The Flavors of Fall: Apple, Pumpkin and Butternut, Oh My!

The Flavors of Fall Recipes

Are you ready for the flavors of fall? Apple, Pumpkin, Butternut Squash, Caramel and Maple? I have a round-up of recipes full of fall flavor to tempt your taste buds and satisfy your sweet tooth!

 Click on the links in red for the complete recipe.


Roasted Pear-Butternut Soup

Garnish with crumbled blue cheese, walnuts and crispy prosciutto or bacon.


Roasted Butternut-Apple & Pumpkin Soup Shooters

A perfect appetizer to serve your guests in the form of a shooter~  a teaser to whet their appetite for the Thanksgiving feast!


Butternut Caprese Salad

A fall twist on the Italian classic caprese salad with some Southern flavor~ Hot Bacon Dressing!

Harvest Waldorf Kale Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Harvest Waldorf Kale Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

A lightened up salad with a harvest of dark leafy greens, fresh seasonal produce, and satisfying flavors!

Apple Cider Sangria

An easy seasonal cocktail for a crowd with fresh apple cider. Ideal for tailgating or sipping just because it’s fall.


Mini Pumpkin Pies

 Quick & easy to make with a package of refrigerated pie crusts.

Cranberry-Apple-Pumpkin Bundt Cake

The flavors of fall in a cake, with a Maple Glaze and Sugared Pecans & Pepitas.

Easy, Brie-sy, Apple & Honey Galette with Pomegranate

An easy and delicious recipe you can whip up using store-bought pie dough and just a few ingredients!


Pumpkin Spice Cake Trifle

Dessert in a jar that’s portable for a picnic!

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Picnic with Pumpkins

Pumpkin Granola

The flavors of fall in granola! No oil required for this recipe, since the maple syrup, pumpkin and applesauce bind the oats together.

Overnight Pumpkin French Toast Casserole with Streusel Topping

Overnight Pumpkin French Toast with Streusel Topping

A make-ahead baked French toast casserole. The streusel topping adds a sweet layer of flavor and crunch that makes it company-worthy for weekend brunch or Thanksgiving weekend.

Pumpkin Cheese Ball with Painted Pastry Leaves

Painted Pie Crust Leaves and a Pumpkin Cheese Ball

 Add a little fall flourish and with painted pastry leaves! Easy to make with refrigerated piecrust, food coloring, and cookie cutters!

Cranberry-Pecan Pie Crust Leaves

Dress up your left over Thanksgiving turkey with Cranberry-Pecan Crusts for pot pie, piecrust leaf “sandwiches” of pecans and cranberries! Try not to eat them like crackers :)

Pomegranate and Pear Sangria

As easy to mix as is to drink and the perfect beverage to serve for a crowd for Thanksgiving.

Pumpkin Chocolate Harvest Bundt Cake

Pumpkin-Chocolate Harvest Bundt Cake with Bourbon-Pecan Glaze

A cake lover’s Thanksgiving alternative to pumpkin pie with the added bonus of chocolate!

Hersey Kisses Acorns 

 An easy fall treat!

Easy Caramel Apple Bars

Easy Caramel Apple Bars

An easy and crowd-pleasing recipe that starts with cookie mix. The hardest part is waiting for them to cool long enough to cut!

Apple Cider Caramel Sauce

Apple Cider Caramel Sauce

Easy and oh so good! Use fresh-pressed cider for maximum apple flavor.

Easy Caramel Apple Spice Cake

Easy Caramel Apple Spice Cake

You can make this cake with a minimal amount of effort and end up with a fall dessert that’s pretty enough to serve company!

Infused Bourbon

Apple Pie-Infused Bourbon and Orange, Clove, and Cranberry-Infused Bourbon

An Autumn infusion of flavors for a specialty bourbon for a seasonal hostess gift or for mixing cocktails for the holidays!

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Swirl Brownies

Pumpkin Spice-Chocolate Swirl Brownies!

The flavors of pumpkin pie and chocolate marry in a rich, moist splurge-worthy brownie for fall!


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  36 comments for “The Flavors of Fall: Apple, Pumpkin and Butternut, Oh My!

  1. September 2, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Every day is a holiday when I read your blog!

  2. Linda Sellick
    September 2, 2015 at 7:24 am

    love your recipes. Your presentations are really putting me in the mood for fall cooking too. Not that I wasn’t already. But, This put me over the top

  3. Michelle
    September 2, 2015 at 7:25 am

    I have made so many of those recipes! Bring on the fall! So ready! I love to cook and bake and Fall makes it more inviting 🍂🎃🏈

  4. September 2, 2015 at 8:01 am

    You are tempting me to make all of those wonderful Fall treats, Mary! Your blog is a lovely way of sharing your heart with all of us and I thank you! Bring on Fall!!

  5. September 2, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Le tue ricette sono assolutamente favolose e molto invitanti! Mi hai messo voglia di cucinare qualcosa. Io sto per partire perle vacanze al mare, qui in Italia fa ancora molto caldo e spero continui così ancora un po’, ma sei riuscita a farmi desiderare l’autunno! Grazie! <3

    ***Your recipes are absolutely fabulous and very inviting! You got me want to cook something. I'm leaving pearls beach holidays, here in Italy it is still very hot and I hope will continue so still a bit ', but you managed to make me want to fall! Thank you! <3

  6. September 2, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Fall is definitely my favorite season of flavors! Pumpkin, maple, apple and caramel all make it a teensy bit easier to say goodbye to summer. I have made and savored a lot of your recipes Mary, but I forgot about those cranberry pecan pie crust leaves! Yum! What a treat to enjoy all these gorgeous treats and photos again, my bucket list is growing :)

  7. September 2, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I need to make the granola. Everything looks amazing, Mary! As always!

  8. September 2, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Um…..would u just plz leave your sweet lake haven and come stay with me so some of your creativity and cooking skills will rub off on me???!!! What fun we would have! And my home would be filled with autumn wonder. My sophiejane would love Chloe and Gracie too!!!
    Beautiful post!

  9. Melisa Leach
    September 2, 2015 at 9:52 am

    No wonder the majority of us all gain weight in the Fall/Winter, these recipes are amazing. My mouth is watering just looking at your beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to start baking!!!

  10. Melisa Leach
    September 2, 2015 at 9:55 am

    PS. I’m leaving for Switzerland on Saturday to meet my grandson! The weather there is already cooler. I will bring a couple of your recipes with me to share with my daughter. Thanks again.

  11. September 2, 2015 at 10:11 am

    I have always wished I had an apple pie for my birthday rather than a cake. My daughter this year (last week)TRIED to get me the Caramel apple one at Costco (It is FABULOUS) but they didn’t have it:(: I eneded up with a cake. EVERY one of your recipes look so delicious I want them all!!! Will have to try some of these IF the weather ever cools off. We are having another heat wave up here in Pa. BUT I started my Fall decorating yesterday anyway. Just couldn’t wait:):)

  12. September 2, 2015 at 10:12 am

    already have copied the apple pumpkin cranberry bundt cake, everything looks totally scrumptious. Thanks for the great ideas.

  13. September 2, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Wow! I saved several of the recipes to try. I just love how beautifully you decorate. Happy September!

  14. September 2, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Oh my, I love your blog! These recipes all look amazing! I have a couple of them that I want to try!

    Thank you,

  15. Kristie
    September 2, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Mary, thanks again for all these wonderful ideas. We all appreciate your efforts. It is putting me more in a “fall mood” even though it is 92 degrees outside.

  16. September 2, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    What a fun collection Mary! Now all we need are for the temps to drop:@)

  17. franki
    September 2, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Oh, I should SO BE your neighbor and help you eat all of the above!!! *sigh* franki

  18. bobbi duncan
    September 2, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Wonderful recipes…can’t wait to make some for friends and family get-togethers this fall. Thanks for sharing all your yummies and lovely decorating tips.

  19. Sue
    September 3, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    I printed out the recipe for the pumpkin chocolate harvest cake and look forward to trying it. The bourbon-pecan glaze recipe does not specify the quantity of pecans. It probably doesn’t matter but do you have a recommendation? Thanks so much!

    • September 3, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      Oops! Thanks for letting me know Sue I’ll add it to the recipe! 1/4 – 1/3 cup chopped pecans! You can double the amount of glaze if desired too :)

  20. September 3, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Whoa…what an abundant source of goodies!!! Bookmarking this post immediately…thanks for sharing, Mary.
    You always have the most incredibly enticing ideas & photos. *sigh*

  21. September 4, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    I must needs get myself to a weight watchers meeting pronto after this post! What an amazing post chock-full of deliciousness! *le sigh*

  22. Debra
    September 7, 2015 at 11:05 am

    I’ve just taken a pot of your roasted pear-butternut squash soup off the stove and it’s delicious! I wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you for a lovely fall recipe that I’ll be serving to my family next weekend.

    • September 7, 2015 at 11:11 am

      So glad you like it Debra! It’s a favorite of ours too :)

  23. September 9, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Oh wow Mary! I am drooling! What a gorgeous post! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  24. September 10, 2015 at 9:42 am

    I will feature this today at Home Sweet Home!! It was just stunning!

  25. Michele
    September 17, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Wow, these recipe’s all look amazing! Yumm!
    And the presentation is perfect!

  26. September 8, 2016 at 7:18 am

    I love this time of year when you bring out these incredible recipes featuring apples, pumpkin, and the great bounties of fall….I always refer to your recipes when having an event!….Happy September.

  27. September 15, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Wow! Mary you amaze me with your wonderful flavors and recipes!! I pinned, and pinned this post! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  28. Winni in Williamsburg, VA
    October 13, 2023 at 6:08 pm

    You outdid yourself with these inspirational treats and decor! 🍁💗🌻
    I already see new recipes to try!

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