Addictive Recipes from a Self-Taught Baker

Saturday Seven

7 favorite fall recipes including caramel molasses cookies, pumpkin cinnamon rolls, apple cider sangria, apple crisp, butternut squash mac & cheese, and cinnamon swirl banana bread!

For a ridiculous amount of fall fun, here is a new post I’m sharing today on my photography blog. Apple picking, mums, “pumpkinland”??! I did it all.

If you’re on the East coast, surely this weather couldn’t be any more depressing right? Are you staying dry and warm inside? Hopefully Hurricane Joaquin didn’t ruin any major plans! But if you live near the Philly area, maybe I can lift your spirits with free candy samples made by yours truly, free Diamond of California nuts, and a giant hug in person!? Today I’ll be signing cookbooks at Fante’s Kitchen Shop from 11am-3pm and tomorrow I’ll be signing books at Williams Sonoma in the King of Prussia Mall from 12-4pm. Full book tour schedule here! 🍭

I’ll share book tour photos and videos on IG and snapchat! (username: sallysbakeblog)

PS: Guess what? I’m currently working on finalizing an Atlanta, GA stop for the end of February. I’ll know more details as the time gets closer, but I’m confirmed to go! I’ll post the date/time/location once it is set in stone.

For today’s Saturday Seven, I’m sharing a few favorite fall recipes. We’re all in the mood for comforting and cozy, so let’s kick today off with my gluten free apple crisp recipe.

This is one of my favorite recipes from 2014. The whole year. Even though it contains no flour like traditional apple crisp recipes, its flavor and texture are spot on. Warm gooey apples + buttery cinnamon streusel. I want to eat this entire dish in 1 sitting. 😐

Gluten Free Apple Crisp

Another favorite: these caramel molasses cookies. Woo-eee! You might not know this by now, or maybe you do, but I’m a fool for any and all molasses cookies. There is SO much flavor! And they have that wonderful soft-baked goodness.

Caramel Molasses Cookies

Have you ever made my pumpkin cinnamon rolls? Besides flannel jammies, they’re everything on cold weekend mornings.

Soft Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze

I’m convinced there is nothing on this planet quite like my best-ever banana bread with cream cheese frosting. Favorite things about it: brown sugar, cinnamon, Greek yogurt, FROSTING. Enough said.

Best-Ever Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting

Or is cinnamon swirl banana bread more your thing? That glaze.

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

Your weekend plans need to include my creamy butternut squash macaroni and cheese. And I won’t take no for an answer.

Creamy Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

Apple spice cupcakes with salted caramel frosting. Thank you and goodnight.

Apple Spice Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

Just kidding. One more for good luck. It’s not quite Fall without a pitcher of Honeycrisp Apple Sangria, right right? Cinnamon-sugar rim and all. 👌🏼


Q: Have you tried any of these recipes before? Thoughts?

Q: What are you most looking forward to this Fall?

Coming tomorrow: video recap of Wednesday night’s cooking demo!


  1. Yay!!! Get on down to the south. Def will have to make a girls trip and come see ya in ATL!! Soooo many wonderful food stops, you MUST make!! Thanks for the great books and amazing site!! Xo

  2. Oooh, Autumn/Winter is my absolute favourite time of year. I’m excited for the all the wooly jumpers and the thick socks, and for all the trees to turn that lovely orange colour. 

    I really want to get into the Pumpkin this year, so I might give your Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls a go. Cinnamon is one of my faves, so sounds delicious. 

  3. Those caramel molasses cookies look and sound way too delicious! 

    • I agree on this caramel molasses cookies! Swooning right now.

      And on the apple crisp….no flour and gluten free means I can make this for my sister (who has a million allergies) for her Birthday later this month. So excited! We like to get away from cake on Birthday as my sisters and I and husband are all October Birthdays! It’s crazy. And now my new brother-in-law’s birthday is Monday, the day after mine. Thanks for sharing this Sally! Almost as good as your book…but that’s tangible and I can read while snuggling up with my dogs and a cup of tea =) 

  4. Yay! I’m so happy to hear ATL has been added to the tour! Can’t wait to meet you! 

  5. That apple crisp is to die for!!!! I enjoyed making that last fall. The Mac and cheese and those molasses cookies are calling my name. Even though Atlanta is 12 hours away from Tampa FL hopefully I will be able to make it! Can’t wait to start making your candy. 

    • Julia, traveling all that way to Atlanta? You are truly incredible. Isn’t the apple crisp amazing? It’s my favorite!

  6. Feel free to visit Florida! Orlando’s a great place to visit. Disney and everything 🙂

  7. I love any and all crisps, and yours is beautiful 🙂 I received my cookbook and my bookplate…thank you! I’m looking forward to meeting you in a couple of weeks! 😀

  8. Awesome round up! I think fall recipes are some of my favorite. There is something so awesome about the comfort fall foods provide.

  9. Loved the Cinnamon chip pumpkin cookies!  Made a dbl batch last night, I did add some white chocolate chips since I love those with pumpkin.  I ate FOUR!

  10. Hi Sally!  I’m super excited for Fall, it’s my favorite time (and flavor profile) of the year!  I’m also excited that you might be coming to Atlanta!!!!  We’ve been enjoying some nice colder weather in HotLanta recently, which is making me anticipate sweater days ahead.  I’ve made your molasses cookies before – both with and without the caramel sauce – and I love them.  They are always a favorite, and whenever I take them to my office, they don’t last past noon.  Now I’m going to try the honeycrisp apple sangria, because you cannot go wrong with that combination.  Honeycrisp apples are my absolute favorite!

  11. I’ve made the cinnamon swirl banana bread several, no more like a million, times & my family eats it all  on day 1 straight out of the pan!! It’s THAT yummy, quick & easy too!!

  12. I would enjoy hanging out with you in flannel jammies… baking… gossiping… and drinking apple cider sangria! 🙂

  13. I recently made pumpkin biscottis (I think based on a past saturday round-up?) and they were pretty good! Chewier than regular ones if that makes sense…and a homemade chocolate sauce. YUM.

    I want that cinnamon swirl banana bread!! Off to check out the recipe! 🙂

  14. Yum……all of the recipes sound so good. I can never go wrong when I bake with one of your recipes. So glad you are coming to my hometown Atlanta. Sure hope I can get to meet you!

    • Hi Sally,
      Any update on the tour stop in Atlanta?  I’m looking forward to my next mini vacation and meeting you and your baking-awesomeness – which was a big part of my Christmas this year!  

      • I won’t know much until after the new year! And I’ll be sure to update the book tour page once I know. Thanks Becky!

  15. I absolutely adore your molasses cookies and can’t wait to bake them again! Everything else looks delicious too!

  16. Will both cookbooks be available for sale at your Tuesday book signing at Penn? 

  17. It was great meeting you today at Fante’s! I’m loving the new cookbook, my mom and I love sea salt caramels and I cannot wait to try your version! I wanted to let you know that the spice corner, where I was getting Vietnamese cinnamon unfortunately closed, but there are a few other spice shops nearby to check out in the Italian Market. Thanks for taking the time to meet us and I am making your Oreo cheesecake for my husband’s birthday, I know he’ll be so excited!

    • Thanks Jessica! So great to meet you. Thank you for coming! And that Oreo cheesecake from my first book is always a winner. Thanks for letting me know about the spice shop; need to check out another one!

  18. We would LOVE you to visit us in the ‘Ham, meaning Birmingham! We, Southern Cooks love your recipes too! We so celebrate Fall also & embrace your goodies for those wonderful football tailgates! Everything I make that you graciously share are always a crowd favorite! So yummilicious! Come on down here, ya hear! 

    • Thank you for the invite! Not sure I can swing any more stops but I would LOVE to visit one day. I’ve never been there, Penny!

  19. So excited to see a stop in California is on your list. I tell everyone to check out your blog. Even people when I shop at Sprouts market by my house. San Diego is a couple of hours away but I’m so there! Have you been to California before? 

    • I’ve been to san francisco before, but that was 20 years ago! And I’ve never been to San Diego. So, needless to say, I’m looking forward to the trip! Thanks so much, I hope to meet you!

  20. These recipes all look so good. I don’t know where to start!  But I have to say, those pumpkin cinnamon rolls are calling to me!

  21. It was so great to meet you on Saturday (I’m the unoriginal one who talked about things that I had already said in previous blog comments)! I cannot wait to try that apple crisp. I have a coworker who has Celiac Disease. When I bake anything for work, I’ll usually make her a peanut butter cup or something because I feel bad for making something she can’t eat! I’ll have to make sure she likes apples first, but who doesn’t like apples? 

    • Liz, LOVED meeting you. She will love the apple crisp. Never met anyone who didn’t happily scarf it down! And it’s so easy to make.

  22. I made your honeycrisp apple sangria several times last year Sally, it was a true hit when I had guests over!! I will be making it again this year along with your pumpkin coffee cake that people have already been asking me about! 🙂 Sorry I missed your visit last Saturday in Philly we were out of town but I look forward to getting a hold of a copy of your Candy Addiction book and one day I will have you sign both!! 🙂 Have a great book tour!!!

  23. Hi Sally! 
    I was so excited to read that you may be coming to Georgia that I could barely read the rest of the post! I hope you do come, I have been dying to meet you. Plus, my cook book needs an autograph! 

    By the way, I am loving all of your pumpkin recipes. I have made about half of them (the creamer was genius!) Last week for my birthday, I made myself a maple pumpkin cheesecake with caramel sauce on top. I got it out of my Better Homes & Gardens cookbook but I tweaked it a little (lessened the sugar and added pumpkin pie spices to the crust). Anyway, have you ever made a pumpkin cheesecake? I would love to see your version! 


    • That birthday pumpkin cheesecake (love that) sounds incredible! (happy belated, too!) I’ve made pumpkin cheesecake before, yes. Isn’t it incredible? I should post a version this year or next. I would LOVE to meet you next Feb!

  24. Hi Sally,
    Yet again your recipes are fool proof, have just made butternut squash macaroni cheese, it is so good. Also made pumpkin choc chip cookies, made dough yesterday and left in fridge over night, they have baked a treat. Waiting to try one ☺
    What would you suggest I use the rest of the pumpkin puree for?
    Thanks again Sally I love you blogs and recipes ☺

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