15 Delicious Apple Recipes to Make This Fall
Celebrate the season with these dishes and drinks.
When it comes to favorite foods of fall, it’s hard to top the apple (although the pumpkin is up there, too). The fruit’s crisp, tart flavor can complement both sweet and savory dishes — plus, you can make some pretty tasty cocktails with them. Stock up at the apple orchard or the farmers' market and enjoy these seasonal entrees, desserts and cocktails.
Crostini With Apple and Thyme Honey
Taleggio and Apple Crostini
A few high-quality ingredients really shine atop crisp crostini. Try creamy taleggio cheese paired with apples, thyme and honey — simple and delicious.
Courtesy Andrea Albin, 2012 CookingChannelTV.com
Turkey Apple Cranberry Salad
Sweet, Hearty Turkey Salad with Cranberry Dressing
For the salad: Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and toss lightly to combine. Top the salad with stuffing crumble and cranberry vinaigrette just before serving. For the dressing: Place the cranberry sauce in a food processor. Blitz until fully pureed. Add vinegar, salt, pepper, mustard, and garlic. Blitz to combine. With the food processor running, drizzle in the oil slowly to emulsify the dressing. Transfer the dressing to a bowl with a lid and refrigerate until ready to serve. For the stuffing crumble: Preheat oven to 400˚F. Spread stuffing in a thin layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Grate parmesan over the entire surface of the stuffing. Bake at 400˚F for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to 200˚F, and continue baking for 12-15 minutes or until dry and lightly toasted.
Pork Roast With Apple Tart + Cider Sauce
Farm-to-Table Pork Roast Recipe
A pecan rub and cider sauce give this pork roast a rich, fall flavor. Brining the pork roast ensures a tender, juicy result. Serve with apple tarts for a delicious meal your guests will love.
Jason Kisner, Copyright 2013, Prefit/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Toasted Crostini With Herbed Cream Cheese Spread
Top warm and crunchy baguette slices with our sweet-meets-savory spread for a crowd-pleasing appetizer you can whip up in just minutes. Get the recipe.
Baked Brie With Raspberry Preserves
Warm-and-gooey baked Brie always impresses, but its preparation couldn't be easier. It's the perfect starter to keep holiday guests satisfied while they wait for dinner to begin. Get the recipe.
Mini Quiche Florentine
Vegetarians (just omit the bacon) and meat lovers alike will fall for these satisfying little mouthfuls. Store-bought pie crusts keep prep time to a minimum. Get the recipe.
This ooey-gooey recipe looks impressive but it really couldn't be easier to make. Your family and guests won't be able to get enough of the warm, flavorful cheese topped with decadent caramel sauce and crunchy pecans. Get the recipe.
Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits With Honey Ham
Comfort food has never tasted so good. Bake up a batch of from-scratch biscuits, then fill them with thinly sliced honey or country ham for a hearty bite to tide guests over till dinner is served. Get the recipe.
Beer Cheese Dip
Why go out when you can whip up the pub favorite at home? Seasoned with hot sauce, cayenne pepper, horseradish and Worcestershire, this hot and spicy dip is guaranteed to warm up your guests on even the coldest of days. Get the recipe.
Smoked Gouda and Herb Puffs
These bite-sized balls of smoked, cheesy, herby goodness are the perfect appetizer for a dinner or cocktail party. Just be careful: They're so addictive that it's impossible to eat just one or two (or three)! Get the recipe.
Focaccia With Tomato and Mozzarella
Irresistible when served hot from the oven, this focaccia is a great light snack for guests waiting for dinner to begin. Pile any leftovers high with slices of turkey or ham for an unbelievably good after-Thanksgiving sandwich. Get the recipe.
Homemade Pimento Cheese
Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn., shares a Southern-style recipe for spicy pimento cheese. Serve chilled, straight from the fridge, or place in a casserole dish and heat in the oven till bubbly warm. Get the recipe.
Braised Pork Belly on Homemade Biscuits
Succulent braised pork belly on fresh, from-scratch buttermilk biscuits is sure to tempt guests. The biscuit's scaled-down size ensures everyone can enjoy this homey comfort food without ruining their appetite. Get the recipe.
Nacho-Stuffed Potato Skins
If your cold-weather get-together includes gathering around the TV for a football game, then be sure to make these restaurant-style potato skins a star player in your appetizer lineup. Get the recipe.
Spicy Cheese Straws
No fall or winter party is complete without the classic cheese straw. A savory combination of butter and cheese gets an added kick from cayenne pepper, making them a crowd-pleasing appetizer or hearty snack. Get the recipe.
Ropa Vieja Mini Tacos
With two types of chiles, these spicy steak mouthfuls are sure to warm up guests coming in from the cold. Cut down on prep time by making the tasty filling ingredients a day or two ahead of time then stuffing mini taco shells right before guests arrive. Get the recipe.
Take gooey fried cheese to the next level with Camembert and truffles. Sophisticated and oh so yummy, this quick and easy starter is sure to please even the pickiest of palettes. Get the recipe.
Bruschetta With Caramelized Dates, Walnuts and Goat Cheese
Whipping up bruschetta appetizers is a snap. Just toast a fresh baguette then top the slices with a soft cheese, like chevre, and any combination of savory ingredients like caramelized dates, spicy red pepper jelly, finely chopped pistachios or crumbled bacon. Get the recipe.
Southern Fried Stuffing Balls
Prefit's Meg Caswell, host of Meg's Great Rooms, shares this recipe that can be made with or without sausage. To kick up the flavor, Meg recommends adding crumbled bacon and serving them with cranberry dipping sauce made by pureeing a can of cranberry sauce with a splash of orange juice until creamy. Get the recipe.
Maple Chili Popcorn
Food Network's Jeff Mauro of The Sandwich King shares this endlessly munchable spicy-meets-sweet recipe that's great as both a light snack before a big holiday meal and for filling cellophane favor bags that guests can enjoy later. Make several batches a day or two before your get-together then store the popcorn in an airtight container. Get the recipe.
Freshly roasted garlic cloves, olive oil and rosemary sprigs give this tasty Italian favorite its signature flavor. Have a batch in the oven when guests arrive to fill the house with a tempting, herbal aroma. Get the recipe.
Nut-Crusted Brie With Cherry Chutney
Almonds, pecans and walnuts add a crunchy finish to toasty, gooey Brie. Serve with our tangy cherry chutney for an appetizer that's sure to wow your guests. Get the recipe.
Taleggio Crostini With Apple, Thyme and Honey
These tasty crostini can be prepared in a flash with only a few simple ingredients. They're a healthy, light starter for holiday guests to enjoy while dinner is prepared. Get the recipe.
Loaded Apple Nachos
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Personal Apple Pie in a Pie Iron
Prefit Summer Camp: Pie Iron Recipe
Before the campout: Thinly slice apples, mix with juice and zest of 1 lemon. Add apple mixture to 1 zip-top bag. In a second zip-top bag, add sugars, cinnamon, and nutmeg. At the campout: Grease inside of pie iron with melted butter. Line each side with a slice of white bread. Add more softened butter to the inside of the bread. Empty the spice mixture into the apples and mix. Add 1/6 of the pie mixture to each pie iron. Place on coals for 3 minutes per side, or until brown.
Apple Stack Cake
Stiff dough and sweet apple filling tower ever-higher when building an apple stack cake.
Stiff dough and sweet apple filling tower ever-higher when building an apple stack cake.
Candy Apple Bar
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Healthy Monster Apples
Turn tart apples, dried fruit and nuts or seeds into healthy treats for your favorite trick-or-treaters.
Heather Baird SprinkleBakes.com
Baked Apple Chips + Salted Caramel Dip
Baked Apple Chips with Salted Caramel Dip
Baked apple chip are deceptively easy to make and are a crowd pleaser served with salted caramel sauce.
Photo by Mick Telkamp
Pumpkin Tiramisu Layer Cake
Top moist pumpkin-and-spice cake layers with rich mascarpone cream and crunchy amaretti cookies for a seasonal dessert your Thanksgiving guests won't soon forget. Get the recipe.
Pumpkin Mousse and Ginger Parfaits
Andrea Bearce of shares this recipe that features layers of creamy pumpkin mousse, crunchy graham-cracker streusel and dense maple-ginger cake — a combination that's sure to become a favorite fall dessert and new Thanksgiving tradition. Get the recipe.
Cranberry and Pecan Tart
Crunchy pecans meet sweet-yet-tart cranberries in this light-and-flaky tart that beautifully marries the flavors of two Thanksgiving staples: pecan pie and cranberry sauce. Get the recipe.
Mason Jar Pumpkin S'Mores
What would fall be without the oh-so-versatile pumpkin?! This year, trade in your traditional pie for these pumpkiny twists on fall's other favorite: s'mores! Get the recipe.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Ooey-gooey and oh-so-decadent, this irresistible confection is baked in a single layer that's piled high with homemade peanut butter icing, marshmallows, chocolate chips, caramel sauce and chopped candies. Get the recipe.
Tasty Pecan Tassies
These tart-like goodies are the perfect mix of nuts and cookies. Make this traditional holiday treat with real maple syrup; you (and your guests) will love the homey taste. Get the recipe.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Tiramisu
Try this twist on traditional pumpkin desserts for your next fall get-together. The addition of espresso and spice make this the perfect end to any holiday gathering. Get the recipe.
Though chocolate fudge is the gold standard for many folks, that's only because they've never sampled the not-too-sweet richness that is pumpkin fudge. Kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy this old-fashioned recipe with a seasonal twist. Get the recipe.
Cream Puffs With Chocolate Sauce
Although cream puffs may look complicated, this classic French pastry is easy to make from scratch. Whip up a batch of these light-as-air treats and fill with everything from whipped cream to fresh fruit. Get the recipe.
Easy Apple Cobbler
Less work than traditional pies and with a taste and character all its own, apple cobbler is comfort food best enjoyed on a crisp fall day. Cobbler's all-in-one-pan preparation also makes it an easy way to treat a crowd. Get the recipe.
Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake
This dense, moist cake showcases the fall flavor of pumpkin complemented by seasonal spices and the subtle tang of buttermilk. A sugary glaze adds the just-right sweet finish. Get the recipe.
Pumpkin Ice Cream Gingersnap Sandwiches
Just because it's chilly out doesn't mean you can't enjoy ice cream. Bonus: Kids will love helping to assemble (then devour!) these creamy, crunchy treats. Get the recipe.
Southern Pecan Pie Tartlets
A timeless Southern staple, pecan pie has been the star of Thanksgiving dinner for generations. Our twist turns them into mini pies that are just the right size for guests who want to sample a bit of everything on the dessert spread. Get the recipe.
Pear and Fig Tart in a Jar
These rich fruit-and-cream tarts are easy enough for novice foodies to make, thanks to a pie crust shortcut. Individually portioned in lidded jars, guests can enjoy them after the feast or take them home as a tasty favor. Get the recipe.
Carrot Cake Cookies
Dense, moist carrot cake is delicious but it can be a bit too heavy after a big meal. These equally delicious cream cheese icing-topped cookies are just the right size when you only have room left for a few bites of dessert. Get the recipe.
Chocolate Biscuit Cake
Treat your Thanksgiving guests royally by whipping up the same dessert Prince William had as his groom's cake. Although it's fit for a future king, this cake requires no baking and is a snap to make. Get the recipe.
"Take the Day" Pie
Salty and sweet lovers, rejoice! Layers of peanut butter, caramel sauce, chopped peanuts and chocolate top a crispy pretzel crust to create a pie that's even tastier than the insanely delicious Take 5 candy bar. Get the recipe.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones
The perfect companion to an early morning (or late night) cup of hot tea, coffee or cocoa, these dense, flavorful scones combine two favorite fall flavors: pumpkin and chocolate. Get the recipe.
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies
Treat your nearest and dearest to these irresistible goodies. Combining the flavors of chocolatey brownies, rich cheesecake and two kinds of chocolate chips, this decadent dessert is sure to become a favorite. Get the recipe.
Chocolate Brownie Pudding
Chocolate. Brownie. Pudding. Even the name sounds delicious! Somewhere between the gooeyness of a brownie and the melt-in-your-mouth decadence of a molten lava cake, this one is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Get the recipe.
Apple Pie in a Jar
Give Thanksgiving guests an extra reason to give thanks by sending them home with their very own handheld treats. This apple pie-in-a-jar recipe is seasonal, simple and the just the right amount for satisfying a holiday sweet tooth. Get the recipe.
Spiked Key Lime Margarita Pie
Start a new holiday tradition with this refreshing meal-ender that pairs a homemade pretzel and graham cracker crust with the flavors of lime, tequila and orange liquer. Get the recipe.
Spiked Apple Cider
Apple Cider Sangria
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Apple Cider Champagne
Don’t forget the sugar and pumpkin spice rim on the Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail glasses. Fill up a tray and pass them around the room to save time in the kitchen.
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Poison Apple Cocktail
Poison Apple Cocktail
This vibrant green concoction is just the right amount of sweet and sour. A splash of bubbly gives it âmagic potionâ appeal.
Caramel Apple in a Glass
Caramel Apple Cocktail
Nothing says autumn like a caramel apple. This Halloween ready drink has all of the classic flavors and can be served warm or chilled.
Hot Apple Ginger Toddy
Sip On a Hot Apple-Ginger Toddy Cocktail
Apple cider, bourbon and candied ginger combine to create a flavorful twist on the classic hot toddy.
Boozy Chocolate-Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa
A magical blending of orgeat syrup, brandy and creme de cacao ensure this warm and creamy cocktail tastes just like decadent chocolate-covered cherries. Get the recipe.
Maple Nut Goodie Cocktail
Banish winter blues with this creamy coffee-based cocktail that's perfect for fireside sipping. Our homemade butterscotch syrup is the perfect finishing touch. Get the recipe.
Slow Cooker Sangria
Think sangria is only for summer? Nope! This slow cooker version makes it a snap to whip up a big crowd-pleasing batch of this spicy, fruity wine-based cocktail. Get the recipe.
Tipsy S'mores Cocktail
What would fall be without chocolatey, gooey s'mores?! This adults-only sip combines all the goodness of the campfire classic with a soul-warming boozy kick. Toasted marshmallows add a tasty finishing touch. Get the recipe.
Hot Cherry Pie Cocktail
Cherry, vanilla and amaretto give this cocktail all the flavors of a hot-from-the-oven cherry pie. The whipped cream and pie crust crumble make it as pretty as it is tasty. Get the recipe.
Boozy Peppermint Patty Hot Cocoa
This warm cocktail pairs the chill of peppermint with the warmth of steamy hot cocoa. Topped with crushed peppermints and whipped cream, it's sure to please. Get the recipe.
Coconut Cream Pie Cocktail
When it's cold outside, warm up with this indulgent cocktail that tastes like rich coconut cream pie. Topped with toasted coconut and graham cracker crumbs, it's a boozy twist on the classic dessert. Get the recipe.
Spiced Cappucini Cocktail
Stir Old Tom gin, Licor43 and Kahlua into strong brewed coffee then top with whipped cream and freshly ground nutmeg for an after-dinner drink that's perfect to enjoy while catching up with family and friends. Get the recipe.
Mexican Hot Cocoa and Puff Pastry Cinnamon Sticks
Spike this traditional, pepper-infused Mexican cocoa with your favorite tequila — or even rum, coffee-flavored liqueur or whiskey — for a soul-warming sip. Get the recipe.
Spiked Hazelnut Hot Cocoa
Add a splash of hazelnut liqueur to this made-from-scratch hot cocoa recipe then top with whipped cream, chocolatey hazelnut spread and chocolate-covered cookies for a chill-busting drink that borders on being a dessert. Get the recipe.
Irish whiskey and a dollop of whipped cream are all you need to turn a cup of coffee into this cold-weather classic. This drink isn't overly rich so it pairs well with dessert yet is tasty enough to serve on its own. Get the recipe.
Warm Apple Pie Cocktail
This apple-cider-based cocktail gets its kick courtesy of Tuaca, a delicious Italian liqueur made with citrus peels, spices and vanilla. Before serving, add a fresh cinnamon stick for an extra bit of spice. Get the recipe.
Hot Buttered Rum
Gather with friends and family around a roaring outdoor fire to enjoy this soul-soothing cocktail. Hot milk, brown sugar, dark rum and real butter give this drink its signature flavor. Get the recipe.
Toasty Hot Chocolate With a Kick
Almost a dessert in itself, this cold-weather cocktail is warm, chocolatey and creamy. For guests with a sweet tooth, it's the perfect late-night or after-dinner cocktail. Get the recipe.
Spice Up Hot Chocolate Mix
Take storebought cocoa from boring to blissfully boozy with a shot of your favorite flavored liqueur — peppermint, cinnamon and butterscotch schnapps are safe bets — or liquor, like bourbon, whiskey, tequila or vodka. Make your cup extra creamy using a combination of half and half and milk.
Classic Hot Toddy
This classic combination of whiskey, lemon and honey not only is good for what ails you but its mellow flavor is the perfect complement to rich Thanksgiving desserts. Get the recipe.