40 Festive, Flavorful Apple Recipes to Make This Fall
There are over 750 varieties of apples in the world, and more than 100 types of apples that exist in the United States alone. So when cooking and baking with apples, make sure to choose your varieties carefully: tart Granny Smiths and sweet Cortlands are not always interchangeable.
Here, we have 40 delicious, easy apple recipes you'll love eating this fall—and all year long.
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Caramelized Onion Tarts With Apples
These puff pastry bites combine tart apples with caramelized onions for a unique fall flavor that’s sure to please. Bake a few tarts for a dinner-party appetizer or a book club snack—or make one for a light meal served alongside a kale or perfectly fall mixed green salad.
Get the recipe: Caramelized Onion Tarts With Apples
Pumpkin Pavlova with Roasted Apples
Most of us who love pavlova think of it as a berry-packed summer treat, but we switched this one up using leftover pumpkin puree and sweet-tart Honeycrisp apples to give it an apropos fall twist.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin Pavlova with Roasted Apples.
Sheet Pan Pork With Fennel and Apples
To ensure a golden-brown crust on this pork, you’ll start by roasting everything, and then crank it up to broil to seal the glaze in. Honeycrisp apples work well in this recipe because they hold their shape when baked. If you can’t find them at your market, Jonagold or Pink Lady apples will work well, too.
Get the recipe: Sheet Pan Pork With Fennel and Apples
Spiced Apple Kombucha
Wow your guests with this cocktail containing kombucha, spiced rum, and classic winter spices. Make it a few days ahead of your event to let the flavors really come together. Then, serve it up in a highball glass with ice and an apple to garnish.
Get the recipe: Spiced Apple Kombucha
Sausage and Apple Stuffing
Sweet Italian sausage mingles with chopped tart apples and sage in this lovely autumn dish. We use a cubed baguette for a toasted crouton feel, but you can play around with the base: try using crumbled-up cornbread, cubed challah, or brioche instead.
Get the recipe: Sausage and Apple Stuffing
Apple and Watercress Salad
Here, you simply toss sliced red apples with watercress, olive oil, lemon juice, and tarragon for a surprisingly flavorful (and crowd-pleasing!) side. Watercress is similar to arugula, and gives the salad a nice peppery kick.
Get the recipe: Apple and Watercress Salad
Boozy Apple Cider Slushie
Want to know how to win at any fall or winter holiday? Make boozy apple cider slushies. These delightful frozen cocktails taste like nothing you’ve ever had before. If you want to get super fancy, garnish each drink with an apple slice and cinnamon stick. Your friends will be begging you to make these all year round.
Get the recipe: Boozy Apple Cider Slushie
Apple Pie Baked Apples
These single-serve apple pie-stuffed apples are almost too cute to eat. While they take a bit more work than some other apple pie recipes, they're sure to impress anyone from potluck guests to your picky in-laws. The recipe calls for Honeycrisp apples, but you can use a smaller variety to make these treats truly bite-sized.
Get the recipe: Apple Pie Baked Apples
Irish Apple Cake With Custard Sauce
One of Ireland’s most popular desserts, the spiced apple cake is known for its crunchy sugar crust. Tart Granny Smith apples keep the cake from being too sweet, and a blend of ginger, nutmeg, and allspice make each bite warm and comforting. Serve directly from the oven, with a generous drizzle of custard sauce.
Get the recipe: Irish Apple Cake With Custard Sauce.
Apple Coffee Cake Twist With Giant Crumbs
The sweet-and-spicy cinnamon crumb topping is unquestionably the best part of any coffee cake. So naturally, we made it the star of this dessert. Here, the big, buttery crumbs sit atop an elegant crescent roll twist, which is more striking to serve (and simple to bake) than a traditional coffee cake. Add apples to the mix, and you've got pastry perfection.
Get the recipe: Apple Coffee Cake Twist With Giant Crumbs
Celery and Apple Salad With Toasted Buckwheat
Celery, apple, and toasted buckwheat deliver a variety of textures that make this healthy lunch idea extremely satisfying. Toasted buckwheat is a fun and nutritious add-on that fits into a gluten-free diet. Bonus: this recipe won't wilt like other salads by the time the clock hits lunchtime.
Get the recipe: Celery and Apple Salad With Toasted Buckwheat
Fish Tacos With Green Apple Guacamole
Adding diced apple to guacamole gives it extra crunch and a distinctive tartness that makes this dish seriously addictive.
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Apple, Sausage, and Cheddar Monkey Bread
The best breakfast recipes (like this one) make sleeping in a bit longer easier. With just four ingredients, you can whip up this crowd-pleasing brunch recipe in 15 minutes. Then while it bakes, you can slice up fruit or scramble a few eggs to finish the feast.
Get the Recipe: Apple, Sausage, and Cheddar Monkey Bread
Mustardy Kale Salad With Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple
Packed with protein and fiber, this hearty main course salad is a nutritional powerhouse. Combine the kale, roasted sweet potato, chopped apple, and almonds in a large bowl and drizzle with a tangy mustard vinaigrette. Once dressed, massage the kale with clean hands to make the salad more palatable.
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Chopped Winter Salad With Butternut Squash, Apple, and Feta
Full of contrasting flavors and textures, this salad combines sweet roasted butternut squash with chickpeas, crunchy apples, briny olives, and salty feta cheese. The whole thing is finished with a drizzle of dill dressing.
Get the recipe: Chopped Winter Salad With Butternut Squash, Apple, and Feta
Candy apples are undeniably photogenic and, more importantly, delicious. Apples and salty-sweet caramel? It’s almost too good. Serve the apples on a wax-paper platter for people to pick up and take with them, or in a sealed box for guests to take as they leave.
Get the recipe: Candy Apples
Eat your greens and keep the doctor away with this healthy smoothie recipe. It’s great if you're looking for a post-workout recovery drink or something to sip on on the way to work. If you're really pressed for time, you can blend it the night before, freeze it, and let it thaw for sipping later.
Get the Recipe: Kale-Apple Smoothie
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Sweet Potato and Apple Soup With Cheese and Walnuts
The lusciousness of a sweet potato, combined with tender onions, helps give this easy soup a delicious creaminess without a speck of cream. Nutmeg brings out the sweetness of the cooked sweet potato and apple, and a side of tangy blue cheese and crisp apples is the perfect pair for this classic fall meal.
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Cabbage and Apple Slaw
Roast Chicken, Apples, and Leeks
Roast Pork Tenderloin With Spicy Apple-Green Chile Salsa
Pork With Sautéed Granny Smith Apples
Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple Soup
Creamy Barley Salad With Apples
Apple, Cranberry, and Pecan Stuffing
Cranberries With Apples and Brandy
Ravioli With Apples and Walnuts
Chunky Apple and Raisin Sauce
Spoon this sweet, simple sauce over cooked meat to add moisture and flavor in an instant.
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