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The perfect autumn-inspired sweet treats for a cozy fall

Roxy Kalantari
Snickerdoodles, apple pie cinnamon rolls, and a Chai Tea Latte are the perfect treats to enjoy during autumn.

The crisp autumn air nips at your nose and a sweet scent fills the air. 

Almost everyone loves sweet treats. I personally like seasonal treats, and Starbucks drinks specifically help me get my fix. Unfortunately, that’s not always enough and I still crave apple pie or a pumpkin-flavored dessert, and I know a few people who feel the same way.

If you feel similarly, you’re in luck. In the next six hundred words, I’ll be listing two sweet treats and one autumn-inspired drink that are relatively easy and will help you with your cravings.

1. Cinnamon roll apple pies.

Personally, apples always give me the autumn feeling, and every time I smell something with cinnamon cooking I want to curl up on the couch and watch Gilmore Girls

These cinnamon roll apple pies can be made with pre-made cinnamon rolls (this is what I’m doing), or homemade cinnamon rolls (if you’re feeling up to it).


The ingredients you need are:

  • 1 large apple (Granny smith is recommended but if you don’t have that, any other apple is okay!)
  • ½ tsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 12.4 ounce tube cinnamon rolls (about 8 rolls)


  1. Start by greasing a muffin tin and preheating your oven to however hot your cinnamon rolls need to cook.
  2. Peel and cut up your apple into small cubes and add them into a bowl.
  3. In the bowl evenly combine the apples, lime, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.
  4. Flatten the cinnamon rolls into disc like shapes and put them into the grasped muffin tin so they form a bowl-like shape.
  5. Add your apple mixture into the cinnamon roll bowls and put them into the oven for however long your cinnamon rolls need to cook.
  6. Lastly, if you want, top your cinnamon rolls with the icing given (if you’re using store bought rolls) or do whatever you feel is right.

2. Snickerdoodle cookies

Snickerdoodle cookies are definitely a staple for fall. I didn’t grow up eating snickerdoodle cookies, but when I tried them, the buttery, cinnamon coated treat filled me with a warm feeling. The smell of cinnamon and sugar filling the air was enough to make me high on sugar. 

These snickerdoodles are more work than the cinnamon roll apple pies are but are so worth it! I think that these were  my favorite of all the treats and my family enjoyed them.


The ingredients your going to need are:

For the cookies:

  • 2 sticks of cold unsalted butter (chopped)
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ¾ cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

For the cinnamon sugar:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon


  1. Start by setting your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add your chopped butter to a bowl and beat it together with the sugar for 5 minutes.
  3. After beating, add the 2 eggs and the vanilla extract.
  4. Incorporate the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  5. Mix and then roll your dough into balls.
  6. Coat the balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture and put the cookies in the oven for 20 minutes.


3. Chai Tea Latte (Starbucks dupe)

This recipe is definitely the easiest on the list. The Chai Tea Latte is my favorite drink to get from Starbucks and it gets me in the mood for fall. To me it’s like Fall in a cup. You can make this either hot or cold (I prefer cold). 

The ingredients your going to need are:

For the drink:

  • ⅔ cup Tazo Chai Latte concentrate (if you don’t want to go out and buy this, then you can also get chai tea in tea bags and brew some tea!)
  • 1 ½ cup Milk (this could be any milk; almond, oat, cow, etc.)
  • However much Ice your heart desires (only if your making it cold)
  • A dash of cinnamon 


For the cold foam (optional):

  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Vanilla (or vanilla syrup)


  1. Combine your chai tea with your milk and ice.
  2. (If you’re going to make the cold foam) add your heavy whipping cream and vanilla into a small cup and froth it (either with an electric whisk, or by hand) and pour the foam onto your chai tea. I added a little bit of cinnamon over the top.


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Roxy Kalantari, Staff Member
Roxy Kalantari (10) is a staff reporter for The Bulldog Times, and this is her first year on staff. Roxy hopes to write news and spread awareness for situations happening on campus. She's been writing since she was in the fourth grade and she looks forward to making friends with her editors and (hopefully) some of the people that she interviews. In addition to being a writer in journalism, she hopes to be an author one day-- or a veterinarian and help animals. In her free time, she enjoys binging The Office and Gilmore Girls and she loves listening to music.
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