Irresistible Apple Desserts

Go beyond apple pie with these unbeatable desserts, ranging from a moist apple cake topped with caramel sauce to apple-toffee tartlets.


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Poached Apple Strudel

    Poached apple is nestled in a phyllo cup and topped with graham cracker ice cream, warm caramel sauce, and crisp apple chips.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep  1 hr 30 mins 
Stand  2 hrs 
Chill  4 hrs  to 24 hrs 
2/21
Granny Smith Cobbler with White Cheddar Biscuits

    Inspired by cheddar cheese-topped apple pie, this warm and crumbly dessert is spiced with cinnamon and topped with savory biscuits.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   25 mins 
Cool   30 mins 
3/21
Apple Whoopie Pies

    Cakey applesauce-spice cookies are sandwiched with billowy marshmallow filling.

Serving size: 20 doughnuts and holes
Prep   50 mins 
Cook   45 mins (applesauce); 2 minutes per batch (doughnuts)
Chill  1 hr 
4/21
Applesauce Doughnuts

    Put a breakfast spin on dessert and serve these cinnamon-laced doughnuts on top of applesauce with a side of whipped cream for dipping.

Serving size: 20 doughnuts and holes
Prep   50 mins 
Cook   45 mins (applesauce); 2 minutes per batch (doughnuts)
Chill  1 hr 
5/21
Apple Pear Tart

    The crust for this scrumptious pear and apple tart starts with crushed cookies -- making it a simple dessert to bake.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
Cook   10 mins 
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Cinnamon Apple Spice Cake

    A buttery mixture of apples and sugar is sandwiched between two scrumptious layers of cinnamon-spiced cake.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   40 mins  350°F 
Cool   10 mins 
7/21
Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cornmeal Cake

    A buttery mixture of apples, pecans, and cranberries tops flakey cornmeal cake. Serve it with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Cook   8 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
8/21
Chutney-Style Apple Cobbler

    Jalapeno pepper is the perfect foil to the tartness of the cranberries and sweetness of the apples in this fresh cobbler recipe. Vanilla yogurt adds creaminess.

Serving size: 12 servings with yogurt
Prep   35 mins 
Bake   25 mins  400°F 
9/21
Apple-Toffee Tartlets

    Filled with a buttery blend of apples, toffee pieces, and brown sugar, these tiny tartlets are simple and fun to make. Serve them with a scoop of coffee or cinnamon ice cream.

Makes: 24 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   18 mins  375°F 
10/21
Chipotle Apple Pecan Cake

    This moist cake takes an old family favorite and amps it up with ground chipotle in both the cake and the caramel glaze topping.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake  1 hr 15 mins  325°F 
11/21
Apple-Mango Crisp

    Filled with a mix of different apples and juicy mango, this special dessert spiced with cinnamon is hard to resist.

Makes: 16 servings
Bake   40 mins  to  45 mins  375°F 
12/21
Apple Upside-Down Cake

    The gooey goodness of this cake bakes up from a no-fuss, one-bowl batter spiced with ginger and cinnamon.

Makes: 9 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool   25 mins 
Bake   55 mins  350°F 
13/21
Baked Apple Shortbread with Pepper Cream

    Served as dessert, this spicy recipe reaches perfection when topped with caramel syrup.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   20 mins  400°F 
14/21
Cinnamon Raisin Apple Indian Pudding

    This New England colonial favorite appeals both as a comforting dessert and as a special-occasion breakfast.

Makes: 6 servings
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
15/21
Celebration Cake

    A combination of cream, sour cream, and sugar whips into a wonderfully fluffy frosting for this festive apple-and-carrot cake.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
Stand   10 mins 
16/21
Apple Cranberry Crisp

    Filled with sliced apples and tart cranberries, and topped with a mixture of oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon, this crisp makes a delicious cool-weather dessert.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   30 mins  375°F 
17/21
Toffee Apple Cheesecake

    Reminiscent of another harvest-time treat -- the caramel apple -- this decadent cheesecake gets a bit of dazzle from a topping of walnuts, apples, and warm caramel.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   45 mins  375°F 
Chill  4 hrs 
18/21
Apple Spice Drops

    Chock-full of sliced apples and walnuts, these cookies are spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

Makes: 40 servings
Serving size: about 40 cookies
Bake   9 mins  to  11 mins  375°F 
19/21
Caramel-Apple Pudding Cake

    This pudding cake with caramel and apples will please everyone. Serve it warm with a dollop of cinnamon ice cream.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
20/21
Polenta-Pecan Apple Cobbler

    If you're used to serving polenta only in savory dishes, here's a new way to try it. Polenta, made from cornmeal, makes a great-tasting topping for this apple-cherry cobbler.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   30 mins  to  35 mins  375°F 
21/21
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