Sweet Fall Treats

Fall in love with the best of autumn flavor with 16 of our favorite desserts.

Cranberry-Oatmeal Cookies

Photographer: Wyatt Counts, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Cranberry-Oatmeal Cookies

Embrace the transition into fall with this sweet-tart treat. Hearty oats give the cookies a chewy texture that’s nicely complemented by cranberries.

Berry Cobbler

Photo: Ralph Anderson

Berry Cobbler

Skip the pie and opt for a cobbler to enjoy the sweetness of berries baked in a warm crust. Prep before dinner and serve warm from the oven for a flavorful after-dinner treat.

Recipe: Berry Cobbler

Plum Upside-Down Pudding Cake

Photo: Tara Sgroi

Plum Upside-Down Pudding Cake

Best prepared in an iron skiller, you can whip up this creamy dessert in as little as 15 minutes. The buttermilk batter and sweet plums makes a delicious combination.

Recipe: Plum Upside-Down Pudding Cake

Macadamia Nut Tart

Photo: Ralph Anderson

Macadamia Nut Tart

This sweet confection features a rich caramel mixture poured over delicious macadamia nuts for a tropical fall treat.

Recipe: Macadamia Nut Tart

Chocolate-Bourbon Cake

Photo: Fran Gealer

Chocolate-Bourbon Cake

This rich recipe deserves a special occasion—like any fall night! Pair with coffee and ice cream for the perfect cool weather treat.

Recipe: Chocolate-Bourbon Cake

Banana Crème Brûlée

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Banana Crème Brûlée

Gorgeous on the table and scrumptious to eat, this favorite dessert needs time to chill. Prepare the night before and refrigerate at least eight hours.

Recipe: Banana Crème Brûlée

Serve individually sized tarts that are just as fun to look at as they are to taste.

Photo: Caroline Kopp

Apple-Huckleberry Tarts

Serve individually sized tarts that are just as fun to look at as they are to taste. The five-ingredient homemade pastry dough is a breeze to make but looks impressive enough to pass off as a bakery creation. Simply top with cooked apples and fresh huckleberries for a dessert that celebrates the best of the season.

Recipe: Apple-Huckleberry Tarts

Slice into a decadent carrot cake loaded with chopped pecans, fresh carrots, and luscious cream cheese frosting.

Photo: Howard L. Puckett

Honey’s Carrot Cake

Slice into a decadent carrot cake loaded with chopped pecans, fresh carrots, and luscious cream cheese frosting. To help the icing set, make this beauty during the cooler months.

Recipe: Honey’s Carrot Cake

Fall flavor is perhaps at its most delicious in pumpkin butter.

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Pumpkin-Cream Cheese Napoleons

Fall flavor is perhaps at its most delicious in pumpkin butter. Use it to create a creamy filling for layers of puff pastry by mixing it with pumpkin pie filling, cream cheese, and pumpkin pie spice. Choose this recipe for your next dinner party.

Recipe: Pumpkin-Cream Cheese Napoleons

Start with a refrigerated pastry shell to get this beautiful pie on the table easily.

Pear-Cranberry Pie with Oatmeal Streusel

Start with a refrigerated pastry shell to get this beautiful pie on the table easily. Tart cranberries and sweet Anjou pears combine with a crunchy, aromatic streusel to make a warm treat to end―or start―your day.

Recipe: Pear-Cranberry Pie with Oatmeal Streusel

Indulgent creme brulee transforms any evening into a soire. This version requires a little more time than the standard dessert, so make it for a special occasion or with a make-ahead meal.

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Lemon Verbena Crème Brûlée

Indulgent crème brûlée transforms any evening into a soirée. This version requires a little more time than the standard dessert, so make it for a special occasion or with a make-ahead meal.

Recipe: Lemon Verbena Crème Brûlée

Welcome harvest season with bite-size pecan pie tartlets. Their petiteness and crowd-pleasing nature make them ideal for open houses or casual dinner parties, but we guarantee they’ll also be a big hit after a casual family meal.

Photo: Howard L. Puckett

Pecan Tarts

Welcome harvest season with bite-size pecan pie tartlets. Their petiteness and crowd-pleasing nature make them ideal for open houses or casual dinner parties, but we guarantee they’ll also be a big hit after a casual family meal.

Recipe: Pecan Tarts

Celebrate the season by indulging in a familiar fall treat: caramel apples.

Photo: Karen Steffens

Chocolate Caramel Apples with Sprinkles

Celebrate the season by indulging in a familiar fall treat: caramel apples. These sweet treats combine gooey melted caramel, tart Granny Smith apples, and bittersweet or semisweet chocolate for an easy dessert that brings out the kid in everyone.

Recipe: Chocolate Caramel Apples with Sprinkles

Bring a super-decadent pie to your next family gathering. Flaked coconut, buttermilk, vanilla ice cream, and semisweet chocolate combine to create one rich, delicious dessert.

Photo: Howard L. Puckett

Coconut-Buttermilk Pie

Bring a super-decadent pie to your next family gathering. Flaked coconut, buttermilk, vanilla ice cream, and semisweet chocolate combine to create one rich, delicious dessert. Be prepared to offer second servings and hand out the recipe.

Recipe: Coconut-Buttermilk Pie

Skip the campfire and make one of fall’s favorite desserts over the grill at home. Banana slices take the place of marshmallows in this delicious, updated twist on the classic.

Photo: Fran Gealer

Grilled Banana S’mores

Skip the campfire and make one of fall’s favorite desserts over the grill at home. Banana slices take the place of marshmallows in this delicious, updated twist on the classic.

Recipe: Grilled Banana S’mores

Red velvet, the ruby-hued flamboyant cousin of traditional yellow and chocolate cakes, makes a debut in cupcake form.

Photo: Jim Bathie

Easy Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red velvet, the ruby-hued flamboyant cousin of traditional yellow and chocolate cakes, makes a debut in cupcake form. These generously portioned individual treats are a cinch to frost, making them a fun afternoon activity with the kids or a simple take-along to this week’s tailgate.

Recipe: Easy Red Velvet Cupcakes

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