5 Fall Dessert Recipes That Will Make Your Mouth Water


As the calendar turns to fall, a wide variety of tasty fruits and vegetables come into season. This includes apples, pears, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and beets, to name a few. So there’s no better time to incorporate these ingredients into your desserts! Check out these elegant Fall dessert recipes that we’ve gathered from around the web:

5 Fall Dessert Recipes That Will Make Your Mouth Water

Caramel Apple Fruit Pizza

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This Caramel Apple Fruit Pizza is a delicious fall dessert with a sugar cookie crust, cream cheese frosting, toasted pecans and a drizzle of caramel.” (Recipe courtesy of The Gunny Sack)IngredientsSugar Cookie Crust:

  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1¼ cups flour

Caramel Apple Fruit Pizza:

  • 2 large apples, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1½ cups club soda water
  • ½ cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • ½ cup caramel sauce

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp half-n-half, if necessary

Full recipe instructions: Caramel Apple Fruit Pizza.

Pumpkin Bread Truffles

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These sweet little mini pumpkins are actually a play on cake balls—they’re pumpkin bread balls, made with homemade pumpkin bread. The bread itself is moist and spiced and delicious on its own, but we’re not stopping at a simple bread recipe—let’s cake ball it up!” (Recipe courtesy ofBetter Homes & Gardens)


  • one 9×5-in. loaf pumpkin bread (about 1 lb.)
  • 1 cup (about 8-1/2 oz.) cream cheese frosting
  • 24 oz. orange candy coating
  • 2 Tbsp. chocolate chips or chocolate candy coating
  • 2 oz. green candy coating

Full recipe instructions: Pumpkin Bread Truffles.

Pear Clafouti

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Pear clafouti served warm with cream makes an elegant but simple dessert.” (Recipe courtesy of Food Network)


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons pear brandy (recommended: Poire William)
  • 2 to 3 firm but ripe Bartlett pears
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Creme fraiche

Full recipe instructions: Pear Clafouti.

Honeyed Fig Crostatas

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Forget the figgy pudding; for your holiday bash this year make these party-perfect fig crostatas and your guests will surely think the world a merry and bright place.” (Recipe courtesy of Food & Wine)


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh green and purple figs, each cut into 6 wedges
  • 5 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme leaves, plus small sprigs for garnish
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water

Full recipe instructions: Honeyed Fig Crostatas.

Chocolate Beet Cake

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You won’t taste the pureed beets, but they make this cake extra moist and play up its deep chocolate flavor.” (Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart)

  • 4 medium beets, trimmed, peeled, and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup safflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • Chocolate Glaze for Chocolate Beet Cake
  • Candied Beet Chips for Chocolate Beet Cake, for garnish

Full recipe instructions: Chocolate Beet Cake.

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