Crisp & Juicy Apple Recipes
Fall’s favorite fruit teams up with a little sugar and spice for a Southern roll call of irresistible treats – from caramel apple muffins to pecan pie cobbler.
This pie is packed with apple flavor! Apple jelly adds richness to the filling, and apple cider adds even more flavor in the flaky cornmeal crust.
Recipe: Double Apple Pie with Cornmeal Crust
Making an apple pie has never been so easy. Simply toss apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar, and spoon over a refrigerated pie crust in the cast-iron skillet. Top with the other crust and bake.
- Recipe: Easy Skillet Apple Pie
This spread is autumn's sweetest sensation, stealing the show as a condiment and lending rich flavor to some our favorite fall recipes.
Test Kitchen Tip: Use a wooden spoon to draw a line through the apple butter on the bottom of the pot; if the line holds for 5 seconds before the apple butter merges back together, it's finished cooking.
Recipe: Easy Apple Butter
For these simple, fall treats, use our Easy Apple Butter for the best flavor and texture. In a pinch, store-bought apple butter that has been boiled for 5 minutes (to thicken) may be substituted.
Recipe: Apple Butter-Walnut Thumbprints
Caramelized apples are artfully arranged on top of this rich and delicious cheesecake for a perfect dessert.
Recipe: Caramel-Apple Cheesecake
To get ahead, make these appetizers through Step 2 and freeze up to 1 month. Go straight to the oven from freezer; simply add 5 to 10 minutes to the bake time.
Recipe: Apple Butter-and-Cheddar Puffs
This delicious apple bundt cake features a sweet cream cheese filling and homemade praline frosting. Garnish the frosting with extra toasted pecans.
- Recipe: Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
Straight from the oven, this puffy, airy pancake will elicit major oohs and aahs from your crowd. Be sure to use low-fat or fat-free milk--the pancake will puff higher. Like a soufflé, it will begin to deflate as soon as it leaves the oven, though that won't affect the flavor.
Recipe: Apple-Cinnamon Dutch Baby
Savor the flavors of cranberries and apples as they come together with a holiday favorite—pecan shortbread—in this stunning presentation.
Recipe: Cranberry-Apple Pie with Pecan Shortbread Crust
Use slightly firm pears and crisp, tart apples here to achieve the best texture in the filling, and let this mountainous pie cool and settle for at least two hours before serving.
Recipe: Apple, Pear, and Cranberry Pie
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.
Recipe: Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tart
Use any firm cooking apple, such as 'Jonagold' or 'Honeycrisp,' or a combo for extra flavor and texture.
- Recipe: Caramel Apple Fantans
Try this bread sandwiched with ham and apple slices, or cut it into cubes and toast it to make croutons for salads and soups.
Recipe: Apple-Cheddar Bread
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.
Recipe: Apple Stack Cake
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.
- Recipe: Fried Apple Pies
If the title of this dessert recipe doesn't send you running for the kitchen, then you need to read it again. We've packed all your favorite desserts into one must-try indulgence. Cheesecake, brownies, and caramel apples... What more could you want?
Recipe: Caramel Apple-Brownie Cheesecake
This cake is down-home delicious and so easy you won't believe you started from scratch.
Recipe: Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
These are prettiest the day they are made. After standing overnight, the caramel melts into the muffins. (They're still delicious!)
- Recipe: Caramel Apple Muffins
A sugary spin on a cream cheese classic with a crisp bruléed topping.
Recipe: Caramel Apple Dip
Branch out and get creative with some of our favorite caramel apple toppings. We used Southern magnolia twigs; other branches may render the apples inedible. When in doubt, use craft sticks or large pretzel sticks.
- Recipe: Southern-Style Caramel Apples
Equally at home on your stove or over a campfire, this fragrant skillet breakfast pulls double duty for dinner with a green salad. Try substituting sweet potatoes for russets and your favorite tart apple for Granny Smith. Other smoked fish like bluefish or whitefish also work well here. If using thinly sliced smoked salmon, cut into pieces and drape over hash just before serving.
Recipe: Smoked Trout-Apple Hash
Bake store-bought pizza dough to make a convenient and versatile canvas for apples, cheese, and herbs. Serve as appetizers or the main course.
Recipe: Apple Flatbread
Everyone loves apple pie, especially fresh from the oven on a chilly fall day. You can make this easy applesauce filling up to a week ahead and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Recipe: Applesauce Pie
Tart blackberries and sweet apples caramelize perfectly with layers of buttery cake in this one-pan dessert.
Make a simple, rustic apple tart with Granny Smith apples plus a few other ingredients you probably already have on hand: flour, butter, and salt.
- Recipe: Upside-Down Apple Tart
This shortbread crust is the perfect foil for ice cream.
- Recipe: Caramel Apple Ice Cream-Tarts
Apple and caramel are simple ingredients, but when combined they form a delectable treat. Top off these cupcakes with toasted pecans to create a traditional fall favorite. We love to add the tiny crab apples as a garnish for extra-special occasions.
- Recipe: Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Be sure to press the cream cheese pastry dough all the way up the sides of the mini muffin cups so the tart shells will be deep enough to hold a generous amount of filling.
Recipe: Caramelized Onion-and-Apple Tassies
Grilling over the indirect heat of a two-zone fire mimics oven heat. An aromatic rack of early fall apples and vegetables catches all the chicken’s flavorful juices.
Recipe: Grill-Roasted Chicken
Ready to move beyond the classic shrimp cocktail? We thought so! Hard cider (fermented apple juice) infuses the shrimp with a faint hint of sweetness and subtle fruitiness.
This refreshing, citrusy drink goes from kitchen to cooler with ease.
- Recipe: Apple, Lemon, and Gin Shandy
Our twist on apple cobbler is both darling and delectable. Who could resist buttery biscuit dough rolled with almonds and brown sugar baked into a pretty pinwheel crust?
Sweet carrots go together perfectly with citrusy apple and ginger spice to make a warm, satisfying dish.
- Recipe: Carrot, Apple, and Ginger Soup
No panini press? Cook your sandwiches in a skillet 4 minutes on each side with a pan on top.
This colorful, fresh side is the perfect complement to almost any entreé.
- Recipe: Apple Cabbage Slaw
This vibrant seasonal salad is an ideal way to showcase your favorite apples—just be sure to use ones that are super crisp, tart, and sweet, and keep the peels on to add color and texture. Can't find fennel? Three ribs of thinly sliced celery make a good substitute in a pinch.
Recipe: Fennel-Apple Slaw
Thinly sliced pancetta (unsmoked Italian bacon cured with salt and spices) and a few quick twists of kitchen string turn an inexpensive pork loin into a party-worthy dish.
Recipe: Pork with Apples, Bacon, and Sauerkraut
Cornbread stuffing mix jump-starts the fast filling for these savory baked apples. They make a simple, but impressive, all-in-one side dish.
Apples are an easy (and delicious) way to add extra goodness to simple sandwiches – from smoked turkey and Swiss to grilled Cheddar and bacon. Our latest favorite? Layer crisp sweet Gala apple slices with the peppery bite of arugula and a creamy blue cheese, honey, and walnut spread.
Recipe: Applelicious Sandwiches
Sour cream is the secret to the rich, moist texture of this bread. There's no butter or oil in the batter―only in the glaze.
- Recipe: Praline-Apple Bread
Add a sweet flourish to any dessert with these thin, crispy apple chips.
- Recipe: Caramelized Apple Chips
The crisp, sweet snap of Gala apples gives summery coleslaw a cool-weather update – perfect for backyard cookouts. Try it for supper with Toasted Pecan, Cranberry, and Gorgonzola Turkey Burgers or Barbecue Pork Sandwiches.
- Recipe: Lemon-Apple Coleslaw
Feed the gang with one large 5- to 6-pound bird or two smaller ones. To achieve golden brown skin, first roast at high heat, then turn the oven temperature down to cook the chicken through. Serve with sweet potatoes and apples for a perfect finish.
Recipe: Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Apples
It tastes as good as its fun presentation. Pecans, apples and brown sugar shine in this upside-down pie.
- Recipe: Apple Upside-Down Pie
Serve warm over cakes, ice cream, or brownies for a decadent dessert.
- Recipe: Caramel Apple Topping
Fresh apples and apple cider vinegar give this classic Southern dish some extra pop.
- Recipe: Fried Collards and Apples
The topping on this bundt—a maple glaze with sugared pecans and pumpkin seeds—will make your guests ooh and ahh.
Recipe: Cranberry-Apple-Pumpkin Bundt
Sauerkraut meets coleslaw in this vinegar-based salad, while the paper-thin apple slices and finely shredded cabbage add rich autumn color.
- Recipe: Tart Apple-and-Cabbage Toss
This apple-and-berry-packed pie is extra-tasty because of the white-Cheddar cheese crust that provides a sigh-worthy companion for the sweet fruit filling.
Recipe: Blackberry-Apple Pie
A green bean and apple sandwich? Trust us on this one. We fell for the combo of tender beans, crisp apples, salty Parm, and tangy dressing. Keep it tidy by hollowing out the baguette to create a cradle for the fillings.
Recipe: Roasted Green Bean, Apple, and Bacon Sandwiches
Apple slices and aromatic vegetables line the turkey's roasting pan, creating a colorful rack that adds terrific flavor to both the turkey and pan juices.
- Recipe: Apple-Bourbon Turkey and Gravy
If you plan on making an apple pie for dessert, pick up some extra Granny Smith apples for this savory pizza. Sweet fig preserves and goat cheese pair perfectly with the tart apples.
- Recipe: Apple-Goat Cheese Pizza
Slightly sweet parsnips are paired with Fuji apples and roasted with fresh sage, nutmeg, and allspice for a great fall side dish.
Recipe: Roasted Apples and Parsnips
Give classic blonde brownies a makeover by adding diced apples to the mix. The apple and butterscotch flavors taste so great together you'll wonder why you never tried this before.
- Recipe: Apple-Butterscotch Brownies
It's impossible to resist the rich and nutty taste of browned butter. But when used in a frosting on top of Mocha-Apple Cake, it's to-die-for good!
Everyone loves the chocolate, coconut, and pecan layers of Hello Dolly Bars. But throw in a layer of chopped Granny Smiths and people will rave!
- Recipe: Apple Hello Dolly Bars
Raw fennel is crisp and tasty, a perfect complement to apples and arugula. Test kitchen professional Marian Cooper Cairns recommends using a handheld mandoline for ultrathin apple slices.
- Recipes: Marian's Apple-Fennel Salad
This buttery mixture of pecans, brown sugar, and tart Granny Smiths makes for an irresistible treat.
Complement any menu with this no-fuss party appetizer.
- Recipe: Bacon-Arugula-Apple Bites
Short on time? You can still enjoy the flavors of this classic, comforting dessert. To make these apple bundles you only need six ingredients, including refrigerated piecrust, frozen spiced apples, and jarred caramel sauce.
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. To keep it vegetarian, substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth.
Recipe: Carrot-Apple Soup
Save those apple peels and brew up a bottle of this syrup. It adds a trendy twist to tea, but you can also serve it in place of maple syrup with pancakes, oatmeal, or a warm baked apple.
- Recipe: Brown Sugar-Apple Simple Syrup
Trussing the roast promotes even cooking. If you prefer, ask your butcher to do it for you.
This deluxe version of spinach salad features a tangy sweet maple syrup vinaigrette, sliced apple, onion and and goat cheese and is topped with sweet curried pecans.
After baking the pie, top it off with caramel and vanilla ice cream. You'll be lucky if you have any leftovers.
- Recipe: Scrumptious Apple Pie
You can find apple cider either with shelf-stable or refrigerated juices. It doesn't matter which one you choose, so select the best value. Use dry sherry, not the much sweeter cream sherry.
- Recipe: Sherry-Baked Winter Fruit
Finely crushed oat-and-honey granola bars, chopped crystallized ginger, and thick Greek yogurt are the secrets to this delectable and good-for-you dessert.
- Recipe: Granola-Ginger Baked Apples
Pork, cabbage, and apples are a classic combination. With plenty of spices—and even a beer to add flavor—this one-dish meal will become a staple in your household.
- Recipe: Pork Chops, Cabbage, and Apples
Granny Smith apples work beautifully in this sweet and tangy dessert.
- Recipe: Pomegranate-Cider Baked Apples
Make your very own applesauce with this easy recipe. For the best taste and texture, use a variety of apples.
- Recipe: Fresh Applesauce
These bite-size melt-in-your-mouth sliders hit the spot for easy dining. You'll love the sharp white Cheddar, apple slices, and pecans.
- Recipe: Fruit-and-Nut Sliders
Festive flavors like cinammon, nutmeg, and pecans combine perfectly with sweet potatoes and a Rome Beauty apple.
A creamy tuna-apple mixture fills mini-phyllo pastry shells and is topped with Havarti cheese slices to make a tasty, bite-sized appetizer.
Recipe: Tuna-Apple Mini Melts
Prepare tuna salad in advance for an instant meal from the fridge. Cucumber, onion, Granny Smith apple, and a Lemon Aïoli elevate the taste of canned tuna to extraordinary. Serve on bread or over a bed of salad greens.
Recipe: Tuna Salad With Lemon Aïoli
Tart Granny Smith apples, sautéed in brown sugar and butter, get topped with the tender, sweet crunch of a pecan-pie muffin batter. Bake this fall favorite in six individual ramekins or a single casserole dish.
- Recipe: Apple-Pecan Pie Cobbler
Whip up this top-rated dessert in a flash. The cobbler starts with gingerbread mix and apple pie filling, then calls for a few standard kitchen staples. The ingredients keep for awhile, so stock up for a batch to make when guests arrive unexpectedly.
- Recipe: Apple-Gingerbread Cobbler
Increase both the color and the flavor of your cornbread stuffing by adding cubed butternut squash, sweet potato, and Granny Smith apple.
Simmered apple cider vinegar gives the pork a flavorful finishing touch. Serve alongside Caramelized Apples and roasted vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, and onions.
Sautéed apple slices baked beneath the batter turn these special muffins into miniature apple upside-down cakes. The same recipe also makes two luscious loaves of apple bread – perfect for fall picnics and tailgating.
- Recipe: Caramel-Apple Muffins
Wake up to big flavor with a warm spoonful of this rich topping on your waffles or pancakes.
- Recipe: Apple-Pecan Pie Maple Topping
This bread pudding is from New Orleans chef Leah Chase, the queen of Creole cuisine. And yes, it does call for 5 tablespoons of vanilla extract!
Recipe: Creole Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce
These fragrant, easy-to-make treats are a delicious ending to any meal.
This creamy chicken salad pairs perfectly with the crunch of pecans, Granny Smith apples, red onions, and celery.
Recipe: Tarragon Chicken Salad
Made from scratch, with fresh Rome apples, tender homemade dough, and rich, spiced syrup, these apple dumplings are definitely worth your time and effort.
- Recipe: Peggy's Classic Apple Dumplings
This spin on the traditional salad tosses spinach leaves in the mix and uses a vinaigrette tinted with cinnamon instead of mayonniase to coat the salad.
- Recipe: Waldorf Spinach Salad
Shortcake's not just meant for berries. This one sports a spiced apple filling piled onto a sweet potato biscuit.
- Recipe: Winter Shortcakes
Nice and versatile, these sweet apples are delicious served over ice cream or pound cake but also taste great alone.
- Recipe: Cinnamon Apples
The combination of roasted Golden Delicious apples, sweet potatoes, and pecans topped with a honey-bourbon glaze is positively mouthwatering.
Try this easy spiced apples recipe for brunch, as a side dish, or served warm over vanilla ice cream for an indulgent after-dinner treat.
- Recipe: Spiced Apples
Starting with packaged caramel apple wraps make these tasty apples eerily easy to make and a fun project to do with the kids.
- Recipe: Candy Apples
The presence of apple elevates this often overlooked veggie to new and delicious heights.
No rolling pin required for this company-worthy cobbler! Sautée the apples and pears in brown sugar and butter, then pour on the crust and bake.
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. Garnish the chops with grilled halves of small apples brushed with the glaze.
Plan on sectioning the citrus and chopping the pineapple ahead of time. If you use canned or jarred fruit, save the juices and add them to the ambrosia.
- Recipe: Ambrosia with Apples
Elegant and easy, this hearty dish comes with a side and a sauce all-in-one. Be sure to brown the chops well so they'll give the mustardy pan sauce deep flavor.