Five Amazing Fall Desserts – Frugal Novice

Five Amazing Fall Desserts


Five amazing fall desserts… sure to delight your guests and your taste buds.

This is one of my favorite fall desserts –  thanks to our friend Wendy making them for us once, I got hooked! I made them for a potluck last year and they were gobbled up. This dessert has the benefit of being easy to eat – no forks necessary – so it’s perfect to take to parties. The spiced cake with cream cheese frosting center is a classic flavor combination, but the whoopie pies are a new iteration and are sure to be a hit with anyone you serve them to.

This recipe from I Enjoy Stuff has just two ingredients… you can’t really get much more simple than that! I’ve gotten to try Sam’s cupcakes for myself and I know she’s also tried adding in some cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, which takes it to another level in my opinion. I’ve also seen a similar recipe where you can add a mixture of 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons apple cider, and half a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to make a glaze. Of course, these are pretty (and tasty) with just a dusting of powdered sugar on them as well.

We’ve all had oatmeal cookies before, and while yes, they’re a great fall dessert, they’re not too original. Add in orange extract, pumpkin pie spice, walnuts, and cranberries, and you get a delicious blend that just embodies fall flavors. These would be great to package in a simple brown box tied with twine and deliver to your neighbors – make them thankful for a neighbor like you this Thanksgiving!

Fudge is another one of those desserts you see a lot of around the holiday season. While I’m a huge fan of traditional, plain Jane fudge, this recipe dresses it up a bit and adds a subtle cinnamon that brings in the fall and adds depth to the flavor. I love the idea of sprinkling the top with just a touch of salt to balance out the sweetness.

I know, I know – apple pie is hardly an original idea for the fall. But pairing it with cinnamon ice cream? Genius! The warmth of the pie causes the ice cream to melt just so, letting the two components meld together perfectly. And the cinnamon flavor from the ice cream is SO much better than standard vanilla, in my humble opinion. So, add a twist to an American classic and serve your guests the ultimate comfort food this fall.

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  • Suzanne B. November 12, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I have printed out the Cinnamon Fudge recipe. I think it will be great for the holidays!

  • Lucy Smart November 13, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I pinned both the cinnamon chocolate fudge recipe, and the pumpkin cream pies! The cream pies will be made for a potluck this weekend, and I’ll make the fudge recipe to give as part of a gift for Christmas! So excited to try these! Thanks!

    • Christi November 13, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      I hope you enjoy the cream pies as much as we do – they’re one of my top five favorite desserts now!

  • Lauren T November 15, 2011 at 6:03 am

    I’m excited to try the pumpkin whoopie pies modified to be gluten free and soy free. I’m always on the hunt for recipes that can easily be altered. These seem great!

  • katie mitchell December 25, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    cinnamon ice cream and apple pie sounds delish!

  • April G December 27, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    I love that Autumn Harvest Cookies recipe, and I think it would be fairly easy to modify with some different ingredients to change it up now and then too.