Did you know that summer is apple season? We often associate apple desserts with fall treats, but they’re freshest from June through November in most climates!
The countless varieties of apples available around the world are only a fraction compared to the number of desserts with apples that you can create.
Many of these recipes allow you to choose your favorite!
Apples are full of vitamins and minerals including antioxidants and fiber that support your nutritional needs. If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, we have enough apple dessert recipes to keep you from getting bored for quite a while.
1. Old Fashioned Crisp
Apple dessert names are often pretty similar, even with this old-fashioned inspiration, it’s anything but traditional.
This classic apple crisp will not only take care of your pie cravings, but it’s also a refreshing treat to enjoy with ice cream any day. You could even try a dairy-free ice cream if you want that alternative.
What makes this classic so unique? Salted caramel! Give this recipe a shop for a rich and balanced family favorite.
2. Apple Crisp Cheesecake
Want to put another twist on the traditional? Take a step further into modern baking with this apple crisp cheesecake recipe.
This beautiful combination of apple pie and cheesecake can conquer two cravings at once while impressing your audience.
Although we mentioned apples being seasonal in the summertime, we all know and love the flavor profiles of fall dessert recipes. This dreamy dessert will whisk you off to the fall county fair any time of year with quintessential autumn spices.
3. French Apple Cake
Bonjour! Welcome to one of our best apple desserts! Buttery rum cake based on a classic French recipe will elevate your dessert service to new levels.
When it comes to desserts made with apples, this is one of those dishes that highlights the true beauty and simplicity of the ingredients.
French apple cake requires surprisingly few ingredients given its fancy association. It might seem daunting, but this recipe will take you step-by-step through baking a cake totally from scratch.
4. Grandma Ople’s Apple Pie
If you find yourself looking for an easier route to an equally exciting treat, look no further than this apple pie recipe.
Save yourself some time with a pre-made pie crust and this semi-scratch pie will certainly be crowd-pleasing. This particular recipe only requires seven ingredients!
Can you believe it? This will have you serving up a cultural classic in no time. Granny-smith apples are the secret to making this comforting classic.
5. Apple Bars
Looking for the perfect treat for this year’s bake sale or pot luck? In under an hour you can create this impressive dessert to serve 16!
Would you believe that it can also be done in only three steps? This recipe is exactly what you’ve been waiting for.
GIve all of your friends a perfectly portioned piece of seasonal treat with not only apple, but walnut, vanilla, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
6. French Apple Tart
If you’re looking for even more elevated desserts to make with apples, look no further than this rustic French apple tart.
The beauty of this recipe is in its requirement to be unique. A rustic tart can’t be folded the same way twice.
That being said, it does primarily only necessitate standard pantry ingredients. As you imbue memories into this pastry, you’ll find out just how sentimental sensations can be.
7. Easy Apple Dump Cake
Not a pie person? Cake from scratch a little too much for today?
You won’t have to consider yourself settling for this incredible alternative to a classic apple pie or cake. You can have everything you’re craving in only about 5 minutes of prep with 3 ingredients.
It’s as simple as that! However, if you’re feeling frisky or flavorful you can always top it off with a delicious caramel sauce and ice cream to truly immerse yourself in the experience.
8. Apple Cobbler
Cobbler has always been pie’s cute cousin. It can easily be applied to any baking fruit, but apples make an especially rich option.
A lot of cobbler recipes call for biscuit dough as the topping, but this one calls for cake mix. You can spice it to your taste.
The filling can be frozen for up to 3 months and the baked cobbler can be stored for up to three months itself as well, making this a wonderful option for bulk meal prepping while apples are seasonal.
9. Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies
Crispy and soft, cake-like cookies take the spotlight next on our list. This recipe is another that will serve several.
Can you believe such a rich and wonderful treat bears so much nutritional value as well? These cookies are not only delicious, but they offer a craving-crushing combination of ingredients.
This recipe allows for the substitution of any kind of tart apple and includes a lot of other great tips for cookie baking.
10. Apple Fritters
Are you interested in a more technically challenging dessert to try? These apple fritters are essentially delicious homemade stuffed donuts.
Fried to perfection and topped with a simple 3-ingredient glaze, this recipe will make 10 for you to share (or not.) Once you’ve collected your tools and ingredients, these fritters only take about 20 minutes to make!
These are a perfectly sweet breakfast treat just as easily as they can be dessert.
11. Baked Apple Pudding
Looking for easy apple desserts? You might be surprised to learn that this recipe is inspired by one of the most popular desserts: sticky toffee pudding.
Try this baked apple pudding recipe! It’s easier than scratch pie or fritters but doesn’t sacrifice flavor or style.
This particular recipe offers a variety of serving suggestions as well, which we love! Serve it with cream, ice cream, coffee, tea, or anything else you think might complement the magic.
12. Apple Donuts
Were you intrigued by the apple fritter but not a fan of stuffed donuts? Give this one a shot!
The classic donut style with a simple base recipe that you could learn and apply to so many other delicious fruits.
This cinnamon-sugary, apple treat also has a fabulous glaze if you decide dipping is your style. You can garnish these and elevate them as a dessert or keep them lowkey for a delicious breakfast or brunch treat.
13. Apple Coffee Cake
Speaking of brunch or breakfast inspiration, how does apple coffee cake sound?
Of course, you can serve this unique treat anytime you like, but it is another versatile option using our star ingredient.
With a list of mostly pantry staples, this recipe is easily adapted to your taste or followed step-by-step to baking perfection.
This is such a delicious treat that will be requested time and time again. Serve it up with ice cream, whipped cream, coffee, or anything else you might fancy!
14. Apple Dumplings
With fewer than 10 ingredients, you can create a new family tradition. Although it takes a little longer to make than some of the other recipes we’ve listed, about an hour and a half total, your patience will pay off.
Dumplings are one of the most world-renowned styles of cooking. You can find sweet and savory dumplings of some kind in every culture around the world. This dumpling is an American classic.
With this recipe, you’ll not only satisfy six, but you’ll also gain a skill you can apply creatively to so many other dishes.
15. Apple Strudel
With travel in mind, let’s take a trip to Austria for this exquisitely traditional apple strudel, a.k.a. Apfelstrudel.
While it is also a beloved tradition in Germany, it originated in Austria!
A fresh, flaky crust is easier than you’d think with this recipe. The dough is prepped first and then the filling, before entrusting your oven to develop such a masterpiece.
You can adjust how you prep the filling to your taste as well if you like.
16. Caramel Apples
This especially fun treat is often relegated to autumn for its enjoyment, but this could truly be such a fun summer evening treat on the fourth of July just as well.
Not only will you create something that brings out everyone’s inner child, but you’ll also learn a very valuable technical skill: Caramel!
Making caramel from scratch is an exceptional way to level up your dessert game anytime you like. You’ll bring festive energy year-round with this one.
17. Apple Cream Cheese Bars
Want to try something a little different? This sweet and tangy treat will do the trick.
You can take inspiration from the apple crisp cheesecake for this one, but it packs a punch of extra crust that can’t be denied. You’ll use your new caramel skills for this recipe too!
This is a great dessert option if you’re looking for something that will keep well overnight for a special event or just in case you couldn’t finish the pan alone.
18. Apple Pie Cupcakes
This classic concept can be elevated for your next birthday party with apple pie cupcakes.
Combine these two family-favorite treats and you’ll have a crowd-pleaser in no time. You can try different kinds of apples to get the texture and taste you want from the filling.
You’ll even learn how to make delicious cupcake frosting from scratch unless you’d rather take a shortcut of course! This recipe could easily be adapted to semi-homemade.
19. Apple Streusel
Not to be confused with apple strudel, these bars bring something a little different to the game.
They are rich in caramel and crunchy with fresh pecans or any other nut of your choice. This is one of the most balanced bars you can design.
With this recipe, you’ll be making a delicious shortbread cookie crust, an excellent caramel apple filling, and a decadent cinnamon streusel topping. Can you believe it only requires 5 steps?
20. Caramel Apple Fudge
In a delicious pivot from the style of desserts we’ve tried so far, this imaginative bite will be memorable.
Do you adore the nostalgia of biting into a sticky sweet and sour caramel green apple but hate the mess? This will elevate your favorite childhood treat to an impressive display of technique and creativity.
With a simple 7 ingredients, 6 steps, and some caramel skills, you’ll be able to serve 24 perfect bites.
21. Apple Crumble
We’re back to the classics with this warm and gooey apple crumble. This recipe will become an instant favorite, especially when paired with ice cream.
This recipe calls for granny-smith apples due to their tartness, but you could use your favorite! You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the perfect balance of filling and topping.
Even better, you can substitute apples for any stone fruit like pears or peaches and pocket this as one of your most versatile dessert recipes for any occasion.
22. Best Baked Apples
Let’s spin things around a bit with a little inside-out apple crisp! This baked apple recipe is a decadent and beautiful dish to perfectly tie up any comforting meal.
Simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps make this a go-to option for impressing your dinner party. What’s even more exciting is the number of ways you can adjust this recipe!
You can easily make it vegan or dairy-free. You could also elevate it with nuts or a homemade whipped cream.
23. Easy Apple Turnover
Want to take your apple pie on the road? Try a turnover! It might seem like an intimidating pastry, but this recipe will have you successful in no time with an easy-to-follow video.
This is also a fun semi-homemade recipe since you can use store-bought pastry and it will turn out beautifully. These are freezer safe and also keep well in the fridge so you can throw them in the cooler for a picnic treat or eat them warm, fresh from the oven.
The possibilities are endless, especially once you consider all you can do with that technique! Ever heard of savory hand-pies?
24. Cinnamon Apple Cake
Looking for a unique way to celebrate a birthday? This cinnamon apple cake is a delightful surprise on any occasion.
This is another cake from scratch recipe that is simple enough to keep you returning and trying it over and over again. There is even a delicious sugar glaze to top it off.
You could get creative with your cake tin and shape it festively for whatever season or even try some dairy-free substitutions if preferred.
25. Apple Cider Donuts
We have covered quite a few versatile apple recipe ideas, but we’re not quite finished yet!
This twist on the classic apple cinnamon donut will be a nice surprise next time you want to show off your donut-making skills.
The special ingredient? Apple cider!
This may be easiest to find in your local grocery store during autumn, you can also make your own or try to find a local orchard that would have some!
26. Caramel Apple Poke Cake
This dessert is elevated to a new level on our list with the addition of toffee crumble on top of caramel sauce.
This decadent combination might take about 2 hours to complete, but it will serve 16 and create food memories that last a lifetime.
Despite the time, it is one of the easiest cakes you could make. You start with a box cake mix which allows you to focus your energy on creating the most delicious additions to it.
27. Cookie Apple Cobbler
Here we have another impressive semi-homemade option for a fall dessert recipe. Grab your favorite pre-made sugar cookie dough and you’re ready to get started!
This amazing cobbler will be ready in 3 simple steps. You can elevate it with garnish or keep it simple and classic. It claims to serve 6, but reviews say you might want to make more!
Try baking them in individual ramekin dishes if you want a fascia presentation.
27 Easy Apple Dessert Recipes
- 6 medium Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced
- ½ c white sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 c brown sugar
- 1 c all-purpose flour
- 1 c quick-cooking oats
- ½ c unsalted butter, diced
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 300’ F or 150’ C
- Use butter or vegetable oil to grease your 9/13 baking dish.
- Combine your filling ingredients
- Move your filling to the dish you just prepared
- Combine your topping ingredients in a large bowl
- Sprinkle topping mix on top of filling
- Bake for 60 minutes