You'll Fall in Love with These Absolutely Delicious Apple Dessert Recipes
From pies to crisps to cakes and everything in between, apples take center stage in these sweet treats.
Apple desserts are simply the best—they range from pies and crisps to crumbles and tarts. While the fruit is the most popular during fall, we'll never turn down the opportunity to bake or dig into an apple dessert. Which should you make first? Start with the Candy Apple Pops, pictured here. Apples are cut into thick slices, then dipped in melted caramel, drizzled with melted dark chocolate, and garnished with sprinkles, chopped nuts, or flaky sea salt. It's a fabulous make-ahead dessert. Try making them during a fall harvest or Halloween party so that kids can decorate each apple themselves.
The best times to bake any one of these desserts is immediately after coming home from the orchard with a fresh bundle of apples. Apple picking season begins in late August or early September and generally lasts through November. There are thousands of apple varieties, which come in a range of colors from bright reds to muted yellows and greens. Textures and flavors vary—from tart and crisp to soft and sweet, you're sure to find an apple dessert recipe here that highlights the variety you love most.
Because apples keep well in cold storage, you can find them at the grocery store year-round. When choosing apples, pick ones that are heavy for their size and feel firm when pressed gently. Always try to avoid bruised fruit. For the longest shelf life, store apples in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator and use them within three weeks.
From here, try sautéing apples for a sweet Dutch baby, which is essentially a giant crowd-friendly pancake that is baked in a cast-iron skillet. Another option is to dice them into cubes, toss with lemon juice and cinnamon, and top with an oat crumble for a no-fuss dessert that's best served warm with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. Of course, you'll find recipes for old-fashioned apple pies, layer cakes, and Bundt cakes in the slides ahead, too. Simply put, however you like to enjoy your apples come dessert, we have a recipe here for you.
Dutch Baby with Apples and Honey
Think of this as one giant sweet pancake that the whole family can dig into. For this recipe, we poured the batter in a hot cast-iron skillet then sprinkled sautéed diced apples over the batter. Once it's puffy and golden brown, drizzle with plenty of honey and add a dollop of whipped cream or strained yogurt.
Apple Rose Tart
Instead of bobbing for apples, make this classic kid-friendly apple recipe. Prepare your own caramel sauce using sugar, light corn syrup, and heavy cream, then dip your favorite type of apple in the sauce and garnish with chopped cashews, flaky sea salt, or a drizzle of melted chocolate.
If you're looking for an old-fashioned apple pie recipe, you've come to the right place. Make our basic pie dough, then fill it with a spiced apple mixture and bake until the crust is golden brown.
Raisin-Challah Apple Betty
Glazed Apple Fritters
Diamond Apple Pie
Of course, the apple filling in this pie is delicious, but the real magic happens with the crust topping. It's cut into the shape of individual diamonds, which adds a new level of visual appeal that everyone will adore.
Apple Pie Bread Pudding
The combination of sweet apples, buttery brioche bread, and a creamy custard forms one fabulous dessert.
Vegan Apple Pie
Salted Caramel Apple Pie
Take a basic apple recipe to the next level with a three-ingredient caramel sauce. It's tossed with sliced apples—plus sugar and lemon juice—for an extra-rich pie.
Quinoa Apple-Pear Crumble
Apple-Cider Doughnut Cake
Apple Pie with Pecan Streusel
Guests will adore these miniature apple pies. Once they dig in, they'll fall head over heels for the butter pecan streusel, which is sprinkled on top of the apple filling in each pie before they're topped with more pie dough.
Spiced Apple Cake
Apple Pecan Pie
Apple-Cardamom Brown-Butter Dutch Baby
Cinnamon-Swirl Apple Slab Pie
Dozens of miniature apples top this sheet pan apple pie recipe. Dare we say that it's even more family-friendly than a classic pie?
Vegan Apple Oat Crisp
Whether you're vegan or not, we guarantee that you'll love this dairy-free apple crisp recipe.
This timeless apple dessert recipe may be a labor of love to make, but it's well worth the time spent in the kitchen—and we guarantee everyone who has a taste of it will agree.
Apple Sundaes with Cider Caramel Sauce
Apple and Almond Custard Tart
In this apple recipe, there's almond flavor in both the crust and filling—it's introduced in the form of almond extract in the crust and sliced almonds are folded into the filling.
Apple Oat Crisp
Apple Pie Upside-Down Cake
Apple-Sour Cream Crumb Pie
Apple Skillet Cake
Here, start by caramelizing sliced apples with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in an ovenproof skillet, then add batter on top. It will bake into a puffy, golden dessert that will surely disappear in a flash.
Wrap whole roasted apples in our homemade pâte brisée for these individual desserts. Let them cool just slightly before serving.
This traditional French apple tart is made like an upside-down single-crust pie. To achieve the wonderful, caramelized surface that defines this rustic tart, use a heavy-duty cast-iron skillet.
Apple Layer Cake with Cream-Cheese Frosting
Layer after layer brings distinct fall flavor to this apple dessert recipe. A combination of coarsely grated and thinly sliced apples are folded into the cake batter just before it's baked.