My Favorite Apple Recipes

Who else feels like breaking into culinary cartwheels when the season's first apples begin to appear, first at local farmers markets, soon even in grocery stores? Those early apples call for an "apple a day" but after that, what to make with all those crispy, sweet apples that come home with us by the bushel? Here I've collected my favorite apple recipes over many years, savory and sweet, from a super-simple sugar-free applesauce to the apple pie in my flaky tender pie crust that home cooks say makes their "best crust ever". Grab an apple and c'mon in!

My Favorite Apple Recipes, another seasonal recipe collection ♥ Savory & Sweet. Simple & Sumptuous.

Happy happy fall, everyone! May our baskets ever be full, enjoy the apple recipes!
~ Alanna

The Collection:
My Favorite Apple Recipes

~ Apple Basics ~
~ Breads with Apples ~
~ Salads with Apples ~
~ Vegetables with Apples ~
~ Dinners with Apples ~
~ Sweets! ~

and most of all
~ Make Your Best Apple Pie, Ever ~

Easy & Somehow Essential

How to Make Homemade Applesauce, another simple seasonal recipe ♥ No added sugar!

Naturally Sweetened Apple Butter ♥, just apples, a touch of butter, no added sugar, no Splenda. Oven or slow cooker.

Roasted Applesauce with Raspberries ♥, the raspberries add glorious color and brightness.

with Autumn Apples

Cornmeal Muffins with Apple, another seasonal muffin ♥, studded with apple with a pretty sliver on top. Perfect for Fall Breakfasts. Autumn Comfort Food. Great for Meal Prep. No Mixer Required.

Extra Good with Sweet Fruit

Healthy Waldorf Salad ♥, my makeover recipe, reducing calories and Weight Watchers points by almost 75%.

Apple Yogurt Salad ♥, a winter fruit salad, just apples with Greek yogurt, tangerines, pomegranate, fresh mint and a touch of cardamon. Great for winter brunches, Christmas morning, light holiday desserts. Weight Watchers Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Gluten Free.

Pair with Apples, Too

Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple ♥, familiar ingredients somehow create unexpected layers of flavor and color. Festive for holiday buffets and tables.

Swedish Red Cabbage & Apples ♥ A Veggie Venture, savory not sweet, a tradition at Christmas, adding welcome color and texture to a plate. Recipe, cooking tips, nutrition, WW Weight Watchers points included.

Especially in the Fall,
DINNERS Call for Apples

Chicken with Apple & Creamy Cider Gravy ♥, a one-skillet chicken dish, perfect for fall. Full-flavored chicken thighs cradled in creamy gravy made with apple cider.

Thick Chops with Sauerkraut & Apples ♥, a country-style skillet, easy enough for a weeknight supper, special enough for Saturday company. One of my very oldest fall recipes.

Chicken Cider Stew, another Quick Supper ♥, a colorful fall stew with sweet potatoes, carrots. Rave reviews. Weight Watchers friendly!


Extra-Crispy Apple Crisp ♥, finally my perfect apple crisp, barely sweet apples firm and tart with an extra-crispy topping. It's got a secret ingredient!
  • THE RECIPE Extra-Crispy Apple Crisp My very own "perfect" recipe, barely sweet apples firm and tart, topped with an extra-crispy topping, thanks to a secret ingredient.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Estonian Apple Cake A wordly, neighborly cake

Baked Apples, another time-tested recipe ♥, a fall tradition, simple and cinnamony with a luscious sauce.
  • THE RECIPE Baked Apples Fall's best apples baked in a warm apple-flavored browns-sugar sauce.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Cinnamon Apples Festive color for the holiday table.

Estonian Apple Cake ♥, an easy low-calorie apple cake recipe, moist and bright with cinnamon.

This Year,
Your Best Apple Pie Ever

If there's ever a cooking skill to develop, it's making pastry for homemade pies – but not just any pie crust, a flaky and tender pie crust so tender you'll want to break pieces off the edge just to savor. We call them "mouse bites"!

Three years ago right now, I was up to my elbows in flour, re-learning how to make pie crusts. I "got it" and now, so are so many Kitchen Parade readers, both new and experienced pie bakers.

There's a recipe, of course. But a good pie crust is more than a list of ingredients. It's technique, timing, even useful pie crust tools. I'm just thrilled that so many are inspired by the step-by-step photos and insider tips here, How to Make Flaky Tender Pie Crust.

American Apple Pie ♥, homemade apple pie with a double crust, an American classic.

  • "Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I'm 54 years old and have been baking most of my life but I never could bake a pie that I felt worthy of serving ... until now! I made this apple pie and it is perfect." ~ Janice from Ontario
  • "It was the most wonderful pie I have ever made. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart." ~ Julia from Utah
  • "I absolutely loved this recipe. I made it the other day, and it was the best pie crust I had ever made, hands down! Thank you for helping me out of my pie crust rut!!" ~ Chris
  • "I made the apple pie with your recipes and it was absolutely scrumptious!" ~ Anonymous
  • "I also had problems with pie crust [before]. Then I did this recipe for my "tortierre" pie for Xmas and they were the most amazing crusts ever." ~ BJ from Montreal
  • "This is THE best pie crust I have ever made! ... The reminder of a hot oven and cold dough stuck with me all throughout, and because of that, the crust turned out perfectly!" ~ Jennifer
  • "I've been making pies since I was 13 and with your recipe and instructions, I finally made a tasty, flaky crust. I'm so excited to make pies for guests now!" ~ Mary
  • "I've tried to make crust before but because of no success, had given up and settled for store bought crusts...not today. I made your recipe and it was fantastic, absolutely the best pie crust I've ever made. THanks SO MUCH for the step by step instructions. ... I especially appreciate the comment about not worrying about what it looks like when it goes in the oven...mine looked not so nice going in but great coming out." ~ Louise

Bushels of Apples Still to Go?

still more
~ apple recipes ~
~ apple cider recipes ~

Apple Recipes ♥

Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Quick Suppers are Kitchen Parade favorites and feature recipes easy on the budget, the clock, the waistline and the dishwasher. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, for more scratch cooking recipes using whole, healthful ingredients, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. If you make this recipe, I'd love to know your results! Just leave a comment below.

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