With the hint of autumn in the air, here are my Favorite Apple Recipes to peruse. From decadent desserts to entrees, you’ll love them all!

No matter the season, I’ve got you covered with the best apple recipes! An Apple Crisp Recipe is made at least once every autumn. What is your favorite dish to make with apples?

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Best Apple Recipes

Going through all the apple recipes on the blog, I realized that I DO have a penchant for apples! I love eating a Pink Lady or a Honeycrisp apple with my lunch, but cooking and baking easy apple recipes is truly a passion. Starting with breakfast and ending with desserts, here are some of the best apple recipes I’ve shared over the last 8+ years! Plus a few notable recipes from some of my blogger friends.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Pick the Best Apples

Use all your senses. Apples shouldn’t have a strong aroma but instead, have a pleasant fragrance. Check the skin for bruises, blemishes, or signs of decay. Pick firm apples. The skin should have a slight sheen or shine. Dullness may indicate older apples.

Where Can You Buy the Best Apples?

Visit local apple orchards or farmers’ markets during apple season for the freshest apples.

When is Apple Season?

Depending on the variety, apples are harvested from late July to early November.

Apple Dessert Recipes and Snacks:

Apple Bread slices on a white plate

Cinnamon Spiced Apple Bread

Slices of this yummy Cinnamon Spiced Apple Bread are ideal for breakfast, brunch, and after-school snacking. I’d also be happy with a nice thick slice for dessert!

Maple Glazed Apple Tart on a white serving plate

Maple Glazed Apple Galette

Making a double crust apple pie can be daunting, but you can obtain the same marvelous flavors with an apple tart or galette. This scrumptious Maple Glazed Apple Tart is kicked up a notch with a maple syrup glaze.

Folding a single crust up over the edges of a beautiful arrangement of apple slices is certainly simpler than fitting and crimping a top crust. A delicious autumnal dessert!

Cinnamon Apple Chips in a white serving bowl

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Move over potato chips! These homemade Cinnamon Apple Chips are just as addictive and healthier to boot! A long stint in the oven turns super thin apple slices into a marvelous snack!

Apple Streusel Bars on a white dessert plate

Caramel Apple Streusel Bars

With a shortbread crust, sweet apple slices, and oat crumble, these Caramel Apple Streusel Bars are one of my favorite apple treats! Make sure you serve them with a drizzle of caramel sauce! You’ll have trouble restraining yourself with these gems in the kitchen!

Caramel Apple Pie Toffee Bars stacked on a square white plate

Caramel Apple Pie Toffee Bars 

Similar to my caramel apple streusel bars, these tasty Caramel Apple Pie Toffee Bars have the bonus of a sweet crunch from bits of toffee!

Mulled Apple Cider in a white mug

Mulled Apple Cider

This fall spiced Mulled Apple Cider is a fun, tasty alternative to a hot mug of coffee or tea when the temperatures plummet! Keep this recipe handy for the next time you have friends or family over this fall for a non-alcoholic, hot beverage offering!

Cream Cheese Apple Torte on a white ceramic cake plate

Cream Cheese Apple Torte

If you want an impressive dessert, dig out your springform pan stock up on baking apples!

This lovely, towering Cream Cheese Apple Torte starts with a buttery pastry crust followed by a layer of cream cheese filling and finally lots of sweetened cinnamon-spiced apple slices. The resulting dessert is downright terrific!

Apple Bundt Cake on a white dessert plate with a red handled fork

Cream Cheese Filled Apple Bundt Cake

This Cream Cheese Filled Apple Bundt Cake combines two of my favorite desserts: apple cake and cheesecake! Not cheesecake per se, but a sweetened ribbon of cream cheese that’s super luscious and helps transform a simple Bundt cake into a memorable dessert!

Grilled Apple Crisp topped with ice cream on a white plate

Grilled Apple Crisp

Apple crisp appears on our autumn menu every single year! But the hubby was especially impressed when I “baked” it on our grill. The smoky undertones offered a delicious twist on an easy classic recipe! Besides this Grilled Apple Crisp, make sure to check out this Easy Slow Cooker Apple Crisp, too. Or if you’re looking for a classic, oven-baked Apple Crisp Recipe, I’ve got you covered with that, too.  This Apple Crumble with Custard from Dorie Greenspan is excellent as well.

Apple Entrees and Sandwiches

Apples pair wonderfully with pork, and here are three of my favorite entrees with that delightful combination:

Apple Mustard Pork Tenderloin slices on a white plate

Apple Mustard Pork Tenderloin

This moist and flavorful Apple Mustard Pork Tenderloin starts with a quick brine, then roasting and glazing with a mixture of reduced apple cider, brown sugar, soy sauce, Worcestershire, and grainy mustard! Super easy and elegant enough for company!

Bacon Apple and Brie Panini quarters on a white plate

Bacon Apple and Brie Panini

If you’re looking for a quick lunch or dinner idea, a panini always hits the spot. With gooey Brie, salty bacon, and crisp apple slices, this Bacon, Apple, and Brie Panini can be made on your favorite bread and cooked on a panini press, grill pan, or regular skillet!

Apple Topped Pork Medallions with Calvados Cream Sauce on a white dinner plate

Apple Topped Pork Medallions

I adore these Apple Topped Pork Medallions, especially the sauteed apples.  I always have to make extras to sample, for quality control, of course! The cognac cream sauce isn’t too shabby, either!

Best Apples for Cooking and Baking

There are some varieties of apples that are versatile enough for cooking, baking, and eating. Others are not as versatile. Here are some popular apple varieties (from Allrecipes.com):

  • Braeburn – all-purpose, baking and eating
  • Cortland – baking apple, salads
  • Empire – all-purpose
  • Fuji – eating, baking
  • Gala – applesauce, salad, eating
  • Golden Delicious – all-purpose cooking
  • Granny Smith – all-purpose cooking
  • Gravenstein – baking, sauce, cider
  • Honeycrisp – eating, baking, applesauce
  • Ida Red – baking, salads
  • Jonathan – baking, salad, applesauce
  • McIntosh – eating, applesauce
  • Northern Spy – baking, juicing (my favorite pie apple)
  • Winesap – baking, applesauce

More of the Best Apple Recipes:

Whether cooking or baking apple recipes, I’ve got you covered. Lest this post gets too long, here are a few honorable mentions plus some from my favorite bloggers: