Delicious Fall & Winter Dessert Recipes

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Celebrate the changing of the seasons with these simple and delicious fall desserts. Make a treat for the kids, or cook a large dessert for fall dinner parties. From healthy 100-calorie pumpkin pies to delectable apple tarts, there's a recipe for everyone in the family to enjoy this autumn.

Mini Pumpkin Pies

If you're looking for a delicious bite of pumpkin pie, but don't have the time or the appetite for the whole thing, try making these bite sized versions for snack, party favors or an autumn dessert treat. They'll take about two hours to make, and are under 100 calories.


  • Three-quarters of a cup of granulated sugar
  • One tablespoon of cornstarch
  • One cup of whipped cream
  • Two egg whites
  • One teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • One-half teaspoon of salt
  • 12 ounces of evaporated fat free milk
  • One can of pumpkin pie filling
  • One-half teaspoon of ground ginger


  1. Heat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine sugar, cinnamon, corn starch, salt and ginger in a mixing bowl.
  3. Beat eggs in a separate bowl, then combine with the mixture.
  4. Mix in the pumpkin filling.
  5. Gradually pour in the evaporated milk and stir well.
  6. Pour the mixture into paper baking cups set in a cupcake baking pan.
  7. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, then let cool.
  8. Top each mini pumpkin pie with whipped cream.
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Carmel Apple Candy

Modeled after classic candy apples, this caramelized treat is an easy way to enjoy bite sized version of the original dessert. Expect this recipe to be ready in about one hour.


  • One-half cup of brown sugar
  • One-half cup of caramel topping
  • Six apples, sliced and peeled
  • One-half cup of butter, sliced into pats
  • One-half teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • Two-thirds cup of flour


  1. Heat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Mix the caramel and cinnamon together in a large bowl.
  3. Mix in the apple slices, then pour mixture onto a baking dish.
  4. Mix flour, butter and sugar together, then drizzle over the apples.
  5. Bake for approximately 45 minutes, until the topping is brown.

Cranberry Raspberry Topping

Great for pies, cake or ice cream, this dessert topping makes anything sweet. Expect the recipe to be done in about 30 minutes.


  • One cup of sugar
  • One bag of cranberries
  • One cup of orange juice
  • Two cups of raspberries


  1. Combine the juice and sugar in a pan, and cook over medium heat.
  2. Stir in cranberries, and bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Stir occasionally until cranberries break open.
  4. Mix in the raspberries and reduce the heat.
  5. Cook for another 10 minutes.
  6. Serve warm or cold on the dessert of your choice.

Apple Tart

Delicious apple tarts are a great way to celebrate autumn, and incorporate one of the season's best fruits. Plan ahead to make the dough separately, or purchase store bought dough to save time.

Dough Ingredients:

  • One and one-third cups of flour
  • One-quarter cup of water
  • One-half teaspoon of salt
  • One-half cup of butter, sliced into pats
  • One teaspoon of sugar
  • Two tablespoons of sour cream

Filling Ingredients:

  • Five Apples
  • Two teaspoons of cornstarch
  • One-quarter teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Two teaspoons of lemon juice
  • One-quarter cup of sugar
  • One and one-half tablespoons of bread crumbs
  • Three tablespoons of apple jelly

Dough Directions:

  1. Combine the sugar, salt and flour in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix in the butter until it is chopped but not completely blended.
  3. Combine the water in sour cream, and pour over the first mixture, lightly blend until crumbs begin to form.
  4. Cover your hands in flour, and pack the mixture into a large ball.
  5. Flatten the dough ball onto a sheet of plastic wrap until it is three quarters of an inch thick.
  6. Fold the plastic wrap over the dough, and refrigerate for one hour.
  7. Remove the dough from the refrigerator, and roll with a large pin until the dough is about 13 inches across.
  8. Place the dough on a baking sheet and set back in the refrigerator.
  9. Heat the oven to 375 F.

Filling Instructions:

  1. Thinly slice three of the apples, then toss into a bowl and mix with the lemon juice.
  2. Dice the remaining apples, and mix in a bowl with sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon.
  3. Remove the dough from the refrigerator, and spread the preserves over it.
  4. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over the preserves.
  5. Pour the diced apples onto the dough and breadcrumbs and spread evenly. Leave a small margin of dough around the edge.
  6. Arrange the sliced apples on top, in a circular fan. Make the circle of sliced apples slightly smaller than the circle of diced apples.
  7. Chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove the baking pan from the refrigerator, and sprinkle one tablespoon of sugar over the apples.
  9. Fold up the edges of the dough, over the apples.
  10. Bake for on the center oven rack for one hour, or until the tart is golden brown.
  11. Heat the apple jelly until melted, and brush on over the tart.

Make one of these delicious fall desserts for your next dinner party or a sweet treat for any night of the week. From 100 calorie mini pumpkin pies, to delectable apple tarts, there's something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Last Updated: January 31, 2012
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About Alexandra Kerr Through Ideal Home Garden, Alexandra covers topics ranging from interior design to home improvement, gardening and cuisine. Having a passion for cooking and entertaining in her own life, she hopes to communicate her love of home design and decorating with her readers. 

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