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.
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.
Tart Apple-and-Cabbage Toss
Recipe: Tart Apple-and-Cabbage Toss
Sauerkraut meets coleslaw in this vinegar-based salad, while the paper-thin apple slices and finely shredded cabbage add rich autumn color.
Recipe: Blackberry-Apple Pie
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.
Fried Apple Biscuit
Roasted Green Bean, Apple, and Bacon Sandwiches
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.
Apple-Bourbon Turkey and Gravy
Recipe: Apple-Bourbon Turkey and Gravy
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.
Apple-Goat Cheese Pizza
Recipe: Apple-Goat Cheese Pizza
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.
Roasted Apples and Parsnips
Recipe: Roasted Apples and Parsnips
Slightly sweet parsnips are paired with Fuji apples and roasted with fresh sage, nutmeg, and allspice for a great fall side dish.
Recipe: Apple-Butterscotch Brownies
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.
Mocha-Apple Cake with Browned Butter Frosting
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!
Apple Hello Dolly Bars
Recipe: Apple Hello Dolly Bars
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!
Marian's Apple-Fennel Salad
Recipes: Marian's Apple-Fennel Salad
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.
Upside-Down Caramelized Apple Cake
This buttery mixture of pecans, brown sugar, and tart Granny Smiths makes for an irresistible treat.
Recipe: Bacon-Arugula-Apple Bites
Complement any menu with this no-fuss party appetizer.
Anne's Quick Apple Dumpling Bundles
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.
Recipe: Carrot-Apple Soup
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.
Brown Sugar-Apple Simple Syrup
Recipe: Brown Sugar-Apple Simple Syrup
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.
Pork Loin Roast With Carolina Apple Compote
Trussing the roast promotes even cooking. If you prefer, ask your butcher to do it for you.
Spinach-Apple Salad With Maple-Cider Vinaigrette
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.
Spiced Caramel-Apple Bread Pudding
Double Cranberry-Apple Sauce
Scrumptious Apple Pie
Recipe: Scrumptious Apple Pie
After baking the pie, top it off with caramel and vanilla ice cream. You'll be lucky if you have any leftovers.
Sherry-Baked Winter Fruit
Recipe: Sherry-Baked Winter Fruit
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.
Granola-Ginger Baked Apples
Recipe: Granola-Ginger Baked Apples
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.
Pork Chops, Cabbage, and Apples
Recipe: Pork Chops, Cabbage, and 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.
Pomegranate-Cider Baked Apples
Recipe: Pomegranate-Cider Baked Apples
Granny Smith apples work beautifully in this sweet and tangy dessert.
Recipe: Fresh Applesauce
Make your very own applesauce with this easy recipe. For the best taste and texture, use a variety of apples.
Recipe: Fruit-and-Nut Sliders
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.
Apple-Pecan-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Festive flavors like cinammon, nutmeg, and pecans combine perfectly with sweet potatoes and a Rome Beauty apple.
Tuna-Apple Mini Melts
Recipe: Tuna-Apple Mini Melts
A creamy tuna-apple mixture fills mini-phyllo pastry shells and is topped with Havarti cheese slices to make a tasty, bite-sized appetizer.
Tuna Salad With Lemon Aïoli
Recipe: Tuna Salad With Lemon Aïoli
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.
Apple-Pecan Pie Cobbler
Recipe: Apple-Pecan Pie Cobbler
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-Gingerbread 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.
Cornbread Stuffing With Sweet Potato and Squash
Increase both the color and the flavor of your cornbread stuffing by adding cubed butternut squash, sweet potato, and Granny Smith apple.
Rosemary-Garlic Pork With Roasted Vegetables and Caramelized Apples
Simmered apple cider vinegar gives the pork a flavorful finishing touch. Serve alongside Caramelized Apples and roasted vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, and onions.
Recipe: Caramel-Apple Muffins
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.
Apple-Pecan Pie Maple Topping
Recipe: Apple-Pecan Pie Maple Topping
Wake up to big flavor with a warm spoonful of this rich topping on your waffles or pancakes.
Creole Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce
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!
Pecan-and-Dried Fruit Baked Apples
These fragrant, easy-to-make treats are a delicious ending to any meal.
Tarragon Chicken Salad
Peggy's Classic Apple Dumplings
Recipe: Peggy's Classic Apple Dumplings
Made from scratch, with fresh Rome apples, tender homemade dough, and rich, spiced syrup, these apple dumplings are definitely worth your time and effort.
Waldorf Spinach Salad
Recipe: Waldorf Spinach Salad
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: Winter Shortcakes
Shortcake's not just meant for berries. This one sports a spiced apple filling piled onto a sweet potato biscuit.
Recipe: Cinnamon Apples
Nice and versatile, these sweet apples are delicious served over ice cream or pound cake but also taste great alone.
Roasted Apples and Sweet Potatoes in Honey-Bourbon Glaze
The combination of roasted Golden Delicious apples, sweet potatoes, and pecans topped with a honey-bourbon glaze is positively mouthwatering.
Recipe: Spiced Apples
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: Candy Apples
Starting with packaged caramel apple wraps make these tasty apples eerily easy to make and a fun project to do with the kids.
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts With Apples
The presence of apple elevates this often overlooked veggie to new and delicious heights.
Caramel Apple-Pear Cobbler with Oatmeal Muffin Crust
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.
Grilled Pork Chops with Apple-Bourbon Glaze
These grilled pork chops with a rich apple-bourbon glaze requires only a few ingredients, but packs a big flavorful punch. Make sure you prepare the marinate at least 12 hours in advance – let the chops soak for 24 hours for maximum flavor. 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. Serve with rice and homemade beans for a complete Southern spread, and finish the meal with an apple dessert.
Ambrosia with Apples
Recipe: Ambrosia with Apples
Ambrosia is just a dish that belongs on your Thanksgiving table. Southerners may call it something special, but if it is easier, just think of it as citrus fruit salad. Whatever you call it, it still tastes delicious. This version adds either Fuji or Granny Smith apples, depending on whether you would like to make your ambrosia more sweet or more tart. If you would like to do your meal preparation in advance, 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.
Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions
This one-pan dish is as impressive as it is easy to make. Once you complete this hearty dish of savory apples and whipped cream, you’ll also finish with a side and a sauce all-in-one. The Granny Smith apples add sweet notes to the otherwise savory flavor profile, and pull richness from the bourbon. Out of bourbon? Just use scotch or whiskey as a replacement. When you stir in the liquor into the hot sauce, you’ll immediately see the alcohol evaporate from the pan. Be sure to brown the chops well so they'll give the mustardy pan sauce deep flavor.