20+ of the Best Fall Cookie Recipes

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It’s time for a little fall baking! I’ve rounded up the BEST (and my personal favorite) Fall Cookie Recipes. This is a collection of I’ve created over the the past 8 years! There’s some delicious for everyone. Let’s get baking!

collage of four images of fall cookie recipes.

As the chill in the air gets a bit more pronounced and I find myself reaching for my favorite sweater, I’m reminded of all the comforting flavors that autumn brings. Every year, I look forward to immersing myself in the kitchen, experimenting with warm and cozy flavors.

There are all types of cookies. Some will appeal to experienced bakers, while others will meet the needs of beginners. And since it’s autumn, we have cookies made with pumpkin, peanut butter, apple cider, maple, caramel, butterscotch, and more sweet things.

This year, I’ve decided to share some of my all-time favorite fall cookie recipes with you. Some have been in my family for generations, while others are delightful new discoveries. From pumpkin to caramel, each of these cookies holds a special memory for me, and I hope they’ll become a cherished part of your autumn traditions too. So, let’s bake, share, and create memories together. I know you’re going to love these fall cookie recipes!

Why You’ll Love These Recipes

  • These cookies embrace the rich bounty of autumn. From the creamy essence of pumpkin to the indulgent sweetness of caramel and butterscotch, each recipe highlights an iconic fall flavor. You’ll taste the fall season in every bite.
  • Whether you’re an experienced baker looking for a new challenge or a beginner eager to try your hand at cookie-making, this list has something tailored for you. Each recipe is designed to provide clear, step-by-step instructions, ensuring a delightful baking experience regardless of your skill level.
  • These cookies are versatile and pair beautifully with fall beverages. Whether it’s a hot cup of spiced apple cider, a creamy pumpkin spice white hot chocolate, or you favorite fall cocktail recipe, there’s a cookie on this list that’s a match made in autumn heaven.
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Dive into the heart of autumn with these delightful pumpkin cookies. Bursting with spices and the unmistakable warmth of pumpkin puree, each bite embodies the spirit of the season.

two Frosted Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies with frosting and one bite taken out.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies

If you enjoy the bold taste of espresso paired with the seasonal flavor of pumpkin spice, you’re going to love these Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies. The frosting is truly icing on the cake…er, cookie. Yum!

hand shaking cinnamon onto frosted pumpkin cookies.

Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

These Frosted Pumpkin Cookies are a personal fave of mine. They are amazingly soft, and they practically melt in your mouth. On a scale of 1 to 10, they rate a 10.

Butterscotch Pumpkin Cheerio Treat Bars on a stack of plates.

Pumpkin Cheerio Treat Bars

Technically these aren’t a “cookie”, but in my book a bar is cookie, so we’re going with it. These Pumpkin Cheerio Treat Bars are easy to make and loaded with seasonal flavor. What’s not to love?

stack of pumpkin cinnamon roll cookies on a plate.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Yes, these are cookies masquerading as cinnamon rolls. To make them, you roll out pumpkin-infused cookie dough and spread it with cinnamon and sugar. After the dough is rolled up, sliced, baked, and cooled, the cinnamon-roll-shaped cookies are dunked in a sweet glaze.

spoon adding glaze to soft pumpkin sugar cookies.

Soft Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

These pumpkin sugar cookies celebrate the tastes, textures, and colors of the season. I enjoy them any chance I get, but their softness makes them ideal for dipping in coffee, tea, or milk.

Black and White Pumpkin Cookies on a plate on top of a napkin.

Black and White Pumpkin Cookies

These Black and White Pumpkin Cookies look like classic Black and Whites, but one bite will tell you otherwise. The addition of pumpkin and seasonal spices announces autumn at its finest. A word of warning: In the future, you may find the traditional version a bit boring.

pumpkin spice cream horns with powdered sugar on a cooling rack.

Pumpkin Spice Cream Horns

Made on clothespins, these Pumpkin Spice Cream Horns (also know as Lady Locks) are a flaky sweet treat filled with a pumpkin spice cream that tastes just like pumpkin pie. This recipe makes the perfect fall dessert!

Peanut Butter Based Cookies

The rich, creamy essence of peanut butter meets the magic of fall in these sumptuous treats. Perfectly balanced and irresistibly crunchy, they’re a timeless classic with an autumnal twist.

hand breaking apart a peanut butter brown pillow cookie.

Peanut Butter Brownie Pillow Cookies

I love the combination of PB and chocolate anytime of the year but maybe even more so when the weather turns cool. In thesePeanut Butter Brownie Pillow Cookies, peanut butter dough is wrapped around brownie dough. Every bite will comfort your soul.

Four buckeye cookies on a plate.

Buckeye Brownie Cookies

You can never have too many chocolate and peanut butter fall cookie recipes. In this case, the peanut butter goodness is pilled on top of a brownie cookie that’s covered with melted chocolate. You are going to love these Buckeye Cookies.

hand breaking apart a peanut butter cookie with a peanut butter filling.

Peanut Butter Lover’s Peanut Butter Cookie

Are there days when you just can’t get enough peanut butter? To make this fall cookie recipe, you wrap peanut butter cookie dough around balls of peanut butter and confectioners’ sugar. These peanut butter cookies are one of my personal favorites.

Stuffed Peanut Butter Cup Cookies drizzled with chocolate on a cooling rack.

Stuffed Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Hiding inside these stuffed peanut butter cup cookies is a miniature peanut butter cup. The outside looks like a regular PB cookie decked out with chocolate icing in a crisscross design.

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies on a plate.

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies

Have leftover Halloween candy? Looking to try a new cookie recipe? Then you’re going to love these Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies. I mean, what’s not to love about a mini candy bar pressed into a soft peanut butter cookie? 

Apple Cider Cookies

Let the tangy-sweet notes of apple cider dance on your palate with these delectable cookies. A harmonious blend of tartness and sweetness, they capture the very essence of a brisk fall day.

frosted apple cider cookies on a cooling rack.

Frosted Apple Cider Cookies

Fall wouldn’t be fall without apples. These Frosted Apple Cider Cookies are loaded with applesauce, cinnamon, and cloves and then smothered with apple cider frosting. You can sprinkle some of the cookies with chopped pecans for added texture and taste.

gingersnap cookies drizzled with apple cider glaze on a cooling rack.

Gingersnaps with Apple Cider Glaze

Make your gingersnaps party-ready with a drizzle of apple cider glaze. This glaze is a wonderful counterpoint to the ginger and an interesting visual twist on this fall cookie staple.

Spiced Apple Cake Cookies with a glaze stacked on a small decorative plate.

Spiced Apple Cake Cookies

These Spiced Apple Cake Cookies are actually made using two cake mixes. One is caramel apple cake mix, the other is spice cake mix. They are easy to make and full of seasonal autumn flavors.

Maple Cookie Recipes

Drawing inspiration from amber-hued maple leaves, these cookies are a sweet homage to nature’s fall nectar. Delight in the rich, woody undertones of maple that transport you straight to a forest in autumn.

Cinnamon Waffle Cookies with Maple Glaze on a small plate on a colorful cloth napkin.

Waffle Cookies with Maple Glaze

Do you like to make things besides waffles in a waffle iron? I “baked” this fall cookie recipe in a mini waffle press. The waffle cookie’s unique shape is what initially grabs people’s attention, but it’s the yumminess that has them coming back for seconds (and thirds).

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Maple Cream Cookies

In these maple cream cookie recipe, crisp cutout cookies are paired with a sweet maple buttercream filling. It’s a match made in cookie heaven. As you can see, I used a fluted cookie cutter, but a simple round drinking glass also works.

Indulge in the gooey, melt-in-your-mouth goodness of caramel-inspired cookies. These treats, with their luscious centers and golden edges, are the epitome of decadence, embodying the cozy comfort of fall.

spoon adding caramel to a coconut thumbprint cookies.

Salted Caramel Coconut Thumbprints

Crunchy golden coconut, sea salt, and melted caramel work together wonderfully in these Salted Caramel Coconut Thumbprints. If you’ve never experienced the combination, you must give it a try. It’s like a little flavor party for your mouth.

two hands pulling apart a Apple Butter Cookie filled with caramel.

Caramel Apple Butter Snickerdoodles

Have you ever had a treat that practically screams fall? These seasonal snickerdoodles have apple butter in the dough and caramel baked inside. Biting into one of these unassuming cookies is a sweet and tasty autumnal surprise!

Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies topped with sea salt and chocolate drizzle on a plate.

Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies

As you’ve probably figured out by now, IBC is the site to visit should you be looking for caramelly goodness. In this particular fall cookie recipe, shortbread is the base. It’s topped with melted caramel, a drizzle of semi-sweet chocolate, and sea salt. These Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies are so good!

Unique Recipes

For those looking to venture beyond the classic fall flavors, this category offers an eclectic mix. From unexpected ingredient pairings to innovative baking techniques, these cookies are a testament to culinary creativity.

soft-batch Butterscotch Cookies dipped in white chocolate and stacked on a white plate with fall leaves around.

White Chocolate Soft-Baked Butterscotch Cookies

I have been a fan of butterscotch since I was a kid. This delightfully soft- baked buttertscotch cookies are loaded with butterscotch chips and dipped in white chocolate. You’ll be looking for excuses to bake it.

brown sugar cinnamon pop tart bars served on a large platter with some cinnamon sticks.

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tart Bars

Craving that classic brown sugar and cinnamon fall flavor combo? These Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tart Bars just may be the answer! Classic flavors, simple steps, and a touch of nostalgia make these dessert bars a winning combination. 

brown sugar pecan cookies on a small white plate on a colorful cloth napkin.

Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies

The pecans in these brown sugar pecan cookies give a crunch that sets off the brown sugar flavor and smooth-as-silk frosting. I’m betting you’ll become a pecan lover in case you aren’t already one.

Chocolate Dipped Gingerbread Cookies shaped liked acorns and squirrels dipped in chocolate and stacked on a plate.

Chocolate Dipped Gingerbread Cookies

Shaped like squirrels and acorns, these Chocolate Dipped Gingerbread Cookies are a fun and delicious way to celebrate fall. They are loaded with the flavor of ginger and other fall spices.

Chai Spiced Snickerdoodle Cookies stacked on a small white plate.

Chai Spiced Snickerdoodles

These chai spiced snickerdoodles will warm you up from the inside out. Dip them in a delectable spiced chai for a double dose or serve them with another popular autumn beverage.

Halloween Cookies

Celebrate the spookiest time of the year with cookies that are as delightful in appearance as they are in taste. Adorned with playful designs and bewitching flavors, they’re the perfect addition to any Halloween festivity.

Candy Corn Cream Wafter Cookies stacked on a small square plate.

Candy Corn Cream Wafers

These candy corn cream wafers captures the look of candy corn, a perennial favorite this time of year. Use the traditional hues or mix and match colors to complement your seasonal or party décor. Fun fact: this recipe was inspired by my favorite Christmas cookie recipe. I just have them a new look!

Halloween Gingerbread Cookies

In the shapes of bats, witches, and ghosts, these cut-out gingerbread Halloween cookies are both a spooky and whimsical dessert idea to celebrate Halloween. 

Spooky Halloween Pretzels on a plate.

Halloween Pretzels

These eerie Halloween Pretzels are a clever, tasty, and spooky snack that’s easy to make and perfect for your Halloween festivities. Chocolate-covered and yogurt-covered pretzels are filled with candy melts and topped with sprinkles to create a tasty snack that looks back at you. While these aren’t technically cookies, I think they would make a fun and spooky addition to any fall cookie tray.

Wrap Up

I hope you enjoyed this peek at 20+ of The Best Fall Cookie Recipes from Inspired by Charm. Which fabulous fall cookies will you make?

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