Our Favorite Apple Recipes, Including Pies, Muffins, and More
It's apple season! Celebrate this favorite fall fruit by creating one—or all—of these delicious autumnal recipes.
Fall means apple season is here. Whether you get your apples from an annual family picking expedition, a jaunt to the farmers' market, or a visit to the grocery store, be sure to explore all of the different types of juicy apples—including the unusual types—that are available to you. While you can't go wrong with a bag of your time-honored favorites, baking with a few new varieties often yields unexpectedly delicious results.
There are thousands of apple varieties, with a range of colors including red, russet, yellow, and green. Textures and flavors vary from tart and crisp to soft and sweet. The apple-picking season begins in late August or early September and lasts through November. Because apples keep well in cold storage, however, the most popular apples are available year-round. Some varieties are best for eating out of hand while some are well-suited to become simple baked apples. Some make the most delicious applesauce while others still are destined to become dessert. One of our favorite recipes if you choose to turn your apple haul into a sweet treat? The Apple-Bourbon Potpies that are pictured here. When shopping (or picking), choose apples that are heavy for their size and feel firm when pressed gently—always try to avoid bruised fruit. For the longest shelf life, store your apples in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator and use within three weeks (though with all the recipes ahead, we doubt that will be a problem).
Whether you're looking for a new go-to apple pie recipe, are ready to make an apple tart, or fancy some fritters, we've got the recipes you need. You'll find more than just sweet options ahead, though—there are plenty of savory apple recipes, too, like crisp salads and apple-based beverages. To ensure there's something for everyone, we're sharing a mix of the classics and some new twists to try, including a sweet apple version of classic pot pie and recipes for homemade applesauce and jelly.
Choose suncrisp apples to bring pops of sweetness to this delicious fall salad with Tuscan kale, celery, and a creamy dressing of Parmesan, apple-cider vinegar, olive oil, and mustard.
Classic, cozy, and easy, this quintessential baked apple dessert is sure to be added to your regular recipe rotation.
Spiced Apple Oatmeal
Make your favorite healthy breakfast better by topping it with apple cooked in maple syrup and butter. A sprinkle of chopped pecans is nice, too.
Apple Rose Tart
Raisin-Challah Apple Betty
Diamond Apple Pie
Dressed Chicories with Apple and Gouda
Morning Glory Muffins
Muffins are certainly a good reason to jump out of bed in the morning, but so many versions are loaded with sugar and leave us feeling tired all day long. Not these! They're packed with good-for-you ingredients like grated carrots, chopped Granny Smith apple, shredded coconut, and golden raisins to keep things sweet.
Chai-Spiced Apple Cider
Raspberry Applesauce with Chia
Apple Layer Cake with Cream-Cheese Frosting
Super moist with a hint of texture and lots of fall flavor, this triple-layered cake is topped with luscious cream cheese frosting and crunchy apple chips for a hint of what's waiting on the inside.
Apple-Pecan Pull-Apart Rolls
Here, apple meets its cousin quince in an elegant tart made with Granny Smith apples and the thick quince paste known as membrillo.
Sourdough Stuffing with Apples, Acorn Squash, and Hazelnuts
Stencil Apple Pie
Try your hand at making apple cider donuts from scratch without taking a trip to an orchard. This recipe will have you falling in love with the autumnal treat.
Apple Sundaes with Cider Caramel Sauce
Warm apple ice cream sundaes are a delectable treat on a fall day. Toss apple slices with sugar, butter, apple cider vinegar, and spices then bake until bubbly. Let cool slightly before serving to avoid melting the ice cream.
Quinoa Apple-Pear Crumble
Adding quinoa flour to the oats and all-purpose flour in the topping adds nutty flavor and fiber to the crunchy crumble for this easy apple and pear dessert.
Apple Pie Bread Pudding
Bread pudding is one of the most comforting desserts you can eat in autumn, and this apple-pie inspired version checks all the flavor boxes. It's crowd-friendly, easy to prepare, and absolutely delicious.
Apple-Cider Doughnut Cake
Cinnamon-Swirl Apple Slab Pie
Apple-Cardamom Brown-Butter Dutch Baby
Here's another guaranteed crowd-pleaser: Whether you serve traditional caramel apples or up the ante by dipping them in sea salt, white chocolate, or cashews, you can't go wrong with this classic dessert.
There's nothing like warm fritters fresh out of the fryer. These are studded with sweet, tender apples and finished with plenty of powdered sugar.
Martha's Pink Applesauce
Making your own applesauce is totally worth it because you get to call all the shots—the type of apples, the level of sweetness, and even the color! Martha uses a mix of McIntosh apples and deep-red Empire to achieve this bewitching pink hue.
Spiced Apple Cake
We love how tender the apples atop this spice cake get in the oven. Brushing them with apricot jam while they're still warm gives the fruit an irresistible sheen.
Apple-Stuffed Pork Wellington
A different kind of apple pie! Yes, there's fruit under that crust, but it's stuffed into a pork loin first. Garnish with small apples, crabapples, and fresh bay leaves for a savory dish with a striking presentation.
Double-Apple Bran Muffins
A muffin that tastes good and is nutritious? Yes, please! Two types of apple go into the batter of these wholesome muffins: unsweetened applesauce and diced Granny Smith.
Baking-friendly Granny Smiths are amped up with fresh lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, dried apricots, and breadcrumbs for the filling of this layered pastry.
Two supermarket staple fruits are at the heart of this smoothie: apples and bananas. Four more healthy ingredients add flavor and texture: orange juice, vanilla, honey, and flaxseed.
Vegan Apple Oat Crisp
Salted Caramel Apple Pie
Salted caramel does double duty in this spectacular dessert—it's used to flavor the apple filling and drizzled over the vanilla ice cream served with the finished pie.