Apple Dessert Recipes

Apple desserts are a treat any time of the year. What can compare to the aroma of a homemade cinnamon-spiced apple crisp or pie?

Crisp, sweet varieties of apples are best for eating out of hand while others are best in baked goods. Some excellent baking apples include:

  • Golden Delicious
  • Jonagold
  • Granny Smith
  • Braeburn
  • Empire
  • Fuji
  • Gala
  • McIntosh

Apples are also versatile. You might try changing up the spices or adding a different flavor to your favorite apple cake or baked apples. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves are classic spices to use in apple desserts. Some complementary flavorings include lemon, Calvados or apple brandy, brown sugar, vanilla, maple syrup or flavoring, and caramel.

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    Cinnamon-Spiced Apple Crumble Pie

    Apple Crumble Pie
    Diana Rattray

    This irresistible pie features a simple brown sugar and pecan crumb topping, so you can make it quickly with a frozen pie shell if you like. If you aren't a fan of nuts, replace them with oats for an ​apple crisp pie.

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    Apple Upside Down Cake

    apple upside-down cake
    Diana Rattray

    This amazing apple upside-down cake starts with a rich and buttery brown sugar and apple layer with a simple cake batter topping.

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    Easy Mini Apple Tarts

    Easy mini apple tarts with puff pastry
    Diana Rattray

    Squares of puff pastry, sliced apples, and an easy glaze make these fancy looking tarts incredibly easy.

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    Baked Apple Crumble

    Apple Crumble
    Diana Rattray

    Serve this incredible apple crumble dessert and be prepared to take a bow! With only 5 ingredients plus water and a dash of salt, it's the perfect dessert to make on a busy day. 

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    Apple Bundt Cake With Caramel Icing

    Apple Bundt Cake With Caramel Glaze
    Diana Rattray

    This moist apple cake is glazed with a wonderful caramel icing. Garnish the cake with chopped nuts or toasted coconut.

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    Hand-Held Apple Pies

    Hand Held Apple Pies
    Diana Rattray

    These single-serve pies are made with buttery pastry and a chopped apple filling. Use the homemade butter pastry or two refrigerated pastry sheets.

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    Gooey Caramel Apple Cake

    Apple Caramel Cake
    Photo: Diana Rattray

    This cake is as moist and delicious as its name implies. A hot caramel topping is poured over the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven. The cake is baked in a square baking pan, making it an excellent size for most families.

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    Apple Cookies With Raisins

    Apple Raisin Cookies
    Diana Rattray

    These old-fashioned sour cream drop cookies are filled with finely chopped apples and raisins. Ice the cookies or sprinkle cinnamon sugar over them.

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    Fresh Apple Cranberry Cake

    apple cranberry cake
    Diana Rattray

    Fresh apples and cranberries get together in this wonderful, subtly spiced cake. Drizzle with the easy caramel sauce or top it with a cream cheese ​frosting.

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    Classic Apple Cobbler

    Apple cobbler

    The Spruce 

    This apple cobbler is amazing served warm with ice cream, or drizzle some sweet cream over it just before serving.

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    Easy Apple Cranberry Pie

    Easy Apple Cranberry Pie
    Diana Rattray

    Canned apple pie filling and whole berry cranberry sauce make this apple cranberry pie super easy to prepare. 

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    Baked Apple Pudding Cake

    Baked Apple Pudding
    Diana Rattray

    The brown sugar syrup makes this cinnamon-spiced apple cake gooey and delicious.

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    Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

    Apple Bread Pudding With Apple Brandy Sauce
    Diana Rattray

    Cinnamon bread and Granny Smith apples team up in this yummy bread pudding. Add some dried cranberries or raisins, if you'd like.

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    Apple Pie with Cream Cheese Pastry

    Diana Rattray

    Granny Smith apples and Golden Delicious apples make the perfect balance of sweet and tart in this apple pie, and the cream cheese pastry makes it extra-special.

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    Spiced Apple Fritters

    Apple Fritters
    Diana Rattray

    These apple fritters can be rolled in cinnamon sugar or dusted with powdered sugar. Drizzle some syrup over them and enjoy them as a dessert or breakfast fritter.

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    Apple Butter Cupcakes With Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting

    apple butter cupcakes
    Diana Rattray

    Purchased or homemade apple butter adds apple flavor to these spiced cupcakes. 

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    Applesauce Cake

    Applesauce Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
    Diana Rattray

    This moist applesauce cake is filled with raisins and chopped walnuts. The cream cheese frosting is the perfect finishing touch.