16 Irresistible Recipes to Help You Feel Cozy This Fall

16 Irresistible Recipes to Help You Feel Cozy This Fall

Monday, 7 November, 2022

When we say pumpkin you say spice. Pumpkin… spice! Pumpkin… spice!

The taste and smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger are synonymous with autumn. But let’s not forget apples and cranberries, cozy things like soups and stews, or snacks to nibble while getting lost in a great book.

Here are some of our favorite fall recipes paired with books to transport you to far-flung places and times.


colorful granola in a bowl on a wooden table
Photo courtesy of Elena Veselova/Shutterstock.'

Sweet and Salty Grain-Free Granola

This granola is easy to make, you’ll wonder why you ever bought granola from a store, and it’s grain-free — just power-packed fruit and nuts here! It travels well in pockets and backpacks, just in case you should feel peckish on a trek through the forest. It’s also pretty enough to share at parties and tastes amazing sprinkled on top of Greek yogurt. [recipe]

cranberries dusted with sugar
Photo courtesy of Mr_Mrs_Marcha/Shutterstock.

Sugared Cranberries

Easy to make and so pretty, these sugared cranberries are a frosty-looking garnish on everything you might eat and drink. You can make a batch in just a few minutes of hands-on time, then pretty up your treats. [recipe]

mushroom soup in a bowl on a wooden table
Photo courtesy of Anna Shepulova/Shutterstock.

Forest Mushroom Soup

This soup is just the thing to comfort you on a chilly evening. It’s rich, garlicky, and tastes like magic. Here in the Czech Republic, we can buy a blend of dried forest mushrooms from Russia (směs lesních hub sušená) — you can use a combo of whatever dried mushrooms you prefer for your elixir. [recipe]

small bowls of fried corn kernels
Photo by Ed Anderson from 'The Fire of Peru.'

Andean Popcorn

In this recipe, adapted from The Fire of Peru, chulpe corn kernels are ‘popped’ in oil and seasoned with plenty of salt and a little paprika for bite. Feel free to experiment with seasonings — every cook puts their own spin on this standard recipe. [recipe]

bowl of pho on wooden table
Photo courtesy of Elena Eryomenko/Shutterstock.

Vietnamese Pho Bo

This warming soup is infused with layers of flavor that flirt with all five tastes: spicy, sour, bitter, salty, and sweet. Pho bo includes thin slices of beef, but you can replace the beef with thinly-sliced chicken breast to make pho ga if you prefer. [recipe]


Pumpkin-Spiced Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

These crispy, nicely-spiced nuggets are a delicious snack on their own. They also add a nice crunch to salads and soups. You could also sprinkle ‘em on a baked sweet potato with butter and a little maple syrup to treat yourself right. [recipe]

pumpkin cake roll on a wooden plate
Photo courtesy of alisafarov/Shutterstock

Pumpkin Cake Roll with Cream Cheese Filling

Despite its fancy appearance, this cake is easy to make. It’s a festive way to revel in the earthy, cozy flavors of autumn, and let’s be honest: Cream cheese frosting is never, ever a bad idea. [recipe]

salted caramels on a cutting board
Photo courtesy of nelea33/Shutterstock.

Salted Caramels

Like some of our favorite literary heroines, these caramels are sweet and salty. They’re a nice treat when you need a little something with a cup of tea, and they’re lovely to share with friends. [recipe]

caramel popcorn in a wooden bowl
Photo courtesy of gowithstock/Shutterstock.

Easy Homemade Caramel Popcorn

This recipe is far better than anything you can eat out of a box, and it’s surprisingly easy to make. The hardest part is waiting for the popcorn to cool so you can eat it. Mel is not a candy maker, and her batch of caramel corn was perfect on the first try. [recipe]


bowl of carrot soup

Roasted Carrot-Caraway Soup

This simple recipe begins with roasted carrots rather than boiled. Their time in the oven caramelizes the carrots’ natural sugars, rendering them tender and sweet. Then a quick simmer with caraway and garlic infuses the kitchen with an irresistible aroma. [recipe]

swedish meatballs in gravy with mashed potatoes and lingonberry jam
Photo courtesy of Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock.

Swedish Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes & Lingonberry Jam

Although this dish hails from Turkey(!), we would argue it’s the perfect meal to give you a taste of Sweden and fall. It’s comforting and a little spicy, with contrasts between hot, cool, tart, sweet, and savory in every bite. [recipe]

stack of shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate
Photo courtesy of Steph Gaudreau.

Vanilla-Maple Shortbread

This gluten-free shortbread is more tender than the traditional, sandy version, but it delivers the same classic buttery flavor: not-too-sweet and very satisfying. We’ve also included variations, including a dark chocolate dip because chocolate. [recipe]

cup of hot chocolate on a wooden table
Photo courtesy of Jonny Caspari/Unsplash.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Forget everything you know about hot chocolate — especially if you’re used to the brown liquid that results from the marriage of boiling water and the contents of a paper packet. This hot chocolate is not too sweet, with a rich, deep flavor of chocolate, thanks to the chocolate itself and a wily pinch of salt. [recipe]

Victorian Seed Cake
Photo courtesy of David Humphreys.

Victorian Seed Cake

This recipe for seed cake is based on a traditional Victorian recipe. Not too sweet and studded with tangy candied citrus, it’s delicious with a cup of tea and best when shared with friends. [recipe]

Vampire-Fighting Pork Stew
Photo courtesy of David Humphreys.

Vampire-Fighting Pork Stew

This recipe is a) delicious and b) uses all of the edible magic charms rumored to help fight vampires: garlic, seeds (mustard and caraway), salt, and lard. You probably don’t need the extra protection, but if dinner can taste great and ward off evil, why not?! [recipe]

schnitzel meatballs and buttered potatoes on a plate
Photo courtesy of David Humphreys.

Schnitzel Meatballs and Buttered Potatoes

Known in Czech as řízek, schnitzel is usually made from pork that’s been pounded thin, dunked in beaten egg and breadcrumbs, then pan-fried on both sides until crisp. This recipe lightens it up by baking instead of deep-frying, removes the gluten by replacing breadcrumbs with pork rinds, and makes it extra fun by shaping the meat into meatballs. It’s not traditional, but it is delicious. [recipe]


Top image courtesy of Yulia Grigoryeva/Shutterstock.

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