50+ Apple Recipes for Fall
Apple desserts, from crumbles to crisps, are fall favorites for a reason. With so many versatile varieties in season, we’ve picked our favorite apple recipes—both simple, and those worth the work. For fresh apple recipes such as leafy autumnal salads, use the Fuji or Honeycrisp variety. Tart Granny Smith and Cortland apples work exceptionally in baked apple dishes, while Golden Delicious and crunchy Gala apples can be enjoyed either way.
Apple Chips with Honey-Lemon Mint Yogurt Dip
If bring home too big a haul from apple picking, these apple chips are a clever way to make delicious use of the surplus. These versatile chips are also customizable—sprinkle on any of your favorite spice blends for a unique twist.
Caramel Apple Cake
This apple cake is the one to make when you’re looking to impress. Topped with gorgeous sautéed apples and our Apple Brandy-Caramel Sauce, this beautifully decorated cake is sure to be your centerpiece and a head-turner at any gathering.
Double-Crust Apple Pie
With two crusts, you seal in all of the apples’ natural juices and flavor, with the added bonus of twice the perfectly golden piecrust. Our secret: tossing the apples in apple juice to prevent browning and for a double dose of apple flavor.
Easy Individual Apple Crisps with Oatmeal Crumble
These single-serve apple crisps are a fast, easy, and simple dessert that works well for weeknight cravings. Our shortcut: using your favorite oatmeal cookie as the crumble to save time, instead of hand-mixing your own from scratch.
Fall Greens and Apple Salad
Cooler weather usually brings on an onslaught of warm, indulgent food that can leave you craving anything crisp and fresh. This big, colorful apple salad recipe hits all of the right seasonal notes with a tangy ginger-apple cider dressing.
Apple Cider Fritters
Perfectly crisp on the outside, deliciously sweet on the inside, apple fritters taste like fall. Make sure to closely monitor the oil temperature for this apple recipe: Going lower than 360 degrees will leave you with greasy fritters, but go over 370 degrees, and you run the risk of over-browning or burning.
You decide when to eat these jelly-filled, cinnamon and apple doughnuts—they work for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or as a sweet snack. Our quick fix: using a store-bought hot roll mix (such as Pillsbury) saves a little bit on the labor time.
Miso Caramel-Apple Pie
Miso caramel seems an unlikely combo—but it’s a match made to be. Deep umami miso balances the sticky sweet of caramel and apple, making this decadent caramel apple pie recipe unparalleled in flavor.
Spiced Apple Chutney
Tangy and sweet with a spicy kick, this versatile apple chutney can be used in to top any protein of your choice, or as a way to spruce up sandwiches and salads. Mustard seeds add a complex earthiness that let sweet Honeycrisp apples shine.
Easy Apple Cobbler
After peeling and slicing the apples, which is the bulk of the workload, this gooey, warm, easy apple cobbler comes together in a snap. Finish with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the perfect autumn dessert.
Fried Apple Pies
Because we know how good these are, this recipe makes enough filling for a second batch that you can freeze for later. These hand pies can easily be made ahead of time and taste delicious either warm or at room temperature.
An autumn classic, this caramel apple recipe takes a little extra time, but it’s 100% worth the effort. Our homemade gooey caramel sauce makes all the difference in taste and texture and has that authentic fall fair taste.
Apple Peel-and-Core Jelly
If making apple recipes all season has left you with plenty of leftover peels and cores, this clever apple canning recipe is the perfect solution. Cinnamon and clove give this spiced apple jelly recipe a warming fall aroma.
Easy Apple Butter
We recommend sweet apples for this apple butter recipe: Gala, Honeycrisp, and Braeburn are our favorites, but you can use whatever you have on hand. The additions of cinnamon and cloves pack flavor, but also make your kitchen smell amazing as this simmers.
Apple Streusel Muffins with Maple Drizzle
Perfect for a lazy Sunday-morning brunch, this apple muffin recipe will become your new go-to favorite. The best part of this indulgent breakfast food is the crumbly oat streusel.
Cinnamon-Cider Candied Apples
Swapping traditional caramel for cinnamon-flavored candies such as red hots makes for a fun, festive twist on a classic candy apple recipe. Make sure to wash and scrub the apples well to remove any residual waxy coating.
Spin everything you love about apple pie into this delicious (and speedier) apple turnover recipe. The addition of maple syrup adds a more complex, mellow sweetness, and using frozen puff pastry means these come together in a pinch.
Stuffed Baked Apples with Maple Yogurt Cream
These baked apples are stuffed with dried fruit, fall spices, and oats before becoming beautifully tender and plump in the oven. A yogurt-maple syrup drizzle is the perfect finishing touch on this fast-assembly dessert.
Cabbage and Apple Slaw
This creamy and colorful apple slaw would be a perfect light side at a fall tailgate. Our recipe showcases ruby red Fuji apples, which make a crisp and sweet addition to any salad or slaw.
Spiced Apple Cider
Apple cider needs no introduction—this steamy, warming drink stands out as a tried-and-true family-favorite when the weather gets chilly. Give this easy apple cider recipe a boozy kick for adults by adding a shot of spiced rum to each serving.
Peggy’s Classic Apple Dumplings
Nutty, spicy, buttery, and decadent, these classic apple dumplings are well worth the effort of hand-rolling the pie crust and making homemade sugar syrup. Pecans make for a satisfyingly crunchy topping.
This recipe is an easy way to make use of surplus apples. While we prefer McIntosh apples, feel free to use whatever variety you have on hand. Frozen puff pastry dough makes prep easy and yields a delightful flaky pastry.
Apple adds a subtle sweetness to earthy rosemary, and also keeps the bread deliciously moist. This quick apple bread is perfect for your favorite fruit preserve or just a simple spread of butter.
Apple Pie Smoothie
This apple pie smoothie is an easy way to treat yourself and pack some nutrients into your day.
Maple Quinoa Bake with Skillet Apples and Walnuts
This hearty and comforting baked quinoa is a great healthy breakfast to make ahead for the family or serve for a brunch gathering with friends.
Sweet and Spicy Apple Chips
Long, low-heat baking dehydrates the apple slices so they become wonderfully crunchy once they cool. Ancho chile powder and cayenne pepper lend moderate heat—adjust the amount to suit your taste.
How next-level store-bought crust, smart touches of fat and flavoring, and a trio of apples fit together fabulously.
Sweet, salty, fruity, and crunchy, these bars truly pack a little bit of everything! Whip up a batch for your next picnic or hike, and stay fueled all day.
Apple Quinoa Bowl with Cinnamon Ricotta
Kohlrabi and Apple Slaw
Kohlrabi is a good source of vitamin C; it makes a great stand-in for celery in this riff on Waldorf salad.
Potato Pancakes With Apple Butter
Frozen hash browns make it possible to whip up latkes in minutes. Enjoy the combo of crisp potato pancakes and a simple green salad for a light entrée, or serve alongside roast chicken or beef for a protein punch.
Carrot-Apple Muffins With Orange Glaze
These tender, lightly sweetened whole-grain muffins have a special can’t-put-your-finger-on-it flavor thanks to garam masala. Look for garam masala in the spice aisle; large spice brands make it. If you don’t have it or can’t find it, you can substitute an equal amount of cinnamon.
Filet Mignon with Apple-Fennel Slaw
Go ahead and schedule a dinner party—we’ve got the perfect dish right here. Ask your butcher to cut evenly sized fillets to ensure the steaks cook at the same rate.
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.
Whiskey-Apple Cider Punch
We created this refreshing punch with tailgating in mind, but it would be a hit at fall gathering. Made with frozen cranberries, sparkling apple cider, honey, brown sugar, fresh lemon juice, and bourbon, it’s deliciously sweet and tangy. Frozen cranberries are best for this recipe; be sure to let them thaw before you add them to the food processor.
Apple Peel-And-Core Jelly
Don’t waste a thing this apple season with this scrumptious apple jelly recipe that uses just the scraps! It’s the perfect way to use up the rest of the apple while your next apple pie is baking away in the oven.
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.
Apple Pie Nachos
All of the flavors you crave from a gooey apple pie, but in an easy-to-make, highly shareable format.
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.
Instant Pot Apple Sauce
Is there any food more wholesome than homemade applesauce? Doubt it. Thankfully, wholesome comes quick and easy with this Instant Pot Apple Sauce.
Warm Apple Compote and Aged Cheddar Topping
Apple Cider Margarita
Our Apple Cider Margarita is the perfect, easy-to-shake-up cocktail for your next fall happy hour or holiday party. Serve it on special occasions (this drink was practically made for Thanksgiving) or cozy fall nights in. This autumnal twist on a summer favorite is easy to make as it is to drink (seriously, it's stronger than it tastes—don't say we didn't warn you). Instead of salt, we've rimmed this marg with cinnamon sugar.
This simple recipe serves two and comes together in just five minutes. But, if you're planning to serve a crowd, you can easily adapt the recipe to accomodate more people. Just mix it up in a punch bowl instead of cocktail shaker!
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Caramel Apple Grilled Cheese
This incredible sweet-meets-savory sandwich is buttery and beautiful way to celebrate apple season.
Apple Stack Cake
Use six disposable 8-inch aluminum cake pans to create the layers of this stunning cake. Prepare the filling up to three days before assembling the cake.
Shaved Carrot, Asparagus, and Apple Salad
Add sweetness and color to your usual cabbage slaw with this creative side dish that includes green apple, asparagus, basil, and carrots. A vegetable peeler is the best tool to get super thin slices of asparagus. (Buy thicker spears to make this job easier.) We love using angel hair cabbage in this easy salad because it’s delicately shredded and breaks down quickly in the vinaigrette while still maintaining a nice crunch. Unlike other slaw recipes, this one needs to be served immediately, although you can prep the fruit and vegetables a day or two in advance and store them, covered, in the refrigerator.
Surprise your guests with these cute and delicious tartlets. Fresh or frozen cranberries can be used to make the tangy filling. If using frozen berries, don’t defrost them. Frozen cranberries act more like fresh cranberries than thawed ones do; the skins burst at a similar rate and they are less juicy.
Arkansas Black Apple Pie with Caramel Sauce
The heirloom apple that makes this apple pie so tasty hails from Benton County, Arkansas. What makes it so special? The fragrant, tart, and tasty apple ripens to a deep red while still on the tree, but it continues to ripen after it is picked and transforms to a nearly black hue. Keep an eye out for these beautiful apples for your Thanksgiving pie. The Arkansas Black Apple Pie just needs a drizzle of Caramel Sauce and a scoop of ice cream to make your night perfect.
Sautéed Spiced Apples and Cabbage
This tasty spin on skillet apples gets a fiber upgrade thanks to crunchy green cabbage. Pair with roasted pork tenderloin or chicken.
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.
Crock-Pot Apple Butter
This Crock-Pot apple butter recipe legitimately could not be easier. Requiring just a handful of basic ingredients, apple butter is a low-effort and inexpensive fall treat to make—but it sure is an impressive one to share. And, thanks to the hands-off power of the Crock-Pot, the apple butter can simmer to perfection (and fill your kitchen with its heavenly aroma) while you’re out and about or taking care of other tasks around the house.
Note: There are two phases to the slow-cooking. First, you simmer your apples and apple cider vinegar in the Crock-Pot for 6 hours on high. You’ll then add sugar and spice to the crockpot and cook for another 4 hours on low, so be sure to plan accordingly before starting into the recipe. Slather your Crock-Pot apple butter over warm biscuits, toast, waffles, and anything else that could use a robust hit of sweet apple flavor.
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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.
Apple Cinnamon Bread
Besides being simple enough to whip up on a moments notice, as it bakes, this easy apple cinnamon bread puts off the kind of warming, buttery, spiced aromas that usher in all the fall feels. And given just how well a warm slice pairs with a cup of coffee, don’t be surprised if you find yourself making a loaf of apple cinnamon bread on a weekly basis throughout the season. The rich quick bread is incredibly moist, thanks to the apple and sour cream, but the key to ensuring it’s as tender as possible is to avoid over-mixing. In fact, once the final addition of dry ingredients has been added to the batter, it’s helpful to finish incorporating everything together by hand, using a rubber spatula, rather than continuing to whip the batter with an electric mixer. We used Granny Smith apple in testing the recipe, but you can really use any apple variety you have on hand. Feel free to substitute the pecans called for walnuts, or leave the nuts out entirely.
Maple-Caramel Apple Clafoutis
This tender, fluffy apple clafoutis is the simple, and simply impressive, dessert you’ll make again and again. And with a maple caramel sauce, it fully delivers on toasty fall energy. You’ll have extra caramel sauce leftover, which can be refrigerated in an airtight container and spooned over everything from ice cream and pound cakes to waffles or baked apples.