80 Apple Recipes That Have Us SO Happy It's Fall
An apple cobbler a day keeps the doctor away, as far as we're concerned.
It's never too early to start planning your seasonal apple-baking schedule. Between apple cakes, apple pies, baked apple oatmeal for breakfast, and even apple-inspired dinners, it's basically a crime not to eat an apple a day during the fall. As far as we're concerned, an apple cobbler a day 100% keeps the doctor away.
One of our favorite fall activities? Apple picking. We go wild for all the different apple varieties, fresh cider donuts, steaming cups of apple cider, wearing a scarf, hay rides...we could go on and on. If you've never been, we've got all the tips for apple picking as well as how to use all the different apple types you bring home.
With all these apples, where do you even start? Whenever we have tons of apples on hand, we dream about making plenty of apple jam, apple butter, and apple cider. With these recipes on hand, you'll use up your apple stash in no time (and they double as an amazing homemade gift to give to friends too!).
Apples also add tons of flavor to some of our favorite savory dishes, from Japanese curry to Mulligatawny soup. Pork chops and apples are BFFs, but if you need further proof, just try our sheet-pan pork chops and apples. Apples also add crunch and sweetness in unexpectedly delicious ways, like in our crunch salad, chicken salad sandwich, and ssamjang (Korean BBQ sauce).
Need even more ideas for what to make with apples? Try our easy apple desserts and delicious recipes with apple cider! Really feeling all the fall flavors? Check out our favorite pumpkin and pear recipes too.
Hear us out: Hand pies just might be better than regular pies. They have the perfect crust-to-filling ratio. They're less work than a classic double-crust pie too. But perhaps the best part? No soggy bottoms. Plus, hand pies are delicious and can be filled with everything from blueberries to peaches.
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Not all sheet-pan dinners are created equal. Sheet-pan pork chops with apples falls into the camp of excellence, packing in tons of caramelized flavor with a short-ingredient list onto one pan. Looking for more ways to put your sheet pans to use? Try sheet-pan panzanella and sheet-pan quesadillas next!
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A homemade apple pie that will even impress your grandma. We like to fill our homemade flaky, buttery, lattice crust with a combination of apples for an irresistibly sweet-tart filling. You’ll know the pie is ready to come out of the oven when the filling bubbles and the crust is golden.
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Baked apple oatmeal is ideal for family breakfasts or for big-batch breakfast prep. Each bite is studded with chunks of tart Granny Smith apples and toasted walnuts. There's just enough cinnamon and nutmeg to infuse the dish with a cozy autumn aroma without overpowering the other flavors.
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Delicious pork chops that aren't dry can very much be a thing! These easy pork chops get cooked with apples and onions that provide tons of flavor and then simmered in apple cider for a little sweetness and keeps them from drying out.
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Homemade apple cider is extremely easy to make and the perfect way to use up all of those extra apples you thought would turn into apple pie after going apple picking. It's warm, full of spice, and the best part: It will fill your home with all of your favorite fall scents.
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True story: We LOVE making galettes. Why? They've got all the delicious elements of apple pie: flaky, buttery crust, and tender baked fruit. What they don't have is fussy technique: no crimping, no lattice work, and absolutely no blind baking. Sometimes, it's okay to take the easy road.
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Caramel apples are one of fall's greatest pleasures, and they're also super fun to personalize. We love toasted chopped peanuts, but you could dip your apples in pretty much anything: crushed cinnamon cereal, chopped Reese's Pieces, multicolored sprinkles, chopped Oreos... the list goes on and on.
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Chicken salad sandwiches are one of our absolute favorite things to do with a rotisserie chicken, and the the mix-ins are all up to you. We add the crispy celery, tart apple, and herbaceous dill for a bright and slightly tangy bite, but you could add things like bacon, olives, and even kimchi!
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What's better than a dessert that tastes exactly like fall? These cookies are begging to be served with pumpkin spice lattes in front of a blazing fire with red and orange leaves waving outside in the crisp air. (Or, double down on the apple vibes with a mug of steaming homemade apple cider.)
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No one needs to know how ridiculously simple this four-ingredient dessert really is—all you need is puff pastry, cinnamon, caramel sauce, and apples to make this impressive and delicious stunner.
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Apples work wonders in this easy coffee cake. They add extra sweetness as well as making the cake extra moist and tender. We love it with Granny Smith and Honeycrisp apples, but your favorite baking apple will do the trick!
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We love apple pie more than anything in the fall, but we don't always want to fuss with a whole pie. With a no-fuss crust that you press (not roll), they're much easier. If you love these, you'll have to make these pumpkin pie bars next!
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Anyone can make a good apple crisp. Even if they "hate to bake," apple crisp is so much easier to make than an apple pie. There's no fussy pie crust to make or roll out. The topping gets simply sprinkled on top for a beautiful, buttery crisp top that makes it all even more delectable.
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With nuts, cheese, fruit, and leafy greens, this salad really feels like a full meal—aka a meal prepper's dream. It makes the perfect not-so-sad desk lunch. Top it with some sliced grilled chicken or baked salmon, and you've got yourself a very hearty, very healthy meal.
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Our copycat version of the McDonald's apple pie skips the deep fry and is baked instead for a better take on the restaurant favorite. We used puff pastry so you still get all of those flaky layers and buttery crust. Serve it with some homemade caramel for an extra special treat!
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Stay with us here: These dumplings are essentially poached in a lemon-lime soda, which may seem a little odd, but trust us on this one. The dumplings come out slightly doughy and gooey, and the soda turns the whole thing into a sweet sauce that you should drizzle over your dumplings. It's the fastest way to apple pie and possibly a little better!
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Created in 1896 for a charity ball held at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City, this salad used to be composed of three ingredients: apples, celery, and mayo. Since then, it's evolved, and our version is topped with toasted walnuts and juicy grapes enveloped in a creamy, lemony dressing. It's the best of both worlds: light enough to feel like a refreshing salad and sweet enough to feel like a snacky dessert.
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Can't decide between a classic apple pie and a crispy-topped apple crumble? We have good news—this hybrid of the two is just as good as it sounds!
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A pound cake is perfect in its own way, and we love them year round. We dressed ours up to match the fall season with crisp apples and a buttery crumb topping that you'll want to put over everything. Drizzle the top with a simple glaze to top off this perfect dessert.
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This traditional French apple dessert starts with a simple rum cake batter that’s then filled with chunks of apple, ensuring every bite will be extra flavorful and moist. It’s got an almost custard-like texture, and a sugary, crunchy top you’ll love.
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Whether it comes from a crispy lettuce such as iceberg or the snap of a cucumber, we find salads infinitely more enjoyable when they have some bite. We included green apple, roasted peanuts, and cabbage, but go ahead and add any ingredient with crunch.
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The streusel topping makes them feel like you are eating an apple crumble for breakfast, and we couldn't be happier about it.
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A classic apple pie is always at the top of our fall dessert baking list, but this year we are deciding to step it up. Caramel brings out the sweetness of apples and makes it taste even MORE like fall. It goes perfectly with a cup of coffee and a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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Don't let chicken breasts have all the fun! Chicken thighs are super flavorful, easy to cook, and SO delicious with sweet potatoes and apples. Try it for dinner tonight, you won't regret it.
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Apple butter is essentially a further reduced, caramelized applesauce that will spread as easily as softened butter over your sourdough. In fall, it's our favorite thing to slather over toast, dip graham crackers in, or eat by the spoonful when no one is looking.
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Making your own apple chips is extremely easy—even without a fancy dehydrator. All you need is your trusty air fryer and some crispy apples, like Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, or Pink Lady.
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Pork and sauerkraut is traditionally eaten on New Year's Eve as a good luck tradition (may we suggest alongside some black-eyed peas?!), but don't let that not inspire you to eat it throughout the year too.
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With roots in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and England, there are endless iterations of Mulligatawny soup, a brightly colored blended lentil soup with the perfect balance of spicy, creamy and sour with a hint of sweetness. The most crucial elements of Mulligatawny are a blend of south Indian spices, creamy lentils, and a subtle sour punch from Granny Smith apples and lemon (or tamarind if you have it!).
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This tart is so easy to make and uses a store-bought puff pastry, meaning it can be ready in under an hour. The glaze uses a little Grand Marnier, which can be left out or replaced with rum or cognac. It really brings the whole tart together and we highly recommend it!
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