All things cozy caught your eyes on Simply Recipes in October. Recipes for soups, stews, braises, and easy desserts with fall vibes hit big with our readers. You’re in the mood for cozy food, and who can blame you? It’s a rough world out there. But in your home kitchen, you call the shots. Serving up comfort food provides comfort indeed.
Looking at the 10 recipes below, I can vouch that you have great taste. These are fun, straightforward recipes that deliver big on flavor. We’re proud to share them with you, from our homes to yours. And you in turn can share them with the people you love.
1. Homemade Coffee Creamer
You can make rich and sweet coffee creamer with only three ingredients! Whole milk, brown sugar, and vanilla make up this easy DIY version that will save you money and keep additives from your daily dose of java.
2. Batatas a Murro
So simple, yet so appealing. Don’t you want to grab one of those little beauties and scarf it down right down? This Portuguese preparation is similar to smashed potatoes, but they’re only gently pressed down (not smashed) before their second roasting. Plenty of chopped garlic plus salt and olive oil make sure they’re flavor-forward.
3. Lazy Daisy Cake
This is a midcentury snack cake recipe I came across in a community cookbook. Maybe you’ve seen versions in community cookbooks of your own. Miraculously, it only requires one bowl! Make a quick hot milk sponge cake and then, right after baking, top it with a brown sugar and coconut topping. Broil to caramelized perfection.
4. Apple Cider Donut Muffins
If you’ve ever gone apple picking, you’ve likely enjoyed these at the orchard farmhouse with hot cider after brining in your haul. To duplicate the experience at her home, our recipe editor Laurel Randolph skips the frying oil and bakes these easy muffins instead. They’re incredibly close to the original, right down to the final roll in cinnamon sugar.
5. Million Dollar Chicken
Here’s an easy way to dress up the same old chicken breasts. Top them with Million Dollar Dip, a rich affair of cream cheese, mayo, bacon, cheddar, and scallions created by chef Helen Corbit, who was a chef at Neiman Marcus’ Dallas restaurant Zodiac in the 1950s. Author Sara Haas serves it on pounded boneless, skinless chicken breast for a weeknight main that’s begging to enter your rotation.
6. Pumpkin Quickies
This recipe is not kidding around. Mix a box of spice cake mix with a can of pumpkin, scoop onto baking sheets, and stick them in the oven. That’s it! Two ingredients, one big win.
7. Hummus Soup
Hummus soup? Yes, we’re serious. The same ingredients that go into hummus—chickpeas, tahini, garlic, olive oil, and and lemon juice—comprise this creamy, easy soup. One can of chickpeas goes into the soup; the other you roast for the crispy chickpea topping. You’ve got to try this one to believe how good it is.
8. Nilagang Baka (Filipino Beef Stew)
The familiar stew ingredients of beef, carrots, potatoes, and onions get a welcome addition of cabbage, green beans, scallions, and a kiss of pungent fish sauce in this classic Filipino beef stew. It’s an easy dinner that (like so many beloved Filipino dishes) is best served over steamed white rice.
9. Walking Taco Casserole
This innovative casserole lets you enjoy the walking taco (AKA Frito pie) experience at home as a dinner main—no messing around with single-serving Fritos bags necessary!
10. Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup
If your Panera habit is steadily siphoning funds from your budget, here’s an affordable way to recreate this popular menu staple at home. The secret to its incredibly smooth texture? A little Velveeta added in with the cheddar.