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!

Overhead view of nestle chocolate chip cookie recipe cooling on a rack.

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!

Tips for Making the Best Cookies

  • 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!
  • Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

    How to make the Best Chocolate Chip cookies from this Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
    Emma Christensen

    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.

  • Brown Sugar Snickerdoodle Cookies

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

  • Peanut Butter Cookies

    Easy Peanut Butter Cookies on a serving plate
    Elise Bauer

    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.

  • Cinnamon Snap Cookies

    Cinnamon Snap Cookies
    Elise Bauer

    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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  • Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

    Browned Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
    Elise Bauer

    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.

  • Pumpkin Cookies

    Pumpkin cookies cooling on a rack.
    Elise Bauer

    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.

  • S'mores Cookies

    Chocolate Chip and Marshmallow S'mores Cookies
    Emma Christensen

    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.

  • Giant Ginger Cookies

    Giant Ginger Cookies
    Elise Bauer

    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.


    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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  • Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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

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

  • Butterscotch Cookies

    How to make perfect Butterscotch Cookies
    Elise Bauer

    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!

  • Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

    Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
    Irvin Lin

    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.

  • Maple Cookies

    Maple Cookies
    Elise Bauer

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