51 Fall Cookie Recipes To Kick Off Baking Season (2024)

Celebrate the start of sweater weather with ALL the cookie baking.

By Mackenzie Filson
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Fall brings so many of our favorite things: apple picking, (hopefully) the end of sweating our buns off, and all the cookie baking we can handle. Sure, you could warm yourself up with a mug of hot cider but we much prefer baking any (and all) of these fall cookie recipes, like sweet potato cookies, brown butter snickerdoodles, and apple cookies. Whether you're a pumpkin-everything kind of baker or craving apple-cinnamon, caramel, or all of the above, we've got 51 next-level brilliant cookie recipes featuring all the fall flavors you've been missing.

As far as we're concerned, pumpkin isn't just for pie. Yes, a pumpkin pie is a beautiful thing, but it's not the most casual dessert to whip up on a weekday. Which is why we love baking pumpkin into any and all of our favorite classic cookie recipes (the best way to use up canned pumpkin puree, TBH). It lends a tender fluffiness that lands it somewhere between cake and cookie, and adds earthy sweetness to our pumpkin sugar cookies, pumpkin cheesecake cookies, and pumpkin snickerdoodles.

Want to break out of the pumpkin or apple rut? We hear you. Try shaking up your baking routine with some fun, new cookie recipes that are just as comforting as those autumn classics. Festive cookies like pignoli cookies, alfajores, and pistachio chocolate chip cookies need to get to the top of your baking list ASAP. If you're a hardcore chocolate love, you'll flip over how rich our chewy chocolate cookies and espresso cookies are.

Hungry for more? Check out all of our favorite fall desserts and cider co*cktails. And if you have leftover cookies, you hereby have our permission to make an ice cream sandwich at your earliest convenience.


Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

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Get your pumpkin and cheesecake fix in one with these pumpkin-spiced cookies stuffed with a little surprise: cream cheese filling! The warming pumpkin spice cookies complement the creamy, tangy flavors of cheesecake, creating the most decadent cookie you'll have all season long. Although the pumpkin spice flavor screams fall, these cookies are truly enjoyable any time of the year.

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Twix Cookies

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These easy Twix cookies are the simplest way to make a copycat of our favorite candy bar. Crunchy shortbread is topped with caramel and milk chocolate and mimics a Twix perfectly. If you like salty sweet, a little flaky sea salt on the chocolate before it sets would be divine too.

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Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies

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Snickerdoodles are only made better by nutty, brown butter. These are chewy with pillowy soft centers and that classic snickerdoodle tang. As they cool, they settle into cracked and wrinkly cookies, which, in our opinion, are the very best kind.

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Lace Cookies

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These delicate little lace cookies—also known as Italian Florentine cookies—are so easy to make and a fun addition to your holiday cookie spread. They are shatteringly crispy and caramel-y with just enough flour and almonds to barely hold the cookies together.

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Cinnamon Bun Cookies

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Chef Christina Tosi's runs on cookies. Her other go-to special-occasion baked good? A fresh, warm cinnamon bun. The buttery cinnamon swirl, the gooey cream cheese frosting—she knew she had to dream it into this wildly good cookie recipe.

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Almond Joy Cookies

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What if your favorite coconut-almond-chocolate candy bar morphed into a crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth cookie? We've done it! Joy is in the name for a reason.

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

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Perhaps the best part of fall is that it's the season of pumpkin treats. We're not just talking about pumpkin spice lattes and homemade pumpkin pie, but pumpkin cinnamon rolls and pumpkin ice cream too. [Insert head-exploding emoji here.] Now, there's a newcomer to the scene: pumpkin oatmeal cookies.

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These anise and cinnamon scented cookies are the official state cookie of New Mexico! Though these cookies vary a bit in style depending where you are in the state, typically they are made with lard or butter, and cut into flower, star, or moon shapes. The anise seeds are crucial for that delicate floral licorice-y flavor, as is a dusting of cinnamon-sugar for added sweetness.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Thumbprint Cookies

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You’ll fall in love with hazelnut flour once you realize how easy it is to make and how nutty it makes these gianduia-inspired cookies. Melted chocolate adds extra cocoa punch to the dough while rich and creamy Nutella tops them off.

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Black & White Cookies

The cookies are sold at nearly every bakery or deli in New York City where they originated. The giant cookies started popping up in bakery cases as a way to use up leftover cake batter, which is why they have such a cakey texture. Whether you love chocolate or vanilla, this is the cookie for you!

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Peanut Butter Cookies

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Peanut butter cookies are one of those desserts we're always in the mood for. They're salty, sweet, and more rich than a chocolate chip cookie ever could be. We're suckers for the classic fork crosshatch look, but you can totally skip it. (Ready for the next level? Make peanut butter STUFFED cookies.)

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Ube Crinkle Cookies

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From halo halo and boba tea to more Western treats like brownies, ice cream, and pie, the uses of ube are endless. This recipe gives the classic crinkle cookie the ube treatment using ube halaya, a popular Filipino pudding made with ube and condensed milk, and ube extract.

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Monster Cookies

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The origin of the name "monster" cookies isn't clear, but it may refer to the fact that they're like Frankenstein's monster—they're a combination of many parts of other cookies (ours features oats, M&M's, peanuts, and pretzels) and are endlessly riffable. If you're looking for a version of monster cookies that have a bit more spooky-cute flair, check out our Halloween monster cookies.

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Butter Cookies

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These little guys might look simple, but they're dangerously decadent. There's a healthy dose of salt in the dough, making it easy to down 4 or 5 without overdosing on sugar. Serve them up with a cup of coffee or chai latte for dipping!

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Icebox Cookies

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Keeping a log of cookie dough in your fridge or freezer is the true genius move. It lets you have dessert ready in just a moment's notice for those last minute guests, and the ability to bake off only a cookie or two for yourself anytime. This recipe is the perfect base for mix-ins—we've included some of our tried and true favorites, but get creative!

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Sweet Potato Cookies

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Forget sweet potato casserole. Forget pumpkin spice lattes. Sweet potato cookies are our new fall staple. Once you taste the maple glaze, you'll understand why.

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Thumbprint Cookies

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It's true—this dough is firm, almost like a shortbread, so to make sure it doesn't crack, roll it into balls until smooth and firm, and then gently press your thumb in the center to make sure it doesn't crack. Gently.

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Jack-O'-Lantern Sandwich Cookies

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Pumpkin sugar cookies get sandwiched together with a cream cheese frosting for a perfect fall dessert. Carve a Jack-o'-lantern into them for an adorable Halloween treat everyone will love. So much better than carving a real pumpkin.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Adding pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice to chocolate chip cookie dough results in a heavenly pillow-like cookie with major autumn vibes. Yum!

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Chewy Chocolate Cookies

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Love chocolate chip cookies, but want EVEN more chocolatey flavor? This recipe is for you. These chewy cookies double down on chocolate, thanks to the combo of cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and one of our favorite secret-weapon ingredients: instant coffee.

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How to make cookies ahead of time for Christmas? ›

Decorate Later

If possible, bake the cookies, freeze them, then decorate them after they have been thawed. When you're ready to decorate your thawed cookies, make it a festive family activity with our guide to decorating Christmas cookies with kids.

How far in advance can you bake cookies for an event? ›

Aim to make them about two weeks in advance if you keep them at room temperature. Making them one week or a few days in advance is even better if you are going for the freshest possible cookies. Remember that you can always make a new batch if you accidentally keep your cookies out for too long and they become stale.

What is the secret to not flat cookies? ›

If your cookies come out of the oven looking flat, you may not have adequately chilled the dough before baking. Chilling times may vary depending on the cookie you're making, but you should typically chill cookie dough in the refrigerator for at least two hours before you pop it in the oven.

How to bake cookies in advance? ›

Portion dough and freeze on parchment-lined baking sheet until completely frozen, about 1 hour. Transfer frozen dough balls to zipper-lock bag, seal, and return to freezer for up to 2 weeks. If recipe calls for rolling cookies in sugar, do so just before baking.

Can you make cookies the night before? ›

As a general rule of thumb, you should refrigerate cookie dough for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours. More than that, and you won't see a noticeable difference in the final product.

What brings out the flavor in cookies? ›

Add more complex proteins, like malted milk powder and brown butter. Caramelizing the sugar beforehand brings bright notes to your cookies, but you can further expand your dessert's flavor profile by playing with proteins.

What makes cookies chewy and not hard? ›

If you enjoy your cookies soft and chewy, chances are likely the recipe contains a common ingredient that serves a very specific purpose. No, it's not granulated sugar, nor the butter. It's not the egg, all-purpose flour, or even the vanilla extract. The simple, yet oh-so-necessary component is cornstarch.

What is the best flour for chewy cookies? ›

You don't absolutely HAVE to use bread flour, but it adds a ton of chewy texture to these cookies that's worth the extra trip to the store. If you can't get bread flour, then use all AP flour in its place.

Which cookies last the longest? ›

Dry cookies, like shortbread cookies, gingersnaps, and Danish butter cookies, will stay fresher for longer because they have very little moisture. Dry cookies become stale when they suck up moisture from the air - causing them to become soft and lose their snap.

How long should cookie dough sit before baking? ›

"When it goes into the oven, the butter doesn't completely melt right away," she says. Youngman says chilling the dough for at least one hour before baking is crucial. An overnight sleepover in the fridge is even better.

Should I use baking soda or baking powder in cookies? ›

Baking soda is typically used for chewy cookies, while baking powder is generally used for light and airy cookies. Since baking powder is comprised of a number of ingredients (baking soda, cream of tartar, cornstarch, etc.), using it instead of pure baking soda will affect the taste of your cookies.

Why do my cookies always fall flat? ›

The Problem: Your Oven Is Too Hot

If your cookies repeatedly turn out flat, no matter the recipe, chances are your oven is too hot.

How do you make cookies thick and not flat? ›

A low proportion of sugar relative to flour reduces spread, keeping the cookies thick. A high proportion of mix-ins helps thicken the dough. Blending chocolate chip styles creates a more dynamic flavor. Overnight refrigeration hydrates the flour, again helping the cookies stay thick.

How do you keep homemade cookies fresh till Christmas? ›

The USDA website says that generally, cookies can be stored at room temperature for two to three weeks or refrigerated for two months. If you find yourself with more cookies than you can eat in that time frame, consider putting the baked cookies in a sealed container in the freezer.

What Christmas cookies stay fresh the longest? ›

Shortbread cookies and spritz cookies are real holiday troopers, lasting a bit longer than the rest. These buttery and crumbly cookies are a great option for a holiday cookie. Shortbread is known for its rich flavor, while spritz cookies are often made with a cookie press.

How many days will Christmas cookies stay fresh? ›

Bakery or homemade cookies can be stored at room temperature two to three weeks or two months in the refrigerator. Cookies retain their quality when stored in the freezer for eight to 12 months.

Can I make cookies the day before? ›

It is possible to make the dough the day before. We suggest that you shape the cookies and put them onto parchment lined baking sheets then loosely cover with clingfilm and refrigerate until needed.

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