Our Favorite Recipes with Apples

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Looking for recipes with apples? We’ve got some classic dishes that you’re sure to love, as well as some unique recipes to give you a great variety of options.

If you have apple trees, you’re familiar with the annual chore of picking all the apples. But then there’s the harder part of figuring out what to do with tons and tons of apples.

My in-laws have a few apple trees, and I’m always amazed at the yield they get. We often just eat them straight off the trees, or make something easy like an apple salad or a caramel apple. But there are so many apples that we need to get creative. So I decided to do some exploring to found some interesting apple recipes for us all to enjoy.

So whether you own apple trees, enjoy apple picking, or simply love apples, these are the recipes for you!

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Wondering whether a granny smith apple is a sweet or tart apple? What about a golden delicious? Check out this helpful guide of apple varieties. You can review the flavor profiles of many common varieties.

Breakfast Recipes with Apples

The Apple Tansey – A Vintage Recipe

Our first apple goodie is one of my favorite apple recipes for breakfast: the apple tansey. I never knew egg and apple could taste so amazing together. And once you cut up all the apple slices, this is a quick dish to cook up.

This dish can be quite beautiful if you perfectly arrange the sliced apples, but if it ends up looking more like an apple jumble, don’t fret. It’s still going to taste excellent.

Apple Tansey

This colonial American dessert recipe dates back to the 18th century. One taste and you'll see why it has endured the test of time!

Healthy Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Cinnamon apples in my oatmeal? Yes please. I love making these apple pie oats for workdays because it’s easy to prep and so delicious.

I sweeten mine with a little maple syrup, and it’s just perfect.

Healthy Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Make these healthy overnight oats part of your evening routine so you can jump start your day with a sturdy meal that'll stick.

Apple Butter

This apple butter is a great topping for apple fritters, English muffins, and waffles.

Or top your apple cinnamon pancakes with apple butter for extra apple goodness!

Apple Butter

Apple Butter

Learn how to make apple butter and fill your house with the aroma of cooking apples, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves. Our apple butter recipe is great on toast or spooned into oatmeal!

Instant Pot Applesauce

For this applesauce we used Honey Crisp and Granny Smith apples. Honey Crisp apples maintain their sweet flavor even when cooked, making them a good choice for applesauce.

While Granny Smith apples are more tart, they are good all-round cooking apples, and their flavor is enhanced when combined with the sweeter Honey Crisp apples. 

Once you make your own applesauce with fresh apples, you’ll never go back to the stuff in jars.

instant pot applesauce on table with instant pot

Instant Pot Applesauce

This instant pot applesauce recipe is a great way to use up your in season apples. It's great for canning, for baby food, and for you!

Appetizer Recipes with Apples

Baked Brie In Puff Pastry

This baked brie recipe uses a cranberry and apple mixture with chopped pecans as the filling. And a flaky puff pastry surrounds all the goodness.

Baked Brie In Puff Pastry (With Apple & Cranberry)

The perfect appetizer! Baked brie in puff pastry with apples and cranberries make this the perfect flavor combination.

Check out how easy it is to make!

Butternut Squash Apple Soup

This is a unique one, and it just might become your new favorite soup.

If you love standard butternut squash soup, definitely try out this apple version.

Butternut Squash Apple Soup {Homemade Croutons!} - WellPlated.com

Butternut Squash Apple Soup {Homemade Croutons!} – WellPlated.com

Butternut Squash Apple Soup with Parmesan Sage Croutons is a healthy and easy squash soup recipe! Freezer-friendly, creamy, and delicious!

Dessert Recipes with Apples

Apple Pound Cake With Caramel Frosting

This apple pound cake has to be one of the best apple recipes.

In the South, caramel is considered a staple just like chocolate. We LOVE to create full flavor recipes with the smooth, creamy taste of caramel.

When you add the fresh apples and the decadence of a pound cake, well, the result is almost sinful.

Apple Pound Cake With Caramel Frosting

This apple pound cake with caramel frosting is so tasty and delicious. It's a great dessert to make ahead of time, even freeze, and enjoy for days.

Apple Crisp

This is the best apple crisp recipe I’ve tried. I added some chopped pecans to its topping when I made this dish at Christmas, and it was a crowd favorite.

Bite into those warm tender apples and enjoy!

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

This easy Apple Crisp is a Classic Fall dessert that’s beyond delicious. Warm spiced apples sweetened with brown sugar under a CRUNCHY topping with lots of oats makes for a perfect dessert.

Apple Crumble

What’s the difference between an apple crisp, apple cobbler, and apple crumble?

Check out this recipe to learn the difference and try out their great cinnamon apple crumble.

Homemade Apple Crumble (Ready in Under 1 Hour!) - Spend With Pennies

Homemade Apple Crumble (Ready in Under 1 Hour!) – Spend With Pennies

This homemade Apple Crumble is loaded with pieces of apples and cinnamon spices, then sprinkled with a sweet & crunchy topping!

Apple Slab Pie

This apple pie is big enough to serve a crowd. Everyone will love this cinnamon apple delight.

Top it with some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and you’re in business!

Apple Slab Pie

This apple slab pie with crumble topping is super yummy and perfect for fall desserts and parties. Comfort food at its finest!

Baked Apple

This is an easy and delicious cooked apple dessert. The apples are stuffed with brown sugar and butter. Yum!

Top your baked apple with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream for a extra-delicious dessert.

Old-Fashioned Baked Apples - Once Upon a Chef

Old-Fashioned Baked Apples – Once Upon a Chef

Easier than apple pie but just as satisfying, baked apples make a cozy and light dessert for a chilly night.

Cinnamon Apple Fritters

I’ve tried making apple fritters in the air fryer, and this is one food where I think the deep fry works best. So, this apple fritter recipe uses the traditional deep-fry method.

The flour and apple mixture is quick to make and fry. A glaze of milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla makes for a tasty and easy topping.

Apple Fritters

Apple Fritters

Apple Fritters are luscious deep fried donuts filled with apples, cinnamon and drizzled with an easy three ingredient glaze.

Apple Tart

You can really use any fruit for this recipe, but we prefer the making the apple tart.

You’ll love the beautiful presentation of the sliced apples in their rustic crust.

Rustic Apple Tart Recipe

Rustic Apple Tart Recipe

This is the flakiest, easiest, best pie crust we’ve ever tested. Master chef Jacques Pépin has created a virtually fail-safe recipe that is completely…

Beverage Recipes with Apples

Apple Cider

It’s a bit of effort, but if you love apple cider, you’ll really enjoy drinking your own homemade version.

And you won’t even need an apple press for this recipe.

Homemade Apple Cider

Homemade Apple Cider

Here’s an easy way to make fresh apple cider without an apple press.

Apple Juice

If you love juice but apple cider just isn’t your thing, try this refreshing apple juice recipe.

No juicer required!

No Juicer Required For This Easy Fresh Apple Juice

No Juicer Required For This Easy Fresh Apple Juice

This apple juice is a snap to fix with fresh fruit—and there’s no juicer or blender required! Use sweet apples and you won’t need to add sugar.

Did we include your favorite apple recipes? Let us know in the comments!

Our Favorite Recipes with Apples

Looking for recipes with apples? We've got some classic dishes that you'll love, as well as some unique recipes that will give you a great variety of options.
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