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.
Apples are a scrumptious fall fruit, and nothing is better on a cool autumn evening than a delicious, warm dessert. Here are more than a hundred apple recipes—more than one for every day of the season—apple pies, apple puffs, apple cakes, apple fantans, and more. These apple recipes each share a passion for this fabulous fruit. Enjoy a Caramel Apple Coffee Cake with a cup of your favorite brew, or try a Blackberry-Apple Pie. If you prefer your apples on the side, Roasted Apple and Parsnips, or Marian’s Apple Fennel Salad, would be mouthwatering apple recipes to try. However you slice it, these apple recipes have just the right appeal.
Crisp & Juicy Apple Recipes
Caramel Apple Cake
Apple Bread Pudding
Double Apple Pie with Cornmeal Crust
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.
Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
Easy Skillet Apple Pie
Easy Apple Butter
Recipe: Easy Apple Butter
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.
Apple Butter-Walnut Thumbprints
Recipe: Apple Butter-Walnut Thumbprints
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: Caramel-Apple Cheesecake
Caramelized apples are artfully arranged on top of this rich and delicious cheesecake for a perfect dessert.
Apple Butter-and-Cheddar Puffs
Recipe: Apple Butter-and-Cheddar Puffs
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.
Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
Recipe: 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.
Apple-Cinnamon Dutch Baby
Recipe: Apple-Cinnamon Dutch Baby
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.
Cranberry-Apple Pie with Pecan Shortbread Crust
Savor the flavors of cranberries and apples as they come together with a holiday favorite—pecan shortbread—in this stunning presentation.
Apple, Pear, and Cranberry Pie
Recipe: Apple, Pear, and Cranberry Pie
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.
Apple-Pecan Carrot Cake
Caramel Apple Blondie Pie
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tart
Recipe: 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.
Caramel Apple Fantans
Recipe: Caramel Apple Fantans
Use any firm cooking apple, such as 'Jonagold' or 'Honeycrisp,' or a combo for extra flavor and texture.
Recipe: Apple-Cheddar Bread
Try this bread sandwiched with ham and apple slices, or cut it into cubes and toast it to make croutons for salads and soups.
Apple Stack Cake
Recipe: 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.
Fried Apple Pies
Recipe: 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-Brownie Cheesecake
Recipe: Caramel Apple-Brownie Cheesecake
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?
Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
Recipe: Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
This cake is down-home delicious and so easy you won't believe you started from scratch.
Caramel Apple Muffins
Recipe: Caramel Apple Muffins
These are prettiest the day they are made. After standing overnight, the caramel melts into the muffins. (They're still delicious!)
Caramel Apple Dip
Recipe: Caramel Apple Dip
A sugary spin on a cream cheese classic with a crisp bruléed topping.
Southern-Style Caramel Apples
Recipe: Southern-Style Caramel Apples
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.
Brussels Sprouts with Apples
Smoked Trout-Apple Hash
Recipe: 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. 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: Apple Flatbread
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: Applesauce Pie
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.
Blackberry-Apple Upside-Down Cake
Tart blackberries and sweet apples caramelize perfectly with layers of buttery cake in this one-pan dessert.
Fresh Apple Cake
Upside-Down Apple Tart
Recipe: Upside-Down Apple Tart
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.
Caramel Apple Ice-Cream Tarts
Recipe: Caramel Apple Ice Cream-Tarts
This shortbread crust is the perfect foil for ice cream.
Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Recipe: Caramel Apple Cupcakes
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.
Caramelized Onion-and-Apple Tassies
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: Grill-Roasted Chicken
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.
Cider-Poached Shrimp with Jezebel Apple Salsa
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.
Waldorf Cobb Salad
Apple, Lemon, and Gin Shandy
Recipe: Apple, Lemon, and Gin Shandy
This refreshing, citrusy drink goes from kitchen to cooler with ease.
Apple-Cherry Cobbler with Pinwheel Biscuits
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?
Carrot, Apple, and Ginger Soup
Recipe: Carrot, Apple, and Ginger Soup
Sweet carrots go together perfectly with citrusy apple and ginger spice to make a warm, satisfying dish.
Grilled Cheese and Apple Sandwiches
No panini press? Cook your sandwiches in a skillet 4 minutes on each side with a pan on top.
Recipe: Apple Cabbage Slaw
This colorful, fresh side is the perfect complement to almost any entreé.
Recipe: Fennel-Apple 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.
Pork with Apples, Bacon, and Sauerkraut
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.
Easy Cornbread-Sausage Stuffed Apples
Cornbread stuffing mix jump-starts the fast filling for these savory baked apples. They make a simple, but impressive, all-in-one side dish.
Recipe: Applelicious Sandwiches
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: Praline-Apple Bread
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.
Caramelized Apple Chips
Recipe: Caramelized Apple Chips
Add a sweet flourish to any dessert with these thin, crispy apple chips.
Recipe: Lemon-Apple Coleslaw
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.
Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Apples
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.
Apple Upside-Down Pie
Recipe: Apple Upside-Down Pie
It tastes as good as its fun presentation. Pecans, apples and brown sugar shine in this upside-down pie.
Caramel Apple Topping
Recipe: Caramel Apple Topping
Serve warm over cakes, ice cream, or brownies for a decadent dessert.
Fried Collards and Apples
Recipe: Fried Collards and Apples
Fresh apples and apple cider vinegar give this classic Southern dish some extra pop.
Grits Crostini with Caramelized Apples and Onions
Recipe: Cranberry-Apple-Pumpkin Bundt
The topping on this bundt—a maple glaze with sugared pecans and pumpkin seeds—will make your guests ooh and ahh.