42 of the Greatest Apple Dessert Recipes in the Whole Entire Universe
We. Love. Fall. The changing leaves. The ankle boots. The apple picking. Speaking of apples, you'll want to save and freeze your farm haul for these 42 apple dessert recipes that go beyond the average pie. We're talking doughnuts, biscuits, cake and beyond. You'll want to make them all season long—and perhaps a few will even become part of your regular dessert rotation.
1. Apple Pie Biscuits
You basically stuff dough with cinnamon-laced apple filling and bake. What could be better—or easier—than that?
2. Apple Galette
In the world of desserts, the galette is pie’s easygoing friend. And she looks pretty darn great to boot.
3. Apple-Cider Doughnut Holes
The cider adds a seasonal touch—and also happens to make the dough deliciously moist.
4. Mini Apple Tarts
Fun fact: These minis are baked in mason jar lids.
5. Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies
An individually-sized pie means you don't have to worry about sharing. (Plus, aren't they adorable?)
6. Cranberry Apple Danish
Another fall favorite: cranberries. Why not pair the two together in one tasty confection? Pass the whipped cream.
7. Apple Upside-Down Cake
Don't forget to serve each slice warm with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.
8. Braided Apple Danish Loaf
If you're looking for an apple dessert recipe that will actually impress your mother-in-law, this would be it.
9. Mini Caramel Apples
Rest assured, you can make this country-fair treat at home no problem. Your kids will be thrilled to help too.
10. Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce
A dessert your trainer can be proud of. This version is a million times better than the store-bought stuff. Trust us.
11. Roasted Apple Pavlova with Honey Whipped Cream
Bring three-ingredient meringue to life with brown sugar-roasted Granny Smiths and honey-vanilla whip.
12. Vegan and Gluten-Free Apple Blackberry Crumble Tart
Brown rice and almond flours make this GF dream a reality. And the secret to the crunchy crumble topping? Pine nuts.
13. Apple Blinchiki (Russian Pancakes)
Like a cross between a crepe and a latke. Slather them with sour cream and sour cherry fruit spread before devouring.
14. Gluten-Free Apple Rose Tart
Consider your dinner guests wowed. The apple roses are easier to assemble than you think.
15. Jolly Rancher Candy Apples
It turns out that melted cherry Jolly Rancher candies make a quick-and-easy candy apple topping. And the white chocolate drizzle? *Chef's kiss.*
16. Apple-Cider Pear Spelt Cake
Slice for a surprise. (Yep, those are apple cider-poached pears.)
17. Hard Apple Cider Floats
Sorry kids, this one's for the grown-ups. But you can easily substitute virgin apple cider if they get too jealous.
19. Cinnamon Sheet Cake with Cider Frosting
Dessert is only an hour away, homemade apple cider frosting and all. The key is reducing store-bought cider into easy cider syrup.
20. Goat Cheese, Apple and Honey Tarts
Tangy goat cheese, fragrant rosemary and store-bought puff pastry are all invited to dessert. Use sweet apples like Galas or Braeburns for the best results.
21. Chai-Spiced Apple Ricotta Galette
Mellow ricotta cheese plays Honeycrisp apples' creamy partner in crime. And it'll be ready in 45 minutes.
22. Apple Danish
Flaky crust. Crumb topping. Cinnamon-nutmeg apples. Simple vanilla glaze. What's not to like?
23. Puff Pastry Apple Galette
We'll never get sick of making dessert in the cast-iron skillet. Just top it with ice cream and caramel and she's ready for her debut.
24. Cinnamon Sugar Apple Puff Pastry
A 35-minute gem that's impossible not to like. Frozen puff pastry makes it a total cinch to assemble.
25. Baked Apple Cider Donuts
Bye-bye, messy frying. All you need is your trusty oven and 50 minutes to reach coffee-dunking nirvana.
26. Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars
Dress simple shortbread crust with five-ingredient pie filling, streusel topping and homemade salted caramel sauce. We dare you to only have one.
27. Easy Cinnamon Baked Apples
We love flaky pie crust and puff pastry too, but there's something to be said for a no-fuss dessert that puts apples front and center.
28. Brown Sugar-Apple Pie Pop Tarts with Chai-Spiced Icing
Breakfast is served. And the kids won't miss the store-bought stuff one bit.
29. The Best Apple Crisp
Bring on all the Granny Smiths—no peeling required. Thank brown sugar, chopped pecans and old-fashioned oats for the crispy topping.
30. Easy Apple Strudel with Phyllo
America's favorite pie filling goes Greek. And it all comes together in under an hour.
31. No-Bake Apple Donuts
For when you need dessert like, yesterday. Let your kids decorate to their sprinkle-loving hearts' content.
32. Paleo Apple Cinnamon Ice Cream
No diet could stand between us and dessert. Thanks to this coconut milk ice cream sweetened with maple syrup, you can have the best of both worlds.
33. Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
Cheesecake, meet apple pie. They'll become BFFs under a drizzle of caramel in half an hour.
34. Double the Streusel Apple Butter Bars
Apple butter is the excitement your morning toast has been craving. Try your hand at making it homemade or save time with store-bought.
35. Spiced Pecan Apple Cider Doughnut Cake
Alexa, add autumn leaves bundt pan to our shopping cart.
36. Sweet and Salty Chocolate-Drizzled Cider Caramel Apples
These have Halloween party favor written all over them. The caramel dip is rich with apple cider, butter and heavy cream.
37. Cinnamon Apple Puffed Pancake
We've never met a Dutch baby we didn't like. Especially one drenched in cinnamon-butter maple syrup.
38. Cinnamon Apple Babka
Your local Jewish bakery will miss you. Make the full recipe or store half the dough in the freezer to bake within three months.
39. Caramel Apple Cake
The easiest (and tastiest) centerpiece there is. It's slathered with cream cheese frosting and all the salted caramel.
40. Bourbon Apple Fritters
Your donut shop go-to is totally within reach. And this time, it'll be covered in a sweet, buttery bourbon glaze.
41. Paper Bag Apple Pie
Call it en papillotte if you're fancy. The whole pie bakes in a brown paper bag to make the crust irresistibly flaky.