Fall in Every Bite: 12 Must-Bake Recipes of the Season

doughnut muffins

Cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, oh my! Fall spice is in the air...time to get baking!

  1. pumpkin bread

    Pumpkin Bread

    My grandmother clipped this pumpkin bread recipe from a magazine over 50 years ago. It’s the oldest recipe in my family and also the most cherished.

  2. pears

    Pear & Dried Cherry Crisp with Walnut Streusel

    This crisp is a standout, thanks to the combination of sweet D’Anjou pears and tart dried cherries, which are plumped up in an orange-scented caramel syrup before baking.

  3. chai spiced banana bread

    Chai-Spiced Banana Bread

    Want to make the house smell wonderful? Bake this banana bread infused with warm chai spices like cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and allspice.

  4. baked oatmeal

    Amish-Style Baked Oatmeal with Apples, Raisins & Walnuts

    Baked oatmeal is a comforting Amish breakfast casserole with a consistency similar to bread pudding. There are endless variations, but this version filled with tart apples and plump raisins with a crunchy walnut topping is my favorite.

  5. biscotti

    Walnut & Cinnamon Biscotti

    These cinnamon-spiced biscotti are delicious with your afternoon coffee or tea. They also keep for a long time, which makes them perfect for gifting.

  6. plum cake

    Late Summer Plum Cake

    Fresh plums soften into jammy, mulberry-colored pockets as they bake into this simple summer cake. The addition of warm spices celebrates the summer-into-fall season. Serve

  7. honey cake

    Honey & Spice Cake

    This gem of a cake comes from Marcy Goldman’s much-loved cookbook, A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking. It’s has tremendous depth of flavor — there’s coffee, orange juice and booze in it — and the taste of honey shines through.

  8. sour cream coffee cake

    Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Cinnamon-Walnut Swirl

    This sour cream coffee cake from the famous Zingerman’s Bakehouse in Ann Arbor, MI is one of the very best out there. You'll love the flavor and crunch of the cinnamon-nut swirl that runs throughout.

  9. Old-Fashioned Ginger Spice Cookies

    Soft and chewy with a crackled sugar crust, these ginger spice cookies have just the right balance of spices to please kids and adults alike.

  10. rustic french apple tart

    Rustic French Apple Tart

    Like an apple pie without the pan, this rustic French dessert consists of a thin layer of sliced apples baked on top of a buttery, flaky crust.

  11. carrot cake

    Classic Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

    Carrot cakes are usually heavy and dense, but this one is light with a fine texture. The secret is finely chopping the carrots in a food processor rather than grating them.

  12. doughnut muffins

    Doughnut Muffins

    Sweet, cake-like and scented with cinnamon and nutmeg, these muffins taste remarkably like doughnuts. Kids love them because they’re deliciously plain, and adults love them because they’re just plain delicious.

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