Best apple dessert recipes. Quick and easy ideas for desserts. Healthy and not-so-healthy options all included, including apple pastries, cakes, pies, and more!
Apples are easy to cook with because they blend well with so many other foods and flavors. Think: cheese, cinnamon, caramel, oats, butter and nuts. There are over 7,000 varieties of apples in the world but your local market likely has less than six to select from. Any variety can be used in any recipe. However, sweeteners may need to be adjusted depending on which variety you use.
If an apple a day really keeps the doctor away, why not get your daily apple in one of these desserts?
Here are the best apple dessert recipes to explore when apples are in abundance or anytime at all.
Vegan Apple Cheese Puff Pastry Braid
Described by the author as a cross between strudel and a danish, this recipe calls for store bought frozen puff pastry. Chopped apples are cooked lightly in vegan butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Vegan cream cheese is mixed with brown sugar and vanilla. Step by step directions help you form the braid.
Cinnamon Apple Dessert Chimichangas
Think: Fried Apple Pie Burrito! Cook chopped apples with cinnamon, lemon juice, brown sugar and cornstarch which acts as a thickener. When apple mixture has cooled, spoon into a flour tortillas, roll them up and fry in hot oil. Roll warm chimichangas in cinnamon sugar when they come out of the oil.
Mini Apple Pies
Baked in a standard muffin pan, this make a personal pie for everyone! Use homemade or store bought pre-made pie crust, your choice. Mix chopped apples with sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg vanilla and some flour as a thickener, then portion it into the crust lined muffin pans and bake.
This is a traditional apple pie that boasts the best filling. Butter and flour are cooked into a rue; water and sugar are added and the mixture is simmered. Thin slices of apples are mixed in a bowl with cinnamon, then the sauce is poured over it all. The recipe guides you step by step on preparing your crust and making a lattice top for your pie.
Apple Pie Cupcakes
Another personal pie recipe, making it easy for you to bake, take and share.. A crumbled pecan topping gives it a unique twist. Cook chopped apples with butter, sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice. Line muffin tins with store bought pie crust, fill with the apple mixture and the pecan crumble, then bake. Serve with vanilla ice cream or caramel sauce.
Easy German Apple Cake Recipe
A traditional German recipe from the author’s home region, raw apples are placed on top of the cake batter before baking. This makes a moist cake! The cake batter is similar to a conventional yellow cake. After pouring the cake batter in the prepared pan, top it with apple slices, then sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on top and bake.
Snickers Caramel Apple Salad
Don’t let the name fool you; this is a dessert; no salad greens allowed! Mix up a batch of instant vanilla pudding and fold in some cool whip. Add in some chopped snickers bars, chopped apples and some mini marshmallows. Scoop into serving bowls and top with caramel sauce.
Kids and adults will love this healthy snack! It’s also vegan and gluten-free. Sliced apples, spritzed with lemon juice to prevent browning, form the layer of chips that are topped with melted peanut butter, coconut flakes, sliced almonds, pecans and vegan chocolate chips. Drizzle more heated peanut butter on top before digging in.
Apple Pie Bars
These bars are great with a cup of coffee in the morning too! A quick shortbread dough is pressed into a baking sheet pan, instead of pie crust. Cook chopped apples with butter, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon then pour over the shortbread dough. All of this is topped with a crumbled topping made with oats, butter, sugar, cinnamon and pecans before baking.
Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Brownies
A base layer of chewy brownies, covered with a layer of cheesecake and topped off with cinnamon apples and salted caramel! Mix up the cocoa powder brownie batter and pour into the pan. The cheesecake layer, made with cream cheese, egg, sugar and vanilla, is layered on next. Top those layers with diced apples, pecans and cinnamon. Bake, cool and top with salted caramel sauce.
Caramel Apple Butter Dip
The base of this dip is cream cheese and store bought apple butter. Add in some brown sugar, powdered sugar and caramel sauce. When ready to serve the dip, top it with some chopped bits of toffee. Serve with sliced apples, graham crackers or vanilla wafers. Take this dip to your next gathering!
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
The steps in this recipe are easy to follow, with 40-45 minutes of baking time needed. It has a flaky shortbread crust and a thick cheesecake layer. The bars are topped with diced cinnamon apples and a sweet streusel topping, with caramel sauce drizzled on top when serving.