Must Make Apple Recipes

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Apple recipes are perfect for year-round deliciousness! Take your apples to the next level with these amazing recipes from breakfast, salads, main dishes to side dishes, and even desserts!

Apples are my favorite thing to incorporate in just about every recipe because they are SO versatile! The number of recipes that I can use apples in is amazing and the creativity used to make such delicious food is inspiring! A few favorites are this caramel apple pie and apple bread.

A collage of six photos of apple recipes.

The Best Apple Recipes

Mashed, chopped, sliced, diced, or baked, apples are the best ingredient to add to just about any recipe! Is there a more used fruit that you see used in breakfast, lunch, dinner, AND dessert? Just about everyone loves them. This round-up will show you a variety of apple recipes that are bread and pies, salads, and drinks. You will be sure to find a recipe that your apple-loving friends will appreciate!

For so many years, American apple harvests were used mainly for apple cider! But now, when I think of apples, so many delicious tastes are brought to mind. These recipes are sure to have something for everyone and you will definitely be able to find one that works for just about any occasion. These tried and true recipes are all something that has been curated with YOU in mind. Whether you are baking for a small family or a large party, these apple recipes will be sure to fit your needs! I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do!!

Tips for Apples

How do you choose apples? Do you use different apples for different recipes? There are so many different questions about apples for every recipe. I am here to help you gain some general knowledge some quick tips that will help you make any and all of these apple recipes!

  • Tangy apples: If you are looking to add a bit of tartness to a recipe, use a Granny Smith apple or a slightly tart Macoun.
  • Sweet apples: If you want to add some sweetness to a recipe without extra sugar, look for Honeycrisp apples which pack a lot of sugar. Or try using a sweet Golden Delicious apple. Either of these will add some sweetness you may be looking for!
  • Prevent apples from turning brown: If you are using apples in a salad or sliced on a platter, the best way to stop sliced apples from turning brown is to soak the fruit in some saltwater (½ tsp salt in a cup of water) for about 10 minutes. You can drain them and store them until ready to use. Once you want to use them, rinse them off before serving or using to get rid of that saltwater taste.
  • To peel apples: If you dip an apple quickly in and out of boiling water then you will be able to peel the skin off much more easily.

How to Store Apples

There is always a time of year when we are overwhelmed with an abundance of apples. Don’t let them go to waste! Here are some ways that you can make them last longer so you can store them to use later.

  • Keep them cool: With apples, it’s best to store them in the fridge until you are ready to use. If you have one, place them in the crisper drawer in a plastic bag with holes. Or, place them in the fridge covered with a damp paper towel.
  • Freeze them: Did you know that you can freeze whole apples?? Once you have your apples, wash them and place them in an airtight container in your freezer. Apples can be kept in the freezer for 3-6 months.

Apple Dump Cake

Apple Dump Cake is a sweet and savory warm apple dessert that is pure goodness! Easy to dump all ingredients together and enjoy an irresistible fall treat. 
Ingredients: Apple fruit filling, Yellow cake mix, Cinnamon, Pecans, Butter

Homemade Applesauce

Homemade applesauce is a simple way to incorporate all of the apples that I have in my fridge! PLUS as a bonus, my kids are more inclined to eat something so simple!
Ingredients: apples, water, sugar, Juice from half a lemon, cinnamon

Caramel Apple Pie

Caramel apple pie is the traditional American dessert, but totally elevated. Sour tart apples are smothered in caramel, it's insanely delicious.
Ingredients: homemade pie crust, granny smith apples, fresh lemon juice, granulated sugar, cornstarch, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, salt, Egg yolk plus 2 tbsp water for egg wash, heavy cream, granulated sugar, light corn syrup, salt, salted butter, vanilla extract

Old Fashioned Apple Cobbler

Old Fashioned Apple Cobbler is a warm baked fruit dessert that is topped with a perfect biscuit-like crust.  The warm cinnamon spice is comforting and satisfying and nails a perfect summer dessert!
Ingredients: Granny Smith apples, brown sugar, apple juice, cinnamon, Lemon Juice, Cornstarch, flour, sugar, baking powder, cold butter, milk, Sugar, cinnamon

Apple Butter

Apple Butter is a sweet velvety concentrated apple spread that you’ll want to put on everything. It requires just a few ingredients and a little bit of patience to make this yummy jam like condiment.
Ingredients: golden delicious apples, apple cider, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, kosher salt, nutmeg, vanilla extract

Apple Pie

Apple Pie is a classic American favorite that is sure to hit everyone's dining room table each fall. The buttery flaky crust, sweet-tart apple filling, and warm cinnamon aroma makes this a slice of heaven. Top it with ice cream and you've got a dessert that is sure to hit the spot.
Ingredients: all-purpose flour, salt, unsalted butter, shortening, ice water, apples, lemon juice, granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, egg wash, coarse sugar

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

A quick and easy cinnamon rolls stuffed with real apples and drizzled with caramel. Ready within an hour!
Ingredients: flour, instant yeast, white sugar, salt, egg, water, milk, butter, Granny Smith Apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, butter, brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk

Cinnamon Apple Bread

This densely soft Cinnamon Apple Bread is filled with fall flavor and packed with sweetened apples and walnuts. Serve this easy-to-make treat with breakfast or for a snack.
Ingredients: Flour, Sugar, Cinnamon, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Salt, Eggs, Oil, Vanilla, Apples, Walnuts, Brown Sugar

Dutch Apple Pie

Dutch Apple Pie is the best version of apple pie! Instead of a top crust, you enjoy a sweet crumble topping over a mound of delicious apples.
Ingredients: pie crust, apples, sugar, all purpose flour, cinnamon, lemon juice, brown sugar, all-purpose flour, butter, cinnamon

Caramel Apple Overnight French Toast Casserole

Caramel Apple French Toast Casserole is a sweet and savory breakfast with thick chunks of cinnamon swirl bread, warm apples and caramel drizzle that brings comfort to your family in one morning!
Ingredients: LUCKY LEAF® Premium Caramel Apple Fruit Filling & Topping, pecans, chopped, caramel sweetened condensed milk*, thick sliced cinnamon swirl bread, cubed, eggs, vanilla extract

Strawberry, Apple, and Pear Spinach Salad with an Apple Cider Poppyseed Dressing

Strawberry, Apple, and Pear Spinach Salad is an easy to make spinach salad with crisp apples, pears and strawberries hidden throughout. Topped with feta cheese, crunchy pecans and tossed in a delicious apple cider dressing!
Ingredients: spinach, strawberries, apple, pear, apple cider, Apple Cider Vinegar, Olive Oil, Honey, poppyseeds, feta cheese, chopped pecans

Apple Danish

Apple Danishes are the perfect way to ring in the apple season! The flaky crust, apple pie filling, crumb topping, and simple glaze make them irresistible.
Ingredients: butter, granulated sugar, water, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, of salt, large Granny Smith apples peeled and diced, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter melted, flour, egg, water, powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream or milk, vanilla extract

Slow Cooker Apple Cider (2 Ways)

Homemade apple cider that is packed with flavor and delicious sweetness!Homemade apple cider that is packed with flavor and delicious sweetness!
Ingredients: of cheesecloth, whole cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, whole allspice, 2 quarts apple cider, light brown sugar, large orange

Overnight Cinnamon Apple French Toast Casserole

Overnight Cinnamon Apple French Toast Casserole is the perfect autumn breakfast to wake the family up to!
Ingredients: loaf challah bread, eggs, half and half, milk, granulated sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, apples peeled and sliced thin, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, butter cold, powdered sugar, maple syrup
This Crumb-Topped Apple Coffee Cake is perfect for fall! Greek yogurt and extra apples keep it moist and a crunchy crumb topping gives it extra decadence!

Crumb-Topped Apple Coffee Cake

This Crumb-Topped Apple Coffee Cake is perfect for fall! Greek yogurt and extra apples keep it moist and a crunchy crumb topping gives it extra decadence!
Ingredients: canola oil, brown sugar, plain Greek yogurt, large eggs, vanilla, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, baking soda, tart baking apples, melted butter, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, cinnamon

Caramel Apple Toffee Poke Cake

Caramel Toffee Apple Cake is a tender and moist cake with apples baked right inside! Topped with cool whip topping toffee bits and drizzled in caramel, this will become a new favorite!
Ingredients: box yellow cake mix, can, large eggs, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, whole milk, container, For topping: caramel sauce

Harvest Cobb Salad with a Honey Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Harvest Cobb Salad with a Honey Apple Cider Vinaigrette is filled with crisp fall apples, roasted butternut squash, and all of the delicious things of fall come together in this mouthwatering salad.
Ingredients: romaine lettuce, arugula, boneless skinless chicken breast, of bacon, hard boiled eggs, apples, butternut squash, avocado, candied walnuts*, crumbled feta cheese, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, water, honey, salt, pepper

Chicken and Apple Salad

Chicken and Apple Salad with a Honey Dijon Vinaigrette is the perfect fall salad full of crisp apples, cranberries, crunchy pecans and bleu cheese. This salad is easy to put together and so mouthwatering!
Ingredients: Spring lettuce mix, small apples, roasted pecans, dried cranberries, crumbled bleu cheese, Cooked and diced seasoned chicken*, lemon, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and ½ teaspoon honey, Dijon mustard, shallot, garlic, S&P

Broccoli Apple Salad

Broccoli, pecans, cranberries, carrots and apples come together to make an amazing salad with delicious flavors and textures.  The creamy dressing on top makes this salad absolutely incredible!
Ingredients: fresh broccoli florets, shredded carrots, diced red onion, large apples, pecans, dried cranberries, lite mayonnaise, low fat greek yogurt, lemon juice, sugar, salt, pepper

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 2 Homemade sparkling apple cider – would you please fix the link for this? It’s currently pointing to some apple pie bars and I’d love to see the apple cider recipe. Thanks in advance!

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