Fall desserts bring everyone to the table. Rich, warm, and sometimes even spiced, the after-dinner delights of autumn are mouth-watering—but preparing them can be a little time-consuming.
Thankfully, you can totally impress your friends and family with a takeaway dessert . . . and still have time to dress up in your holiday best, let your car warm up, wrap up that perfect host gift, spell your name correctly in everyone’s cards, drive the speed limit, and make it to the host’s house before the first course is served.
These on-the-go alternatives to homemade fall desserts are made for memorable meals and satisfy every sweet tooth. Grab one before your next dinner, and don’t forget the forks!
Dessert samplers keep the party going well after the main course is done. A variety of rich morsels lets your friends ooh and ahh while trading and sharing.
A selection like the Decadent Dessert Sampler from Neiman Marcus is elegant but easy—exactly what you need. Look for samplers that feature fall desserts, or perennial favorites like tiramisu and chocolate mousse. Some of the fancier creations require thawing before dinner, but other than that, all you have to do is enjoy.
Dessert in a Glass
If people are coming to your place for coffee after dinner, dress up simple fall desserts with superlative presentation. Even a simple dessert looks fancy when it’s served in Italian dessert glasses like these Bahia Dessert Glasses from the Bormioli Rocco Group.
Fill them with treats that you can quickly throw together using components from your local grocery store. You can serve brownie a la mode, or a trifle composed of instant butterscotch pudding, crumbled ginger snaps, canned apple pie filling, and whipped cream. You can even just scoop some store-bought chocolate mousse into them and drizzle with chocolate sauce. High-end just became seriously low-effort.
Classic Fall Flavors
Absolutely no one minds if you bring a takeaway dessert when it’s bursting with fall flavors. Seasonal tastes like pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg make their appearances for a limited time, so dig into sumptuous autumn spices and sweets while you can.
Pick up a cake for the die-hard dessert lovers, like The Cheesecake Factory’s Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake. It’s creamy, crunchy, sugary, nutty, and basically going to make you the star of the party. Bon appétit!