15+ Easy Fall Dessert Ideas

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Now that Labor Day has passed, I’ve rounded up 15 Easy Fall Dessert Ideas.  Now it is officially the unofficial beginning of Fall – at least that is what the weather experts are telling me!  Regardless, I am excited to start the change of season.  Summer has been full of delicious desserts, but Fall is my favorite with all of the warm spices and flavors!

Perfect slice of mini pumpkin pie on a festive holiday plate

Fall Cake Dessert Ideas

To start the easy fall dessert collection, I’ve selected a few of my small batch cake recipes.  These are easy cake recipes, and perfect to feed smaller crowds.

Slice of pumpkin swirl cheesecake topped with whipped cream


Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

This Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake is made with a pumpkin pie swirl and classic cheesecake, and a must have Fall dessert.  This is a small batch cheesecake recipe made in a loaf pan – perfect for two!  Top the cheesecake with your favorite whipped topping and caramel drizzle. 
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Mini Apple Cider Cake with Apple Slices


Mini Apple Cider Cake

A Mini Apple Cider Cake that is big enough to share, or small enough to satisfy your fall flavor cravings!  This is a coarse crumb cake made with flour and cornmeal for a satisfying bite.  And the apple flavor is amped up with cider, applesauce and fresh apple slices – for a perfect slice of fall!
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The perfect slice of bright and cherry holiday cake on a a cake server.


Cranberry Mousse No-Bake Cheesecake

This cranberry mousse no-bake cheesecake is a must for the holidays! The mini cake features a creamy layer of no-bake cheesecake topped with beautiful and vibrant cranberry mousse – all set on Biscoff cookie crust.  The 6-inch cheesecake evokes the holidays with medley of sweet, tart, and spicy flavors!
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Slices of pumpkin roll cake


Pumpkin Roll Cake with Chocolate Filling

Add this mini Pumpkin Roll Cake with Chocolate Filling to your holiday dessert menu!  This is an easy, small batch recipe for a tender pumpkin cake rolled with chocolate cream cheese filling and sprinkled with powdered sugar.  A delicious dessert for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Christmas, or any time in between!  
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Easy Fall Cupcakes

Two of my favorite desserts – cupcakes and dessert bars.  I like the mini size that makes it easier for portion control.  But maybe it doesn’t work the greatest when you eat 4 in one sitting … 🙂

Single pumpkin cupcake topped with chocolate and cream cheese frosting.


Small Batch Pumpkin Cupcakes

These pumpkin cupcakes with whipped ganache frosting are brimming with plenty of pumpkin and cozy spices for fall!  The small batch recipe yields incredibly moist cupcakes that are finished with a tasty double-helping of whipped frosting.  A must-have dessert recipe for fall!
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Single small batch vanilla cupcake with a bite


Small Batch Vanilla Cupcakes

These Small Batch Vanilla Cupcakes are light, tender, and easy to make. The cupcakes are made with sour cream to keep them moist and are full of vanilla flavor. This is a great basic vanilla cupcake recipe that can be combined with any frosting or filling flavor. This recipe features a Cranberry Cream Cheese Buttercream, that is beautiful for the holidays!
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Spiced and frosted cupcake with a bite taken


Gluten Free Spice Cupcakes

A small batch of Gluten Free Spice Cupcakes made with an almond flour blend and full of cozy spices.  The cupcakes are tender and moist and finished with a Apple Spice Cream Cheese Frosting for a harmonious blend of holiday flavors.
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Fall Flavored Cookies

Cookies are such a versatile dessert.  You can take a sugar cookie, chocolate chip cookie, or cakey cookie and pretty much add any flavor you like to them.  Proper baking disclosure – just make sure the flavor addition doesn’t alter the batter too much. 

Now that I’ve added the PSA, let’s get to a delicious variety of easy cookie recipes!

Pumpkin spice whoopie pies on a cutting board


Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies

It wouldn't be Fall without a pumpkin cookie, and this small batch of Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies are a delicious way to celebrate the season.  This is an easy, small batch recipe for whoopie pies that are soft, full of warm spices, and filled with a cinnamon maple cream cheese filling. 
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Close up of a pile of caramel chocolate chip cookies finished with flaky salt.


Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Satisfy your chocolate chip cookie craving with this small batch caramel chocolate chip cookies recipe!  Sink your teeth into six soft cookies, bursting with chocolate chips and gooey caramel centers. A sprinkle of flaky salt on top adds the perfect salty-sweet touch!
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A small batch of cream filled chocolate cookies


Chocolate Sugar Cookie Sandwiches

These Chocolate Sugar Cookie Sandwiches are a whole new take on the classic cookie sandwich.  Soft sugar cookies are rolled in cinnamon sugar before baking.  Then, creamy cheesecake frosting is sprinkled with cinnamon and sandwiched between two of the cookies.  I'll take these over store-bought any day!
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Tall stack of pecan brown sugar cookies


Pecan Brown Sugar Cookies

This small batch of Pecan Brown Sugar Cookies have soft and chewy centers with crispy caramelized edges.  The sugar cookies are made with dark brown sugar for a deep flavor and chew.  Pecans add sweet and buttery nut flavor, and a little cinnamon brightens the cookies.  This is a cookie must to celebrate all the flavors of the holidays!
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Fall Breakfast Recipes

A collection of Easy Fall Desserts has to include breakfast.  Because let’s face it – all of these treats can be enjoyed any time of the day!  

And breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not start it off with sweet treats that feature the cozy flavors of Fall!

Baked pumpkin donuts stacked


Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts

These Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts are perfectly moist and full of Fall spices!  This is an easy small batch recipe for 6 baked donuts with a Nutella glaze, maple cream cheese glaze, or classic cinnamon sugar topping option.
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Caramel apple roll with apple slice on top


Caramel Apple Sweet Rolls

This is an easy, small batch recipe for homemade Caramel Apple Sweet Rolls!  It starts with a classic cinnamon roll recipe for 4 rolls.  Then you add sweet, crunchy apples and maple syrup caramel sauce to upgrade the perfect breakfast treat!  
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Freshly baked apple cider donuts on cutting board


Gluten Free Apple Cider Baked Donuts

Homemade Gluten Free Apple Cider Baked Donuts are the perfect mix of soft and dense donuts with robust apple and spice flavor.  This is an no mixer required small batch recipe that uses reduced apple cider for a punch of apple flavor and makes 6 baked donuts coated in cinnamon sugar.
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mini pumpkin pie and an alternative to pie!

Pumpkin Pie is a must for fall baking.  But, if pie doesn’t suit your fancy, I have a delicious alternative –  Pumpkin Pudding Napoleon Pastries.  Which so far, is one of my favorite recipes on the blog.  No lie.  

Think of a creamy pumpkin pie filling.  But we are making it even richer by turning it into a pudding.  Then layer that between flaky sheets of pastry – dusted with cinnamon sugar.  

Perfect slice of mini pumpkin pie on a festive holiday plate


6-Inch Pumpkin Pie

This 6-Inch Pumpkin Pie with Cranberry Whipped Cream features an all-butter flaky pie crust with a velvety and perfectly spiced pumpkin pie filling.  Finish the pumpkin pie with a sweet and tart Cranberry Whipped Cream.  A beautiful holiday dessert for Thanksgiving and Christmas!  
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Delicious Side View of Pumpkin Cream Napoleans


Pumpkin Pudding Napoleon Pastries

Think of these Pumpkin Pudding Napoleon Pastries like a deconstructed pumpkin pie, only fancier!  The pastry sheets are actually super flaky pie dough that bakes just like puff pastry.   And the pumpkin pudding is a smooth and creamy custard that is the perfect balance to the crispy cinnamon pastry sheets. 
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Kitchen Accessories You May Need (or want) For Small Batch Baking

Hopefully this collection of 15+ Easy Fall Dessert Ideas gives you a good start to planning your fall desserts and recipes.

In addition to the recipes, I’m including a list of some of my go-to kitchen supplies when making small batch recipes.  And, if you don’t see what you need listed below, check out the Resources page for a more extensive list of small batch baking essentials.

Happy Fall baking – and I’ll be back soon with more delicious fall desserts!

15 desserts for fall
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I'm Erin and I'm all about desserts - and a little bit of butter!

I've tested, written, and photographed hundreds of recipes on my website. Here you'll find the tastiest small batch gluten free and traditional desserts - all homemade, all simple, and all for you!

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