Apple desserts are always fall favorites, especially when you make them with freshly picked apples from farmers markets and farm stands. But even supermarket apples are at their best this time of year, and the prices are usually as low as they go. Here are five classic apple desserts to enjoy this season.
1. Apple Pies
Apple pie stands on top -- whether double-crusted or streusel-topped, deep dish or custard-style. It's America's dessert. But don't overlook other outstanding apple desserts: try apple dumplings, crisps, and strudel.
For this "true classic" apple pie recipe, pick tart, firm apples that will hold up to the baking. "EXCELLENT!" raves SHORECOOK. "I was looking for an apple pie that had a more cinnamon taste than caramel. This was perfect."
This easy-to-make apple pie recipe is a good reminder that apples don't require much help to make a truly memorable pie. You'll simply layer apples into a pie pan, sprinkling each layer with cinnamon sugar. In less than an hour, this classic pie bakes to perfection.
Instead of a pie dough top, this tart Dutch apple pie features a cinnamon-sugar crumble.
Check out our collection of Apple Pie Recipes.
2. Apple Dumplings and Turnovers
Apple dumplings are whole apples, peeled and cored, stuffed with a sweet mix of spices, raisins and nuts, folded into pastry, and baked until the apples are soft and the pastry is golden.
"These apple hand pies, also known as apple turnovers, look too perfect to be homemade," says Chef John. "Any of your favorite pie fillings, both sweet and savory, will work. I hope you give this easy technique a try soon. Enjoy!"
So simple you won't believe it. All you need are fresh apples, crescent roll dough, citrus soda, butter, cinnamon, and sugar. "I could not believe something so easy could be so good," says kelly011465.
These little fried pies absolutely burst with apple goodness. "Excellent recipe!" raves JOTOMRIT. "Crusts are so light and flakey!"
3. Apple Crisps, Crumbles, Cobblers, and Brown Betties
Homier than pies, crisps and crumbles are easy to make, perfect when you're in a hurry. The crunchy topping is simply a mixture of oats, flour, butter, and sugar.
Serve these warm, comforting desserts with vanilla ice cream. To dress up your crisps, assemble them in individual ramekins or custard cups instead of in one big pan.
Cinnamon-spiced apples are baked with a sweet oat crumble topping in this easy apple crisp. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. "I have been looking for a great recipe for Apple Crisp," says SLANGWAY, "and now I found it. This recipe was very simple, but probably the best tasting crisp I have ever made."
This budget-friendly brown betty made with apple pie filling is a comforting baked dessert. "Yummy!" says Mary. "This is the cobbler that I remember eating as a child. I baked it in a cast iron skillet and added 1/3 cup quick oats.
"Sweet cinnamon-scented apples held in a buttery crispy oatmeal cup and crunchy sweet topping," says debbie eckstein. "A yummy one-biter! I like to make sweet treats to share with friends."
4. Apple Strudel and Other Pastries
This classic Austrian dessert consists of spiced apples and nuts rolled into a log of crisp, fine pastry.
Sweet apples, currants, and raisins are spiced with cinnamon, wrapped in phyllo with fresh breadcrumbs and baked until golden and hot. "This was the yummiest recipe," says Em Harris. "I am a working chef and this is by far the best way to make a strudel in my opinion, and my customers agree."
Buckwheat Queen gives this tart recipe 5 stars: This is a great holiday dessert. It's light and not too sweet," she says. Lutzflcat suggests using a spiralizer to prep the apples: "You can make thinly-sliced, half apple slices in no time using a spiralizer."
"My mother used to cook this for us all, usually to go with Sunday dinner," says Peter Lovering. "I was hooked. Haven't had it in ages and I was wanting to bake something special for a special someone so I asked mum for the recipe. Tried it out today, and it's just as I remember. The thing that makes it for me is the frangipane."
See how to make edible, incredible baked apple roses. This impressive, yet surprisingly simple dessert is made with frozen puff pastry, softened apple slices, and cinnamon sugar. Seee how it's done:
5. Apple Cakes and Cookies
And when you're done with the pies and pastries, there are still cakes and cookies to consider!
"Apples, nuts and cinnamon make these bars delicious," says BarbiAnn. "They hardly last a day at my house!"
"These mini-apple pies are a sure hit and a perfect use for apples in the fall," says SunnyDaysNora. They look great on a cookie plate and taste great! If any apple mixture remains, it can be served warm over vanilla ice cream!"
"A great dessert that combines 2 favorites: apple crisp and cheesecake," says Miriam M. "It's a hit with my family and friends. Enjoy!"