Cozy recipes for chilly fall and winter weather

Written By Tia Bailey, Co-Features/A&E Editor

Fall and winter is the perfect season to find fun new recipes for things to bake. Whether you’re a pumpkin person or an apple person, there’s a recipe for you to enjoy this chilly season.

Taylor Swift’s Chai Sugar Cookies
To me, nothing says fall and winter like chai. This recipe is known online as Taylor Swift’s recipe for some of her favorite cookies.



  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract, or seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 chai tea packet

Eggnog icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp eggnog


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Beat butter and add vegetable oil.
  • Add sugar, powdered sugar, egg and vanilla.
  • Stir in flour, baking soda, salt and chai tea powder.
  • Chill dough for about 1 hour.
  • Line cookie sheet with 12 1-tbsp sized dough drops.
  • Press evenly and cover with sugar.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Mix together icing ingredients and spread over cooled cookies.

“Best Ever Pumpkin Muffins” by Lovely Little Kitchen
Whether you’re a fan of pumpkin or not, it is a kitchen staple for the chilly weather. Pumpkin muffins are a great breakfast for pumpkin lovers, and this recipe shows you how to make some great ones.


  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • ½ tsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and place 12 paper liners into a muffin pan.
  • Whisk together flour, both sugars, baking soda, salt and spices into a medium bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, pumpkin puree, coconut oil and vanilla extract.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir together. Do not overmix.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes and let cool.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter by My Baking Addiction
One of my favorite memories from when I was younger was going apple picking with my family and coming home to bake a bunch of different foods with them. My favorite thing that my family would make is apple butter, and this recipe from My Baking Addiction is very similar to what we would do.


  • 6 ½ pounds peeled, cored and sliced apples
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract


  • Place apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, combine both sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Pour over apples and mix.
  • Cook on low in a slow cooker for 10 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in vanilla and continue to cook on low, uncovered, for 2 hours.
  • Puree apple butter until smooth.
  • Spoon into sterile containers and refrigerate and serve for up to 2 weeks.