We are nearing the end of October, which means the air is getting crisper, the majority of the leaves have fallen, and the holidays are right around the corner, which means there is only one logical thing to do… clear off your countertops, pull out all of the pie plates and start baking for those you love.

I promise you, the sweet smell (and taste) of autumnal fruits, earthy spices and toasted nuts will help take your mind off of what’s currently happening in the world and into the warmth of the present moment.

Half the battle when baking is finding a recipe that is not only delicious, but also worth the time put in and doesn’t require a complete pantry overhaul to execute. In honor of bringing a little more ease into our readers lives, we’ve rounded up a list of all of our favorite fall desserts below!

Healthy Baked Pumpkin Donuts via The Real Food Dietitians (Gluten-Free)

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting via AllRecipes

Maple Brown Sugar Cookies via Sally’s Baking Addiction

Pumpkin Chai Tiramisu via Goodie Godmother

Almond and Pear Cake via A Baking Journey (Gluten-Free)

Best Homemade Cherry Pie via House of Nash Eats

Is your mouth watering yet? Mine definitely is and I’m eyeing up those baked pumpkin donuts to accompany my morning coffee. If you decide to give any of these a try, be sure to tag us on social media @veridianhomes so we can live vicariously through the warmth of your kitchen creation!