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Yesterday was the Autumn Equinox, which means it’s officially Fall in the Northern Hemisphere. And what’s a better way to make your home cozy in cool temperatures than the smell of baking?

If you’re someone who celebrates Oktoberfest, you can use up that leftover beer by making the Chocolate Stout Layer Cake with Chocolate Frosting. With frosting ingredients like a pound of chocolate and two cups of heavy whipping cream, you’d better plan your work-outs now for the entire month of October! (You may just want to walk to Munich and back.)

Are you new to baking? Overloaded by pumpkin this or that everywhere you look? Go back to basics with the Betty Crocker recipe for Apple Crisp. It’s a classic and only uses six ingredients.

A word of advice for beginners: baking is a science, so follow the directions carefully. That small addition of baking powder or baking soda you’d like to skip? Yeah – you’re gonna need that.


I’m also a big fan of the Apple Upside-Down Cornmeal Cakes from Epicurious. Put them into your dinner party “looks impressive, easy to make” rotation. You won’t have left-overs for days – they’re made in a single muffin pan.

Chabad has 26 dessert recipes, just in time for Rosh Hashanah planning. They have several versions of the traditional honey cake as well as new things to try like vegan rugelach.

Here’s to a sweet Fall. Enjoy!

Cooking Light – Healthy Apple Recipes

Southern Living – Fall Pie, Tart and Cobbler Recipes

Pioneer Woman Caramel Apples

Barefoot Contessa Carrot Cake with Ginger Mascarpone Frosting