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Beyond Pie Perfect recipes for fall.

BeyondPieSliderWith fall comes the promise of delicious fall desserts, especially pumpkin and apple pies. We all love pie, of course, but just in case you’re getting sick of the same old recipe, here’s a few new (and delicious!) ways to get your pumpkin and apple fix.

Fall in Love

Fall is the time of pumpkin-spiced lattes, crisp leaves on the sidewalk, and your favorite scarf on your neck. Snuggle up by the fireplace with this simple—and tasty—pudding treat that’s got the pumpkin you’re pumped about this season.


1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin filling

1 package (5 oz.) vanilla instant pudding

1 can (12 fl. oz.) can evaporated milk

¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, or cinnamon

chocolate chips (optional)

whipped cream (optional)

Whisk together the pudding mix and evaporated milk in a large bowl (follow pudding package instructions) and refrigerate for five minutes. Add in pumpkin pie filling and spice/cinnamon, mixing well. Spoon into individual dessert dishes for a fancy touch, or just leave in the bowl. Refrigerate for another 10 minutes. Top it off with some chocolate chips and whipped cream and your dessert will be the talk of the party (or at least your family).

The Devil’s in the Ingredients

Let’s make this: No time? No problem. These two-ingredient cupcakes are the easiest. And so delicious no one will know they’re actually pretty healthy. Frosting is the perfect third ingredient if you’re feeling advanced.


1 box of devil’s food chocolate cake mix

1 15 oz. can of pumpkin filling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare your cupcake pan with liners. Beat the cake mix and pumpkin filling until well-combined (it will be thick). Fill cupcake liners three-quarters full and bake for 25-30 minutes. When a toothpick comes out from the center clean, you’ll know they’re ready to eat! (As soon as they cool off first, of course.)

A Baker’s Treat

No one wants to miss out on grandma’s apple pie during the fall. Until now. Forget about the pie, and share these delicious baked apples with your friends and family instead.


4 apples

4 tablespoons butter

½ cup brown sugar


Core each apple, leaving a little well and without cutting all the way through. Stuff the openings with two tablespoons brown sugar and one tablespoon butter. Sprinkle some cinnamon over everything, and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Take out the cooked apples, pick out some cute bowls and serve! Layer on a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a drizzle caramel syrup and you’ve got a perfect fall treat.

No Bad Apples

If you want something that’s a more traditional dessert, but don’t have the time for a pie, how about a crisp? Apple crisps are a fall staple and this easy recipe will delight with its crumbly oat topping.


3 cups peeled and sliced green apples

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 stick butter, melted

½ cup white sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Mix together the brown sugar, oats, flour and butter until appropriately crumbly. Use half of the crumble to coat the bottom of your (greased) baking pan, then layer the apples on top. Combine the sugar and cinnamon and spread out over the apples. Add the rest of the crumble mixture across the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Let this sweet treat cool for five minutes, and you’ve got a perfect dessert—just by itself or, even better, à la mode.

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