simple and rustic apple galette

It's the first day of fall! Some people would choose to celebrate with photos of gorgeous leaves or cozy sweaters or coffee of the pumpkin spice variety. Us?  It's all about the pie.  Filled with pumpkin, apples, chocolate, and rich spices, these pies and tarts are the very best part of autumn.

What says "fall" more than apples?

The most delightful autumn crop is definitely apples. And from a delicate galette (above) to a decadent salted caramel apple pie, these treats will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth!

salted caramel apple pie wth vanilla ice cream

What's Up, Punkin?

A classic pumpkin pie with a flaky crust is a delicious, spiced dessert that is really only served during this time of year.  So, make sure to dig in!

pumpkin pie with leaf crust cut outs

Of course, some people prefer sweet potatoes (below) to pumpkin, and although we respectfully disagree, we do understand that the heart wants what it wants.

slice of sweet potato pie with dollop of whipped cream

One of the great things about pumpkin is how well it blends with other flavors. This spiced orange and coconut pumpkin pie (below, left) is as tasty as it smells. For a richer dessert, try a chocolate pumpkin pie served alongside a strong cup of coffee (below, right).

spiced orange and coconut pumpkin pie
 
chocolate pumpkin pie in deep dish

Decadent Flavors

When the weather is so hot, you don't feel like savoring rich flavors like maple and nutmeg. But now that there is a chill in the air, it feels like it's time to put a maple nut tart in the oven (below).

maple pecan tart on cooling rack

Banoffee pie (below) is a favorite dessert in the UK, consisting of bananas, cream, and dulce de leche in a crumbly crust. It's the type of comforting, homemade treat you make to savor with friends (maybe as a reward to bridesmaids for addressing envelopes?).

slice of rich banoffee pie topped with chocolate shavings and whipped cream

For those that prefer their dessert with a side of savory, these apple butter and bacon tartlets (below) are a perfect salty-sweet combo.

apple butter and bacon tartlets on tiered serving plate

Have Pie, Will Travel

The best invention ever? Hand pies.  It's all the deliciousness without needing those pesky plates and forks.  Whether you prefer adorable little pumpkin pie rounds (below, left) or pecan bars, your guests can take these treats out on the dance floor.

pumpkin butter round hand pies
 
simple pecan pie bars

Bridal shower brunches can be made even better with these fall-themed homemade pop tarts (below).

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apple cinnamon pop tarts with sprinkles

Okay, we understand that these are "pie" in name only, but we couldn't exclude them. Pumpkin whoopee pies and oatmeal creme pies are lunchbox classics that are right at home on any autumn sweet table!

pumpkin whoopee pies
 
homemade oatmeal creme pies

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