15 Fall Cookies That Will Make Your Kitchen Smell Incredible

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies on a white plate
Photo: CookinBug

Mmmm! Smell that? It's a batch of oven-fresh cookies just begging to be eaten while they're still warm. But they're not just any cookies — these autumn beauties have all the best fall flavors going for them. Think pumpkin, apple, pear, walnuts, caramel, and chocolate, with rich, fragrant spices throughout. Take a look at what home cooks say about these cookies, and try them for yourself. You just might need a bigger cookie jar.

01 of 15

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Iced Pumpkin Cookies in front of pumpkins
Annie

"For someone who has never liked pumpkin much these cookies are just pure danger! Not only was the wonderful 'fall' aroma through the house, but the cookies are extremely tasty!" —JPICHE

02 of 15

Glazed Apple Cookies

Glazed Apple Cookies on a baking rack
Katie206

"We can't get enough of these cookies! They store very well. I used butter instead of shortening. They are very soft and cake-like." —Shelly Werner Costello

03 of 15

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies on a turquoise plate
Clarice23

"Absolutely delicious! I made these with a friend. Instead of regular chocolate chips and caramel candies, we used chocolate chips with caramel inside, as it's much more contained. (We used a little more than 2 cups of them, I do believe.)" —Alora Danon Janas

04 of 15

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies III

Two stacks of peanut butter sandwich cookies on a white plate
COOKIN4MYFAMILY

"These are the best! I used a melon baller to scoop the dough — helped make them more uniform in size. And for cryin' out loud, MAKE THE FILLING!! The cookies are good without it but they're to die for with it!" —Andrea McEvoy

05 of 15

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies I

Grandma's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies on tin foil
Teri Elledge

"These cookies are the best especially if you love chewy cookies!!! I've never gotten so many compliments on cookies before. I even had a friend's mom ask for the recipe and she owns a bakery." —julia

06 of 15

Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

a stack of snickerdoodle cookies
Peezeth

"Oh my gosh. I love Snickerdoodles and I'm sure that these are the best I have ever, ever, ever had! Beautiful color. Soft, light, buttery taste. " —Barbara Butler Harris

07 of 15

Big Soft Ginger Cookies

big soft ginger cookies on a plate
jrbaker

"These cookies are absolutely delicious! I follow the recipe exactly as stated — and got exactly the results stated. This is by far the best recipe for cookies I have found on this site." —Michael J. Wild

08 of 15

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies on a white plate
CookinBug

CookinBug gave these moist pumpkin cookies a 5-star rating, even though she used a different filling. She says, "Wow, so good! Admittedly, I did not use the given filling...found a recipe on this site for Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and thought it would be amazing with the pumpkin. Yep, it was a match made in heaven.

09 of 15

Maple Cookies

Chewy Maple Cookies on a blue dish
Laurie

"Everyone loved these cookies. All I did differently was add a pecan to the top of each cookie before baking. Maple and pecans are an awesome combo." —beakles

10 of 15

Spicy Pear Cookies

Spicy Pear Cookies with frosting drizzle
Rob Tanner

"This is one of my absolute favorite fruit cookie recipes. I found it when looking for recipes to use all the pears my sister gave me and I'm so glad. Cookies are melt-in-your-mouth amazing and the pear and spices give it an amazing flavor." —Jess L.

11 of 15

Best Pecan Sandies

Best Pecan Sandies on a black plate
Elvira Silva

"These were easy and delicious. Have a very creamy shortbread flavor. Definitely added them to my recipe box. Will make again." —susie

12 of 15

Autumn Harvest Cookies

Autumn Harvest Cookies
abbaplez

"I have made these cookies a few times now, always around this time of year. They are one of our favorites!" —carmalex

13 of 15

Persimmon Cookies I

Persimmon Cookies I
MollyB

"Great recipe! I had never used persimmons before, and after trying this recipe, I love them. Will definitely make again!" —GINNYG

14 of 15

Mocha Walnut Cookies

Mocha Walnut Cookies on a white plate
Sugarplum

"This cookie created conflict. They were so good I wanted to share them and made up a plate for my husband to take to his parents' house. But they were so good he kept insisting I only put a few on the plate and made it clear that he would not be held responsible if they were gone before his family got some." —Dawn Adams

15 of 15

Pumpkin Spice Cookie

Pumpkin Spice Cookies on a white plate
CookinBug

"Awesome recipe! Could it get any easier? The best part is everyone thinks I must have slaved over these delicious morsels. Definitely a big hit at parties! Anti-cooking friends have even been turned on to cooking by these." —havenhouse

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