20 Creative Recipes Using Apples to Help Inspire You

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Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls


Cinnamon rolls are one of my favorite things to have for breakfast. Here is a kicked up version that includes delicious, warm apples and a homemade caramel sauce. The author had me at “cinnamon roll and caramel” but knocked me over with the addition of apples! YUM!

Perfect Apple Pie


I had to include an apple pie recipe and decided to go with something that is positively perfect. What makes is so perfect you ask? Well, check out the recipe and see how easy it is. You can’t mess this one up. Use Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust to ensure perfection and the filling is well, as easy as pie! 

Crockpot Apples and Pork Chops


This recipe is so simple and doesn’t skimp on flavor either. Who doesn’t love a good comforting pork chop? The author recommends making it with Sour Cream Rolls and a Squash Casserole. All looks amazing to me.

Salted Caramel Apples


These aren’t just for Halloween and fall. Create caramel apples all year around. You can use any type of decorations and toppings you want. Might be a little messy, but you and the family will have so much fun creating them! Give them out as gifts or decorate your table with them as well. The possibilities are endless.

Ham and Apple Butter Grilled Cheese


It’s never a bad idea to dress up an old classic. This delivers that wonderful balance of sweet and savory ingredients to create one fabulously tasty sandwich. It combines apples with apple butter along with warm spices, and mixed with salty ham and cheddar cheese. Oh, so delicious.

Easy Apple Blondies with Cider Glaze

Easy apple blondie-1

These blondies look amazing. The author states the glaze is so addictive you’ll want to try it out on pancakes, ice cream and even put in a cup of coffee. How can you really go wrong with brownies made using brown sugar, warm spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg and topped off with a warm cider glaze?

Mini Caramel Apple Cheesecakes


One of my favorite things to serve are individual desserts so everyone gets their own. Check out these mini cheesecakes! They are cute and look so nice on the plate. As intimidating as these look they really are not difficult at all. Try it out and let us know how it goes!

Peanut Butter Nutella Apple Nachos

Apple nachos

How fun do these look? I can just see me, hubby and my little one sitting around the coffee table munching away at these dessert nachos while watching Frozen or The Lion King (my daughter’s two favorite movies at the moment). You can also feel free to add or subtract anything you like to make them your own. Try some caramel, thin out peanut butter or include walnuts or pecans. Whatever you add, you will have fun making and eating these.

Apple Pie Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

Apple Pie Snickerdoodle bars

I love snickerdoodle cookies and I remember when I was a lot younger my Aunt Carol used to always have snickerdoodle coffee which was my absolute favorite. This recipe combines that snickerdoodle flavor with apple pie. Perfect combination. Plus, check out the recipe to learn how easy it is. Uses 4 ingredients including pre-made Pillsbury sugar cookie dough and a can or jar of pre-made apple pie filling. Then just add some cinnamon and sugar and “Wahlahh” you have an amazing dessert everyone will love!

BBQ Chicken Apple Pizza

BBQ Chicken Apple Pizza

So easy and so tasty plus my favorite thing in the world; Pizza! Just throw all your ingredients on 4 small flat breads or one big one and stick in the oven for 10-15 minutes depending on your stove. Drizzle some extra BBQ sauce on top to make it pretty and more flavorful. The only thing I would change up is swapping the cilantro with parsley. I’m not a huge fan of cilantro. This is the perfect dish to eat outside on the patio or deck.

Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips


These are a super healthy snack that also tastes great. Your kids will be asking for them again and again and you won’t mind making them for yourself, the family and friends. These do take a while to cook but the oven does all the work for you. Your house will smell so good letting these bake for hours too!

Apple Pie Smoothie


This smoothie is so thick and delicious the author states you won’t be slurping it up but will need a spoon instead. Most recipes call for cottage cheese, apple sauce and apple juice (which typically have a watery and mealy texture), but the author found cooking the apples in the microwave creates the perfect texture (even though a little thick) and is like having apple pie without all the calories or work! I’m trying this one as soon as possible.

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Apple Pie Oatmeal

I don’t know about your kids, but my 18 month old daughter absolutely loves her oatmeal and only a certain way! She doesn’t like the little instant pre-flavored packages but prefers the whole oats type with Mommy’s special blend of seasoning. I’ve already been putting spices and brown sugar in her oatmeal and now to add apples would be even sweeter! I know she’ll love this and so will you. It’s like having healthy apple pie for breakfast.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Apples and Onions

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork w_ apples and onions

Oh how I love to make pulled pork in my slow cooker. The entire house smells amazing and yet I never thought to add apples to my pulled pork. It’s a perfect combination and how nice to be able to throw it all in your slow cooker. What really makes this recipe better than most is using your own dry rub or the author’s suggestion for a dry rub instead of overly sweet store-bought barbeque sauce. I would also add a sharp yellow cheddar cheese to kick up the flavor factor.

Apple Cider Glazed Meatballs


What I love about this recipe and these tasty little meatballs is they are so versatile and can be served as an appetizer or main dish. The mix of sweet and savory just sounds like heaven on a plate. And like most of my recipes they are so easy.

Pan Seared Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Apples


Recently I’ve rediscovered how tasty brussel sprout can be so I’m always on the look out for some new recipes that will make them shine. Here you add apples which I think gives a perfect balance of flavor and texture. I’m big on textures just as much as flavors and there is a crunchy element with the apples and crispness with the brussels sprouts. These also take about 10-15 minutes to prepare and cook. My kind of recipe. This can be a side dish or served up as a meal.

Apple Cheddar and Bacon Quesadillas

Apple Cheddar Bacon Quesadillas

Apples, cheddar and bacon? Sounds amazing to me. Stuck between two tortillas makes them even better. The apple gives it a nice sweetness and crunch, and you get saltiness from the bacon and sharpness from the cheddar. These look so good I am going to try them this week! I think I’ll serve them up with a black bean and roasted salad. See Foodnetwork.com for the the black bean and roasted corn salad recipe.

Apple-Bacon Roasted Whole Chicken


Chicken is one of those staples in every home and it also will soak up any flavors you let in. I usually add lemon and oranges to whole chickens for some citrusy freshness and when I saw this recipe, I realized apples would also be another great ingredient to use. Whole chickens are typically cheap and you can make all sorts of things with the leftovers including homemade chicken stock with leftover bones. The dish looks so good I swear I can smell it already.

Homemade Apple Butter

crockpot apple butter

When I was a little kid my Grandmother and Grandfather purchased a farm house in rural Wisconsin. They had dirt roads and everything! What they also had was an abundance of apples from the apple tree that grew on their farm. My brother and I loved my Grandma’s homemade apple butter. She would make it and jar it and give it to everyone in the family to take home. So we had homemade apple butter all the time. Her recipe was very involved and this one is very simple once you get the apples peeled, cored and chopped. You can also jar it and have it all year around but seeing as it is so easy, grab apples at your local grocery store or farmers market and make it anytime you want!

Apple Cheesecake Shortbread Cookies

Apple Cheesecake Shortbread cookies

I have seen many cookie recipes while browsing the internet for some creative apple recipes and I didn’t find many that had that different “wow” factor. Then I found these. They seem to be not as easy as most recipes I post but I think they will be worth any amount of work you have to put into them. Plus, they are a perfect accompaniment to bring to any party or picnic. They are different. Not the same old apple pie or apple crumble. The only thing that looked a bit tough was drying your own apples. Then I looked at how easy it is and I think anyone can do it.

Spinach Salad with Sweet-Spicy Nuts, Apples, Feta and Bacon

Spinach salad w_ apples and bacon

Now this is a salad I can eat every single day and it is so healthy! It would be a great lunch and if you want to add chicken you can always add some of the leftovers from the Apple Roasted Whole Chicken recipe I posted above. So many tasty ingredients that balance the sweet and spicy with a good crunch and saltiness from the feta. I’m in heaven with this one.

Usually I only give you 15 recipes but there were so many amazing looking recipes for apples I thought I’d give you more. Enjoy, cook and save 20% from SavingStar!

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