12 Apple Recipes to Satisfy Your Fall Baking Needs

Fall baking means apples, apples, and apples! Make these easy, delicious apple recipes to indulge your baking addition. Think apple pie covered in streusel topping, apple coffeecake, and even Instant Pot apple cinnamon oatmeal.

Three photos set side by side. On the left is a black plate with apple crisp topped with vanilla ice cream. The middle image is caramel apples with caramel pooling on a baking sheet. The image to the right is an apple cranberry pie with a slice removed and put on a plate.

I look forward to apple season all year long and baking definitely tops my list of reasons why.

Apples bake into so many lovely recipes that add a touch of comfort and coziness to the season. Spiced applesauce simmering on the stove is such a treat on a blustery fall day and Apple Turnovers ensure everyone in my house shows up for breakfast. Let's not forget the joy of biting into a crisp, juicy apple, especially when coated in warm caramel.

Let’s dive into fall with all the best apple recipes to make when the weather turns chilly but your house is warm and cozy.

Wondering which apple variety is best for the baking project you have in mind? Check out our Fall Guide to the Best Baking Apples for information on the best apple varieties for baking.

  • Caramel Apples

    How to Make Caramel Apples caramel apples finished product
    Elise Bauer

    A crisp apple coated in sweet caramel is a fall tradition. I like to use Honeycrisp or Pink Lady apples. Be sure to let the caramel cool and thicken a bit before dipping the apples for a better coating.

  • Dutch Apple Pie

    Single slice of easy dutch apple pie with a scoop of ice cream
    Alison Bickel

    Streusel topped apple pie is my personal favorite. I get the crumble of an apple crisp and the crust of an apple pie all at once! Level up by serving the warm pie with ice cream.

  • Apple Walnut Gorgonzola Rustic Tart

    Apple Walnut Gorgonzola Rustic Tart
    Elise Bauer

    Take apple baking to the savory side with this tart. Make your own dough or buy it. This is a great baking project for when you only have two apples to spare. Granny smith apples work best but any tart apple will do.

  • Apple Cobbler

    Apple Cobbler hot from oven
    Elise Bauer

    Cobbler is like an upside-down pie. The apples are cooked and piled into a deep pie dish and then you crumble the pastry dough over the top of the apples. Bake it until golden brown. Serve warm with whipped cream.

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  • Apple Coffee Cake

    Apple Coffee Cake
    Elise Bauer

    A thin layer of sliced apples tops an easy cake batter which is then covered with a streusel topping. Bake and eat while warm for an extra special Sunday brunch.

  • Instant Pot Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon

    Instant Pot Oatmeal with apples and cinnamon in a bowl with silverware nearby
    Coco Morante

    I’m a sucker for oatmeal and will eat it any day of the week. My kids, on the other hand, will only eat oatmeal exactly like this: chopped apples, brown sugar and cinnamon. Perfection.

  • Apple Cranberry Pie

    Apple Cranberry Pie
    Elise Bauer

    Apples pair well with other fruits and this late fall pie is perfect for the holidays. This pie works well with almost any variety of apple. The slits in the top crust gives this pie a classic look that I adore.

  • Apple Carrot Cupcakes

    Apple Carrot Cake Cupcake
    Elise Bauer

    Cream cheese frosting tops these quick one bowl cupcakes for a simple and fast dessert. Feel free to use Coconut Whipped Cream to keep the cupcakes dairy free.

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  • Apple Crisp

    Apple crisp recipe topped with vanilla ice cream.
    Alison Bickel

    You don’t want to miss out on apple crisp this apple season. It feeds a crowd or, if you’re lucky, you'll have leftovers for breakfast.

  • Apple Crostata

    Apple Crostata served with whipped cream
    Elise Bauer

    This rustic tart is brimming with sliced apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla tucked into an all butter crust. Simple preparation that lets the fresh apple flavor shine.

  • Baked Apples

    Baked Apples
    Elise Bauer

    Cored whole apples filled with pecans, cinnamon, brown sugar, and baked in a casserole dish. Make sure to get your hands on sturdy baking apples such as Gala or Jonagold. Finish by basting the apples with the pan juices and serve for an unfussy apple treat.

  • Apple Upside Down Cake

    Apple Upside Down Cake
    Elise Bauer

    Here’s a way to get that caramel and apple combo without a candy thermometer. Homemade caramel sauce and sliced apples are baked and then covered in a cornmeal cake batter. Bake the cake, invert and pat yourself on the back for winning fall.