Looking for a way to use up some apples? Make one of these incredibly easy apple dessert recipes. They are so good you’ll feel like a pro.
Fresh apples are plentiful during the harvest season is in the fall, which is why so many apple recipes are published in September and October. But honestly, I could eat apple desserts all year long. There is nothing seasonal about these recipes. They all have a classic flavor, and I could sink my teeth into any of them any day of the week.
I included all of my favorite apple dessert recipes in this list. Some of them were passed down from family members, and some of them I created out of sheer love for the crisp fruit.
If you enjoy apples and have an event coming up (Or you are just in the mood to bake), then check out this list and make one of these next! You might just fall in love with one (or all) of them.
FAQs About Apple Desserts
Before we get into the recipes, I’m going to address some common questions I’ve received over years of sharing these sweet treats. If you have another question that isn’t answered here, please leave it in the comments and I’ll get back to you ASAP.
What are the best apples to use for dessert recipes?
When cooking an apple, it will become caramelized and much sweeter than eating it raw. For that reason, I tend to shy away from super sweet apples unless I develop a recipe specifically for them (such as my salted honeycrisp pie below).
My recommendations for baking apples are:
- Granny smith
- Pink lady
Should apple desserts be served warm or cold?
It depends on the specific recipe, but I’d venture to say that most apple dessert recipes are best served warm unless the recipe specifically states to chill before serving or serve at room temperature. Even better? Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the top—it’s fantastic.
Easy Apple Dessert Recipes
Alright, let’s get to the good stuff. These are the best, tastiest, and most delicious apple desserts you can make. From tarts to pies – and even a few bread recipes – there is something for absolutely everyone on this list.
It’s more than just a quick bread – it’s one of the sweetest and richest apple breads you will ever make. You can literally see the chunks of apples inside this sweet bread, which is then topped with a tangy sour cream glaze. It looks gorgeous, and each slice is a work of art.
If you love blondies, then you have to make these sweet apple blondies. As they bake, your entire house will smell like cinnamon and apples – it is divine.
Even better than the soft blondies is the sweet maple icing. Save the recipe and use the icing on sheet cake or even cupcakes too.
The salt in this incredible apple pie brings out the natural sugars from the Honeycrisp apples. After making the pie, I am a firm believer in the fact that caramel belongs in apple pie.
Plus, the crumble topping makes this a rustic pie that beckons everyone to grab a fork.
Looking for a recipe to impress your guests? Look no further! This German apple cake is two tiers of absolute art. The best part is that you don’t have to have cake decorating experience to be good at it. It’s a really easy cake to frost and make beautiful.
How about a recipe that you can take to brunch? Apple turnovers are super popular at any party you serve them at, and they are a cinch when you follow my recipe. If you are intimidated by homemade pie crust, this recipe uses pre-made puff pastry sheets. It’s incredibly simple (and delicious).
With a mixture of sweet and sour, this sweet fruit tart is going to dress up any dessert table. The whole cranberries on top make it look like a holiday dessert, but you can enjoy it any time of year. This apple tart has the best crumbs—you’ll want to lick your plate clean.
This is one of my favorite apple strudel recipes of all time because it was passed down to me from my sweet Aunt Maybe. The tart Granny Smith apples pour out of the delicate puff pastry with every bite. You’ll definitely need to use a fork to enjoy this mouthwatering dessert.
Whenever you are pinched for time, you just can’t go wrong with delicious and easy cheesecake bars. The pie crust is literally just crushed graham crackers, butter, and a few other ingredients. It’s so easy!
Then, just pour the cheesecake mixture on top and let it bake. This is one of the simplest apple dessert recipes with just the right amount of spice.
If you haven’t made a slab pie before, then this is your sign to try it! It’s called a slab pie because the puff pastry is rolled out onto a baking sheet, filled with apples and cranberries, and topped with more puff pastry. So instead of a typical round shape, this pie is more of a rectangle. It feeds a crowd and looks incredible.
These soft apple cookies go beyond simple drop cookies and have a sweet and savory glaze on top. The texture on these is amazing. They are fluffy yet chewy cookies with a lip-smacking apple cider glaze. Save the recipe just to have the glaze ingredients.
The glaze on this apple streusel cake drips down all sides for a stunning edible centerpiece. The soft apples are layered in between the cake batter. Then, when you cut into the cake, you see the apples and cake altogether, and it’s an incredible sight.
For parties, you really can’t go wrong with a simple apple cream cheese spread. It’s a delicious dip for any type of fruit. I like to add it on top of thin apple slices or even use it on my toast for breakfast.
This apple pie is a bit extra, and I’m proud of it! This is a twist (or upgrade) on the classic apple pie…the pie crust is made out of flattened cinnamon rolls.
To save time, you can make the cinnamon rolls out of refrigerated pie crust. Then, it is all topped with a decadent homemade apple pie filling and a scrumptious crumb topping.
Just looking at this bread will make everyone think you spent hours and hours on it – but the secret is – you didn’t! Adding thinly sliced apples in between the layers of crust gives it a stunning appearance.
Then, drizzle it with your homemade apple cider caramel sauce, and you have a dessert that is ready for brunch.
Made in a skillet, this Apple Pizza Pie is beyond decadent with a delicious apple filling, crumb topping, and sweet glaze.
If you’re a fan of apple pie, but dread making crust, this recipe is for you. It’s the perfect combination of pie meets pizza. It’s a really thick pie with a soft crust and delicious crumb topping.
That’s a Wrap on Apple Dessert Recipes!
There you have it: 15 incredible recipes featuring apples. Which one(s) will you try first? Enjoy!