15 Cozy Recipes To Make You Fall In Love With Autumn

If you’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of autumn, the early release of the pumpkin spice latte probably has you in the mood for fall flavored cooking. Warm meals and spicy desserts will gently guide you into cooler weather and everything else we love about the leaves changing color.

By Alyssa Vandermeulen3 min read
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Apples, pumpkin, butternut squash, and other harvest goodies should make their way into your recipe planning sooner rather than later. Cooking according to seasonal ingredients is a great way to keep your body healthy, so we’ve compiled 15 of our favorite cozy recipes to celebrate the start of fall!

1. Autumn Harvest Honeycrisp Apple & Feta Salad

Salads are a year-round favorite for a reason, but they’re even healthier for you if you use seasonal ingredients. Thinly sliced apples and spicy candied pecans add the perfect crunch to this salad, which will look absolutely Pinterest-worthy on your feed. 

2. Sundried Tomato Pumpkin Pasta 

If you tend to stock up on canned pumpkin at the start of the fall season, this deliciously creamy pasta is the ultimate way to use it! Sun-dried tomatoes add a bright, seasonal flavor to the simple pumpkin sauce – and you can always add crispy sage and a baguette to finish off your meal. 

3. Harvest Sheet Pan Dinner

Easy meals are necessary during the busiest months of the year, and this harvest sheet pan dinner is a great way to incorporate fall flavors into a filling, easy-prep dinner. Chicken sausage, butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, apples, and bacon – all cooked on a single pan for minimal cleanup. Delicious!

4. Pumpkin Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Want to add a fall touch to your overripe bananas? Pumpkin banana bread is an easy adjustment, but these pumpkin banana chocolate chip muffins are worth the extra steps. You can also make this into a loaf to have with your morning PSL!

5. Pumpkin Donuts

Hey there, donut lovers! If your preferred treat is a sweet frosted donut, these seasonal pumpkin donuts should be immediately added to your meal plan for this week. Easy to swap ingredients for paleo or gluten-free needs, these donuts have a delightful cream cheese frosting with just a touch of pumpkin pie spice.

6. Butternut Squash Whipped Feta Dip

If you have a ton of social events on the calendar, bring this yummy whipped feta dip as an appetizer! It is full of cozy flavors and fall herbs, and the recipe is so simple. Serve with pita slices or veggie sticks for a delicious snack. Even the best chefs in the room will be asking you to share the recipe! 

7. Cinnamon Apple French Toast

Cozy breakfast with seasonal coffee is a wonderful way to invite autumnal flavors and smells into your home! This cinnamon apple french toast is a delicious way to use ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen, and it will leave your home smelling like an expensive fall candle. Top with pecan pieces for an added crunch! 

8. Butternut Squash Soup

Chili, French onion, wild rice – there are so many autumnal soups that deserve a spot on your meal plan. However, if you’ve never made butternut squash soup, this fall is a great time to try it! Creamy, flavorful, with a bright color and fresh sage, this butternut squash soup is a crowd favorite! 

9. Apple Spice Dump Cake 

If you find baking to be a hassle but still love fall desserts, this apple spice dump cake has your name on it! The simplest preparation (you dump all the ingredients in a baking pan, and that’s it!) leads to a warm apple spice dessert you can serve to friends and family all season long. Don’t forget fresh whipped cream and a caramel drizzle!

10. Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Tired of pumpkin and other squash flavors? Switch up your autumn dinners with this pillowy sweet potato gnocchi. Topped with bacon bits and shallots, in a buttery spicy sauce, this meal deserves to be savored bite by bite!

11. Butternut Squash and Chickpea Salad

If you’ve been looking to switch up your normal lunch plans or simply want to add fun protein into your fall cooking, this butternut squash and chickpea salad is a must-make recipe! Baked salads are an autumn fav for so many reasons, and this one has the perfect balance of seasonal flavor and color to get you through the day. 

12. Pumpkin Scones

The perfect complement to your chai latte, these pumpkin scones are full of seasonal flavor in a flaky, delectable bite. All of your favorite chai spices can be found in these scones, creating a warm and spicy dessert you’ll want to eat everyday!

13. Brown Butter Butternut Squash Ravioli

Butternut squash ravioli (or pumpkin, if you prefer) will be your favorite warm meal for the entire fall season. If you need a quick and easy meal, you can use the Trader Joe’s Squash Ravioli pack instead of filling your own pasta. It makes a perfect dinner for one (or two!) if you struggle to find meals in small quantities. The ravioli is bursting with creamy filling, and the brown butter sauce is worth swimming in! Don’t forget the crispy sage topping!

14. Apple Crumble Loaf

Apple picking is a fun fall activity, but if you come home with more apples than you can eat, make this delicious apple crumble loaf! This apple recipe features a moist apple bread, a crumbly cinnamon topping, and a simple glaze for the ultimate fall bite. This yummy bread pairs well with hot apple cider or a seasonal coffee!

15. Roasted Harvest Bowl

Harvest bowls are a relatively trendy meal (often accompanied by an expensive price tag), but there’s no reason you can’t make this delicious roasted harvest bowl at home! You can prep the ingredients ahead of time, roast them on a single sheet pan, and enjoy by yourself or with friends. Yum! 

Closing Thoughts

Fall recipes are in full swing, which means your kitchen is about to smell like warm spices, apples, and pumpkin! We hope you enjoy your cozy autumnal eats!

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