The one thing I love about fall, even more than pulling out my stash of cozy sweaters, is baking. While I am always ready to fire up my oven for a batch of cookies or muffins all year long, there is no better time for baking than right now. From apple pie and oatmeal cookies, to pumpkin muffins and a rustic pear galette, these are the 15 can't-miss recipes to add to your baking roster this year.
Essential Cakes for Fall
Whether you're all about apples and pears, have a serious thing for pumpkin, or just can't get enough of sweet potatoes, there is a made-for-fall cake that is just right for you.
- Sunken Apple Cake (Versunkener Apfelkuchen)
- Pumpkin Magic Cake
- Pumpkin Bundt with Cinnamon Streusel and Salted Caramel
- Pear and Cinnamon Coffee Cake
- Chai Sweet Potato Cupcakes
Timeless Crisps and Cookies
It's never a question of whether nutty oatmeal cookies or a gooey apple crisp will come out of my oven during fall — it's really a question of how many batches of each I'll pull from the oven.
Classic Pies and Tarts
Come fall, there are two timeless classics that simply cannot be missed: pumpkin pie and apple pie. While it is fun to give these desserts a modern spin, there is nothing that beats the traditional version of each. Beyond that, slab pie is always great when you're feeding a crowd, while a rustic galette treats you to everything you love about pie minus the fussiness of those crimped edges.
- How To Make Classic Pumpkin Pie
- Double-Crust Apple Pie
- Pumpkin Slab Pie
- Rustic Pear and Apple Galette
If you ask me, fall mornings were made for a hot mug of coffee and a tender, spiced muffin or slice of quick bread. Whether you stuff your muffins with pumpkin, pears, or a medley of fruit, veggies, and nuts, these three all fit the bill for fall.