12 Tasty Apple Desserts Beyond Pie

Food, Recipes


I love apple season. Picking them, baking with them and yes, even eating them plain, comprise some of my favorite parts of the fall season. In fact, one of my favorite memories of all time is when I visited my brother in college for the Ithaca Apple Festival. While the festival itself was brief, we did plenty of baking and I left behind several tasty apple desserts that we had to hide in his bedroom to keep away from a sticky fingered roommate.

To get us all into the fall spirit, I pulled together some of the most delicious recipes I could find that extend well beyond the realm of plain old American apple pie.  Instead, think about cakes, cookies, crumbles and cheesecakes next time you find yourself leaving an apple orchard with more fruit than a reasonable person could ever eat.

These are all great desserts for a party, a tailgate or even to tempt your coworkers with at the office until they tell you to stop it, you’re ruining their diets. Not that I would know or anything…

Apple Walnut Cake

Photo: Sarah Caron

Apple Walnut Cake is a simple, sweet way to enjoy apples in the fall. Even with a cup of sugar, this isn’t over-the-top sweet, perfect for breakfast or alongside an afternoon cup of  coffee. Of course, a little ala mode never hurt anyone either…

Gourmet Caramel Apples

Photo: Jessica Knott

Photo: Jessica Knott

Who doesn’t love a caramel apple in the fall? Whether you’re using a prepackaged kit or purchasing the ingredients separately, these gourmet caramel apples are bound to be a crowd-pleaser.

Spiced Apple Walnut Bread

Photo: Zainab Storms

Photo: Zainab Storms

If your sweet tooth is more subtle, spiced apple walnut bread is the perfect way to decompress in the afternoon with a cup of coffee.

Jewish Apple Cake

Photo: Maria Hutchinson

Though I can’t, for the life of me, figure out what makes this Jewish Apple Cake “Jewish” (does it go to synagogue?) it has all of the essentials of a traditional fall dessert.

Caramel Apple Shortcakes


Photo: Taylor Ellingson

If you love strawberry shortcake in the spring, you’ll love caramel apple shortcake in the fall…and winter…and summer. This is a great way to rid your kitchen of leftover apples…and if you’re anything like me, might even replace dinner once or twice this season.

Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Bars

Photo: Kimberly Rae Lange

Photo: Kimberly Rae Lange

I recently developed an obsession with bar cookies…and not just because I have an obsession with all cookies. These apple cinnamon snickerdoodle bars need to be in my oven, stat.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Photo: Emily Bruno

Photo: Emily Bruno

Caramel. Apple. Cheesecake. That’s all.

Glazed Apple Crumb Cake

Photo: Emily Loving

Photo: Emily Loving

There is something vintage about crumb cake that I absolutely love. “Crumb cake” sounds like something my grandmother made…but glazed apple crumb cake? That sounds very, very 2015.

Apple Cider Donuts with Dulce de Leche Glaze

Photo: Ariana Ziskin-Bailey

Photo: Ariana Ziskin-Bailey

For the majority of the year, I have very little interest in donuts, unless they happen to be Dinkel’s donuts, which in my humble opinion are the best in Chicago, but that’s another story. These apple cider donuts with molasses dulce de leche glaze sound unique enough to steal the show at any tailgate or brunch party.

Apple Cider Donuts


Photo: Zainab Storms

Let’s talk more about donuts. Apple cider donuts are one of my favorite fall treats and let’s just say, you can never have too many options. These are delicious as donut holes , miniature donut muffins or as regular sized, good old fashioned donuts.

Caramel Apple Cookie Cups

Photo: Lindsay Conchar

Photo: Lindsay Conchar

From the adorable files, these caramel apple cookie cups are perfect for a dessert buffet, if you’re into that kind of thing. And who isn’t into that kind of thing?

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Caramel and Apples

Photo: Leia Carter Bushman

Photo: Leia Carter Bushman

There goes a saying, “you can never be too rich or eat too much cheesecake.” Wait, maybe that’s not a thing. Luckily, vanilla bean cheesecake with caramel and apples is very much a thing, and I like it.

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  • Reply
    Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen
    September 25, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    What a mouth-watering round-up! I love apple recipes!

  • Reply
    Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens
    September 25, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Apple picking with the family is such a fun fall highlight, and this is just an absolutely drool-worthy collection of recipes to solve the question of, “Now, what do we DO with ALL these apples?!?!” So many yummy ideas here!

  • Reply
    Meg @ With Salt and Wit
    September 24, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Mmm! I love a good crisp apple and can’t wait to make more apple desserts after seeing these!

  • Reply
    Andi @ The Weary Chef
    September 24, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Awesome round up! Each recipe is droolworthy!

  • Reply
    Cathy Trochelman
    September 23, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I’m in love with all these tasty desserts! And those caramel apples? They’re inspiring me to go gourmet this year!!

  • Reply
    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet
    September 23, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Such a gorgeous and TASTY roundup, I want to try them all!

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    Kim @ The Baking ChocolaTess
    September 22, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Thank you for sharing my Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Bars! I bet they all taste absolutely divine. Pinning and sharing!

  • Reply
    September 22, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Thank you so much for including my Jewish Apple Cake recipe in this round up. All of these recipes look absolutely delicious!!

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