My top 10 favorite Fall desserts for entertaining include cake, pie, bread pudding, roulade, crumbles, cookie cups, and even a “skinny” Fall confection~something for any party, small or large.
Since it is officially Autumn, I decided to post my top 10 favorite Fall desserts for entertaining. Whether you have small groups, large parties, or anything in between, there is a dessert (or two) for you on this list. I include a photo of each dessert with a link to the recipe underneath.
My Fall faves include a range of ingredients, from pumpkin to apple to pecan, with a range of flavors, from maple to cinnamon to ginger. Most of these recipes are super easy, and two are even “skinnier” Fall desserts that won’t wreck the waistline:-)
If you try any of these, I’d so love to hear from you in the comments. Share what you liked (or didn’t) and how you tweaked the recipe(s). Feedback is welcome. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!
If you love pecan pie, you absolutely must try this pecan pie bread pudding. Zane’s mom made this one year for a family holiday, and we all loved it. It tastes exactly like pecan pie but with a bread pudding consistency. So instead of the syrupy pecan pie base, this has a moist, dense, crumbly texture. Freshly whipped cream is a must, and you can add bourbon or not. Zane’s mom always does (because her mother always did:-).
This pumpkin roulade with cream cheese filling looks and sounds “fancy” but is surprisingly easy to make. This roulade can be served at a sit down dinner or more casual event. I found this recipe years ago on a blog post shared by Kathy G.& Company. I made this for a dinner party and guests raved. I highly recommend having one good roulade in your recipe arsenal, and this one is a winner.
This pumpkin carrot cake is as easy to make as it is delectable. If you wonder if this tastes more like pumpkin cake or more like carrot cake, it tastes more like pumpkin. Since this cake bakes in a single 9″ springform pan, it is a much easier dessert option for those who don’t love baking and frosting myriad cake layers.
For those of you who DON’T mind baking and frosting multiple cake layers, this Best Carrot Cake recipe is for you. It is a Southern Living recipe, and it lives up to its claim to be the best. I’ve made this for myriad events and been asked for the recipe every time. It is a bit of trouble, but it is worth it if you want to impress guests with the best carrot cake they’ll likely ever eat.
My sweet and savvy “Southern Living test kitchens friend” Iris created these skinny pecan pie cookie cups with maple cream as a healthier substitute for pean pie. I have to tell you; these cookie cups are as good or better than pecan pie in my opinion. You get more bang for the buck as far as amount. A whole cup full of this crunchy dessert (topped with cream) versus a tiny sliver of pecan pie? I’ll choose this any day of the week:-)
Fall means apples, and this paper bag apple pie is hands down the BEST apple pie I’ve ever made or eaten. Yes, you do need a paper bag for this, so just grab one or two on your next grocery trip. The crumb topping on this is heavenly, and with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, your guests will be in apple pie heaven.
I love almost anything cooked in cast iron, and this skillet apple crisp is no exception. It is one of my favorite desserts. It is sweet, tart, rustic, and spicy all in one lovely bite. This dessert begs to be served with vanilla bean ice cream. If you are so inclined, you can purchase these tiny cast iron skillets and serve each guest their own individual desserts.
If you want the rustic feel of the skillet apple crisp but with fewer calories and less fat, this healthier apple oatmeal crisp is right up your alley. The tweaks made in this recipe to lower reduce calories, carbs and fat are almost imperceptible when you take a bite of this delicious dessert. This is a more casual Fall dessert that I serve to my family after a meal, but you could definitely dress this up in nicer serve ware for more formal occasions.
These cookies. Oh my goodness. An adorable friend, Sarah Cait Sawyer, brought these ginger cookies with buttercream filling to a young marrieds’ small group a few years ago and everyone died over them. The cookies taste like soft gingersnaps with buttercream sandwiched in the middle. These look lovely on a white platter and are perfect for casual entertaining~just pick up and go.
I have to include these sugar & spice glazed pecans in my top ten Fall favorite desserts because folks literally devour these. When I put a bowl of these out at a party, they are always gone by the night’s end. They also go great on salads, in nut breads (like this strawberry nut bread and this pumpkin pecan bread), and any recipe calling for pecans. For another cooking option, you can try these sugar and spice pecans in a slow cooker.
So there you have it; my top 10 favorite Fall desserts for entertaining. I hope you find something you love! XoXo