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Delicious Cookie Recipes Perfect for the Fall Season

Updated on November 10, 2013
Delicious Cookie Recipes Perfect for the Fall Season
Delicious Cookie Recipes Perfect for the Fall Season | Source

When most people think about the holidays, cookies are one of the first things to pop into their minds, especially when it comes to Christmas. Cookies can be given as gifts, cookies are perfect for parties, and cookies gather great friends for good times.

But what about you? It’s not quite Thanksgiving or Christmas, but you are in the holiday spirit. You long to curl up on the couch and watch holiday movies with some warm cookies.

Is there any reason you should have to wait? Can’t you make yourself some delicious cookies to get you in the holiday mood and take advantage of the wonderful fall season and all the festivities to come? Absolutely!

Dive in! Don’t wait! You’ve been working hard all year long and deserve a delicious treat. This is a time we all look forward to in our house.

Not only does my husband get to benefit from all of my delectable creations, but so do all of our friends and my husband’s coworkers. Lol Well, I’ve got to do something with all of the cookies over here!

Check out some of the amazing fall favorites from our household, create some new ones of your own, and truly enjoy the holiday season the way it was meant to be enjoyed!

Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies
Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies | Source

Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Makes about 36 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Prepare several baking sheets by lining them with aluminum foil and spraying them generously with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix your 2 cups of peanut butter and your cup of sugar. It might help to use a hand mixer to help you blend the two.
  3. Now add your cup of brown sugar and blend into your peanut butter mixture thoroughly.
  4. When thoroughly mixed, beat in your eggs, baking soda, and vanilla.
  5. Make sure everything is blended completely and ready to be cooked. (Tip: Do not eat the raw cookie mixture when it includes eggs. This could be risky to your health.)
  6. When you’re ready roll your dough into balls, one tablespoon at a time, and place on your prepared cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  7. Sprinkle each cookie with a little bit of sugar.
  8. Because these are traditional peanut butter cookies, you might want to make a crisscross pattern on the top of each cookie with a fork.
  9. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes.
  10. Enjoy! Yummy! Yummy!
Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Jam Thumbprint Cookies | Source

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ready in: 25 minutes

Yields: Makes 18 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup fruit jam of your choice (raspberry and strawberry are amazing with this recipe)

Instructions

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Prepare several cookie sheets by lining them with aluminum foil and spraying them generously with cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, mix your flour and baking soda.

3. In a separate bowl, beat your butter and sugar until smooth. You can easily do this with a wooden spoon, but it may help to use a hand mixer.

4. When these are combined, add your egg and vanilla and mix thoroughly.

5. Gradually add your dry mixture to your wet mixture, a half cup at a time, mixing in between. You want to create a dough like mixture ready to be cooked.

6. Roll your dough into tablespoon-sized balls and place on your prepared cookie sheets.

7. You’ll want to make an indentation in the middle of each cookie with your thumb, why they are called thumbprint cookies.

8. Fill each thumbprint with about a teaspoon of your choice in jam. My favorite is strawberry.

9. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until slightly brown on the bottom.

Traditional Pecan Sandies
Traditional Pecan Sandies | Source

Traditional Pecan Sandies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ready in: 30 minutes

Yields: Makes 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup pecans

Instructions

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare several cookie sheets by lining them with aluminum foil and spraying them generously with cooking spray.

2. In a medium bowl, mix together your flour and baking soda and set aside.

3. In a separate larger bowl, mix your butter and sugar until creamy and thoroughly combined. It might help to have a hand mixer at your disposal.

4. Now add in your powdered sugar and mix again until well combined.

5. In a separate small bowl, beat your egg and rum extract together.

6. Add this into your sugar mixture and mix well.

7. Now slowly incorporate your dry mixture into your wet mixture, a half cup at a time. You want to create a nice thick dough mixture.

8. Finally, chop your pecans to your desired size (I like them really small) and mix them into your dough.

9. Roll tablespoons of your dough into balls and place them on your prepared cookie sheets about 1 inch apart.

10. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until just browning on the bottom. (Tip: To make them even better, press a whole pecan into the top of each of your cookies just before baking them.)

Pecan Pie Cookies
Pecan Pie Cookies | Source

Pecan Pie Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ready in: 30 minutes

Yields: Makes 36 cookies

Ingredients

For Filling:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

For Cookies:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare several cookie sheets by lining them with aluminum foil and spraying them generously with cooking spray.

2. Let start by making the filling. In a medium sauté pan, heat your 1/4 cup butter on medium heat.

3. When slightly bubbling, add in your corn syrup and rum extract and stir well.

4. When slightly bubbling again, add in your whipping cream and mix.

5. Take off the heat of the stove and mix in your pecans.

6. Set your filling in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.

7. Now to make your cookies! In a large bowl, beat your egg and your rum extract together until mixed.

8. Add your butter and brown sugar and cream together until completely dissolved. You may want to use a hand mixer for this.

9. Finally, add in your baking powder, and then your flour, 1/2 cup at a time and mix thoroughly. You’ll be creating a nice firm dough ready to cook.

10. Roll your dough into balls, one tablespoon at a time, and place them on your prepared cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.

11. Press your thumb deep into the middle of each cookie creating a well for your pecan filling.

12. Now it’s time for your pecan filling! Fill each of your cookies with about 1 tablespoon of filling. Know that the cookies will spread creating mini pecan pies to accommodate your filling.

13. Bake for about 8 to 12 minutes until each is lightly browned. Enjoy!

Pecan Pralines
Pecan Pralines | Source

Pecan Pralines

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cooling Time: 20 minutes

Ready in: 40 minutes

Yields: Makes about 24 cookies

These used to be a favorite of mine every time we went to eat Mexican food. Now I get to enjoy them every year around this time!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

1. Prepare several cookie sheets by lining them with parchment paper and spraying them generously with cooking spray. (If you skip either of these steps, you will have broken pralines sticking to your cookie sheets.)

2. In a large saucepan, melt your 1/4 cup of butter over medium low heat. (Melting sugar is a delicate process, so you’ll want to take it slow, keep the heat low, and have some patience.)

3. Add in 3/4 of your whipping cream and your brown sugar and stir until completely melted.

4. Raise your temperature to medium and keep stirring until mixture bubbles; about 5 minutes or so. (If it starts seizing on you, add a little bit more cream and keep cooking and stirring until it loosens again.)

5. Finally, mix in your pecan pieces and vanilla extract and remove from the heat.

6. Portion out your mixture onto your prepared cookie sheets into “piles” of 2 tablespoonfuls each. Leave about 1 inch between each pile of mixture. (It will look runny, and not like a cookie at all, but that’s okay.

7. Leave your cookies to cool for about 20 minutes until they harden. The cookies will cloud a bit and harden completely. They will be a little grainy in texture in your mouth, but delicious as they melt with each bite!

Maple Spice Crinkle Cookies
Maple Spice Crinkle Cookies | Source

Maple Spice Crinkle Cookies

Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ready in: 1 hour 20 minutes

Yields: Makes 36 cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup sugar for decorating

Instructions

1. In a large bowl, cream your butter and sugar together with a wooden spoon. You may even want to use a hand mixer for this.

2. Next, add in your brown sugar and beat until blended.

3. Now add in your egg and maple syrup and blend until thoroughly combined.

4. In a separate bowl, mix your 2 cups of flour, baking soda, and all of your spices.

5. Gradually mix in your dry mixture into your wet mixture, a half cup at a time, blending well in between half cups of the dry mix. You are trying to get a nice stiff dough consistency.

6. Place your dough in a bowl, cover it with a damp towel, and place it in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.

7. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 375°F. Prepare several cookie sheets by lining them with aluminum foil and spraying them generously with cooking spray.

8. In a small bowl, pour your cup of sugar for decorating and lay out an assembly line for yourself: cookie dough, sugar, cookie sheets.

9. One tablespoon at a time, roll your dough into balls and roll them in your sugar. Set them out on your prepared cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.

10. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes. Expect them to crack in the oven while cooking. They are supposed to. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Sandwich Cookies
Sweet Potato Sandwich Cookies | Source

Sweet Potato Sandwich Cookies

Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ready in: 1 hour 40 minutes

Yields: Makes about 30 sandwiches

Ingredients

Cookies:

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar for topping

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow crème
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons meringue powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

1. Clean your sweet potato, poke holes in it with a fork, and either bake it in the oven for an hour at 350 degrees F, or bake it in the microwave for like 10-20 minutes. (I usually bake potatoes in the microwave, and my microwave has a setting to detect when a potato is completely baked through.)

2. While your potato is baking, cream your butter and sugar until thick and creamy in a large bowl. You may want a hand mixer for this process.

3. At this point, remove your potato from the oven and slice it open.

4. Using a spoon, scrape the sweet potato flesh out of the skin and into a small bowl. Mash it thoroughly with your fork, then add it to your sugar mixture.

5. Add in your vanilla with your sweet potato and blend everything together well.

6. In another medium bowl, mix your flour, your baking powder, and all of your spices.

7. One half cup at a time, add your dry mixture into your wet mixture, mixing thoroughly in between. You should have a dough-like consistency when you are done.

8. Place your dough into a bowl, cover with a damp towel, and place in the refrigerator for about an hour.

9. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350°F . You will also want to prepare several cookie sheets by lining them with aluminum foil and spraying them with cooking spray.

10. Now we will mix the filling for our sandwiches. Start by creaming together your butter and sugar until thick and creamy colored.

11. Gradually add in your marshmallow crème a little at a time while mixing, tossing in your meringue powder and vanilla somewhere in the middle. Blend thoroughly and set in the refrigerator until ready.

12. When your dough has chilled for an hour, take it out of the refrigerator.

13. Pour your 3/4 cup brown sugar in a small bowl and set up an assembly line: dough, sugar cookie sheets.

14. Portion out your dough by the tablespoon, roll it into a ball and drop it into the sugar.

15. Roll each in the sugar to coat and set out on your prepared cookie sheets about 1 inch apart. So that they are able to be made into sandwiches, you will likely want to smash each cookie down to about ¼ inch with the bottom of a drinking glass.

16. Bake your cookies for about 10 to 15 minutes and cool completely before topping.

17. When ready, spread about 1 tablespoon of your marshmallow mixture between 2 of your cookies to form sandwiches. Enjoy!!

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 sandwich
Calories 60
Calories from Fat54
% Daily Value *
Fat 6 g9%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 1 g
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 15 mg5%
Sodium 45 mg2%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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The Sign of Good Food!
The Sign of Good Food! | Source

I would highly suggest a cookie baking afternoon. You’ll only have to prep once, you can use the same bowls, spoons, and cookie sheets over and over without having to wash dishes in between.

I like to lay all of my cookies out on towels on the counters as they come out of the oven so they are ready for more cookies.

You could even make it an afternoon or fun evening with your friends. Make some homemade pizza with my Quick and Easy Pizza Crust (or order in), make hot chocolate for everyone, and rent a bunch of Red Box movies.

I’ve had tons of evenings like this I will never forget, and you can too! You’ll have friends to share all of your cookies with, the rest will stay fresh in storage bags on the counter, or in the refrigerator, or will make great gifts.

Not only is it a blast to make homemade cookies, but you have delicious treats for the next week or so whenever you are in the mood for them. What a great way to put you in the mood for the holidays!

As a bonus, by using all natural ingredients, you are giving yourself a healthy treat sans chemicals, preservatives, and unneeded ingredients.

You won’t have to worry about the extra weight gain for the holidays as long as you pace yourself!

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love all your cookies. Gonna bake them after my recovers from chicken pox.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you for sharing all of your great recipes here!

      Up and more and sharing

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      Donna Herron 3 years ago from USA

      Those sweet potato sandwich cookies look amazing! I'll be adding these to my holiday treats :) Thanks for sharing these recipes!!

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      You're welcome and thank you for all of the wonderful comments! I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipes. :)

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