Irresistible Fall Desserts

September 12, 2011

Custards and crisps and pies! Oh my! Sweeten your sideboard this fall with a bevy of our best seasonal desserts.

Fall DessertsMaple Pecan Pear Upside-Down CakeHoly Trinity Apple CrispBest Pumpkin PieChocolate Peanut Butter CupcakesButtermilk Pecan PieVermont Maple Pecan CookiesOld-Fashioned Apple DumplingsWalnut Molasses PieRustic Apple Pie
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
This topsy-turvy cake has enough yum for two desserts. 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
Northern Spy, Golden Grimes and Ida Red apples are the divine inspiration in this comforting crisp.

Recipe: Holy Trinity Apple Crisp
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
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
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
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
Sweet apple shaped dumplings look and taste heavenly when glazed with homemade cinnamon and nutmeg syrup.

Recipe: Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings
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
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
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 FrangipaneThis topsy-turvy cake has enough yum for two desserts. 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 CakeNorthern Spy, Golden Grimes and Ida Red apples are the divine inspiration in this comforting crisp.

Recipe:  Holy Trinity Apple CrispA 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 PieMoist 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 CupcakesSimilar 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 PieThe tasteful combination of chewy oats and crunchy toasted pecans ensure these maple syrup cookies will be gobbled up fast.

Recipe:  Vermont Maple Pecan CookiesSweet apple shaped dumplings look and taste heavenly when glazed with homemade cinnamon and nutmeg syrup.

Recipe:  Old-Fashioned Apple DumplingsPecans aren't the only nuts filling pies this fall. Try walnuts and molasses for a dense and ooey-gooey autumn dessert.

Recipe:  Walnut Molasses PieGo 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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