25 Irresistibly Sweet Maple Desserts for Fall

Once October rolls around, I feel like there’s no use fighting the plethora of desserts and sweets coming my way. In the midst of a sea of apple- and pumpkin-flavored everything, there’s one taste I especially crave, and that’s maple. And believe it or not, it’s not just for pancakes! I just think there’s something definitively fall about a maple-flavored donut or a warm, spicy cake with a sweet maple glaze. But I’ve gone beyond donuts and cakes (though you’ll find those also) and found 24 delicious maple desserts that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. And don’t worry, I included some healthy recipes, too!

  • 25 Irresistably Sweet Maple Desserts 1 of 26
    25 Irresistably Sweet Maple Desserts

    Get ready for some mouthwatering, sweet as can be maple desserts!

     

    Photo credit: Carolyn Ketchum

  • Candied Maple Bacon Donuts 2 of 26
    Candied Maple Bacon Donuts

    So let's kick this thing off with over-the-top candied maple bacon donuts. Homemade donuts topped with a maple glaze and candied bacon. Not for the faint of heart (wink, wink).

     

    Recipe and photo source: The Novice Chef

  • Maple Cheesecake 3 of 26
    maple cheesecake

    This decadent cheesecake is made with both cream cheese and mascarpone, and is sweetened with brown sugar and maple syrup. Then on top? Maple-sweetened whipped cream and maple flakes.


    Photo and recipe source: Maple Cheesecake

  • Spiced Pumpkin Pie with Maple Syrup 4 of 26
    spiced maple pumpkin pie

    Is it too early for pumpkin pie? I mean, is there ever a wrong time for pie? I think the answer is a resounding NO. This pie is flavored with maple syrup and a hefty dose of warm spices. Use homemade pumpkin puree for the most extraordinary pumpkin pie imaginable.


    Photo and recipe source: Simple Bites

  • Gluten-Free Maple Custard Tart 5 of 26
    maple custard tart

    This is one of my favorites in the history of all desserts. The crust is gluten-free (but doesn't have to be), and the silky, maple custard filling is simply too good to pass up. Top with Greek yogurt and candied pecans, please.

     

    Photo and recipe source:  Cafe Johnsonia

  • Pumpkin Cupcakes with 7-Minute Maple Frosting 6 of 26
    Pumpkin Muffins with Seven-Minute Maple Frosting

    This 7-minute frosting isn't tough to love. Not only is it quick to make,  but it's also sweet, soft, and billowy. Now think of that same frosting with the flavor of real maple added to it. Heavenly, no? Yes. It's what clouds and angel kisses taste like.

     

    Photo and recipe source: Sweet Basil

  • Dairy-Free Cashew Maple Ice Cream 7 of 26
    Dairy-Free Cashew Maple Ice Cream

    Dairy-free ice cream is difficult to get just right, but The Vintage Mixer knows how to take care of business. This cashew maple ice cream is made with 100% natural, whole food ingredients. Proof that healthy and dessert can go together in the same sentence.

     

    Photo and recipe source: The Vintage Mixer

  • Homemade Maple Pecan Pie 8 of 26
    unprocessed maple pecan pie

    I love everything about this hearty homemade pie. This recipe doesn't have refined sugar like the packaged kind, but it's still plenty sweet from the maple syrup. And did I mention the tons of pecans? Give me a big slice, please!

     

    Photo and recipe source: Simple Bites

  • Spiced Zucchini Pear Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting 9 of 26
    spiced zucchini pear cake with maple glaze

    Now we come to cake (also known as my kids' favorite food group)! I wouldn't feel so bad about giving them a hefty slice of this spiced zucchini pear cake with maple cream cheese frosting, and I'm pretty sure they'd gobble it right up. Come to think of it, they'd probably eat anything with that delicious frosting slathered on top. (Time for some broccoli cake, kids! Just kidding.)

     

    Photo and recipe source: Completely Delicious

  • Maple Bourbon Bacon and Pecan Cookies 10 of 26
    maple bourbon bacon cookies

    These cookies are hardcore: They're packed with maple, bourbon, bacon, and pecans. As Heather Christo puts it, she wanted to "harness the wonderful salty and slightly sweet flavor of the bacon and the crispy texture." And boy, did she succeed. Try not to pull these out after the kids go to bed.

     

    Photo and recipe source: Heather Christo

  • Greek Yogurt and Whole-Wheat Maple Apple Cake 11 of 26
    greek yogurt whole wheat maple apple cake

    Bakeaholic Mama covered all the bases with this hearty Greek yogurt whole-wheat maple apple cake. Truly, I've never met a bundt cake I didn't like, and I like this one very much.


    Photo and recipe source:  Bakeaholic Mama

  • Maple Cinnamon Meringue Cookies with Almonds 12 of 26
    Maple Cinnamon Meringues with Almonds

    Meringues are a classic favorite. Here, they get a little update from the use of maple syrup in place of sugar and the addition of ground Ceylon cinnamon.


    Photo and recipe source:  Gourmande in the Kitchen

  • Slow-Cooker Maple Pumpkin Spice Latte 13 of 26
    Slow Cooker Maple Pumpkin Spice Latte

    You're seeing spiced pumpkin lattes all over the place, right? But you can make these maple pumpkin spice lattes in your slow-cooker. In my book, that means this is a hands-off recipe that's perfect for a big crowd — and just the thing to pass out to grownup trick-or-treaters. (I wouldn't say no to that!)

     

    Photo and recipe source: The Yummy Life

  • Low-Carb Maple Cream Sandwich Cookies 14 of 26
    Low Carb Maple Cream Sandwich Cookies

    These yummy maple cream sandwich cookies are both gluten-free and low-carb. Amazing! If you need a little sweet pick-me-up, these cookies are just the thing but without all the sugar.


    Photo and recipe source: All Day I Dream About Food

  • Maple Cream Puffs with Maple Glaze 15 of 26
    Maple Cream Puffs with Maple Glaze

    Cream puffs are deceptive because they are so small that it's easy to eat a dozen without blinking. I'm betting these maple cream puffs are even more addictive. 


    Photo and recipe source:  Smart Cookie

  • Maple Cream Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Crust 16 of 26
    maple cream pumpkin pie with gingersnap crust

    I didn't leave vegans out! Spabettie always comes up with the most fantastic, creative vegan yummies. Her maple cream pumpkin pie with buttery gingersnap crust is no exception. It's also gluten-free, which makes me love it even more, as if the caramel drizzle hadn't already sealed the deal for me.


    Photo and recipe source:  Spabettie

  • Maple Yogurt Panna Cotta with Poached Forelle Pears 17 of 26
    maple yogurt panna cotta

    Tangy yogurt, dark maple syrup and perfectly poached pears perfectly complement each other in this gorgeous panna cotta.


    Photo and recipe source:  Cannelle Vanille

  • Carrot Cupcakes with Maple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting 18 of 26
    Carrot Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

    There are two people in this world: those who love carrot cake, and those who don't. I fall into the first category. I bet the latter group of people would change their minds if they had one of these cupcakes topped with maple cinnamon cream cheese frosting.


    Photo and recipe source:  Ali a la mode

  • Cocoa-Dusted Truffled Maple Glazed Walnuts 19 of 26
    Cocoa-Dusted Truffled Maple Glazed Walnuts

    It's about time we fit some chocolate in with all these maple desserts! I LOVE these cocoa-dusted maple glazed walnuts. Maple glazed walnuts cloaked in maple-flavored chocolate truffle then dusted with cocoa. You'll be making triple batches of these to giveaway. (But you'll probably be like me and keep two batches just for yourself.)


    Photo and recipe source:  Gourmande in the Kitchen

  • Maple Creme Brulee 20 of 26
    maple creme brulee

    All the richness of creme brûlée sweetened with maple syrup. 'Nuff said.


    Photo and recipe source: Dessert For Two

  • Maple Walnut Fudge 21 of 26
    Maple Walnut Fudge

    This fudge is loaded with brown sugar-maple flavor and walnuts.


    Photo and recipe source:  Brown Eyed Baker

  • Maple Brulee Tartlets 22 of 26
    Maple Brulee Tartlets

    Think you love maple and creme brûlée? How about trying them together in a buttery pastry crust? Yeah, I know. Me too.


    Photo and recipe source:  Technicolor Kitchen

  • Spicy Maple Cinnamon Roasted Almonds 23 of 26
    Spicy Maple Cinnamon Roasted Almonds

    You know the drill. It's after dinner. You're sitting down to watch your favorite show. And the munchies hit. You need something, but you don't know what. Well, I know what I want! spicy maple cinnamon roasted almonds. Technically more of a snack than a dessert, but in any case, they're sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.


    Photo and recipe source:  Spiced

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Popsicles Sweetened with Maple Syrup 24 of 26
    Pumpkin Cheesecake Popsicles

    The end of summer doesn't have to mean the end of popsicles, especially if they are pumpkin cheesecake popsicles sweetened with maple syrup.


    Find the recipe on Girl Chef.  Photo and recipe by The Messy Baker

  • Maple Walnut Cookies 25 of 26
    maple walnut cookies

    Chewy and soft, these maple walnut cookies are packed with maple flavor in the cookies and the glaze.


    Photo and recipe source:  Fabtastic Eats

  • Maple Cream 26 of 26
    maple cream

    Lastly, we have maple cream. What exactly is maple cream, you ask? Pure maple syrup, a tiny bit of butter cooked, and then beaten into a spreadable cream. I don't think there's any purer way to enjoy maple syrup than like this. While it can be spread on just about anything, when I make it, it's going between homemade ginger cookies or slathered on a cake!

     

    Photo and recipe source: The View from Great Island

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