Cooking with the Season: 5 Dessert Recipes for Early Fall Entertaining

Cooking with the Season: 5 Dessert Recipes for Early Fall Entertaining

The change between seasons is always a time that elicits some reaction. When spring changes to summer here in New England, we always rejoice at the beauty around us, the long sunny days that seem to stretch on forever, and the glistening blue sky. But when summer changes to fall, the sentiment is somewhat different. Fall is so very beautiful in Massachusetts and surrounding states, but it’s also what ushers in winter: the time of year many New Englanders merely tolerate.

But not to get too ahead of ourselves — there are still a couple beautiful months ahead before we get there, and so very many delicious things to make for your next party! Fall certainly inspires a whole host of different ingredients and flavors from what summer has to offer, but in these in between weeks when it’s not yet so cold, but no longer the heat of summer, what do you serve? Here are a few of our sweetest ideas for transitional desserts perfect for this time of year.

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Nutella S’mores Fudge

S’mores are so reminiscent of summertime and beaches and bonfires, but they’re also something that easily transitions into fall. There’s little better than gathering ‘round a cozy fire, roasting marshmallows while the cool air settles around you. Here the traditional s’mores takes a different turn, and gets made into simple and portable Nutella fudge.

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Pots de Creme

Pots de Creme aren’t necessarily a dessert made for this time of year, but served like this in classic white mugs, they remind us of all the steaming beverages we drink as the temperatures drop. Cute, classy, and super yummy, this dessert is sure to be a hit.

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Easy Apple Baklava Bites

Apple trees are just about to explode all over New England with their beautiful bounty, so it’s time to start thinking about how to use all those apples up! These individual tartlets are perfect for any party, simple, tasty, and not too tough to make.

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Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes

Sweet potatoes aren’t decidedly a fall vegetable, but they do usher in the root veggies we all know and love and consume more often in the wintertime. Here, they’re sweetened up and added to cupcakes for something a little different and a lot delicious.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Snickerdoodles

If you’re ready to go full steam ahead with all things fall, then these cookies are for you. Pumpkin is readily available now, and these cookies make great use of it. They combine two wonderful desserts – snickerdoodle cookies and creamy cheesecake – for one outstanding dessert combination!

What’s your favorite dessert for entertaining this time of year?