30 great recipes for apples to the core

Apples get plenty of stage time during the fall, but the crunchy, sweet, and sometimes tangy fruit really deserves a spot in the spotlight year-round.

We may be keeping our apple pie flavors abundantly seasoned when the weather turns a little cold, but we all talk about this ingredient as a constant staple in the kitchen. That’s right: We want moist apple muffins and apple-scented Dutch kids in spring, and crunchy apple cider and oozing apple crumbs topped with creamy vanilla ice cream in summer. And when it comes to breakfast, lunch or dinner, apples make great additions to a variety of side dishes, from pilafs to salads. Roasted with meat like pork or chicken, they are fantastic.

Before we dive into this inspiring recipe for different ways to eat, cook and enjoy apples any day of the week, below is a quick guide to some of the tastiest apples out there. Because we can’t just pick a gala and call it a day (although, really, who doesn’t love a good gala apple?).

  • Empire: Sweet, crunchy and very crunchy
  • Cortland: Crunchy, juicy, sour, sweet and slowly brown
  • Crispin: Sweet, honey scents
  • Fuji: A combination of Red Delicious and Ralls Genet, great for snacking
  • Gla: Can be found in larger or smaller sizes (great for snacks and kids lunch boxes)
  • Macintosh: Sweet, rich, hints of berries
  • Macon: Flesh is snowy white, juicy, hints of berries
  • Rome: Light, not too sweet, refreshing and floral
  • Ruby Frost: The balance between sweet, sour and crunchy
  • Eddard: Rich, juicy flesh grades from yellow to pink with long shelf life
  • Jonagold: Extra large honey-like aroma, sweet with a refreshing taste

sweet apple recipes

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

The secret ingredient in this sweet cake is olive oil. These healthy, dairy-free fats keep the cake light and delicious. Just be sure to use a high-quality extra virgin olive oil.

Loaded apple pies

Chris Andre

Apple juice makes the best and most delicious muffins that don’t dry out in a couple of days as other muffins do. This recipe presents a great opportunity to incorporate a few other healthy ingredients while letting the kids think they are simply spoiled for sweetness.

Dutch mini pie with warm apples

Zach Schiffman / TODAY

Skip the baking tray and make puffy pie, or baby Dutch, in the oven for an easy and super satisfying breakfast worthy of company. This recipe is very easy because the mixture can be prepared in advance and kept for a few days in the refrigerator.

Apple Crumble Cake with Caramel and Apple Icing

Courtesy Donal Skehan

Crepe is a dessert that many go to, no matter what kind of fruit the recipe uses. But the decadent decadent apple cake takes that classic and turns it into a true catwalk and centerpiece for special occasions.

Spiced apple sauce

Anthony Contrino

“I love applesauce, but the store-bought kind is often watery and one nutty,” says Anthony Contreno of this delicious, homemade version. “Cooking the apples allows the flavors to deepen and gives the seasonings time to soak.”

Rocker Crisp apples

Anthony Quintano / Today

Nothing beats the smell of cinnamon and apple in the oven. This sweet crisp also includes Chinese five-spice seasoning powder that gives it an extra kick.

Martha Stewart Apple Bourbon Potties

Will Anderson

Individual apple pies covered in a flaky golden crust are the perfect after-dinner finish. Store-bought pie dough (all butter, please!) makes it easy; The fermented apple filling (we used bourbon, but another whiskey or even rum too) makes it totally decadent.

Big apple pancakes

Dylan Dreyer / Today

Apple pies may be a cult of love, but there’s a reason the recipe from Better Homes & Gardens has become one of Dylan Dreyer’s favorites. Crunchy, crunchy crusts form around mushy apples, and they all sit in juice gently seasoned with caramel.

jug of apple juice

Samantha Lauro

Homemade spice syrup rises in this jug of marinated apples and adds the complexity needed to wow guests. Served over snow, it’s great for any occasion and non-alcoholic so everyone in the family can enjoy a sip of bliss.

The perfect apple pie

Today’s Illustration / Maya Camille Broussard

No soul doesn’t love a good slice of classic apple pie. Making an apple pie well is the difference between a good baker and a great baker. This pie will help you stay cool.

Cut apple cake

Anthony Contrino

The base of these pancakes is sweetened slightly with some brown sugar and apple juice to allow the apple butter to shine through. But the real hero is the sweet and crunchy streusel toppings that balance out the flavor and add some texture.

apples shrink

KC KRATT 2018 / Jeffrey Zakarian

Well suited for a group, apple cider vinegar can sweetly finish a meal in a way no other dessert can. To save time, make the filling, top with and store separately in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Or you can assemble the kofta and bake it whole, then freeze to serve at a later time.

Baked oats 2 ways

Courtesy of Ryan Scott

This recipe couldn’t be easier: All you need is a blender and some creativity. Involve the children and they can have it for breakfast or dessert. Chocolate chips, dried or fresh fruit, and even a little whipped cream make this TikTok favorite shine.

Apple Crisp Dylan Dreyer


Dylan’s crunchy apple recipe matches all the right notes for a classic, warm dessert that pairs perfectly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. He is a winner for any occasion.

    Baked apple stuffed with muesli

Nathan Congleton / Today

Most muesli are oats covered in sugar. In this recipe, you’ll get the taste of a classic breakfast but isn’t sporadically sweet. The result is apple pie for breakfast.

Siri Daly mini apple pies with salted caramel sauce

Williams Sonoma

These individual mini muffins are classically delicious with juicy apples and hints of warm cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s not overly sweet, so the salted caramel sauce provides the perfect touch and gives it a modern twist.

The easiest apple tart


Quickly make a simple apple pie using a sheet of store-bought puff pastry as a base. To give the apple a little flavor, toss it with lemon juice and fresh ginger, then brush the finished tart with apricot jam.

Mickey D-style fried apple pies

William Herford / Asian American written by Del Talde

Relive the crisp and crunchy recreation of McDonald’s fried apple pie with Chef Del Talde’s genius replica recipe.

Slow Cooked Spiced Apple Cider


This cider will warm you from the inside out, and it’s just drunk enough for those who want a more adult version of the seasonal beverage. Making it in the slow cooker not only makes it easy, but it also slowly soaks the spices in the cider. Plus, your house will smell great while you’re making this recipe!

Maple Apple Tart Tatin

Nathan Congleton / Today

There’s no arguing with centuries of French diners, but to Belle Joseph’s taste, the apple flavor of Brasserie Tart Tatin is overpowered by the sugar and butter. Reducing these two ingredients makes apples firmer and brings their inherent sweetness forward.

Delicious apple recipes

Herbed pork tenderloin with roasted apple

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

Salty herbs and sweet apples complement the delicate flavor of the pork tenderloin. This easy roast is impressive enough to serve at a dinner party but easy enough to make for an evening meal.

Sweet chili salmon taco with green apple sauce

Jet Tela

The combination of sweet and irresistible heat. This dish hits those satisfying notes with sweet apple sauce and spicy salmon wrapped in an easy-to-eat tortilla.

Pork Roulade with Apple and Cranberry

Jet Tela

This is a wonderful dish for special occasions that, while very satisfying, deserves a place in your meal rotation. Roulades, according to Jet Tila, are a “delightful way” to serve pork with stuffing, and they prevent pork from drying out. You can replace the pears with any apples and throw in your favorite herbs and spices.

Sunny Anderson Easy Apple Slaw

Mike Smith / Today

Garnish the kale with unexpected ingredients like raisins, apples, nuts, and fresh herbs. They add a lot of flavor and add a lot of great texture to this classic, crunchy side.

Broccoli and green apple salad with spicy yogurt ranch

Courtesy of Matt Abdo

This is a healthy version of a classic dish we all know and love, and it uses a portion of the broccoli and kale that most people would throw away. The gochujang-buttermilk farm takes it to the next level.

Roasted Tom Colicio Porchetta with Sausage and Apple

Nathan Congleton / Today

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more delicious centerpiece for your holiday table than this thin, crunchy, salty and juicy porchetta.

Warm Kale Salad with Apples and Pancetta

Nathan Congleton / Today

This warm salad is great all year round, especially this time of year during the cooler months. It’s full of flavor and the perfect starter for any winter or spring meal.

Apple, cranberry and wild walnut pilaf

Courtesy Maria Gladstone

Walnut rice, sweet cranberries, savory herbs, and crunchy walnuts create a well-balanced, earthy and slightly sweet pilaf that accompanies a myriad of dishes.

Sausage, spinach and Strata apple

Samantha Okazaki / Today

Eggs, sausage, and applesauce might not be the obvious choice, but in this luscious topping, Giada De Laurentiis proves to be a combination of flavors made in heaven, worthy of dinner or lunch.

Roasted Squash with Apple Slaw

Mike Smith / Today

What’s up, buttercups? Just this vibrant and warm dish of plants! The natural sugar in buttercups caramelizes in the oven when roasted, making it sweeter and more delicious.

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