Need comfort food? Fall dessert recipes to try

Ella Gilmore, Staff Reporter

You don’t have to be a master chef to cook up some great seasonal treats. With Halloween just around the corner, now is the perfect time to bake some classic fall-themed desserts and snacks, while also trying out some new ones. Here’s a list of some of the best recipes involving apples, pumpkins, and all things autumn. 

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Sugar cookies are a super simple yet delicious dessert that are great to make on a rainy day. (Photo by Ella Gilmore)

Fall Themed Sugar Cookies

If you really don’t like apples, or pumpkins, or any fall flavors, then here’s the perfect recipe for you. Sugar cookies are a simple yet delicious dessert that everyone loves. They also allow for more creativity when it comes to the shape of the cookie and the color icing you choose. Make your cookies a little more in season by using cookie cutters shaped like leaves, pumpkins, ghosts, or any other spooky design. Here’s a great recipe to use if you’re lost; the cookies taste just like Panera’s!

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread is a classic when it comes to fall recipes, and can be served at both breakfast and dessert. The familiar blend of fall spices make pumpkin bread one of the most popular foods to eat during this time of year. Enjoy it with some butter and cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. Find a great recipe here.

Pecan Pie Brownies

While most of us associate pecan pie with Thanksgiving, enjoy the same taste and flavors earlier in the year with pecan pie brownies. These brownies pack in the gooeyness and caramel-like flavor we all love, but don’t take several hours to prepare. In just forty minutes of baking, you’ll have the dessert you wished you’d known about sooner. Here’s a quick and easy recipe brought to you by Delish.

Apples Slices with Homemade Caramel Sauce

Apples serve as a great fall snack, so why not spice things up a bit by adding a little extra sugar? Caramel sauce is surprisingly easy to make, and only requires a few simple ingredients that everyone has at home. All you need to do is buy the apples! Find a short and sweet recipe here.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkins are practically unavoidable in the fall — even our own school has a fundraiser selling pumpkins. So, if you want to get in the fall feeling, but don’t like pumpkin bread, try pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. They’re super moist and airy, and the chocolate chips help add some extra flavor to the muffins. Try them out with this recipe.

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Looking for your new favorite kind of chip? Look no further than the cinnamon apple chip! These baked apple chips are a perfect blend of crispy and chewy, and the cinnamon helps add a little extra flavor. The best thing about this recipe: you don’t need a dehydrator to make them. Simply bake your cinnamon coated apple slices in the oven for a couple of hours and voila! Find the quick and easy recipe here.

Caramel “Apple” Grape

Speaking of apples, here’s a twist on the classic fall dessert, caramel apples. For this mini treat, instead of using apples, use large, green grapes. Dip them in caramel, coat them with peanut pieces, and you have yourself the best dessert to ever involving grapes. See for yourself with this easy-to-follow recipe.

Crustless Apple Pie

Enjoy the same taste and texture of a slice of apple pie without dealing with the pie dough. Instead, cut thin slices around each apple half and fill with oats, melted butter, and cinnamon sugar. Although this is one of the more complicated recipes on this list, the end result is well worth the effort. Top this great recipe off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Churro Chips

While churros might not be the most fall related dessert, there’s no time like the present to try out these super crunchy yet super sweet treats. All you need is tortilla chips, cinnamon, sugar, melted butter, and an oven. Best of all, churro chips only take eight minutes to bake! You’ll be enjoying these sugary sweets in no time. Try them out with this recipe.

Pumpkin Pie

Last, but certainly not least, comes the classic pumpkin pie. Nothing screams fall like a warm slice of pumpkin sweetness topped off with some airy whipped cream. Now is the perfect time to master this timeless dessert, so you’ll be ready to impress your family come Thanksgiving. If you don’t know where to start, here’s a great recipe that’s super straightforward and easy to follow.