Manual’s picks for the best fall treats

Kayleigh Knight and Michelle Quan

If you’re wondering how to spend your fall season, consider making these tasty fall-themed treats. Not only are they a good way to bond with family and friends, but they’ll help you step into the fall mood. Thanks to the Manual community, you can get started on munching right now, minus the endless search for the right recipes.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Submitted by Amelia Frey (11, J&C)

A wonderful variation to normal muffins, Amelia Frey thinks pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are a great way to start off the season. Just add pumpkin puree and chocolate chips to any muffin recipe and you’ve got the perfect fall snack. “I typically just find a recipe on Pinterest with some good reviews, and I especially like making mini muffins or muffins with mini chocolate chips!” Frey said. For the recipe, click the link in the heading.

Rice Crispy’s Pumpkin Treats

Submitted by Brooke Sturgeon (9, YPAS)

To make this fun treat, all you have to do is melt some marshmallows in a microwave for about a minute. Then, stir popped rice cereal in the melted marshmallows until the mixture is cold enough to touch with your hands, and put it in the refrigerator. After they’re cool, roll the rice crispy and marshmallow mixture into little balls and put them on sticks. To decorate, heat up orange candy melts or white chocolate with orange food coloring, and dip the rice crispy balls into the orange chocolate for a nice pumpkin look. 

Pumpkin Pie

Submitted by Kira Pongyaht (10, MST)

A golden-brown crust filled with pumpkin puree is how Kira Pongyaht likes to enjoy her fall days. “Eating it reminds me of the warmth of fall, the crisp air, the crunch of the leaves,” she said. It’s a classic baked good of the season, making it a perfect choice if you’re thinking about what to bake. 

Hot Chocolate

Submitted by Nene Collins (10, VA)

A quick and simple recipe, hot chocolate is a great way to stay warm during the chilly fall months. To make it, you just add hot chocolate powder to warm milk or water and mix it in. For a fun variation, you can add any flavor of creamer.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Submitted by Juliette Cabral (12, YPAS)

Drizzled with olive oil and salt, roasted pumpkin seeds make a delicious post-pumpkin carving snack. Using your spare pumpkin seeds, all you have to do is lay them on a pan, and then throw them in the oven at 350 degrees. “This is a great way to use something that most people just throw out, so we reduce the food we’re wasting,” Cabral added.