Irresistible Fall Desserts

on September 12, 2011
Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Fall Desserts

If ever a season was made for decadent desserts, it's fall. A bounty of autumn nuts and soft fruits are go-to ingredients while comforting caramels, creams, custards and golden buttery crusts take seasonal sweets over the top. Here are 10 that will keep you coming back for seconds.

Recipe Pear Frangipane

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Maple Pecan Pear Upside-Down Cake

This topsy-turvy cake is a must this time of year. Dried cherries, D'anjou pears, maple syrup, brown sugar and butter caramelize in the pan while the buttermilk batter produces a dense, moist layer.

Recipe Maple Pecan Pear Upside Down Cake

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Holy Trinity Apple Crisp

Northern Spy, Golden Grimes and Ida Red apples are the divine inspiration in this comforting crisp.

Recipe: Holy Trinity Apple Crisp

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Best Pumpkin Pie

A yummy and crumbly walnut topping on pumpkin pie? Hallelujah! Don't wait for Thanksgiving to roll around; this pie is perfect anytime.

Recipe: Best Pumpkin Pie

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Moist chocolate cupcakes are always a winner with kids. Just add creamy peanut butter (and appropriately autumn hued) icing and you have a bona-fide treat time champion.

Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Buttermilk Pecan Pie

Similar to a chess pie but creamier and sweeter, a classic Southern buttermilk pie is even better with the addition of crunchy pecans.

Recipe Buttermilk Pecan Pie

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Vermont Maple Pecan Cookies

The tasteful combination of chewy oats and crunchy toasted pecans ensure these maple syrup cookies will be gobbled up fast.

Recipe: Vermont Maple Pecan Cookies

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings

Sweet apple shaped dumplings look and taste heavenly when glazed with homemade cinnamon and nutmeg syrup.

Recipe: Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Walnut Molasses Pie

Pecans aren't the only nuts filling pies this fall. Try walnuts and molasses for a dense and ooey-gooey autumn dessert.

Recipe: Walnut Molasses Pie

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Rustic Apple Pie

Go apple picking at a local orchard and whip up this homemade pie afterward. The double-crust confection is even better served warm from the oven with a scoop of ice cream.

Recipe: Rustic Apple Pie

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