35 luscious apple recipes

Dive into apple season with apple oven cake, pie, crisp, galette, muffins, applesauce, rolls, salads, and more

Fall Green Salad with Apples, Nuts, and Pain d’Epice Dressing

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Fall Green Salad with Apples, Nuts, and Pain d’Epice Dressing

The spices in this salad are like those in French gingerbread, or pain d'épice. If you make it with walnut oil, use walnuts; if you make it with hazelnut oil, use hazelnuts.

Recipe: Fall Green Salad with Apples, Nuts, and Pain d’Epice Dressing

Apple Galette

James Carrier

Apple Galette

If you think French desserts are all about piping pastry cream and fussy meringues, give this rustic, gorgeous, free-form apple galette a gander. As easy as apple pie? Easier. No crust-fluting required.

Recipe: Apple Galette

Apple-Pecan Breakfast Buns

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Apple-Pecan Breakfast Buns

Betty Jean Nichols celebrates Oregon's apple season with these buns filled with thin slices of fruit.

Set aside about an hour for prep and cook time, but know that the sweet, sticky heaven you'll pull out of the oven afterward is well worth it.

Recipe: Apple-Pecan Breakfast Buns

 

Toasted Turkey, Brie, and Apple Sandwiches

Photo by Thomas J. Story; styling by Karen Shinto

Toasted Turkey, Brie, and Apple Sandwiches

Apple butter used as a spread makes these grilled turkey sandwiches special, and apple slices add a little crispness.

Recipe: Toasted Turkey, Brie, and Apple Sandwiches

A holiday dessert of Apple Oven Cake

Leo Gong

Apple Oven Cake

This pancake-like cake is great for after dinner or as a breakfast treat. And it comes together in less than 30 minutes.

Recipe:  Apple Oven Cake

Parsnip and Apple Soup

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Parsnip and Apple Soup

If you're not a fan of fruit-based soups, you could easily substitute potatoes or more parsnips for the apples with equally delicious results.

Recipe: Parsnip and Apple Soup 

Hazelnut-Crusted Halibut with Apple Salsa

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Hazelnut-Crusted Halibut with Apple Salsa

The crunch of the apples and nuts add nice texture and harmonious flavors to the dish.

Recipe: Hazelnut-Crusted Halibut with Apple Salsa

Green Apple Sauvignon Blanc Sorbet

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Green Apple Sauvignon Blanc Sorbet

Sauvignon Blanc’s characteristic green-apple flavors blend seamlessly with the fruit in this sorbet.

Recipe: Green Apple Sauvignon Blanc Sorbet

Warm Buckwheat Salad with Roasted Shallots, Apples, and Frisee

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Margo True

Warm Buckwheat Salad with Roasted Shallots, Apples, and Frisee

Buckwheat, a hugely popular grain in Eastern Europe, makes a fantastic wintertime salad. Its sweet earthiness links right into the roasted shallots, and the sweet-tangy apples and slightly bitter radicchio give layers of flavor and texture to the dish.

Recipe: Warm Buckwheat Salad with Roasted Shallots, Apples, and Frisee

Mini Caramel Apples

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Mini Caramel Apples

You get all the satisfaction of a caramel apple in one bite and without a messy chin.

Recipe: Mini Caramel Apples

Pumpkin Waffles with Apples and Apple Cider Syrup

Pumpkin Waffles with Apples and Apple Cider Syrup

Come autumn, nothing beats the sweet and spicy waffles at Garland's Oak Creek Lodge in Sedona, AZ. Now you can make them in your own kitchen.

Not only do you get chunks of fruit, but you get a sweet river of apple cider syrup, too. To keep them warm and crisp, put directly on a rack in a 200° oven for up to 40 minutes.

Recipe: Pumpkin Waffles with Apples and Apple Cider Syrup

Apple Pumpkin Galette

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Amy Machnak

Apple Pumpkin Galette

Basically an open-face pie, this is a great dessert for pie-phobes to make because the crust is so easy to handle.

Recipe: Apple Pumpkin Galette

Apple-Crisp Baked Apples

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Apple-Crisp Baked Apples

We recommend using Pink Lady or Jazz (a popular new hybrid) apples, which tend to retain their color and shape better during baking.

Note: You can substitute 1/3 cup golden raisins for the walnuts if you like.

Recipe: Apple-Crisp Baked Apples

Raw Spiced Applesauce

Photo by Thomas J. Story; Styling: Dan Becker

Raw Spiced Applesauce

Forget snackpacks. This warm homemade applesauce on a cool autumn morning satisfies the body and soul.

Keeping the skin on the apples retains their natural flavonoids; pecans and cinnamon are also antioxidant-rich.

Recipe: Raw Spiced Applesauce

Leek and Apple Crêpes

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Leek and Apple Crêpes

Five sweet Fuji apples, 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar, and 1/3 cup apple juice give this warm crêpe filling all the fall flavor you could ask for.

Recipe: Leek and Apple Crêpes

Grill-Baked Apple Crisp

Thomas J. Story

Grill-Baked Apple Crisp

Planning a fall camping trip for the family? This this easy apple crisp cooks on the grill so you can make it outside your tent.

The recipe makes a generous amount of dessert, but we like having leftovers for breakfast.

Recipe:  Grill-Baked Apple Crisp

A Thanksgiving dessert of Apple-Cranberry-Currant Pie with French Topping.

Photography by Leigh Beisch; styling by Dan Becker

Apple-Cranberry-Currant Pie with French Topping

Studded with tart cranberries and sweet currants, laced with brandy and finished with a buttery, crisp topping, this dressed-up apple pie is a Sunset favorite.

Recipe:  Apple-Cranberry-Currant Pie with French Topping

Apple Corn Muffins

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Apple Corn Muffins

Of all the baked goods that her grandmother made using homegrown apples, these caramelized upside-down apple muffins were reader Elsa Kleinman's favorite.

Recipe: Apple Corn Muffins

Cider-Brined Pork Chops with Sautéed Apples

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Cider-Brined Pork Chops with Sautéed Apples

Warm apple cider is great for sipping on brisk fall days, but ever tried it for brining? You should.

Brine bone-in pork chops for 3 hours in 4 cups cider, 2 cups cold water, 4 tbsp. salt, bay leaves, garlic cloves, and chile flakes.

Sautéed apples makes this the ideal autumn meal.

Recipe: Cider-Brined Pork Chops with Sautéed Apples

Autumn Apple Salad

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Autumn Apple Salad

A sweet Fuji apple takes center stage in this quick and easy apple and endive salad.

This classic salad is best right now, when apples are at their peak, and since it takes less than 25 minutes to prepare, you have no exuse not to serve it at your next fall picnic.

Recipe: Autumn Apple Salad

Celery Soup with Apples and Blue Cheese

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Celery Soup with Apples and Blue Cheese

The simple addition of caramelized apples and salty blue cheese gives this tasty soup a sophisticated feel.

Recipe: Celery Soup with Apples and Blue Cheese

Chocolate-Coconut Caramel Apples

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Chocolate-Coconut Caramel Apples

Once the leaves start changing color, a crisp apple dipped in chewy caramel is a suitable afternoon snack as far as we're concerned.

Take it a step further with a layer of chocolate and a sprinkle of coconut. For these gems, we like using Granny Smith and Fuji varieties.

Recipe: Chocolate-Coconut Caramel Apples

Western Waldorf

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Western Waldorf

This fresh take on the classic Waldorf takes only 20 minutes to prepare and works as a side dish, a main course or even a light dessert.

The right apple variety to use: sweet-tart such as Pink Lady, Jonathan, or Piñata.

Recipe: Western Waldorf

Green Apple-Chipotle Salsa

Photo by James Carrier

Green Apple-Chipotle Salsa

Zesty salsa is a Western staple, but come apple season, put a new twist on this classic.

Add some sweet-tart green apple chunks and a splash of fresh apple juice to a mix of onion, bell pepper, cilantro, vinegar, and chili.

Recipe: Chicken with Green Apple-Chipotle Salsa

Endive-Apple Slaw with Smoked Trout

James Carrier

Endive-Apple Slaw with Smoked Trout

A light, no-cook entrée. Bright hits of tart apple and crispy endive make it standout.

Recipe:  Endive-Apple Slaw with Smoked Trout

A bowl of fennel apple bisque garnished with fennel fronds and blue cheese.

Photo, Annabelle Breakey; food styling, Randy Mon.

Fennel apple bisque

A smooth, silky, understated first course―the Greta Garbo of soups.

Recipe:  Fennel apple bisque

A Thanksgiving dessert of Apple and Dried-Fruit Spice Pie.

Photography by Leigh Beisch; food styling by Dan Becker

Apple and Dried-Fruit Spice Pie

A fresh take on mincemeat pie, adapted from a recipe created by Carolyn Beth Weil for Williams-Sonoma Collection: Pie & Tart (Simon & Schuster, 2003; $17).

Recipe:  Apple and Dried-Fruit Spice Pie

A Thanksgiving side dish of Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples.

Photography by Leigh Beisch; styling by Dan Becker

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples

This sweet potato dish strikes a perfect balance between sweet, tart, and savory. Rather than adding marshmallows for sweetness, we used apples and maple syrup. 

Recipe:  Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples

A Thanksgiving dessert of Apple-Cranberry Mince Tartlets.

David Prince

Apple-Cranberry Mince Tartlets

These pretty tartlets make for a special individual holiday dessert. We love them with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream.

Recipe:  Apple-Cranberry Mince Tartlets

Roasted Apple, Bacon, and Frisee Salad

Dan Goldberg

Roasted Apple, Bacon, and Frisee Salad

Sweet apples and salty bacon are tossed with frisee and a warm dressing in this simple salad.

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Spiced Apple Carrot Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting

Photo by Leo Gong

Spiced Apple Carrot Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting

Tart, grated apples give this moist carrot cake a delicious twist. Mild goat cheese adds a tang to the cream cheese frosting.

Recipe: Spiced Apple Carrot Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting

Apple Crisp French Toast

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Apple Crisp French Toast

Lonnie Spin knew that her experiment of French toast with peanut butter and yogurt was one ingredient shy of a culinary breakthrough.

"I kept saying, 'You know what this needs — it needs apple'," she said. Sure enough, apples, grown by her uncle and thinly sliced, turned the dish into a family hit.

Recipe: Apple Crisp French Toast

 

 

Apple-Fennel Salad with Walnuts

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Apple-Fennel Salad with Walnuts

The secret to a low-calorie salad is a lean, flavorful dressing. This one is based on apple juice and a small amount of heart-healthy walnut oil, providing plenty of autumn-inspired flavor.

Recipe: Apple-Fennel Salad with Walnuts

Pumpkin Apple Pancakes

Photo by Yunhee Kim

Pumpkin Apple Pancakes

Reader Ruth Miller, of Eugene, Oregon, sent us this pumpkin pancake recipe. She likes to slice the apples; sauté them in a little butter, sugar, and cinnamon; and spoon them on top. To save time, we skipped the sautéing and put the apples right in the batter.

Recipe: Pumpkin Apple Pancakes

Shaved Honeycrisp Apple and Kale Salad

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Shaved Honeycrisp Apple and Kale Salad

For such a simple, fast recipe, this salad--from chef-partner Steven Redzikowski of Oak at Fourteenth, in Boulder, CO--packs a surprising amount of complexity and flavor. Ichimi togarashi, a Japanese ground red pepper, really makes it pop.

Recipe: Shaved Honeycrisp Apple and Kale Salad

 

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