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The Top Fall Recipe in Every State

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Need a new fall recipe? Look no further than these highest-rated and most-loved seasonal dishes from every state.

These are the only fall recipes you’ll need this year

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Welcome fall with these delicious autumn-inspired recipes. Each dish celebrates the flavors of our harvest, and many recipes feature seasonal produce, like apples, pumpkin, and squash. Though these may not be the most iconic fall foods from each state, they are the highest-rated by our readers. Click on to see the best fall recipes from each state.

Alabama: Pumpkin Bars

Alabama: Pumpkin Bars Taste of Home

Pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting are the ultimate fall treat. But my family likes them so much, they ask me to make them all year long! —Brenda Keller, Andalusia, Alabama. Pumpkin is one of the superfoods nutritionists eat every fall.

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Alaska: Turkey Croquettes with Cranberry Salsa

This recipe is a great way to use up leftover turkey after the holidays.—Jacque Capurro, Anchorage, Alaska. Leftovers are one of the many reasons to be grateful this Thanksgiving.

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Arizona: Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

Tart, juicy cranberries enhance the delicate pumpkin flavor of these muffins. Sometimes I dust the tops with powdered sugar to add a little sweetness. —Sue Ross, Casa Grande, Arizona. A simple muffin recipe, like this one, is something everyone should know how to cook before 35.

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Arkansas: Makeover Streusel-Topped Sweet Potatoes

People really do “eat with their eyes,” and no one ever misses the fat and calories in this dish when they see how yummy and attractive the makeover version is. —Tamra Duncan, Lincoln, Arkansas. And this secret ingredient will totally transform your sweet potatoes.

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California: Chunky Apple Cake

California: Chunky Apple Cake Taste of Home

After taste-testing apple cake recipes, I’ve found this particular recipe the best. Full of old-world comfort, the yummy brown sugar sauce really makes the cake special. For a festive occasion, top with a dollop of whipped cream. —Debi Benson, Bakersfield, California. Apples are one of the foods that taste so much better in the fall.

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Colorado: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

This is a wonderful recipe I discovered and changed a bit to suit my taste. I love the flavor of pumpkin and the cinnamon makes ordinary cream cheese frosting extra special. When I made a batch for my husband to take to work, he said they disappeared in record time. —Debbie Wiggins, Longmont, Colorado. Even seasoned bakers might not realize these baking mistakes you might be making.

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Connecticut: Honey-Thyme Butternut Squash

This golden, honey-sweetened squash is just as hearty and comforting as your favorite potato dish. With its bright color, it makes an attractive side for special autumn meals. —Bianca Noiseux, Bristol, Connecticut. This recipe just one way to incorporate fall superfoods into your diet.

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Delaware: Lemony Sweet Potato Pie

Delaware: Lemony Sweet Potato Pie Taste of Home

For a finger-licking finale to any holiday meal, I turn to this light and luscious sweet potato pie laced with just a hint of lemon. Funny how folks always seem able to find room for this delectable dessert! —Peggy West, Georgetown, Delaware. Plan ahead to avoid buying ingredients for this classic pie on the worst day to shop for Thanksgiving.

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Florida: Slow Cooker Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Every year my Mom made cream cheese mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving. I tailored the recipe to my family’s taste and carried on the tradition. I make them a day ahead and use my slow cooker to free up oven space for other dishes. —Ann Nolte, Tampa, Florida. Add this to the ultimate Thanksgiving menu your family will love.

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