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Caramel Pear & Ginger Cupcakes

Caramel Pear & Ginger Cupcakes

These little cakes are packed full of fall flavor. Joelen started with her favorite spice cake recipe, added pears and ginger to the batter, and then frosted them with a simple vanilla bean buttercream and a caramel drizzle. 

Like Joelen, "I really like the delicate sweetness of pears and how they balance the spiciness of ginger in baked goods." Sugar and spice... timeless.

Recipe: Caramel Pear & Ginger Cupcakes

Homemade Fresh Fig Newtons

Homemade Fresh Fig Newtons

If you're like me, both a fig lover and a cookie monster, then this incredibly delicious image of fresh homemade fig cookies (made with fresh fall figs - ooooh yeah) speaks for itself. :)

Recipe: Fig Newtons

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

I was very excited to see these granola bars pop into my inbox - they are sooooo the kind of baked good I go gaga for. (Thanks Maria!) They have 4 of my favorite things (granola, pumpkin, spice, and chocolate) packed into a healthy sweet easy-to-make treat you can take just about anywhere.

The funny thing, is I concocted some very similar "pumpkin oat chocolate chunk cookies" the night before, and thought (as good as they were) they would be even better as a bar. Great minds think alike love pumpkin, chocolate, and granola apparently! ;)

Recipe: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

(These can be made gluten-free if you use gluten-free oats.)

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Perfect pumpkin muffins with a delicious pocket of sweetened cream cheese and topped with pecan streusel. A perfect breakfast for chilly fall mornings!

Recipe: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins with Pecan Streusel

Pumpkin Chai Blondies

Pumpkin Chai Blondies

With cool weather also comes cravings for spiced desserts and these blondies are perfect for such cravings. They combine pumpkin with the flavors of chai tea and are topped with a glorious spiced cream cheese frosting. Kelsey calls them one of the most delicious things she's ever made.

Recipe: Pumpkin Chai Blondies

Caramel Apple Crostata

Caramel Apple Crostata

Evan gets inspired and comes up with this caramel-infused apple crostata: "Give Fall a warm welcome with a rustic Caramel Apple Crostata. The smell of cinnamon and fresh baking apples will bring a little warmth to a cool Fall evening any night of the week." That sounds like great advice. :)

Recipe: Caramel Apple Crostata

Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins

The name of this blog really resonates with me. My brother, sister and I used to be super picky eaters, and my mom had to get creative to get us to eat anything.

Baking pumpkin bread into muffins is genius! Muffins aren't intimidating. They're friendly and recognizable: a perfect way to get picky eaters to fall in love with this fall favorite. 

Recipe: Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Pie Bars

Pumpkin Pie Bars

Delicious pumpkin bars that are not as cakey as blondies and not as dense and fudgy as brownies. They taste just like pumpkin pie, minus the crust. Hope that these help to hold you over until Thanksgiving dinner!

Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Bars

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Whoa! Cinnamon roll meets pumpkin and gets slathered in sweet cinnamon-sticky goodness. Rich, tender and flaky, and bursting with flavor, these could well be the ultimate fall pastry.

Bonus: These have less fat than traditional cinnamon rolls, as much of the fat was cut and replaced with pumpkin "making it even more decadent and gooey than a traditional cinnamon roll!"

Recipe: Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing

Maple Apple Pecan Bread

Maple Apple Pecan Bread

Fall ushers in the most gorgeous colors and the most amazing natural ingredients. Leaves begin to change colors, fall apples ripen, and Erica plucks them right off her family's apple trees. (So lucky!) 

She bakes her apples into this "spicy, scrumptious quick bread" that's flavored with maple syrup, dappled with pecans, and dusted with cinnamon sugar. Looks like fall also brings the best flavors!

Recipe: Maple Apple Pecan Bread