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9 Best Apple Desserts for Fall (Not Pie!)

Are you ready for the best apple desserts for fall? These are the perfect recipes when you want an apple pie without the fuss of making it from scratch. They are all quick and easy, tossed together with minimal ingredients you probably already have in your pantry!

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What Desserts Can Be Made From Apples?

Did you immediately think of pie? When you have a lot of apples you’ll probably be busy with applesauce, apple butter, and apple pie. But there are other apple desserts to try too.

I found some classic apple desserts you can enjoy this fall when you want something super tasty but prefer the “quick and easy” route. Let’s be honest, we’re trying to get food on the table, not win any culinary awards.

Getting the same great taste as apple pie but not investing the time or effort is alright with me! I love simple recipes (and tools) that make you look like a superstar in the kitchen.

In addition to after a meal, many of these apple recipes can also double as breakfast (although there’s high competition with apple pancakes) or an after-school snack.

Check out the directions linked below, and you’ll see how easy they are to make with only a few pantry ingredients. Most ideas are served hot or cold. You choose! 

Each recipe is excellent with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Feel free to warm up with a mug of Chocolate Chai Latte or Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte.

Basic ingredients you need for apple desserts:

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What are the Best Dessert Apples?

Red, green, yellow, sweet, sour… there are so many different types of apples! So how do you know which ones are the best apples for baking?

The Washington Apple Commission reviews each type of apple and notes if it is suitable for salads, pie, sauce, baking, or freezing. This is a very helpful chart and full of practical information.

These are the best apples for desserts and pies:

  • Gala
  • Fuji
  • Granny Smith
  • Honeycrisp
  • Pink Lady
  • Golden Delicious

When in doubt, choose one of these apples over other types for your dessert recipe.

Don’t be afraid to use sour, tart apples. You’ll balance the flavor out with brown sugar and spices. Apples also become sweeter as they bake and soften in the oven. The sweet, sour combination is delicious!

Plus, sour apples tend to hold their shape together better, so you’ll have the pleasure of seeing clearly defined apple slices (not mush) in your dish.

Cover any worrisome sourness or take your dessert to the next level with a drizzle of chai syrup on top. Yum!

Best Apple Desserts for Fall

Apples are a special seasonal treat, and these recipes show it off like nothing else! From a quick 5-minute sauté to a more sophisticated (but still easy) apple tart, you’ll love these recipes with all their cinnamon spice glory.

Stovetop apple crisp in a bowl next to a spoon.
Stovetop Apple Crisp
Stovetop apple crisp is on my list of easy fall desserts because it only takes 20 minutes from start to finish, uses less than 10 everyday ingredients, and doesn’t compromise a pinch of flavor.
Check out this recipe
Six easy apple pie rolls with icing on a white plate.
2-Ingredient Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie Cups
With just two ingredients, you can bake individual apple pie-like desserts in 20 minutes or less. You’re sure to feel like a superstar in the kitchen and not even break a sweat.
Check out this recipe
A piece of apple hand pie on a silver spatula.
Air Fryer Apple Hand Pies Recipe
Here’s another minimalist dessert recipe you’ll love, which takes a total of 3 ingredients. It’s a classic fall treat to enjoy without investing the time and energy to make a traditional pie.
Check out this recipe
Apple tart on a wooden chopping board.
Apple Tart
Don’t be fooled, this apple tart is as impressively easy as it is impressively beautiful to look at! This serves 9 portions, making it perfect for a crowd.
Check out this recipe
Apple cake with vanilla ice cream topping in a bowl.
Easy Apple Dump Cake
This apple dump cake might be the easiest dessert you ever make. Created as a one-dish dessert, you can prep the cake in the same dish that you bake it in. How clever!
Check out this recipe
A slice of easy apple crumble in a plate.
Apple Crumble
Apple crumble is the easy and more economical alternative for apple pie. It’s more straightforward and less technical. All you need are 5 simple ingredients, which I’m sure you already have!
Check out this recipe
Apple oat bar cut in squares on a chopping board next to a green apple.
Easy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bars Recipe
If you love soft-baked oatmeal breakfast bars, you must try these! They taste like Thanksgiving and are so warm and comforting! These bars are a great after-school snack for children.
Check out this recipe
A slice of easy apple cake in a white plate with a fork.
No-Peel Apple Cake
Baking an apple cake has never been easier! You don’t even need to peel the apples for this recipe. Served warm or cold, this seasonal dessert is worth waiting all year for!
Check out this recipe
Sautéed cinnamon apples in a plate.
Sautéed Cinnamon Apples
Sautéed apples might taste like pie; however, they are only about a quarter of the work. You’ll love all the same classic apple pie flavors but without the carbs!
Check out this recipe

More Easy Fall Recipes

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