Welcoming the Season With These Fall Treats



Spartans show their love for fall desserts.

  Fall is now among us and Spartans are showing their Autumn spirit with these seasonal treats. Sanderson senior Kaylee Schaffnit talks about the festive season saying, “Fall is peaceful and happy for me. The holidays come and everyone’s moods are just lightened. My favorite dessert for Fall is the cranberry brie pastry tarts that my friends make every year.” With a total prep and cook time of 30 minutes, this recipe is one you have to try as the cooler weather sets in.    

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  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the butter, cranberries, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  
  3. Cut each sheet of puff pastry into 6 rectangles. Spread each rectangle with about 1 teaspoon fig preserves, leaving a 1/4 inch border. Top with 2 slices of brie and then mound the cranberries over the brie, pressing them into the brie to adhere slightly. 
  4. Fold the edges of the pastry inward to enclose the brie. Brush the edges of the pastry with beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar. 
  5. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the pastry is golden and the brie melted. Top with fresh thyme. Serve and enjoy! 

  “Oh my gosh banana bread with chocolate chips is one of my all time favorites!” Freshman, Scarlet Gaster, exclaimed. “The bread just makes me feel warm and helps me get into the Fall spirit.” Gaster uses a tried and true online recipe that is simple, accessible, and delicious. 

(for exact measurements of ingredients and full recipe, click here)

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan, preferably glass.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Stir bananas, milk, and cinnamon in another bowl. Beat butter and sugar in a third bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs to butter mixture, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir banana mixture into butter mixture. Stir in dry mixture until blended. Fold in chocolate chips until just combined. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 70 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack before slicing and enjoy. 

  If you are not really into baking, but still want to get in the Fall spirit, Sanderson juniors, Eleanor Burns and Sutton Jones have got you covered. Both Spartans say they love the Pillsbury cookies with the pictures of pumpkins on them. Burns shares, “I’m not much of a baker, but I get really excited when these come out because I can make them quickly and do not have to worry about messing up a recipe.” The popular sugar cookies everyone knows and loves can be found in the fridge section of grocery stores near you.

  Whether they’re cooking or buying, there is no doubt that Spartans love their Autumn desserts, and are excited about the season coming back around.