When it’s hot, we tend to avoid our ovens. When there’s a chill in the air, they can be our best friends. Making something in the oven warms you up twice: first when the hot oven literally warms your home, and second when you sink your teeth into a hot baked good. If there’s still a trace of winter lingering in your home, just flip on your oven and try one of our most popular dessert recipes. Yes, this counts as multitasking. 

Our Most Popular Dessert Recipes 

Chewy Ginger Spice Cookies

ginger cookie

These chewy ginger spice cookies won our Holiday cookie contest. Try them at home to see what all the fuss is about. 

Apple Pie Bars

apple pie bar

These gooey apple pie bars are full of warming spices like cinnamon. They’re perfect for a cozy Sunday in. We used Granny Smith and Fuji apples, but this will work with your favorite baking variety as well. 

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

pumpkin spice snickerdoodles

Don’t let the seasonal controversy turn you off: pumpkin spice is a classic blend. The most classic version is a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but there are hundreds of variations. These well-spiced snickerdoodles bring a little something extra to the party. 

A Classic Yellow Cake

This is the platonic ideal of a birthday cake. It’s moist, with a delicate crumb, and it’s not too sweet, which means you’ll have no trouble going back for that second slice. Don’t forget the sprinkles! 

Tim Hollingsworth’s Grilled Peach Cobbler

Try this with frozen peaches to make it feel like summer any time of year.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Inspired by a childhood-favorite, these are perfect for anyone who loves a sweet and salty combination. 

Five-ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies 

peanut butter cookies

If you’re looking for something to pull together in a pinch, these simple cookies will do the trick. They’re just five ingredients, making them the perfect simple baking project for when you need a quick dessert fix.