Best Fall Apple Recipes (2024)

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Get ready to cook and bake some of the most delicious autumn apple recipes! This collection includes our favorite apple recipes. From delicious apple recipes for dinner to apple dessert recipes, we've got the sweet and savory dishes to celebrate fall's favorite fruit!

This post was originally published on October 28, 2013. It has been updated with new photos, text, and newer recipes on September 28, 2023.

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Fall brings so many delicious sweet and savory seasonal ingredients to the table.

Pumpkin recipes are everywhere. Try our Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins, Pumpkin Roll Cakes with Cream Cheese Filling, or Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Gingersnap Crust.

It's also time for Brussels sprouts to take center stage.

But more than any other delicious fall ingredient, I would say that autumn is most definitely apple season, above all else.

Some of my favorite fall recipes include fresh apples. From tart apples to sweet apples, there are so many delicious recipes using juicy apples.

I mean who can resist warm apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, fresh apple cider donuts, or a tasty apple crisp?

But before we get in the kitchen and start making these fall apple recipes, let's first look at the best apples for cooking and the best apples for baking.

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  • 🍎 Which types of apples are best for cooking?
  • 🍏 Which apples are best for baking?
  • 👩🏻‍🍳 More apple cooking and baking FAQs
  • Best autumn apple recipes
  • Autumn Apple Recipes
  • More fall recipes

🍎 Which types of apples are best for cooking?

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Gala apples are my family's favorite apples. We almost always have some of these juicy apples in our house.

These red apples have great flavor and don't brown as quickly as some other apples do (I'm looking at you, Braeburn apples!). That means they're great for using in fresh salads or in cooked dishes like Pork Tenderloin with Apples, Cider, and Sage.

🍏 Which apples are best for baking?

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Hands down, the best apples to use in most apple desserts are Granny Smith green apples.

Granny Smith apples have a delicious tart flavor that adds a nice balance to the sweetness of fall baking. And more importantly, these green apples tend to hold their shape during baking. They are less likely to turn to mush under the heat.

Another great green apple is Golden Delicious.

Honeycrisp apples also tend to retain their structure during baking. These apples are were developed by the University of Minnesota in the 1960s, making them a relative newcomer to the apple world. They have a balanced honey sweet and tart flavor and are nice and crisp. Perfect for baking in pies, especially!

Fuji apples are some of the sweetest apples you'll find on the market. This makes them a delicious candidate for baking in a traditional apple pie. They are also great in galettes tarts, crisps, and more.

👩🏻‍🍳 More apple cooking and baking FAQs

Is it better to peel apples before baking?

This is a personal preference, and you can bake apple desserts with or without the peels. The peels do add some texture to the baked goods, but unpeeled apples tend to bake up nice and smooth, giving desserts a more pleasant texture that people are used to. It's up to you, but I prefer to peel apples before baking with them.

Can I cut apples ahead of time?

Yes! We have an apple tree that is prolific in fruiting, and we end up peeling, coring, and slicing apples then putting them in freezer bags to use throughout the fall and winter. You can also make Freezer Apple Pie Filling that you can use for Air Fryer Apple Hand Pies, Mini Apple Pies, and Apple Whiskey Hand Pies.

Best autumn apple recipes

This collection of the best apple recipes contains apple breakfast, apple side dishes, and sweet dessert recipes.

Autumn Apple Recipes

Apple breakfast recipes

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Fluffy Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Fall weekends call for a big stack of these Fluffy Apple Cinnamon Pancakes. With a cinnamon sugar coating that adds a sweet crunch to each pancake, these are decadent, indulgent pancakes perfect for cozy fall mornings.

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Apple Fritter Donut

Crunchy, buttery apple fritters with caramel apple dipping sauce are a decadent weekend breakfast or brunch!

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Apple Cinnamon Muffins (with carrots and zucchini!)

These apple cinnamon muffins with shredded carrots and zucchini are a healthier, super tasty fall breakfast or brunch! A great way to sneak some veggies into your day - and your kids won't even notice the veggies!

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Apple Cinnamon Donuts

Baked apple cinnamon donuts are the ultimate fall treat! Dunk them in your morning coffee or enjoy them after a day at the pumpkin patch.

Apple dinner recipes

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Hard Cider, Apples and Sage

Pork tenderloin grilled with apples and hard cider, along with rich herbs, is a satisfying fall dinner recipe.

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Classic Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

Diced green apples lend a tart, delicious crunch to classic chicken salad sandwiches!

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Apple Cider Pork Chops

Pork Chops with an Apple Cider Glaze make a satisfying, delicious dinner!

Apple side dishes

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples

This Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Pomegranate dish is a bright, healthy vegan side dish that balances fall's best comfort food. This is a great healthy Thanksgiving side dish, too!

Apple dessert recipes

Apple slices are perfect for so many different fall desserts. You're sure to find your next favorite dessert in this collection!

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Air Fryer Apple Hand Pies

Made with puff pastry, a classic apple pie filling, and drizzled with sweet caramel sauce, these air fryer apple hand pies are the ultimate handheld fall dessert! Great for any fall gathering like Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, or Halloween, it's also a yummy apple dessert for cozy movie nights in and easy weekend baking.

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Apple Pie Bars

If you With a buttery shortbread crust and a crunchy sugary topping, these Apple Pie Bars are a fun and delicious way to enjoy the cinnamon apple flavors of fall's classic dessert!

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Skillet Apple Cranberry Crisp

One-skillet Apple Cranberry Crisp is a sweet, crunchy fall dessert. A great dessert to serve a crowd, or at the campfire.

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Chewy Apple Granola Bars

Looking for a healthy after-school snack? These Chewy Apple Granola Bars are a delicious and nutritious fall treat you and your kids will love!

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Apple Whiskey Hand Pies

Apple Whiskey Hand Pies are easy to make, and the apple whiskey with crispy pastry will warm you right up on a chilly fall day!

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Adorable Mini Apple Pies

What's better than apple pie? MINI Apple Pies! More crust to filling ratio means more yumminess all around.

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Freezer Apple Pie Filling

This is a great fall recipe for when you have an abundance of apples and want to prep ahead for apple pies. This recipe makes enough for two batches of apple pie filling that you can freeze for months, then take out and make apple pies, apple hand pies, apple crisps, and more.

More fall recipes

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  • Air Fryer Chicken Pot Pie
  • Filipino Beef Giniling recipe
  • Arugula and Pear Salad

Did you try and love any of these recipes? Please consider leaving a 5-star 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 rating and a review in the comments. Thanks!

This post was originally published on October 28, 2013. It has been updated with new photos, text, and newer recipes on October 2, 2020 and then again on September 10, 2022.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Jennifer Allen says

    OMGEE! I have to try all of these recipes! What a great collection!


  2. Christian Guzman says

    What a great post! And, it's so timely. We just received two bushels of apples from market. I will have a tough time choosing between these incredible looking recipes.


  3. Jess says

    Fall time is my favorite because of all the apple recipes. There are so many good ones to choose from here. I think the Apple Fritter may be my favorite!


  4. Beth says

    I agree. Apples are my favorite fall ingredient. I love the sound of the brussels sprouts and that boozy dessert is a must try! Thanks for this collection of delicious recipes!


  5. Shanna says

    These all looks so good. The hard is going to be which one to choose first.


  6. Marylou Ivy says

    Sounds easy and yummy! Question..should I blind bake my crust for my pie or can I add the Apple pie filling and bake until crust is done??


  7. Renee says

    I forgot to mix the cornstarch with the sugar and spices before adding it to the water, so I had to run it through the blender before adding the apples! hahaha, turned out fine, though : )


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