Favorite Fall Recipes

LAST UPDATED: Oct 11, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Sep 27, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

I love all things fall – especially easy fall recipes! Amazing, flavorful recipes infused with all the flavors of the season that add warmth – apple, pear, pumpkin, squash and spices! Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice turn an afternoon of baking or cooking into the most aromatic potpourri.

These are among the most popular fall recipes at Julie Blanner Entertaining + Design. (You can find all of my recipes in this easy to sort recipe index). They’re simple enough for a Saturday morning, but incredible enough to serve while entertaining! That’s where these deviate from my ever popular Thanksgiving recipes!

You’ll find your favorite fall cookies, breads and breakfasts along with snacks, cocktails, appetizers, salads, dinners and desserts! I’m even sharing a few of my fall baking and cooking tips.

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Fall Recipes | Appetizers

homemade cornbread with maple butter on white plate with gold fork

Homemade Cornbread

An amazing twist adds even more flavor to this fall staple! This buttery homemade cornbread topped with maple syrup, bacon and thyme. You can even serve it with Honey Butter! It’s the best way to kick off any dinner!

pear slices with blue cheese and candied walnuts on a white platter with pear in the center

Pear Appetizer with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

Looking for a healthier alternative for a fall starter? Look no further than this pear appetizer. Bites of pear are topped with creamy blue cheese and walnuts for a gluten-free, no carb bite sized appetizer everyone will love!

crescent roll appetizer in an ironstone dish

Baked Cheese Pear and Prosciutto Crescent Roll Appetizers

This easy fall appetizer was a huge hit last year. With just one bite you will know why! Buttery crescent rolls encompass pear, prosciutto and creamy fontina. It’s topped with thick flakes of fresh cracked pepper to create a memorable appetizer.

blue cheese dip in bowl on platter with chips

Blue Cheese Dip

One of the simplest fall appetizers is creamy blue cheese dip! It’s full of flavor, but light on effort. It’s made from start to finish in just 5 minutes and will compliment all of your fall dinner recipes!

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Homemade French Onion Dip

Also known as pan fried onion dip, onions are caramelized to perfection with spices to create intense flavor – perfect for pairing with chips, crackers, crostini and veggies.

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Bacon Cheese Dip

This dip is always a hit for game day or get togethers (get all of my easy dip recipes)! This creamy mix of bacon, cheddar, cream cheese and sour cream topped with green onion is irresistible! This warm dip comes together quickly with simple ingredients and is low carb and keto friendly.

Fall Recipes | Soups

cheddar and apple soup

Cheddar and Apple Soup

This apple soup is a fun twist on a classic! Take your cheese soup over the top this fall with apples! It’s sweet and savory, like fondue!

Fall Recipes | Salads

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Apple Salad

This easy apple salad is tossed with an Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing for a light and refreshing taste of the season. It’s so simple, yet so good! Who can resist the added crunch of apples fresh from the orchard?

A white plate full of an easy beet salad recipe, topped with sliced jicama, dried figs, and roasted golden beets.

Roasted Beet Salad

This roasted beet salad is gorgeous and delicious. It’s loaded with incredibly tender roasted root veggies, it’s a restaurant level salad you’re going to absolutely crave this fall.

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Pear Salad

Arugula, ripe pears, candied nuts and gorgonzola is all you need to compliment the season! It’s the perfect dish for a light lunch, dinner or holiday meal. Tossed in a homemade white wine vinaigrette, this fruit and nut salad is simple, crisp and irresistible.

Fall Recipes | Dinners

chili in white cast iron pot with wooden spoon

Easy Homemade Chili

This chili has always been a household favorite, but according to pageviews, it’s one of yours, too! It’s perfect for a quick dinner, campfire, or just before trick or treating. You can even toss it into Walking Tacos!

braised beef ragu on bed of pappardelle on white plate next to dutch oven

Braised Beef Ragu

Pasta has always been one of my favorite comfort foods. This braised beef ragu is deceivingly easy to make and tossed with pappardelle. It can be made in the oven or stovetop while you enjoy all of your favorite fall festivities! Take it over the top with gremolata.

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Bolognese

Bolognese is an almost weekly staple in our home because it’s simple, flavorful and warms up even the chilliest of nights. A thick sauce simmers with wine until you’re ready to serve.

butternut squash pasta on white plate with fork sticking up

Browned Butter Butternut Squash Pasta

There’s nothing quite like the taste of butternut squash in fall, but pair it with brown butter and fried sage and it’s even more amazing!

A round white plate on a marble surface featuring pork ragu pasta, gold fork to the side.

Braised Pork Ragu with Pappardelle

A rich and flavorful sauce braises until melt-in-your-mouth tender with apples, carrots and celery. It’s amazing alone but perfect on a bed of pappardelle.

Fall Recipes | Side Dishes

baked apple slices in white casserole dish

Baked Apple Slices

One of my most popular recipes here at julieblanner.com are these baked apple slices. Again, they’re simple, but full of fall flavor! Mix it up by serving them with Ice Cream for dessert or serve them as a cozy fall side dish to pair with pork or braised beef.

green beans with bacon in cast iron pan with wood spoon

Green Beans with Bacon

This is undoubtably one of the most popular fall recipes on my site. Year after years readers make this with their favorite fall dinner or to serve at Thanksgiving. A few simple shortcuts make it quick and easy, without compromising flavor. It’s so cravable, you’ll make it again and again!

White bowl with sauteed brussel sprouts, blue linen napkin to the side.

Crispy Brussel Sprouts

These have quickly become one of my favorite side dishes and appetizers! Even the girls enjoy them! You can make them on the stove top or in the oven. Either way, they’re incredible! The red wine and hint of sugar caramelize to coat the brussels and shallots to perfection.

wood spoon in casserole dish filled with roasted sweet potatoes

Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Oven roasted sweet potatoes covered in a sweet and salty glaze. This easy fall side dish comes together in just a few minutes hands on time.

caramelized shallot mashed potatoes on white plate with blue napkin

Caramelized Shallot Mashed Potatoes

Take classic mashed potatoes (or mashed cauliflower) up a notch by integrated caramelized shallots. They add flavor and texture to this easy side dish.

truffle fries with Parmesan and parsley on a sheet pan

Truffle Fries

A drizzle of truffle oil and a sprinkling of Parmesan, parsley, and sea salt make these oven-baked fries absolutely heavenly! These gourmet fries are so good, you’ll make them again and again! They’re even more amazing served with Truffle Aioli!

Fall Recipes | Desserts

pumpkin pound cake on cream platter with blue checked napkin

Pumpkin Pound Cake

My classic pound cake recipe updated for fall with pumpkin, spices and an ornate loaf pan just for fun! Enjoy it for breakfast, snack or dessert – no judgement here!

Small white plate with a single slice of gooey pumpkin butter cake.

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

Classic St. Louis Best Gooey Butter Cake with pumpkin cream cheese filling. Again, this is indulgent enough for dessert, but often served for breakfast because, why not?

White marble surface with a close up of pumpkin bars cut and covered in cream cheese frosting.

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Easy pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting are effortless – simply bake, slice, and serve these cute pumpkin squares for an indulgent fall treat. These pumpkin spice bars are irresistibly moist and delicious! 

Small white plate with a slice of pumpkin cake, pale blue linen napkin and gold fork to the side. #pumpkincake #pumpkincakerecipe

Pumpkin Cake

Moist Pumpkin Cake slathered in Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting baked in a standard 9×13 baking dish – no decorating skills required. 

apple crisp in bowl with baking dish in background

Apple Crisp

Cinnamon, brown sugar and caramel with buttery oats make an irresistible old-fashioned Apple Crisp your family will love! Serve a la mode with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream or Apple Ice Cream and Fleur De Sel Caramel Sauce.

how to make apple pound cake

Apple Pound Cake

A dense, buttery classic pound cake loaded with apples and covered in Apple Glaze. This delicious dessert yields the perfect slice, every time.

how to make cinnamon pound cake on white cake stand

Cinnamon Pound Cake

Everything you love about pound cake with a cinnamon sugar twist that adds warmth for fall. It’s perfect for dessert or breakfast!

Fall Recipes | Breakfasts

Miniature white ceramic loaf of apple quick bread, drizzled in glaze. Apples, bowl of icing and spoon rest to the side. #applecinnamonbread

Amazing Apple Bread

Year after year, this is one of my most popular fall recipes. It’s a 5 minute hands on time easy quick bread recipe filled with apples and cinnamon. You can make 6 miniature loaves for gifting or 2 large loaves for enjoying. It freezes well for a quick snack, too! This foolproof recipe couldn’t be easier for even the most novice baker.

cranberry orange bread in white loaf pan on blue napkin

Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread is a delicious and festive twist on my Sweet Bread recipe. The addition of cranberries and orange zest elevate it into an elegant fall bread for breakfast, brunch, snacks and gifting.

apple cider donut holes with apple cider in a glass

Apple Cider Donut Holes

Easy Apple Cider Donut Holes recipe that will give you your fall fix without a donut pan! These little guys are a mix of a baked donut and a mini muffin, making it an an apple cider recipe that simply melts-in-your-mouth!

pumpkin muffins in sugar and spice

Pumpkin Muffins

This fun adaptation of my ever popular meltaway Cinnamon Muffins is such a hit that the girls want them year round! These melt in your mouth muffins are full of pumpkin and spice that will start your day off right!

apple cobbler muffins in muffin tin

Apple Cobbler Muffins

The best of both worlds – combined! The flavors and texture of apple cobbler in acceptable to eat for breakfast form! No need to wait for dessert to enjoy the most amazing cobbler crunch!

Fall Recipes | Cocktails + Drinks

Cinnamon liquor cocktail glass on marble surface, garnished with apple slice and cinnamon sticks.

Cinnamon Toast

The ultimate fall cocktail that will warm you up on even the chilliest of evenings. It’s the perfect blend of Cinnamon Schnapps (a Cinnamon Liquor) and apple cider garnished with an apple slice and cinnamon sticks!

2 ingredient apple cider bourbon slush recipe

Apple Cider Bourbon Slush

Easy 2 minute, 2 ingredient bourbon slush recipe that serves a crowd! This apple cider cocktail creates the perfect taste of fall!

hand holding spiked apple cider in a white mug with cinnamon, star anise, and orange slice

Spiked Apple Cider

An easy fall cocktail that will warm your spirits. It is the perfect hot apple cider cocktail for chilly nights, fall festivities.

mulled wine with mulling spices and oranges in cast iron on stove

Warm and Cozy Mulled Wine

Wine mulled (slow simmered) with fruits and Mulling Spices to add warmth. You can make Easy Non Alcoholic Mulled Wine, too!

apple butter old fashioned

Old Fashioned with Apple Butter

A fun fall twist on a classic cocktail. This old fashioned is made with apple butter! It’s full of apple cinnamon flavor you’re going to love. It’s easy to make and easy to sip!

A marble surface with clear mugs full of homemade apple cider, whole apples and cinnamon sticks to the side.

Apple Cider

An iconic taste of fall, homemade apple cider is the coziest gift of this brief season. Warm, perfectly spiced, fragrant and utterly delicious, making a batch of this apple cider recipe will be the best way to celebrate all things autumn!

Don’t miss all of my easy apple recipes!

A cast iron pot filled with pear cider ingredients

Pear Cider

Pear cider is a fun twist on apple cider. This (non-alcoholic) fall drink is aromatic, cozy and brimming with delicious fall flavor! 

Fall Baking + Cooking Tips

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