Our Favorite Apple Recipes
Apples abound! There are many varieties of apples on the market today, with new heirloom types popping up every year as the air gets crisp in the fall. Put your bushel to good use with these freshly picked recipes.
Apple Chips with Honey-Lemon Mint Yogurt Dip
There's no need to buy pre-packaged apple chips when the real thing is so easy to make at home. We love the sweet and tangy dip with plain apple chips, but you can also serve with apple chips coated in your favorite spice blend--like Apple Chips with Ancho Chile Cinnamon Sugar or Chinese Five Spiced Apple Chips. If you don't have a mandoline, you can use a sharp knife, but your slices won't be quite as even.
Double-Crust Apple Pie
A double crust seals in the apples' natural juices as the pie bakes. Tossing the apples with apple juice keeps them from browning as you peel and slice them, and it adds a boost of apple flavor.
Whole-Grain Apple Cake with Yogurt Cream
There's a trifecta of textural awesomeness here, as the buttery-crisp topping meets silky-smooth yogurt cream on moist, tender cake. By using whole-wheat pastry flour in place of all-purpose, we triple the fiber per slice to a hearty 4 grams. For a chunkier cake texture, use chopped apples instead of shredded. This cake is great served warm or at room temperature.
Grilled Apple and Cheddar Sandwiches
Upgrade your grilled cheese by adding a mustard spread and sliced apples. It's sweet, savory, and everything a grown-up grilled cheese wants be (but we promise kids will love it, too).
Choose firm apples with sweet-tart flavor, such as Pink Lady or Honeycrisp. Fuji and Granny Smith are likely to fall apart. These baked apples are kind of like a healthier apple pie—minus, of course, the crust.
Caramel Apple Cake
This cake wins the beauty award. Don't forget the Apple Brand-Caramel Sauce! It's better than you can buy—and essential for all that gorgeous drizzling.
Shaved Apple and Fennel Salad with Crunchy Spelt
Simply put, apples and fennel are right together. Although canola oil may seem like an odd choice, its keeps the flavors clean and straightforward. However, you can always use olive oil if you'd like the vinaigrette to assert itself.
Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
This delicious apple Bundt cake features a sweet cream cheese filling and homemade praline frosting. Garnish the frosting with extra toasted pecans because, well, why not?
Apple Streusel Muffins with Maple Drizzle
A combination of spelt and whole-wheat pastry flour make these muffins healthier than the typical fare. Top with streusel and a maple drizzle to sweeten the deal (literally).
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—either way, you won't be disappointed.
Easy Individual Apple Crisps with Oatmeal Crumble
Easier than pie or cobbler, an easy oatmeal cookie crumble crowns gorgeous slices of Granny Smith and Gala apples in these lightly sweetened crisps.
Dessert Spaghetti Squash with Apples, Walnuts, and Cinnamon Goat Cheese
While a sweet spaghetti squash might sound a little unconventional, it's quite a treat. Accompanied by a warm, buttery cinnamon apple mixture, this squash is packed with festive fall flavors. The simple goat cheese and Greek yogurt mixture is the perfect, creamy component to finish it all off, and you're going to be licking the spoon with this light and healthy topper.
Use the suggested pancake recipe or whatever recipe you prefer. Be sure, though, to make the Apple Cider Syrup, which takes the place of maple syrup as a topping.
Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole
Apples and sliced almonds make a glorious addition to classic sweet potato casserole.
Pork Loin Chops with Apple and Shallot
Make the most of apple season by siding pork chops with a delicious apple and shallot mixture.
Spiced Apple Butternut Squash Soup
Roasting a whole squash takes longer than one that's cut up, but Smoot finds it easier (and safer) to peel and cut the squash after it's cooked.
Easy Apple Cobbler
Usher in the fall season with a warm pan of (almost too) easy apple cobbler. For this simple and delicious apple dessert, peeling and slicing the fruit will be the bulk of your workload. The combination of brown sugar and apples yields an exceptionally gooey-rich filling that was made to team up with a buttery, golden crust and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. While we preferred hearty Granny Smith apples for the filling, you can certainly use a different variety if that's what you have on hand. Regardless of the type of apple you pick, this warm and comforting cobbler is easy enough to make at the last minute, and is always a welcome addition to the holiday dessert spread.
These crispy breakfast fritters are the perfect weekend brunch menu item. Warm cinnamon and sweet apples give the classic Cornflake cereal a festive punch. Best served with powdered sugar, maple syrup, and/or whipped cream for the ultimate indulgent start to the day.
Whole Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes, Fennel, and Apple
For an easy, autumnal dinner, this whole roasted chicken is the way to go. Perched on a bed of root veggies, fennel, apples, and mushrooms, this chicken becomes irresistibly crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside. Apples and mushrooms absorb the savory chicken fat and slowly break down throughout the slow-roasting process, making them almost melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The sheet pan will be crowded upon assembly, but don't fret, roasting will shrink the veggie and apple mixture's size.
Apple Cider Doughnuts
Few things deliver fall comfort quite like sweet apple cider doughnuts. Gaining their distinct apple flavor from four sources—apple cider, freshly grated apple, apple butter, and apple cider vinegar—these homemade doughnuts are anything but bland. And, because there’s no yeast involved, you don’t even have to wait for the dough to proof; meaning, there’s less standing between you and your hot, fresh apple cider doughnuts. For the most robust apple flavor, be sure to use cider, not juice—and always shake the cider jug before measuring. To give them a perfect finishing tough, either toss the warm doughnuts with Pumpkin-Cinnamon Spice or coat the cooled cider doughnuts with a Buttermilk Glaze or Maple-Vanilla Icing.
Caramel-Apple Dessert Tacos
These decadent dessert tacos are essentially like having your own, individual apple pie (but way easier to make and more fun to eat). Start with our endlessly customizable Dessert Taco Shells, fill them with a gooey-good caramel apple filling, then top them off with even more caramel goodness. We finished our tacos off with the Caramel Whipped Cream detailed below, but a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream wouldn't be a bad call either.
Chicken Sausage with Fennel and Apples
This is the perfect dinner for those nights when time is short and appetites are huge—also known as any weeknight. This easy meal comes together in under an hour, uses a handful of ingredients, and cooks on a single sheet pan, including the rice. If your family loves peppers and onions with sausage, they’ll love this delicious variation using fennel, apples and Italian chicken sausage links tossed with tangy apple cider vinegar. Fennel is crisp and slightly sweet and caramelizes beautifully when roasted in the oven. Be sure to reserve a few of the soft green fennel fronds and use them to top the finished dish for a pretty bit of green and more delicious fennel flavor.
Caramel Apple French Toast Skillets
Say hello to apple season with the perfect breakfast or brunch option served up in miniature skillets! The warm and creamy brioche custard paired with baked apples and cinnamon makes for a marvelous flavor combination that is sure to delight everyone at the table. The cinnamon cream on top acts as a neutral cool topping to temper the sweetness of the dish. Comforting and homey, this french toast is also elegant with a spiral look that originates from the perfectly placed apples on top!
Mom's Rhubarb-Apple Crisp
Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious apples hold their shape well and won't get too mushy after baking. Brown sugar lends deep molasses flavor to the topping.
Pork Chops with Sautéed Apples and Brussels Sprouts
Guaranteed to be a fast favorite, this recipe plays on the sweet-savory match made in flavor heaven: pork + apples.
Skillet Apple Chicken Thighs
This dish is perfect for easing into fall and comes together in one pan to boot. To make the September 2016 cover recipe, use 4 (6-ounce) bone-in pork chops in place of chicken thighs. The thighs will finish cooking in the apple mixture, and the flavors will combine beautifully as they sit in the pot.
Roasted Pork with Apples and Potatoes
This meal shows off the sheet pan at its most versatile: The protein, starch, vegetable, and pan sauce all cook to perfection in the same pan. Look for a large apple so the slices retain some texture after roasting. The pan needs to get very, very hot to get a good crust on the pork: Preheat the oven to 500°F first, then reduce to 450°F after adding the pork so it cooks evenly. The browned bits left in the pan will be incorporated into a luscious sauce.
Turkey Sliders with Crunchy Green Apple Slaw
Sliders make any burger night more fun, especially since you get double the patties and double the creamy, crunchy slaw. Look for ground turkey rather than ground turkey breast--the former has a bit more fat and flavor from dark meat while still keeping a lean profile.
Apple Galette with Vanilla Yogurt Drizzle
We save on sat fat and make the crust more tender by swapping in low-fat yogurt for some of the butter (use standard yogurt, not Greek-style). Make dough ahead and refrigerate or freeze (just remember to thaw completely before rolling). You can sub the scraped seeds from one vanilla bean pod or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract for the vanilla bean paste.
Apple Pumpkin Galette
Basically an open-face pie, this galette is a great dessert for fear pie crust. Here, the free-form crust is easy to handle—you don't even need a pie pan.
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tart
It may look like a chore, but this cheesecake tart calls for a relatively straightforward preparation: First, press the crust into the tart pan. Next, mix the cream cheese filling, fill the tart shell, and bake. Finally, gild the pie with sautéed tart apples, and paint them with melted apple jelly for a jewelled effect.
Apples star in this sweet-savory flatbread recipe—perfect for a quick appetizer or light meal. If you like, you can make your own pizza dough.
The smart technique for this simple soup eliminates the need for sautéing the vegetables, which preserves the bright color and flavor of the carrots and results in a brighter, more refreshing soup.
Apple Stack Cake
Use a mixture of tart Granny Smiths and crisp Braeburn or Honeycrisp apples to make the filling for this show-stopping stack cake. To save time, you can make the filling up to three days before you plan on assembling the cake.
Apple Hello Dolly Bars
Hello Dolly Bar fans will love this fresh twist that uses chopped apples, butterscotch morsels, and plenty of crunchy pecans and toasted coconut. Put these bars out at a party and they'll be gone before you know it.
Grilled Pork Chops with Apple-Bourbon Glaze
The key to success here is to brush the Apple-Bourbon Glaze on the chops during the last few minutes on the grill, turning and brushing often to create a layered, lacquered look. Serving the chops with grilled, small apple halves only seems right.
This vibrant seasonal salad is an ideal way to showcase your favorite apples. Be sure to use ones that are super crisp, tart, and sweet, and keep the peels on to add color and texture.
Apple-Cinnamon Dutch Baby
Straight from the oven, this puffy, airy pancake will elicit major oohs and aahs from your crowd. Like a soufflé, it will begin to deflate as soon as it leaves the oven, though that won't affect the flavor (so take all those Instagram pictures quickly).
Turkey, Apple, and Swiss Melt
Thinly sliced apples add crunch and sweetness to this kid favorite. It makes for an easy lunch and a welcome change from the typical turkey and cheese sandwich.
Apple-Toffee Hand Pies
These hand pies are sure to be a hit at fall weddings and parties. Plus, who doesn't love individual desserts? Look for toffee chips near the chocolate chips in the baking aisle.
Last-minute prep for this make-ahead breakfast casserole couldn't be simpler: Just add a dusting of sugar and nuts.
Fall Salad with Apples, Walnuts, and Stilton
Apples are a great addition to fall salads. Here, thinly sliced Granny Smiths provide contrast to pungent Stilton cheese, bitter greens, and salty prosciutto.
Buttermilk Pumpkin Waffles with Apples and Apple Cider Syrup
Come fall, nothing beats these sweet and spicy waffles with warm apples. Apple cider syrup is a nice change from traditional maple syrup—plus, it provides more apple flavor.
Smothered Vinegar Pork Shoulder with Apples and Kale
Settle in tonight for a cozy, comforting dinner. The pork is wonderfully tender and the kale-apple mixture provides the perfect complement to this the meal.
Apple butter is the perfect solution to an overabundance of apples. This slow-cooker version is delicious atop buttery biscuits or toast.
Ambrosia with Apples
This fresh take on ambrosia combines pineapple, apples, and citrus for a colorful, refreshing fruit salad that's nothing like the ambrosias of nightmares past.
Smoked Trout-Apple Hash
Equally at home on your stove or over a campfire, this fragrant skillet breakfast pulls double duty for dinner with a green salad.
Apple-Cherry Cobbler with Pinwheel Biscuits
This is our twist on traditional apple cobbler. Here, buttery biscuit dough is rolled with almonds and brown sugar and bakes into a pretty pinwheel crust.
Apple-Pecan Carrot Cake
Top a show-stopping crown of Mascarpone Frosting with swirls of Apple Cider Caramel Sauce and a scattering of pecans. Caramel sauce, rather than frosting, sandwiches together the moist cake layers.
Brie, Apple, and Arugula Quesadillas
Fuji apples offer a crisp counterpoint to the rich, creamy cheese and peppery arugula in these quesadillas.
Kale and Apple Salad with Walnut Dressing
Greek yogurt is the secret to this light-yet-creamy dressing. And because raw kale is so sturdy, it can sit for quite a while without getting soggy.
Upside-Down Caramelized Apple Cake
The brown sugar, apple, and pecan mixture that’s cooked in the skillet and then topped with a spiced cake batter become a gooey, rich topping for the cake when it’s inverted.
Apple Butter-Walnut Thumbprints
These nutty thumbprint cookies are filled with our Easy Apple Butter and drizzled with caramel topping for the ultimate, adorable fall treat.
Lattice-Top Apple Quince Pie
Flaky All-Butter Pastry envelops a simple, sweetened fruit filling in this holiday-ready pie. If you've never made a lattice-top before, trust us, it's not nearly as hard as you think.
Apple, Goat Cheese, and Pecan Pizza
Take a walk on the culinary wild side with this adventurous pizza. Thinly sliced Fuji apples, goat cheese, toasted pecans, baby arugula, and fresh thyme meld together in a tantalizing blend of flavors.
Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Apples
Comforting Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Apples is just the dish for feeding a hungry crowd. One large 5- to 6-pound bird or two smaller ones will satisfy your gang—even if they ask for seconds.
Cheddar 'n' Apple Cinnamon-Raisin Toast
Sweet and savory, this toast is an (and delicious) way to change-up your breakfast routine.