Recipes Featuring Fall Spices

Crusted Tuna with Chile-Tomato Adobo and Spicy Mango
While pumpkin spice may be one of the season's favorites, fall flavor doesn't stop there! These 12 spices (including ginger, cardamom, star anise, peppercorns, and nutmeg) add a touch of fall to both sweet and savory recipes.

Five-Spice Pear Pie Bars

Fall Spice: Five-Spice Seasoning

While five-spice seasoning typically flavors savory recipes (it stars as a rub or marinade in meaty dishes), the sweet and and peppery seasoning blends nicely with pears.

Editor's Tip: You can easily make your own blend of five-spice seasoning, which is typically made from a combo of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, star anise, and Szechwan peppercorns.

Maple-Kissed Cream of Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon-Cheddar Crostini

Fall Spice: Pumpkin Pie Spice

The blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice that typically goes into fall's most popular pie perfectly accentuates the sweet flavor of this comforting fall soup. Plus, who doesn't love cheesy, bacon-topped crostini?

Spiced Apple Drops

Fall Spice: Cinnamon

This sweet treat amps up a common fall-inspired pairing -- apples and cinnamon -- with nutmeg and a dash of cloves. Spreadable apple frosting, made with powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and apple juice, pushes this recipe to the top of your fall dessert menu.

Spice-and-Honey Roasted Carrots

Fall Spice: Coriander

Enhance oven-roasted carrots with coriander seeds, which resemble peppercorns and lend a lemony, slightly herbal flavor to the veggie. The perfect addition to this fall side dish? Homemade dukkah, a blend of hazelnuts, roasted spices, and honey that adds savory-sweet bite.

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How to Make Mango Carrot Cake

Fall Spice: Nutmeg

Take carrot cake to a whole new level with a fruity, mango twist -- without getting rid of classic fall flavors, such as nutmeg and vanilla. Watch as our Senior Food Editor, Maggie Meyer, takes you through each simple step, then get the written recipe instructions below.

Caramelized Squash Salad with Pistachios and Goat Cheese

Fall Spice: Fresh Ginger

Freshly grated ginger adds a hearty zing to any recipe. In this perfect-for-fall salad, it goes into a marinade of orange juice, maple syrup, and mustard that amplifies already-sweet butternut squash.

Editor's Tip: Use a vegetable peeler to cut away the outer layer of the ginger root before grating. Only cut away as much as needed, so you can save the root for future recipes.

Pastry-Wrapped Pears with Vanilla-Cardamom Sauce

Fall Spice: Cardamom

Cardamom perfectly complements fruits that aren't overly sweet, such as pears, with its minty, floral, and herbal flavors. It works with pear nectar and vanilla to create a sweet sauce for these pasty-wrapped fall treats.

Short Ribs with Black Barley and Mushrooms

Fall Spice: Star Anise

Add bold flavor to a weekend fall dinner with star anise. Two whole anise (you'll recognize the spice by its eight-point star shape and sweet, herbal aroma) go into our hearty short ribs and barley dish, along with shitake mushrooms, onion, and various spices.

Spiced Maple Pull-Aparts

Fall Spice: Pumpkin Pie Spice

Gooey, maple-drenched pull-apart rolls get an extra boost of fall flavor from bittersweet and zesty pumpkin pie spice.

Editor's Tip: You can find pumpkin pie spice in the spice aisle, or easily make your own blend by mixing cinnamon with any combination of ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.

Beef Stew with Butternut Squash

Fall Spice: Cinnamon

Bittersweet cinnamon is a versatile spice that adds great flavor to both sweet and savory dishes. In this Moroccan-spiced beef stew, it heightens the natural sweetness of nutrient-packed butternut squash.

Cranberry Chai Cupcakes

Fall Spice: Chai

Chai (also known as masala chai) is typically used in a spiced Indian tea, but the sweet and peppery spice mix produces oh-so-tasty desserts. A homemade blend of cardamom, fennel seeds, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and pepper balances the tart flavor of cranberries in these delicious cupcakes.

Cream of Roasted Fennel Soup with Homemade Croutons

Fall Spice: Fennel Seeds

Toasted fennel seeds offer the perfect topping to a fall soup made from fresh fennel. The sweet and earthy flavor of fennel tastes a bit like black licorice, which is tamed by the addition of a russet potato, onion, and vegetable broth. Add homemade croutons (they cook while the soup is on the stove) for a party-ready touch.

Fig-and-Pear Cobbler with Cornmeal-Amaretti Biscuits

Fall Spice: Coriander

The sweet, citrusy taste of coriander brightens up sliced pears and dried figs in this fall-inspired cobbler.

Editor's Tip: When shopping for coriander, opt for the whole dried seeds. Ground coriander tastes best when ground fresh and loses flavor quickly. Dry-roast the seeds briefly before grinding to enhance the aroma.

Five-Spice Beef Kabobs

Fall Spice: Five-Spice Seasoning

This popular Chinese spice blend pairs perfectly with rich meats, such as these easy beef kabobs. The flavor palette of the blend is extensive, offering a slightly sweet taste from cinnamon and anise, hints of licorice from fennel seeds, and a kick from Szechuan peppercorns.

Peppered Pear Scones with Pear Conserve

Fall Spice: Peppercorns

Peppercorns are the whole version of one of the world's most popular and commonly known spices. They add a zesty kick to these sweet and savory scones. You can use black peppercorns or a peppercorn melange in this recipe, which mixes white, black, green, and pink peppercorns for a punchy fall-flavor blend.

Fall's favorite flavors are finally together. Pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice latte combine in this sweet, creamy, totally autumn pie.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Pie

Fall Spice: Pumpkin Pie Spice

Have your latte and eat it too. This delicious dessert combines the spicy flavors of pumpkin pie spice with rich espresso to create a PSL-inspired pie.  

Pumpkin Mascarpone Pie with Candied Pecans

Fall Spice: Cloves

Almost everyone loves pumpkin pie, but do you know why it tastes so good? The unique combination of spices, including the bold flavor of cloves, adds a rich, fragrant aroma and flavor to the filling. Topped with a sweet mascarpone topping, this fall pie is tough to resist.

Chicken-and-Spinach Phyllo Bake

Fall Spice: Nutmeg

Nutmeg brings the filling of this Greek-inspired casserole -- chicken, onion, spinach, and feta cheese -- to life with its rich, fragrant flavor. Phyllo dough adds flaky texture to this easy fall casserole.

Focaccia with Cherries, Fennel, and Orange

Fall Spice: Fennel Seeds

Toasted fennel seeds add an earthy and licoricelike taste to focaccia (a flat, oven-baked Italian bread). Shredded orange peel and chopped tart cherries are added to the dough before it bakes, giving the bread a sweet and savory finish.

Lamb Birria with Barley and Dried Plums

Fall Spice: Cloves

The bold flavor of cloves adds a hint of complex sweetness to this spicy Mexican stew, perfect for dishing up on a chilly fall evening. Recipes that call for cloves typically use them sparingly (anywhere from a pinch to 1/4 teaspoon), because cloves tend to overpower other flavors.

Green Apple Strudel with Vanilla-Basil Sauce

Fall Spice: Star Anise

Star anise (which adds a licoricelike flavor to sweets), vanilla bean, and a cinnamon stick simmer together with apples and raisins to create the filling for this flaky fall pastry. Vanilla-Basil sauce finishes the seasonal treat on a fresh note.

Crusted Tuna with Chili-Tomato Adobo and Spicy Mango

Fall Spice: Peppercorns

Crushed black peppercorns, cumin seeds, and coriander seeds create a zesty, textured rub for these skillet-seared tuna steaks.

Editor’s Tip: It’s important to use whole peppercorns and seeds (instead of ground spices) to get the crunchy texture that imperfectly home-ground spices provide.

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