Our 12 Favorite Cookie Recipes to Make in the Fall

Are you ready for baking season? It's starting soon. We've got a dozen cookie recipes to get you all ready. Time to soften the butter and bring those eggs to room temperature!

You know it’s fall when suddenly the baking aisle in the grocery store becomes a lot more crowded. Ingredients such as fancy chocolate chips (the Guittard ones, oh my goodness) and pumpkin spice everything (that’s another story!) start making an appearance. When it’s quiet for a moment, you can almost hear the whir of the stand mixer calling to you. (Ok, maybe that’s just me.)

The need for cookie recipes, in my book, never ever wanes. We’ve gathered up some of our favorites for you to try this fall.

We’ve got a few chocolate chip cookie recipes—if you make them frequently and you’re anything like me, it means that you are always looking to improve and tweak them slightly. It’s fun to play around with creaming butter versus melting, or adding a new mystery ingredient, such as ground flaxseed, to see what happens to the flavor or texture.

Never fear, though. If chocolate chips are not your cookie kryptonite (I’ve met such people, they exist), there’s a plethora of spice-happy cookies such as Snickerdoodles and Cinnamon Snaps, or classics with peanut butter and/or chocolate in them.

Time to soften the butter and bring those eggs to room temperature!


  • Warming eggs: If your recipe calls for warmed eggs, you can quickly warm them by placing them in a bowl of warm water on the countertop
  • Cookies for later: If you don’t have time to make all your cookies at once, cover the bowl and stick in the fridge, and bake off the rest of the batch whenever you like. This way you have fresh cookies every day! (How dreamy.)
  • Freeze unbaked dough: You can also portion out any unbaked dough and freeze them on a sheet lined with wax paper. Then, transfer them to a zip-top bag and freeze until needed!
How to make the Best Chocolate Chip cookies from this Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Baking, for many of us, starts and ends with chocolate chip cookies. These have a delightfully chewy texture thanks to a secret ingredient: milk powder.

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These cinnamon-dusted cookies are a great balance of soft and crispy, and they come together quickly.

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Easy Peanut Butter Cookies on a serving plate

There is something so satisfying about making peanut butter cookies. Maybe it’s those little cross-hatch marks you make with a fork. Maybe it’s the intense peanut flavor. Maybe it’s the nostalgia. This hits the mark.

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Cinnamon Snap Cookies

I like cookies you can dunk in coffee. Or tea. These are those cookies. They’re snappy, spicy, and sweetened with honey.

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Browned Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Rather than semi-sweet chips, this recipe uses milk chocolate. Rather than softened butter, this recipe uses browned butter. The adaptations make for a decadent, sophisticated cookie experience.

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Pumpkin Spice Cookies

These soft and moist cookies manage to put almost everything delicious about fall right into one cookie: cinnamon, cardamom, pumpkin, rolled oats, and pumpkin puree.

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Chocolate Chip and Marshmallow S'mores Cookies

Bet you didn’t know you could bake cookies with marshmallows in them! Summer may be a memory, but you can conjure up a campfire treat with these s’mores cookies.

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Giant Ginger Cookies

Along with the edict that there’s no such thing as too many chocolate chip cookies, I also firmly believe there’s no such thing as too many ginger-spicy cookies. These giant 4-inch cookies are deliciously gingery.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies drizzled in peanut butter

Oh, this could be so dangerous! A cookie you can throw together and just refrigerate. No baking needed. Which means you can have these at your fingertips lickety-split. It’s the little things, right?

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Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies in a basket lined with a tea towel

Here comes that browned butter again—along with pecan, oats, and shredded coconut for additional texture and flavor.

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How to make perfect Butterscotch Cookies

Ok, we are guilty of a recurring theme here—browned butter. It really makes a big difference in these butterscotch cookies. They only look like they have molasses in them—but don’t!

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Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Chocolate is such a great backdrop for the spices and molasses of gingerbread, as it rounds out the flavor and adds a depth and you didn’t know gingerbread needed, or could take.

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Maple Cookies

It’s all about the maple syrup—grade B, specifically, which is richer in taste—in these soft and chewy cookies.

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Carrie Havranek

Carrie Havranek is a former Associate Editor of Simply Recipes and the author of the cookbook Tasting Pennsylvania (2019). She lives in Easton, Pennsylvania and goes out of her way for farmers' markets, new ingredients, yoga, and walks in nature.

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  1. Judy R

    This is sooooo wonderful having all these amazing cookies!!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  2. Judy

    Well, good assortment of fall cookies. I too don’t cook the whole batch. I have a water type plastic pitcher that I put my batch in once all mixed up. Then I put in fridge. I can make as few or many as I want, The taller pitcher doesn’t take up too much fridge space and because of the tight -fitting lid keeps dough fresh for about a week or so…been doing this for many years now as there are only two of us at home. I have found that it takes just as much time to make a small batch of dough as a big one–so I might as well make a full batch. I often have two or three going at a time then I can make up a variety if it suits. Also My hubby likes chocolate chip nd I tend more towards oatmeal raisin. So we both get what we want. Thanks for the recipes. I am particularly going to try chocolate gingerbread. Never thought of that–but I love chocolate covered ginger. Thanks for some more great ideas.

  3. Alene

    Nothing gluten free. I, unfortunately, can’t eat any of them. Oh, well.

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  4. VK Marugg

    Love them. I’ll try at least five of them and I’m not a good baker. Thanks for sharing all your skills.

  5. Colleen [email protected]

    Looks delicious can’t wait to try

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