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Just Went Apple Picking? Here Are 5 Fall Apple Recipes To Try Out

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This article was written by The Zillennial Zine’s fall editorial intern Hannah Yarrington. Find her on Instagram at @513hny. If you would like to share an article with The Zillennial, send us an email at

You know what they say: an apple a day keeps the doctor away! Fall time is one of the best times to whip out the old baking sheets and pan and make some delicious treats perfect for any holiday festivity. And next to pumpkin, apple is the second-best fall food to incorporate into all of your baked goods. It goes so well with caramel and cinnamon and can be put into so many tasty recipes. With so much to choose from, we’ve gathered our five favorite apple recipes with caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, and much much more!

Apple Pie Cookies


apple pie cookies 🍎🥧🍪 Apple Pie Filling: Peel and dice 2-3 apples (I used two really big ones so varies on the size). Add to a pan with 2 tbsp of butter over medium heat for 5 mins. Then add 1/4 c brown sugar, 1 tbsp cinnamon, the juice of one lemon& 1 tbsp of water. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Then add 1/2 tbsp cornstarch and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Assembly: Use a mason jar lid to cut out circles in store-bought pie dough. Roll out the scraps and cut into even strips (for the top layer). Add a scoop of apple pie filling to the mini pie circles. Top with the pie dough strips. Coat in egg wash. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes. Brown butter glaze: Brown 1/4 c butter over medium heat. Once browned, add 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 c powdered sugar, & 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Add glaze to cooled cookies. #apple #applepie #applepicking #recipe #homemade #bakingrecipe #baking

♬ cozy vibes – RyseMusic

When I think about fall, I think about all the different types of cookies you get to consume. This recipe is from the lovely Mallory Hall on TikTok. For this apple cookie recipe, you’ll need the following for the filling:

  • Diced apples (2-3 depending on size)
  • 2 tsp butter
  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon, lemon juice, and water
  • ½ tbsp cornstarch 
  1. First, add the cookies and butter to a pan on medium heat and let cook for 5 minutes. Then add your brown sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice, and water and let it simmer for another 5 minutes. After that, add in your cornstarch, and then, you guessed it, let it cook for 5 more minutes
  2. Then, you can either make your own pie dough if you feel confident or just buy some from the store and scoop your filling onto some circular cutouts. You’ll also want to do some lacing to lock the filling into place. Coat the pies in an egg wash and toss them in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  3. Top with some extra brown sugar and cinnamon, and you’re good to go!

Apple Cinnamon Pecan Cobbler


Dive into a warm, gooey Cinnamon Pecan Apple Cobbler and let your taste buds fall into the season 🍁🍎 Recipe: 1 apple (bonus if it is picked from the apple farm like this one) 🌳 1 tsp avocado oil Sprinkle of cinnamon — Air fry at 400F for 5-8 minutes Remove from air fryer & add 1 scoop of vanilla Greek yogurt Top with @nutrail low sugar cinnamon pecan nut granola 🥜 🎥: @sophs.clean.eats #nutrail #nutrailgranola #cinnamonpecan #applecobbler #fallrecipes #falldesserts #dessertideas #easyrecipes #healthyrecipes #fallrecipe #applepie #apple

♬ original sound – NuTrail

Who doesn’t love a good cobbler? This recipe from NuTrail for an apple cinnamon pecan cobbler is simply amazing. Here’s what you need:

  • 1 apple (or more depending on how many you’re feeding)
  • 1 tsp avocado oil (per apple
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla greek yogurt
  • Pecan granola
  1. First, cut your apple in half, then drizzle your oil and cinnamon on your apple.
  2. Then, stick that bad boy in the air fryer at 400 for 5-8 minutes.
  3. After it’s done, scoop your favorite vanilla yogurt on it and sprinkle some yummy pecans on it. Feel free to make as many of these as you want!

Apple Cake


Bolzano Apple Cake — my mother first made this nearly 20 years ago and it’s been a favorite ever since 🍏🍎🍏🍎🍏🍎⁣ ⁣ Get the recipe: ⁣ Happy fall friends! ⁣🍃🍁🍂 ⁣ #apple #cake #fall #baking #bolzano #simple

♬ original sound – Alexandra’s Kitchen

Moving on from pies and cobblers, an apple cake is perfect for feeding many. From Alexandra’s Kitchen on Tiktok, here’s what you need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 stick of melted butter
  • ½ tsp of kosher salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup of milk 
  • ½ cup of flour
  • 3 or 4 peeled, thin sliced apples
  1. In a big bowl, whisk together all these ingredients, starting with the 2 eggs and 1 cup of sugar, until ribbony texture. Then add in the melted butter, along with the vanilla extract. Whisk. Add in the rest of the salt, baking powder, milk, and flour (Mixing after each ingredient). Then, finally, toss in your apples.
  2. Get a 9-inch circle bake pan, slather some butter on it, and add in your batter. Cook it for 55-60 minutes at 375 F. And there you go! Let it cool, and feel free to add any cinnamon garnishes.

Sheet Pan Caramel Apples

Nothing goes better together than caramel and apples. Instead of doing the classic caramel apple, I like to do sheet pan caramel apples that are perfect for sharing.

  1. First, you’ll need some apples, about four, depending on how big of a pan you’re using. Slice them up and cover them all over your pan (add parchment paper under them to lessen clean up). Get some thick caramel. I like to use the Smuckers one in the jar, or you can melt some cubes of it. Spread that all over the apples and add in your favorite toppings.
  2. And voila! Grab a spoon (or your fingers) and dig in!

Puff Pastry Apple Tarts

And last but not least, here is a super easy puff pastry apple tart recipe!

I like to get the Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets from the store to use, and you’ll stretch them out into a pretty big sheet pan.

  1. Then, you’ll grab your apples, cut them into thin slices, and add them into a mixing bowl. Then add in graduated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a tiny pinch of salt.
  2. You can use however many apples you want, and I find it best just to eyeball the amount. Just put enough to cover up the apples pretty well.
  3. Then, line up those apples on the tart and bake them at 425 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Once done, add whatever toppings you’d like (maybe some extra caramel you have lying around), and enjoy!
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What did you think of these apple recipes with caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, and more? Do you have any favorites? Let us know!

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