Fall’s Finest Desserts Recipes: Part 1

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Hello, Knapsackers!

Goodbye, September. Hello, October.

Fall is here! The weather is cooling down, there is a breeze in the air and as I walk among the city I can hear the crunch of crisp yellow, chestnut, rust and apricot colored leaves beneath my boots. It’s a new season. A time of renewal and beginning.  And most importantly, a time for baking.

It’s time to bust out your best china, your oven mitts and mixing bowls and  get cozy in the kitchen. Fall is all about good food. With the cooler weather upon us, homemade desserts are the perfect finish to any savory meal–or for satisfying the Cookie Monster within you. From tasty cookies and cupcakes to crafty cakes and pies, I am compiling a top ten list of delicious recipes for tempting fall sweets that’ll impress your beau, friends and family.

Tonight I’m starting with recipe number one: Autumn leaves cookies with filling.

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Aut-yum Cookies. Photo credit: Halloween: The Best of Martha Stewart Living

1) Aut-yum Leaves

Level of Difficulty: Hard

Cook time: About 40 mins

Autumn leaves are a wonderful symbol of fall. Made with store-bought pie crust dough, these yummy leaves may filled with whatever your heart desires: chocolate or peanut butter chips, cream cheese, mini marshmallows, jam or nuts.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of water
  • Prepared pie crust
  • Your filling of choice (I will be using chocolate chips)
  • Raw sugar
  • Flour for work surface
  • Leaf shaped cookie cutters

How to prepare it:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375.
  2. Whisk one egg with a teaspoon of water and set it aside.
  3. On a floured surface, roll out the prepared pie crust with a pin.
  4. Use the leaf-shaped cookie cutters to make as many dough leaf pairs as possible. There must be an even amount of leaves.
  5. Spread about 4 teaspoons of the mini chocolate chips onto each leaf, leaving about a 1/2-inch margin at the edges.
  6. Brush the egg wash mix you made earlier onto the edges of the leaves. Then, place a second leaf on top, and press the edges to seal.
  7. Brush the tops of the leaf cookies with the egg wash and sprinkle it generously with raw sugar.
  8. Bake the leaves on a parchment-covered cookie sheet until their edges begin to brown, about 10 minutes.

  9. Remove the cookies from the oven. Let them rest on the baking sheet a few minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.

  10. Let cool for 5 minutes
  11. Eat and Enjoy! :)
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Aut-yum Cookies. Photo credit: Halloween: The Best of Martha Stewart Living


Photo credit: (Top of blog) Fall leaves picture taken by Wikipedia Commons. (Middle right) Aut-yum cookies picture taken by Not Martha; the original photo was pulled from the book, Halloween: The Best of Martha Stewart Living.

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