holiday spirit a little early. Nothing says autumn and winter quite like a freshly baked pecan pie.
Out of all the foods that make us think of a holiday dinner at Grandma’s house, warm desserts like this pecan pie take the cake.
You can find this recipe for Pecan Slab Pie at Country Living.
5. Butterfinger Caramel Apples
There are no other dessert foods quite like candy apples. Autumn just wouldn’t be the same without these fall favorites.
This recipe for Butterfinger Caramel Apples is absolutely mouthwatering. These are even better than the caramel apples you used to eat when you were little.
Naturally, they are the perfect way to give your children their own memories of this festive fall treat.
Granted, making these can get a bit messy. But if we’re being honest, the mess is half the fun to the kids. Right? After all, the messier dessert foods are, the better they usually taste.
You can find this delicious (and fun) recipe at The Oprah Magazine.
6. Skillet Cookie Sundaes
If you’re looking for an individual cake treat that will stand out from the rest, you simply must try these Skillet Cookie Sundaes.
These fall favorites look as seasonal as they taste. You can customize each individual skillet treat with the ingredients of your choice. Candied pecans? Caramel? You name it, just toss it on in there.
That makes it especially good for families with picky kids who all like different foods. Each person gets exactly what flavors they are craving.
Another perk of these single-serving desserts is that you don’t have leftovers. Some people would rather not have that kind of temptation sitting around in their kitchen.
If you’d like to try these Skillet Cookie Sundaes, the full recipe is available at Good Housekeeping.
7. Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake
We’ve already established that nothing says autumn as loudly as pumpkin pie. So, of course, there’s no way we could leave this Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake off our list of the best fall dessert recipes.
If the words “pumpkin cheesecake” aren’t enough to make your mouth water, there’s more. This fall favorite features a delicious crust made of crumbled gingersnap cookies.
While this cheesecake is the perfect dessert to follow a fall meal, it’s also a great treat to nibble on while you relax in front of Netflix and your fireplace. And the kids will love it too. How could they not?
This Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe is available at All Recipes.
8. Gingerbread Pear Loaf Cake
Here is another flavor combination that may not sound appealing to everyone at first. However, this Gingerbread Pear Loaf Cake is a treat that you definitely want to try at least once this year.
This recipe makes our list of fall favorites because it is delicious but not overdone. Everything is pumpkin flavored in autumn and apples are everywhere too.
But gingerbread and pear are a bit less common. However, that doesn’t make it any less tasty or traditional. If you are trying to make an impression, this fall dessert is the way to go.
You can find this recipe at Food and Wine.
9. Classic Apple Dumplings
You can’t have a list of fall favorites and not include apple dumplings. Although these tasty treats are less common than they used to be, you can’t go wrong with this Classic Apple Dumplings recipe.
If you want a warm dessert that screams fall, apple dumplings are a perfect choice. You simply can’t go wrong with apple dumplings. Even the pickiest kids love them.
As an added bonus, you can tell yourself that they’re healthy. It’s a fruit, right? An apple a day keeps the doctor away and all that jazz, so dig on in!
This recipe for Classic Apple Dumplings is available at Southern Living.
10. Pumpkin Spice Latte
It’s become a bit of a cliche, but let’s face it. Autumn isn’t autumn without a pumpkin spice latte. It’s a well-known fact.
And that’s why we absolutely had to include a DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte on our list of fall favorites.
Drinks from Starbucks can get expensive. But you can actually make one of these drinks at home and save money while still indulging. And it’s a lot easier to make at home than you might expect.
Give this recipe a try and keep the coffee flowing all through the season for pennies compared to what you’d spend at a coffee shop.
You can find the recipe for this Pumpkin Spice Latte at Inspired Taste.
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Fall Favorites to Celebrate Autumn
Any of these recipes will put you in the mood to celebrate the fall season, even if this year is a little different than what we are used to.
The delectable desserts on our list of fall favorites can make you feel warm and fuzzy inside as the temperature starts to drop.
So grab your apron and pull your kids into the kitchen because it’s time to get cooking and bake some of these delicious desserts for your family.