20 Fall Foods We’re Making Because It Finally Feels Like Autumn

The changing of the seasons and the fun that it brings basically means that we can start baking again. The crispness in the air and the shift from desert-like temperatures to cooler days and longer nights makes room for the use of ovens for spiced muffins, or crock-pots for mom’s classic tortilla soup. Whatever reason makes this season one of change in scenery, temperature and cooking is a mystery; one that we’re OK not being solved. Get ready for pumpkin, spice, and everything nice. Here are 20 things you can make now that autumn has arrived (and no, not all are pumpkin!).

1. Cheesy Pumpkin Parmesan French Breads

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How Sweet Eats

OK, not all of these recipes involve pumpkin, but the first one has to be. Why? Nothing screams autumn quite like this fall staple. For whatever reason, the combination of pureed pumpkin and just about anything else is something we can’t steer clear from. So try this savory take on it, instead!

Get the recipe here.

2. Tortilla soup

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Lil Luna

This is one of my personal favorite dishes to have when the temperature starts to drop. Something about a warm, hearty soup soothes the soul and the body. This soup isn’t just necessary for your taste buds, it’s necessary for your warmth and survival in these frigid times. Dramatic? Maybe, but this soup won’t disappoint.

Get the recipe here.

3. Apple Spice Muffins

Tidy Mom
Tidy Mom

Stay mainstream and simple with your muffins, or try these with a secret punch: beans. Though it may seem weird, the Tidy Mom promises it blends perfectly with the apple and spice.

Get the recipe here.

4. Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate

A Night Owl Blog
A Night Owl Blog

It’s not a PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte), but the trade of pumpkin for chocolate – white chocolate, at that – is genius.

With four simple ingredients, a crock pot and two hours of unattended time, this treat is all yours. Get the recipe here.

5. Oktoberfest Brat and Veggies

Grab a Plate
Grab a Plate

One of the iconic events of autumn adapted around the world is Oktoberfest. Even if you’re oceans away from Munich, you can bring the tradition into your own kitchen.

Get the recipe here.

6. 40 Cloves of Garlic Roast Chicken

Foodie Crush
Foodie Crush

 

You read that right – 40 cloves of garlic. However, during the roasting process, the garlic goes from hard to buttery soft, making it so luscious, you’ll smell it baking from a mile away.

Get the recipe here.

7. Pumpkin French toast

Cooking Classy
Cooking Classy

If you’re craving something sweet, pumpkin-y and warm in the morning, but a pumpkin-inspired beverage isn’t quite your forte; worry not. This pumpki-fied twist on french toast will fill your tummy and heart with the sweet and savory.

Get the recipe here.

8. Pumpkin Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread

Ambitious Kitchen
Ambitious Kitchen

Yes, this is another addition to your pumpkin recipe collection. However, it’s probably unlike any other you have up your sleeve. The use of zucchini tames the richness of the chocolate and balances the addition of the pumpkin to the mix. Another plus to zucchini? It makes for (essentially) guilt-free indulgence.

Get the recipe here.

9. Caramel Apple Sangria

The Wholesome Dish
The Wholesome Dish

Here’s the adult take on an autumn classic, caramel apples. While the kids are indulging in the fall staple, you can enjoy the same treat in liquid form. It’s almost as if apple cider and Pinot Grigio were made for each other.

Get the recipe here.

10. Pumpkin Nutella Muffins

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Inside Bru Crew Life

What can make nutella even better? Pumpkin, of course! These bite-sized treats are the perfect addition to your Friday morning tea with friends or a lunchtime snack for the kids.

Get the recipe here.

11. Oatmeal Baked Apples

How Sweet Eats
How Sweet Eats

Nix the bowl for these delicious apple vessels that hold just the perfect amount of dessert for one person. Or breakfast, really.

Get the recipe here.

12. Cinnamon Apple and Walnut Fruit Salad

Cooking Classy
Cooking Classy

If you’re not a fan of the average fruit salad, I highly encourage you to give this one a try. The creamy element to this salad (thanks to the sour cream and cream cheese combination—trust us) is everything, and brings a whole new element to the fruit salad of the past.

Get the recipe here.

13. Beer Cheese Soft Pretzel Garlic Bread

How Sweet Eats
How Sweet Eats

This completely epic bread is perfect for football Sundays, windy and rainy days inside, and just about any day of the week that you’re craving something totally cheesy and rich.

Get the recipe here.

14. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Almond Ricotta and Coconut Bacon

My Name is Yeh
My Name is Yeh

Sub real bacon in for this coconut bacon, and you seriously have one steaming bowl of beautiful heaven. The smell of this soup bubbling on your stovetop will have the whole neighborhood lining up at your door, Oliver-Twist style, asking for more.

Get the recipe here.

15. Pumpkin Butter

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Wicked Good Kitchen

You may be asking yourself, ‘What can I use Pumpkin Butter on?’ The question you should be asking is what can you not put pumpkin butter on or in? Use it as a dip for muffins in the morning, or as an add-in to your favorite fall cocktail.

Get the recipe here.

16. Loaded Potato Soup

The Country Cook
The Country Cook

What makes soup better in autumn? Making it in a slow cooker. Most soups these days are crock pot-adaptable, and this savory loaded potato soup is one of them.

Get the recipe for a near effortless, hearty dish here.

17. White Chicken Chili

Panning The Globe
Panning the Globe

What makes this white chicken chili different than any other on the block? The seasoning is cooked into the chicken prior to the addition of the chicken into the chili. Can you say flavor overload?

Get the recipe here.

18. No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Balls

Beauty and the Foodie
Beauty and the Foodie

The coating of these pumpkin cheesecake balls might be what makes them so, so sweet and so, so perfect for autumn. Roll each scoop of pumpkin cheesecake into the perfection that is the pecan cinnamon coating, and brace yourself for sweetness in all the right ways.

Get the recipe here.

19. Pumpkin. Spice. Latte.

Gimme Some Oven
Gimme Some Oven

What kind of list would this be if we left out the ultimate staple of autumn? While a trip to a coffee shop for one of the season’s classic drinks is sometimes a necessity, give it a whirl of your own! Hey, you may even end up liking your recreation better, thus the thanking from your bank account.

Get the recipe here.

20. Bourbon Chai Caramel Milkshakes

How Sweet Eats
How Sweet Eats

This decadent dessert is so good, you’ll wonder why you never combined chai and bourbon before. The best part? You make your own chai spice blend yourself!

Get the recipe here.

Read More: 17 Autumn Flavors That Deserve Just as Much Attention as Pumpkin