20 Easy Apple Desserts

Desserts + Recipe Roundups
September 19, 2021
Desserts + Recipe Roundups
September 19, 2021

20 Easy Apple Desserts

Looking for a sweet way to use up all those juicy in-season apples? Step into my office. We put together our favorite apple desserts to bake this fall!

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20 Easy Apple Desserts

Looking for a sweet way to use up all those juicy in-season apples? Step into my office. We put together our favorite apple desserts to bake this fall!

cinnamon apple crisp with vanilla ice cream

25 Apple Desserts to Bake this Fall

It’s officially apple season! Get your aprons on and your mixers out, because we’re about to bake until we drop. Fall baking has to be my favorite season to bake in. And that’s saying a lot because I bake…well a lot. Truly nothing compares to a perfectly spiced apple donut or a buttery, warm slice of apple pie. And the common theme here? APPLES. So if you’re on an apple kick like me, in hunt of all of the best apple recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth look no further!

Tips for baking with apples

We recommend using a mix of different apples for the most varied deep apple flavor. We like to use both tarter, cooking apples like granny smith and also sweeter apples to deepen the flavor. This will ensure that some of the apples remain tart and crisp while others will break down into a jammy, cinnamon-sugar dream. For the sweeter apples you can use whatever you have on hand: gala, honey crisp, pink lady, envy…any kind will do.

1. Caramel Apple Cake

Is there anything more fall that a decadent caramel apple? No. There’s not. We channeled all the flavors of a juicy, buttery, sweet caramel apple into this fun fall layer cake. The cake is made with grated apples for the ultimate apple flavor.

caramel apple cake with two slices on plates

2. Caramel Dutch Apple Pie

Level up your classic apple pie with this dutch caramel apple pie AKA a classic apple pie drizzled with homemade salted caramel and topped with a buttery crumb topping.

slice of dutch apple pie

3. Apple Cider Donut Cake

Take all your favorite flavors of an apple cider donut and make them into an easy bundt cake. This apple cider bundt cake is tender, moist, spiced to perfection and coated in a buttery, cinnamon sugar for the ultimate Fall treat.

apple cider bundt cake with cinnamon sugar

4. Cinnamon Roll Apple Cobbler

Put together the two best things in the world (apple pie and cinnamon rolls. duh.) into the most scrumptious cinnamon roll apple cobbler. You’ll love this easy apple dessert all fall long!

cinnamon roll apple cobbler

5. Apple Cider Churros with Salted Caramel Dipping Sauce

These perfectly spiced apple cider churros are the best sweet to whip up now that local apple cider is gracing your grocery store aisles. Just in time for fall: light and airy apple cider churros with salted caramel sauce for dunking!

apple cider churros dipped in salted caramel

6. Cinnamon Apple Crisp

This easy apple crisp is the perfect classic dessert to whip up with all those fresh picked apples. With tender and crisp cinnamon apples and a buttery crumble topping, you’ll love this perfect Fall dessert. We recommend serving it up with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream 🙂

the best apple desserts

7. Bourbon Apple Fritters

Sweet cinnamon and apples, perfectly fried dough, and bourbon come together to make these annoyingly addicting bourbon apple fritters.

Sweet cinnamon and apples, perfectly fried dough, and bourbon come together to make these Annoyingly Addicting Bourbon Apple Fritters.

8. Apple Galette

We love a galette around here. They’re super easy to make, rustic in the most beautiful way and absolutely delicious. You get all the taste of apple pie, but half the work. This cinnamon apple galette is just perfect for an easy and delicious dessert!

All the taste of apple pie, but half the work. This Cinnamon Apple Galette is just perfect for an easy but delicious dessert.

9. Apple Cider Caramels

Enjoy all the flavors of fall with these chewy apple cider caramels AKA soft caramels loaded up with all the fruity taste of spiced apple cider!

chewy apple cider caramel with bite

10. Apple Cider Donut Pancakes

Take all your favorite flavors of a cinnamon sugar coated apple cider donut and make it a pancake! These apple cider donut pancakes are spiced, sweet and perfect for Fall!

apple donut pancakes drizzled with glaze and topped with cooked apples on a speckled plate

11. Healthy Apple Crumb Bars

If you’re looking for a slightly lighter apple dessert to whip up, then you will LOVE these healthy apple crumble bars. They’re  gluten free, refined sugar free, and our new favorite fall dessert.

Stack of healthy apple crumble bars

12. Cinnamon Apple Babka

Babka can be an arduous process, but it’s also worth every extra step. This perfectly spiced cinnamon apple babka recipe from from my friend, Uri Scheft and his book Breaking Breads. I highly recommend you check it out!

cinnamon apple babka loaf cut into with slices to the side

13. Apple Carrot Cake Muffins

Say hello to your new favorite fall muffin recipe! These apple carrot muffins are tender, moist and loaded with carrots and apples. Topped with a buttery crumble, these hearty muffins are the perfect way to start the day!

apple carrot muffins from overhead on a small cooling rack

14. Brown Butter Bourbon Caramel Apples

I mean…need I say more. The homemade caramel apples are made with a delicious brown butter caramel with a healthy splash of bourbon!

Homemade caramel apples spiked with bourbon and flavored with brown butter... uhm, YES PLEASE?!

15. Bourbon Apple Pie Ice Cream

Who says ice cream is just for summer?! NOT THIS GIRL. This homemade bourbon apple pie ice cream is the perfect boozy fall dessert. It’s a mouthwatering bourbon ice cream recipe with delicious apple pie bits inside.

Bourbon Apple Pie Ice Cream Recipe

16. Maple Frosted Mini Apple Pies

The only thing better than apple pie is a tiny, cute baby apple pies that you can eat in two bites 🙂 These handheld mini apple pies with a decadent maple glaze are the perfect treat to ring in apple season!

mini cinnamon apple pies cut open with cinnamon stick and a glass of milk

17. Apple Crisp Muffins

Moist apple muffins topped with a crunchy apple crisp topping. Like, omg.

Moist apple muffins topped with a crunchy apple crisp topping. Like, omg.

18. Swirled Apple Cinnamon Bread

So… this apple cinnamon bread is easily the best bread I’ve ever made. It tastes just like those cinnamon swirl breads my mom would get my sister and me from the store growing up. Only I’d say it actually tastes better!

A scrumptious weekday breakfast, this soft and chewy homemade Cinnamon Apple Swirl Bread is EVERYTHING!
19. Sour Cream Apple Coffee Cake

One of my favorite things about quick breads is how versatile they are. Take this Sour Cream Apple Coffee Cake, for example. I’ve already eaten it for dessert, breakfast, and and an afternoon snack. I mean, can you blame me? The maple pecan streusel alone is enough to make me drool. And the fact that this bread is studded with apples means there’s practically a serving of fruit in each slice.…Right?

A moist sour cream apple coffee cake with an addicting maple pecan streusel!

20. Cinnamon Apple French Toast

This baked cinnamon apple french toast makes me irrationally excited.  I mean, have you ever seen a french toast so beautiful?! I think no. Plus this baby is super easy to make, loaded up with juicy apples and perfectly spiced. You will love it.

Treat your family to a show-stopping brunch this season: layers of cinnamon apple baked french toast in a totally unique and stunning presentation!

We hope you enjoy apple season it’s fullest and all the apple desserts that come with it. Happy baking!


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