15 Fabulous Fall Treats That Aren’t a Mouthful of Pumpkin Spice

It’s that time of year when it seems like anything flavored with pumpkin spice gets all the love and attention. But if you’re just not feeling it, you’ll be glad to have these alternative treats for your autumn enjoyment. You’ll still taste all the best fall flavors — think apples, pears, caramel, maple, nuts, and dark chocolate — but without that overwhelming PSL vibe.

1. Apple Harvest Pound Cake with Caramel Glaze

This easy-to-make apple and walnut Bundt cake drizzled with homemade caramel sauce is perfect for fall parties. Jenn says, “Absolutely delightful! I added 1 cup of chocolate chips as well. Worked wonderfully with the cinnamon.”

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Apple Harvest Pound Cake with Caramel Glaze | Photo by foodpornographer

2. Oatmeal Cookie Apple Crisp

You’re going to want to serve this crisp while it’s warm from the oven, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Watch the video to see how easy it is to make.


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3. Almond and Pear Cake

Almonds, pears, and a touch of amaretto liqueur make this tender cake an autumn standout. Kerry Rodgers raves, “Very simple and tasted great! Will definitely make this again.”

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Almond and Pear Cake | Photo by Buckwheat Queen

4. Pecan Cardamom Bar Cookies

Cardamom is quickly gaining in popularity as a substitute for cinnamon. Not that there’s anything wrong with cinnamon, but why not expand your taste horizons? Kari says, “Amazingly good. I love cardamom. Also had a great shortbread-type texture.”

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Pecan Cardamom Bar Cookies | Photo by House of Aqua

5. Chef John’s Chili Chocolate Cookies

The merest pinch of cayenne pepper intensifies the chocolate in this boldly flavored cookie. Chef John shows you how to pull it all together in this video.

6. Maple Pecan Shortbread Squares

Smart tip: Toast the pecans before making this recipe to deepen their flavor. jvoigt says, “Giving this 5 stars because even the people who don’t normally eat dessert enjoyed this. Easier than pecan pie.”

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Maple Pecan Shortbread Squares | Photo by larkspur

7. White Chocolate Macadamia Cranberry Dreams

These delectable cookies are going to go fast, so stash a few away just for yourself. Larrlach says, “This is the only cookie recipe I now use.”

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White Chocolate Macadamia Cranberry Dreams | Photo by CookinBug


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8. Fudge Walnut Brownies

How good are they really? Yoly says, “These are the best tasting brownies ever. I have been making this recipe for over 30 years now and I won’t change a thing. Fudgy, nutty, chocolatey, what’s not to like?”

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Fudge Walnut Brownies | Photo by Yoly

9. Maple Walnut Pralines

Use real maple syrup in this super simple candy so the flavor really shines through. “Fantastic! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these! This was so quick and simple to make and tastes soooo delicious. This is a definite keeper~YUM, YUM, YUM!!!!!! Thanks for sharing. :), ” raves Christina.

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Maple Walnut Pralines | Photo by Christina

10. Chai Cupcakes

If you love the warm and spicy flavors of chai tea, you’ve got to try these chai-kissed cupcakes. “I was a bit skeptical the first time I made these for a family gathering! They were an instant hit! Have made them numerous times since then, including as a dessert item for a nephew’s wedding!” — babaloo53

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Chai Cupcakes | Photo by Sarah-May

11. Chef John’s Apple Fritters

This recipe is so good, it even surprised Chef John himself. Take a look at the video to get his secret for the perfect apple fritters.

12. Rum Raisin Bread Pudding with Warm Vanilla Sauce

Warm up a brisk autumn night with this ultimate comfort food dessert. “I was told this is the best bread pudding ever,” says callanne. “I used cinnamon raisin challah bread and used almost a whole loaf.”

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Rum Raisin Bread Pudding with Warm Vanilla Sauce | Photo by lutzflcat

13. Plum Cake

Make this late summer, early autumn cake when fresh plums are in season. Anjali says, “I thought this was a good cake recipe with just the right amount of sweetness.”

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Plum Cake | Photo by honeypoo

14. Kheer (Rice Pudding)

This Basmati rice pudding is made fragrant with cardamom and rose water. jeninAZ offers this suggestion: “As others have said, trust the rice quantity and don’t add more! And use golden raisins instead of regular–it’s more traditional and much nicer looking.”

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Kheer (Rice Pudding) | Photo by Michelle Marques

15. Caramel Apple Cheesecake

With apples, caramel, and pecans in the mix, this is the perfect dessert to end any fall feast. The video shows you how to make this crowd-pleaser.


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