Apple Dessert Recipes

 

Sweet, tangy, tart — whatever the type of apple, these decadent treats will have you swooning for autumn's star fruit.

 

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake

The toasted walnut and graham cracker crust on which Bobby Flay builds his vanilla bean cheesecake is just the start of this decadent dessert. An apple brandy-boosted caramel oozes over the top, while a pile of pretty apple slices gives this dessert showstopping status.

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Four and Twenty Blackbirds Salted Caramel Apple Pie

This sister-run bakery has cornered the market on pies in certain parts of New York City. This layered apple pie has garnered legendary status and is the stuff of holiday dreams.

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Apple Crisp

Kelsey Nixon's apple crisp is our pick for the classic undone dessert. Her topping of oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts is perfectly sweet, crumbly and crunchy, especially when paired with vanilla ice cream.

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Baked Apples with Rum and Cinnamon

Sturdy Rome or Granny Smith apples are rendered soft, sweet and utterly irresistible in this recipe. Eat them alone, with sour cream or with ice cream (try vanilla, rum raisin or even lemon sorbet).

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Apple Pie

Michael Symon uses lard to achieve a super flaky crust and fills his pie with tart Granny Smith apples and a touch of heavy cream and butter to thicken the mixture.

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Caramel-Apple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Add chopped apples to cupcake batter along with a squeeze of caramel to replicate the flavors of the favorite fall-on-a-stick sweet –– without the stick-to-your-teeth mess.

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Fried Apple Hand Pies

The only thing better than a slice of apple pie is a pie you can hold in your hand. These portable treats are fried to create crispier, flakier, completely irresistible dough.

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Apple Dumplings

These Pennsylvania Dutch dumplings are magical. The apples turn almost custardy inside, while the biscuit dough wrapping stays crisp even when doused with a sticky-sweet whiskey caramel sauce. The smell that will overtake your house when the apples bake and the sauce bubbles is reason enough to make these beauties.

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Apple Walnut Torta

An Italian torta is a cakelike pie. Giada De Laurentiis fills hers with diced apples, chopped walnuts and orange zest before lacing it with Grand Marnier. The result is an elegant, well-rounded dessert that’s as well suited to a boozy brunch meal as it is to dinner.

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Tatin Pie

Simple ingredients shine in Chuck Hughes' elegant take on this French classic, with buttery puff pastry layered with Golden Delicious apples and topped with sponge toffee.

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Apple Bread Pudding with Caramel Dessert Sauce

Stale challah bread is the key to Kelsey's indulgent bread pudding — because it's dry, it'll be that much better at soaking up the heavy cream and homemade caramel, resulting in plump, flavor-packed pieces.

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Apple Cake

Give those banana and pumpkin breads a rest. This moist cake will taste even better after the flavors have time to meld, so make it a day in advance for best results.

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Apple Crisp

Granny Smith apples? Check. Cinnamon? Check. Butter? Double check. While this apple crisp possesses all the classic flavors you'd expect, you might be surprised to find that it also features molasses and ground ginger for over-the-top stickiness and warming spice. 

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Apple Galette

A galette is a French tart (or simply a pie without a plate), so there's no fancy fluting or lattice-top crust to worry about. You can mix and match the apples to suit your mood, and it adds to the drama if some of the juices escape — just be sure to bake on a sided baking sheet.

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Salted Caramel Bread Pudding with Caramelized Apples

Old-fashioned favorites — bread pudding and caramelized apples — come together for one glorious, gooey dessert.

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Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream

It's no surprise that a grilling guru like Bobby Flay prefers to start his crumble with grilled Granny Smith apples. The cinnamon-granola topping acts as a crunchy counterpart to the tender, caramelized fruit and creamy scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Apple Pie Egg Roll

Kelsey breaks the mold –– the pie mold –– with these wonton-wrapped, handheld bites. Don’t forget to dust them with powdered sugar for an extra hit of sweetness.

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Apple Turnover

To make the most of Chuck's recipe for crackly puff pastry turnovers, use apples that are sweet, firm and crunchy, such as Honeycrisp, Empire or Cortland.

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Mile High Apple Pie

Kelsey uses a layer of marzipan to separate her pie’s filling from its crust. The trick creates a nutty bottom layer while also preventing the bottom of the pie from becoming too runny.

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Candied Apple Rugelach

Flaky and jam-packed with caramelized apple flavor, these are an inventive take on the classic crescent-shaped Jewish pastries. They're particularly suited for sweetening a group gathering, as they are like miniature apple pies in cookie form.

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Dutch Apple Cake

The fruit in this cake sinks to the bottom while it cooks, leaving a light sponge on top with a lovely sugar crust.

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Lattice Apple Sheet Pie

This double-size pie makes feeding a crowd easy: its press-in dough is more forgiving than the traditional variety, but yields an equally tender-and-flaky result. Just pipe our proprietary lattice dough through a pastry bag for the final effect –– no complicated weaving required.

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Apple Bread Pudding

Bread pudding is a natural comfort food star with its crusty, browned edges and tender inner custard. Michael Symon adds crisp Granny Smith apples to his version and spikes the creamy custard mixture with spices and honey.

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Free-Form Apple-Pear-Cranberry Tart

Full of sweet and tangy flavor, this fuss-free tart makes for a beautiful centerpiece — serve it with ice cream to really wow guests.

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Baked Apple with Crisp Topping

Fill Fuji apples with a dollop of strawberry jam, and cover them with a brown sugar and oat crumble mixture. Then, simply bake until they're sealed with a golden-brown crunchy topping.

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Quercyan Apple Cake

Not to worry if you can't quite master the paper-thin dough of this Two Fat Ladies recipe — as long as it's thin enough to roll without breaking, you'll be in for a well-deserved treat.

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McIntosh Maple Crumble with Candied Bacon

Nadia G gives traditional crumble a salty-sweet update with the addition of crisp candied bacon.

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Apple-Studded Brown Butter Streusel Coffee Cake

This buttermilk-based coffee cake is supposed to be super tender, so opt for apples that have a softer texture, such as Fuji or Gala.

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Apple Buckle

Part pie, part spoon bread, Kelis's well-spiced apple dessert is made in perfectly-portioned individual servings. Top with vanilla ice cream before serving. 

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Sauternes Apple Pie

The dessert wine sauternes is both sweet and tangy, but when baked with apple pie, it simply creates a complex flavor unlike any other. Use a mixture of apples to continue the play of flavors.

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Honey-Glazed Apple Pear Tart

Apples and pears meld in harmony on top of this sweet and buttery honeyed tart from Kelsey.

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Apple Pie

A combination of tart Granny Smith and sweet Golden Delicious apples makes this pie even more addictive than your grandmother's. 

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Baked Stuffed Apples with Honeyed Greek Yogurt

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and it's easier to get fruit in your diet when it's stuffed with buttery cinnamon-spiced walnuts and topped with honeyed yogurt.

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