There’s something particularly delightful about baking in the fall. The easiest explanation for the sudden urge to turn on your stove and break out your stand mixer is that, well, the weather has finally cooled down, so cranking your oven to 375 degrees doesn’t instantly turn your kitchen into a sauna.
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But there’s more to it. There are the warming, comforting spices of fall: the cinnamon, the nutmeg, the ginger, the molasses. There’s also fall produce. Apples, pumpkin, and nuts are so easily incorporated into desserts that it’s frankly hard not to bake.
So when planning your fall dinner parties and birthday parties and casual social engagements, you simply need to bake. But deciding what fall flavors to cook up is easier said than done. Luckily, we combed through our catalogue of recipes to bring you the best seasonal desserts. There are tried and true classics like apple crisp, pumpkin pie, and caramel apples. There are also new twists on fall flavors, like a pecan pie with espresso dates, a pumpkin spice tiramisu, and a whisky walnut babka.
So stop what you’re doing and start baking. These are 23 sensational seasonal desserts for your fall parties.