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11 Mouthwatering Apple Treats That Go Beyond Pie

A stack of apple bars; slices of apple cinnamon loaf; a three-layer apple cake
Baker by Nature/Inspired by Charm/Baran Bakery

Fall means one thing in the kitchen: apples! If you’re looking for something more creative than a basic apple pie, these recipes might be just what you’ve been looking for.

Sweet and tart, crispy and juicy, fresh apples are a versatile, time-honored baking ingredient, especially when the weather turns cool. Sometimes, a simple apple pie or cobbler will hit the spot, but if you’re looking to use these juicy fruits in a new treat, we’ve got the recipes for you.

Apple Crisp Bars

A stack of apple bars with ice cream on top; overhead view of an apple bar with crumb topping
Baker by Nature

These buttery, sweet Apple Crisp Bars truly are a combination of all the things you love. Start with sweet, lightly spiced apple filling, layer it on top of a melt-in-your-mouth shortbread crust, with a textured crumb topping.

You can make the apple processing part of this recipe even easier with an apple corer and cutter, like this one from SINGARE. It includes multiple pieces for all your apple-prepping needs.

The serrated corer easily removes even the toughest cores, while the 12-blade cutter—complete with nonslip handles—produces perfect, even slices every time.

You can make this sweet treat even better by serving it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Apple Cider Donut Cake with Dulce de Leche Frosting

A three-layer cake with frosting in between each layer; the same cake cut open with a slice taken out
Baran Bakery

Take the basic apple cider donut to the next level with the Apple Cider Donut Cake with Dulce de Leche Frosting! It’s the same flavors you love, but turned it into a delicious layer cake.

A lightly spiced apple cake is layered with rich, buttery dulce de leche frosting, and then the “naked” cake sides are rolled in cinnamon sugar for a finishing touch.

Three-Ingredient French Apple Tart

Overhead view of an apple tart on a pink plate on a marble surface
Molly J. Wilk

Want to make something very simple and elegant (aka, something European)? If so, the Three Ingredient French Apple Tart is for you.

As stated in its name, this only requires three ingredients (puff pastry, apples, and apricot jam). You’ll get a buttery pastry shell filled with elegant apple slices, plus a hint of apricot to give the flavor a slightly different twist.

Cinnamon Spiced Apple Fritters with Vanilla Coffee Glaze

A tray of apple fritters next to a mug of coffee
Half-Baked Harvest

These fritters are a perfect autumnal take on a classic, beloved fried apple treat. These perfectly spiced cinnamon fritters are packed with apple pieces in a delicious fried dough. The vanilla coffee glaze offers a tasty twist on the plain traditional coating.

Apple Butterscotch Bundt Cake

An apple bundt cake with a creamy frosting and nuts on top
Mix and Match Mama

This super-moist Bundt cake combines the sweet taste of butterscotch with fresh apples. Perfect for fall, this isn’t quite a from-scratch cake, as it uses both a box cake and pudding mix as the base.

Then, you add the fresh apples and gooey butterscotch chips, and top it all off with a simple frosting and a handful of cinnamon pecans.

Apple Cider Caramel Cupcakes

A tray of apple caramel cupcakes; close up on one frosted cupcake
Emma Duckworth Bakes

Is there anything better than apples and caramel together? These cupcakes feature a moist, lightly spiced apple sponge cake, with a perfectly sweet caramel, Swiss meringue frosting and a drizzle of extra caramel on top.

It’s all the sweet, tart flavor you love in a caramel apple, without quite as much sticky mess!

Apple Pie Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

A pan of pumpkin cinnamon rolls sitting on a wooden board
Two Cups Flour

Put all your favorite fall flavors together in one gooey, decadent batch of cinnamon rolls! A pumpkin sweet dough is filled with cinnamon apple pie filling and topped with a sweet vanilla frosting. It’s the perfect autumn treat

Who says you have to choose between your fave fall flavors?

Apple Butter Biscoff Cheesecake Bars

Side and overhead view of apple swirled cheesecake bars
Tutti Dolci

These Biscoff Bars are made with layer upon layer of amazing ingredients. You layer Biscoff cookie crust, cheesecake, swirls of apple butter, and salted caramel sauce. The result is a sweet, slightly spiced, super-creamy bar you’ll have to make over and over because everyone will rave about it.

Apple and Pastry Cream Crostata

A rectangular crostata with apple slices on top; a slice of apple pastry on a white plate
Sugar Love Spices

Give your apple treats a fancy-looking (but not too tricky) European twist! This crostata features a flaky pastry crust, filled with sweet pastry cream and cinnamon apple slices, all baked into a single creamy, silky treat. It’s as delicious to eat as it is straight-forward to make!

Because this recipe calls for a lot of individual apple slices, it can really help to have an all-purpose tool, like the CucinaPro Apple Corer. It also works as a peeler and slicer, and you can even secure it to your countertop to prepare your apples for baking via the easy cranking motion.

Apple prep work can be time-consuming, but this tool will make a huge difference. And the sooner you’re done, the sooner you can sink your teeth into one of these decadent treats.

Walnut and Apple Coffee Cake

Overhead view of a coffee cake with frosting and nuts; a slice of cake being served
Ella Claire & Co.

Coffee cake and apples seem like the perfect pair! And the addition of walnuts just makes it even better! This cake is a delicious, easy twist on your favorite classic, cinnamon cake.

The light texture and subtle sweetness of the coffee cake is just right to pair with apples and walnuts for a sweet (but not too sweet) fall treat. Enjoy it as a dessert or brunch dish!

Apple Fritter Bread

Slices of frosted apple cinnamon loaf
Inspired by Charm

So, you love apple fritters, but don’t want to deal with making a full-fledged fried doughnut? Try a sweet, tasty loaf of apple fritter bread instead.

Topped with a sweet, slightly tangy icing, this apple cinnamon loaf makes a perfect treat that highlights all the flavors you love in apple fritters without all the doughnut hassle.

Hopefully, these recipes have inspired you to put a new spin on one of your own favorite apple classics! As always, one of the secrets to incredible baking is paying attention to the details, whether you’re whipping up an old favorite or inventing a new one.

Amanda Prahl Amanda Prahl
Amanda Prahl is a freelance contributor to LifeSavvy. She has an MFA in dramatic writing, a BA in literature, and is a former faculty associate focusing on writing craft and history. Her articles have appeared on HowlRound, Slate, Bustle, BroadwayWorld, and ThoughtCo, among others. Read Full Bio »
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