60 of the Greatest Apple Dessert Recipes in the Whole Entire Universe

PSA: We love fall. The changing leaves. The ankle boots. The apple picking. Speaking of apples, you’ll want to save and freeze your haul for these 60 apple dessert recipes that go beyond the average pie. We’re talking doughnuts, biscuits, cake and beyond. You’ll want to make them all season […]

PSA: We love fall. The changing leaves. The ankle boots. The apple picking. Speaking of apples, you’ll want to save and freeze your haul for these 60 apple dessert recipes that go beyond the average pie. We’re talking doughnuts, biscuits, cake and beyond. You’ll want to make them all season long—and perhaps a few will even become part of your regular fall dessert rotation.

RELATED: The 8 Best Apples for Baking from Honeycrisps to Braeburns

You basically stuff dough with cinnamon-laced apple filling and bake. What could be better—or easier—than that?

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In the world of desserts, the galette is pie’s easygoing friend. And she looks pretty darn great to boot.

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The cider adds a seasonal touch—and also happens to make the dough deliciously moist.

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Fun fact: These tiny treats are baked in mason jar lids.

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A single-serving pie means you won’t have to share. (Plus, aren’t they adorable?)

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Another fall favorite: cranberries. Why not pair the two together in one tasty confection? Pass the whipped cream.

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Don’t forget to serve each slice warm with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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If you’re looking for an apple dessert recipe that will actually impress your mother-in-law, this would be it.

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Rest assured, you can make this country fair treat at home no problem. Your kids will be thrilled to help with the dipping too.

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A dessert your trainer can get behind. This version is a million times better than the store-bought stuff, trust.

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Bring three-ingredient meringue to life with brown sugar-roasted Granny Smiths and honey-vanilla whip.

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Brown rice and almond flours make this GF dream a reality. And the secret to the crunchy crumble topping? Pine nuts.

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Like a cross between a crepe and a latke. Slather them with sour cream and sour cherry fruit spread before devouring.

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Consider your dinner guests wowed. The apple roses are easier to assemble than you think.

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It turns out that melted cherry Jolly Rancher candies make a quick-and-easy candy apple topping. And the white chocolate drizzle? *Chef’s kiss.*

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Slice for a surprise. (Yep, those are apple cider-poached pears.)

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Sorry kids, this one’s for the grown-ups. But you can easily substitute virgin apple cider if they get too jealous.

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We love a side of salty with our sweet. Finish it off with a sprinkle of pearl sugar or go rogue and add some rock salt.

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Dessert is only an hour away, homemade apple cider frosting and all. The key is reducing store-bought cider into syrup.

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Tangy goat cheese, fragrant rosemary and store-bought puff pastry are all invited to dessert. Use sweet apples like Galas or Braeburns for the best results.

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Mellow ricotta cheese plays Honeycrisp apples’ creamy partner in crime. It’ll be ready in 45 minutes to boot.

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Flaky crust. Crumb topping. Cinnamon-nutmeg apples. Simple vanilla glaze. What’s not to like?

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We’ll never get sick of making dessert in the cast-iron skillet. Just top it with ice cream and caramel and she’s ready for her debut.

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A 35-minute gem that’s impossible not to like. Frozen puff pastry makes it a total cinch to assemble.

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Bye-bye, messy frying. All you need is your trusty oven and 50 minutes to reach coffee-dunking nirvana.

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Dress a simple shortbread crust with five-ingredient pie filling, streusel topping and homemade salted caramel sauce. Good luck stopping after just one.

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We love flaky pie crust and puff pastry too, but there’s something to be said for a no-fuss dessert that puts the fruit in the spotlight.

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Breakfast is served. And the kids won’t miss the store-bought kind one bit.

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Bring on all the Granny Smiths—no peeling required. Thank brown sugar, chopped pecans and old-fashioned oats for the crispy topping.

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America’s favorite pie filling goes Greek. And it all comes together in under an hour.

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For when you need dessert like, yesterday. Let your kids decorate to their sprinkle-loving hearts’ content.

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No diet could stand between us and dessert. Thanks to this coconut milk ice cream sweetened with maple syrup, you can have the best of both worlds.

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Cheesecake, meet apple pie. They’ll become BFFs under a drizzle of caramel in half an hour.

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Apple butter is the excitement your morning toast has been craving. Try your hand at making it homemade or save time with store-bought.

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Alexa, add autumn leaves bundt pan to our shopping cart.

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These have Halloween party favor written all over them. The caramel dip is rich with apple cider, butter and heavy cream.

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We’ve never met a Dutch baby we didn’t like. Especially one drenched in cinnamon-butter maple syrup.

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Your local Jewish bakery will miss you. Make the full recipe or store half the dough in the freezer to bake within three months.

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The easiest (and tastiest) centerpiece there is. It’s slathered with cream cheese frosting and all the salted caramel.

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Your doughnut shop go-to is totally within reach. And this time, it’ll be covered in a sweet, buttery bourbon glaze.

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Call it en papillotte if you’re fancy. The whole pie bakes in a brown paper bag to make the crust irresistibly flaky.

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Applesauce makes for one seriously moist dessert. The homemade cream cheese frosting doesn’t hurt either.

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Sometimes, the best way to serve an apple is raw. Here, bright, tart Granny Smiths unite with umami-rich vegan caramel spiked with white miso paste.

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Your guests jaws will hit the table in unison once this stunner shows up to the dinner party. It’s complete with buttery puff pastry and Baileys cream sauce.

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They’re just the ticket for your kid’s Halloween soirée. Top them off with candy corn for a festive finishing touch.

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This cranberry topping may not be dessert on its own, but we’re betting it tastes divine atop a slice of apple pie or a bowl of vanilla ice cream.

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Think of this autumn beauty as an upside-down apple pie doused in thick, rich caramel sauce. Since the crust isn’t visible, you won’t have to fuss with any fancy crimping either.

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Traditional chocolate takes a back seat to warm fall spices and shredded apples in the soft cakes. But the real star is the decadent maple-cream cheese frosting.

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Believe it or not, there isn’t a single grain of refined sugar in this recipe. The almond shortbread crust, apple filling, buttery crumble and caramel are all sweetened with honey instead.

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The only way to consume apple cider that’s better than drinking it straight. Feel free to serve the churros with hot fudge or spicy hot cocoa for dunking.

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Just as easy to pull off as store-bought cinnamon rolls, but a million times more flavorful. Serve them with mulled cider or wine for dessert (or with a PSL for breakfast).

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The Brown Betty is a colonial American dessert that’s similar to fruit cobbler or crisp. This one only calls for eight ingredients, most of which are likely in your kitchen already.

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Complete with two-ingredient glaze. Save time by using store-bought phyllo, pie or puff pastry dough instead of homemade.

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Always use an apple that will retain its shape and texture in a pie. Granny Smith, Braeburn, Golden Delicious and Honeycrisp apples are all solid choices. Just stay away from McIntosh apples, as they’ll turn mealy and mushy when baked.

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We just *know* that peanut butter glaze will taste heavenly on everything from brownies to ice cream to granola.

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Won’t they look gorgeous on your holiday table? Pro tip: Soak the apple slices in lemon juice and water so they don’t turn brown after being sliced.

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Like monkey bread, pecan pie and apple muffins had a delicious, caramel-topped baby.

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This recipe requires a bit of patience, but we promise it’s worth every minute. Waiting for the dough to chill ensures that the crust will hold up in the oven.

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Your house is about to smell ridiculously delicious. Drizzle the butter over toast, waffles, ice cream, cake, oatmeal or cheese and crackers.

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Since the recipe only requires seven ingredients and one hour to come together, it’s safe to say that we’ll be making a batch for everyone on our Christmas list.

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RELATED: 25 Types of Apples for Baking, Snacking or Turning into Cider

For even more great recipes, check out our first cookbook, Only the Good Stuff.

Sharron Hermanson

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