Get baked with The Beacon (Pt. 3)

By Sydney Gannon | September 27, 2022 10:30am
Baking sweet treats with quintessential fall flavors is a perfect way to spend a chilly autumn afternoon.
Media Credit: Emma Sells / The Beacon

It’s that time of the year again when the weather gets a little chillier and you feel a sudden urge to taste all things pumpkin spice. Fall is finally upon us, and it’s a great time to break out the baking trays and oven mitts. 

Baking tasty fall treats is a great way to bring your friends together and take a break from the stress of school. The Beacon has found four delicious fall-themed recipes, including vegan and gluten-free options, for you to try with your friends. And don’t worry, not all of them are pumpkin spice. 

Chai sugar cookies

Taylor Swift's famous chai sugar cookies are the perfect treat for a chilly fall afternoon.
by Emma Sells / The Beacon

Are you a Swiftie or just a lover of chai? If so, this is the recipe for you. These chai sugar cookies have been baked by Taylor Swift herself. The cinnamon goodness and eggnog glaze will have you longing for chilly weather. Enjoy with a steaming mug of chai latte while listening to “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)” and watch the leaves turn red. 

Find the full recipe here. 

Vegan, gluten-free pumpkin brownies

Baking these vegan and gluten-free pumpkin brownies is perfect way to celebrate fall.
by Emma Sells / The Beacon

Topped with warm, gooey chocolate, these brownies are the perfect treat for vegan pumpkin spice lovers. This recipe is very simple to make and can easily be made gluten-free and keto-friendly. These pumpkin brownies are enjoyable for every palate, even if you are not vegan. 

Find the full recipe here. 

Apple cider caramel poke cake with cream cheese whipped cream

An apple cider caramel poke cake is a fitting dessert for when the weather gets colder.

by Emma Sells / The Beacon

This recipe is for the baker with more time on their hands. The sweet combination of caramel, apple cider, cinnamon and cream cheese will create a burst of flavor on your taste buds. The preparation time is a bit longer, but this cake is worth the time. If you have ever wanted to try making your own caramel, autumn is the perfect time to do so. 

Find the full recipe here. 

Gluten-free cinnamon apple mug cake

This gluten-Free cinnamon apple mug cake is a perfect and easy sweet treat.
by Sydney Gannon / The Beacon

Don’t have an oven? No problem. This gluten-free cinnamon apple mug cake can be baked in the microwave. This recipe gives you lots of freedom to experiment with sugar-free and dairy-free alternatives. You can also add a variety of toppings, such as a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, a dollop of whipped cream or just more cinnamon. This tasty cake-in-a-cup is an ideal treat for chilly fall days. 

Find the full recipe here. 

Sydney Gannon is a reporter for The Beacon. She can be reached at