10 Unique Appetizers & Desserts For The Perfect Fall Party

Fall is officially here, and we’re about to kick off the holiday season with Halloween right around the corner. You probably have a few get-togethers this season, whether it’s Halloween, school obligations, or Thanksgiving plans, it seems like we’re always having to bring snacks and desserts somewhere. Either that, or we’re hosting the party ourselves! Here is a list of our favorite fall party snacks and desserts. Which one are you going to try first?

Praline Crunch Party Mix

Sure, you can buy storebought Chex Mix. And yes, homemade Chex Mix recipes are plentiful… but in my humble opinion, this Praline Crunch Party Mix is the be-all-end-all when it comes to cereal-based snack mixes. It has that sweet snap of praline pecan crunch balanced against the slightly savory note and airy crispness of Chex cereal. I’ll just say that once you try it, it’s pretty darn hard to walk away from. Get the recipe here!

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies

A platter of homemade pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

The transition to Fall means we get to start baking again and that means cookies. One of our absolute favorite cookies to make on a crisp autumn day is a batch of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Adding some pumpkin pie puree to the batter is such an amazing way to make a small but meaningful impact on the usual chocolate chip cookie. A plate of these cookies will be the perfect sidekick to a night of pumpkin carving. We love to bring a batch to an office or school Halloween party, but let’s be honest, we just like to have some on hand for when a cookie emergency comes up. Get the recipe here!

Bat Biscuits & Pretzel Broomsticks

With this fun appetizer, you’ll be ready for Halloween in no time! This recipe takes under 20 minutes to put together and it’s great if you have kids who like to help out in the kitchen. Afternoon activity and party prep in one: two birds, one stone! These biscuits and broomsticks are so cute and so easy whether you’ve got a party for kids or adults, these bite-sized snacks will be a huge hit! Get the instructions here!

Bacon-Wrapped Blue Cheese-Stuffed Dates

If blue cheese isn’t for you, go ahead and try these bacon-wrapped snacks without it– they’re still delicious. We recommend making extra because people will snatch these up and they’ll be gone before you know it, they’re quick and easy to prepare, which means you don’t have to stress and spend all your time in the kitchen while your guests mingle in a different room. Go out and join the party! Get the recipe here!

Cheesy Pumpkin Dip

We love taking advantage of various seasonal ingredients and pumpkin is definitely one of our favorites! This cheesy pumpkin dip is a tasty snack that is perfect for entertaining or hanging out with the family on game night; it’s like the cool, older sibling to your run-of-the-mill cheese and crackers! You can make it on the stove or in a food processor (we prefer melting it down so it’s gooey and delicious), and with it you’ll never be at a loss for what to serve when you need a quick and fun dip recipe! Get the recipe here!

Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread

We feel badly for all the other recipe-hopefuls out there that are trying to win you over, cause this cheesy pull-apart garlic bread really takes the cake. Seriously, this is a deliciously indulgent starter dish that you should probably share with others (although we completely understand if you want to devour the whole thing on your own) and that will steal the show wherever you bring it. Whether you want to spruce up dinner on a weeknight, or just wow any guests you’ve got coming over on the weekend, this cheesy bread will never disappoint! Get the recipe here!

Brown Sugar And Spice Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

There’s one thing we absolutely must do after we carve pumpkins – roast the pumpkin seeds! We can think of a million and one different ways to season our leftover pumpkin seeds, our favorite is just a simple combination of olive oil, salt, and pepper. For this recipe, we’re going savory and sweet with a combination of melted butter, brown sugar, and some simple spices. Our night of pumpkin carving ends with the most amazing snack. In fact, we may need to carve a few more pumpkins in order to have more fresh seeds to roast! Get the recipe here!

Pumpkin Keg

DIY is usually not my thing, but this Pumpkin Keg is a project that anyone can do! To get started, you simply cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds. Make sure to get out all the guts as well so that your drink does not spoil. Get the easy tutorial here!

Pumpkin Cookies With Browned Butter Frosting

These cookies are melt-in-your-mouth treats that are sure to be the stars of any Halloween party you may throw. Out of 151 reviews, they managed to earn a solid 4.5-star rating. The only thing is to let the cookies thoroughly cool before adding the frosting. Get the recipe here!

Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

Flat lay composition with pumpkin spice latte and space for text on wooden background

It’s perhaps one of the most anticipated, most beloved beverages served at Starbucks. It’s a seasonal beverage only available in the fall, and fans eagerly await the announcement of when their favorite pumpkin spice latte will be available at their local Starbucks. But why wait?! You can make a pumpkin spice latte right in your own kitchen with this remarkably similar copycat recipe for a pumpkin spice latte. Give it a whirl! Get the recipe here!

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