All Things Apple Pie
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
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.
Tart 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 Pies
There'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 Pie
This 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 Tarts
The 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 Pie
The 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 Crumble
This 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 Pies
Look 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.
Caramel-Apple Crumb Pie
Cranberry Apple Pie
Bri 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.
Apple-Pear Pie with Cookie Butter Caramel
If you’re looking to go next-level for you next holiday pie, this speculoos infused apple and pear pie is exactly what you’re looking for. Featuring finely ground speculoos cookies (we used Biscoff brand) in the crust, larger crumbles in the pecan streusel topping, and a decadent salted cookie butter caramel sauce both in the filling and drizzled over top, this fruit pie is anything but boring. While it may seem like a hassle, don’t skip giving your fruit the little pre-cook described in step 5. This method of par-cooking the slice apples and pears will help your fruit achieve a delightfully tender, but not-too-mushy texture through the baking process.
Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie
Real talk: Pie crust is the most difficult part of making a pie. Achieving a buttery, flaky consistency without going too far past golden brown is not always easy. And there are times when you simply don’t have the time or patience to make a crust from scratch—that’s why store-bought pie crust is a godsend. So why not go a step further by using another type of ready-to-bake tube for your apple pie crust? You can probably see where we're going with this. Store-bought refrigerated cinnamon rolls are the perfect crust for this most American of desserts. Think that's a little too weird? You add cinnamon to your apple pie, don't you? It’s not that out there.
Halving and rolling out the cinnamon buns ensures that they’ll stay thin and crisp like a pie crust would, rather than rising into actual cinnamon buns. Don't have a rolling pin? No problem. You can flatten the cinnamon buns using a glass. Just make sure to properly flour the surface. We saved some extra pieces of dough to create a lattice on top of the apple pie (because what’s apple pie without a lattice top, right?). Right before serving, drizzle the icing that’s included in your cinnamon roll tube overtop the pie. Mhm. That's the way to roll.
Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie
Apple Pie Nachos
All of the flavors you crave from a gooey apple pie, but in an easy-to-make, highly shareable format.
Buxton Hall Ultimate Apple Pie
We found the ultimate apple pie in the most unexpected place. When customers walk through the door of Buxton Hall Barbecue in Asheville, North Carolina, they are greeted not just by the sweet smell of smoke of whole hogs cooking over oak and hickory wood, but also by “the pie table”. Ashley Capps, the pastry chef behind the restaurant’s in-house Buxton Hall Bakery, crowns the long table’s vintage stands with flavors like Caramel Walnut Chess and her sell-out hit Banana Pudding Pie. Capps’ developed the Ultimate Apple Pie to include fresh and dried fruit along with apple butter for a deep flavor and engaging texture. This recipe is perfect for fall, but even better on Thanksgiving. Bake a few different pies this year and set up your own pie table.
Grilled Apple Pie a la Mode
Whether it’s in the backyard or around a campfire, this easy, on-the-spot recipe has all the elements of a perfect apple pie. Make sure to use apples that are the same size so they’ll cook at the same rate. The ice cream will melt quickly, so put it on the apples right as you serve them.
Skillet Caramel Apple Pie
Apple Pie Smoothie
This apple pie smoothie is an easy way to treat yourself and pack some nutrients into your day.
Mini Apple Pies with Whipped Mascarpone
These convenient handheld mini apple pies takes a few notes from the classic dessert for a delicious modern twist. The favorite childhood vanilla wafer cookie makes a comeback in the form of a crunchy crust. Similar to a graham cracker pie crust, the wafer cookies are crushed and mixed with melted butter to mold into muffin cups. Sour Granny Smith apples are cooked in a skillet on the stovetop and are warmly seasoned with staple fall spices to create the filling. Rich mascarpone becomes delightfully fluffy and when folded into a fresh batch of whipped cream for a decadent pie topper.
How next-level store-bought crust, smart touches of fat and flavoring, and a trio of apples fit together fabulously.
Miso Caramel-Apple Pie
You've no doubt heard of--and enjoyed--salted caramel. Miso caramel takes that concept one step further, offering depth and richness that's unparalleled. Even though this pie is rather decadent, it still comes in with 12g less sugar than a popular online version of caramel-apple pie.
Apple Pie Moonshine
Midnight Apple Pie Pancakes
It’s rare to find a bar in New York City that serves food until closing time, let alone one that offers a full menu of creatively topped pancakes, homemade breakfast sausage, and bacon-infused bourbon cocktails until 4 a.m. on weekends. But that’s Boilermaker for you. The home of the midnight pancake is a friendly neighborhood bar located in what Seinfeld’s Kramer once called the “nexus of the universe,” where breakfast only starts once the clock strikes 12 a.m., and the kitchen, led by chef de cuisine Mike Landas, turns out six different varieties of homemade pancakes until last call every night of the week.
Pancakes might not seem like the ideal drunk snack. They can be kind of messy, they’re not especially portable, and it can be a challenge to get them right. Landas’s pancakes strike a perfect balance between being substantial enough to sop up all the booze that may have been sloshing around your belly, while not making you feel like you need to rush home and pass out from overindulgence. If anything, I was ready to go up to the bar and order another round of drinks.
One of Boilermaker’s most popular pancakes thus far is the apple pie, served with a house-made apple chutney, made with fresh apples, ginger, and apple cider vinegar to keep the flavor from getting too cloyingly sweet (though you can ask for whipped cream, if that’s your thing). While you definitely don’t have to be drunk to enjoy these pancakes, I’d recommend making them late at night if you want the full experience of being out past midnight in Manhattan.
Apple Pie Pancakes
1. In a small pot, heat the oil over low flame. Add the apples, onions, and kosher salt, and cook over medium-low heat until onions are translucent, approximately 15 minutes.
2. Add in the remaining ingredients and raise the heat until boiling. Once boiling, lower the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has cooked off, approximately 30 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and remove cinnamon stick. Allow to cool before using in pancake batter.
4. In one mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
5. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, oil, vanilla extract, cooled apple chutney, and egg. Pour this mixture over the flour mixture, and whisk until combined.
Heat a griddle or nonstick pan with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Cook ¼ cup batter per pancake for 5 to 6 minutes until golden brown. Flip and cook an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Serve immediately.
Salted Caramel Apple Pie
Grated apple is the secret to a syrupy pie filling--it releases more pectin (a natural thickener) than the sliced apples alone. A quick salted caramel intensifies the apple flavor without making the dessert too sweet.
Apple and Cherry Pie Trifle
This eye-catching trifle allows you to fully embrace the convenience factor of a prepared dessert from the freezer aisle without being obvious about it. Frozen Marie Callender pies make an amazing shortcut to creating fruity layers (accented with pieces of flakey, buttery crust) in this easy dessert that’s completed with a couple of other convenience items, like pudding mix and frozen whipped topping. It’s perfect for any occasion when you’re short on time, but still need something decadently impressive. Feel free to swap apple and cherry for your own favorite pie flavors.