10 Decadent Desserts to Get Ready for Fall

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

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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.

This article has been posted with permission and originally appeared as Irresistible Fall Desserts on Relish.

Maple Pecan Pear Upside-Down Cake
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. Get the recipe here.

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Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Holy Trinity Apple Crisp
Northern Spy, Golden Grimes and Ida Red apples are the divine inspiration in this comforting crisp. Get the recipe here.

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Mark Boughton/styling: 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. Get the recipe here.

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Mark Boughton/styling: 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. Get the recipe here.

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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. Get the recipe here.

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Mark Boughton/styling: 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. Get the recipe here.

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Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings
Sweet apple shaped dumplings look and taste heavenly when glazed with homemade cinnamon and nutmeg syrup. Get the recipe here.

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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. Get the recipe here.

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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. Get the recipe here.

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Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Pear Frangipane
An almond-flavored cream provides a base for this pear tart with a crust on top that is shaped almost like the fallen leaves of autumn. Get the recipe here.

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Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn


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