9 mouthwatering apple recipes perfect for fall

Pumpkin spice may get all the love when it comes to fall treats, but nothing beats a warm, caramel-y apple dessert.. Here are nine of our favorite apple treats great for any crisp fall day.

Apple filling

  • 3 pounds Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, or Granny Smith apples (about 8 medium apples or 8 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt


  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • vanilla ice cream for serving

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.2. Peel, core, and slice apples into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Toss with remaining filling ingredients.
3. Place apple slices on an 18 x 13-inch sheet pan and spread evenly in a single layer. Cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes or until apples are slightly soft.
4. While apples cook, prepare topping. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add butter and stir until well combined.
5. When apples finish, sprinkle with topping. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes until topping is golden brown. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

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Cookie dough

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk or heavy cream


  • 2 cups cubed Granny Smith apple
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Mix until smooth.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add flour mixture to wet mixture until combined.

4. Press into prepared baking dish. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until edges just start to brown. Let cool.

5. While dough cooks, prepare cream cheese frosting. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk or cream. Mix slowly at first, then increase speed until light and fluffy.

6. Spread frosting on cooled crust. Sprinkle with apples and pecans. Drizzle with caramel.

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  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 8 slices cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices Applewood smoked bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

1. Heat a waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cornstarch, sugar, and salt.
3. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, and heavy cream.
4. Using a wooden spoon, stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just a few streaks of flour remain and the batter is almost mixed together. Add the melted butter and stir until just combined.
5. Allow batter to rest 15 to 30 minutes.
6. Brush butter on both sides of the hot waffle iron. Pour about 1/3 cup of the batter onto the iron, quickly add 1 to 2 pieces of sliced cheese and 1 heaping tablespoon of bacon crumbles, then scoop and gently but quickly spread a little more batter over the top. Cook according to waffle iron instructions.

Serve warm with Apple Butter Syrup.
Makes 4 waffles.

Apple Butter Syrup

  • 1 granny smith apple, peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons Karo Syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1. In a large, heavy pot (not a regular saucepan) over medium heat, add the apples and oil and sauté until soft, about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Add the butter, buttermilk, apple cider, sugar, cinnamon, and Karo Syrup. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda.
3. Place back on the burner and turn down to a simmer for 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Serve immediately.

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  • 1 pound Granny Smith apples
  • ¼ cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 5 tablespoons water, divided
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 puff pastry sheets, thawed
  • 1 egg white

1. Peel, core, and cut apples into ½-inch pieces. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine apples, ¼ cup sugar, butter, and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon until butter is melted, stirring often. Add 2 tablespoons water, stir to combine, then cover and cook 10 to 12 minutes, until apples are fork tender.
2. In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons water and cornstarch to make a slurry; add slurry to saucepan. Stir and cover an additional 1 to 2 minutes, until apple mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat and set aside.
3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
4. Roll out both puff pastry sheets and cut each sheet into six 3 x 6-inch rectangles. Evenly distribute the apple mixture down the middle of 6 of the rectangles. Make 3 to 5 cuts down the middle of the remaining 6 sheets of puff pastry.
5. Top each apple-covered rectangle with a puff pastry sheet that has been cut. Press the edges together using the tines of a fork. In small bowl, mix together egg white and 1 tablespoon water. Brush egg-white mixture over the top of each hand pie. In a separate small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon, then sprinkle over the top of each pie.
6. Place on a large baking sheet and bake 15 to 18 minutes, until pastry starts to brown.

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  • 5 cups peeled, sliced Granny Smith apples
  • 5 cups peeled, sliced pears
  • 1½ cups dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice


  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, optional
  • ½ cup butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. For the filling: Combine apples, pears, and cranberries in a large bowl. Mix together sugars, flour, and cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice and sprinkle over fruit mixture. Toss mixture gently to coat fruit and then transfer to a 9 x 13-inch pan. Set aside.
3. For the topping: Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, chopped nuts (if using), and melted butter.
4. Crumble topping over fruit mixture and bake 45 minutes or until golden brown on top.

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  • 1 cup chilled apple cider
  • ½ cup chilled ginger ale
  • 1–2 scoops vanilla ice cream, or any seasonal flavor such as cinnamon or apple pie
  • Ground cinnamon and nutmeg, for garnish
  • 1–2 tablespoons bottled caramel sauce

Pour apple cider and ginger ale into a glass. Add vanilla ice cream. Sprinkle on nutmeg and cinnamon, to taste, and drizzle caramel sauce on top. Serve immediately with a straw and a spoon.

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  • 12 frozen dinner rolls, thawed
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, chopped
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 × 5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Mix together the chopped apples, brown sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon until well combined.
3. Using a pair of clean kitchen scissors, cut each roll into thirds.
4. Place 12 small roll pieces in the bottom of the loaf pan. Drizzle about a third of the melted butter on top of the roll pieces. Then top with a third of the apple mixture. Repeat 2 more times, until all ingredients have been used.
5. Let rise for about an hour, or until rolls have doubled in size.
6. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until tops are golden brown and the middle rolls are done.

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  • 1½ cups whole or 2% milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Pie Crust (or use a refrigerated pie crust)

  • 2⁄3 cup flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 tablespoons shortening
  • 2–3 tablespoons ice water
  • ½ tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons sugar mixed with ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon

Apple Pie Filling (see Tip)

  • 2 tablespoons softened butter, for rubbing pan
  • 3 cups peeled, sliced Fuji apples (about 1½ pounds)
  • 1½ teaspoons lemon or lime juice
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1. For the custard: Combine milk and sugar in a medium saucepan and heat over low until bubbles form around the edges. Whisk 2 egg yolks in a separate small bowl. Slowly add half of the heated milk mixture to egg yolks, whisking constantly. When mixture is fully combined, slowly pour mixture back into the saucepan with the rest of the milk, whisking constantly. Add cream. Insert a candy thermometer and cook on low until temperature reaches 160 degrees F., stirring frequently. Remove from heat and add cinnamon and vanilla. Allow to cool and then transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate. This step can be done 2–3 days before freezing.

2. For the pie crust: Combine flour and salt in a medium bowl and then cut in shortening with a pastry blender or two knives. Sprinkle in ice water, a little at a time, gently tossing dough until it forms a ball. Roll out crust onto a baking sheet and then brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake 12–14 minutes at 375 degrees F. or until golden brown. Cool completely. Gently break into chunks. You can also roll out a refrigerated pie crust instead of making your own.

3. For the pie filling: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Generously rub a 9-inch pie plate or a medium-sized, oven-safe skillet with butter. Peel apples and chop into bite-sized pieces. Toss with lemon or lime juice. Combine brown sugar, spices, and flour in a small bowl and sprinkle over apples. Toss apples in flour mixture and then place them in buttered pie plate. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 30–40 minutes or until apples are tender and syrupy. Allow to cool and then refrigerate until ready to use. This can be done 2–3 days before freezing the ice cream.

4. For the ice cream: When ready to freeze the ice cream, combine apples and custard. Pour mixture into ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. When the machine is straining and ice cream is almost done, add baked pie crust pieces. Allow the machine to continue churning until pieces are incorporated. You can also mix in pieces by hand when ice cream is done churning.

5. Transfer ice cream to a freezer-safe container and freeze 3–4 hours or until it can be easily scooped. For best taste, freeze overnight. This will keep about a week in a freezer-safe container.

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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) chilled shortening or butter, diced
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups grated apples (about 3 to 4 apples)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
3. Add the shortening or butter pieces and cut in with a pastry cutter or fork until the mixture becomes sand-like in texture (the shortening or butter should be pea-sized). Add the milk and stir to form a soft dough.
4. On a floured board, roll the dough in an oblong sheet 1/4-inch thick, and brush with melted butter.
5. Combine cinnamon and brown sugar in a small bowl.
6. Cover dough with grated apples and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Set aside.
7. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the water and sugar to create a simple syrup. Heat through and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Pour mixture into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
8. Roll dough out jelly roll style, cut in slices 1½-inches thick, and place cut side down in the pan of sugar water.
9. Bake 40 minutes or until the rolls have enlarged to fill the entire pan. Serve warm in a bowl with milk or cream.

Makes 8 to 12 rolls.

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