Easy Apple Recipes

Easy Apple Recipes

What’s better than biting into a crisp, freshly picked apple? How about a warm slice of homemade apple pie? Or a tart cran-apple martini? Trying to pick the best would be like comparing apples to oranges: simply impossible! One thing is for certain, these super fruits are delicious no matter where they end up. We’ve put together a few helpful tips for choosing the right apple, as well as a handful of our favorite easy apple recipes to celebrate these tasty treats.

How Do I Choose the Right Apple?

There are hundreds of varieties of apples with a wide range of flavors and textures, but when it comes to baking, you want an apple that’ll hold up under heat. For both sweet and savory dishes, a few popular cooking apples are Granny Smith, Honey Gold, Fuji, Gala and Braeburn. If you’re learning how to make apple pie, it’s important to remember to choose these firmer apples so the apple pie filling holds up. To get the best flavor from your pie, opt for a combination of tart and sweet varieties. The same rule goes for apple cobbler and crisps.

If making a sauce or cake, it’s best to choose an apple or combination of apples that’ll easily break down with heat, like McIntosh, Golden Delicious or Honeycrisp. These softer varieties cook down without difficulty. For an even smoother sauce, you can always use an immersion blender to puree the mixture until it reaches your desired consistency.

Easy Apple Recipes

From sweet to savory to thirst-quenching, here are a few apple recipes we can’t get enough of.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Apple Pie

Premade pie crust is layered with nutty brown butter, brown sugar, spiced Granny Smith apples and topped with a beautiful lattice crust for a time-saving version of a holiday classic. Try this apple pie recipe today!

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup salted butter
  • 6 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Private Selection™ Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. Kroger Brand Ground Ginger
  • 2 tsp. Kroger Brand Ground Cloves
  • 3 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1½ packages Kroger Brand Rolled Pie Crusts, thawed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. water, whisked

Directions:

  1. In small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Reduce heat to medium low; continue cooking until the fat solids are brown and the butter smells nutty.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  3. In large bowl, combine apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cornstarch and browned butter.
  4. Line 9” pie plate with one pie crust; press firmly on bottom and sides.
  5. Unroll second pie crust. Using a ruffled edge cutter, cut into ½” strips.
  6. Unroll third pie crust; cut out leaf or other desired shapes.
  7. Transfer apple mixture to pie plate. Place dough strips on top in a lattice pattern. Crimp edges.
  8. Whisk together egg and water. Brush crust with egg wash. Place decorative leaves around the edge of the crust; brush with egg wash.
  9. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. Cover edge of crust with 3” wide strips of foil after first 20 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning.
  10. Remove from oven and cool on baking rack at least 1½ hours before serving.

Apple Crisp

With the perfect combination of baked apples and crumbly topping, this gluten-free apple crisp recipe from Chef Paul Sturkey is just as good as the one you grew up with, even though it’s made with better-for-you ingredients!

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 5 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar-free maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 cup gluten-free quick oats
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds, optional
  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 4 oz. plant-based butter, unsalted and softened
  • Vanilla Greek yogurt, optional
  • Frozen yogurt, optional
  • Sugar-free ice cream, optional
  • Pomegranate arils, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 9”x9” casserole pan.
  2. In glass bowl, combine vanilla extract, nutmeg, canola oil, sugar-free maple syrup and lemon juice. Toss apples in spice, coating well; transfer to prepared pan.
  3. Using mixing bowl with paddle attachment, mix together quick oats, pumpkin seeds, almond flour and light brown sugar.
  4. Add softened butter. Mix until granola-like consistency is achieved.
  5. Top apples with crumble mixture. Bake 1 hour or until crumble is golden brown.
  6. Let cool before serving. To serve, top with desired toppings.

Vegan Apple Crumble Bars

With layers of sweet crust, tender caramel apples and crumbly topping, these fall-inspired bars are delicious all year round.

Prep: 25 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil, divided
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare 8”x8” baking pan with aluminum foil or nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In large skillet over medium-low heat, add apples, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, coconut sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cook 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender.
  3. In small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water; stir into apple mixture. Continue cooking until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
  4. In food processor, blend together rolled oats, dates, almond milk and 2 tablespoons coconut oil. Once mixture holds together, divide into thirds.
  5. Press two thirds of the dough in an even layer into prepared pan. Spread apple mixture over base. Crumble remaining third of dough over apple mixture.
  6. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool.

Slow Cooker Spiced Cranberry-Apple Cider

A cinnamon-sugar rim and fruit wheel garnish make these apple drinks feel extra special. If you’re serving a crowd, this warm and festive spin on apple cider is the way to do it.

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 4 hours

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups apple cider or juice
  • 6 cups Kroger Brand Cranberry Juice
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh cranberries
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 3 allspice berries
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 apples
  • 2 Tbsp. cinnamon-sugar

Directions:

  1. In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, stir together apple cider, cranberry juice, brown sugar and honey. Add orange slices and cranberries.
  2. Secure cloves, allspice berries and cinnamon sticks in a small cheesecloth bundle. Add to slow cooker. Cover. Cook on LOW 4 hours, until heated through and flavors are blended. Remove and discard cheesecloth bundle.
  3. Just before serving, slice apples horizontally for 12 rounds total. Place cinnamon-sugar on small plate. For each serving, cut slit in 1 apple slice, then rub slit around rim of mug to moisten. Rim mug with cinnamon-sugar by pressing moistened rim into cinnamon-sugar on plate. Ladle 1 cup spiced cider into mug. Garnish with apple slice.
  4. Strain and refrigerate leftovers.

Chicken Sausage and Apple Sheet Pan Dinner

Pre-made chicken apple sausages are the perfect base for an easy dinner. Enjoy the delightful combination of baked apples and sweet potatoes in this hassle-free recipe.

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into ½” cubes
  • 2 medium apples, cut into wedges
  • 2 Tbsp. Kroger Brand Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 12 oz. chicken apple sausages

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Toss sweet potatoes and apples with olive oil, salt and pepper; arrange in a single layer on rimmed baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes.
  3. Add sausages to pan; continue baking 20 to 25 minutes, until sweet potatoes are tender and sausages are heated through.

Next time you go to the orchard, remember to grab a few extra apples to put aside for baking and cooking. For more apple inspiration, check out the bonus recipes below or try some of our favorite healthy apple recipes. For everyday meal ideas, head over to our recipe page.

Easy Apple Recipes

Easy Apple Recipes

What’s better than biting into a crisp, freshly picked apple? How about a warm slice of homemade apple pie? Or a tart cran-apple martini? Trying to pick the best would be like comparing apples to oranges: simply impossible! One thing is for certain, these super fruits are delicious no matter where they end up. We’ve put together a few helpful tips for choosing the right apple, as well as a handful of our favorite easy apple recipes to celebrate these tasty treats.

How Do I Choose the Right Apple?

There are hundreds of varieties of apples with a wide range of flavors and textures, but when it comes to baking, you want an apple that’ll hold up under heat. For both sweet and savory dishes, a few popular cooking apples are Granny Smith, Honey Gold, Fuji, Gala and Braeburn. If you’re learning how to make apple pie, it’s important to remember to choose these firmer apples so the apple pie filling holds up. To get the best flavor from your pie, opt for a combination of tart and sweet varieties. The same rule goes for apple cobbler and crisps.

If making a sauce or cake, it’s best to choose an apple or combination of apples that’ll easily break down with heat, like McIntosh, Golden Delicious or Honeycrisp. These softer varieties cook down without difficulty. For an even smoother sauce, you can always use an immersion blender to puree the mixture until it reaches your desired consistency.

Easy Apple Recipes

From sweet to savory to thirst-quenching, here are a few apple recipes we can’t get enough of.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Apple Pie

Premade pie crust is layered with nutty brown butter, brown sugar, spiced Granny Smith apples and topped with a beautiful lattice crust for a time-saving version of a holiday classic. Try this apple pie recipe today!

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup salted butter
  • 6 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Private Selection™ Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. Kroger Brand Ground Ginger
  • 2 tsp. Kroger Brand Ground Cloves
  • 3 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1½ packages Kroger Brand Rolled Pie Crusts, thawed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. water, whisked

Directions:

  1. In small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Reduce heat to medium low; continue cooking until the fat solids are brown and the butter smells nutty.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  3. In large bowl, combine apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cornstarch and browned butter.
  4. Line 9” pie plate with one pie crust; press firmly on bottom and sides.
  5. Unroll second pie crust. Using a ruffled edge cutter, cut into ½” strips.
  6. Unroll third pie crust; cut out leaf or other desired shapes.
  7. Transfer apple mixture to pie plate. Place dough strips on top in a lattice pattern. Crimp edges.
  8. Whisk together egg and water. Brush crust with egg wash. Place decorative leaves around the edge of the crust; brush with egg wash.
  9. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. Cover edge of crust with 3” wide strips of foil after first 20 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning.
  10. Remove from oven and cool on baking rack at least 1½ hours before serving.

Apple Crisp

With the perfect combination of baked apples and crumbly topping, this gluten-free apple crisp recipe from Chef Paul Sturkey is just as good as the one you grew up with, even though it’s made with better-for-you ingredients!

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 5 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar-free maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 cup gluten-free quick oats
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds, optional
  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 4 oz. plant-based butter, unsalted and softened
  • Vanilla Greek yogurt, optional
  • Frozen yogurt, optional
  • Sugar-free ice cream, optional
  • Pomegranate arils, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 9”x9” casserole pan.
  2. In glass bowl, combine vanilla extract, nutmeg, canola oil, sugar-free maple syrup and lemon juice. Toss apples in spice, coating well; transfer to prepared pan.
  3. Using mixing bowl with paddle attachment, mix together quick oats, pumpkin seeds, almond flour and light brown sugar.
  4. Add softened butter. Mix until granola-like consistency is achieved.
  5. Top apples with crumble mixture. Bake 1 hour or until crumble is golden brown.
  6. Let cool before serving. To serve, top with desired toppings.

Vegan Apple Crumble Bars

With layers of sweet crust, tender caramel apples and crumbly topping, these fall-inspired bars are delicious all year round.

Prep: 25 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil, divided
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare 8”x8” baking pan with aluminum foil or nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In large skillet over medium-low heat, add apples, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, coconut sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cook 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender.
  3. In small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water; stir into apple mixture. Continue cooking until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
  4. In food processor, blend together rolled oats, dates, almond milk and 2 tablespoons coconut oil. Once mixture holds together, divide into thirds.
  5. Press two thirds of the dough in an even layer into prepared pan. Spread apple mixture over base. Crumble remaining third of dough over apple mixture.
  6. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool.

Slow Cooker Spiced Cranberry-Apple Cider

A cinnamon-sugar rim and fruit wheel garnish make these apple drinks feel extra special. If you’re serving a crowd, this warm and festive spin on apple cider is the way to do it.

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 4 hours

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups apple cider or juice
  • 6 cups Kroger Brand Cranberry Juice
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh cranberries
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 3 allspice berries
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 apples
  • 2 Tbsp. cinnamon-sugar

Directions:

  1. In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, stir together apple cider, cranberry juice, brown sugar and honey. Add orange slices and cranberries.
  2. Secure cloves, allspice berries and cinnamon sticks in a small cheesecloth bundle. Add to slow cooker. Cover. Cook on LOW 4 hours, until heated through and flavors are blended. Remove and discard cheesecloth bundle.
  3. Just before serving, slice apples horizontally for 12 rounds total. Place cinnamon-sugar on small plate. For each serving, cut slit in 1 apple slice, then rub slit around rim of mug to moisten. Rim mug with cinnamon-sugar by pressing moistened rim into cinnamon-sugar on plate. Ladle 1 cup spiced cider into mug. Garnish with apple slice.
  4. Strain and refrigerate leftovers.

Chicken Sausage and Apple Sheet Pan Dinner

Pre-made chicken apple sausages are the perfect base for an easy dinner. Enjoy the delightful combination of baked apples and sweet potatoes in this hassle-free recipe.

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into ½” cubes
  • 2 medium apples, cut into wedges
  • 2 Tbsp. Kroger Brand Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 12 oz. chicken apple sausages

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Toss sweet potatoes and apples with olive oil, salt and pepper; arrange in a single layer on rimmed baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes.
  3. Add sausages to pan; continue baking 20 to 25 minutes, until sweet potatoes are tender and sausages are heated through.

Next time you go to the orchard, remember to grab a few extra apples to put aside for baking and cooking. For more apple inspiration, check out the bonus recipes below or try some of our favorite healthy apple recipes. For everyday meal ideas, head over to our recipe page.

Easy Apple Recipes