Weekly 5: Five easy recipes for your favorite fall treats

Pumpkin pie can be an easy fall treat that all students can enjoy. (Associated Press)
Pumpkin pie can be an easy fall treat that all students can enjoy. (Associated Press)

With fall weather come fall treats. Pumpkins, apples, cinnamon, hot chocolate and cider are a few of the most anticipated treats for some BYU students. These fall treats remind students of home and being with family. The Universe has found the easiest way to get fall satisfaction at college:

1. Pumpkin pie

Pumpkin-flavored everything is a clear sign that fall is here. Pumpkin pie is not only an American favorite but also a family tradition in many homes. If students don’t have time to make an entire pie, they can try this easy substitute.

1 can pumpkin puree

1 package vanilla pudding

1 package of graham crackers

Crumble gram crackers into the bottom of desired dish. Mix one tablespoon of pumpkin puree for every 1/2 cup vanilla pudding. Add some cinnamon if desired and add mixture to the graham crackers. Top it with whipped cream or more graham cracker crumbs.

2. Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

These pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are easy enough for all students and can add a fall twist to any chocolate chip cookie.

“The taste of them just reminds me of fall and Thanksgiving and being together with family,” said Bina-Michelle Ortega, a freshman majoring in elementary education.

1 can pumpkin puree

1 box of spice cake mix

12 oz. bag of chocolate chips

Mix the pumpkin puree, spice cake mix and chocolate chips in a large bowl. Scoop mixture onto baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20–23 minutes.

3. Apple pie

Apples and cinnamon are another hallmark of fall. This recipe will not only bring that scent to a student’s nose but also to their mouths.

Your choice of pie crust

Apples, cored and cut into slices or chunks

3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 Tablespoons all purpose flour

1 Tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all ingredients and spoon into pie crust. Top with pie crust and cut slits in the top. Bake for 30–40 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

4. Candied apples

Students can make caramel-filled apples, caramel-covered apples or chocolate caramel apples. It’s the easiest treat with the smallest grocery list.

Caramel sauce


Take apple and cut in half. Take out the seeds and core, creating a bowl out of the apple. Make the bowl as deep or as shallow as desired. Fill with caramel sauce and refrigerate for at least an hour. Cut apple into slices or eat as is. Add chocolate or other ingredients as desired.

5. Hot chocolate and cider

The weather will cool, but warm beverages can warm students up. Hot chocolate and spiced apple cider abound through the fall and winter seasons. No matter what personal preference, there is a flavor to fit almost every taste.

“As the temperatures drop I like having that warmth to at least put inside so that I am warm even if the world isn’t,” said Gina Henrie, a freshman majoring in chemistry.

1 cup hot water

1 or 2 scoops favorite chocolate or cider mix.

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