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Thursday, October 26, 2023

Top 15 Reader's Fall Favorites

We're coming into the BEST food months of the year.
Here are my reader's favorite Fall recipes.

Collage of fudgy pumpkin brownies in a white baking dish with a slice cut on a white plate.

One of the few things I enjoy about the "back end" of food blogging (that means all the techy computer stuff) is looking at stats and seeing what recipes really take off. This time of year is prime food season with Fall having arrived and the holidays on the horizon, so I took some time and really researched what Fall recipes have been in the Top 15 the past few years.

It was neat to see what you guys enjoy the best!

Many were no surprise at all, but some were. Again, why it's fun to look at the stats. So take some time and browse this quick Fall recipe list. I promise that you'll find at least one new recipe to try before the holiday season.

Soup? Dessert? Breakfast treats? Slow Cooker dinners? It's all right here.

Pumpkin Butter Bar on a white plate with a bite on a fork.

These bars have been filtering around the Top 10 since 2020. Like a traditional butter dessert bar, but with the addition of pumpkin and spices. The gooey middle really gets ya. The crunchy top holds it all together. An absolute beast of a dessert if you bring them along to your family Thanksgiving.

People go bonkers each Fall when I bring this Lasagna Soup back out. Its everything you love about a big slice of lasagna but in soup form. And trust me when I say it's much easier to make! I like to serve it with a crusty slice of bread for dipping.

A spoon of lasagna soup with a bowl in the background.

3. Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes

I used my all-time favorite basic pancake batter and amped it up with pumpkin flavors. Whole wheat flour gives them a nutty flavor. Double batch these and freeze some! Another recipe from 2020 (it was a good year for recipes) and today it still is a favorite with my readers.

A stack of pumpkin pancakes on a plate with syrup and coffee mug in the background.

Everyone loves apples this time of year and up until I wrote this recipe I had never put them into cookies. Doesn't seem right - but it works! We all enjoy the peanut butter and apple combo so I figured they'd taste amazing in cookies. 

Apple peanut butter cookie on a wire cookie rack.

When friends ask for a potato soup recipe I always send over this one. Yes, it has some added benefits (corn, bacon) but I really do feel like it adds to the greatness! It's hearty, creamy and cheesy. Pretty much everything you want to take the chill out of your bones when the weather gets cold.

Dutch oven pot of cheesy potato soup topped with crumbled bacon and green onions.

Back in 2017 instead of waiting for the grocery stores to come out with the pumpkin coffee creamer I went ahead and made my own! Start to finish done in 5 minutes you'll feel good about this creamer in your coffee as it's homemade and there are no odd ingredients. I like to keep mine in a mason jar in the fridge to sip on all week long.

Mason jar of homemade pumpkin coffee creamer by spices with a can of Libby's pumpkin puree.

Think pumpkin in chili is odd? Think again. It creates a velvety, smooth texture - no one evens know they are eating it and it pumps up the fiber content. This chili is simple and can be kept on low in a crockpot for hours. A great dinner to come home to after a long day.

A bowl of pumpkin & black bean chili in a white bowl on a brown placemat.

My most popular dessert recipe last year. Hands down. So good in fact I served a pan of these blondies alongside pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving last year. Rich and buttery with seasoned apples and a hint of maple flavoring bring them all together.

Maple Apple Blondies cut into bars on a sheet of parchment paper.

Back in 2017 I created a slow cooker version of the most incredible beef and noodles on this planet. I love how it all cooks together (including the noodles!). It's like Grandma's version but with lots of shortcuts. Serve it over mashed potatoes for extra carby goodness.

A plate of beef & noodles over mashed potatoes on a green plate.

One of our family's favorites once cold weather hits. It's an amped up vegetable beef soup that everyone will love. Hint: cook your pasta separately (always!), then when ready to serve put some cooked pasta in the bottom of your bowl and ladle the hot soup over. It's perfect every time!

A bowl of beef macaroni soup with noodles in a white bowl on a striped towel.

The oldest recipe on the list! Back in 2012 I made these cinnamon rolls having no idea how great they would be. It turns out no yeast is required - so they are most definitely quick and easy. I often double the batch because they are so good.

Pumpkin cinnamon rolls in a glass baking dish with one on a white plate.

Normally I wouldn't put a brand new recipe on this list, but it's been such a hit I couldn't resist. This easy "dump and go" crockpot chili is amazing. There is no prep work, no after it's done work - really no work at all. Creamy, cheese and full of chili flavors.

Bowl of chicken chili in a grey bowl topped with sour cream, cilantro and tortilla chips.

Last year's surprise cookie that took off! Everything you love about a traditional chewy snickerdoodle cookie but with the addition of pumpkin and spices. Dusted with cinnamon and sugar these go fast - make sure to bring the recipe along as people will ask for it.

Hand holding a pumpkin snickerdoodle with a bite taken out - other cookies on a wire rack in the background.

Ever had a fried apple fritter? They are insanely good. This bread tastes just like a fritter. Chunks of seasoned apples, lots of cinnamon and an icing drizzle that takes it over the top.

A loaf of apple fritter donut bread on a cutting board with a floral tea towel.

We are smack dab in the forefront of pot roast season. This list I came up with earlier this year has BLOWN UP - for great reason. We all love pot roast but it often makes a lot of leftovers. Here are 15 different ways to make it into a complete different meal.

15 Ways to use Up Pot Roast Leftovers

So which of these reader's Fall favorites are you going to make first?

I'm biased. I love them all. So many great ideas! If you love pumpkin, apples, soups and more then this list is for you.

I would love for you to pass this list along to your friends and family. Share the love!

Top 15 Reader's Fall Favorites

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