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20 Apple Recipes--What to Do With So Many Apples?

Updated on December 29, 2014
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Vespa's recipes have appeared in "Midwest Living" and "Taste of Home". She belongs to Cook's Recipe Testers for "Cook's Illustrated".

What to do with so many apples?
What to do with so many apples? | Source

I Have Too Many Apples!

Have you ever come home from an afternoon of apple picking only to realize that you brought back waaay too much fruit for you and your family? You could opt to give the surplus apples away to family and friends, which would indeed be generous, or you could instead choose to try one or more of the following recipes and share the delicious baked goods with your coworkers or children´s classmates.

All of these recipes are kitchen tested and Vespa Woolf approved. They work with any type of apple, although tart-sweet varieties such as McIntosh or Jonathan are our favorites. After adding a few of these recipes to your repertoire, you may wish you´d picked more apples!


1. Fall Harvest Apple Cake

The most time-consuming part of this cake is peeling and chopping the apples. Other than that, it´s a breeze to bake for a crowd and a great way to use up your surplus apples. Please click on the link below for the recipe:

2. Overnight Apple French Toast

This one is great for Sunday morning brunch. You make it up the night before. In the morning remove the dish from the fridge, place it in a cold oven that is preheating and voile! In an hour or so, breakfast is ready.

5 stars from 1 rating of Overnight Apple French Toast
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: 8 servings
VKP Brands VKP1010 Johnny Apple Peeler, Stainless Steel Blades, Red
VKP Brands VKP1010 Johnny Apple Peeler, Stainless Steel Blades, Red
An old-fashioned apple peeler/corer/slicer is fun to use and makes baking with apples a cinch.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 6-8 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 stale French baguettes, or similar bread
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Grease 9x13 inch baking pan. Cut baguettes into 2 inch slices.
  2. Melt butter in a medium skillet. Add apple slices and sauté for about 5 minutes, until slightly softened.
  3. In a large mixing bowl whisk brown sugar, cinnamon, eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Add a pinch of nutmeg if you like the flavor.
  4. Pour apple mixture into the greased baking pan. Arrange baguettes slices over the top in a single layer. Pour milk/egg mixture over the top, being careful to soak each slice of bread.
  5. Cover pan with plastic wrap and leave in the refrigerator overnight.
  6. In the morning, remove pan from the fridge and place in cold oven. Set temperature dial of oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until golden and bubbly.
  8. Serve hot, drizzled with maple syrup or sprinkled with powdered sugar.



3. Applesauce

Applesauce stores well in an airtight container stashed in the refrigerator or freezer. It´s a great snack for children and can sub for oil in low-fat cake or muffin recipes. Please click on the below link for the recipe:

Hot apple crisp
Hot apple crisp | Source

4. Apple Crisp

This one is a favorite for feeding a crowd.


  • 10 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon each baking powder and baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


  1. Place apples in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Mix together the white sugar, 1 tablespoon of flour and ground cinnamon and sprinkle over the apples. Pour water over the apple mixture.
  2. Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder and soda and melted butter. Sprinkle evenly over the apple mixture.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes.

homemade apple pie
homemade apple pie | Source

5. Grandma Ople´s Apple Pie

Who doesn´t love apple pie? This recipe, a variation on the allrecipes favorite, makes a pie reminiscent of my German grandfather´s pies. It´s my all-time favorite.


  • 1 pastry for a 9-inch double crust pie
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 Tablespoons unbleached flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 8 sweet-tart apples such as McIntosh


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place bottom crust in the pie pan.
  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Whisk in the flour to form a paste. Add water and sugars and bring to a boil. Let the mixture simmer for several minutes.
  3. Fill the pie crust with apple slices, mounding them up slightly. Slowly pour the sugar and butter mixture over the apples.
  4. Place top crust over the top and crimp the edges.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 F and bake another 45 minutes, or until bubbly and golden brown.

hot apple fritters
hot apple fritters | Source

6. State Fair Apple Fritters

An old-fashioned favorite made popular by the Dunkin Donuts chain.


  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 Tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 cups apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 cup of cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar


  1. Heat oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit in a deep skillet.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the milk, eggs and butter and stir until combined. Stir 1 teaspoon of cinnamon into the apples. Stir into the batter.
  3. Drop by tablespoonfuls or pipe onto hot oil. Fry several minutes, or until golden. Flip and fry 2 more minutes, depending upon the size.
  4. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Toss with cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar while warm.

Dried Apple Rings
Dried Apple Rings | Source

7. Dried Apple Rings

These are easiest to make in a dehydrator, but you can make equally delicious apple rings in a slow oven.

Core two apples and slice them into thin rounds. Arrange on an oiled baking sheet and bake at 180 degrees Fahrenheit, or until dry but still soft. This should take 2-3 hours.

8. Apple Syrup for Pancakes or Waffles

We first tasted this syrup at a bed & breakfast. Since then, it has become a family favorite.

  1. Peel, core and dice 3 apples.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together the apples, 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and a splash of water.
  3. Simmer on low for about 15 minutes, until apples are soft and syrup has thickened. Also delicious spooned over ice cream.

Apple Butter
Apple Butter | Source

9. Apple Butter

An old-fashioned condiment great on muffins, biscuits or toast.

Peel, core and chop 6 pounds of apples. Throw them into a crockpot or slow cooker, along with 4 cups of white sugar, 3 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of cloves and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Cook on low for 10 hours, or until thickened, dark and reduced. Whisk well and store in the freezer for up to six months.

11. Apple Bread

This also translates well into muffins. It´s a great addition to a brunch menu.

Click below for the recipe, which you will adapt:

Substitute 2 apples that have been peeled, cored and diced for the bananas in the recipe. Add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon to the batter. Bake as directed.

Homemade Caramel Apples
Homemade Caramel Apples | Source

12. Caramel Apples

You can melt commercially made caramels or, for an extra special treat, find a homemade caramel recipe here: Homemade Butter Caramels.

Before making the caramel, push popsicle sticks deep into the stem side of a dozen clean apples. Once you´ve made or melted the caramel, let it cool slightly until it thickly coats a spoon. Dip the apples into the caramel and set on waxed paper until they have firmed up. Pop them in the freezer to speed up the cooling process.

While the caramel is still soft, you can opt to roll the caramel apples in chopped pecans, walnuts or other nuts, crushed graham crackers, chocolate chips, M&Ms or other candies or drizzle with melted chocolate.

13. German Apple Pancake

Sometimes called a Dutch Baby, German apple pancakes are sure to become a favorite in your household. You´ll need a cast iron or other oven-proof skillet to make this quick and easy oven pancake.

  1. Place skillet in a 375 Fahrenheit oven and preheat 15-20 minutes.
  2. You can use peeled or unpeeled apples, according to your taste. Quarter, seed and peel 2 apples then slice them into 1/2 inch thick slices.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine 2/3 cup milk (room temperature), 1/2 cup unbleached flour, 3 large eggs (room temperature), 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Whisk until smooth.
  4. Drop 3 tablespoons of butter into the hot skillet and tilt until the butter has melted and the bottom of the skillet is covered.
  5. Pour batter into greased skillet. Spread apple slices evenly over the top of the batter.
  6. Bake in oven 20-25 until pancake is puffed and apple slices are tender.
  7. Serve drizzled with maple syrup or sprinkled with confectioners´ sugar.

Waldorf Salad
Waldorf Salad | Source

14. Waldorf Salad With Cranberries

A light and easy summer favorite.

Toss 1/2 cup seedless green grapes with 2 cored and chopped apples and 2 chopped celery stalks. Mix in 1/4 cup each of mayonnaise and sour cream or Greek yogurt. Season with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and salt and pepper. Add a handful each of walnuts and cranberries.

15. Apple Turnovers

This is an easy recipe and is sure to be a hit with the kids.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 2 quart baking dish.
  2. Peel, core and slice 6 apples. Pour apple slices into a medium saucepan and add 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup butter and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Spoon about 1/4 cup of apples down the center of 6 8-inch tortillas. Roll up the tortillas and place seam-side down in the baking dish. Pour the remaining sugar mixture over the top of the tortillas and let them stand, about 20 minutes, so the tortilla can soak up the sauce.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes in hot oven, or until golden brown.

Apple Muesli with Fresh Berries
Apple Muesli with Fresh Berries | Source

10. Swiss Muesli or Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal

This Swiss muesli sits overnight in the refrigerator, making it a great choice for busy mornings. You can add other fruits such as berries, too, just to make things more interesting. Please click on the link below to find the recipe:

Baked Apple
Baked Apple | Source

16. Baked Apples

A great option for Celiacs.

Scoop the core out of 6 apples, leaving the bottom so the sugar doesn´t seep out. In a medium mixing bowl combine 1/4 cup each of brown sugar, butter and ground pecans or walnuts. Stir in 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Stuff into hollowed out apples and bake in a dish at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes, or until softened.

Fried Apple Pies
Fried Apple Pies | Source

17. Fried Apple Pies

This treat was popularized by the McDonald´s fast food restaurants.

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium skillet. Add 4 apples that have been peeled, cored and chopped along with 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Simmer until apples are soft, about 15 minutes.

While the apples are cooling, roll out 8 biscuits from a can of refrigerated flaky biscuit dough, on a floured surface, so that each one forms an 8 inch circle. Place 3 tablespoons of filling on each biscuit. Brush the edges with water and fold the circles to make half-moons. Seal with the tines of a fork.

Preheat oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Carefully fry the pies, one at a time, until golden brown, about 7 minutes, turning once. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Fresh Carrot-Apple Juice
Fresh Carrot-Apple Juice | Source

18. Apple-Carrot Juice

You´ll need a juicer for this healthy drink.

Juice 1 apple and 3 carrots, preferably organic. Serve immediately, over ice if desired.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar | Source

19. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is easy to make and boasts many health benefits, including weight loss and easing of heartburn. Because apple cider vinegar is very expensive in Peru, I make it at home. You will need 2-3 medium apples and a blender.

  1. Make sure the apples are clean. Cut them into quarters and drop them, seeds and all, into a blender container with 1 liter of clean water. Pulse until apples are broken up but still chunky.
  2. Pour apple mixture into a 2 liter glass container. Cover with a cloth and secure in place with a rubber band or tie.
  3. Leave container in a dark place for 1-3 months. The ambient temperature will determine how long the mixture takes to turn into vinegar. You will see a moldy-looking substance form on the top of the vinegar. This is the "mother" and is what gives apple cider vinegar its health benefits.
  4. When the vinegar is sufficiently strong to taste, strain and store in a tightly capped glass or plastic bottle.

apple sauerkraut
apple sauerkraut | Source

20. Apple Sauerkraut

Grate one apple and stir into 1 pound of drained, rinsed sauerkraut. Add a dash of caraway seeds, brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of butter. Sauté in a medium skillet until apples are softened and fragrant.

Apple Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
Apple Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting | Source

21. Apple Spice Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

This final recipe is a bonus. I use it when I have lots of apples but not much time. All you have to do for this recipe is peel and grate the apples down to the core, much faster than the peeling, coring and slicing or chopping required for most apple recipes. Please click below for the recipe:

Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting




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  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    10 months ago from Peru, South America

    Enjoy your fresh apples and a baking day, Cynthia!

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    Cynthia Zirkwitz 

    10 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

    My neighbour came over with a box of beautiful Gravenstein apples, so now I am looking for recipes... and I have found them. Thank you! Apple Sauce tomorrow! Maybe also some dehydrating.

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    Hannah David Cini 

    5 years ago from Nottingham

    The apple fritters and the pancake sound so good. I am really looking forward to trying some of these.

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    5 years ago from Peru, South America

    GetitScene, thanks for the post!

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    Dale Anderson 

    5 years ago from The High Seas

    Posting this in the facebook group Boat Apetit. I think they will find this useful.

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Prasetio30, how interesting that your hometown is called the city of apples! Enjoy the recipes and thank you for the comment and votes!

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Peggy W, thank you for the comment, share and pin!

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    5 years ago from malang-indonesia

    I love apples and I found great recipes here by used apple as the main ingredients. My hometown, "Malang" called the city of apples. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Voted up and Yummy! Happy holidays :-)


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    Peggy Woods 

    5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    What a great combination of recipes for apples. I used to make applesauce each year when we lived in Wisconsin. I see several recipes here that I will be trying. Nice job of linking the different ones together. Will be sharing this and pinning it.

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks GoodLady! Enjoy the delicious fritters!

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    Penelope Hart 

    5 years ago from Rome, Italy

    This is just fantastic! Thanks so much. I lost my favourite Apple Fritter recipe, so shall try yours. Love the Apple Crisp, which reminds me of my mother's Apple Betty. You've done such a great job on putting ALL those red ipe's together. Wonderful hub. I'm going to FB it!

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    5 years ago from Peru, South America

    GlummerFanTwin, enjoy the overnight French toast! It's one of our favorites.

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    Claudia Mitchell 

    5 years ago

    Oh vespawoolf, these are delightful recipes. I can already see a few I will be trying. Great idea for a hub too! That overnight french toast is calling my name! Happy New Year to you!

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for your enthusiastic comment anglnwu! It's fun and easy to make apple cider vinegar and it offers so many health benefits, too.

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    5 years ago

    YOu've so many great ideas. I can't even begin to say which ones I like. I like them all. Making your own apple cider vinegar sounds like fun. Can't have too many apples at all. Great hub and rated up.

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for reading and commenting AliciaC!

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    Linda Crampton 

    5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    This is a great collection of apple recipes, vespawoolf! It's very useful and is a wonderful resource for apple lovers.

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    5 years ago from Peru, South America

    I agree Suzanne Day, apples are a healthy addition to any diet! Thanks for your nice comment and vote. : )

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    Suzanne Day 

    5 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    Mmmm, I'm glad all of these recipes have the Vespa Woolf stamp of approval! I think the caramel apples and the baked apples would be a great dessert for me and I also like adding apples to juices (they are great antioxidisers). That old saying about an apple a day keeping the doctor away is so true - apples are terrific for good health ;) Voted useful.

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Ericdierker, you´re just like my husband! : )

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    5 years ago from Peru, South America

    FlourishAnyway, did you publish your apple cake recipe? One that stands up to cream cheese frosting sounds delicious!

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    Eric Dierker 

    5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Favorite foods from a favorite author. the only thing better than this is eating them. I figure you figured out that I am not a special cook, just a special eater.

  • FlourishAnyway profile image


    5 years ago from USA

    So many awesome options. My favorite here is apple crisp. I have a delicious recipe for an apple cake with a cream cheese icing that is to die for. It's a fall favorite that always gets rave reviews.

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    5 years ago from Peru, South America

    peachpurple, I´ve never used an air fryer but that is an interesting question! If you have a chance to try it, please let me know how it goes!

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    5 years ago from Peru, South America

    ChitrangadaSharan, I´m glad to hear that you´re game to try all these recipes! The overnight apple French toast is one of our favorites. Enjoy!

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    5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    wonderful ideas. Can i use an air fryer to dry up the slices of apples?

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    Chitrangada Sharan 

    5 years ago from New Delhi, India

    So many delicious apple recipes! I would definitely try each one of them. I have made cakes, pies, sauce, juice etc but dried apple rings and overnight apple French taoast sounds interesting.

    Thanks for sharing the amazing recipes. Voted up and pinned!


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