44 Apple Recipes for every meal from breakfast to dessert and even drinks

The air is crisp. The sun is shining. The fall boots are coming out of the closet. The time is ripe, and so is the crop…for apple picking!

A family favorite activity, days of apple picking are often accompanied with hayrides, petting zoos, hot spiced cider and fresh apple cider donuts.

We’ve touched on the best apples for cooking and baking in the past, but the variety of apple types is seemingly endless as new variations are introduced all the time. Here are a few more familiar favorites and the best ways to utilize each, whether eating them fresh or cooking them into culinary masterpieces.

Two-toned McIntosh is great for eating fresh and cooking as it breaks down easily, making it a popular choice for applesauce. Empire is a relatively new variety, whose flavor is sweeter than McIntosh and more tart than Red Delicious. The complex flavors make it a culinary hit, especially for top-notch desserts.

Cortland, a great all-purpose apple is moderately juicy and fairly sweet compared to McIntosh. It browns slowly once cut, making it a standout choice for salads and sandwiches, as well as pies, sauce, and cider.

For a more tart option, look no further than Granny Smith, a green apple great for baking and eating fresh. Recommended across the board and available year round, Granny Smith is a great go-to choice. Golden Delicious is a yellow variety that keeps well and excels in desserts, salads and cider.

The crisp, tart and honey-sweet Pink Lady is ready later in the season around mid-October and great for eating fresh, cooking and baking. Another late season variety, Fuji is a great fresh-eating apple that keeps well for months in the refrigerator.

For a totally gluten-free apple recipe extravaganza, check out our Gluten Free Apple Roundup. For an extensive list of apple recipes and ideas to get you through this fall and the next, look no further than right here! We have recipes for every meal, sweet and savory, center item and side. Here’s to apples all day, every day.


Apple Recipes for Breakfast plus over 40 other apple recipes

1.  Apple Pie Quinoa Breakfast Bowl: Loaded with fiber and protein. (Photo and recipe from Love and Zest)

2.  Raw Apple Pie Porridge: Raw, vegan and gluten-free! (Photo and recipe from Wallflower Girl)

3.  Caramel Apple Protein Shake: For the gal or guy on the go. (Photo and recipe from Fort Mills Living)

4.   Sweet Potato, Apple, and Bacon Hash: Did we hear bacon? (Photo and recipe from Inquiring Chef)

5.  Apple Spice Baked Donut Holes: A sweet indulgence. (Photo and recipe from Chew Out Loud on NoshOnIt)

6.  Apple Pie Pancakes: Stack ‘em up high! (Photo and recipe from Averie Cooks)



Snack Recipes with Apples plus over 40 other apple recipes

1.  Apple Chips: Easy, breezy snacking… a must make! (Photo and recipe from A Zesty Bite on NoshOnIt)

2.  Apple Spice Quinoa Granola: Granola with all the flavors of fall. (Photo and recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction)

3.  Spicy Thai Apple Snacks: Spice up your day with Sriracha. (Photo and recipe from Feed your Skull)

4.  Apple Cinnamon Fruit Leather: It’s like a DIY fruit roll up. (Photo and recipe from Heather’s French Press)



Sandwich and Wrap Recipes with Apples plus over 40 other apple recipes

1.  Gruyère, Apple and Fig Panini: Hot off the press! (Photo and recipe from Cookin’ Canuck)

2.  Prosciutto and Apple Brie Tea Sandwiches: Classy and adorable. (Photo and recipe from Lemons and Anchovies)

 3.  BBQ Chicken, Apple, Bacon, Cheddar Quesadillas: Again, did we hear bacon? (Photo and recipe from Iowa Girl Eats)

4.  Apple and Chicken Tacos with Pumpkin Mayo: Can we get a pumpkin beer with this? (Photo and recipe from Cooking and Beer)

 5.  Chicken, Apple and Bulgur Lettuce Wraps: Healthy and delicious. (Photo and recipe from The Healthy Foodie)



Salad and Side Dish Recipes with Apples plus over 40 other apple recipes

1.  Apple Carrot Slaw: A rabbit’s delight. (Photo and recipe from Pidge’s Pantry)

2.  Roasted Beet Apple Salad: Just beet it! (Photo and recipe from Running to the Kitchen)

3.  Healthy Cobb Salad with Apple Chips: As healthy as it is beautiful. (Photo and recipe from Little Leopard Book)

4.  Kale Salad with Apple, Cranberries and Pecans: Crunchy and tangy for fall! (Photo and recipe from Cookie and Kate on NoshOnIt)

5.  Baked Quinoa with Apples, Carrots and Red Onions: Nutritionally rich and ready in 30 minutes. (Photo and recipe from The Iron You)

6.  Apple Brie Polenta with Sage: Creamy and decadent. (Photo and recipe from Girl Versus Dough)



Dips and Sauces Recipes with Apples plus over 40 other apple recipes

1.  Green Apple Guacamole: Holy Guacamole! (Photo and recipe from Sweet Freedom)

2.  Ginger Apple Chutney: Slather it on pork chops or toast. (Photo and recipe from 30 Pounds of Apples)

3.  Apple Butter: Who needs jam? (Photo and recipe from Tastes of Lizzy T)

4.  Orange Cinnamon Applesauce: Applesauce with a sweet twist. (Photo and recipe from Daily Squeeze)

5.  Apple Ketchup: Apples, banana and tomato? Mind blown! (Photo and recipe from Kayotic Kitchen)

6.  Apple Cider Vinaigrette: For all your fall salads. (Photo and recipe from Living Lou)



Savory Entree Recipes with Apples plus over 40 other apple recipes

1.   Coconut Curry Apple and Carrot Soup: Topped with bacon, cashews and granny smith apple. (Photo and recipe from The Café Sucré Farine)

2.  Butternut Squash Coconut Chili: Fill up a slow-cooker and go. (Photo and recipe from The Fig Tree)

3.  Crispy Prosciutto Sage Wrapped Chicken with Creamy Pistachio Noodles: Dare to guess what else is in here? Apples! (Photo and recipe from Half Baked Harvest)

4.  Apple Bacon Stuffed Pork Chops: Mmm, bacon. (Photo and recipe from Spicy Southern Kitchen)

5.  Beef Tagine with Apples: Love the sweet and savory Moroccan flavors. (Photo and recipe from Susan Eats London)



Drink and Cocktail Recipes with Apples plus over 40 other apple recipes

1.  Poison Apple Punch: A potent Halloween drink. (Photo and recipe from 12 Bottle Bar)

2.  Slow Cooker Hot Spiced Apple Cider: Alcohol free for all the kiddies. (Photo and recipe from Kitchen Treaty)

3.  Spiced Apple Manhattan: Sweet, spicy and strong. (Photo and recipe from The Dandy Life)

4.  Apple Orchard Martini: Sweet apple followed with heat from mezcal and jalapeño. (Photo and recipe from A Thought for Food on The Boys Club)

5.  Hard Apple Cider Sangria: A tailgaters delight! (Photo and recipe from Bakeaholic Mama)



Dessert Recipes with Apples plus over 40 other apple recipes

1.  Baked Apples en Croute: Apple pie… in reverse. (Photo and recipe from Manu’s Menu)

2.  Grand Marnier Apple Cake: Grand Marnier filled AND topped! (Photo and recipe from Cooking Melangery)

3.  Cinnamon Apple Charlotte: It’s like apple upside down cake, brioche style. (Photo and recipe from The Sugar Hit)

4.  Muffin Pan Mini Apple Pies: All-American apple pie…with a twist. (Photo and recipe from Knead to Cook)

5.  Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake: Cheesecake or pie? Both for us! (Photo and recipe from Bakeaholic Mama)

6.  Apple Cider Ice Cream: Because ice cream is great year-round. (Photo and recipe from Celebrating Happy)


What’s your favorite recipe to make with apples? Favorite type of apple? Let us know in the comments!