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Ah, fall—it’s the most wonderful time of year (second only to Christmas, of course)! When the leaves are changing colors and the air becomes crisp, it’s peak season to get warm and cozy and relish in all that fall has to offer. If there’s one iconic activity to enjoy during this time of year, it’s definitely picking apples. Apple picking is an all-day affair; drinking hot cider while picking the best crop is hard work! Not to mention hauling your harvest home for a bounty of apple-filled recipes.

Using up pounds and pounds of fruit before it goes bad can definitely be a challenge. We’ve got a spread of unique ideas to use up your bushel of apples, from savory to sweet. Make a batch of apple butter in a slow cooker, or opt for apple salsa with crisp tortilla chips. You can also go for a stack of dehydrated apple chips, or an iconic apple pie, piled high in a crispy, buttery crust. Whatever way you choose, your house is going to smell amazing! Read on for fall-inspired treats and eats:

Apple Pan Dowdy

apple pan dowdy dessert

Bunny’s Warm Oven

Forget cobbler! This biscuit-topped apple bake is drenched in a thick, buttery caramel and baked until bubbly. Perfect for topping with vanilla ice cream, this Pan Dowdy is sure to please the whole family. Get the recipe.

Seeded Apple Bread with Honey and Thyme

Seeded Apple Bread with Honey and Thyme

Yuki Sugiura

For a healthier option that’s still plenty satisfying, this seeded apple bread is sweetened with honey (and the apples themselves), and layered with even more fall flavors thanks to ground hazelnuts and thyme. Get this Seeded Apple Bread with Honey and Thyme recipe.

Harvest Chicken Skillet with Sweet Potatoes Brussels Sprouts and Sautéed Apples

harvest chicken skillet meal with apples, sweet potatoes, and brussels sprouts

Well Plated by Erin

It doesn’t have to be all about the sweet! A one-pan skillet is perfect for using up a few apples. Nutrient-rich sweet potatoes, hearty brussels sprouts, and chicken breast chunks are balanced perfectly with slightly softened apples. Get the recipe.

Cinnamon Apple Chips

cinnamon apple chips

Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen

These crispy dehydrated apple chips are ideal for packing lunchboxes or snacks on the go. These chips don’t require any extra sweetness, especially when you use peak-of-season apples. Simply sprinkle with cinnamon for extra fall flavor. Get the recipe.

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

butternut squash apple soup

Alexandra Cooks

Apples…in soup!? It may seem strange, but adding chopped apples to this squash-centric soup adds extra bulk and sweetness, without adding any refined sugar. Whip up a double batch and freeze for winter! Get the recipe.

One Pan Pork Chops with Apples

one pan pork chops with apples

The Chunky Chef

The classic combo of pork chops and apples is perfect for using up your bushel of fruit! This one pan supper celebrates the fall flavors of sage and rosemary, pairing beautifully with sweet, wilted apples. Get the recipe.

Jewish Apple Cake

Jewish apple cake

Brown Eyed Baker

Looking to bake your bushel, without going the pie (or bread, or pan dowdy) route? Go for a loaf of Jewish Apple Cake, perfect for an afternoon snack with coffee or tea, without going all out on the sugar. Get the recipe.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

slow cooker apple butter

Dessert for Two

Have a few bruised apples at the bottom of your bag? Apple butter doesn’t need the prettiest crop when the spread is blended into a smooth puree anyway. Let this sauce simmer in your slow cooker all day and your house will smell like the glorious flavors of fall! Get the recipe.

Cinnamon Apple Pancakes

cinnamon apple pancakes

Creme de la Crumb

An apple a day, even at breakfast. Start your morning with hearty pancakes topped with sweet sauteed apples, tossed in sweet cinnamon. Get the recipe.

Apple Salsa

fresh apple salsa

Six Sisters Stuff

Have a few tart apples that need to be used up? This sweet and salty apple salsa is great for crispy tortilla chips or makes a great topping for grilled fish. Get the recipe.

Autumn Apple Salad

autumn apple salad with bacon, cranberries, and pecans

House of Yumm

Crispy apples pair with crunchy nuts, creamy goat cheese, and savory bacon crumbles in this autumnal salad. Make a double batch of maple vinaigrette to make this recipe a million times over! Get the recipe.

Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

apple cinnamon oatmeal

The Oatmeal Artist

No need to seek a packet of instant—this oatmeal incorporates fresh apples, spiced cinnamon, and sweet raisins for a hearty breakfast. Pour over warmed milk for a decadent treat. Get the recipe.

Apple and Goat Cheese Flatbread

apple and goat cheese flatbread with arugula

A Cup of Jo

Crunchy apples, creamy goat cheese, and peppery arugula top a crispy flatbread crust in this seasonal recipe. Perfect for a quick dinner or easy appetizer, you can absolutely switch out any type of apple depending on what your haul looks like. Get the recipe.

Mile High Apple Pie

mile high apple pie

Completely Delicious

If you’re going to make a pie, it’s time to go all out. Break out the deep dish pan and pile the sliced apples high. Get the recipe.

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Rachel Johnson is a millennial food person; she writes about food, all she Instagrams is food, and she just can't stop talking about it. Her first cookbook, "Stupid Good: A Shut Up and Cook Book" was published in 2014, encouraging the merits of fresh, vibrant food and cooking for yourself as a twentysomething. Today, Rachel works as a freelance food writer and photographer specializing in online food media and manages her brand, Stupid Good Food. She lives in Austin with her boyfriend, dog, and full pantry.
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