40 Fall Desserts That are Worth the Calories

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Fact: When temperatures drop, we like to eat different kinds of food (fattier, richer, carb-ier)—and more of them. Take this here study, which explains the science behind seasonal cravings, and specifically during fall and winter, when our bodies are biologically designed to store fat for survival purposes (nature definitely hasn’t gotten the memo about the current state of our fast-food nation). It’s no wonder we love to overeat at Thanksgiving, and yet somehow always have room for dessert.

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I’m not saying this to make you feel guilty about eating sweet treats; I’m saying it so you know that it’s not your fault. And so that you can make wise decisions about which foods to indulge in. These 40 recipes run the gamut, from chocolate-dipped candy corn treats to black velvet whoopie pies, but they’ll all satisfy your sweet tooth. Bonus: Lots of them feature seasonal flavors and ingredients like cinnamon, pecans, apples, and pumpkin.

Even better, by making your own desserts at home, at least you’ll know exactly what’s going into your body. You can enjoy the cooking process, taste the fruits of your labor, and give the extra batch of cookies or cupcakes away to a friend or neighbor. Or bring them to a holiday party or Friendsgiving. Either way, you won’t regret adding these to your must-make list.

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Peanut Butter Pie
Peanut Butter Pie
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcakes with Butter Pecan Frosting
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcakes with Butter Pecan Frosting
Spiced Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Spiced Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Chocolate Dipped Candy Corn Treats 
Chocolate Dipped Candy Corn Treats 
Chocolate Acorns
Chocolate Acorns
Easy Pumpkin Cobbler
Easy Pumpkin Cobbler
Baked Apple Cider Donut Holes
Baked Apple Cider Donut Holes
Pumpkin Caramel Poke Cake
Pumpkin Caramel Poke Cake
Apple Crisp Cookie Cups
Apple Crisp Cookie Cups
Cinnamon and Chocolate Cannolis
Cinnamon and Chocolate Cannolis
Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies
Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies
Black Velvet Whoopie Pies
Black Velvet Whoopie Pies
Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies
Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies
Pecan Pie Cheesecake Fudge
Pecan Pie Cheesecake Fudge
Easy Tiramisu Mousse
Easy Tiramisu Mousse
Best Carrot Cake Recipe
Best Carrot Cake Recipe
Churro Bites
Churro Bites
Pumpkin Cookies
Pumpkin Cookies
German Chocolate Cupcakes
German Chocolate Cupcakes
Apple Cider Cupcakes with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Buttercream
Apple Cider Cupcakes with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Buttercream
Apple Fries with Caramel Cream Dip
Apple Fries with Caramel Cream Dip
Caramel Pecan Carrot Cupcakes
Caramel Pecan Carrot Cupcakes
Dutch Apple Pie Cookies
Dutch Apple Pie Cookies
Soft Maple Sugar Cookies
Soft Maple Sugar Cookies
Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars
Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars
Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites
Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites
Cheesecake Swirled Pumpkin Roll Bars
Cheesecake Swirled Pumpkin Roll Bars
Salted Caramel Maple Pecan Pie Bars
Salted Caramel Maple Pecan Pie Bars
Salted Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Dip
Salted Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Dip
Cinnamon Apple Crumb Cake
Cinnamon Apple Crumb Cake
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Crumble Bars
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Crumble Bars
German Chocolate Cake
German Chocolate Cake
Creamy Maple Nut Pie
Creamy Maple Nut Pie
Autumn Oreo Brownies
Autumn Oreo Brownies
Salted Caramel Pumpkin Poke Cake
Salted Caramel Pumpkin Poke Cake
Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler
Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler
Classic Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake
Classic Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake
Pumpkin Lush Bars
Pumpkin Lush Bars
Autumn Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Autumn Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Maple Sugar Cookies
Maple Sugar Cookies

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  • Peanut Butter Pie
  • Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcakes with Butter Pecan Frosting
  • Spiced Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
  • Chocolate Dipped Candy Corn Treats 
  • Chocolate Acorns
  • Easy Pumpkin Cobbler
  • Baked Apple Cider Donut Holes
  • Pumpkin Caramel Poke Cake
  • Apple Crisp Cookie Cups
  • Cinnamon and Chocolate Cannolis
  • Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies
  • Black Velvet Whoopie Pies
  • Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies
  • Pecan Pie Cheesecake Fudge
  • Easy Tiramisu Mousse
  • Best Carrot Cake Recipe
  • Churro Bites
  • Pumpkin Cookies
  • German Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Apple Cider Cupcakes with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Buttercream
  • Apple Fries with Caramel Cream Dip
  • Caramel Pecan Carrot Cupcakes
  • Dutch Apple Pie Cookies
  • Soft Maple Sugar Cookies
  • Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars
  • Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites
  • Cheesecake Swirled Pumpkin Roll Bars
  • Salted Caramel Maple Pecan Pie Bars
  • Salted Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Dip
  • Cinnamon Apple Crumb Cake
  • Caramel Apple Cheesecake Crumble Bars
  • German Chocolate Cake
  • Creamy Maple Nut Pie
  • Autumn Oreo Brownies
  • Salted Caramel Pumpkin Poke Cake
  • Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler
  • Classic Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake
  • Pumpkin Lush Bars
  • Autumn Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Maple Sugar Cookies

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