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10 Easy Apple Desserts

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Ten simple apple dessert recipes that turn the humble fruit into special treats. 

10 Easy Apple Desserts

There’s nothing better than easing into fall, when patches of color begin to pop out on the trees — yellow, gold and red — and small piles of leaves drift along on the sidewalk.

It’s especially nice when the sun shines for days, and slightly cooler air means you can open all the windows and shift your appetites toward cozy things to cook.

Because apples are voted most popular fruit of the season, (it’s not all about pumpkin spice), I put together this list of desserts that feature them — you’ll find cakes, tarts, pies and more here.

And all the recipes are fuss-free and simple to make. I hope you’ll be inspired to make your day sweeter!

1. Spice-Roasted Apples

Cinnamon-Spice Roasted Apples

What’s better than eating breakfast for dessert (or the other way around)? Apple wedges are roasted with spice-infused butter and served warm over brown sugar buttermilk pancakes. Don’t forget the whipped cream! (recipe @Familystyle Food)

2. Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

apple cake with brown sugar glaze on top

A not over-the-top-sweet cake scented with cinnamon. It has that perfect ratio of cake and classic, oozing glaze on top. (recipe @Bijouxs)

3. Dutch Apple Pie with Muscovado Toffee Sauce 

apple crumble pie with toffee sauce

Here’s an apple dessert with a little something for every craving: pie dough, crumble topping and buttery-rich toffee sauce. (recipe @Not Without Salt)

4. Tuscan Apple Cake

tuscan apple cake

A homey cake with a hint of lemon, it’s a treat your Italian grandma might bake. Or you can! Great with morning tea or an afternoon snack. (recipe @Familystyle Food)

5. Spiced Apple Cake with Brown Butter Buttercream

spiced apple cake with brown butter buttercream

In the mood for a homemade cake but don’t want to fuss too much? This one-layer cake is the answer. Slather on the nutty-delicious buttercream frosting or continue to keep it simple — just serve it doused with powdered sugar. (recipe @Displaced Housewife)

6. Whiskey Apple Cake

Skillet Apple Whiskey Cake

It couldn’t be easier to put this elegant little cake together. Spoon the batter into a cast iron skillet and eat this pudding-like confection warm, straight out of the pan. (recipe @Familystyle Food)

7. Caramel Apple Pie

caramel apple pie squares on plates

I love how this pie is baked in a jelly roll pan to encourage sharing, and is chock full of salty-sweet caramel covered apples. (recipe @WoodandSpoon)

8. Homemade Apple Pie with Lemon Butter Crust

Foolproof Homemade Apple Pie with Lemon Butter Crust

A homemade apple pie, with a foolproof flaky lemon-scented buttery pie dough (recipe @Familystylefood).

9. 7-Ingredient Apple Tart

sliced apple tart on a sheet pan

Sure, homemade pie crust is the ultimate, but making it might not fit into a busy schedule. Enter puff pastry! This recipe requires just seven ingredients, most of which you probably already have on hand. Add this recipe to your dessert on-the-fly list. (recipe @TheCleverCarrot)

10. Salted Caramel Apple Tartlets

Salted Caramel Apple Tartlets

Rustic mini apple tarts made with store-bought puff pastry dough and topped with salted caramel — an easy but impressive dessert (recipe @Familystyle Food)

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  1. What a scrumptious round up of recipes! I think apple season is pretty much one of my favorites! The tastes, the aromas, the different varieties and colors…. thanks so much for including my tart 🙂 xx