Ah, the holiday season, otherwise known as an homage to the best desserts in the history of baked goods. The rest of the year’s desserts just can’t compete with a perfectly baked pumpkin pie, or a cranberry-infused crisp. If you need some sweet inspiration, these recipes are sure to take rank in the clean plate club.
Traditional Apple Pie
Have it be known that I am an absolute apple pie snob. If it’s my birthday, my friends and family get me pie over cake every year; they know I can never get enough of it. So trust me when I say that this is the only pie recipe you’ll need all holiday season, it’s absolutely perfect.
Best-Ever Pumpkin Pie
You love it or you hate it, but there’s still no denying that pumpkin pie has solidified itself as a November staple. I only have one rule: serve it with a mountain of whipped cream.
Apple Cranberry Crisp
Anyone else think of fruit crisps as pie casseroles? Just me? Well either way, I love a good crisp that offers a lot of the same flavors and textures as pie, but takes less work. This one combines two classic flavors: fall apples and festive cranberry sauce.
Pumpkin Haupia Crunch Cake
This is honestly my new favorite recipe for infusing pumpkin into the season. It’s topped with a generous amount of haupia, which is a traditional Hawaiian coconut custard. Plus it’s super pantry friendly, with ingredients like canned coconut cream, boxed cake mix, and pumpkin puree.
Apple Cider Donuts
Picture this, if you will: It’s a cool, fall morning. You have the best cup of chai tea, or fresh-brewed coffee. And then these come out of the oven: spiced little apple-y morsels of fluffy, doughy goodness.
Caramel and Chocolate-Dipped Holiday Pears
Talk about a show stopper! As if The Holiday Pear couldn’t get any better, just wait until you try it with caramel and chocolate. This one also wins the award for “easiest dessert;” all you have to do is dip and set.