Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Apple Recipes

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  • Apples are the quintessential fall fruit- let’s celebrate their sweet abundance with tips, tricks and Easy Apple Recipes galore! Here you’ll learn about choosing the Best Apples For Baking, as well as a round-up of all my favorite Apple Recipes in one convenient spot. 

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    Easy Apple Recipes

    I know that maybe it’s a little bit of a cliche, but my family treasures our fall outings to the local apple orchards here in Missouri. Sometimes it’s too hot, the sun is blazing and we’re being attacked by bugs and tall grasses. Sometimes there are more apples on the ground than there are in our boxes. But year after year, we come back for more. 

    I think it’s the joy of picking and choosing, the adventure, and a little bit of pride for the girls. They love coming home with piles of apples that they chose, and helping me decide what to make! There’s something so much sweeter about baking and cooking when you know exactly where things came from- we are so lucky to have these local farms!

    White surface with a small white ramiken of apple crisp, scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel on top. apples in the background.

    We love our time together in the kitchen, and it’s where I really feel at home with memories of my mom and grandmother. I have created dozens of apple-inspired recipes over the years, and I am thrilled to share them all with you!  I wanted to create a one-stop-shop where you can find all my favorite tips, tricks and recipe links- so be sure to bookmark this post for future fall baking! There’s everything from apple cocktails, to indulgent baked apple recipes, and even healthy apple recipes.

    White surface, towel to the side, with a big white baking dish full of baked apples.

    Choosing the Best Apples For Baking

    There are a wide variety of apples that are perfect for baking. However, some of the softer apples have a tendency to lose their shape, so it’s best to avoid those when you are choosing an apple for baking purposes. 

    My favorite apples for baking: 

    • Jonathan
    • Honeycrisp
    • Granny Smith
    • Braeburn
    • Golden Delicious
    • Gala
    • Pink Lady

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    Pantry Staples for Your Apple Baking Needs

    There’s a few ways that I like to make my life easier when it comes to our fall baking. I like to make sure I have a stocked spice cabinet- and this means some of the spices from past years have lost potency and should be refreshed. It also means keeping my favorite spice blends on hand! 

    • Have you downloaded my free printable Measurement Conversion Chart? This is a baking necessity- especially when you want to convert a recipe! 
    • Mulling Spices– these are delicious when used in the apple cocktail recipes that I link below. They also make a gorgeous gift! 
    • Delicious homemade vanilla extract– this is such a fragrant, charming gift idea. It’s also the ultimate spice cabinet accessory! Most of my apple recipes require a little vanilla- make sure you have plenty on hand for fall baking.

    A white surface, apples and frosting to the side, with a loaf of apple bread, glaze drizzled on top.

    • Allspice the strong, bold and vibrant flavor of allspice is delicious in all of your fall and winter baking. Making your own allspice blend is the best way to customize flavors! 
    • Cinnamon – This is the ultimate spice to store in your pantry for fall and winter baking. Fragrant and full of warm flavor, make sure your cinnamon jar is fresh and full! 
    • Nutmeg – Another warm, fragrant flavor of fall. Nutmeg accents the flavor of apple perfectly.
    • Powdered sugar – When it comes to adding a smooth, velvety texture to your frostings, icings and glazes, powdered sugar is a necessity. 
    • Granulated sugar – the classic white sugar that is required in much of your baking.
    • Brown sugar – You can choose light or dark brown sugar for most of the recipes linked here. It adds a more moist, chewy and textural flavor than white sugar. 
    • All-purpose flour -I don’t sift my flower for most of my baking, but you are always welcome to do that. Unbleached flour works well for most baking.
    • Baking soda / Baking powder -I always have both of these leavening agents on hand, and I try to label them so I know when they were opened and can keep them fresh.

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    Can You Freeze Fresh Apples? 

    Yes, you absolutely can! If you have an overabundance of apples (and if you’ve ever taken your kids to go apple picking you know exactly what I am talking about) you can freeze your apples with a couple different methods. 

    • Freeze them whole, peel on! Just place them on a large baking sheet and flash freeze before placing into baggies so you don’t wind up with stuck-together whole apples.
    • Freeze in peeled slices! You can peel, core and slice them. Then, freeze them on a cookie sheet and transfer them to freezer bags once they’re frozen. This prevents the pieces from sticking together, so you’ll be able to pull out just the pieces you need later.
    • Make apple pie filling. This is one of the most traditional ways to freeze apples- if your family enjoys apple pie this is a great little shortcut! 

    Marble surface with a dish of apple ice cream- ice cream scoop and sliced apples to the side.

    Using Frozen Apples in Baking

    Frozen apples can be used to make a wide variety of cooked and baked dishes. You can use them for applesauce, pies, jams and jellies, cakes, cobblers, and baked apples. They are also a perfect addition to smoothies when they are frozen- they work beautifully in healthy apple recipes, too. 

    I like to defrost my frozen apple slices by adding them to a large bowl of water- I throw a little lemon juice or even maple syrup into the bowl to prevent browning as they defrost. Frozen apples are not good for eating- so let’s enjoy them for baking! They will brown quickly after removing them from the freezer so I like the water defrosting trick! 

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    Reader Favorite Apple Recipes

    These are the recipes that readers return to time and again- the ones that give us the comfort and joy of the fall season! They are indulgent, delicious and oh-so-cozy when they are baking in the oven. Many of these favorites were created with gifting and sharing in mind- I always like to have a “share plan” so I don’t eat an entire batch by myself! 

    White tray on top of white linen towel, apple in background- frosted apple sugar cookies on tray.

    Apple tart topped with stripes of caramel and nuts, touch of greenery in background.

    The Best Toppings, Icings and Glazes for Apple Recipes

    I promise, all of those recipes listed above are delicious completely on their own. But if you want to really take it up a few notches, adding a frosting, whipped cream, glaze, or ice cream to anything baked with apple is going to create an incredibly delicious indulgence! 

    White surface, towel to the side, with a big white baking dish full of baked apples topped with ice cream.

    Healthy Apple Recipes

    I know, I know. We can’t eat all the butter and sugar, all the time. Or maybe you can, but I can’t- not when I love to create beautiful baked goods all week long! Oh, the perils of baking for work! 

    These healthy apple recipes are a little lighter on sugar, but not on flavor! In fact, you’ll find that many of these options give you the sweet, tangy touch of apple flavor without all the fat and calories! You can easily indulge without over-doing it. 

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    White surface, with a white plate featuring a leafy green salad and apple slices on top.

    Apple Drinks 

    More of my favorite apple recipes- these apple cocktails are a delicious way for adults to indulge in the essence of apple flavor. 

    The Ultimate Apple Guide

    What do you think? Did I cover all the bases? I’d love to hear from you if you have any questions about apple recipes or just baking in general. Would you like to see more indulgent apple recipes from me in the future, or the healthy apple recipes? Cheers to a season of apple picking and delicious kitchen adventures! 

    If you try any of these deliciously easy apple recipes, or if you have any tips and tricks to add to my apple baking ideas, please share in the comments below! Not only do I appreciate it, but I know readers do, too! For more easy recipes and simple living ideas, subscribe to my newsletter!

    Tray of apple cookies on a baking sheet on top of range, mixing bowl and spoons in a crock on the side.

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