Caramel Apple Desserts for the Perfect Sweet-Tart Finish to Your Fall Meal

Salted Caramel Apple Pie
Photo: Blaine Moats

Crisp, tart apples covered in sticky-sweet caramel, and served on a stick is one of the most classic fall treats. To really celebrate that signature combination of fresh apples and rich, buttery caramel, we have a slew of caramel apple desserts. Thanks to our Test Kitchen, you can enjoy those delicious flavors in the form of caramel apple pie, caramel apple crisp, caramel apple cookies, and more.

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Caramel Apple Cookies

Caramel Apple Cookies
Blaine Moats

Sweet, tart, and crunchy—our Test Kitchen covers all the bases for these super delish caramel apple cookies. Make an extra batch and pop them in the freezer (unfrosted) so you can have a caramel apple treat whenever you like.

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Nutty Caramel Apple Crisp

Baked nutty caramel apple crisp in a red pan with a large spoon
Brie Passano

A heaping bowl of warm apple crisp is already amazing enough on its own. Add caramel, though, and you've got a one-upped fall dessert that is definitely going to make jaws drop. Don't forget the scoop of ice cream to complete your caramel apple crisp.

Buy It: Pyrex Easy Grab Baking Dish ($9, Walmart)

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Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Salted Caramel Apple Pie
Blaine Moats

A surefire way to enhance the buttery goodness of caramel apples? Add them to a flaky, buttery piecrust, of course. Our homemade oat pastry adds the perfect amount of nutty, buttery flavor to every bite of this salted caramel apple pie. Sprinkle with extra flaky sea salt (fleur de sel) to really make those flavors pop.

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Caramel Apple Poke Cake

Caramel Apple Poke Cake
Blaine Moats

If you haven't made a poke cake before, this caramel apple cake will get you hooked. Fresh apples and apple butter are folded in a sweet, fluffy vanilla cake batter and baked in loaf pans. Holes are poked in the cake to absorb every bit of the gooey dulce de leche sauce. Seriously, it's so good.

Buy It: Loaf Pan Set of 2 ($10, Target)

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Caramel Apple Cheesecake on white plate and pink and white background
Dera Burreson

Talk about rich and fancy! This caramel apple cheesecake is the decadent dessert your dinner party deserves. Choose a medium tart apple variety for this caramel apple dessert. It helps offset some of the rich sweetness.

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Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls
Brie Passano

Say hello to your new favorite fall brunch that's sweet enough to serve as dessert. We start with a version of our best-ever cinnamon rolls with a secret ingredient (mashed potatoes) for the soft, pillowy dough. Rolled up with a brown sugar-apple filling and baked in a sticky homemade caramel sauce, don't be surprised if you end up licking the plate clean (we don't judge).

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Caramel-Apple Pudding Cake

Caramel-Apple Pudding Cake
Scott Little

This cozy caramel apple cake starts with a layer of fresh apple slices and raisins sprinkled with warm spices. A nutty cake batter goes on next before being topped with a buttery caramel sauce. Enjoy this caramel apple dessert warm with a dollop of whipped cream.

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Prize Caramel Apple Bars

prize-winning apple-caramel bars
Blaine Moats

One bite of these caramel apple bars and you'll definitely feel like you won a prize. We added a nutty crunch to every day caramel apples by including peanuts and toasted oat cereal. Bonus: they only take 25 minutes to prep so you can easily make and tote to your next fall potluck.

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Apple Cake with Buttery Caramel Sauce

Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce
Peter Krumhardt

As long as you've got apples on hand, you probably have all the ingredients you need to make this sweet caramel apple cake on hand. The fall dessert starts with an apple-dotted spiced cake. Drizzle with our easy homemade caramel sauce to take your comforting dessert to the next level.

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Mile-High Caramel Apple Pie

Mile-High Caramel Apple Pie
Andy Lyons

This caramel apple pie is a well-loved BH&G recipe. A whopping 4 pounds of apples are required to achieve the pie's beautiful, tall stature, making this sweet treat the perfect way to use up the freshly picked apples from the orchard. We like making our oat pastry for the crust, but you can easily use refrigerated piecrust to cut down the prep time.

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Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cornmeal Cake

Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cornmeal Cake
Blaine Moats

A bit of cornmeal added to the mix really shakes up the flavor and texture of this caramel apple cake in the most amazing way. Pecans and cranberries balance out the sweetness. Use an oven-safe skillet (such as cast iron) to make the gorgeous upside-down cake and be sure to invert it out of the pan after only slightly cooling while it's still warm.

Buy It: Lodge Cast Iron Skillet ($25, Target)

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Bourbon Caramel Apples

Bourbon Caramel Stuffed Apples wedges halves muffin tin plate blue table

This adults-only version of caramel apples is a fun and super-easy way to get a (boozy) sweet tooth fix. Simply hollow out fresh apples, fill with a combo of bourbon and dulce de leche, then chill. Come party time, all you have to do is slice and serve.

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Caramel Apple Crepes

Caramel Apple Crepes
Martty Baldwin

Transport your kitchen to France with this caramel and apple dessert recipe (that's also a great fancy breakfast option). To make things easy, we make the thin pancake batter in the blender. If you don't have a crepe pan handy, use a medium nonstick flared-edge frying pan.

Buy It: Staub Crepe Pan Set ($160, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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Chocolate-Apple Brownies with Dulce de Leche Frosting

Chocolate-Apple Brownies w/ Dulce de Leche Frosting
Blaine Moats

Caramel apples taste great with chocolate, too. A rich chocolate brownie is stuffed with apples and topped with an irresistible dulce de leche frosting. Top with toasted walnuts for a crunchy finish. Can't find dulce de leche at your store? Try making your own.

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