Celebrate fall’s golden girl, the apple, with over 30 easy apple recipes! Enjoy this accommodating fruit in everything from exciting cocktails to delicious main dishes.

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This week we are talking apples. I don’t know about you but we go through apples like crazy this time of year. Michigan is apple country and we love ’em!

I’ve rounded up a whole bunch of recipes that have apples as a main ingredient. I love the variety in this collection. Not just apple desserts here! We have salads, cocktails, kebobs, dips, breads, cakes, and more.

These apple recipes are all tried and true. They’re favorites of my family and I just know your family will enjoy them, too. Be sure to stock up on apples and try a few easy apple recipes.

Which Apples Work Best for Recipes?

This is a question I am frequently asked. There’s no right answer. Different recipes call for different types of apples. I try to specify on the recipe card what type of apple would work best for that particular recipe.

Not all apples are created the same. Some apples have firm, crisp flesh; others are softer and break down more easily. Apples can be tart or super sweet. The peel can be green, red, golden, or a blend. Some varieties keep well; others are more perishable. Here’s a brief and definitely not comprehensive list of common varieties.

Snacking Apples

If you’re looking for a sweet crisp apple to snack on, or to dip into my delicious apple dip, you can’t go wrong with Honeycrisp, SweeTango, Piñata (my personal favorite), or Pink Lady. These varieties are excellent in salads, too.

Baking Apples

Apples that are popular for baking pies or crisps have a firm texture that doesn’t turn to mush when cooked. Try Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, or Jonathan, or Northern Spy. I usually choose Honeycrisp to make my popular apple crisp.

Sauce Apples

To make a great applesauce, you want an apple that does break down when cooked. Choose Mutsu (Crispin), Cortland (my favorite), McIntosh, Ida Red, or Rome. Try Instant Pot applesauce to make the easiest applesauce ever. It’s infinitely better than store-bought applesauce!

How To Store Apples

Refrigerating Apples

Store unwashed apples in a cool dry location. It’s important to not wash them until you’re ready to eat them. The crisper drawer of your refrigerator is a perfect place to store apples. It’s best to store apples separately from other produce because apples naturally emit ethylene which promotes ripening and spoilage. If you put the apples in a plastic bag, be sure there are holes in the bag for good air circulation.

Apples will keep for several weeks if they are in good condition (no soft or rotten spots) and stored properly.

Freezing Apples

If you happen to have an abundance of fresh apples, you can freeze them to use later in pies, crisps, cakes, muffins, and compotes (in recipes where the apples are cooked). They’ll keep for at least 3 months. Don’t worry if you notice a bit of browning. That’s natural and will disappear completely when you cook the apples.

Peel the apples, and either slice them or cut them into chunks, depending on how you want to use them. Arrange them in a single layer on a tray that will fit into your freezer and freeze until firm. Transfer to a freezer-safe container or bag. If you’re not interested in having the frozen apples stay separate, you can skip the first step.

The apples can be used directly from the freezer or thawed overnight in the fridge.

Are Apples Good For You?

We’ve all heard the old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but are apples really good for you or is that merely an old wives’ tale? I’m happy to say that apples are a nutritious food with many health benefits. Apples are rich in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C. They promote good heart health, support weight loss, and help prevent cancer. Apples contain pectin which is good for your gut health (Healthline).

And be sure to eat the peelings, too! Many of the nutrients, especially vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and calcium are found in the apple skin, not to mention much of the fiber.

Not fond of the apple peeling? I’ve found that when apples are cooked, the skin becomes very soft and is barely detectable in apple recipes like crisps, breads, or muffins. Try it once and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Enjoy apples in all their glory! Try my easy apple recipes today.

31+ Easy Apple Recipes

Close up of a spoon stuck into the corner of apple crisp topped with scoops of ice cream and cinnamon.

Easy Apple Crisp

4.66 from 20 votes
One of my favorite desserts, apple crisp is easy to make with layers of tender juicy apples and a sweet crunchy topping. It's the best!
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Apple blueberry crisp with some scooped out to show filling.

Apple Blueberry Crisp

4.69 from 22 votes
Apples and blueberries join together to make this apple blueberry crisp outstanding. Just the right balance of berries and apples make this easy dessert the best.
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Apple compote in a cast iron skillet, with a spoon.

Easy Apple Compote

4.52 from 35 votes
This easy apple recipe turns juicy apples into a delicious cinnamon-laced compote. Serve it as is, or as a topping for ice cream, pancakes, waffles, and more.
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Two apple cider mocktails garnished with round apple slices.

Apple Cider Mocktail (with cocktail option)

4.64 from 11 votes
Shake up a perfectly chilled spiced apple cider mocktail at your next fall party! Take plain cider up a notch with this easy recipe.
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An iced drink in a copper cup, garnished with apple, mint leaves, and a cinnamon stick

Apple Cider Mule

5 from 1 vote
If you like a Moscow mule, you'll want to try this variation made with apple cider. Copper mug optional!
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Overhead view of a slice of apple spice cake on a plate with a forkful missing.

Apple Spice Cake (with optional Bourbon Glaze)

5 from 6 votes
Make this deliciously moist apple cake from scratch. It's so easy and turns out well every time. No fancy ingredients!
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Close up of two air fryer apple fritters with a glaze.

Air Fryer Apple Fritters

4.72 from 7 votes
A healthier version of a bakery favorite, air fryer apple fritters are fun to make and will disappear quickly.
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Overhead view of apple pie spice on a red ceramic measuring spoon.

Apple Pie Spice Recipe

4.34 from 3 votes
Apple pie spice plus apples equals amazing desserts and snacks. An easy-to-make spice blend that you'll want to have in your pantry.
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Overhead view of applesauce in an Instant Pot with wooden spoon.

Instant Pot Applesauce

4.50 from 8 votes
Totally hands off,  Instant Pot applesauce is an easy apple recipe you don't want to miss. Turn six pounds of apples into warm homemade applesauce!
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Crockpot applesauce in a large white bowl.

Crockpot Applesauce

5 from 2 votes
Crockpot applesauce makes it easy to make a big batch of applesauce from scratch! Slow cooking breaks down the apples and intensifies their flavor, so you don’t even need to add any sugar to sweeten it. 
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Close up of apple bread topped with walnuts in a white loaf pan.

Whole Wheat Apple Bread with Walnuts

4.37 from 19 votes
Whole wheat applesauce bread is a hearty and healthy bread – great for brunch, breakfast, or snacking!
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These apple cinnamon no bake energy bites are fun, filling, and could not be any easier to make. They're great for school lunch boxes, too! Get the easy and fun recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Apple Cinnamon No Bake Energy Bites

4.43 from 7 votes
Apple cinnamon no bake energy bites are fun, filling, and easy to make, with dried apples, oats, and dates.
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Apple dip on an apple.

Easy Apple Dip

4.60 from 22 votes
Serve your favorite sliced apples with creamy apple dip featuring cream cheese and peanut butter. So good!
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These apple spice quinoa pancakes are a healthy and delicious way to start your day. Full of protein and flavor, they will quickly become a favorite.

Apple Quinoa Pancakes

4.50 from 8 votes
Apple quinoa pancakes are a healthy and delicious way to start your day. This apple recipe will quickly become a breakfast favorite.
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Three apple bran muffins with red liners on a green plastic plate.

Healthy Apple Bran Muffins Recipe

4.41 from 10 votes
Apple bran muffins are easy to make, low in fat and high in fiber. This apple muffin recipe is a winner!
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A glazed apple cider muffin cut in half to reveal chunks of apples inside.

Apple Cider Muffins Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Apple cider muffins are packed full of tender chunks of apple, with apple cider in the batter and spiced with cinnamon and cloves.
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Overhead view of muffins in a basket with blue and white linen.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

4.48 from 17 votes
Apple cinnamon muffins are easy to make and perfect for busy mornings! An easy apple recipe that everyone loves.
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Pancakes on a white plate on a wooden surface.

Whole Grain Apple Spice Pancakes

5 from 1 vote
Filled with chunky apples and lots of cinnamon and spice, hearty whole grain apple spice pancakes make a nutritious and delicious breakfast.
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French toast muffins sprinkled with powdered sugar, in a pool of syrup.

French Toast Muffins

5 from 1 vote
Baked apple French toast cups combine two favorites: baked apples and French toast. Easy to make and kids love them!
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These apple crisp breakfast cookies give you all the flavors of apple crisp in one tasty, portable, healthy little package. Eat one for breakfast and your day is already off to a great start. Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Apple Crisp Breakfast Cookies Recipe

4.75 from 4 votes
Apple crisp breakfast cookies incorporate all the flavors of apple crisp in one tasty, portable, healthy little package.This apple recipe will get your day off to a great start!

Apple Cheesecake Shortbread Cookies Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Apple cheesecake shortbread cookies with the fantastic flavors of apple cheesecake in an easy to make slice and bake shortbread cookie!
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Apple Chips Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Apple chips are a healthy inexpensive snack for the entire family to enjoy. Easy to make with only a few ingredients!
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Overhead of white bowl filled to the brim with cranberry sauce, on tan and white striped cloth.

Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce

4.36 from 34 votes
Apples and cranberries pair perfectly in this cinnamon apple cranberry sauce. So much better than canned cranberry sauce and it's easy to make.
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Cranberry sauce with roasted grapes and shallots.

Cranberry Sauce with Roasted Grapes, Apples, and Shallots

5 from 4 votes
Cranberry sauce with roasted grapes, apples, and shallots provides a burst of flavor, both sweet and savory, that is unforgettable. 
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Pork kebobs with apples and onions, served with sauce.

Grilled Pork Kabobs with Apples Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Smoky grilled apples, tender pork chunks, and sweet red onions, with a lemony apricot glaze, make grilled pork kabobs are a delicious way to incorporate apples into your menu.
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Pork tenderloin and apples garnished with thyme.

Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions

4.75 from 8 votes
Pork tenderloin with apples is a perfect autumn meal with tender slices of pork, warm buttery apples, and caramelized onions, all made in one pan.
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Brussels sprouts salad in a round clear glass bowl, on white marble background.

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples, Cranberries, and Walnuts

5 from 5 votes
With crisp tart apples, sweet dried cranberries, and crunchy walnuts, this Brussels sprouts salad is a great fall salad, easy to make and healthy, too.
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Overhead view of apple stuffing in a casserole dish.

Apple Stuffing

5 from 2 votes
Tangy, bright flavors take this apple stuffing up a notch, with sourdough bread, Granny Smith apples, and tart dried cranberries. It's wonderfully delicious homemade stuffing!
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Stuffed acorn squash filled with farro, sausage, apples, and cheese on a white plate, with a fork stuck into the filling.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

4.41 from 71 votes
Stuffed acorn squash, with a delightful blend of farro, sausage, apples, and cheese, is a fall favorite!
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The perfect salad to keep in your fridge and grab at lunch time, this kale salad with apples and raisins is tangy, tart, sweet and full of flavorful nutrition. Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Kale Salad with Apples and Golden Raisins

4.34 from 3 votes
Kale salad with tart apples, crisp shredded cabbage, and golden raisins is tangy, tart, sweet, and full of flavorful nutrition.It's similar to bagged salads but so much better!
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21 Comments

  1. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife says:

    Thank you so much for including several of my recipes!! ;) This is an awesome list of apple goodness!!

  2. Valentina says:

    Thanks for sharing my recipes — this is an AMAZING collection of deliciousness!

  3. Bree (Skinny Mommy) says:

    Great lineup Rachel!

  4. Lauren at Keep It Sweet says:

    Yay for apples! Thanks for including me in this awesome list of recipes:-)

  5. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) says:

    Wow! Amazing, amazing list. Can’t wait to check them all out! :)

  6. Cassie says:

    I can almost smell the apples, I swear! Thanks for including me in the lineup!!

  7. Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat says:

    I better get started if I’m going to make all these recipes! Thanks for including me!!

  8. Kate@Diethood says:

    This is an awesome collection. I have an apple tree in my backyard and this year the tree decided to birth a whooooole lotta apples! :) I’m gonna need each and every one of these recipes.
    Thank you SO much for including me in this roundup!

  9. Tracey says:

    What a great collection of recipes! I’m equally obsessed with pumpkin and apple right now – excited to have some new ideas to try out!