I grew up having apples as a school snack – juicy and crunchy, they were an absolute delight to eat. But you can do more with an apple than take a bite out of it!
Scouring the internet, there are TONS of apple dessert recipes. From pies topped with vanilla ice cream to gorgeous, delectable cakes, you are sure not to run out of ideas.
I’ve compiled the best apple dessert recipes to narrow things down for you. Use them as inspiration and whip up the most fantastic apple treat you can give your loved ones!
1. Salted Caramel Apple Pie
Ever dreamed of having caramel apples but as a pie? This recipe results in an apple dessert reminiscent of a match made in heaven with its rich salted caramel and deep apple flavors.
This apple pie comprises three elements: the flaky, deep dish pie crust, cinnamon apples, and salted caramel sauce. This post links homemade recipes for pie crusts and salted caramel, so it could focus on the pie filling.
The author recommends combining sweet apples with tart granny smith apples. Besides those, you’ll need granulated sugar, lemon juice, flour, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and egg wash.
2. Apple Pie Bars
Give your classic apple pie a twist by turning them into delicious apple pie bars. This is great for apple season when you can have tart-flavored and sweet apples, like granny smith apples and Honeycrisp apples.
This apple pie bar recipe has four components: crust, toppings, pie filling, and cream cheese glaze. The most crucial element – the filling – needs apples, apple cider vinegar, light brown sugar, cornstarch, apple pie spice, and salt.
These apple pie bars stand out with their crumbly topping and sweet, creamy glaze. You could also top it with some vanilla ice cream!
3. Apple Crisp
Let’s divert from the apple pie recipes and try this old-fashioned apple crisp recipe from The Chunky Chef. Apple crisp or apple crumble features a crumb topping, usually a cinnamon streusel.
This crisp apple dessert warms the heart, especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce. You can use your favorite apple varieties, like granny smith apples, Fuji, and more.
You also need granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, lemon juice, light brown sugar, old-fashioned oats, cold unsalted butter, and just a bit of salt. Bake your apple crisp for 50 minutes and enjoy your delicious dessert.
4. Amish Apple Dumplings
These Amish apple dumplings are among the most unique apple desserts I’ve discovered. These are apples wrapped in soft, buttery dough drenched in cinnamon sugar sauce.
You need homemade dough, fresh apples, and sweet sauce to assemble the apple dumplings. Fortunately, the recipe teaches you how to prepare all those.
While the apples and dough are standard, the cinnamon sugar sauce needs brown sugar, water, butter, and cinnamon.
You can also make the sauce lightly spiced by adding nutmeg or apple pie spice. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and dig in!
5. Caramel Apple Cheesecake
Are you a huge fan of caramel apples AND cheesecake? If you are, you’d love this caramel apple cheesecake – a decadent, elegant dessert drenched in thick caramel and sweet apple flavor.
It’s an easy dessert, especially if you make cheesecakes. You’ll only need cinnamon graham crumbs, sugar, butter, caramels, evaporated milk, chopped pecans, cream cheese, flour, eggs, fresh apples, and ground cinnamon.
Many flavors and textures go into this apple dessert – you have the crunch from pecans and rich sweetness from the caramel apples. Indeed, it’s a creative twist to our favorite caramel apples.
6. German Apple Cake
Want a unique and stunning holiday dessert that no one in your family has ever brought? Try knocking your loved ones out with this fantastic German apple cake recipe.
This German apple cake is perfect for holidays or simple morning coffee, especially with whipped cream, powdered sugar, or vanilla ice cream. What’s more, this golden brown treat is an easy apple treat!
You only need apples, sugar, vanilla, lemon, eggs, cake flour, baking, salt, and milk. As it bakes, the batter rises and then sinks, covering the apples and leaving intricate and classy designs.
7. Apple Galette
Tired of the usual apple pie as your go-to fall dessert? Try this gorgeously simple galette, filled with sliced cinnamon apples, looking like the best-tasting apple pizza.
An apple galette is a re-imagination of an apple pie – the flavors, even the flaky dough, are all there, just looking slightly different. Thus, the ingredients are a bit similar for the dough and filling.
The apple galette filling comprises baking apples, sugar, cinnamon, and butter. There’s also a finish for the apple galette made of egg, water, turbinado or sparkling sugar, and honey or apricot preserves.
8. Apple Turnovers
Turn an apple lover’s world around by making them these apple turnovers – an apple pie stuffed into a golden brown flaky puff pastry. Filled with crisp apples, this tart apple treat is a hit.
Use store-bought puff pastry, granny smith apples, unsalted butter, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and salt to make the turnovers. You’ll also need flour for dusting and egg wash to achieve that mouthwatering golden brown look.
There’s also a sweet glaze made of powdered sugar and whipping cream. The author says the glaze isn’t optional because it provides the sweetness for the apple turnovers.
9. Apple Tart
This baked apple tart is breathtaking, with the crisp and flavorful apple slices arranged beautifully inside the tart shell. With a big scoop of ice cream or whipped cream, it’s one of the best apple desserts.
As you make this apple tart, remember that the tart shell and filling are entirely different from the usual apple pie crust. Flavors may be similar, but the texture and other qualities are distinct.
For the filling, you’ll need apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, lemon juice, salt, and apricot preserves. For the dough, you’ll need flour, sugar, salt, butter, egg yolk, and cold water.
10. Apple Fritters
I often have banana fritters as snacks, so I can see how apple fritters can be a satisfying dessert. Moreover, fritters are one of the easy recipes to follow, so this can be a quick apple treat to prepare.
The recipe calls for you to fry, not bake, the apple fritters. Ingredients are flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, milk, eggs, applesauce, apples, and oil.
Soak the apple fritters in a glaze made with powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. These simple apple desserts take less than 30 minutes to prepare, so they are great for a quick afternoon treat.
10 Simple Apple Dessert Recipes
Prepare the easiest and most scrumptious apple desserts with these recipes.
Salted Caramel Apple Pie
Apple Pie Bars
Amish Apple Dumplings
Caramel Apple Cheesecake
German Apple Cake
- Select your favorite recipe.
- Organize all the required ingredients.
- Prep an apple dessert in 30 minutes or less!