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12 Fall Cookies That’ll Make Your House Smell Amazing

These fall cookie recipes are the perfect treats for the changing season. From pumpkin and apple to cranberry and pecan, we've got fall cookies covered.

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Ginger Creme Sandwich Cookies

When the leaves turn into a spectacular rainbow, it’s time to bring out the recipes for these fall cookies. “With a lemony filling, these spiced cookies go over big because they have old-fashioned, comfort-food appeal. Your party guests will snatch them up!” —Carol Walston, Granbury, Texas

Get the recipe for Ginger Creme Sandwich Cookies.

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Pecan Pie Cookies

“My family loves pecans. In fact, we have pecan pie at Thanksgiving and these pecan cookies at Christmas.” —Julie McQuiston, Bradenton, Florida

Get the recipe for Pecan Pie Cookies.

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Butterscotch Shortbread

“After sampling these tender cookies in a specialty store, I knew I had to duplicate them. My version has lots of toffee bits and butterscotch chips. I give away dozens as home-baked gifts.” —Sandra McKenzie, Braham, MN

Get the recipe for Butterscotch Shortbread.

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Oatmeal Caramel Apple Cookies

“This recipe for caramel apple cookies is a fun twist on traditional oatmeal raisin. These treats are hard to resist!” —Rachel Lewis, Danville, Virginia

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Pistachio Brown Butter Cookies

“These pistachio brown butter cookies are a simple showstopper! They literally melt in your mouth. You can find the shelled, salted pistachios at the store.” —Stephanie Sutphin, Radford, Virginia

Get the recipe for Pistachio Brown Butter Cookies.

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Caramel Whiskey Cookies

“A bit of yogurt replaces part of the butter in the traditional cookie, but you would never know. I get a lot of requests for these and can’t make a cookie tray without them.” —Priscilla Yee, Concord, California

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White Chocolate-Cranberry Biscotti

“The original version of this recipe was handed down from my great-aunt. Through the years, my mother and I have tried different flavour combinations…this is a favourite for all.” —Brenda Keith, Talent, Oregon

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Pumpkin Cookies with Browned Butter Frosting

“The recipe for these pleasantly spiced pumpkin cookies won a champion ribbon at our local county fair. These are a family favourite, and everyone enjoys the soft cake-like texture.” —Robin Nagel, Whitehall, Montana

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Cinnamon Roll Macarons

“These macarons are a winter/fall staple for me—inspired by the classic cinnamon roll, they are a delicious treat for a cold or snowy day. These pair well with a mug of tea, and can be eaten as a dessert or just a snack. Try custard, mousse, ganache, or any other buttercream as fillings. They make great Thanksgiving cookies too.” —Elizabeth Ding, El Cerrito, California

Get the recipe for Cinnamon Roll Macarons.

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Cinnamon Crackle Cookies

“This recipe is the compilation of many years of baking. I make these cookies for a holiday bazaar and year-round for our family. They freeze well.” —Vicki Lair, Albert Lea, Minnesota

Get the recipe for Cinnamon Crackle Cookies.

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Salted Brown Sugar and Rye Chocolate Chip Cookies

“These bakery-style cookies are a delicious twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie! The combination of rye flour, chocolate and brown sugar makes these cookies truly unique. They’re soft and chewy with crunchy edges, perfectly salty-sweet and loaded with just the right amount of chocolate.” —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

Get the recipe for Salted Brown Sugar and Rye Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Ginger S’mores

“I’ve spent a few years perfecting this recipe to get the cookie soft and full of flavour and to balance the marshmallow and chocolate without overpowering the cookie. I think I finally got it where I want it!” —Lynsay Benson, Minnetonka, Minnesota

Get the recipe for Ginger S’mores.

Next, check out our round-up of the 10+ best fall recipes to try this season.

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