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10 Apple Desserts That Are Easier Than Pie

You know that old saying, "as easy as pie?" Well, these super-easy apple desserts make pie look hard. Read on to get top-rated recipes plus cooking tips so your easy apple desserts turn out just right.

1. Apple Turnovers

"Thanks to frozen puff pastry, these are quick and simple with great results. A fantastic bakery-style dessert just doesn't get any easier than this!" — naples34102. Watch the video to see how easy they are to make. Jessica Nottingham add this helpful tip: "Make sure to keep the pastry crust cold so that it doesn't fall apart!"

 

 

2. Apple Crisp II

Sliced apples and cinnamon are baked under a sweet and crunchy oatmeal topping. Serve warm from the oven with a scoop of ice cream on the side for a classic fall dessert. "Great recipe! I did not add the water, since I never add water to fruit crisp recipes. I mixed Granny Smith apples with Jonathan apples and the result was a delicious dessert." — MARY DOMAZ. Several reviewers recommended skipping the half cup of water in the recipe.

 

Apple Crisp II

Apple Crisp II | Photo by sassyoldlady

 

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3. Apple Dumplings I

Refrigerated biscuit dough is the shortcut ingredient in this popular recipe. "These tasted like apple pie! I diced up the apples rather than halved them and sprinkled cinnamon, sugar, and a little nutmeg on before I wrapped them. I also only used 1/4 cup water and that was more than enough. This was delicious!" —  CC

 

Apple Dumplings

Apple Dumplings | Photo by Meredith

4. Apple Cake IV

"This cake was easy and delicious. After reading all the reviews I was certainly torn; sweet apple vs tart apple, nuts vs no nuts, 2 cups sugar vs less sugar, frosting vs no frosting. What's a girl to do? Well, this is so unlike me, but I followed the recipe exactly and it was just right." — LYNN LUKE

 

Apple Cake

Apple Cake | Photo by Meredith

5. Apple Brownies

BakerJim submitted this top-rated recipe: "This was my Mom's recipe. Easy and quick to make. Apples and walnuts are packed into a cinnamon spiced blonde brownie. Always a hit when I bring it to parties. Very moist and great to make in the fall when apples are plentiful." Instead of baking them in a cake pan, Cindy used a muffin pan and modified the baking time to 25 minutes, "and they turned out great."

Apple Brownies

Apple Brownies | Photo by CC

6. Baked Apples with Oatmeal Filling

"Tender, juicy, and perfectly cooked at 30 minutes. The house smelled wonderful while these apples were in the oven. This one takes me back to my childhood." — lutzflcat. When pattyshaw made them, she said, "I baked the apples in individual foil boats. There was more oatmeal mixture than could fit inside the apples, so the boats kept the 'filling' contained and made them easy to serve.

 

Baked Apples with Oatmeal Filling

Baked Apples with Oatmeal Filling | Photo by lutzflcat

7. Skillet Apple Brownie

An easy apple-studded batter baked in a skillet. How easy is it? Avon-status quo PRO says, "This was a perfect recipe and the ease was almost scary. So simple that I could probably make it every night." Several reviewers made the recipe in 9x13 or 8x8 baking pans, and it turned out great.

 

8. Slow Cooked Apple Brown Betty

"This was so good, and so easy. I used 3 fuji apples, 1 granny smith, and a pear, just because. This one is a keeper because it is easy to prepare and most of the ingredients are things you have on hand." — Brandy Wiser

 

Slow Cooked Apple Brown Betty

Slow Cooked Apple Brown Betty | Photo by Mrsmegnolia

9. Warm Apple Pocket

You'll actually start with a prepared pie crust for these apple hand pies. Still easier than pie, though. "I didn't have any apple pie spice so I just just a tsp of cinnamon and about 1/8 tsp of nutmeg. I also sprinkled granulated sugar on the outside after brushing with the egg. This was very easy to make and quite tasty too!" — staceykb72

 

Warm Apple Pocket

Warm Apple Pocket | Photo by staceykb72

10. Apple Cobbler Crumble

You have to try this simple 5-ingredient dessert. Alternating layers of sliced apples and a sweet flour/butter/cinnamon mix are baked together to make an easy, comforting fall treat. "I made this recipe for a group of friends and WOW!!! Was it a hit!! Everybody came in for some, and came back for more." — Steve Love. The recipe calls for 1 cup self-rising flour, but don't have any on hand (who does?) make your own with this recipe for Self-Rising Flour.

 

Apple Cobbler Crumble

Apple Cobbler Crumble | Photo by SmellyPrawn


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