For anyone with a sweet tooth, you'll probably agree that one of the best parts about dinner is dessert. This fall, we're looking to nostalgic flavors of pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon, and brown sugar. When you're serving up a spread of mouthwatering sides for a big dinner, mustering up the energy to bake decadent desserts can be a difficult task—though it doesn't have to be.
To save you from added stress, we've rounded up 11 easy desserts that are sure to impress every guest. Not only are these recipes easy, but they put a playful spin on our favorite traditional desserts. Here are our picks for the easiest dessert recipes to try this season.
The Recipe: Pumpkin Tiramisu
Why We Love It: Surprise guests with a twist on two dessert staples: pumpkin pie and tiramisu. This Foodie Crush version takes the best of both desserts, which is why we love it. It's somehow unbelievably rich and super light.
Pro Tip: Chill for eight to 24 hours before serving. Unlike most desserts, this one is best served cold.
Brown Sugar Bacon Ice Cream Sandwich
The Recipe: Brown Sugar Bacon Ice Cream Sandwich
Why We Love It: Ready to satisfy guests who crave both sweet and savory? "I have no trouble indulging in ice cream sandwiches with a twist," Stephanie of I Am a Food Blog states. We couldn't agree more. Plus, we're firm believers that bacon makes everything better.
Pro Tip: Wrapped sandwiches should keep for up to seven days in the freezer.
Easy Twisted Pumpkin Spice Danish
The Recipe: Easy Twisted Pumpkin Spice Danish
Why We Love It: No fall festivity is complete without a healthy dose of pumpkin spice. "Think flaky puff pastry, cream cheese, and sweet pumpkin filling, butter, and pumpkin spice," Half Baked Harvest's Tieghan Gerard says of this twisted Danish recipe. The best part? You can enjoy them for breakfast the next day, too.
Pro Tip: "Serve warm with a light dusting or sprinkle of coarse sugar, if desired," she suggests.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Recipe: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Why We Love It: Looking for a kid-friendly staple that's decidedly fall-inspired? "This recipe is perfect," Heidi of Foodie Crush declares. "Especially if you're baking for a crowd." They're pillowy and packed with pumpkin pie flavor. Sold!
Pro Tip: "Add only a cup of the flour at a time (otherwise it’ll puff up into your face and won’t get properly mixed into the cookie dough)," Heidi writes.
Nutella Stuffed Pumpkin Beignets
The Recipe: Nutella Stuffed Pumpkin Beignets
Why We Love It: What do you get when you combine plenty of pumpkin flavor, fried dough, and Nutella? Pure perfection is pretty close. "The combo screams fall, adds ample flavors, and creates a perfectly light and airy beignet," Gerard notes. We're always excited to try a fun twist on a classic dish like beignets.
Even though it may be hard to restrain yourself when working with Nutella, make sure you don't over-fill the beignets. If you do, the Nutella will probably leak out of them in the oven and make quite a mess.
Pro Tip: Heads up: "It is very important that the beignet is well sealed. If not, it could pop open while it fries and all the filling will spill out!" Gerard advises.
No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
The Recipe: No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
Why We Love It: Does it get any easier than no-bake dessert? How about a dessert like Julie Blanner's, where it all comes together in five minutes with little more than pumpkin, cheesecake, spices, and graham cracker crust? Whip up the pie filling, scoop into the pie tin, then wait at least 2 hours before serving.
Pro Tip: For best pumpkin flavor, "use 100 percent pure pumpkin," Blanner writes.
Brown Sugar Walnut Apple Pie
The Recipe: Brown Sugar Walnut Apple Pie
Why We Love It: This brown sugar walnut apple pie from Creme de la Crumb has a flaky, buttery crust, making it the perfect easy fall-friendly pie. Spoon toss sliced apples with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and walnuts, and you have yourself a truly delicious pie filling. We love that you don't have to be too precious about it because, in our opinion, imperfection is beautiful (and delicious).
Pro Tip: "I highly recommend using a combination of red and golden apples and leaving that skin on," suggests recipe creator Tiffany Edwards. "If you absolutely can’t stand the thought of skin on your apples, peel them. But I promise you they get cooked enough that they will just melt in your mouth along with the apple flesh...and please take a look at those colors."
Mulled Spiced Apple Cider Doughnuts
The Recipe: Mulled Spiced Apple Cider Doughnuts
Why We Love It: Want an easy holiday dessert to enjoy the night-of your get-together and beyond? Try these mulled spiced apple cider doughnuts from Half Baked Harvest, which take under an hour to make. "Unlike most doughnuts, apple cider doughnuts are not made using any yeast, and instead are made with baking powder and baking soda," Gerard explains.
Pro Tip: "These are best eaten slightly warm," she adds.
Pumpkin Skillet Cobbler
The Recipe: Pumpkin Skillet Cobbler
Why We Love It: If you like cobbler, you'll love this simple pumpkin skillet cobbler from How Sweet Eats. This easy dessert can be made ahead and enjoyed at any time. "The base is a custard-like pumpkin base, and then I made my own 'cake mix' (with dry ingredients only) and sprinkled them over the top," Jessica Merchant of How Sweet Eats explains
Pro Tip: Serve with ice cream, a dusting of cinnamon, and chopped chocolate for the works.
Black Bottom Oatmeal Pie
The Recipe: Black Botton Oatmeal Pie
Why We Love It: According to Hummingbird High, this recipe is like an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie in pie form. We can't argue with that. Cut us a slice!
Pro Tip: The pie will keep refrigerated for three days, or two days at room temperature.
Brown Butter Sweet Potato Bars
The Recipe: Brown Butter Sweet Potato Bars
Why We Love It: Hummingbird High's sweet potato pie-inspired bar recipe offers a slight twist with a brown butter shortbread crust, rather than a traditional flaky pie crust.
Pro Tip: While Hummingbird High breaks out the recipe steps across four days, she assured us that most of the time, you're waiting for something to happen, like the sweet potatoes to roast and cool.