21 Essential Apple Recipes for Fall

21 Essential Apple Recipes for Fall

Sheela Prakash
Nov 27, 2016
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It just wouldn't be fall without apples. Once the first crop arrives, we just can't get enough of them, whether eaten as is, sliced as a snack, baked into warm treats, or even added to savory dishes. Here are 21 of our best apple recipes for the season.

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1. Mini Apple Rose Pies

These little pies are almost too pretty to eat. (Although the scent of brown sugar and butter is sure to keep you from simply staring at them.)

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2. Whipped Yogurt with Apples and Walnuts

Whip together Greek yogurt, heavy cream, and honey and you've got a decadent treat that straddles the line between dessert and breakfast — and we encourage you to eat it for both.

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3. Fall Harvest Freekeh Salad

This seasonal salad is as hearty as it is colorful. It also holds up well, which means you can enjoy it for lunch for a few days without worrying about it wilting.

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4. Honey-Apple Layer Cake

Fragrant cardamom and lemon zest take the place of the usual roster of fall spices in this showstopping layer cake.

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5. Baked Apples Stuffed with Oatmeal & Brown Sugar

This homey dessert allows for each person to get their own warm stuffed apple. Just don't forget a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.

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6. Kale with Apples, Currants, and Warm Pancetta Vinaigrette

A warm dressing is the perfect way to transition your salads into fall. It slightly wilts the kale and makes the salad feel more substantial and satisfying.

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7. Apple Pie Breakfast Cookies

Here's a wholesome way to eat both pie and cookies for breakfast. Plus these oatmeal-based cookies pack up great so they're perfect for on-the-go breakfasts.

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8. Honey Apple Mini Bundt Cakelets

Almond meal in the batter helps make these cakes extra moist and tender and also lends a welcome nutty flavor to each bite.

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9. Kale & Apple Soup

Apple lends just a little sweetness to this simple soup that's best finished with a creamy dollop of crème fraîche or plain yogurt.

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10. Apple Zucchini Muffins

Bake these tender muffins in early fall, when that bumper crop of zucchini collides with the abundance of fresh apples.

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11. Steel-Cut Oats with Maple-Roasted Apples and Cheddar

Here's proof that apples and cheddar belong together. The sharp cheese provides the ideal contrast to the sweet apples and makes for a bowl of oats that will surprise you in the best way.

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12. Glazed Apple Fritters

Really, nothing beats indulging in a sticky-sweet apple fritter. We encourage you to bite into one freshly fried — once it's cool enough to grab with your hands.

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13. Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

If you need an excuse to throw a party, this is it. This bubbly pitcher cocktail is the perfect way to toast to the season.

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14. Streusel-Topped Apple Pie Muffins

What isn't better with streusel on top? Not much really. Enjoy these warm on one of those cool, crisp Saturday mornings that fall does best.

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15. Spelt Crust Pizza with Fennel, Prosciutto, and Apples

Swapping out regular flour for spelt flour makes for a pizza crust that's extra-crispy, nutty, and also whole-grain. The apples pair wonderfully with the thinly sliced fennel and salty prosciutto.

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16. Apple Yogurt Cake with Cinnamon-Sugar Streak

The best part about this cake is that it actually gets more moist as it sits, thanks to the apples and yogurt. It will keep for several days, although it probably won't take you that long to finish it.

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17. Double-Crust Apple Pie

Everyone needs a classic apple pie recipe in their back pocket. If you don't already have one, this is it.

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18. Apple Cabbage Salad with Cider Vinaigrette

This crisp salad, dressed in a sweet and tangy apple cider vinaigrette, is a nice contrast to heavier fall meals like chili and stews.

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19. Brown Butter Apple Loaf

Browning the butter before adding it to the quick bread batter makes for a loaf that's more deeply flavored and complex than most.

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20. Baked Apple Dumplings

Wrap apples up individually in pie crust and bake them and you've got one crowd-pleasing dessert — just don't forget the caramel sauce on top.

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21. Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples, Hazelnuts & Brown Butter Dressing

This salad is great for parties, as it can be assembled ahead of time and refrigerated for a few hours or even overnight. Just let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.

Now that it's apple picking season, it's especially hard to "pick" just one of these dishes to make. Our recipe roulette will make your choice easier by pausing the video whenever you want to decide which recipe you will be making with apples soon.

Here are some extra recipes we've added to the roulette for more apple choices.

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