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We’ve collected the 21 Best Apple Dessert Recipes to make this year! We have cultivated a wide variety of apple desserts from the usual pies, cakes, and crisps to the more unexpected apple pavlova and apple pie dip. Find easy recipes alongside more elaborate recipes to delight your tastebuds and spark your imagination.

apple hand pie broken open apples inside.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do with a bunch of apples?

When you have a lot of apples and you’ve eaten as many as you can handle, it’s time to get out a big pot for a batch of apple butter, apple sauce, apple compote, or juice them to make apple cider from scratch! You can also freeze them for later baking. Desserts that use a large number of apples are also great options: apple crisp, mile high apple pie or homemade apple pie filling.

What are good dessert apples?

The best cooking apples are those that you prefer. That being said, I always use a variety of apples for the best flavor and texture. Choose apples that retain a bit of texture when baked like Cripps pink, honey crisps, granny smiths, Braeburn, Gala or Fuji. In apple desserts I choose a balance of tart and sweet varieties to balance the sweetness of the topping, filling or cake.

Can I freeze apples?

You can freeze apples, but it will change their texture when they thaw. Previously frozen apples will be a bit soft and mushy. This is because the water held in the cells expands as it freezes, which bursts the cell walls. It sounds dramatic but it can be used to your advantage.
Use them for baked apple desserts where you want the moisture to come out and create a sauce like apple crisp, baked apple topping for pork, or apple pie. I suggest tossing them in a bit of lemon juice to keep them from browning after slicing.

caramel apple tart on wooden board.
cherry pie latticed unsliced.
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21 Best Apple Dessert Recipes

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Apple Cakes & Cupcakes Recipes

There is nothing better than a warm slice of apple cake topped with vanilla bean ice cream. Find moist apple cakes, beautiful upside down cakes and spice cakes to end a perfect Fall meal.

Caramel Apple Cupcakes Sliced open.

These caramel apple cupcakes have a moist cinnamon cake filled with a spiced apple compote that is topped with an easy salted caramel buttercream. You could also use this caramel Swiss meringue buttercream for a less sweet frosting.

Caramel Apple Cupcakes on marble cake stand
5 from 3 ratings

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

These Caramel Apple Cupcakes have a cinnamon buttermilk cake filled with a spiced apple compote and then frosted with a decadent caramel buttercream!
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sliced german apple cake in pan with crumble.

This traditional German Apple Cake with streusel topping from House of Nash Eats is moist, tender and flavorful. It has a buttery shortbread crust topped with a lightly spiced apple filling and a generous amount of streusel topping. Streusel topping is my love language so this recipe had to make the top of the list.

slice of German apple cake in pan.

German Apple Cake with Streusel Topping (Apfelkuchen mit Streusel)

German Apple Cake with Streusel Topping [Apfelkuchen mit Streusel] is one of my favorite traditional German desserts that I know you are going to love too!
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slice of apple upside down cake on white cake plate.

This apple upside-down cake from Upstate Ramblings is a moist, apple pie spiced cake with caramel apples baked right on top (well, on the bottom!). I live for a good upside-down cake like my pear upside-down cake especially when served warm with a mountain of vanilla bean ice cream!

Apple Upside Down Cake

Easy apple upside down cake features apples coated with brown sugar and butter and baked underneath cake batter. The cake is delicious and the sticky caramel apple topping makes it even tastier.
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This apple almond cake from Vanilla Bean Cuisine is a beautiful combination of a French apple cake and coffee cake. It has a soft, spice cake filled with fresh apples and topped with an almond crumble!

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

This Apple Almond Cake is dreamy and moist, and studded with apples. Topped with a cinnamon-almond crumble, it’s the perfect cake for brunch, snack time,
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An easy apple butter spice cake made with apple butter and tons of spices! You can bake it into cupcake or make an easy layer cake with your favorite frosting like the best cream cheese buttercream frosting!

Apple Butter Spice Cake

Apple Butter Spice Cake

What to do with extra apple butter? Make this easy apple butter spice cake with maple fudge frosting! With plenty of fall spices.
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slice of cheesecake with donut on top.

This apple cider cheesecake from Stephanie’s Sweet Treats tastes like an apple cider donut in cheesecake form! Smooth creamy apple cider cheesecake filling baked on an easy graham cracker crust. There is a cinnamon streusel that is swirled and baked right into the cheesecake. Epic flavor!

Apple Cider Cheesecake - Stephanie’s Sweet Treats

Apple Cider Cheesecake – Stephanie’s Sweet Treats

This apple cider cheesecake is an apple cider donut in cheesecake form! It has apple cider baked cheesecake and apple cider cinnamon filling.
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Apple Pies & Tarts

These apple pies & tarts are far from the ordinary! There is a classic apple pie but you will also find interesting variations that range from the more complicated to a super simple galette!

apple pie spice on flowery plate.

This easy apple pie has a cinnamon apple filling baked inside a foolproof vodka pie crust! To make it even easier, use store-bought pie crust. This is the apple pie you will be making on repeat! Top it with creme anglaise for the perfect Fall dessert.

Cinnamon Apple Pie Slice on Plate with floral details.
5 from 42 ratings

Easy Apple Pie

This Cinnamon Apple Pie has a brown sugar cinnamon apple filling baked to perfection inside a flakey all-butter pie crust!
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Apple Tarte Tatin on black plate.

This is a professional pastry chef’s recipe for the perfect apple tart tatin! Halved apples are cooked in caramel underneath puff pastry for a showstopping apple dessert! Bonus points for making homemade puff pastry. You can find a recipe for classic puff pastry and inverse puff pastry by Chef Lindsey. Choose the method that works best for you.

Apple Tarte Tatin on black plate.
5 from 2 ratings

Apple Tarte Tatin

This Apple Tarte Tatin is what Francophile dreams are made of! It has buttery puff pastry cooked to perfection, deep caramelized apples, and is flambéed just because!
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apple tart with anglaise on plate.

This caramel apple tart is an epic apple dessert. A sweet tart crust topped with layers of salted caramel sauce and sliced apples bake underneath a cinnamon brown sugar streusel! Bring this apple tart to your next gathering and wait for the rave reviews to pour in!

Caramel Apple Tart with cinnamon streusel
5 from 3 ratings

Caramel Apple Tart with Cinnamon Streusel

This Caramel Apple Tart with Cinnamon Streusel Topping is epic! Layers of caramel sauce and sliced apples are piled high in a sweet tart crust and topped with a cinnamon variation of my favorite, go-to streusel!
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apple hand pie half broken open.

Apple hand pies or mini apple pies are the perfect hand-held Fall dessert. This easy version uses apple compote and my all-butter pie crust but you could also use store-bought pastry. Serve them with warm salted maple caramel sauce or crème anglaise for dipping.

Apple Hand Pies Overhead Baking Sheet Close
4.99 from 50 ratings

Apple Hand Pies

These easy Apple Hand Pies have a flakey all-butter pie crust filled with a homemade cinnamon apple filling! They are easy to make and they bake in under 20 minutes. The perfect hand-held treat!
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Mile High Apple Pie sliced interior.

This mile high apple pie uses 5 pounds of apples! A pastry chef teaches you all the tricks for eliminating that gap between the apples and top crust for a show-stopping pie. Pour some caramel sauce or butterscotch sauce in the filling for an easy variation!

Mile High Apple Pie slice on blue plate
5 from 1 ratings

Mile High Apple Pie

You will love this easy Mile High Apple Pie! It combines a brown sugar lemon apple filling with a flakey, buttery, and generously sugared crust for the perfect apple pie!
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There is something so elegant about the simplicity of a galette. This easy apple galette from Pass Me a Spoon is no exception. A flaky crust folded around a cinnamon spiced apple filling will have you reaching for another slice!

Super Easy Apple Galette

The apple galette – sometimes referred to as the lazy man’s apple pie – is a rustic tart that is filled with fruit and baked “free form,” with no pie pan necessary. But they make a beautiful dessert! And this apple galette is the easiest of them all, without sacrificing the great spiced apple cinn…
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Easy Apple Desserts

Every cook needs these easy apple desserts in their arsenal! There are crisps you can make in the microwave, crumble bars, a skillet pie, and more. These are the easiest of the easy apple desserts. Whether you are whipping up a quick dessert for tonight or you are making dessert for a crowd, these desserts have you covered.

It does not get any easier than a microwave apple crisp! This simple and satisfying dessert by Running to the Kitchen will have you making dessert every night!

Microwave Apple Crisp

This EASY microwave apple crisp recipe is a quick option when you need a delicious fall dessert in minutes. Top with ice cream & enjoy!
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ginger spiced apple crumble on wooden spoon.

This easy twist on apple crumble uses fresh ginger in the apple filling and ground ginger in the crumble topping. You won’t want to miss this ginger spice apple crumble by Knife & Soul.

Ginger Spiced Apple Crumble

This Ginger Spiced Apple Crumble is heavenly and super easy to make. Bite into a perfectly crisp topping and taste caramelly baked apples…
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Classic Apple Crisp with Oat Streusel on plate with ice cream

This easy apple crisp is baked in the oven but make enough to serve a crowd! The sweet brown sugar streusel topping balances a tart apple filling.

Brown sugar apple crisp with generous amount of streusel topping on red plate.
5 from 46 ratings

Easy Apple Crisp

This easy apple crisp recipe has a cinnamon apple filling with a crispy brown sugar oat topping. The tart filling balances the generous amount of brown sugar oat topping!
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apple plum crumble bars stacked.

Sometimes only a bar cookie will do. These apple plum crumble bars are soft and chewy and so flavorful.

Apple and Plum Crumble Bars

Apple and Plum Crumble Bars

Fall in love with these easy, buttery, cinnamon-spiced, Apple and Plum Crumble Bars! They are loaded with tart apples, sweet plums, and a crispy oat topping. Who knew apple and plum made such a delicious pair?!
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baked apple pandowdy.

In case you aren’t in the cool club, an apple pandowdy is like an easy, skillet apple pie. Bake the filling under a top crust, slice and scoop. This recipe truly is easy as pie! Scoop on some vanilla bean ice cream and serve it up!

sliced apple pandowdy in skillet.

Apple Pandowdy Recipe

This Apple Pandowdy Recipe is loaded with sweetly spiced tender apples and covered in a pie crust that’s been sprinkled with cinnamon sugar! It takes only 30 minutes to prep this baked cozy apple dessert!
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Unexpected Apple Desserts

These are some apple desserts that think outside of the pie box! Some are easy, some are cold, some are bite-sized, but they are all unexpected apple desserts that are perfect for entertaining or an easy Fall dessert.

apple pavlova on marble.

Pavlovas are my favorite dessert like this pavlova cake, but when the weather turns crisp, you will want to bake up this apple pavlova from Pass Me a Spoon! Perhaps a dollop of homemade whipped cream would be nice.

Apple Pavlova

Apple Pavlova

This apple pavlova combines the light and airy texture of meringue with the sweet and tart flavors of apples for a deliciously simple dessert! To make an apple pavlova, a meringue base is first prepared
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These easy apple pie bites are made using wonton wrappers, but they would also be fabulous in a homemade pie crust like this all butter pie crust or Crisco pie crust.

Apple Pie Bites Easy Dessert Recipe

Apple Pie Bites Easy Dessert Recipe

Apple Pie Bites are a great alternative to traditional apple pie. These are easy to make and perfect for fall parties and Thanksgiving.
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apple fritters stacked with glaze pouring.

Do not stand between me and one of these apple fritters from Of Batter and Dough! They have a yeasted donut dough, tons of apple filling and are fried to perfection. And the maple glaze is finger-licking good!

Apple Fritters with Maple Glaze

Apple Fritters with Maple Glaze

These are the kind of apple fritters you’d get at the very best kind of doughnut shop. They are made from soft yeast-raised dough, flavored with a hint of
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sliced apples with caramel sauce and toppings.

It doesn’t get much more unexpected than serving up a platter of apple dessert nachos! For a less healthy option try using apple chips instead of sliced apples. Yum!

Healthy Apple Nachos Recipe

Healthy Apple Nachos Recipe

Healthy Apple Nachos are an easy, no-bake snack or dessert. Layer apple slices with almond or peanut butter, granola, chocolate, and more.
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apple spiced ice cream with apple slices.

This is the kind of ice cream I can get behind! Scoop up a big bowl of this apple pie ice cream, pour on the salted caramel sauce and grab a spoon! Actually, get your own, because this bowl is mine!

apple pie ice cream scoops.

Apple Pie Ice Cream

Apple Pie Ice Cream is loaded with cinnamon and apples for a delicious Fall flavored ice cream! Like eating apple pie in ice cream form!
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I saved the easiest dessert for last. This caramel apple pie dip is sweet, decadent and way easier than pie! I love the layer of crunchy nuts that is hidden on the bottom. A salty, crunchy surprise!

Caramel Apple Pie Dip | Entirely Elizabeth

Caramel Apple Pie Dip | Entirely Elizabeth

Quick, easy, 6 ingredient Caramel Apple Pie Dip- fluffy cheesecake topped with apple pie filling, rich caramel, and slightly salty peanuts.
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Before you go!

If you loved these apple recipes, you might love our collection of Fall dessert recipes or the 25 Best Pumpkin Dessert Recipes for Fall.

Hi, I’m Chef Lindsey!

I am the baker, recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind Chef Lindsey Farr. I believe in delicious homemade food and the power of dessert!

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