Spice up the holidays with these trendy treats!


Caitlin Maughan

Every American family celebrates unique traditions on Thanksgiving, yet this holiday is also a perfect time to try new fall-inspired recipes!
The true meaning of Thanksgiving is to appreciate loved ones, whether it is having fun playing board games with family or sharing something one is grateful for. Another common tradition is baking. Baking pumpkin spice and sweet cinnamon treats for the whole family to enjoy is a perfect pass time for such occasion. 
Here are a couple of recipes to bake with family and friends this Thanksgiving:   
Pecan Pie Cookies:


  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup confectioners sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of light corn syrup
  • ⅓ cup of finely chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup of softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Mix 1/4 cup of melted butter, confectioners’ sugar, and corn syrup until the sugar is dissolved. While letting broil over medium heat, stir in the pecans until well combined and leave the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350℉. Mix flour and baking powder together in a separate bowl.
  • Beat brown sugar, 3/4 cup butter, egg, and vanilla extract in a bowl with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes. Gradually, beat in the flour mixture. Take some of this dough, roll it into a ball, and use it to mimic a small pie crust shape with 1/4-inch walls up the sides of an ungreased cupcake cup. Continue this process with the rest of the dough and fill each mold with about 1 teaspoon of the pecan filling.
  • Bake for about 10-13 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool for about 5-10 minutes before enjoying the delicious pecan pie cookies. 

Pumpkin Chai Tiramisu:


  • 1 package of ladyfingers
  • 1/4 strongly brewed coffee and 1 tablespoon of sugar mixed in
  • 1 (3.5 oz) package of instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup of cold milk
  • 4 oz of mascarpone cheese
  • 2/3 cups of pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of Chai Spice Mix
  • 1 1/2 cups of whipped cream
  • Ground cinnamon


  • Combine the sugar with a cup of strongly brewed coffee. 
  • Beat together the vanilla pudding mix and cold milk. Next, beat in the pumpkin puree and mascarpone cheese until the mixture is smooth.  
  • Dip the ladyfingers in the coffee and arrange them in the bottom of a pan. Then, spread the pudding and mascarpone mixture on top of the ladyfingers. Continue this process for a few layers and top the dessert with a sprinkling of cinnamon. 
  • Leave the final tiramisu in the fridge for at least 4 hours before serving.