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Easy Apple Dessert Recipes

These delicious and easy apple desserts are perfect to enjoy during the fall season. Whether it’s a pie, cake, bread or more, you’re sure to satisfy your apple craving with any of these recipes! 

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Quick and Easy Apple Desserts

These easy apple desserts are the best fall treats that can be whipped up with minimal effort or complex preparation. From classics like apple crisp to simple baked apples, these recipes are full of apple pie spice and will make you love autumn even more!

This time of the year the air is crisp and gorgeous apples are in season. There are so many delicious recipes that you could make a different one each day of the season. There is sure to be a dessert on this list that will satisfy your sweet tooth!

Many of these recipes will tell you which apple variety will work best with the recipe. Truthfully, whatever you have on hand will probably work, but the general rule of thumb is to use a more tart apple for baking purposes. As it cooks, sugars will naturally be released, so reach for varieties such as Granny Smith apple, Braeburn, and Jonagold.

Ready to get baking? Here are some of the BEST recipes to make this season! And don’t forget to top these best apple desserts with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and a drizzle of salted caramel sauce. :)

How to Pick the Best Apples

Whether you’re going apple picking or choosing some at the local grocery, look for apples that have the characteristics below.

  • Color: A vibrant red or green color without any dark or bruised spots on the skin.
  • Smell: A fragrant smell that’s sweet and fresh.
  • Touch: Mostly firm and crisp without any super soft spots.

Tips for Baking with Apples

When baking with apples, you want to use varieties that are firm and crisp so that they hold their shape and don’t get mushy. Using a mix of apple varieties that range from tart to sweet can add deep flavor to apple desserts. The tart apples will remain crisp and tart while baking and sweeter apples in contrast will turn jammy, it’s the best combination!

My personal favorites for making desserts are Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Fuji or Golden Delicious. Their flavor and texture is just right!

All Things Apple Pie

It doesn’t get more classic than apple pie. These recipes are not your average apple pies, however. Each one of these incredible desserts have their own twist that make them some of the best desserts ever.

Slice of dutch apple pie on a white plate.
  • Dutch Apple Pie – Made with a flaky pie crust, apple filling and a buttery crumble topping.
  • Brown Bag Apple Pie – The brown bag helps seal in all the delicious flavors. It’s my absolute favorite way to make it!
  • Caramel Apple Pie Bars – All the same pie flavors, but made with an easy shortbread crust instead.
  • Apple Pie Filling – Perfectly caramelized cinnamon sugared apples that are tender and bursting with flavor in every bite.
  • Apple Cheesecake Pie – A fun twist on the classic that includes a rich and creamy cheesecake layer.
  • Apple Pie Cupcakes – Filled with apple filling and topped with a creamy cinnamon buttercream.
  • Apple Fritters – Homemade apple pie filling in pastry dough that is lightly fried is the best way to start or end the day!

Bread and Muffins

These delicious bread and muffin recipes are the perfect way to showcase this amazing fruit. I love that you can enjoy them for breakfast, dessert or even as a snack. My family loves each and every one of these!

Apple muffins on a wooden cutting board.
  • Apple Cinnamon Muffins – Moist, fluffy and perfect for both kids and adults. Double the batch and freeze half for later!
  • Caramel Apple Monkey Bread – Ooey gooey and so delicious! Made with canned biscuits which makes it even easier to make.
  • Apple Pull Apart Bread – This will become your new favorite! Topped with a rich and sweet caramel icing that’s out of this world.
  • Apple Cinnamon Pancakes – Fluffy pancakes filled with grated apples and cinnamon. The perfect fall breakfast!
  • Apple Crepes – If you love traditional crepes, this delicious fall variation will become your new favorite!
  • Applesauce Muffins – Easy to make for snacks, lunchboxes or anytime you need a muffin fix!

Easy Apple Desserts

If you are anything like me, you probably don’t have the desire to spend time creating a complicated dessert (especially after already spending time to make dinner!). These recipes will quickly take you from dinner to dessert in a flash.

apple crisp with ice cream in white bowl
  • Apple Crisp Recipe – Fruit filling sprinkled with a streusel topping then baked until golden in the oven. So delicious!
  • Apple Dump Cake – A dump cakes are one of the easiest desserts out there, and this delicious fall version is no exception!
  • Caramel Apples – Bring the local bakery or candy shop to you! You won’t believe how easy it is to dip your own at home.
  • Snickers Pie – An easy no-bake pie filled with chopped candy, apples, caramel and whipped cream.
  • Crockpot Apple Cider – The perfect fall beverage for serving a crowd. This is a must at all of your holiday get-togethers!
  • Caramel Apple Cider – If you love the classic cider, this delicious caramel version will blow your socks off!
  • Apple Cobbler – That golden and buttery cobbler topping is what dreams are made of.
  • Apple Cider Caramels – A twist on the traditional homemade caramel candy that have the perfect fall flavor in every bite.
  • Apple Crumble – With only 15 minutes of prep time needed, you’ll be making this delicious dessert all season long. Serve with a drizzle of caramel sauce for a piece of heaven.
  • Apple Cake – An easy to make cake loaded with fresh apple pieces! Drizzled with a buttery brown sugar glaze, this cake tastes amazing with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Healthier Options

Despite being healthy, these are everything a dessert should be—sweet, cravable and yes…healthy! The best way to finish up dinner and satisfy your sweet tooth, with no guilt necessary.

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sliced apple nachos with peanut butter on top

Easy Apple Desserts

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
One of the best easy apple desserts, these apple nachos are made with crisp sliced apples topped with melted peanut butter, honey, and a sprinkling of chocolate chips.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4



  • 2 apples , washed
  • 3-4 Tablespoons peanut butter , melted
  • 2-3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon mini chocolate chips


  • Slice the apples into thin slices, just before ready to serve. You can squeeze a little lemon juice on top to prevent them from browning. Line the apples on top of a plate.
  • Place peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 20 seconds. Place peanut butter in a zip top bag and snip off the edge. You could also use a spoon.
  • Drizzle the peanut butter over top of the apples. Drizzle the honey on top of the apples and sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.


  • Use a variety of apples such as fuji, granny smith, gale or honey crisp.
  • Use cookie butter or almond butter in place of the peanut butter.
  • Drizzle melted chocolate and caramel sauce over top. 
  • Sprinkle chopped nuts on top. 
  • Omit the honey if vegan or use maple syrup instead. 


Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 49IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American

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The Full List of Easy Apple Desserts

Click on the links below to find the recipes for all of the easy apple desserts mentioned above!

apple crumble pie
Brown Bag Apple Pie
Easy brown bag apple pie with a delicious crumb topping and flaky pie crust. The brown bag helps seal in all of the delicious flavors and leaves you with the best apple pie you've ever tried. 
Total Time: 2 hours
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apple pie bars recipe
Caramel Apple Pie Bars
Salted caramel apple pie bars with a sugared crust, cinnamon apples and topped with the perfect crumble and salted caramel. This easy apple dessert is the definition of fall and tastes absolutely delicious. 
Total Time: 2 hours 55 minutes
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Apple Pie Filling
Homemade apple pie filling is perfect for all your fall baking this year! Great for pies, crisps, cakes and more. This delicious recipe is one of my favorite holiday staples!
Total Time: 45 minutes
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Apple Pie Cheesecake
Flaky pie crust topped with layers of cheesecake, apple pie filling, and an amazing crumb topping. This apple pie cheesecake will become your favorite fall dessert!
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
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apple pie cupcake with caramel sauce on top
Apple Pie Cupcakes
Moist and fluffy cupcakes stuffed with a sweet apple filling and then topped with cinnamon buttercream. These apple pie cupcakes are the perfect fall dessert to try this season!
Total Time: 32 minutes
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Slice of dutch apple pie on a white plate with ice cream.
Dutch Apple Pie
Crunchy, buttery, and bursting with apples and cinnamon, this Dutch apple pie is a must-try Fall dessert. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow, and your family and friends will be wowed by how delicious this pie is!
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
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loaf of apple pull apart bread drizzled with caramel icing
Apple Pull Apart Bread
Apple pull apart bread filled with brown sugar cinnamon apples and topped with the most amazing caramel icing. The perfect fall dessert!
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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Apple monkey bread piece on a white plate.
Caramel Apple Monkey Bread
Ooey gooey sticky bread filled with cinnamon sugared apples. This caramel apple monkey bread is perfect for entertaining and makes the best fall treat! 
Total Time: 55 minutes
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Apple muffin cut in half stacked on top of muffins.
Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Loaded with chunks of apples and rolled in buttery cinnamon sugar, these easy cinnamon apple muffins are sure to become a family favorite this fall!
Total Time: 45 minutes
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healthy baked apples
Cinnamon Oat Baked Apples
These cinnamon oat baked apples are a healthy and delicious dessert to make for fall. The perfect way to enjoy the flavors of apple pie without all of the calories. 
Total Time: 1 hour
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Apple butter in a glass jar with spoon.
Apple Butter Recipe
This easy crockpot apple butter is amazing and tastes just like fall in a jar! Plus it's healthy and has no sugar added. It makes the perfect spread to add on top of toast, biscuits, oatmeal…you name it!
Total Time: 10 hours 10 minutes
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Jar full of applesauce.
Crockpot Applesauce
Crockpot applesauce made with only a few ingredients and SO delicious! Once you've made this homemade version, you'll never go back to store bought. So easy and fresh!
Total Time: 4 hours
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Apple chips in a red and white bowl.
Cinnamon Apple Chips
Crispy and sweet cinnamon apple chips baked in the oven. Such an easy, healthy and delicious snack idea made with just 3 ingredients!
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
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Spoonful of apple crisp.
Easy Apple Crisp Recipe
This easy apple crisp has a sweet apple base and is topped with a buttery oatmeal streusel topping that's baked to perfection. So comforting and delicious!
Total Time: 40 minutes
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Apple dump cake with whipped cream on a white plate.
Apple Dump Cake
This easy apple dump cake takes 5 minutes to prep with just 5 simple ingredients. It's the perfect pantry dessert for fall that can be made in either the oven or crockpot. 
Total Time: 40 minutes
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Dipping apple into caramel.
Caramel Apples
Learn how to make caramel apples with these easy tips and tricks. These decorated treats taste amazing and are a must-make this fall!
Total Time: 20 minutes
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Apple crepes on a plate.
Apple Crepes
Delicious apple crepes filled with cinnamon sugar apples that are caramelized to perfection. These make a great breakfast or dessert to enjoy during the fall season. 
Total Time: 40 minutes
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snickers pie on counter top
Snickers Pie
An easy no-bake pie layered with chopped Snickers, apples, caramel and a delicious whipped topping. This caramel apple snickers pie takes only 15 minutes of prep and always the star of the show!
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
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Homemade apple cider in glass cup with apples and cinnamon stick.
Crockpot Apple Cider
This easy crockpot apple cider is made from scratch with just 5 simple ingredients. The perfect warm and comforting treat to enjoy on a chilly fall day! 
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
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apple pancakes on white plate
Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
Fluffy apple pancakes with a hint of cinnamon and grated apples baked right into the center. These are the perfect fall breakfast!
Total Time: 20 minutes
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glass cup with caramel apple cider and cinnamon
Caramel Apple Cider
This sweet cream caramel apple cider is the perfect treat to cozy up with this fall! It's super easy to make with only 3 ingredients in just 10 minutes.  
Total Time: 10 minutes
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apple cobbler with ice cream and caramel sauce
Apple Cobbler
This easy apple cobbler recipe has a caramelized apple filling cooked down in a sugar-cinnamon syrup topped with a buttery sweet cobbler topping that is just heavenly! So simple yet so delicious!
Total Time: 55 minutes
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stacked caramels on white plate
Apple Cider Caramels
Sweet, salty and perfectly soft and chewy apple cider caramels that are loaded with fall flavor. This delicious treat is a must-make this season!
Total Time: 55 minutes
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A spoon scooping out apple crumble from pan.
Apple Crumble Recipe
For the best apple dessert, this apple crumble is baked with tender slices of apples mixed with apple pie spice and topped with a golden crumble topping. It's perfect for fall!
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
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