14 Apple Pie Recipes to Bake Up This Fall

Let the Scent of Cinnamon and Sugar Take Over Your Kitchen

Vegan Apple Pie

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Katarina Zunic

Make a dessert as American as apple pie by serving up, well, the patriotic pie itself. Whether you go for the classic two-crust version or one with a unique twist to surprise your guests, it’s hard to beat the delicious spiced fruit aroma filling your home with the scent of autumn’s finest. A variety of apples work well for pie, depending on the flavor you want. Go for crisp, fresh apples for best results. Old, mushy apples won’t result in the best texture, so choose fruit of the same quality you might for eating.

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    Old Timey Apple Pie

    Apple Pie
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    This classic recipe gets spiced with a little nutmeg for the type of flavor that tastes just like grandma used to make. A little brown sugar and both lemon juice and zest create a contrast that complements the tart apples beautifully. Dotting the filling with butter before baking keeps it moist and creamy inside.

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    Cream Cheese Apple Pie

    Apple Pie with Cream Cheese Pastry

    Diana Rattray

    A tender cream cheese pastry gives this classic apple pie preparation a little something extra. Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples combine for a sweet and tart flavor, but you can use whichever fresh apples you have on hand. Sprinkle a little sugar over the crust for a tasty crackle.

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    Vegan Apple Pie

    Vegan Apple Pie

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    Katarina Zunic

    For those with dietary restrictions or who prefer to avoid animal products, this vegan apple pie will hit the spot. And because it only has six ingredients, it doesn't take forever to put together or require a whole pantry full of items. A pie spice blend can substitute for the cinnamon and nutmeg to make it even simpler.

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    Mini Apple Pies

    Mini Apple Pies

     Kristina Vanni

    These deep-fried apple hand pies make the classic American dessert a fun, portable treat. They taste best served warm, which makes the inside a little gooey and turns the dusting of powdered sugar slightly creamy. Tart apples work best in this recipe, so the filling doesn’t get too sickly sweet.

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    Crumb-Topped Apple Pie Bars

    Crumb-Topped Apple Pie Bars

    The Spruce Eats / Jessie Sheehan

    When you want an apple pie in a slightly different form, try these delicious apple pie bars. You'll get a dozen bars, so it can feed more people than the average pie. The bottom crust is like a shortbread cookie and the same dough is crumbled on top. In between, the filling is a semi-sweet mixture of Granny Smith apples and cinnamon.

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    Apple Cranberry Pie

    Easy apple cranberry pie recipe

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    Even novice bakers can put together this tasty, pretty-colored apple and cranberry pie. It uses canned pie filling and cranberry sauce for the sweet and tart inside, all enrobed by a flaky, buttery crust. You can also use packaged pie crust to make it even simpler.

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    Apple Crumb Pie

    Apple Crumb Pie With Ice Cream
    Diana Rattray

    A buttery brown sugar crumble tops this succulent apple pie, a nice and easy change from the traditional two-crust style. If you want to make it even easier, try using canned apple pie filling and a frozen or refrigerated crust instead of making your own. It’ll be on the table in no time.

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    Grilled Apple Pie

    Grilled apple pie
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    Yes, you can make apple pie right on your grill for a late-summer and early autumn backyard get-together. Grilling fruit gives it a smoky, caramelized flavor that really sets it apart from the baked version. Besides, if you live in a warm climate, grilling your pie won’t heat up the house the same way an oven would.

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    Dairy-Free Meringue Apple Pie

    Apple pie with meringue topping

    The Spruce Eats / Teena Agnel

    Whether you plan to serve a kosher meal or have to cater to dietary sensitivities, this meringue-topped apple pie will fit the bill. A cloud of lofty meringue complements a sweet apple pie filling for an impressive-looking dessert that tastes as great as it looks. Tart Granny Smith apples work best in this recipe.

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    Low-Calorie Apple Pie

    Healthy Apple Pie
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    Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to mean skipping dessert. Treat yourself with a low-calorie apple pie that makes the most of autumn’s fresh produce. It uses less sugar, relying on the apples for their natural sweetness. Because it can come out a bit tart, serve with a little low-fat whipped cream or frozen yogurt.

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    Phyllo Apple Pie

    Apple Phyllo
    The Spruce

    Cut some of the fat and try this beautiful rustic phyllo-topped apple pie for a Greek twist on an American standard. Brush the phyllo with honey and water instead of butter to keep the fat content low and sprinkle it with a little powdered sugar for a pretty presentation that’s worthy of any holiday get-together.

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    Bourbon Apple Pie with Raisins and Pecans

    Apple Pie with Leaf Cutouts
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    Give your apple pie a Southern accent with a hint of bourbon and add a delicious twist with raisins and pecans for a little crunch. The whiskey gives it a lovely depth of flavor, while bourbon-soaked raisins make it special enough for a holiday meal. If you prefer to avoid alcohol, try using vanilla extract instead.

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    Gluten-Free Apple Pie

    Old fashioned gluten free apple pie recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Ulyana Verbytska

    For those avoiding gluten, this gluten-free apple pie saves the day. Using alternative flours creates a crust that has all of the crackly, buttery goodness you love from the traditional version, while the adapted apple filling tastes just as sweet and spiced as the traditional. If you can’t find superfine brown rice flour, try grinding regular brown rice flour in a coffee or spice grinder until powdery, to avoid a gritty texture.

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    Dutch Apple Pie

    Dutch Apple Pie
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    The signature taste in this old-school Dutch apple pie comes from speculaaskruiden, a spice blend with a taste that’s made with cinnamon, anise, ginger, white pepper, cardamom, mace, and others. If you can’t find it, make your own or use pumpkin pie spice or just cinnamon. We recommend going for the Dutch version—you won’t regret it.