24 Apple Recipes to Satisfy Your Fall Baking Needs

Fall baking means apples, apples, and apples! Make these easy, delicious apple recipes to welcome autumn. Think apple pie, apple coffee cake, baked apples, and more!

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.

Do you look forward to apple season all year long because of all the ways you can bake with them?

Apples bake into so many lovely recipes that add a touch of comfort and coziness to the season. But you already know that so let’s dive right 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? We have you covered. (Rachel Knecht)

  • 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. (RK)

  • Dutch Apple Pie

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

    Streusel topped apple pie is crowd pleaser. It's like apple crisp and apple pie rolled into one! Level up by serving the warm pie with ice cream. (RK)

  • 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. (RK)

  • 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. (RK)

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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. (RK)

  • 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 apples. The slits in the top crust give this pie a classic look that impresses. (RK)

  • 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. (RK)

  • 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 and, if you’re lucky, you'll have leftovers for breakfast. (RK)

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  • 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. It's a simple preparation that lets the fresh apple flavor shine. (RK)

  • Baked Apples

    Baked Apples
    Elise Bauer

    Cored whole apples filled with pecans, cinnamon, and brown sugar bake up 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. (RK)

  • 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. (RK)

  • Apple Pie Bars with Crumble Topping

    apple pie bars with crumble topping
    Irvin Lin

    All the flavor of apple pie but in hand held form! They're easy to make. Freeze well. And, they have the option to add caramel. What are you waiting for? Get baking! (RK)

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  • Apple Turnovers

    Apple Turnovers
    Alison Bickel

    Use store bought puff pastry or homemade pie crust to make these tarts filled with apples, currants, walnuts, sugar, and cinnamon. Make a second batch to freeze, but don't bake them. You'll be glad you did when all you have to do is defrost and bake at another time. (RS)

  • Buttery Apple Torte

    buttery apple torte
    Elise Bauer

    Cook apple slices in butter then add them to cake batter. The result is a rich, single-layer cake that can be breakfast or dessert. (RS)

  • Grain-Free Apple Honey Cake

    grain free apple honey cake
    Coco Morante

    Make this grain-free and dairy-free cake with almond flour, apples, eggs, honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Topped with an almondy, sugary glaze, this rustic cake is dense and moist. (RS)

  • Mile High Deep Dish Apple Pie

    deep dish apple pie or mile high apple pie slice on serving dish
    Elise Bauer

    Everyone should have a recipe like this in their repertoire for the simple presentation factor alone—but the taste, of course, delivers. (RS)

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  • Applesauce Spice Cake

    easy frosted applesauce cake with nuts
    Sally Vargas

    This is one of those simple-looking cakes that may not initially seem all that interesting, but the applesauce and the array of fall spices make it hard to resist once it's out of the oven. The cream cheese frosting seals the deal. (RS)

  • Apple Crostata

    apple crostata with whipped cream
    Elise Bauer

    Crostata is just a fancy word for a rustic tart! Use a simple butter crust or your favorite store-bought crust. A mix of apples and spices makes for a more complex taste. Top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. (RS)

  • Caramel Apple Monkey Bread

    Caramel Apple Monkey Bread
    Cindy Rahe

    Nestle layers of sautéed apples into this yeast bread then drizzle with an apple cider caramel. The result is a pull-apart bread that's sticky and gooey and irresistible. (RS)

  • Gluten-Free Apple Tart

    gluten free apple tart
    Sabrina Modelle

    Never fear. You have the skills to make these apples look like a giant flower. Plus, it’s gluten-free, made with almond flour and arrowroot starch. (RS)

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  • Best Fresh Apple Bundt Cake

    glazed apple bundt cake
    Elise Bauer

    Fresh apples, grated coconut, and walnuts or pecans are all in this cake. Mix up the apple types for a more complex taste. A brown sugar glaze gives it a final burst of flavor. (RS)

  • Apple Slab Pie

    apple slab pie
    Cindy Rahe; Pie crust photos: Elise Bauer

    Turn a typical pie into a rectangle, layer the crust on top, and you’ve got a pie that can serve a crowd. Bonus: there's a high crust-to-filling ratio. (RS)

  • Apple Snack Cake

    Apple Snack Cake Recipe
    Alison Conklin

    Perfect for lunch boxes, an after school snack, or as an accompaniment to tea, this apple snack cake contains fresh apples, applesauce, and apple cider. It doesn't get more apple-y than this! (RS)

  • Apple Bread

    A loaf of homemade apple bread with a few slices cut and laid in front of the loaf.
    Hannah Zimmerman

    This quick bread that's topped with streusel sends aromas of baked apples and cinnamon wafting through the kitchen as it bakes. It's easy to make and works well as a snack or part of brunch. (RS)