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Fall's Favorite Recipes

Student Author: Rebecca M.

Fall is a great time to begin cooking both savory and sweet treats to comfort you and your loved ones on those cold nights cozied up at home. There are so many fall flavors that are unique and delicious. Try some of Putnam’s favorite recipes this fall!

Pumpkin Bars

A favorite fall treat always includes pumpkin. As an added bonus, pumpkin has been proven to decrease blood pressure naturally. Try this recipe for easy pumpkin bars that can be made in under half an hour!

What you’ll need

  • 4 eggs

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 2 cups flour

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 cup oil

  • 1 15 oz can of pumpkin

  • 2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Beat together oil, eggs, sugar, and pumpkin until well-blended and fluffy

  2. Add remaining ingredients

  3. Pour into a greased 10x15 inch baking pan

  4. Bake at 350 for 28 minutes

Frosting Recipe

This popular frosting recipe comes from Putnam County’s own Connie Sheehan. As one of the school’s fabulous kitchen ladies, Connie has been bringing smiles to everyone’s faces with her delicious foods. Try this frosting recipe on your cakes or pumpkin bread for a guaranteed fan favorite!

What you’ll need

  • 1 package of 8 oz cream cheese  (softened)

  • ½ cup butter (softened)

  • 4 cups powdered sugar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy

  2. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time + vanilla

  3. Beat until smooth

Apple Nut Coffee Cake

The following recipe is a recipe from my grandmother. It was one of her favorite recipes to make. It is a sure bet for friends and family if you want to impress them at parties or just for having company over for coffee at your home!

What you’ll need

  • ½ c. shortening

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 tsp. baking powder

  • 1 tsp. baking soda

  • ¼ tsp. salt

  • 1 apple

  • ½ cup nuts

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon

  • 2 tsp. melted butter


  1. Cream together ½ c. shortening and 1 c. sugar

  2. Add 2 eggs and 1 tsp. vanilla

  3. Beat well

  4. Sift together:  2 c. flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, ¼ tsp. salt

  5. Add to creamed mixture

  6. Fold in  2 c. chopped apple

  7. Spread batter in greased 9x13 pan

  8. Combine ½ c. nuts, ½ c. brown sugar, 1 tsp. Cinnamon + 2 tsp. melted butter

  9. Sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350 for 35-40 mins


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