Just in time for fall, I’ve collected 25 easy apple recipes. We’re about to harvest our own apples here at Seven Oaks, but if you don’t have fresh apples, pick up your favorites from a farm stand, farmer’s market or local store and get cooking!
25 Easy Apple Recipes for Fall
A lot of people think that fall is “pumpkin spice everything” time, but for me, it’s apples. When I was a kid, my parents would pile us into the car and we’d drive to the Jericho Cider Mill on Long Island. It wasn’t fall without a gallon of their fresh-pressed cider, a candy apple for myself and my sister, and a bag of Macintosh apples, my favorite, to chomp on while we watched football on a Sunday afternoon.
Many things have changed since those days. I still love Macintosh apples and football, but I live in Virginia now and grow most of my own apples. I grow Winesap, Jonathan, and several other apple varieties more suited to baking and cooking than to fresh eating. If our trees every produce an abundance, I will definitely scout out a cider press, though!
In honor of our forthcoming apple harvest and everything fall, I’ve put together this list of 25 easy apple recipes for fall. These aren’t my recipes, but links to terrific, simple and easy apple recipes I’ve found online. They had to meet several criteria to be included:
- No crazy ingredients that are hard to find for the average person
- A taste that would appeal to everyone in the family, from the youngest to the oldest
- As easy as you can make it
Without further ado, here is my pick of the crop, the 25 easy apple recipes to bookmark and take you right through the fall and into Thanksgiving. Happy Harvest!
Easy Apple Recipes: Baked and Candied
These recipes feature apples baked in the oven or dipped in a variety of coatings for a sweet treat.
- Baked Apple Recipe from Simply Recipes features apples, spices, and raisins. It’s the traditional fall baked apple recipe.
- Candied Apple Recipe using corn syrup, apples and ingredients for the candy coating.
- Carmel Apple Recipe: If you love caramel, this recipe is to die for! From the Food Network.
- Candied “Poison” Apples: Use Jolly Ranchers to make blue, pink and other weird colored apples for your Halloween parties.
- Dried Apples: Make simple dried apple slices in your oven. No dehydrator or special equipment required.
Video: How to Make Candied Apples
Apple Crisp-Type Recipes
My family loves apple crisps and cobblers. My recipe is included here, which makes a crunchy top if you use real butter. If you use margarine in the topping, it melts into the cobbler, which isn’t bad but won’t give you the same nutty-crunchy taste when you bite into a spoonful.
- Simple Apple Cobbler Recipe – from my files.
- Land O’Lakes Apple Cobbler Recipe: from the folks at the butter and margarine company comes this simple recipe for apple cobbler.
- Bourbon Apple Pandowdy: This recipe is from my good friend and fellow blogger, Marye Audet-White. She blogs at Restless Chipotle and is an amazing chef and food blogger. Although not as simple as the other recipes, if Marye makes it, it’s good, so check it out!
- Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp: Oh my. This is as good as it gets!
- Winning Apple Crisp Recipe: From a Taste of Home, this recipe is old-fashioned and warming.
Apple Breads, Muffins, Tea Breads
Each fall when I was a teenager, I would bake apple muffins. Diced apples in a moist, light batter made a tender breakfast muffin that was quite a treat. These recipes create similar muffins, tea breads and quick breads.
- Apple Muffins: Ellie Krieger from the Food Network’s Apple Muffin recipe.
- Apple Pie Muffins: Tastes like pie, but eat it for breakfast!
- Apple Strudel Muffins: The sugar-topped muffins taste like crisp apple strudel.
- Debbie’s Amazing Apple Bread: A fan favorite over at All Recipes, this quick bread can be served as dessert or breakfast.
- Cinnamon Apple Bread: The Happy Homemaker blog shares this delightful recipe with a cinnamon twist.
Apple Pie Recipes
Now we get to the good stuff: apple pie recipes. If you don’t love apple pie, you may want to find another blog. (Just kidding but I do love it!). Apple pie can be serve a la mode, which means with ice cream on top, with Cool Whip or whipped cream, or with a dollop of caramel sauce. However you like your apple pie, make one of these pies, pour a big ice cold glass of milk, and enjoy. Savor every bite.
- Red Hots Candy Apple Pie: When my friend Marye at Restless Chipotle published this recipe a few weeks ago, I bookmarked it, printed it, and pinned it. It looks amazing. Red Hots candies give it a unique flavor and bright red color. Healthy? Probably not, but when it tastes this good, who cares?
- Easy Apple Pie Recipe: You can make the crust ahead of time or buy a premade crust at the store for this simple apple pie recipe.
- Grandma Ople’s Apple Pie Recipe: I don’t know Grandma Ople, but grandmas tend to be good bakers, or at least the old-fashioned kind of grandmas were good bakers. The recipe looks fantastic.
- Cinnamon Crumble Apple Pie: An apple pie recipe with cinnamon-infused crumb topping. Delicious!
- Dutch Apple Pie: I actually prefer this to the crust topping. Dutch apple pies have a crumb topping.
Video: How to Make a Pie Crust
Other Apple Recipes: Apple Butter, Jams, Preserves
You can make apple butter, preserves and spreads to enjoy your apple harvest throughout the year. These recipes will show you how.
- Apple Butter Recipe
- Overnight Apple Butter Recipe: Make this in your slow cooker or Crock Pot.
- Apple Pie Jam Recipe: My sister makes apple pie jam and gives it to friends for Christmas. I like to mix this into oatmeal for a tasty treat.
- Apple Jam recipe from Bon Appetit. Use this instead of applesauce.
- And no post on cooking with apples would be complete without an applesauce recipe, this one from the Ball Canning Fresh Preserving site.
Jeanne Grunert is a certified Virginia Master Gardener and the author of several gardening books. Her garden articles, photographs, and interviews have been featured in The Herb Companion, Virginia Gardener, and Cultivate, the magazine of the National Farm Bureau. She is the founder of The Christian Herbalists group and a popular local lecturer on culinary herbs and herbs for health, raised bed gardening, and horticulture therapy.