Fall Family Desserts

Fall harvests create endless dessert opportunities. Apples, pears, pumpkins, cranberries, and oranges are at their best in sweet recipes, from cakes and pies to cookies and cobblers. 

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Baked Apples

Lisa Hubbard

Baked Apples

For a simple, crowd-pleasing treat try these tasty baked apples.

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Orange Truffle Tart

Ann Stratton

Orange Truffle Tart

Fall's famous fruits and flavors dominate autumn menus, and chocolate lovers will find satisfaction in this decadent treat. Orange marmalade and zest find a match with semisweet and bittersweet chocolate ganache in a chocolate cookie crust.

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Shortcut Pumpkin Bread

Monica Buck

Shortcut Pumpkin Bread

Jazz up a box of cake mix with some canned pumpkin puree.

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How To Make Apple Pops

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Apple Crumb Pie

James Baigrie

Apple Crumb Pie

Apple pie is practically a rite of passage for autumn, and this crumb-top version is an easy way to celebrate the season. Brown sugar and spices form the top crust over chunks of apples in a pie dough bottom.

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Mini Pear Crisps

Alison Miksch

Mini Pear Crisps

This dessert is simple enough for a weeknight. Crunchy granola, chewy dates, a drizzle of maple syrup, and a scoop of ice cream top tender pears in a crisp that takes about 30 minutes total to make.

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Autumn Tart

Mark Ferri

Autumn Tart

Apples simmered in cider and sugar nestle on a layer of sweet cream cheese in a golden crisp puff pastry shell. Refrigerated pastry dough and the filling can be prepared a couple days ahead of actual baking time.

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Applesauce Cake with Caramel Sauce

Applesauce Cake with Caramel Sauce

This spice cake bakes in a slow cooker, resulting in a moist crumb. The ingredients are straightforward, the preparation is simple, and a good jarred caramel sauce tops it off.

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Ice Cream Pumpkin Pie

Mark Ferri

Ice Cream Pumpkin Pie

Canned pumpkin and vanilla ice cream blend into a cool combination destined for a graham cracker crust. The recipe is so simple, you can invite your kids to help. This is a pumpkin dessert everyone will love.

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Sweet Potato Cheesecake Squares

Tina Rupp

Sweet Potato Cheesecake Squares

These sweet squares combine cookie bars, cheesecake, and cobbler crumb while calling on sweet potatoes to step over from the savory side of the menu.

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Frosted Pumpkin Cupcakes

Miki Duisterhof

Frosted Pumpkin Cupcakes

Kids will love decorating pumpkin spice cupcakes with cream cheese frosting after a day of family pumpkin picking.

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Cute and Easy Cupcakes that Look Like Apples

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Apple-Cranberry Galette

Alexandra Rowley

Apple-Cranberry Galette

It's no sweat for kids to make a galette -- a free-form French pastry that's the perfect end to any meal. Try making this recipe with your kids today!

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Pumpkin Chiffon Cheesecake

Mark Ferri

Pumpkin Chiffon Cheesecake

Cheesecake meets pumpkin pie in this double delight. Allspice-spiked cheesecake is the platform for a pumpkin mousse, and the two layers come together on top of a buttery graham cracker crust.

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How to Make Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

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Pinwheel Pear Tart

Alison Miksch

Pinwheel Pear Tart

Rustic fruit tarts are easy enough for a Monday night meal and nice enough for a weekend gathering. Piecrust folds free-form over sugar-and-spice pears and bakes until golden. The tart can be served warm or at room temperature.

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Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Monica Buck

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

You'll love this twist on the classic oatmeal raisin cookies. The dried cranberries add a tartness to the otherwise sweet cookie.

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Almond-Plum Coffee Cake

Almond-Plum Coffee Cake

Ground almonds are the key ingredient in this cake that's the base for sweet-tart plums. The orange zest-laced batter comes together quickly in a food processor. Leftovers make a nice breakfast splurge.

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Apple & Apricot Betty

Alan Richardson

Apple & Apricot Betty

Everyone can take time eating this dessert that's quick to prepare. Pound cake crumbles and fruit bake under a blanket of almonds, brown sugar, and butter for a simple scoop-and-serve ending to an autumn supper.

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Frozen Apple-Oatmeal Sandwiches

Frozen Apple-Oatmeal Sandwiches

Kids can be in charge of making this dessert. Two oatmeal cookies sandwich a thick layer of sweet cream cheese and then go for a dunk in smooth melted chocolate. They set in the freezer while dinner is on the table and disappear before bedtime!

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Angel Food Cake Roll

Brian Hagiwara

Angel Food Cake Roll

A pretty spiral of fluffy angel food cake and garnet-red cranberry curd is topped off with real whipped cream, lime zest, and sugar-crusted cranberries. Copyright © 2011 Meredith Corporation.

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