There’s no time like autumn to bake up sweet treats. And what better to satisfy your sweet tooth than cookies? The options for fall cookies and bars are almost unlimited! In this post I’m going to share dozens of my favorites for you to enjoy!
Fall Flavors, Perfect for Sweet Treats
When you think of fall, what flavors come to mind? Many think of pumpkin right away.
I’ll be honest: I’m the last person to think of pumpkin. Why? Because I’m severely allergic! Just the tiniest little taste and I’m reaching for the Benadryl.
The rest of you, though? I’m sure most are head-over-heels in love with all-things-pumpkin. Pumpkin latte. Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin muffins. Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin cookies.
Other Fall Spices to Enjoy
Others are fans of gingerbread and other warm flavors that fall under that same category.
Here are a handful of popular fall spices that you might not think of right away:
Apple: Apples are very popular in the fall! They’re a harvest fruit.
Chai: Chai tea, anyone?
Maple: This one of my very favorites! I love maple in and on cookies, cakes, pies, and coffee cakes!
Caramel: This is high on my list! I make mine by taking a can of sweetened condensed milk and simmering it (in the pan) in boiling water for two hours. Delicious!
Nutmeg: This is another favorite in the fall. You’ll find it in many spice combinations on the baking aisle.
My Favorite Fall Spice. . .Cinnamon!
I love cinnamon. In fact, it’s one of the few “strong spices” I can consume with no worries whatsoever. So you’ll find a lot of cinnamon-themed cookies and bars in this post.
Cinnamon is a dominant fall spice, very popular across the globe. I am not the only one who bakes with it!
Cinnamon is warm and versatile, which make it a staple in a wide range of fall treats and drinks, including many of the cookies and bars you’ll find in this list.
I also use a lot of cinnamon in my fall cakes, muffins, and coffee cakes.
My favorite brand of cinnamon (thanks for asking) is Vietnamese Cinnamon, which I purchase on Amazon. It has a flavor that puts all other cinnamons to shame!
Fall Treats are the Best!
More than anything, fall treats remind us of the changing of the seasons. The hot days of summer meld into the cool, crisp days of fall.
And, as the leaves change from brilliant green to orange, red, and gold, our taste buds remind us that yummy fall sweets are about to make their debut!
So, without further ado, let’s dive right in! I’m so excited to share these fall cookie and bar favorites from Out of the Box Baking!
Fall Cookies and Bars
These aren't listed in any particular order, y'all. I'm just posting them as I go through my recipes, pulling the ones I think you might be interested in!
If you love the warm rich flavors of butterscotch and toffee you’re going to adore this simple recipe. These delicious cookies are absolutely divine. Best of all, they start with a box of butter pecan cake mix.
If you love German Chocolate cake but want the ease of a tender, flaky cookie bar, this is the recipe for you! The cookie crust has a light chocolate flavor and the rich gooey filling is loaded with coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips.
If you love coconut pecan cake but you’re looking for something with more of a bar or cookie texture you’ve definitely come to the right place! This is one of my simplest (but tastiest) recipes yet. And it starts with canned frosting and a box of white cake mix!
If you’re looking for a light, crisp buttery cookie, you’ve come to the right place. In this post I’m going to teach you how to make traditional, old-fashioned butter cookies, just like Grandma used to make!
If you’re looking for a bar with a soft sugar cookie crust, cake-like in texture, with a rich almond and cherry flavor, have I got a treat for you! These Simple Cherry Pie Bars (Cherry Cobbler Bars) are gooey, soft, and absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
If you love the cozy taste of a cup of hot chocolate but you’re in the mood for cookies, I’ve got the perfect treat for you! In this recipe I’m going to show you how to make Hot Chocolate Cookies—perfect for any occasion!
These cookies go by different names. Some call them Mexican Wedding Cookies, some call them Snowballs. Some call them Pecan Sandies, others call them Pecan Balls. Some folks call these soft bites of wonderment Mexican Wedding Cakes or Russian Tea Cookies. No matter what you call them, they're delicious and super easy to make.
If you love brownies but want the convenience of a gooey cookie, you’ve come to the right place! In this recipe you’ll learn how to make ridiculously easy stuffed brownie cookies. They’re not like anything you’ve ever had, I promise!
If you enjoy red velvet cake with luscious cream cheese frosting you're going to flip over these yummy Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies. They're simple to make and loaded with rich cocoa flavor. Best of all, the recipe starts with a boxed cake mix!
If you've been looking for the perfect sugar crinkle cookies, you've come to the right place! This easy recipe is so fool-proof that you'll use it again and again! It's perfect as a sugar cookie, but with a few variations can serve as a base for much, much more!
Every baker needs an amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe, one that causes people to stop in their tracks and say, "Oh my goodness, this is the best cookie I've ever eaten!" This recipe will bring that sort of reaction. It's got the charm of a traditional chocolate chip cookie with something extra--the bliss of browned butter.
If you love the flavor of a yummy oatmeal cookie but you're looking for a bit more crunch, this is the recipe for you. Crisp and sweet, this delicious cookie is packed full of nutritious goodness. Best of all, it's incredibly easy to make.
If you’re looking for a quick, easy cookie to serve your Halloween guests, this is it! You can use any base cookie recipe you like, but adding an icing mummy wrap to the cookie will send it over the top.
If you love brownies but you're equally as fond of chocolate chip cookies, this is the perfect recipe for you! These Brookies have a lush brownie bottom and a tender chocolate chip cookie on top. Best of all, they start with a box mix.
This is a delicious slice-and-bake cookie dough that can be made in advance and frozen. Just like those tubes of cookie dough you buy at the store, this one is convenient. But it's cheaper and healthier, too!
If you love luscious gooey bars, filled with the crunch of coconut and the sweetness of chocolate and condensed milk, you’ve come to the right place! This is the traditional recipe and incredibly easy to make.
If you love a delicious German chocolate cake with coconut pecan frosting, have I got a treat for you! These bars come together quickly, taste amazing, and best of all. . .they start with a box of cake mix!
If you’re crazy about the combination of bananas, caramel, and pecans, but you don’t want to the hassle of making bananas foster from scratch, do I have a treat for you! These easy bars have all of those delicious flavors, but start with a box of cake mix!
If you love the rich chocolate and coconut flavors of an Almond Joy bar, have I got a treat for you! In this post I’m going to show you how to make a sweet treat with those same flavors. . .and it all starts with a box of cake mix!
Janice Thompson is an author, baker, and all-around mischief maker! She has overcome a host of baking catastrophes, including a toppled wedding cake, to learn more about the baking process. Janice has published over 150 books for the Christian market but particularly enjoys writing recipes and baking devotions. To learn more about Janice or to drop her a note, visit her About the Author page.
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