I love Fall. There is something so wonderful about chilly air, beautiful colors, and warm pastries. It is one of the best times of the year to warm up the kitchen with a hot oven and some warm and steaming desserts. So to that end, I’ve gathered some of our favorite fall desserts for you to try out as the weather cools down.
Recipe 01: Caramel Monkey Bread
More than your typical Monkey Bread, this version brings the warmth of caramel to a classic dish. This is one of my favorite fall desserts!
- 2 cans biscuit dough
- Sauce: 1/2 c. butter, 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream, 1 1/2 c. brown sugar
Begin by heating your oven to 350F and greasing a bundt pan (like this one). Next, open up the biscuit packages and cut each biscuit into 4 pieces and set aside. Then in a heavy saucepan, melt the butter with heavy cream and brown sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring constantly. Continue to cook the caramel mixture for exactly five minutes before removing from the heat.
Next, assemble the monkey bread by spreading 1/4 c. of the caramel sauce into the bottom of the bundt pan. Then, add half of the dough bites on top of the sauce. Follow with 1/4 c. more of the caramel sauce, then the remaining dough bites. Last, top with 1/4 c. more of the caramel sauce. There will be extra caramel sauce, reserve it for later.
Then, bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until the top begins to brown. Remove from the oven and invert onto a serving plate (like this one) and top with remaining sauce before serving. Enjoy!
Recipe 02: S’Mores Brownie Pie
When you don’t want to brave the cold (or the mosquitoes) try making this delicious dessert instead!
- Crust: 10 full graham crackers (1 1/2 cups), 6 Tbsp. melted butter, 1/3 c. sugar
- Brownies: 10 Tbsp. butter, 1 1/4 c. sugar, 3/4 + 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 2 large eggs, 1/2 c. flour, 25 large marshmallows
Begin by heating your oven to 325F and setting aside an 8-inch pie dish (like this one). While the oven is heating, make the crust by putting the graham crackers into a food processor (like this one) and pulsing into a fine crumb. Next, mix the graham cracker, melted butter, and sugar together in a bowl until combined. Then press into the unreleased pie dish and set aside.
Next up, make the brownies! Begin by melting the butter in the microwave and mixing in the sugar, cocoa, and salt until you have a grainy mixture. Then allow the mixture to cool a little bit before stirring in the vanilla. Next, add in the eggs and mix well before adding the flour and whisking until just combined. Then pour the brownie mixture into the pie crust and bake for about 25-28 minutes.
At this point, remove from the oven and top with marshmallows before returning to the oven and baking for another 3-5 minutes. If the marshmallows aren’t browned, you can turn on the broiler for a minute until they brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a minute before serving.
Recipe 03: Mini Pumpkin Pies
Nothing says “fall desserts” more than pumpkin pies! These are perfect for get-togethers and evening parties.
- 1 package pie crusts (with two crusts)
- 2 eggs
- 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
- 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 Tbsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
Begin by heating your oven to 425F and greasing a muffin tin (like this one) with cooking spray. Next, roll out the pie crust on a lightly floured surface. Using a 4″ round cookie cutter (like this one) or a similar-sized bowl, cut out 12 circles and push into the greased muffin tin.
Next, combine the ingredients for the pumpkin pie until completely combined. Then pour the pie mixture into each mini pie crust until the mixture reaches the top of the crust. You can top with a cute pie crust decoration (check these out) or leave plain.
Lastly, bake for 15 minutes before turning the oven temperature down to 350F and baking for an additional 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean. Then remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before removing from the muffin tin and allowing another hour for the filling to set. Serve with whipped cream and enjoy!
Recipe 04: Pumpkin Lush Bars
If you like pumpkin, this is a great new recipe to try! This is a fun twist on fall desserts.
- 8 Tbsp. softened butter
- 3/4 c. sugar (divided)
- 3/4 c. flour
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 1 pkg. pumpkin pudding mix + 1 3/4 c. milk
- 8 oz. thawed frozen whipped topping (like cool whip)
Begin by heating your oven to 350F and lining an 8×8 dish with foil and setting it aside. Next, cream the butter and 1/4 c. of sugar until smooth and creamy before adding in the flour and continuing to beat until combined. When the dough is formed, press into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake for at least 25 minutes or until golden brown on the edges. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
While the crust is cooling, mix the cream cheese and 1/2 c. sugar until completely mixed. Spread cream cheese mixture over the cooled crust and set aside. Next combine the pudding mix and milk by whisking until it begins to thicken, then carefully spread over the cream cheese. Put the entire thing into the fridge and refrigerate until set or at least 2 hours.
To serve, lift the bars out of the pan using the tin foil and cut into bars. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!
Recipe 05: Apple Crisp
Perfect for a cold fall evening, this apple crisp works great with ice cream or whipped cream!
- 6 peeled and chopped Golden Delicious apples
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided
- 1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
- 3/4 c. oats
- 1 c. light brown sugar
- 3/4 c. flour
- 1/2 c. cold butter, diced
- pinch of salt
Begin by heating your oven to 350F and buttering an 8×8 baking dish. Set aside. Next, stir together chopped apples, sugar, 3/4 tsp. cinnamon, and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Then, pour into the prepared baking dish.
Next, create the topping by using a pastry cutter (like this one) to cut the butter into the brown sugar, oats, flour, 1 tsp. cinnamon, and salt. Continue to cut butter into the flour mixture until you have a mixture that is gently crumbled. Then spread this mixture over the top of the apples, patting to even it out.
Lastly, bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Remove from the oven and serve with ice cream or whipped cream.
And there you have it! Five fall desserts to help you celebrate fall and all of its irresistible flavors. Happy Baking!