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Trick or Treat: 5 Fall Recipe Favorites

As the weather grows colder and the leaves on the trees of campus fade into yellow and orange hues, it is clear that fall is finally setting in. Whether you are staying on campus for fall break, heading home, or taking a trip, baking some fall desserts can be a great way to warm up from the chilly air and to embrace the change of season. Here are some suggestions for events that can be spiced up with seasonal treats, as well as some delicious recipes to try out.

1. Group Study Session

One way to brighten up a group study session is to bring a delicious snack for everyone to enjoy! Whether your group is cramming for an exam or working on a project, they will certainly appreciate a sweet treat to help them get through their work. This will not only keep group morale high, but will also give people a boost of energy to keep working hard! Caramel apples are an excellent study snack, and they can be individualized by adding various candy or cookie toppings. Check out a fabulous recipe for caramel apples here.


2. Club Meeting

If you are the leader of a club and are looking for a way to keep excitement levels high at your meetings, try bringing a delicious fall dessert for the club members to enjoy! This recipe for Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies is quick and easy to make, and will produce a batch that is big enough for a large group of people. The pumpkin and chocolate flavors go great together, and the oatmeal adds an extra touch that makes this snack truly irresistible! If this recipe sounds good to you, check it out here.

3. Peace Offering for Your Roommate

If tensions have been high with your roommate(s) lately, try clearing the air by baking them a dessert! Whether your side of the room has been a little too messy lately or you’ve turned the light on in the morning while your roommate was sleeping one too many times, baking treats for them can be the perfect way to make amends. Try leaving a fall dessert on your roommate’s desk as a surprise for when they come home, and things will be smoothed over in no time. This recipe for Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars uses a delicious combination of several fall favorites. Give it a try here!

4. Thank-You Gift for a Professor

With study abroad and other program applications currently in the works, fall is definitely a popular time for requesting letters of recommendation. Baked goods accompanied by a hand-written thank-you note can be a great gift for your professor to show your sincere appreciation for his or her recommendation letter. This recipe for Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes is both seasonal and scrumptious, and would be perfect for this occasion! Try it here.

5. Birthday Treat for a Friend

If your spending money has been running a little low lately and you’ve been trying to come up with something nice to give to a friend for their upcoming birthday, try baking them a fall dessert, such as a Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting! Making a gift by hand can be a great way to show that you care, and this pumpkin cake is an excellent seasonal alternative to a traditional birthday cake that your friend will definitely enjoy! Check it out here.



Happy baking!

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Katie Anne

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