There’s just something about impending Autumn, something in the air, that makes me want to wrap up in warm sweaters, a hot cup of tea, and a day of festive fall baking.

From apple infused desserts to thick and crusty pumpkin breads—dig into a full array of colorful recipes for the season ahead…

1. Brown Sugar-Butternut Squash Tart

Aching for a real taste of fall harvest? Slice off a big piece of this flaky, buttery, fall tart. Each piece oozes sliced butternut, nutmeg, brown sugar, shredded orange peel, melted mozzarella, a gracious amount of real butter, and whipped cream.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

2. Spiced Pear Upside-Down Cake

The fragrant aromas of gingerbread spice and sweet fall pears mingle perfectly in this autumn appropriate take on pineapple upside-down cake. The typically exotic summer dessert gets the cold-weather treatment—by adding meaty chopped walnuts, brown sugar, molasses, ginger, and cinnamon spice to the cake mix.


Source: Taste of Home

3. Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls

Smell fall as soon as you fall out of bed and crawl downstairs for one of these heavenly pumpkin pie cinnamon rolls. The dough is prepared ahead and refrigerated, then filled with a moist and delectable pumpkin filling, baked for 30-minutes in the oven, and glazed with an autumn-worthy pumpkin pie spice cream cheese frosting!



4. Mini Apple Pie Cookies

As soon as fall is in the air, I start to crave apples—apple loaf, apple strudel, apple oats, and apple pie—but I dare not make an entire pie or else I’ll eat the entire thing in a week! That’s why these mini apple pie cookies satisfy my cravings for all things apple-y. I make a batch and freeze half for later.

Source: Oh Bite It

5. Butter Pecan Maple Crisps

For a nut-based cookie that holds the quintessential flavors of fall—pecans, pure maple syrup, ground nutmeg, and almond extract—these butter pecan maple crisps will put you in an autumn frame of mind. When they come out of the oven still warm, brush them with a sweet glaze of pure maple syrup!


Source: Inspired By Charm

6. Low-Fat Pumpkin Spice Bars

If you want a truly moist and spicy cake for fall that’s actually healthy, you’re going to require two essential ingredients—pumpkin puree and Greek yogurt. Thanks to both, this recipe requires absolutely no butter or oil, only the vitamin- and protein packed goodness of pumpkin puree, low-fat Greek yogurt, egg whites, and pumpkin pie spice. Even the topping is made with light cream cheese, vanilla, and chopped and toasted almonds.



7. Apple Cider Caramel Glazed Pound Cake

As soon as my nose and toes are cold, I bust out the hot apple cider! It’s the perfect fall drink, hot or cold, alcoholic or non-alcoholic. This recipe calls for the non-boozy version of honey crisp apple cider baked into a moist and delicious pound cake. Each thick slice is equal parts sweet apple and sticky caramel glaze that will take the chill out of any autumn morning or evening.


Source: Culinary Concoctions by Peabody

8.  Pumpkin Brownies

Does foul fall weather have you stuck inside with the kids? Well this pumpkin brownie recipe is super easy to make using just two ingredients—pre-boxed brownie mix and pumpkin puree.  The kidlets won’t even realize that these brownies are quite healthy, a virtual autumn veggie patch of antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, dietary fiber, and zero saturated fat or cholesterol.


Source: Love Bakes Good Cakes


Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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