There's nothing quite as satisfying as warm apple pie, which is why the flavor of apple pie is just as delicious when infused into sundaes, moonshine, or with any variations of pies you can imagine. From tiny tarts, to hand pies, to robust pies that can serve a crowd, these apple pie desserts are where iconic fall flavor is found. Apple pies also do really well with one shining ingredient: cheddar cheese! You'll find some fantastic cheddar cheese and apple combinations right here to satisfy any apple pie craving that comes along.
Double-Crust Apple Pie
A double crust seals in the apples' natural juices as the pie bakes for full-on apple flavor. Tossing the apples with apple juice keeps them from browning as you peel and slice them, and it adds a boost of apple flavor.
Brown Butter Apple Pie
Browned butter adds a subtle nutty flavor to the crust, and the filling gets a sweet makeover from two types of apples, rich brown sugar, and just the right amount of warming spices. For the best flavor and texture, mix it up: we chose Granny Smith for tartness and Honeycrisp for sweetness. Serve warm with cold vanilla or butter pecan ice cream for the ultimate Southern dessert. Don't be afraid of trying the lattice crust; in just four easy steps you will have the braided look completed.
Apple Pie Moonshine
A delicious apple cider cocktail just so happens to be the perfect autumn drink.
Apple Pie Sundaes with Cheddar Crust Shards
Using a slightly tart apple, like a Granny Smith or Pink Lady, is key to this frozen-yogurt sundae; sautéing brings out the fruit's sweetness. The crispy, salty cheddar crisps that accompany the sundaes are as good with cocktails as they are with desserts.
Caramel Apple Blondie Pie
Buttery rich layers of tender cake and caramelized apples add up to one sweet combo. The secret to the crisp, flaky crust? Baking in a cast-iron skillet on a lower oven rack.
To my eye, this apple pie has an almost medieval look, with its meaty lattice top. To my stomach, it's a modern-day marvel.
Cheddar-Apple PieTart and tangy, sweet and spiced, this intensely flavored homemade apple pie is thickly layered into a sharp cheddar cheese-enhanced crust. It's a gluten-free remake of an American classic!
Fried Apple PiesThere's enough filling to make a second batch of these delicious pies, or you can freeze it for later. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Caramel Apple Pie with Pastry Cutouts
Zoe Nathan of Santa Monica's Huckleberry Bakery tops her pies with a variety of cutout shapes; for this one, you'll need a 2 1/2-in. apple-shaped cookie cutter*.
Sour Cream Apple Pie"Great pie, everyone at the holiday party I took it to was blown away." -laebrown
Blue-Ribbon Apple PieThis recipe was inspired by the version that won Pam Brunet a blue ribbon at the LaFayette Apple Festival in New York. She layers a flour-and-cinnamon-sugar mixture with apples to create a dense, rich layer of fruit. Pam credits this recipe to her mother-in-law, Grandma Brunet.
Apple Hand Pies
Use small cookie or pastry cutters to create little steam vents in the tops of these pies for the filling to peek through. You can make these pies as festive or as simple as you want, but however you style them, they're sure to be absolutely delicious.
Spiced Apple Two-Bite TartsThe nutty pastry is absolutely delicious, like pecan shortbread. You can make the tart shells and filling the day before and assemble just before serving: Place the shells in an airtight container and chill the filling, bringing it to room temperature before placing it in the shells so it's not ice-cold. The crème fraîche dollop is more than just a pretty garnish; its rich, tangy flavor makes these sublime.
Walnut-Crusted Apple PieThe walnuts in the crust give this pie a decadently nutty flavor that really carries this classic apple pie to new heights.
Open-Face Apple Pie with Salted Pecan CrumbleThis luscious pie omits the top layer of crust for a heavenly crumble topping instead, resulting in a velvety smooth apple pie experience with sprinkles of great texture to finish off each bite.
Apple-Toffee Hand PiesLook for toffee chips near the chocolate chips on the baking aisle. Be sure to chill the butter well beforehand to make it easier to cut into small cubes.
Three-Spice Apple Pie
An early version of this pie once won Sunset reader Elaine E. Johnson of McKinleyville, California, an apple tree in a local contest. She's still baking for her pie-loving husband, and this version, with cardamom and candied ginger as well as the usual cinnamon, is one of their favorites.
Cranberry Apple PieBri Malaspino, Creative Manager at Lodge, submitted this recipe on behalf of her mother, Linda Egeto. Linda, an RN from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, created this recipe to avert a Thanksgiving-near-tragedy.