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!
I know this year looks a little different, so I’ve even got great ideas for how to host a Virtual Thanksgiving if that’s the best route for your family.
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Fall Recipes | Appetizers
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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?
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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 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
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.
This is undoubtedly 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!
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.
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.
Take classic mashed potatoes (or mashed cauliflower) up a notch by integrated caramelized shallots. They add flavor and texture to this easy side dish.
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
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!
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?
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!
Moist Pumpkin Cake slathered in Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting baked in a standard 9×13 baking dish – no decorating skills required.
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.
A dense, buttery classic pound cake loaded with apples and covered in Apple Glaze. This delicious dessert yields the perfect slice, every time.
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
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 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.
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 apple cider recipe that simply melts-in-your-mouth!
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!
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
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!
Easy 2 minute, 2 ingredient bourbon slush recipe that serves a crowd! This apple cider cocktail creates the perfect taste of fall!
An easy fall cocktail that will warm your spirits. It is the perfect hot apple cider cocktail for chilly nights, fall festivities.
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!
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!
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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
- Brown Butter – Substitute oil and butter with brown butter for a richer, nuttier flavor.
- Fall Spices – Substitute cinnamon in baking recipes with Apple Pie Spice, Pumpkin Pie Spice or Cinnamon Sugar.
- Add a Glaze – Try Cream Cheese Glaze that adds a little tart flavor to your fall baked goods, Apple Glaze to everyday or apple recipes and Orange Glaze to muffins, breads and more!
- Add your fall favorites like granny smith apples, bacon jam or caramelized onions to classic recipes like sliders, gourmet burgers, gourmet grilled cheese, bratwurst and more!
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