While adventuring through fall foliage is fun and all, one of our favorite things to do this time of year is stay home, light some candles, put on a movie, and bake a delicious autumn dessert.
We love a good dessert all year long, but there’s something extra indulgent about incorporating flavors like cinnamon, apple, pumpkin, pecan, caramel, cranberries and chocolate. Whether you’re making a personal dessert to enjoy at home or you’re in charge of dessert for your Thanksgiving feast, these Colorado food bloggers have plenty of ideas to curb your sweet tooth cravings.
From a fruity cranberry pound cake to a rich bourbon caramel apple pie, these fall desserts are sure to satisfy both you and your hungry guests!
From Creative Culinary
Photos Courtesy of Barbara Kiebel via Creative Culinary
This Bourbon Caramel Apple Pie With Pecan Crumble from Creative Culinary has everything you want in an apple pie — and a little more! Apples are sauteed and mixed with a combination of sugar, butter and cinnamon, and of course, a rich bourbon. Plus, the flaky crust and crumble topping adds a variety of textures to this flavorful fall dessert.
From Cooking on the Ranch
Rich, decadent and French-inspired, this easy Pumpkin Pots au Crème is perfect for serving to a group, as each comes in its own personal container. Pots au crème is a loose French custard dating back to the 17th century. You can top yours with candied pecans or keep it simple with the silky, orange top that resembles a crème brûlée.
From Plant-Based Cooking
Photos Courtesy of Plant-Based Cooking
These delicious Chai Spice Apple Muffins are made with healthy ingredients, including old-fashioned oats, whole wheat flour, apples and nuts. But your sweet tooth will be satisfied with the homemade chai spice mix, which includes nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger! Plant-Based Cooking is known for creating tasty vegan recipes, including desserts.
This Apple Sharlotka Bundt Cake from SpiceRoots is an exciting twist on the traditional Russian cake. Sharlotka basically means apple pie, but it looks and feels more like a cake. It is made with a simple lineup of ingredients, including eggs, flour, sugar and apples. This homemade cake is easy to make, and perfect for fall and winter!
Photos Courtesy of Climbing Grier Mountain
Everyone loves a pumpkin pie this time of year — and Climbing Grier Mountain is switching things up a bit with this Pumpkin & White Chocolate Mousse Pie. This fluffy, rich autumn dessert is a bit more complex to make — but every bite makes the work all worth it!
Cranberries are an essential ingredient this time of year. To celebrate this autumnal berry, try this delicious Cranberry Pound Cake from Dough-Eyed. It’s pretty, tart and sweet with a little orangey zest. It pairs well with coffee and makes the perfect thoughtful gift for friends and family!
Photos Courtesy of Dough-Eyed
Let’s go back to the basics with a tried-and-true pumpkin bread recipe. This one from Dough-Eyed is spicy and flavorful, with a crunchy layer of almond slices baked on top. Plus, this smaller loaf size means you can finish it up in one sitting with a small group — or by yourself (we won’t judge)!
If you need an alternative to apple pie, this easy-to-make Apple Pomegranate Ginger Cobbler from Climbing Grier Mountain is your answer. Simply toss all the ingredients together, place them in a cast iron skillet, add the crunchy topping, and place it in the oven!
From Boulder Locavore
Photo Courtesy of Boulder Locavore
From Elana’s Pantry
These spicy Pumpkin Spice Meringues from Elana’s Pantry are made with a simple list of ingredients: egg whites, maple syrup, ground cinnamon, ginger and ground nutmeg. The meringues can be made five days ahead of time and stored in a cool, dry place at room temperature. This recipe makes 50 meringues, so it’s the perfect thing to bring to a fall gathering!
Photo Courtesy of Dinners, Dishes & Desserts
Bring the magic of the pumpkin patch experience to your home with these Apple Cider Donuts, which are full of apple flavor and dusted with cinnamon and sugar. All the apple flavor comes from the cider, which means there is no chopping or peeling of apples involved. Plus, they don’t have any yeast, so you won’t have to worry about them rising to the right level.
From Elana’s Pantry
Dotted with rich dark chocolate, these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies from Elana’s Pantry are paleo, nut-free and egg-free. They are crispy on the outside and crumby on the inside — the ideal combination for cookies. Elana tested this recipe 21 times in one year, just to get it right — so you know it will be good!
What are you baking this fall? Let us know in the comments below!