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Our Favorite Fall Cookie Recipes
Whether you make them for an afternoon snack or a weekend tailgating party, these 30 cookie recipes will bring autumn's scents and flavors into your home.
Caramel Apple Cookies use the flavors of fall— chopped apple, pecans, apple juice, apple pie spice and more— for a hearty, delicious cookie. The fruit and grain-filled Banana-Oat Breakfast Cookies are a great snack to start the day. Traditional shortbread infused with lemon zest and topped with lemon icing combine in our Lemon on Lemon Shortbread Cookies.
Caramel Apple Cookies
Banana-Oat Breakfast Cookies
Lemon on Lemon Shortbread Cookies
Coarsely chopped cranberries spread the sweet-tart flavor throughout this tender scone, a winner at the Warrens Cranberry Festival recipe competition. A sweet almond frosting complements the berries.
Anita's Cranberry Scones
The recipe for these sweet and spicy cookies comes from the Warren family in Stanley, Kansas. The gingersnaps are a favorite at family gatherings.
Looking for a healthier cookie? Shredded apple, whole wheat flour, canola oil and wheat germ reduce saturated fat and add whole grains and flavor to peanut butter cookies.
Peanut Butter Apple Cookies
These gooey bar cookies start with a German chocolate cake mix. Melted caramels and cranberry sauce form a moist middle layer.
Cranberry Candy-Bar Cookies
A Hanover, Kansas, reader sent the recipe for these chocolate cookies with peanut butter centers to a
Midwest Living® cookie contest. A judge described them as "regally rich chocolate with a peanut butter kick."
Peanut Butter Munchies
This recipe will satisfy chocolate lovers' cravings, with semisweet chocolate pieces, unsweetened chocolate, melted white chocolate and melted semisweet chocolate. Just a half a cup of flour goes into this fudgy delight.
Hunka Chocolate Cookies
Dried fruit and crunchy almonds bring antioxidants and omega-3s to these bars made from two kinds of rice cereal--regular and chocolate flavored--in our version of marshmallow-cereal bars.
Crisp Cherry-Almond Bars with Marshmallows
When the afternoon hungries strike, cookies and other treats come to the rescue. We've added whole grains to some of these recipes so they're more nutritious. Take them to a potluck or out tailgating, too.
Sour Cream Pumpkin Bars
Oatmeal and More Cookies
Packed with flavor from molasses, ginger, cinnamon and brown sugar, these cookies look especially nice when cut with a scalloped or round cutter and sprinkled with coarse sugar or crystallized ginger.
Fat Molasses Cookies
These cookies are almost like a miniature carrot cake. Top them with orange frosting and finely shredded orange peel for a cookie that's as beautiful as it is delicious. This recipe is from Nancee Allan of Centertown, Missouri, and "dates back to the 1940s at least," she says. "My mother, Helen Kaufmann, and our next-door neighbor, Georgia Mae Wenkle, used to bake a lot of desserts. This was one of our favorites."
Mother Knows Best Carrot Cookies
Great with coffee or an afternoon snack, these cookies combine the fall flavors of cinnamon and cardamom, with sliced almonds on top.
Cinnamon Cardamom Crisps
Stir together just 6 ingredients for this easy-to-make treat. Peanuts top a rich layer of butter, marshmallows, peanut butter-flavored pieces, sweetened condensed milk, and peanut butter.
Salted Peanut Squares
The Cole family of Wadsworth, Ohio, bakes these each year for friends and family. The tradition started more than 50 years ago when Phrania (Fran) Cole and her sister, Ann, began baking cookies as affordable gifts. With the Snowballs, the Coles like the tang of black walnut and the snowy look that comes from powdered sugar. The Nutjammers are another old favorite. You can choose from two fillings when you make these tiny, turnoverlike treats.
These sour cream cookies, cut into pumpkin shapes and decked with orange-butter frosting, come from a longtime Wright's Bake Shop recipe in Reed City, Michigan.
A whisper of honey flavors these treats, from the Gettysburg Bakery in Gettysburg, South Dakota.
Delectable Date Cookies
When Midwest Living® readers were asked to nominate their favorite hometown treats, we received hundreds of suggestions, including the cookies pictured at
Swedish Dream Cookies
Amish-Style Sugar Cookies
Kim Kordich of the Cole family in Wadsworth, Ohio, likes writing words or putting holiday symbols on these little sandwich cookies. The cookies taste wonderful filled with jam, preserves and even frosting.
Kimmy's Fancy Sandwich Cookie
Chocolate, raisins, pecans, almonds, brown sugar—this recipe has it all, in an easy drop cookie. They are a dream to eat as well as to make.
Crisp on the outside and fudgy on the inside, these treats are easy drop cookies that feature semisweet chocolate pieces as well as peanut butter flavored pieces. Unsweetened cocoa powder punches up the chocolate flavor.
Chocolate Lovers' Oatmeal Delight
Wheat flour, flaxseed, applesauce and dried fruit add good-for-you ingredients to the traditional chocolate chip cookie.
Healthy Chocolate Chippers
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