Are you overwhelmed with apples? It’s that time of the year – and you’ve got more apples than you know what to do with. Or maybe you’ve been foraging for apples and found you have lots, or you have found people giving them away. Regardless of how you get your apples, you need to know what to do with them except make apple pies.
I’ve been hard at wok finding out the best recipes for you to try, to save you from hours of searching. I’m drowning in apples this year – we inherited two well-established trees this year, so our yield has unexpectedly doubled. And that’s what inspired this post.
Don’t forget to try our 102 pumpkin recipes.
Sweet Apple Recipes
There’s no denying that apples are the star ingredients in some of the very best fall desserts. Think crumbles, pies, muffins, and pastries. The perfect desserts for cool fall evenings. This sweet apple recipes list features a whole range of scrumptious desserts and snacks to help you use up those vast quantities of fruit in the most delicious ways.
These pancakes can be eaten for breakfast. brunch, dinner, ot for a dessert. Served straight from the pan, they are sweet and filling and served with sugar, maple syrup, jam, or bacon.
Easy to make with a really crunchy topping, this vegan apple crumble is flavored with cinnamon and oats. The apples are not skinned and derve with vegan ice cream or whipped cream.
With the addition of spice cake mix, this smells like Fall. This recipe may take three hours to make but you can simply add the ingredients and your slow cooker takes care of the rest.
It’s the secret ingredient of whipped cream that makes these toffee apple pie irrestistable. With the lemon glaze on top, these cookies taste of both toffe apples and the fall.
A really creamy cheesecake, this dessert is full of flavorand it’s topped with a rich caramel apple sauce. The cheesecake is both light and airy and it almost melts in your mouth.
The grown up version of apple crisp, this dessert has Fireball whiskey added to it. It also has cinnamon red hots added to the mixture making the apple crisp explode with the flavor of cinnamon.
A grilled apple dessert, you can cook it on the campfire in foil or in your grill at home. Wrap them in foil ahead of time, then put them in your grill when you want them. Apple with granila and caramel ice cream, what’s not to love.
Easy to make and flavored with apple cider, you can be sure these muffins will really taste of apple. The cubes of apple in this dessert will ensure that the muffins stay nice and moist.
An easy to make apple pancake that is perfect for a weeknight dinner. It’s important you whisk this mixture enough so you avoid the lumps in the batter. There isn’t too much sugar in this recipe, ideal for those who don’t like it too sweet.
These muffins are moist and a great way to add different fruits into a packed lunch box. The apples are coarsely grated for this recipe and the bleberries folded in to prevent them becoming mushy.
This apple-stuffed babka is sweetened only with honey & boiled apple cider. Have it for breakfast or brunch, or serve it after your festive Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) meal!
The scent of crisp apples and cinnamon will fill your home while this bakes in your oven. This is simply an amazing fall dessert recipe. This apple cinnamon croissant cake recipe is so easy to make.
Spiced Hot Fruit Bake is a delicious and healthy holiday breakfast! This gluten-free spiced hot fruit bake also makes for a great topping for waffles, pancakes, or simply by itself! A nutritious dish to add to your Holiday Brunch menu.
This recipe is made with a shortbread crust, spiced apple filling, streusel topping, and homemade salted caramel. Apple pie bars are just as delicious as apple pie but much simpler to make. You’ll love this fun twist on a classic dessert!
This Pumpkin Apple Bread has all of those favorite warm fall flavors you love in the cool fall and winter months. Ridiculously moist and tender, this pumpkin bread makes an excellent breakfast, snack or even gift idea for fall!
Honey Apple Oatmeal Cookies are a nice, healthy variation of oatmeal cookies. Warm apple, soothing honey, and comforting oatmeal makes these cookies a perfect treat for fall… or any time of the year!
These apple pie fries are a fun dessert that looks like french fries but taste like apple pie! Pie crust cut into strips and filled with apple pie filling then baked to crispy perfection. Dip them in caramel sauce to satisfy any sweet tooth!
This pancake is best served hot out of the oven, sprinkled with powdered sugar on top. The pancake puffs up as it is cooked and is spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. A warming dessert that is delicious with a cup of coffee.
Delicious as an evening snack while you’re watching the television, apple pie popcorn is exactly that, popcorn that tastes like apple pie. The popcorn is mixed with cinnamon and mixed in with apple chips.
Savory Apple Recipes
Although apples are most commonly associated with desserts, there are plenty of savory dishes that benefit from apples. Think pork and apple roast, apple and cheese, apple slaw, and so much more! Just remember that the type of apples you choose to use impact the flavor and texture of the recipe.
Panzanella is a Tuscan classic, it consists of toasted stale bread that is then made into chunky croutons, ripe, sweet tomatoes, fragrant basil, the bite of onion and a generous pouring of excellent olive oil – what’s not to like!
The white pan sauce brings all the flavors of this dish together, the sweet Italian sausages with the subtly sweet flavor of the Lady apples. All cooked in one pan, this dish is both easy and quick to make.
Kohlrabi has a sweet and mild flavor so it doesn’t overpower the apple or toasted hazlenuts. It makes a great light lunch or evening snack, and the parmesan taste really shines through.
Chicken, rice, and apples work well together, especially with the combination of herbs and spices that are added. Sage, thyme, and paprika work well together and really bring out the flavor of the apples.
This tart, spicy, and creamy soup is warming on a crisp, fall day. This is a good way to use up those less-than-perfect windfalls. Substitute the chicken stock for veg stock if you want a vegetarian recipe.
The creamy sweet apple pairs well with the crunchy cauliflower and the salty blue cheese. The dressing of vinegar, rapeseed oil, and honey adds to the light salad.
Bursting with juicy goodness from apples, carrots, and cilantro, this crunchy salad makes a great side dish or as a quick snack. It’s so easy to make with a dressing of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and Dijon mustard added.
This healthy Waldorf salad is a vegan take on the classic fruit and nut Waldorf salad. Deliciously creamy apple cider vinegar dressing is used instead of mayonnaise for a lighter and fresher version.
Whether you’re packing these ham, apple and cheese wraps in a lunchbox, serving as an after-school snack, or setting out at a party for an easy appetizer, this sweet and savory combination will be a hit! The sweet, crunchy apple slices pair perfectly with the savory ham and cheese for a crisp snack.
Just four ingredients and thirty minutes is all you need to make this side dish. The sweetness of the apples and the honey, together with the savory butter makes this dish heavenly.
This simple celeriac soup with apple is perfect comfort food as the days shorten. Take a flask of it with you on a meandering fall walk or wrap your hands around a mugful as you natter with friends around a bonfire.
Butternut squash apple bake is the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving table. It is sweet, warm, and also full of fall flavors. The butternut squash, apple, raisins, and pecans pair perfectly together in this side dish.
This recipe is a healthier take on a traditional delicious perogy. The noodles, sauerkraut, and tart apples combine together well. Topped with sour cream theis recipe makes a great addition to a family meal.
These pork chops with apples are a delicious comfort food, but a little bit elevated from the old school. These have onions added and also have the slightly sharp apple cider vinegar added.
These chicken tacos are juicy and tangy with cranberries, apples and herbs, and topped with a sweet and spicy cranberry salsa. If you’re looking for something exciting for youtr holiday menu, you will love these festive tacos!
Start your day with this amazing butternut squash hash recipe! A delicious combination of butternut squash, tart apples, savory ham, and tangy goat cheese, it’s the ultimate comfort food!
This pork loin pairs really well with tart apple and cranberry salsa that has been sweetened with a touch of honey. Serve it with mashed potatoes and garlicky green beans for a formal dinner or enjoy it on a weeknight with soft corn tortillas.
Apple fig arugula salad with goat cheese and walnuts is a delicious sweet and savory salad tossed in a cinnamon maple balsamic dressing! The peppery flavor of the arugula works well with the sweet fig and tangy goats cheese.
The combination of eggplant, apple, cheese inside two tortillias is really delicious. The mild flavor of the eggplant works well with the other ingredients and the cheese pulls all the flavors together.
This maple apple pork chops recipe combines some of falls best flavors into one amazing dinner recipe. Pan-seared pork chops are covered with apples in a creamy maple brandy sauce
This salad is healthy and perfect for fall! This vegetarian salad is full of apples, feta, walnuts, dried cranberries, and red onion for a delicious combination that works great as a main or side dish.
This is a refreshing tomato sauce with a nice bright taste. The apple flavor is not distinctive but rather contributes to the overall impression that this is something other than your typical pasta sauce.
An easy, creamy apple salad, with a hint of peanut butter, that’s perfect for the fall It’s low in fat and contains healthy carbs. Great as a snack, dessert, or potluck offering.
Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, it’s an important part of a Thanksgiving meal! This delicious recipe is chock-full of yummy fruits and veggies and looks really beautiful too.
This creamy apple jicama slaw is fresh and crunchy! With its mix of sweet and tangy flavours, it makes a delicious side for hearty main courses but also works as a cool topping for spicy tacos or burgers.
Savory sausage, apple-sage hand pies are easy to make, easy to serve, and don’t involve utensils or a plate, which makes them perfect for tailgating or picnics!
This maple Balsamic chicken salad with apples will wow your taste buds with the combination of classic fall flavors. Sweet apples. sharp cheddar cheese and bursts of sweet cranberries are mixed with chicken and romaine lettuce in a homemade maple Balsamic vinaigrette.
This leftover turkey apple salad is a twist on the classic chicken salad and a great way to use up that leftover turkey! Ready in just 10 minutes and with all the flavors of Thanksgiving.
A great meal for busy families, pop all the ingredients in your slow cooker and it’s ready when you get home! The pork goes nice and tender while the apples add a nice crunch.
For a healthy side dish, try almond apple quinoa salad. It’s quick to make and easy to make in advance if you’re having friends over. The sweet and salty flavors in this salad pair brilliantly.
Roast pork fillet rolled in thyme served with an apple puree. The apple puree is made with balsamic vinegar and some dried sage, and it really compliments the meat.
Sweet or savory, as you can see from this apple recipe roundup, there are plenty of ways to use all that fruit. Incorporate them into sweet tarts or savory sausage dishes. Put your own twist on your favorite recipes from this list, and let me know what you came up with! Or, if you’ve got your own fabulous recipe that you’d like included here, get in touch and let me know!
What is a good cooking apple?
One of the best cooking apples is a Granny Smith. These apples are quite sour in taste and crisp. They don’t turn to mush when cooked. Another popula choice for a cooking apple is the Fuji apple. It’s quite sweet and is a great choice for muffins and galettes. Like the Granny Smith apple it holds its shape well.
Can eating apples be used for cooking?
Yes, you can! Eating apples do tend to be quite sweet but they make good cooking apples. The French always cook with eating varieties of apples.
What can I do with lots of apples?
Although I’ve given you lots of recipes, you may still have lots you want to use. Dehydrating is a good way of preserving your apples so they last a lot longer. Making apple sauce is another option – it tastes so much better than store bought.
Should you keep apples in the refrigerator?
Yes, the best place to store apples is in the fruit and vegetable crisper drawer in your fridge. This will helpkeep them fresh for a month or more. If you are storing your apples in a fridge in a plastic bag, make sure you put some holes in the bag to let the air in.
Can fresh apples be frozen?
Yes, fresh apples can be frozen as long as you prepare them correctly. You can freeze them whole. You must wash them before you place them on a cookie tray in the freezer. Once they are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag. The idea of placing them on a cookie tray first is that so they don’t all freeze together in a lump.
If you are not in a rush you can slice them before they are put in the freezer. Peel, core and slice the apples. Dip the apples in either lemon juice, salt water, or an ascorbic acid solution, this prevents them from going brown. Freeze the apple slices on a baking tray before putting them in a bag, again this stops them all freezing together.
Can you eat raw cooking apples?
Yes, despite the rumors, you can eat raw cooking apples. You may find them incredibly sharp when you eat them and you may not be keen on the taste but they are safe to eat.