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My Favorite Apple Dessert Recipes

September 13, 2022
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One of the reasons I love fall so much is for all the amazing seasonal desserts. I love baking with ingredients like pumpkin, maple syrup, and of course, apples. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer desserts, too, like cherry pie and chocolate cookie ice cream sandwiches (I’m an equal opportunity dessert lover), but ’tis the season for warm and cozy treats. So bring on the apples!

Here are my top 15 favorite easy apple dessert recipes on the blog. They’re simple to make and perfect for all of the fall and winter holidays, or really whenever you have a craving for something sweet and comforting.

1. Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake

apple upside down cake

This exquisite apple upside down cake is made with a bottom layer of gooey, caramel apples that becomes the top after baking. It’s incredibly moist, decadent, and always a showstopper due to the beautiful pattern of apples that adorns the top. It’s perfect for impressing guests this holiday season!

2. Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

These taste just like the apple cider donuts you ate at the pumpkin patch as a kid! They’re one of my favorite apple desserts, are soft and incredibly tender. Made with concentrated apple cider for amazing apple flavor, they’re dipped in melted butter and coated in a sugar spice mix after baking which makes them irresistibly good. Here’s a pro tip: always make an extra batch – they go quick!

3. Caramelized Apple Blondies

Apple Blondies

This is one of most highly requested desserts from friends during the fall – they really are that good! These chewy, decadent blondies have caramelized apples and yummy autumn spices baked in that come together for a moist and delicious bite of heaven. I love this recipe because it is so incredibly simple to make, yet absolutely delicious.

4. Apple Pancakes

Apple cinnamon pancakes topped with buttery, tender apple pieces | prettysimplesweet.com

Take breakfast to new heights with these fluffy apple pancakes! They’re perfect for chilly fall mornings and lazy weekends. Topped with sweet, buttery, and tender pieces of apple for added flavor and crunch, these are one of my seasonal go-tos when I’m craving something sweet for breakfast (or let’s face it, sometimes dinner).

5. Caramel Apple Pie

caramel apple pie

This is not your average apple pie. This apple dessert calls for cooking and caramelizing the apples before you fill the pie shell, so they’re extraordinarily soft and gooey once the pie is baked. Made with a perfect flaky, buttery pie crust, this apple pie is over-the-top delicious. I highly recommend serving it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

6. Apple Toffee Cupcakes

Apple Toffee Cupcakes

I love a cupcake, and these apple toffee cupcakes perfectly embody so many scrumptious fall flavors. The cake is moist, tender and baked with apples and the toffee frosting is rich and velvety smooth. Bring them to a holiday party, the office, or simply make a batch and save them for yourself. You won’t regret it!

7. Caramel Apple Scones

Salted Caramel Apple Scones

Scones are one of my all-time favorite pastries, and these caramel apple scones are a true winner. They’re buttery and crumbly the way scones should be, baked with apples and topped with gobs of caramel sauce. Eat one for breakfast, dessert, or really, anytime of day. Need I say more?

8. Caramel Apple Rolls

Caramel Apple Rolls

If you want your kitchen to be filled with a truly amazing smell, try making these caramel apple rolls. Fluffy, tender, and filled with sticky apple caramel filling, they are an absolutely delicious addition to your holiday dessert repertoire. Made with brown sugar and cinnamon, they are truly irresistible.

9. Easy Puff Pastry Apple Tart

4-Ingredient Easy Puff Pastry Apple Tart

Made with only four ingredients, there’s nothing not to love about this apple dessert. Made with flaky puff pastry and baked with apples and sugar, this tart is perfect when you need a dessert on the fly. Feel free to customize this one as you like: add cinnamon, slivered almonds, even raisins. Top it with a dash of powdered sugar and of course, a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

10. Apple Crumble

Perfect Apple Crumble | prettysimplesweet.com

The holidays would not be complete without apple crumble! In my mind, this apple dessert is a seasonal staple. Juicy and tender apples are tossed in cinnamon and sugar and baked with crunchy streusel on top, creating an amazing aroma in the kitchen as it bakes. You can also mix it up by adding cranberries or raisins, but either way, everyone is going to love this dessert. 

11. 5-Ingredient Individual Apple Crumbles

5-Ingredient Individual Apple Crumble

Similar to my apple crumble recipe but in individual portion sizes, these apple crumbles look divine served in ramekins. They’re a great way to spruce up dessert during the holidays and taste amazing. You can also individualize ice cream pairings for each guest based on what they prefer: a scoop of vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, or pumpkin ice creams are all perfect accompaniments. The only hard part is choosing which one you want (I personally go for a bit of each)!

12. Caramel Apple Bread

Moist apple bread glazed with a thick and crunchy caramel icing.

Not quite a bread, not quite a dessert, but somewhere in between, this caramel apple bread is moist, tender, and flavorful. It’s baked with apples and topped with a thick and crunchy caramel icing. I love serving this bread at holiday parties because not only does it taste amazing, but it looks absolutely mouthwatering

13. Apple Cake

This simple apple cake makes the perfect snack for fall | prettysimplesweet.com

Words can’t quite describe my love for this apple cake. One of the reasons is for its simplicity – after you’ve cut up the apples, it takes about 5 minutes to make. Once baked, it tastes just like a piece of cake your grandmother would serve. Super moist and bursting with flavor, this apple cake is one of my go-to favorites. 

14. Apple Crumb Muffins

apple crumb muffins

Desserts with complementary textures and flavors are always amazing, and these apple crumb muffins fit the bill. These moist, soft muffins are baked with juicy apples in the batter and topped with crunchy, buttery streusel that’s baked right in. They make a great grab-and-go fall breakfast treat or are perfect served alongside a holiday meal. 

15. Applesauce Bread

applesauce bread

If you’re looking for a perfect quickbread to serve this Thanksgiving, look no further! This inviting  applesauce bread is truly delectable. It’s super versatile and can be served alongside a meal, for dessert, or even for breakfast with your morning coffee. Feel free to mix up the add-ins, too, like dried apricots, apples, and raisins or nuts like almonds or walnuts. 

All of these apple recipes are near and dear to my heart and absolutely delicious! Let me know in the comments which one(s) you made, I’d love to know. Happy baking!

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