Favorite Recipes for Fall Baking

I don't think I'm alone here: when the weather cools down, it's finally it's time to fire up the oven! For so many of us, fall is the favorite time of year for baking. Here are some of my favorite fall recipes, sweet, for sure, but also savory and many featuring our favorite fall flavors like apple and pumpkin.

Fall Baking, another recipe collection ♥ KitchenParade.com. Favorite recipes for autumn, quick breads, cakes, cookies, muffins, cornbread and more.

Sweet & Savory Baking Ideas, Especially for Autumn. Favorite Fall Ingredients Like Apples and Pumpkin. Quick Breads. Cookies. Muffins. Yeast Breads. Corn Bread. Celebration Breads.

Autumn's Time Change

Love it or hate it, many of us live with the time change, when we "fall back" an hour, more light in the mornings, early dark in the evenings.

But the "baking time change" is one to anticipate and embrace! It's the onset of Fall Baking.

When does the Fall Baking time change occur? Well, there's no set time, no calendar reminder. It just kinda happens ... some times it creeps in quietly, other times, smack, you get up one Saturday morning knowing that the time has arrived.

Best be prepared! Put some butter in the freezer, refresh your flour supply (especially if you haven't baked over the summer), stock up on sugar and molasses and chocolate chips and spices and ...

What're you baking this year? Fire up the oven and let me know, leave a note in the comments!

Happy baking, all!
~ Alanna

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Fall Baking, another recipe collection ♥ KitchenParade.com. Favorite recipes for autumn, quick breads, cakes, cookies, muffins, cornbread and more.

Apples! Worthy of Celebration!

Extra-Crispy Apple Crisp ♥ KitchenParade.com, finally my perfect apple crisp, barely sweet apples firm and tart with an extra-crispy topping. It's got a secret ingredient!

Estonian Apple Cake ♥ KitchenParade.com, an easy low-calorie apple cake recipe, moist and bright with cinnamon.

American Apple Pie, a fall classic ♥ KitchenParade.com, made from scratch with a flaky, tender double crust and piles of apple and cinnamon.

Apple Recipes ♥ KitchenParade.com.

Tis Pumpkin Season!

Baked Pumpkin Donuts and Donut Holes ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, cake donuts warm with spices, coated with buttery sugar. A really special fall treat. Recipe, insider tips, nutrition and Weight Watchers points included.

Autumn Pumpkin Bread ♥ KitchenParade.com, moist, flavorful pumpkin bread, my forever-favorite recipe.

Pumpkin Bars ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, quick & easy, filled with fall spices.
  • THE RECIPE Pumpkin Bars Quick and easy, filled with fall spices. (PIN This)
  • ANOTHER TAKE Pumpkin Fruitcake Tender and rich with puréed pumpkin, warm spices, dried fruit, fruity liqueur.

Pumpkin Recipes ♥ KitchenParade.com, simple to sumptuous, super-organized to find exactly the right recipe, fast.

So Many Sweet Pumpkin Pies

No-Bake Pumpkin Cream Pie ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, a simple creamy pumpkin pie, part pie, part cheesecake in an easy no-rolling press-in gingersnap crust. Totally simple and pleasing!

Mini Pumpkin Pies ♥ KitchenParade.com, baked in mason jars and ramekins, all filling, no crusts.

Honey Pumpkin Pie ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, sweetened with honey instead of processed sugar.

Recipes for pies, tarts, crusts and more ♥ KitchenParade.com.

Home-Baked Cookies

Molasses Cookies ♥ KitchenParade.com, my favorite recipe for classic molasses cookies, make them soft, chewy or crisp, your choice.

Snickers Cookies on Sticks (or NOT) ♥ KitchenParade.com. Peanut butter cookie dough baked around a mini Snickers bars. Sticks optional! Rave Reviews!

Cut-Out Spice Cookies ♥ KitchenParade.com, easy roll-out cookies with gingerbread spices for year-round occasions.

Wake Up to Warm Muffins

Perfect Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins ♥ KitchenParade.com, healthy pumpkin muffins that stay fresh for days. Moist and spicy with great texture.

Cornmeal Muffins with Apple, another seasonal muffin ♥ KitchenParade.com, studded with apple with a pretty sliver on top. Perfect for Fall Breakfasts. Autumn Comfort Food. Great for Meal Prep. No Mixer Required.

Make-Ahead Bran Muffin Batter ♥ KitchenParade.com, mix now, bake in small batches later, including a single microwave bran muffin in a mug.

A collection of savory and sweet muffins ♥ KitchenParade.com.

Quick 'n' Easy Quick Breads

Spiced Honey Cake ♥ KitchenParade.com, sweetened with honey, warm with fall- and cold-weather spices.
  • THE RECIPE Spiced Honey Cake Sweetened with honey, warm with fall- and cold-weather spices.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Quick Brown Bread An old-fashioned molasses bread with nuts and dried fruit, no egg, no added fat, no yeast. (PIN This)

Zucchini Bread with Pumpkin, a season-crossing quick bread ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, part zucchini bread, part pumpkin bread, part spice cake. After a healthy makeover, Half the Calories. Great for Make-Ahead & Food Gifts.

Shhh Banana Bread ♥ KitchenParade.com, healthy low-fat banana bread, just 1 tablespoon oil and whole wheat flour. Weight Watchers Friendly!

Special for Fall: Cornbread

Pumpkin Cornbread ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. A quick bread for fall, moist and pumpkin-colored.

Sweet Potato Cornbread ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Gorgeous golden color from a pile of sweet potatoes. Naturally wheat-free, gluten-free, no unusual ingredients.

Skillet Cornbread ♥ KitchenParade.com, an adaptable, forgiving recipe. Rises Tall. Stays Moist. Not Too Sweet. Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special.

Chillin: Favorite Chili, Chowder & Cornbread Recipes ♥ KitchenParade.com, a collection of cold-weather, football-friendly favorites.

A Loaf of (Homemade Whole-Grain) Bread, A Jug of Wine and Thou

How to Make Swedish Rye Bread in a Bread Machine or By Hand ♥ KitchenParade.com, the traditional recipe, slightly sweet, bright with orange, anise and caraway. Recipes, many insider tips, nutrition and Weight Watchers points included.

Best-Ever Oatmeal Bread ♥ KitchenParade.com, a hearty substantial bread, made with oats, pecans, slightly sweetened with molasses. A family favorite!

DIY Herb Blend for Homemade Herb Bread ♥ KitchenParade.com, twelve herbs to add to bread dough for great bread for burger buns, sandwich rolls, toast, crostini and more.

Homemade Bread recipes ♥ KitchenParade.com, yeast breads to flat breads, quick breads to crackers, biscuits to muffins.

Celebration Breads: Just for Fall

Pan de Muerto (Bread for Day of the Dead) ♥ KitchenParade.com, the traditional bread from Latin America to communicate with loved ones who have passed on. Detailed instructions for all skill levels.

Homemade Butterhorns (Thanksgiving Crescent Rolls) ♥ KitchenParade.com, my grandmother's recipe for butterhorns, the 'crescent rolls' so often served at Thanksgiving.

Cranberry Walnut Bread ♥ KitchenParade.com, special for the holidays, a barely sweet yeast bread studded with dried cranberries and toasted walnuts.

Craving Cranberries? Me Too!

Fresh Cranberry Bars ♥ KitchenParade.com, a chewy almost-blondie molasses and spice bar with bursts of juicy cranberry, topped with a scattering of sugar snow. No mixer required.
  • THE RECIPE Fresh Cranberry Bars A chewy almost-blondie molasses and spice bar with bursts of juicy cranberry, topped with a scattering of sugar "snow".
  • ANOTHER TAKE Fresh Cranberry Drop Cookies Cookie bites bright with fresh cranberry, sweet orange and toasty pecans.

Fresh Cranberry Cake ♥ KitchenParade.com, a rustic cake that pops with fresh cranberries, best made a day ahead so perfect for potlucks and holiday gifts.

Cranberry Linzer Tart ♥ KitchenParade.com, an impressive European fruit tart, made easy with an almond press-in crust. No rolling!

Cranberry Recipes & Ideas ♥ KitchenParade.com, Savory to Sweet. Recipes, tips, nutrition & Weight Watchers points included.

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  1. Anonymous9/14/2011

    Dear Alanna,

    Fall = back to school = three weeks of inspired sack lunches and then the dreaded brown bag rut. I'd love to get some ideas for brown bagging that will tickle my boys (12, 14 & 17). I'm trying to come up with a 10-day rotation so they have each lunch once every two weeks. Any inspiration?

    JB (yes, JB!)

  2. I really want to expand my baking recipes beyond my usual banana bread, fruit muffins and crumbles, and scones! These recipes look like a fantastic place to start. Thanks for sharing them!

  3. Anonymous9/16/2011

    Hi Alana,

    I would like to know if you have tried any of your recipes with a whole lot less sugar? I suspect that they would still be very good.

    Love your site,

    p.s. Don't have a clue what to select for my profile.

  4. Hi Bonnie ~ Some years ago, I started "Alanna-sizing" recipes. This meant cutting sugar, cutting fat, vegging up, standardizing small portion sizes, etc. So many of my recipes, especially the ones from later years, are already lower in sugar. Because Kitchen Parade is already my "favorite" recipes (no duds, none that I haven't already or wouldn't make again and again), the recipes have notes that say when I've successfully adjusted the recipe with lower-calorie or more healthful ingredients -- or converted to a slow cooker or switched one ingredient for another.

    That's a long way of saying "yes" :-) -- even though I don't actually have "low sugar" recipes, reducing sugar is just part of my overall kitchen style, even if I don't mention it specifically. Hope this helps!


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