Apple Desserts That Go Way Beyond Pie (or Tart, Crisp, and Crumble)

Candied Lady Apples

Biting into a crisp, juicy apple is one of the most satisfying feelings ever. Biting into a crisp, juicy apple that’s coated with a shell of sugary candy? Even better.

Glazed Apple Fritters

Apple fritters can become forgotten in the chaos of pie season, but we’re here to remind you that these babies are back and better than ever.

Babette Friedman’s Apple Cake

If you’re going to veer from apple pie to apple cake, this is the one you should make. The recipe comes from Daniel Rose of Le Coucou, and the apples are spiked with an apple brandy called Calvados.

Caramel-Apple Ice Cream

Summer might be on its way out, but in our book, it’s always ice cream season. This fall-forward flavor is made of vanilla base laced with caramelized apples and dulce de leche.

Apple Roses

Apple Sharlotka

This take on the classic Russian dessert has apples on the bottom and airy cake on the top. There’s a hint of nuttiness from almond extract as well as a citrus note courtesy of fresh lemon juice.

Souffléed Apple Pancake

This extra-large apple pancake takes only 20 minutes to make, and you likely already have all (or at least most) of the ingredients in your kitchen.

Apple Dumplings

A fun way to get at the flavors of apple pie without the physical pie, these cute dumplings are easiest to make when using store-bought sheets of puff pastry.

Apple Crumb Coffee Cakes

Chef Spike Gjerde adds all kinds of mix-ins into his coffee cake, but this particular version calls for cubes of Granny Smith apples—the perfect tart balance to a super-sweet dessert.

Caramelized Apple Clafoutis

This clafoutis comes from French chef Pierre Gagnaire, who makes the classic dessert even more French by serving it with Brillat-Savarin cheese.

Warm Apple Cider Cake with Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Who says apples and pumpkins can’t coexist in the same dessert? We love this combo—it’s pretty much fall on a plate.

Apple Snickerdoodle Muffins

This is what happens when a cookie meets a muffin and a snickerdoodle meets apple pie. We’re not complaining.

White Wine–Baked Apples

There are only four ingredients in this recipe: apples, butter, wine, and sugar. Nuff said.

Apple-Pomegranate Cobbler

Adding pomegranate seeds to this apple cobbler makes for a crunch that works well with the crunchy sugar topping.

Spiced Upside-Down Apple Bundt Cake

There’s a lot going on in David Guas’ seemingly simple cake, from orange zest in the batter to black pepper in the streusel, but it all works together so well that you’ll definitely want a second piece.

Caramel Apple Parfaits

Whether individual parfaits or one large trifle, this caramel apple dessert is sure to impress.

Raisin-Studded Apple Bread Pudding

The contrast of chewy raisins and crunchy almonds is unexpected and refreshing in this take on bread pudding.

Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes with Caramelized Apples

Justin Chapple’s fluffy lemon-ricotta pancakes have chameleon-like qualities. While the pancakes themselves are perfect for summer, when topped with caramelized apples they become the ultimate fall brunch food.

Apples Baked in Pastry with Plum Sauce

While you could simplify this dessert by using store-bought puff pastry dough, we highly recommend following the recipe and making your own. And don’t skimp on the plum sauce, either.

Soft Apple-Cider Caramels

Ok, fine, these soft and chewy caramels aren’t made with real apples, but we’re okay with that. They’re a sweet way to end a meal and make for a fun addition to a holiday gift box.

Apple Cider Doughnuts

Everyone knows that going apple picking is really just code for going to eat apple cider doughnuts. But with this recipe, you’ll be able to make your own—with or without cider glaze (though we’re partial to the latter).

Maple-Apple Upside-Down Cake

Joanne Chang is the queen of all things pastry, and her maple syrup-infused apple upside-down cake is no exception.

Apple-Butter Ice Cream with Ginger-Chocolate Ganache

Yes, it’s true: Apple. Butter. Ice. Cream. The recipe calls for a pint of store-bought vanilla ice cream, but you can make your own, too. Also, don’t skimp on the ginger-chocolate ganache. Not that you would, but just sayin’.

Stewed Apples with Chai-Spiced Cashew Cream

The great thing about this dessert from photographer and blogger Shelly Westerhausen is that it feels healthy enough to eat for breakfast. And you’ll likely find yourself putting the spice-filled cashew cream on everything this fall.

Caramel Lady Apples

These mini apples coated in homemade caramel are the ultimate fall treat. Make them really look the part by using twigs for handles.

Apple Bread Pudding

The key to Gail Simmons’ apple bread pudding is soaking the brioche, and the apples, in vanilla custard. This ensures maximum moisture and results in a pudding that’s never dry.

Light and Fluffy Baked Apple Pancake

The easiest way to please a brunch crowd? Make a one-pan pancake.

Apple Cake with Toffee Crust

This cake takes apple’s love affair with caramel to the next level with a brandy-infused toffee sauce and side of caramelized apples.

Apple-Caramel Sundaes

Basically a deconstructed caramel apple on steroids, you’ll be craving Food & Wine Culinary Director Justin Chapple’s decadent ice cream sundaes no matter how cold it gets outside.

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