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A collection of more than 40 of the best apple recipes! Whether you’re baking with the fresh fruit, serving up a side dish, or looking for a savory dinner entrée, there’s a simple recipe here for you! From apple pie to apple butter, apple cake to apple bread, it’s all included in this convenient roundup.

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Simple Apple Recipes

Virginia is apple country, and Madison County’s orchards really start producing by the month of August. Just as we’re tiring of the stone fruits and berries from the hot summer months, the crisp, sweet apples ripen on our trees. We celebrate with the local Apple Harvest Festival, and welcome cooler fall weather with our favorite apple recipes — like apple crisp, Southern fried apples, and old-fashioned apple cake.

What can I do with a lot of apples?

Their versatility is just one of the many reasons that we love apples. When you’re looking at a bushel full of the fresh fall fruit, you can put them to good use in baked goods (such as cakes, muffins, and breads), pair them with savory meats like chicken and pork for a cozy autumn dinner, or preserve them in jars of apple butter or spiced apple pear jam to enjoy in the months ahead.

What do you bake with apples?

Apples and warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves are a match made in heaven, and lend themselves well to almost any type of baking. I’ve included apple desserts (like pies and cakes) in this collection, as well as other baked goods (like muffins and breads). Again, the versatile fruit can be used in so many different ways!

What is a good baking and eating apple?

I prefer eating and baking with apples that have a firm flesh and don’t break down into mush in the oven. Granny Smith apples are delicious because of the tart taste, but other good options for pies and baking include Pink Lady, Honey Crisp, Fuji, Gala, Braeburn, and Jonagold.

By contrast, if you’re making applesauce (or another similar recipe that requires cooking down or pureeing the apples), you can use any apples that you enjoy. I often use a blend of whatever we pick from the orchard! That said, soft apples are great because they cook down quickly and don’t hold their shape in the way that Granny Smith or other pie-friendly apples will. Good options include: Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Cortland, Jonathan, Rome, and Jonagold apples. The type of apples that you choose will obviously impact the flavor of your applesauce, so my best recommendation is to use a variety that you think tastes delicious!

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What is the best combination for apple?

If you’re not up for a full-on baking session, but you want some simple apple recipes that pair the fruit with other delicious ingredients, here are a handful of good apple combinations:

  • Apples and sharp cheddar cheese
  • Apples with yogurt, honey or maple syrup, and cinnamon
  • Cream cheese and apples on toast, crackers, bagels, and more
  • Apples with peanut butter
  • Oats and apples in the form of oatmeal or granola
  • Caramel drizzle, mini chocolate chips, or chopped toffee on top of apple slices (like “apple nachos”)
  • Cottage cheese, apples, and cinnamon
  • Almond butter and apple slices in sandwiches, on toast, or on crackers

Apple Dessert Recipes

From cakes to pies, cobblers to crisps, apples are a delicious addition to so many different dessert recipes. Don’t forget a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

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Dessert

Apple Walnut Cake with Caramel Glaze
This fresh Apple Walnut Cake with a buttery caramel glaze has all of the warm spices, toasted nuts, and sweet fruit that you crave in a cozy fall dessert!
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Mom’s Easy Apple Pie
Mom’s Easy Apple Pie is a classic dessert that’s perfect for any occasion!
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Apple Bundt Cake {Apple Dapple Cake}
This moist apple Bundt cake with caramel sauce is an old-fashioned, easy dessert that has been loved for generations!
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Apple Galette
While it might look and sound fancy, an apple galette is really just an easier, more rustic version of an apple pie!
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Dutch Apple Pie {Apple Crumble Pie}
This easy Dutch Apple Pie is a traditional, old-fashioned dessert that always wins rave reviews!
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Easy Apple Crisp
This Easy Apple Crisp recipe is the perfect way to enjoy a bounty of fresh fruit! You'll love the warmly spiced apple filling that's topped with a buttery, crunchy oat streusel.
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Apple Cranberry Crisp
This apple cranberry crisp is the perfect easy dessert recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other special gathering this season — with just 15 minutes of prep!
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Apple Dump Cake
The perfect easy dessert recipe for fall! This fresh Apple Dump Cake comes together in minutes — no mixing bowls required!

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Shortcut Apple Pecan Date Bars
Shortcut Apple Pecan Date Bars are an easy dessert recipe that’s ready for the oven in 10 minutes!

Baking with Apples

Desserts aren’t your only options! From quick bread to muffins, here are some additional ways to bake with apples.

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Apple Muffins with Cinnamon Sugar
These easy Apple Muffins are made from scratch with plenty of grated fresh fruit, warm autumn spices, and a cinnamon-sugar topping.
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Mom’s Easy Apple Coffee Cake
You only need a few pantry ingredients and about 15 minutes to prepare this easy Apple Coffee Cake recipe with a cinnamon-sugar topping!
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Easy One-Bowl Apple Bread
This easy one-bowl apple bread is made from scratch with yogurt, warm spices, and plenty of fresh apples!

…and if you have some apple cider from your trip to the orchard, don’t miss these apple cider donut muffins:

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Apple Cider Donut Muffins
Love sinking your teeth into a warm, soft, fresh-from-the-orchard apple cider donut each fall? Now you can easily bake a batch of cozy apple cider donut muffins in the comfort of your own kitchen — whenever the craving strikes!

Savory Apple Recipes

It might be surprising, but apples add a sweet component that pairs nicely with savory meats like pork and chicken, fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme, and brighten up a bowl of soup or stew. When you want apples to be a part of your dinner, try one of these delicious meals.

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Creamy Pumpkin Soup
Warm and cozy, every bite of this easy Creamy Pumpkin Soup tastes like a bountiful fall harvest!
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Roasted Chicken Breast with Molasses and Apples
Crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside, you'll love this flavorful roasted chicken breast that's basted with a molasses and apple cider sauce!
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Skillet Chicken with Apples and Onions
This Skillet Chicken with Apples and Onions combines sweet autumn fruit with aromatic rosemary and savory onions in a light and creamy Dijon sauce.

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Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Sweet Potatoes
A fresh, light and delicious roasted pork tenderloin recipe served with apples and sweet potatoes. Ready in only 30 minutes!
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Ham, Brie and Apple Panini Sandwich
Bursting with sweet-and-savory flavor, this Ham, Brie and Apple Panini Sandwich is a quick lunch or an easy dinner recipe that’s ready in less than 20 minutes!
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Pork Chops with Stuffing
Baked boneless Pork Chops with Stuffing and apples is an easy dinner recipe that's ready for the oven in just 15 minutes!

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Dump-and-Bake Chicken Sausage, Apple and Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet, savory and full of flavor, this healthy Dump-and-Bake Chicken Sausage, Apple and Sweet Potato Casserole is an easy dinner recipe that comes together in just 10 minutes! 

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Dump-and-Bake Boneless Pork Chops with Apples and Stuffing
These Dump-and-Bake Boneless Pork Chops with Apples and Stuffing are full of flavor, require just a few minutes of prep, and stay moist and tender thanks to a few special tricks. 
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Classic Waldorf Salad Recipe
This classic Waldorf Salad is a simple and delicious combination of apples, grapes, celery and walnuts in a creamy dressing.
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Autumn Harvest Pork Stew
Full of sweet potatoes, apples, onion and pork tenderloin, this Autumn Harvest Pork Stew is an easy and healthy dinner for fall! Perfect for the slow cooker or Dutch oven!

Creative Apple Recipes

Looking for something besides the typical apple pie or applesauce? Check out these creative ways to enjoy your apples.

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Cream cheese apple dip in a white bowl

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4-Ingredient Cream Cheese Apple Dip
Thick, rich, and smooth, this 4-Ingredient Cream Cheese Apple Dip is a sweet and easy snack recipe that’s ready in about 5 minutes.
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Stuffed Acorn Squash
Cold-weather comfort food! This Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash with apples, spinach and cranberries is ready in just 30 minutes!
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Spiced Apple Pear Jam
Fresh from the orchard! Preserve the best of autumn with a batch of Spiced Apple Pear Jam.

Fitness and Nutrition Coaching

Apple Pie Smoothie
Full of protein and fresh fruit, this Apple Pie Smoothie is an easy and healthy breakfast or snack that’s ready in just 5 minutes!
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Snickers Salad
This fresh apple and Snickers Salad is an easy dessert recipe or sweet side dish for your next potluck party or holiday gathering!

Side Dish Recipes with Apples

Fresh apples lend sweetness and crunch to salads, casseroles, and other sides.

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Fall Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing
This hearty fall salad is loaded with bacon, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, white cheddar cheese, and sliced Honeycrisp apples, then tossed with a creamy maple balsamic vinaigrette.
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Butternut Squash Casserole with Apples and Pecans
Sweet and savory, buttery and crunchy, this mashed Butternut Squash Casserole with apples, brown sugar, and pecans has it all!
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Sausage Stuffing
This easy Sausage Stuffing recipe is loaded with apples, onion, celery, cranberries and herbs for the ultimate holiday side dish — and just 20 minutes of prep!
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Fennel Salad with Apples and Creamy Apple Cider Dressing
This cool, crisp winter slaw is the perfect contrast to hearty meat-based entrees like roasted pork, BBQ pulled pork, or crispy roast chicken. Add cornbread on the side for a delicious meal!
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Fried Cabbage with Apples and Onions
A simple, nourishing, and flavorful side dish is ready in just minutes!
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Southern Fried Apples
Southern Fried Apples are a simple side dish or light dessert, and they’re ready in 15 minutes! Cinnamon, sugar and butter turn the fresh fruit into a delicious, down-home treat!
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Braised Red Cabbage
This German Braised Red Cabbage is an easy side dish that pairs well with almost any entree!
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Autumn’s Best Tossed Salad with Apple Butter Vinaigrette
A healthy holiday side dish or simple weeknight dinner, this tossed salad with apple butter vinaigrette boasts the best ingredients Autumn has to offer!

Healthy Apple Recipes

If you’re looking for a lighter way to enjoy fresh apples, try one of these healthy-ish options. They won’t weigh you down!

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How to Make Applesauce
Old-fashioned homemade applesauce is one of the easiest and most delicious ways to enjoy fresh fall produce!

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Light and Creamy Apple Salad
Packed full of nutritious ingredients, this Light and Creamy Apple Salad is such a treat, and it’s ready in about 10 minutes!
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Baked Apple Slices
These easy Baked Apple Slices are a simple side dish for chicken, pork, and turkey, or a quick fall dessert with just 10 minutes of prep.

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Slow Cooker Baked Apples Recipe
A healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert, this Slow Cooker Baked Apples recipe is stuffed with raisins, pecans, and spices — all drizzled in a warm, brown sugar cinnamon syrup!
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Amish Baked Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon
The coziest, easiest make-ahead breakfast casserole!
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Crockpot Apple Butter
It wouldn't be fall without a few batches of this easy Crockpot apple butter!

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Healthy Apple Crisp Yogurt Parfaits
A healthy breakfast or snack is ready in just 5 minutes with this easy Apple Crisp Yogurt Parfait!

So there you go — many, many delicious apple recipes to add to your collection! Leave a note in the comments below to share your favorite apple dishes with all of us — I would really appreciate it. We love to hear from you!

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