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Easy Apple Recipes

Updated on October 24, 2014

My Favorite Apple Recipes

I love cooking with apples. There is nothing that makes the house smell better than the smell of cooking apples.

Every year I look forward to Autumn. I love the cool days, the beautiful colors, and I especially love that it is apple season.

There are so many wonderful things to make: apple butter, apple coffee cakes, apple bread, and of course there is always apple pie.

In researching for this lens, I have found that there are also a lot of other people that must love apples because there are a lot of apple lenses. I decided to tell you about two of my favorite recipes that I use again and again and then I will recommend some of my favorite apple lenses.

Happy Eating!

photos by Mary Beth Granger

Homemade Applesauce

easy step by step instructions

When apples are in season, I make a batch of applesauce at least once a week. It is great for a meal accompaniment or for a tasty snack. I use whatever type of apples are currently available at our farmers market and I have found that it is also good to mix a couple varieties together. I have used all varieties and have never had a bad batch of sauce.

Note: I do not use sugar in my applesauce. I feel the apples are plenty sweet by themselves and I do not need the extra sugar. If you would have extra tart apples, or you prefer a sweeter taste you could add sugar to taste as the sauce is cooking.

Here is how I make my applesauce. I generally do not measure the amounts of spices but to give you an idea I am going to give you a recipe for about 3 medium sized apples. You can alter the recipe and add as many apples as your pot will hold.

Step One Peel and core apples and cut into chunks. For a medium sized apple I would cut each quarter into 2-3 chunks. Put apples into a pot.

Step Two Pour water over apples till just the tops of the apples are sticking out.

Step Three Add about 1teaspoon of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg for every 3 apples that you are cooking.

Step Four Cook apples on medium heat (uncovered) till apples are soft. This takes about 15 minutes.

Step Five When apples are soft, remove from heat and use potato masher to mash the apples to desired consistency. We prefer a chunky applesauce but you can also make a smoother sauce using this same method.

Step Six Cool apples and then put in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Some people like to eat the applesauce while it is warm, but we prefer it after it has been refrigerated and the flavors mingle for at least a couple of hours. Enjoy!

Cooking with Apples

Do you like to use apples in your recipes? Feel free to share your favorite recipes in the comments section

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Potato Masher perfect tool for Applesauce - handy kitchen utensil

The secret to making just the right applesauce is using the right tool. I use a potato masher to mash up my apples after cooking. Here is one that would be perfect for the job!

Progressive International Collapsible Masher
Progressive International Collapsible Masher

This masher is collapsible for easy storage and is dishwasher safe.


Microwave Apple Crisp

quick and easy individual apple crisp

This is a recipe that I adapted from the conventional apple crisp recipe to use in microwaves. It is so simple, I can easily make a couple while my supper is cooking. Then while we are eating, I pop them in the microwave and we have hot apple crisp for dessert!

Step One Peel, core and slice one apple into a single serving microwave safe dish. (I use creme brulee ramekins, but any small microwave save dish would work).

Step Two In another small bowl put 1/3 cup quick cooking oatmeal, 2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg.

Note for someone who needs to limit their sugar I will substitute one packet of sweetener for the brown sugar

Step Three Using a table knife cut 1 Tablespoon of butter or margarine into the oatmeal mixture till butter is cut up into very small pieces.

Step Four Pour oatmeal mixture over sliced apples.

Step Five Bake in microwave on high setting. I do one serving for about 3 minutes and two servings for about 5 minutes. Test by sticking fork in apples to make sure they are soft.

This dessert is good served with a scoop of ice cream or cool whip. It is also wonderful all by itself! ENJOY!

Perfect Dish for Individual Apple Crisp - creme brulee dishes

I have found that creme brulee ramekins make perfect individual dishes to cook and serve your microwave apple crisp.

These are the ones that I use. They are the perfect size to slice up 1 apple and add the topping.

Apples, Apples, and more Apples

I love apples in most everything. I especially like them in combination with pork. I think homemade applesauce is my favorite. How about you?

What is your favorite way to eat apples?

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I love to try new apple recipes.

Do you have a favorite apple recipe? - please stop by and drop me a note

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      5 years ago

      Apple crumble, and more apple crumble. We have had a glut of apples this year in Britain, so this lens is very useful.

    • TreasuresBrenda profile image

      Treasures By Brenda 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I don't have one favorite apple recipe. I like anything apple though apple pie is my favorite treat.

    • Michey LM profile image

      Michey LM 

      5 years ago

      My favorite is apple crisp.... in addition to eat "one apple a day keeps doctor away". Great lens!

      I never did myself applesauce, so maybe I should try this. Blessings.

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      6 years ago

      I love apple pie with ice cream. I also love apple yogurt with flaxseed. It taste like apple pie. So good

      I love this lens. My son is addicted to apples so I will definitely have to try and make some of these. Thank you for sharing.

    • Spiderlily321 profile image


      6 years ago

      I love apple pie with ice cream. I also love apple yogurt with flaxseed. It taste like apple pie. So good

      I love this lens. My son is addicted to apples so I will definitely have to try and make some of these. Thank you for sharing.

    • Beadsnresin profile image


      6 years ago

      I quite like the idea of your quick microwave recipe. I never make desserts in the microwave, but i think i will have to try this. I normally make apple and rhubarb pie. Thanks.

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      Nathalie Roy 

      6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I love apple crisp and apple pie the most. Blessed!

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      Mamaboo LM 

      7 years ago

      I love apples any way that I can get them.

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      I love apple,and from your lens it give me good excuse to asked my wife to make an apple pie.

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      7 years ago

      Every so often I get in the mood for an apple. I also love applesauce. When I was on vacation in Canada, they serve warm apples (filling.chucks) on top of chicken. I loved it.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Nice work on your magnet. I enjoy making apple crisp for hubby but I have fond memories of the old-fashioned apple bread my mom used to make. I should ask her for the recipe. Lensrolling to red fruits!

    • quickcutterss profile image


      7 years ago from Midwest

      When you love apples as i do it's kinda hard to pick a favorite. But if i had to pick one i like apple pie the best. Some make it a little differnt but i like them all.

      Nice lens i'll have to check out your other ones.

      Check mine out i have 101applerecipes lens. Let me know what you think and maybe you have made some of those recipes your self.

      Nice lens.

    • jasminesphotogr profile image


      7 years ago

      Yum. I make homemade applesauce in my crockpot, and I also put vanilla extract in mine. I made a lens about it awhile back, if you're interested in the recipe.

      I'll have to try your apple crisp. I bet it would be good with granola!

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      8 years ago

      Great yummy recipes. Love love love home made apple pie or apple crumble, don't mind which, I'm not fussy LOL :)

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      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      I love apples! It's been ages since I've had homemade applesauce though...I think I'll give it a try. Lensrolling this with my Apples Unit Study lens.

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      Seeking Pearls 

      8 years ago from Pueblo West

      Thanks for sharing these yummy recipes-have lensrolled to Autumn Edible Gifts-Thanks!

    • Kiwisoutback profile image


      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      I know it's not the healthiest recipe (if you follow a lot of the others that call for two sticks of butter), but apple crisp is my favorite. Unbeatable this time of year. Nice work!

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      8 years ago

      My wife, who is a non-cook, is making an apple crisp! I'll email this lens to her!

    • Joycevoice profile image


      8 years ago

      I am going to try your applesauce recipe. Fall in the midwest is the perfect time to get sweet apples. Thanks so much for the ideas.

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      8 years ago

      What a yummy page. It's been a long time since I made applesauce. Next time I will try your recipe.

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      8 years ago from London, UK

      Where is the All of the Above Button! :-D

      Yummmy recipes. I've lensrolled this to my own len on Tasty Apple Desserts.

      And given you an angel blessing.

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      8 years ago

      Yumm! I made homemade applesauce for the first time this year. I plan on making more! Thanks for sharing these recipes.

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these recipes. I love apple crisp and will try your microwave recipe.

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      Winter52 LM 

      8 years ago

      I didn't know that you could make apple crisp in the microwave... that looks so good! And adding ice cream just makes it better still!!

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      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I love apple crisp and your microwave recipe sound great -- and QUICK! I'm all for quick :) --- lazy cook that I am! I love apples in all forms -- especially apple cider ever since I was 6 years old and my best friend's dad owned the cider mill down the road where we used to get 'free samples'.

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      8 years ago

      I have never made apple crisp before; but this sounds so easy and a good blend of ingredients to boot. Thanks.

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      8 years ago

      added to the following lens:

      The Humble Little Potato Is Not So Humble Anymore

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      8 years ago

      I like this idea of the "Microwave Apple Crisp".

      Just copied the instructions in my Notebook.


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      8 years ago

      Another way to make it super quick is to use a package of instant oatmeal (brown sugar flavour, or apples and spice) and just cut the margarine into it. I make my kids instant apple crisp in the morning and put it into their thermos for a school lunch treat. They get sandwiches that day instead of a warm entree, but they love having warm apple crisp at school, and it saves me time when preparing to just use the instant oatmeal packages.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      I love apples! I like the idea of the individual apple crisp. Yum!

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      Lee Hansen 

      8 years ago from Vermont

      I love apples, too. I don't put sugar in my applesauce and I love apple crisp with a bit of oatmeal in the topping. My favorite apple recipe is Fresh Apple Cake, made with chunks of apples, cinnamon and walnuts. I make it with organic macs, and leave the peels on for extra goodness.

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      Debbie Hawkins 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Mmmmmm....just what I was looking for to fill my pregnant craving of wanting apple crisp instantly - none of this baking in the oven, I need it now! :) And I too don't add any sugar to my applesauce - makes for a perfect healthy snack for the kids!

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      Laurel Johnson 

      8 years ago from Washington KS

      OH YUM!! anything apple is a fave at our house. Hubby's all time fave is fried apples, a breakfast side dish his mother made on her wood cook stove to eat with biscuits. She used a bit of bacon grease in her pan, sliced up apples and fried them slowly. DEE-LICIOUS plain, and have a good apple taste. 5-fave-lensrolled to my food related lenses.

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      8 years ago

      My mother makes these awesome apple rollups. We'll be making some this summer during my anual trek to the Midwest. I'm looking forward to it.


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      Evelyn Saenz 

      8 years ago from Royalton

      I used to love apple pie but now that we are trying not to eat lard I discovered that Apple Crisp is just as delicious. Most of the time, however, we like to eat apples right off the tree.

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      9 years ago

      In your Homemade Applesauce you don't use sugar ! I am glad I found this recipe

      thank you

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      9 years ago

      OK -- ya got me at the apple crisp!!! Yumm Yumm!

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      9 years ago

      Your apple crisp looks delicious! I'll have to give it a try. Thank you for visiting my baked oatmeal lens:)

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      9 years ago

      Nice lens! Definitely a must do!

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      Joan Hall 

      9 years ago from Los Angeles

      What a great idea! My son will love this!

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      9 years ago

      Yum applesauce and apple crisp! Sound great! Lensrolled to my apple crisp recipe lens! :)

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      dc64 lm 

      9 years ago

      I plan on planting an apple tree for next spring, and when I get those apples, I'm going to be baking like crazy!

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      Dee Gallemore 

      9 years ago

      A delicious lens!

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      Holley Web 

      9 years ago

      This looks and sounds wonderful! I could smell the apples cooking when I walked . I have to try this!

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      Laraine Sims 

      9 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      MMM..MMM I'm going to have to try the applesause with no sugar. Will has to take it easy on sugar these days so I'm looking for some recipes that sound good. We eat a lot of fruit just out of hand lately but it'll be nice for him to have a cooked desert .. and this sounds like the one! Great lens as usual. 5*s

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      lakern26 lm 

      9 years ago

      Both of these recipes sound delicious. I can't wait to try them. Thanks for sharing!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      9 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Mmm, love apples, love apple crisp! I used to make apple sauce, plain without those lovely spices, for my daughter when she was an infant. Only "solid" food she'd eat for months, and I figured it was healthier (and cheaper) to make my own than buy those jars of baby food!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      My fathers favorite fruit is an apple. I will definitely have to try the applesauce recipe for him. I believe he will love it! Thanks for sharing it

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nice recipe lens. I love apple recipes!

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      9 years ago

      The apple crisp sounds delicious. Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year!

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      9 years ago

      Lovely and sounds so good. I found you through RM post. Team One link is broken. :(

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      clouda9 lm 

      9 years ago

      Oh yea! I love apples. The crisp recipe sounds so wonderful!


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