What do jobs, school, sports practices, and commuting have in common? They all prevent us from baking as much or as often as we’d like. But when we do get the chance, we want a slam-dunk recipe — or 14. Here’s a list of our favorite fall recipes we’ll be making this month: from a cookie with a secret, to spooky fudge brownies, to a puckery coffee cake that will brighten the grayest day. 

Samosa Knishes Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Kaitlin Wayne
The flavors of South Asia and Eastern Europe collide in this samosa-knish hybrid.

1) Samosa Knish 

This marvelous mash-up features a spiced potato-and-pea filling (like a samosa) and flaky, tender dough (like a knish). They’re baked instead of fried and are the perfect handheld snack to tuck into a lunchbox. 

Get the recipe: Samosa Knish 

Shop the recipe: All-Purpose Flour and Parchment Paper 

Magic in the Middles Kristin Teig
These cookies have a secret.

2) Magic in the Middles 

Why settle for store-bought peanut butter cups when you could have them in home-baked cookie form instead? For folks who crave this classic combination of flavors, Magic in the Middles are both trick and treat, with a nostalgic chocolate cookie exterior and peanut butter surprise within. Make them using black cocoa for a particularly striking color contrast and intense chocolate flavor.   

Get the recipe: Magic in the Middles 

Shop the recipe: Black Cocoa and Tablespoon Cookie Scoop 

Cinnamon Apple Pull-Apart Bread Photography and food styling by Liz Neily
It's gooey, it's got cinnamon and apples, it's cinnamon apple pull-apart bread, your new favorite breakfast.

3) Cinnamon Apple Pull-Apart Bread 

Here in Vermont, October means the peak of apple-picking season. And nothing embodies the shared sweetness of that endeavor like Cinnamon Apple Pull-Apart Bread. Pull-apart loaves are ideal for enjoying with friends and family; no slicing and waiting required. Add to that the smell of apples and cinnamon wafting through the kitchen, and you’ve got yourself the perfect autumn celebration loaf.  

Get the recipe: Cinnamon Apple Pull-Apart Bread 

Shop the recipe: Vietnamese Cinnamon, Pure Vanilla Extract, and Tea Loaf Pan 

Spider Web Brownies Photography and food styling by Liz Neily
These spooky brownies are easy to make!

4) Spider Web Brownies 

If Halloween has you loving all things ghoulish, Spider Web Brownies are a quick and delicious way to look like you spent ages decorating. A little cream cheese gives this twist on our Fudge Brownies a look that’s creepy-crawly without being over-the-top. The recipe calls for a bit of peppermint in the filling, but feel free to use the flavoring of your choice. Fiori di Sicilia is lovely alongside chocolate, or add Pumpkin Pie Spice for a seasonal twist. (And if you’ve had enough chocolate, try using the same technique to make a spider web cheesecake.) 

Get the recipe: Spider Web Brownies 

Shop the recipe: Double Dark Cocoa Blend and Espresso Powder

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Kaitlin Wayne
Packed with pumpkin and two kinds of chocolate, these cookies are a festive way to welcome fall.

5) Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Forget what the calendar says: Fall hasn’t officially begun until you’ve had your first pumpkin dessert of the season. These cakey, spiced pumpkin cookies are generously studded with chocolate chips and finished with stripes of glaze, and they’re a great way to get into the autumnal spirit. 

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Shop the recipe: Cinnamon, Ginger, and Callebaut Semisweet Chocolate Chips 

Easy Multigrain Bread Photography and food styling by Liz Neily
Loaded with grains and seeds, this crusty loaf is perfect for sandwiches or alongside soup.

6) Easy Multigrain Bread

For morning toast, midday sandwiches, and evening cheese boards, we like to have a loaf of this hearty multigrain on hand. The not-so-secret ingredient in this nutty bread is our Harvest Grains Blend, a mixture of eight grains and seeds that gives the bread texture and character. 

Get the recipe: Easy Multigrain Loaf 

Shop the recipe: Harvest Grains Blend, High-Gluten Flour, and Whole Wheat Flour 

Freshly fried doughnuts are a revelation!

7) Frosted Sour Cream Cake Doughnuts 

Few things are as delightful as a freshly fried doughnut, especially if it’s a sour cream doughnut. And especially if it has frosting. This recipe comes from baking superstar Claire Saffitz, who filmed this video that guides you through every step of the recipe

Get the recipe: Frosted Sour Cream Cake Doughnuts 

Shop the recipe: Cake Flour and Sprinkles 

Old-Fashioned Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting Photography and food styling by Liz Neily
What makes this cake so wonderful? Is it the apples, walnuts, or crackly brown sugar frosting?

8) Old-Fashioned Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting 

This simple apple sheet cake is a perennial fan favorite. Containing almost a pound of chopped apples (plus walnuts and apple pie spice) and requiring only one bowl, it’s a quick dessert for a crowd. The penuche-like brown sugar frosting takes it over the top. 

Get the recipe: Old-Fashioned Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting 

Shop the recipe: Apple Pie Spice and Boiled Cider

Sourdough Challah Photography and food styling by Liz Neily
Sweetened with honey and studded with apples, this challah has a plush, tender crumb.

9) Sourdough Challah 

For Shabbat dinner or superlative French toast any time, bake a loaf of sourdough challah. The recipe comes from the bakers at Hot Bread Kitchen, a nonprofit that creates economic opportunity through careers in food. The golden bread has a tender, feathery crumb, sweetened with honey and raisins. Nervous about shaping? This video will show you how to make a beautiful four-strand round braid. 

 Get the recipe: Sourdough Challah 

Shop the recipe: Bread Flour and Orange Blossom Water 

Gingery Lemon Curd Coffee Cake Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Kaitlin Wayne
Tart and tender, this coffee cake has lemon curd baked right in.

10) Gingery Lemon Curd Coffee Cake 

This may be the best variation on our Recipe of the Year yet! Reverse-creaming gives the cake its especially tender crumb; in this iteration, the cake is topped with lemon curd and gingery streusel crumbs. It’s a tangy, buttery triumph, meant to be enjoyed with a cup of coffee on a cool fall day. 

Get the recipe: Gingery Lemon Curd Coffee Cake 

Shop the recipe: Mini Diced Ginger and Lemon Paste 

Puerquitos (Piggies) Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Kaitlin Wayne
Cinnamon-scented puerquitos are as cute as they are delicious.

11) Puerquitos 

These soft and chewy cookies, sweetened with piloncillo and honey and flavored with cinnamon, are as tasty as they are adorable. A popular pan dulce found in most Mexican bakeries, they’re an irresistible treat. (This recipe is part of our feature celebrating Pan Dulce. Find more recipes here.) 

Get the recipe: Puerquitos 

Shop the recipe: Vietnamese Cinnamon 

Frosted bars with sprinkles cut into pieces on a cutting board. Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Kaitlin Wayne
The marshmallow frosting takes these oatmeal bars over the top.

12) Oatmeal Cream Pie Bars 

With their oatmeal cookie base and swoosh of marshmallow frosting, these bar cookies will be the MVP of your next bake sale or potluck. Says one reviewer, “I found this recipe a week ago and have made them twice, they are SO good!” 

Get the recipe: Oatmeal Cream Pie Bars 

Shop the recipe: King Arthur Square Pan and Offset Spatula 

Stuffed Cinnamon Streusel Muffins Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Kaitlin Wayne
Yes, please.

13) Stuffed Cinnamon Streusel Muffins 

It can be hard to get out of bed some mornings. But what if you knew a batch of these muffins awaited you? You’d probably hop right up so you’d have time to enjoy a streusel-topped beauty with your morning coffee. 

Get the recipe: Stuffed Cinnamon Streusel Muffins 

Shop the recipe: Baker’s Cinnamon Filling Mix and Cinnamon Sweet Bits

Gruyère-Stuffed Crusty Rolls Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Kaitlin Wayne
Bread and melted cheese: What could be better?

14) Gruyère-Stuffed Crusty Loaves 

It’s getting to be soup season, which also marks the start of cheesy bread season, the ideal accompaniment to any and every meal-in-a-bowl you might be having. These rolls are absolutely loaded with nutty Gruyère cheese, which bakes up and out of the bread like magma from a volcano, forming a caramelized, crispy skirt beneath each one. 

Get the recipe: Gruyère-Stuffed Crusty Loaves 

Shop the recipe: Bread Flour and Pizza Dough Flavor 

Additional contributions from Kat Mayerovitch 

Looking for more fall bakes? Check out our favorite pumpkin recipes.

Cover photo (Stuffed Cinnamon Streusel Muffins) by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Kaitlin Wayne.

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Stuffed Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
Stuffed Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
4.3 out of 5 stars 115 Reviews
40 mins
12 muffins
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Jessica Battilana is the Staff Editor at King Arthur Baking Company and an award-winning writer, recipe developer, and ardent supporter of eating dessert every day. She is the author of Repertoire: All The Recipes You Need and coauthor of eight other cookbooks, including Tartine Book 3 with Chad Rob...
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