These delicious desserts are perfect for celebrating the sweet-and-spicy season.

By Betty Gold
September 17, 2020
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Here's the thing: I'd never say this in front of my aunt who always makes the most perfect-looking pumpkin pie for holidays, but that stuff just really doesn't do it for me. I'm all for team apple—it's the ideal festive fall dessert, filled with fresh fruit, warming spices, and (just sayin') it doesn't come out of a can.

It's perfectly OK if you don't agree, because in my humble opinion, the two types of pie should be required at every holiday dinner party from September through December (OK, August). But from-scratch pie baking can be an intimidating art form, which is why we've rounded up tons of content to make this year's dessert the most delicious one yet. For starters, find the best types of apples to use in apple pie here, then check out Thomas Keller's top tips for apple pie technique. And whether you're just getting started baking or you've been perfecting the perfect pie crust for longer than even my dear Aunt has, chances are you can use some recipe inspiration.

Here, our absolute favorite apple pie recipes for fall, winter, and every other season.

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If you're looking to have just one reliable, traditional, and downright drool-worthy apple pie recipe in your arsenal, let this be The One. It's packed with eight cups of fresh apples that get enveloped in flaky pie crust, butter, cider vinegar, and all the warming spices. 

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Once you smell this Gingery Apple Crumb Pie baking in the oven, you're going to wish you could make your kitchen (slash entire house) smell like the sweet, spicy, and aromatic dessert every day. Follow our Flaky Pie Crust recipe or use a store-bought piecrust, fitted into a 9-inch pie plate in a pinch.

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Think of this Apple Crumb Pie as your traditional apple pie recipe with the added perk of having a loaded layer of sweet, spiced crumbles on top. If you're not a fan of walnuts, feel free to swap almonds, pecans, or cashews instead. 

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This super cute dessert offers all the flavors and scents of a warm apple pie in the form of pre-portioned, single-serve treats that could almost pass as healthy. Each apple gets filled with from-scratch pie filling and is finished with a swirl of pecan-oat crumble on top. 

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These Butterscotch-Apple Mini Pies pack all the buttery goodness of a traditional apple pie, only they're baked in a muffin tin instead of a pie pan. You'll add an easy caramel sauce made from warm cream and butterscotch chips. Eat this warm and a la mode or go all out and bake one up for breakfast.

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The only thing better than apple pie? Apple pie that's also packed with fresh pears and raisins and topped with a sweet, buttery brown sugar crumble topping. Serve with vanilla ice cream for the ultimate holiday dessert.

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Here, we've combined two traditional pies into one big-sized pie bar for a crowd-friendly dessert that's twice as tasty. Think crisp apples, tart cranberries, a crumb topping, and the easiest-ever pie crust—simply create a shortbread-like dough that gets pressed into the baking dish (read: no rolling pin necessary).