Our Best Apple Recipes

Whether you’re trying to use up your fall haul after a trip to the orchard or want to get creative with that lone apple in your kitchen – you’ll find that this sweet and delicious fruit is perfect for perking up everything from sandwiches and salads to breakfasts and baked goods.

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Tarte Tatin

This French tart is a beautiful way to eat apples. From-scratch puff pastry is usually out of reach of the home cook, but this technique (made with simply grated butter, flour and water) is an easy cheat.

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Apple-Cheddar Soup

Love the sweet-and-savory combination of apples and cheese fondue? This easy meal is similar — combining both flavors into one, delicious bowl of soup.

Get the Recipe: Apple-Cheddar Soup With Bacon

Apple Crisp

When you've got a bounty of fresh-picked apples on hand, there's no better way to use them than in a classic apple crisp. This recipe keeps it simple, using just a handful of ingredients to turn the fruit into a sweet, oven-baked dessert.

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The Best Homemade Applesauce

After tasting the pure apple flavor of this homemade sauce, you just might never go back to the store-bought kind. Supermarket applesauce can be loaded with added sweeteners and flavorings. We use only a little sugar, plus lemon juice, salt and cinnamon, providing a balanced flavor and the perfect amount of sweetness.

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Apple Meringue Cupcakes

Golden meringue crowns moist, apple-packed cupcakes for a stunning fall dessert that's easy enough for anyone to make.

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Cheddar and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

The classic combination of tart apples and savory Cheddar transform a basic grilled cheese into a sophisticated sandwich.

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Shortcut Slow-Cooker Apple Cider

This homemade cider couldn't be easier: Cut a dozen of your favorite apples into wedges (skins, seeds, stems and all) and add to a slow cooker with some spices and water. A bonus: your house will smell delicious too!

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Apple-Bacon Galette

Stuck in an apple pie rut? This rustic galette will change all that. It has all the classic flavors you're craving (apple, cinnamon and a buttery crust) but is much easier to make. Plus, it gets a nice, salty touch from crispy bacon.

Get the Recipe: Apple-Bacon Galette

Caramel Apple Soft Pretzels

Soft pretzels and caramel apples make a delectable pairing in this scratch-made treat. Tart Granny Smith apples are kneaded into sweet yeasted dough, then formed into pretzel shapes and baked to golden-brown perfection. Sprinkle with salt and drizzle with a homemade caramel glaze for the ideal contrast of salty and sweet.

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Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes

Grated apple is the secret ingredient in these lightly spiced and fluffy pancakes.

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Individual Apple Crumbles

Treat your guests with individual ramekins filled with apples and a crunchy streusel topping of oats, brown sugar and walnuts. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Apple-and-Ham Salad

Apple is one of our favorite salad add-ins. It brings a subtle sweetness — and plenty of juicy crunch!

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Caramel Apple Grilled Mini Monkey Breads

Monkey bread couldn't be easier with store-bought biscuit dough. We made this recipe so you can take it on the go to your next backyard cookout or tailgate party and then pop it on the grill while everyone is eating. By the time they're ready for a sweet treat, it will be done!

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Dutch Apple Pie

There may never be an answer to what a true Dutch apple pie is. Some recipes add cream to the filling. Some call for making a deep-dish pie with a lattice top, and others top it with streusel. After a visit to a Pennsylvania Dutch diner, we decided to go with the streusel for a sweet and crunchy topping.

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Apple Ring Pies

These adorable hand-held pies don't require any apple peeling. Each round is cleverly filled with one slice of apple and a bit of caramel candy that melts and turns gooey as the pies are baked. The no-fuss prep makes these perfect for any occasion.

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Autumn Apple Sangria

The invigorating scent of fall's first apples flavors this bright sangria, sweetened with a lemon-cinnamon syrup and apple brandy.

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Cider-Glazed Chicken Wings with Apple Salad

Take chicken wings from game day snack to fall dinner by pairing them with in-season apples. We use cider to flavor the wings — and pair them with a refreshing apple salad for a quick and complete meal.

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Cheesecake-Stuffed Apples

Stuffed with cheesecake and topped with caramel sauce, buttered graham cracker crumbs and walnuts — these upgraded baked apples are the ultimate autumn dessert.

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Shredded Beet and Apple Salad

Drizzle fresh apple and beets with a shallot vinaigrette and top with candied walnuts for a simple, in-season salad that's perfect alongside pork chops or chicken.

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Spiced Apple-Pear Sauce

The natural sweetness of fresh apples and pears makes this homemade sauce a standout over the store-bought version. Lemon juice adds brightness and keeps the fruit from browning, and cinnamon and nutmeg lend warm spice notes.

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Apple Pie Bars

Ina's pie-inspired bars have all the apple-cinnamon flavor you're craving but skip the step of making pie crust. The apples are baked on top of a buttery cookie crust, instead.

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Turkey-Apple Swedish Meatballs

These savory meatballs have a secret ingredient: apple! They help keep the lean ground turkey nice and juicy.

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Apple Cobbler for Two

You won't have days and days of leftover cobbler with this perfectly scaled-down recipe. It makes just enough for two!

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Apple-Pecan-Oat Quick Bread with Cream Cheese Glaze

Mix chopped, toasted pecans into this apple bread, then glaze the whole loaf with a vanilla cream cheese icing for quick bread you'll make all apple season long.

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Cornbread-Stuffed Baked Apples

This quick-and-delicious fall side dish is one of our favorite ways to use in-season apples. The sweet-and-savory cornbread stuffing bakes in hollowed-out apple halves for an extra-pretty presentation.

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The Best Apple Pie

We love using a variety of apples in our pie; it adds both flavor and texture and makes every bite a little different. Vodka in the pie crust makes the dough easier to work with, and since the alcohol burns off during baking, it doesn't impart any flavor. But feel free to use bourbon or apple brandy instead to complement the filling.

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Spiced Apple-Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Food Network fans rave that Giada's easy apple cake is one of the best they've ever made. One reviewer says it's like "having every warm and delicious memory of the holidays" — all wrapped up into one bite.

Get the Recipe: Spiced Apple-Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Whole30 Hot Apple Cereal

This grainless porridge relies on sweet and tart Honeycrisp apples to make a chunky sauce enriched with coconut milk, cashews and ground flaxseed. It's packed with fiber and is friendly to the Whole30 program.

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Apple-Oat Cookies

Grated apple makes these quick-and-simple, glazed cookies extra moist and sweet.

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Apple Pie Cupcakes

We borrowed the filling from a favorite holiday pie and baked it on top of a spiced cupcake for these rustic, all-American bites. The tops spread a bit, so use a spoon or a small offset spatula to help lift the cupcakes out of the pan.

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Apple-Raisin Cinnamon Bun Pie

There's more than meets the eye in this tricky pie. At first glance, it looks like a pan full of cinnamon buns, but cut into it and there's apple pie filling underneath! Big and little kids can help with measuring ingredients and even rolling out the dough (though parents should be nearby in case they need help).

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Kohlrabi and Apple Salad

Kohlrabi has the slightest hint of peppery punch — making it the perfect complement to sweet, crunchy apples in this simple and satisfying side salad.

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Fried Apple Hand Pies

The beauty of these pies is that they can be made days, weeks, even months ahead of time and just fried up when you're ready to eat them.

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Pork Chops with Baked Apples

Although this easy, weeknight meal features meaty pork chops and hearty root veggies on the side, we think the roasted apples are the real star of this dish! They cook up sweet, caramelized and delicious in no time!

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Apple Bread

For this bread that's chock-full of apples, don't stray too far from the McIntosh variety they soften just enough without completely disappearing.

Get the Recipe: Kids Can Bake: Apple Bread

Chicken and Apple Salad

With walnuts, cheese, chicken breast and crisp apple, this hearty salad is aything but boring. Packed with flavor, it's the all-in-one meal you'll want to make all fall long.

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Pie Baked Apples

If you're looking for a fun way to reinvent classic apple pie, this is it! Hollowed-out apples are stuffed with pie-spiced apples and topped with a lattice crust for a cozy treat everyone will love.

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Apple-Cranberry Potato Chip Crisps

Update your apple crisp with this fun recipe. The filling boasts a blend of sweet apples and tart cranberries — and the topping incorporates potato chips for saltiness and crunch.

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Spiced Apple Chips

These oh-so-snackable apple chips couldn’t be simpler. Just sprinkle with a blend of fragrant spices and bake in the oven until crispy.

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Bloomin' Apple

Onions don't deserve all the fun: Apples can get the bloomin' treatment, too. A set of three nesting biscuit cutters (or a sharp knife) provide a shortcut to the intricate cuts needed to turn the apples into flowers.

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Easy Apple Slaw with Apple Jalapeño Dressing

Sunny dresses up bagged slaw mix with julienned apples, herbs and jalapeno — for a fall side that's perfect with pulled pork or barbecue chicken sanwiches.

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Whole-Grain Caramel Apple Oven Pancake

This high-fiber, low-fat breakfast dish is a crowd pleaser. It's sweet and tender and quicker to make than individual pancakes. We love it with just a dusting of confectioners' sugar, or try it with a drizzle of maple syrup.

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Ham, Apple and Cheese Quesadilla

This 30-minute, weeknight dinner takes quesadillas from appetizer to entree. We like to serve them with apple slices for a little extra nutrition — it's a flavorful meal that even the kiddos will love.

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Apple Pie Thumbprint Cookies

A spiced apple filling tops these buttery cookies, packing all the flavor of an apple pie into a single bite — for a fraction of the work!

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Sausage and Apple Stuffed Pork Roast

This recipe is perfect for a special occasion. It takes a bit of work to stuff and roll the pork roast but the sweet-and-savory, sausage-and-apple stuffing is sure to impress.

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Smoked Apple Cobbler

Who says you need an oven to make a cobbler? This quintessential fall dessert is even better with the touch of smoke you get from baking it on the grill.

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Apple Fritters

What could be better than battered, deep-fried apple slices? How about Giada's easy version, sprinkled with lemon sugar?

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Caramel Apples

A deep, rich caramel makes for a classic shiny caramel apple — and a treat that we'd be happy to enjoy any time of the year!

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Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Apples make a great add-in for stuffing and dressing. They bring just a touch of sweetness. Here, we've combined them with crumbled sweet Italian sausage and dried cranberries for the perfect balance of flavors.

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Homemade Apple Butter

This 5-star recipe couldn't be easier. You only need a handful of ingredients and, although the apple butter takes 3 1/2 hours from start to finish, it only requires a few minutes of active cooking.

Get the Recipe: Homemade Apple Butter