Apples and fall are the best things ever! I love fall more than any other season. The crispness in the air, the beautiful colors of the changing leaves, college football, warm, snuggly fall sweaters and boots. I am seeing Facebook and Pinterest filled with pumpkin everything. And while I love pumpkin, nothing says fall more to me than apples. Growing up in the Midwest this time of year it was tradition to make a trip to the orchard to pick apples. Afterward, lots of amazing cooking and the wonderful smells of apples and cinnamon filled the house. I’ve compiled a pretty darn epic list of apple recipes to help you to fill your house with the fabulous smells of fall and your tummy with delicious fall warmth.
This one I made for the first time last fall. It is nothing short of amazing!
Can you say yummy??? I love, love, love muffins of any kind and what better way to celebrate their yumminess than with apples and super delish brown sugar crumb topping. This recipe is a real winner! Sally’s site is one of my favorite go-to places for incredible recipes and unique twists on sweets.
In fact, here’s another great recipe for scones. Scones are one of our family’s favorite breakfast treats. They are easy to make and oh so incredibly delicious. I make them whenever I can. Nothing beats the Warm fresh out of the oven scone scrumptiousness (and a great cup of coffee).
This time of year one of my most favorite things is a warm delicious apple crisp. It just screams fall! I love the smell of the apple and cinnamon filling the house. It warms my heart and sure satisfies the tummy. When I saw this recipe was from New England I thought nothing says fall more than the cool crisp New England air and the beautiful fall colors of the changing leaves. This is the the time of year I miss my days in up state New York just a little.
Apple CrispShort Bread Bars
This recipe is a fan favorite with our kiddos and guests. What’s not to love when your base for this delicious recipe is buttery shortbread? I could eat a whole pan of this and not bat an eye. Then you top it with crisp, juicy apples and a crunchy brown sugar and cinnamon crumble. A little salty, crisp, juicy and melt in your mouth buttery. This one is to die for!
Okay apple pie rocks, but I just have not been able to master the art of fabulous flakey pie crust. I keep trying and someday I am guessing I will get there. In the mean time, I found this awesome take on pie. My Dad’s girl friend is Swedish and she makes all kinds of great traditional dishes. This one sounded pretty darn tasty and indeed it is!
Not to repeat my short comings as a cook LOL. I am still working to master the art and science of the perfect pie crust. I figured this recipe would create a good opportunity to practice by making hand pies instead of the full deal.
These salted caramel apple pie bars are to die for!!! I saw this recipe and it made my mouth water. I knew I had to make it. We hosted a gathering at our home for volunteers who were working on the United Way fundraising campaign and I decided to try these beauties as one of the desserts. They were such a hit I thought people were going to start pushing each other down to get more. Luckily I made two batches.
I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but I thought they looked amazing so I decided to add this to the list. It is a different take on apple pie bars. If you try the recipe leave me a comment on how super yummy they turn out to be.
Apple butter is one of my favorite things on the planet! It not only wraps my heart in the deliciousness of fabulous fall, but it congers up the sweetest, most treasured memories of my childhood. My Granny who lived in very rural area of the West Virginia mountains was an extraordinary cook and gardener. Her garden was a site to behold! To this day I still can’t figure out how she managed to tend to her huge gardens all by herself. We loved to spend time with her digging in the dirt and tending to the plants. We always fought over who got to pick the onions and dig up the potatoes. I know my love of gardening comes from my memories of those special summer days.
The bounty from her garden turned into amazing feasts on the table every day. I remember waking up to the incredible smells of her cooking in the kitchen. My most favorite thing she made was her homemade apple butter. I couldn’t wait to spread it all over her homemade flakey biscuits dripping with butter. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. You can’t ever take the country out of the girl. When I found this recipe I was over the moon excited to make my own apple butter. My Baking Addiction is another of my go-to sites for amazing fool proof recipes. Every one I have made from Jaime’s pages is a winner!