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The Best Fall Cookie Recipes

Nothing says fall quite like freshly baked spiced cookies. As soon as the air gets a little cooler, the best meal in the world is hot soup followed by warm cookies dipped in milk. Try these new fall cookie recipes next time you get a craving!

1. Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles


These yummy cookies will get you excited about the fall season! They are made from scratch but the recipe is rather simple, and you don’t have to use any actual pumpkin in your batter! Packed with spices and coated with sugar, these cookies will tickle your fall fancy for sure.

1 cup butter, room temperature 1 cup light brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs plus 1 yolk 2 tsp vanilla 3 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice 1 tsp baking powder 3/4 tsp salt 3 cups flour

Coating 1/4 cup light brown sugar 1 1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice  

Preheat oven to 375° In bowl of stand mixer, beat butter and both sugars together for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Add in both egg and additional yolk into butter along with vanilla and beat until smooth, scraping the sides as necessary. Mix in Pumpkin Pie Spice, baking powder and salt until combined. Reduce speed on mixer to low and mix in flour until dough comes together. Chill dough for at least an hour. When ready to bake, line baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 375° Mix coating ingredients (light brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice) together in a bowl, set aside. Roll dough into large balls, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and then roll into the sugar/pumpkin pie spice mixture, coating completely. Bake for 7-8 minutes until cookies are lightly browned on the bottom. Remove from oven and transfer to wire rack to cool. Makes 2 dozen.


2. Autumn Harvest Cookies


These cookies are reminiscent of kitchen sink cookies but with fall flavors. And the dried cranberries make them healthy, right?


1 cup softened butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon orange extract

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

2 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup dried cranberries


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Whip together butter and the brown and white sugars in a bowl until smooth. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and orange extract.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder and pumpkin pie spice. Stir flour mixture into the sugar mixture and add the rolled oats, walnuts and cranberries and mix well. Using a small spoon, drop rounded scoops of dough onto the prepared cookie sheet.

Bake until golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.


3. Fall Haystack Cookies


These cookies are perfect for those who want to make something festive but aren’t huge fans of spices. The mild chocolate and peanut butter flavor is delicious to everyone and they’re too darn cute!

1 bag Chocolate chips

¾ cup peanut butter

2 ½ cup chow mein noodles

Sprinkles of your choice (fall themed ones recommended)


In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the chocolate chips. Stir frequently until the chips are fully melted then stir in peanut butter until smooth. Remove from heat.

Add chow mein noodles and stir to combine fully.

Drop a tablespoon of the chocolate mixture on a sheet of wax paper or foil. Sprinkle with festive sprinkles. Let sit for a few hours until the chocolate hardens. Makes about 15 to 20.


4. Fall Acorns

Okay, I take it back. The haystacks have officially been dethroned as the cutest fall cookie. It’s definitely these little guys. Perfect for the kids you babysit or a fall themed party. Also, you can make them in two simple steps.


1/4 cup peanut butter

24 chocolate kisses

12 mini peanut butter cookie sandwiches (split apart)

24 butterscotch chips or mini chocolate chips

Smear peanut butter onto the chocolate kisses’ flat sides and place on a mini peanut butter sandwich cookie. Put more peanut butter, almost like glue, on the other side of the cookie and place a mini chocolate chocolate chip on it to replicate a stem.


Enjoy these fall inspired cookies with your favorite spiced fall tea, milk or even hot apple cider! Happy fall!


Image Credits: 1, 2, 3, 4

Madeline Wheeler is a journalist major with a focus in print and online journalism at VCU. In her free time, she enjoys drinking floral teas, going to underground concerts in smoky basements, and hunting for keys to the past in antique stores.
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