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5 Fun Fall Desserts

Written by: Kari Sletten

As the world seems to continue to throw obstacles at us each and every day, I thought it would be nice to talk about something fun… DESSERTS! I'm not gonna lie, I am gluten- and dairy-free so I don't always know what to make when it comes to desserts, but I figured I would give this a try anyway. So, here goes nothing, 5 easy fall desserts!

1. Pumpkin Pie

I don’t know about you guys, but I have always found that the easiest way to make pumpkin pie is to start with the premade pie crust. My mom and I would always go out and buy the Pilsbury pie crust in the red box, and that was our secret to a great pumpkin pie - that, and getting the recipe off of the back of a “Libby’s” pumpkin can.

Here is what you need to make the perfect pumpkin pie, with no hassle:

  • One can of pumpkin puree

  • One can of evaporated milk

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon of salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 box of Pillsbury pie crust

  • Whipped cream (optional)

In order to create this wonderful pumpkin masterpiece, you start by mixing together all of the dry ingredients. Once those are all combined, add in the eggs and the pumpkin mix. Then, gradually stir in the evaporated milk. Pour it into the pie shell, and bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees, then for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Then let it cool on a wire rack for 2 hours and serve this glorious pie!

2. Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

This is a super quick and easy fall dessert that you can serve with apple slices, pear slices, cinnamon graham crackers, vanilla wafers, pretzels, and so much more! The best part about this dessert is it only takes 10 minutes to make!

Here are all the ingredients for the dip:

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese (softened)

  • ½ cup of brown sugar

  • 1 can of pumpkin puree

  • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Now for the instructions. Start by using a hand mixer to blend the cream cheese and brown sugar until it is all combined. Once that is done, add the pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice into the bowl, and blend again. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until it stands up on its own. Then, gently fold the whipped cream into the pumpkin dip until it is fully combined. At this point, just stick your creation in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it. When it comes time to eat your dessert, sprinkle it with some ground cinnamon, and you’re off to the races!

3. Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples are a fall classic, and better yet, they are super easy to make at home! Before you begin, you will need to find a small saucepan, a wooden spoon or plastic spatula, wooden pointed sticks (skewers), and a large shallow plate for toppings.

Here are your ingredients:

  • Caramel candies

  • Apples (Granny Smiths are great for this so you have contrasting sweet and sour)

  • Toppings of your choice!

First things first, you have to melt the caramels in your saucepan to create a gooey coating for the apples. Once the caramel is melted, take an apple on a skewer and dip it into the caramel, making sure to coat it as much as possible. At this point, take your caramel-coated apple and roll it in your topping of choice (mine would be rainbow sprinkles) and then set them on a tray in the fridge to set up. Once they have chilled, enjoy!

4. Cinnamon Apple Chips

Here is another super easy recipe that utilizes apples! (I see a trend here… pumpkin and apples). As you start prepping your chips, you will want to preheat your oven to 200 degrees.

Here is what you need:

  • 2 apples, thinly sliced

  • 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar

  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon

This just might be the easiest dessert yet. In a large bowl, toss the apples with the sugar and cinnamon. Then, place the apple slices on the baking sheet (I lined mine with tin foil for easy cleaning) making sure that the apples do not overlap. Bake them for 2 to 3 hours, flipping them over halfway through, until the apples are dried out but still pliable. Then let them cool and you are good to go!

5. Pumpkin Fudge

Who doesn’t like fudge? If you combine fall and chocolate, pumpkin fudge is the only logical solution. In order to ensure recipe success, grab an 8”x8” pan and line it with parchment paper and grease it with nonstick cooking spray.

One last time, here are your ingredients:

  • 3 ½ cups of white chocolate chips

  • 1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk

  • ⅓ cup of pumpkin puree

  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, and a little extra for dusting on top (optional)

  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • A pinch of kosher salt

To get started, combine the white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a large microwave-safe bowl. You will want to microwave this on medium power for 1-minute intervals, stirring in between, until the mixture is smooth. Then fold in the pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, vanilla, and salt, until the mixture is once again smooth. Once that is done, pour it all into the prepared baking pan and place it in the refrigerator for 3 hours, or until the fudge has set. Then you can sprinkle some more pumpkin pie spice on top and you are ready to serve!

I hope you all enjoy these recipes as we enter into the fall season! I sure had a fun time compiling (and testing) them all for you, and I assure you, they’re all fantastic.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

- 1 Corinthians 10:31



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