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Recipes for Pumpkin Spice Latte Lovers

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If your idea of bliss is a pumpkin-spice latte in one hand and a slice of something sweet in the other, these recipes are for you. Hand-held desserts like doughnuts, bars, cookies, and whoopie pies, all imbued with the warm autumnal spices so familiar in pumpkin pie.

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    Pumpkin-Spice Muffins

    This gently spiced muffin is light and airy and perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. The recipe also works wonderfully with apple or pear purée in place of the pumpkin. For more pumpkin recipes, see our Sweet & Savory Pumpkin slideshow or our Pumpkin Dessert Recipes slideshow for inspiration.

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    Pumpkin Spice Bread

    Bake this tender, moist quick bread as one 9x15 loaf or four mini loaves (perfect for gift-giving).

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    Pumpkin-Spice Rugelach

    This autumnal spin on rugelach pairs flaky pastry with the pumpkin puree, white chocolate, and classic spice combo.

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    Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cinnamon Cream

    Traditional whoopie pies (with fluffy domed chocolate cakes and marshmallow filling) are a New England specialty, though they’re now popular all over the country. There’s not a kid in the world, including mine, who doesn’t love whoopie pies; kids seem to love anything they can eat with their hands. And these are a generous size, so little ones feel like they’re getting a real treat. This pumpkin variation can be credited to Patrizia Jonker, whose bakery Amore, in Fairfield, Connecticut, was known for whoopie pies.

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    Spiced Cider Doughnuts

    In the fall, almost every pick-your-own orchard in New England serves its family’s version of cider doughnuts. They’re all wonderful, but I’ve been told many times that mine—warmly spiced and ethereal—are the best. With their cakelike crumb and zingy sweetness, these are worth making for the irresistible cooking aromas alone.

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    Pumpkin Bars with Brown Butter Frosting

    These cakelike bar cookies use elements that are both traditional and fancy: a simple pumpkin cake base topped with a nutty brown-butter frosting.

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    Guinness-Gingerbread Cupcakes

    These cupcakes, inspired by New York City pastry chef Claudia Fleming, are an intriguing combination of gingerbread and rich, malty stout. Topped with a bright-tasting lime frosting to complement the spicy cake, these cupcakes make a perfect grown-up treat for St. Patrick’s Day.

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    Glazed Oatmeal Spice Bars

    Ginger and spice and everything nice, that’s what these cookies are made of. They’re best eaten the day they’re baked. But you can bake the bars and glaze them ahead of time,

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    Toffee Coffee Cake Muffins

    Enjoy these muffins as a breakfast treat, a lunchbox dessert, or a late-afternoon snack. For a twist, try them with milk chocolate-toffee bits. If you can’t find them at your supermarket, use a finely chopped chocolate-covered toffee candy bar instead.

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    Baked Spice Doughnuts

    These doughnuts boast a delicious, crisp crust and tender interior, and their warm spices make them perfect for rolling in a cinnamon-sugar coating while still warm.

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  • Chocolate Chip, Cranberry & Pecan Cookies
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    Spiced Cranberry-Pecan Chocolate-Chip Cookies

    Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and other fall spices warm up the classic chocolate chip cookie. They're also loaded with chunks of nuts and dried fruit; a little crisp around the edge; and chewy in the middle.

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    Spiced Apple-Pecan Bread

    Warm spices, apples, and plenty of toasted pecans make this the perfect fall quick bread. Applesauce adds an extra hit of apple flavor while chopped pecans make an appealing crunchy top.

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