There is nothing like the smell of freshly baked cookies in the fall! Pour a cup of tea or prepare a homemade latte and get ready to enjoy a sweet fall treat with this incredible lineup of over 45 Fall Cookie Recipes You Will Love! The list includes everything from pumpkin cookies to pecan cookies, apple pie cookies to vegan cookies. Even biscotti, macarons, and gluten-free options. Enjoy!
When I think of fall flavors, pumpkin of course comes to mind immediately. But what about apples, cranberries, pecans, molasses, and maple syrup? There are so many flavorful ways to embrace fall. This list includes a large variety of flavors so you will find the perfect fall cookie–whether you are a fan of pumpkin or not.
I’ve included fall cookie recipes without pumpkin (not everyone loves it!), vegan and gluten free options, and fall biscotti recipes. There are twists on chocolate chip cookies, Snickerdoodles (like my Giant Better-Than-Crumbl Snickerdoodles), and even a fall-themed skillet cookie. How will we ever choose what to bake first?
A kitchen scale is helpful for getting quantities right every time (especially flour, which is so easy to over-measure).
I also like having a simple decorating/piping kit on hand. This can be as simple as a piping bag, a coupler, and a few decorative piping tips.
I could go on and go, but those are a few of my definite must-haves!
How to Bake Great Cookies Every Time
Weigh your ingredients
If your recipe includes the ingredient weights, use them! A kitchen scale is invaluable for many recipes, but it really shines when baking. I love weighing ingredients since I can skip using measuring cups altogether (less dishes to wash!) and the results are always perfect.
Follow the recipe
Following your recipe’s instructions is the best road to cookie success. For instance, if your recipe calls for chilling the cookie dough, don’t skip it! Chilling dough is necessary for some recipes to solidify the butter and prevent overspreading. Use caution with substitutions and don’t expect perfect results if you change up ingredients.
Bake a test cookie or two
It can be really frustrating to end up with dry overbaked cookies. If you aren’t sure how accurate your oven is (and don’t have an oven thermometer), try baking just a few cookies on your first sheet to get the timing exactly right.
Cookies continue to cook as they cool so I often pull the cookies a bit sooner than I might think and by the time they have cooled, they are perfectly baked.
Cookie Recipes for Fall
This list of over 45 Cookie Recipes for Fall is packed with autumn favorites (like Soft Frosted Pumpkin Cookies) and new ideas (like Sage Sandwich Cookies or Biscoff Butter Cookies). You'll find plenty of recipe ideas for Thanksgiving desserts, fall parties, or for an afternoon of cozy fall baking. The list also includes vegan cookie recipes and gluten-free cookies so you can prepare delicious treats for everyone.
Pumpkin Pie Thumbprint Cookies from Broken Oven Baking are thumbprint cookies filled with a spoonful of pumpkin pie filling and topped with a sweet piped star of whipped cream. This would be a great easy-to-serve substitute for pumpkin pie for a Thanksgiving dessert menu.
These Crumbl Copycat S'mores Cookies are filled with all the flavors of the Crumbl original--but maybe even better. Use brown butter, a drizzle of chocolate ganache, and buttery graham cracker crumbs to get this fall copycat recipe just right.
If you are like me and have an obsession with Biscoff cookies, these Biscoff Butter Cookies from Barley and Sage are a must-bake. The cookies feature brown butter and Biscoff cookies both inside the cookie and on top of the cookies. Yum!
Here's a fall twist on a classic chocolate chip cookie. These Maple Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Cookie Dough Diaries are flavored with brown sugar, maple syrup, maple extract, and plenty of chocolate chips.
Maple is such a lovely fall flavor and these Brown Butter Maple Sandwich Cookies from Barley and Sage use pure maple syrup to make a decadent buttercream that sandwiches between brown butter shortbread cookies.
Cranberry Buttercream?! I'm here for it. These creative Cranberry Sage Cookies from Live to Sweet feature sage-flavored biscuits and a beautifully pink center of festive cranberry buttercream. What a pretty cookie to serve at a fall gathering or on Thanksgiving Day.
How about a skillet cookie for a cozy fall dessert? This recipe for a Chai Spiced Snickerdoodle Skillet Cookie from The Sassy Foodie is filled with chai spices and so good topped with vanilla ice cream.
If you want a classic fall cookie, try these soft and fluffy frosted pumpkin cookies from If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen. The recipe will remind you of favorite pumpkin breads and cakes with the soft cake-like texture.
Are they cookies? Are they pies? Debate it while indulging in these adorable Apple Pie Cookies from I Heart Eating. The recipe includes full instructions for homemade pie crust and apple pie filling, but also includes details if you would rather use pre-made.
These Soft and Chewy Pumpkin Cookies from The Gourmet Bon Vivant are packed with pumpkin flavor (but don't use so much puree that they become cakey) and have a drizzle of cream cheese glaze for a little extra sweetness.
These soft cream cheese cookies feature a pumpkin cheesecake filling and a sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs. Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies from Cambrea Bakes are a pretty cookie for fall parties or even your Thanksgiving dessert menu.
Can you make pumpkin cookies with sourdough? Lynn's Way of Life has a recipe for us! The recipe for Sourdough Pumpkin Spice Cookies uses sourdough starter (or leftover discard) which adds a tangy flavor to the pumpkin spice cookies.
Coconut Pecan Cookies from Caramel and Cashews use shredded coconut, chopped pecans, and brown sugar in the cookie dough to create chewy cookies that'll take just twenty minutes (no chilling required) to whip up.
This recipe for Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cookies from Yummy Addiction uses some healthier swaps like a 50/50 blend of whole-wheat and all-purpose flour and a coconut based caramel sauce (versus using heavy cream). A great recipe to feature those apple orchard apples you've brought home this season!
Easy Turtle Cookies from Rich and Delish are an indulgent treat that kicks off with a fudgy chocolate base cookie. The cookies are filled with chopped pecans, stuffed with a creamy caramel center, and drizzled with chocolate. Mmm.
All the classic flavors of Snickerdoodle cookies, but with pumpkin! These Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies from Vintage Kitchen Notes are made with cream of tartar for tanginess (essential snickerdoodle flavor!) and rolled in cinnamon sugar just like the original. A soft and chewy cookie recipe.
Crumbl loves their cereal-themed cookies and this particular Cinnamon Cookie recipe features the popular Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. The cinnamon flavors make this a great cookie for fall whether you opt to add the cereal topping or not!
Dana of Dana's Table developed these Honey Cookies after reader requests for a cookie to serve for Rosh Hashanah. The cookies are crisp and chewy and include flavors of vanilla, honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
These Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies from The Oregon Dietitian are a holiday classic, but a few simple swaps (like whole wheat flour, coconut sugar, and avocado oil) improves the nutritional profile of these sweet treats!
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