79 Fall Baking Recipes Cozier Than a Chunky Sweater (2024)

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Apple Brandy Pecan Cake Pumpkin Swirl Bread Cinnamon Muffins Classic Pumpkin Pie Maple Butterscotch Brownies Cranberry Christmas Cake Sweet Potato Pound Cake Pumpkin Brownies Butternut Squash Doughnuts Mini Maple Cinnamon Rolls Double Peanut Butter Cake Cranberry Zucchini Wedges Double Cranberry Banana Bread Butter Pecan Cookie Bars with Penuche Drizzle Streusel Pumpkin Muffins Butter Pecan Cake Wyoming Cowboy Cookies Contest-Winning Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread Mama’s Spice Cake Cinnamon Crackle Cookies Mixed Nut Bars Cinnamon Coffee Cake Pecan Pumpkin Dessert Maple Butter Twists Cookie Sticks Toffee-Pear Crisp Bread Pudding Frosted Cranberry Drop Cookies Ginger-Glazed Lemon Bundt Butterscotch Pie Gingerbread Scones Poteca Cake Jumbo Pumpkin Pecan Muffins Crispy Coffee Cookies Dutch Apple Cake Caramel-Apple Skillet Buckle Applesauce Spice Cupcakes Mexican Chocolate Biscotti Apple Dumpling Pull-Apart Bread Cashew Cookies Contest-Winning Pumpkin Cheesecake Dessert Li'l Pecan Pies Rustic Caramel Apple Tart Layered Chocolate Marshmallow Peanut Butter Brownies Cranberry Pumpkin Bread Winning Cranberry Chip Cookies Granny's Gingerbread Cake with Caramel Sauce Apple Dumpling Bake Chocolate Maple Bars Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins Pear and Apple Coffee Cake Pumpkin Whoopie Pies Contest-Winning Chocolate Potato Cake Cream-Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes Frosted Maple Cookies Pear Bundt Cake Kipplens Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Pumpkin-Apple Muffins with Streusel Topping Black Bottom Cupcakes Overnight Pumpkin French Toast Casserole Autumn Sweet Rolls with Cider Glaze Spicy Applesauce Cake Bread Machine Pumpkin Monkey Bread FAQs References

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79 Fall Baking Recipes Cozier Than a Chunky Sweater (1)

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Updated: Feb. 12, 2024

    Grab a comfy blanket, a good book and one of these soul-satisfying fall baking recipes.


    Apple Brandy Pecan Cake

    My favorite apple cake is made with a shot of brandy and drizzled with caramel to set off the wonderful flavors. If alcohol is a no-go, use orange juice instead of apple brandy. If you’d rather go the chocolate route, add mini chocolate chips to the cake and use chocolate ice cream topping for the drizzle. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

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    Pumpkin Swirl Bread

    This combination of pumpkin, nuts and dates makes a delicious, golden pumpkin cream cheese bread. The surprise inside—a rich creamy swirl—is like a luscious layer of cheesecake in each slice. —Cindy May, Troy, Michigan

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    Cinnamon Muffins

    These cinnamon muffins, with a dash of nutmeg in the batter, are seasoned to please. My husband grew up enjoying these tender muffins that his mother made on special weekend mornings.—Katherine McVey, Raleigh, North Carolina

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    Classic Pumpkin Pie

    Nothing says Thanksgiving like a slice of pie. And you can relish every luscious bite of this pumpkin pie recipe since the tender crust is made with canola oil and a mere hint of butter. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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    Maple Butterscotch Brownies

    I often make a double batch of these brownies—they go fast no matter where I take them! I’ve baked them for family dinners and church suppers, and I always come back with an empty pan. They are easy to make and freeze well. —Grace Vonhold, Rochester, New York

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    Cranberry Christmas Cake

    The ruby cranberries in this recipe stay bright and beautiful, and their tartness is irresistible. I’ve made this cranberry cake many times to share. —Marilyn Paradis, Woodburn, Oregon

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    Sweet Potato Pound Cake

    Because we are from Texas, we naturally love sweet potatoes, but this sweet potato pound cake deserves to be a tradition in any home, whether you’re from the South, East, North or West. My rancher husband from Montana loves it, and I get great reviews from the ladies that I’ve treated to it at various social events. — Diane Mannix, Helmville, Montana

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    Pumpkin Brownies

    Chocolate and pumpkin pair up to make a family-favorite fall dessert. These pumpkin brownies are fantastic for parties and picnics. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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    Butternut Squash Doughnuts

    My mother and I used to make several batches of these butternut squash doughnuts at a time. They’re not only different, they’re delicious, too! —Elizabeth Leighton, Lincoln, Maine

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    Mini Maple Cinnamon Rolls

    Maple syrup sweetens these lovely little cinnamon buns. I make the dough in my bread machine before popping the rolls in the oven. My husband prefers them warm. —Juanita Carlsen, North Bend, Oregon

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    Double Peanut Butter Cake

    My family loves peanut butter cake, so I came up with a recipe that packs in as much peanut butter as possible. Easy to say, they can’t get enough of it. —Marie Hoyer, Hodgenville, Kentucky

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    Cranberry Zucchini Wedges

    I try to slip zucchini into as many dishes as possible. These cake wedges have wonderful flavor and a tender texture. They are pretty, too, with bits of pineapple, cranberries and zucchini. And they're perfect for brunch.—Redawna Kalynchuk, Sexsmith, Alberta

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    Double Cranberry Banana Bread

    We love quick breads, and I've found that they freeze nicely if properly wrapped. This is a scrumptious recipe to make before the holidays and freeze for last-minute guests or gifts. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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    Butter Pecan Cookie Bars with Penuche Drizzle

    I have made these Butter Pecan Cookie Bars for many, many years. They are rich, chewy, nutty and buttery—all the good stuff. They freeze well, that is, if they last long enough. A little drizzle of old-fashioned penuche icing takes them over the top. —Kallee Krong-McCreery, Escondido, California

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    Streusel Pumpkin Muffins

    These pumpkin streusel muffins are a great accompaniment to any meal—or try them for breakfast, dessert or a snack. The pumpkin flavor is complemented by a sweet brown sugar topping. —Connie Pietila, Atlantic Mine, Michigan

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    Butter Pecan Cake

    My husband has a sweet tooth and I enjoy making great desserts like this cake for him! We have two farms - both of which are wonderful - but I also love being in the kitchen. I collect cookbooks and have written one myself.

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    Wyoming Cowboy Cookies

    These cookies are very popular here in Wyoming. Mix up a batch for your crew and see why! —Patsy Steenbock, Shoshoni, Wyoming

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    Contest-Winning Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

    A touch of cinnamon helps blend the flavors in this tender pumpkin chocolate chip bread. And since the recipe makes two loaves, you can send one to a bake sale and keep one at home for your family to enjoy. —Lora Stanley, Bennington, Kansas

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    Mama’s Spice Cake

    Whenever I get a craving for a tasty old-fashioned treat, I make this cake. Great cooks in my family have been baking it for generations, and their families have been enjoying the wonderful spice flavor and rich frosting.
    —Nancy Duty, Jacksonville, Florida

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    Cinnamon Crackle Cookies

    This recipe is the compilation of many years of baking. I make these cookies for a holiday bazaar and year-round for our family. They freeze well. —Vicki Lair, Albert Lea, Minnesota

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    Mixed Nut Bars

    One pan of these bars goes a long way. They get a nice flavor from butterscotch chips. —Bobbi Brown, Waupaca, Wisconsin

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    Cinnamon Coffee Cake

    I love the excellent texture of this easy cinnamon coffee cake recipe. Always a crowd-pleaser, its pleasing vanilla flavor enriched by sour cream may remind you of breakfast at Grandma’s! Make it the night before a holiday to save time in the morning. —Eleanor Harris, Cape Coral, Florida

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    Pecan Pumpkin Dessert

    I always make this treat for Thanksgiving. A friend gave me the recipe, and I’ve since shared it with many others. —Sue Williams, Mount Holly, North Carolina

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    Maple Butter Twists

    My stepmother gave me the recipe for a delicious yeast coffee cake shaped into pretty rings. When I make it for friends, they always ask for seconds. —June Gilliland, Hope, Indiana

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    Cookie Sticks

    If you have a craving for cookies and you want them now, these yummy strips take just a few minutes to make from start to finish. —Kathy Zielicke, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

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    Toffee-Pear Crisp Bread Pudding

    My son loves pear crisp, but one night I was making bread pudding. He asked if I could make both. I compromised by combining two desserts into this one dish. It’s absolutely fantastic! —Kurt Wait, Redwood City, California

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    Frosted Cranberry Drop Cookies

    I started making these treats after tasting a batch my friend whipped up. I immediately requested the drop cookie recipe and have been baking them by the dozens ever since. The icing is an ideal complement to the tart berries in the cookies. —Shirley Kidd, New London, Minnesota

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    Ginger-Glazed Lemon Bundt

    Tangy ginger, tart lemon and puckery cranberries make this melt-in-your-mouth cake as crisp—and gorgeous—as autumn. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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    Butterscotch Pie

    This pie’s filling is like creamy pudding and is crowned with golden peaks of meringue. —Cary Letsche, Brandenton, Florida

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    Gingerbread Scones

    These moist scones’ gingerbread flavor make them just right for serving around Christmastime. They are a scrumptious treat with tea or coffee. —David Bostedt, Zephyrhills, Florida

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    Poteca Cake

    “Rock Springs is home to 56 nationalities, and this recipe showcases its Slavic heritage. It’s one of my favorite ethnic holiday treats.”
    —Rachelle Stratton
    Rock Springs, Wyoming

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    Jumbo Pumpkin Pecan Muffins

    Perk up an autumn morning with one of these hearty muffins. You’ll really enjoy the pumpkin-spice flavor and crumbly nut topping&mash;and so will everyone else! —Mrs. Janice Christofferson, Eagle River, Wisconsin

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    Crispy Coffee Cookies

    I created this coffee cookies recipe because I wanted an easy-to-make cookie that folks can't resist. These tempting treats have a hint of coffee flavor and aren't overly sweet.

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    Dutch Apple Cake

    My husband and I came to Canada from Holland more than 40 years ago. This traditional Dutch recipe is a family favorite and has frequently gone along with me to potluck suppers and other get-togethers. —Elizabeth Peters, Martintown, Ontario

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    Caramel-Apple Skillet Buckle

    My grandma used to bake a version of this for me when I was a little girl. She would make it using fresh apples from her tree in the backyard. I’ve adapted her recipe because I love the combination of apples, pecans and caramel. —Emily Hobbs, Springfield, Missouri

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    Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

    I began making these moist cupcakes in grade school and still bake them today. —Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana

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    Mexican Chocolate Biscotti

    Nancy C. Evans of Phoenix, Arizona captured the spicy cinnamon flavor of Mexican chocolate in her original recipe for biscotti. The spicy chocolate cinnamon cane sugar is a nice addition to most recipes that feature Mexican chocolate flavors. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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    Apple Dumpling Pull-Apart Bread

    I converted a basic sweet dough into this incredible apple-filled pull-apart loaf. The results are anything but basic. It takes time, but I guarantee it’s worth it. Using both sauces is twice as tasty. —Gina Nistico, Denver, Colorado

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    Cashew Cookies

    Some merry dairy snacking is guaranteed when you pass out these cashew-packed goodies! I found the recipe years ago in a flier promoting dairy products. It's been this farm wife's standby ever since. —June Lindquist, Hammond, Wisconsin

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    Contest-Winning Pumpkin Cheesecake Dessert

    With its gingersnap crust and maple syrup drizzle, this rich and creamy spiced pumpkin dessert never fails to get rave reviews. It cuts nicely, too. —Cathy Hall, Phoenix, Arizona

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    Li'l Pecan Pies

    These tempting little tarts have all the rich traditional taste of a full-size pecan pie in a much smaller package. The tarts are perfect for two. —Christine Boitos, Livonia, Michigan

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    Rustic Caramel Apple Tart

    Like an apple pie without the pan, this scrumptious tart has a crispy crust that cuts nicely and a yummy caramel topping. —Betty Fulks, Onia, Arkansas

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    Layered Chocolate Marshmallow Peanut Butter Brownies

    A friend gave me the recipe for these layered brownies, but I added my own touch--chunky peanut butter. Every time I take these to a group gathering, I get requests for the recipe. It's a real crowd-pleaser! —Judy Sims, Weatherford, Texas

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    Cranberry Pumpkin Bread

    Put leftover cranberries and pumpkin to great use in this moist quick bread. It’s very good with my "secondhand turkey" casserole for an after-Thanksgiving meal. —Dixie Terry, Goreville, Illinois

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    Winning Cranberry Chip Cookies

    Chock-full of cranberries, chocolate chips and nuts, these cookies are fun to eat. They offer a change of pace from traditional Christmas cookies...but don't wait until December to make them. My family requests them all year-round.

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    Granny's Gingerbread Cake with Caramel Sauce

    The rich molasses and spice flavor of this old-time dessert is complemented with a buttery caramel sauce.—Joy Sparks, Muskegon, Michigan

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    Apple Dumpling Bake

    I received this recipe for baked apple dumplings with Mountain Dew from a friend of mine, then tweaked it to suit my family's tastes. The soda is definitely the secret ingredient in this rich apple dessert. —Chris Shields, Monrovia, Indiana

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    Chocolate Maple Bars

    My family runs a maple syrup operation, and I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate maple syrup into my cooking and baking. These bars are delicious! —Cathy Schumacher, Alto, Michigan

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    Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

    Tart, juicy cranberries enhance the delicate pumpkin flavor of these muffins. Sometimes I dust the tops with powdered sugar to add a little sweetness. —Sue Ross, Casa Grande, Arizona

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    Pear and Apple Coffee Cake

    The mix of apples, pears and sour cream gives this coffee cake a moist texture. —Debbie Vanni, Libertyville, Illinois

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    Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

    My kids start begging me for these cakelike sandwich cookies as soon as autumn arrives. I haven't met a person yet who doesn't like these fun treats. —Deb Stuber, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

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    Contest-Winning Chocolate Potato Cake

    I won grand champion honors in a potato festival baking contest with this moist chocolate cake. The icing recipe can be doubled if you have a real sweet tooth. —Catherine Hahn, Winamac, Indiana

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    Cream-Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes

    Here's a charming use for pumpkin. Bursting with flavor and plenty of eye-catching appeal, these sweet and spicy filled cupcakes are bound to dazzle your family any time of the year. —Ali Johnson, Petersburg, Pennsylvania

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    Frosted Maple Cookies

    Living in New England, I appreciate the unique qualities of our area. Many here enjoy maple flavor. I love this adaptation. —Connie Borden, Marblehead, Massachusetts

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    Pear Bundt Cake

    Next time you make cake from a mix, try my easy and delicious recipe. The pears and syrup add sweet flavor and prevent the cake from drying out. And since there's no oil added to the batter, this tender fall-perfect cake is surprisingly low in fat. —Veronica Ross, Columbia Heights, Minnesota

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    My Great-Aunt Hilda makes this recipe every Christmas, and everybody loves them! Kipplens taste a lot like Mexican wedding cakes, but I like my aunt's version better. —Susan Bohannon, Kokomo, Indiana

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    Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

    I discovered this wonderful pumpkin cupcake recipe and changed a bit to suit my taste. I love the flavor of pumpkin and the cinnamon makes ordinary cream cheese frosting extra special. When I made a batch for my husband to take to work, he said they disappeared in record time. —Debbie Wiggins, Longmont, Colorado

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    Pumpkin-Apple Muffins with Streusel Topping

    My mother always made these tasty muffins whenever our family got together at her house. Now they’re a family favorite at my house, and my in-laws love them, too! —Carolyn Riley, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

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    Black Bottom Cupcakes

    This recipe's been in our family for years, but these cupcakes still go quick each time I make them. So I always double or triple the ingredients! You'll likely see what I mean if you make them at your place—I can't remember anyone who's tried them for the first time not asking for seconds. —Julie Briceland, Windsor, Pennsylvania

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    Overnight Pumpkin French Toast Casserole

    Recipes that don't tie me to the kitchen—that’s what I’m all about. I make this luscious dish the night before breakfast or brunch with guests. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania

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    Autumn Sweet Rolls with Cider Glaze

    I love cooking with pumpkin because it’s versatile, colorful and nutritious. Combining it with chopped apple and cider gives these glazed rolls their autumn appeal. —Jennifer Coduto, Kent, Ohio

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    Spicy Applesauce Cake

    This picnic-perfect cake travels and slices very well. With chocolate chips, walnuts and raisins, it's a real crowd pleaser. —Marian Platt, Sequim, Washington

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    Bread Machine Pumpkin Monkey Bread

    I love making this pumpkin monkey bread for a holiday brunch. Leftovers reheat well, and the sauce is good enough to make extra to use as waffle and pancake syrup. —Emily Main, Tonopah, Arizona

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    Originally Published: August 18, 2017


    Caroline Stanko

    As editor, Caroline researches, writes and edits all things food and beverage and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. With seven years at TOH under her belt, Caroline has worked on the print, SIP and digital teams. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline mixing up a killer co*cktail, reading a dog-eared library book or cooki...

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