There are so many things to love about autumn rolling around again, especially apple season. Make the most of your fall orchard haul with these 13 apple recipes to enjoy time and again over the long, cool months of autumn and winter.
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While these picks skew sweet (since it is baking season again too), don’t forget about savory apple recipes while you have such a bounty of fall fruit. And any time you’re cooking apples, be sure to pick the best kind for baking so they don’t fall apart in the oven.
Apple pie is always delicious. Dutch apple pie—covered, not with a crust, but with a thick, sweet, and crunchy streusel—is super-delicious. Also, it looks fantastic without having to fuss with a lattice or cut-out decorations. Get our Dutch Apple Pie recipe.
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This dish will not only ensure a perfect crust, it also provides an elegant way to serve your pie.
Apples and streusel have a natural affinity. Here, a textured, granola-like streusel takes that affinity one step higher. This is a homey, old-fashioned dessert, given a contemporary granola twist. Serve with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream so it melts luxuriously into the juicy apples. Get our Baked Apples Filled with Granola Streusel recipe.
3. Apple Butter
The old Pennsylvania Dutch spread of long-cooked apples, sweetened and spiced, is a perennial in our pantries. Use a windfall crop of apples, or the ugly, misshapen apples you can pick up on the cheap at the farmers’ market, and make jars and jars of of apple butter you’ll enjoy all year. Get our Apple Butter recipe.
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The simplest things are usually the most satisfying to make at home. Also, if you’re mainly used to applesauce from a jar at the supermarket, the most surprising. An intensity of flavor and lack of oversweetening make this applesauce a charmer. Get our Applesauce recipe.
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This handy tools makes quick work of coring a bunch of apples.
With a little effort you can make this doughnut shop favorite at home. The upside: all-fresh ingredients (no apple filling from a tub), and healthy, clean-tasting fry oil. Get our Apple Fritters recipe.
Apple muffins are lovely, especially when topped with something sweet and crunchy (just see our Apple Muffins with Pecan Streusel recipe), but you can also use your muffin pan (the mini one) for something more doughnut-like—that doesn’t require any deep frying or yeast. These easy baked doughnut holes are tender, full of apple cider flavor, and the roll in melted butter and cinnamon sugar takes them over the top. Get Jessie Sheehan’s Easy Baked Apple Cider Donut Hole recipe.
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Fruit shortbread bars are one of our very favorite cookies. We swap out different fruit fillings all year as the seasons progress. Here, an intense apple compote gives these bars delightful autumnal character—and they’re perfect for a school lunch. Get our Apple Oatmeal Bars recipe.
Galettes are the most home cook–friendly pies, meaning there’s no rolling out of a top crust and the edges are supposed to look imperfectly rustic. In this recipe, apples combine forces with cranberries and preserved cherries for a lovely fall dessert. Get our Apple, Cranberry, and Cherry Galette recipe.
Apple crisp is the easiest and most satisfying fall and winter dessert. You don’t need any pastry skills to make a perfect one, and it takes well to advance prep and keeping for a few days after you serve it. Here, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and walnuts make it extra autumnal (you can also try a super-fall combo of apples and pears, but either way, do not skip the ice cream). Get the Spiced Walnut Apple Crisp recipe.
A cake of apples and pecans that looks impressive, stays moist, and is appropriate to serve as a dessert or even for brunch or afternoon tea, this is finished with a caramel glaze that evokes that favorite old-fashioned fall treat without the hard-to-chew factor of actual caramel apples. Get our Apple Dapple Cake recipe. Or try this Caramelized Honey Apple Upside-Down Cake recipe.
For an even easier apple cake, this one-bowl recipe can’t be beat. Studded with cinnamon-sugar apple chunks and simply dusted with powdered sugar, it’s versatile enough to eat any time of day, and kids can help bake it too. Get the Apple Snacking Cake recipe.
These elegant apple dumplings are actually incredibly easy to make from just five ingredients, including frozen puff pastry. Speaking of, the unbaked dumplings themselves freeze beautifully, so you can make them ahead up to two weeks in advance. Get the Apple Dumpling recipe.
Apples aren’t just for eating: apple juice and apple cider (and apple brandy too) are prime autumn drinks, but to up the cozy ante, make a warm spiked wassail that amplifies the fruity flavor too. This easy Crock-Pot cocktail adds whole baked apples to a mix of apple and cranberry juices with brown sugar and warm spices for an ultra comforting brew to enjoy all fall and winter long. Get our Crock-Pot Wassail recipe.