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What To Make If You Go Apple Picking This Weekend!

Here you’ll find the best apple picking recipes! ‘Tis the season for so many delicious ways to use this fruit. Savory salads, tarts, desserts, cocktails and more. You’ll find all my favorites and way to use up those gorgeous gems you picked.

I have the best of the best apple recipes for you!

20 recipes to make if you go apple picking

Apples are one of our favorite foods in this house. I live for apple season.

In fact, I might even love apple season more than pumpkin season. I definitely love apple cider flavors more than pumpkin flavors. So I’m here with all of the best apple recipes because the minute they come into season, I’m on it.

If you haven’t been apple picking yet, ooooh now is the time! The honeycrisps are ripe and perfect and tart and ready for all the delicious recipes. We will probably go once or twice in the next few weeks. My kids eat two or three apples right in the field, they love them so much. And there is no better excitement than when we get home and have tons of apples to cook and bake!

Below you’ll find a mix of savory and sweet options – the top faves in our house. If I have to choose a favorite it may be the apple fritters… or the homemade apple cider! Which would you choose?


First things first! Run and make my caramel apple dip. It’s a mascarpone with bourbon caramel – my take on that classic dip from the 90s. Make it before you go apple picking and stick it in the fridge. Then you can enjoy right when you get home!

These salted apple fritters are the BEST!! They are definitely high maintenance (you’re basically frying donuts) and they don’t last very long. You need to serve them relatively soon after making them. But if you have the time and want to make a treat for family and friends, these are it.

Try this caramelized onion, brie and apple tart. I love the sweet and savory flavor so much.

My september salad is MADE for apple season! Perfect for late summer into early fall.

This honeycrisp quinoa kale salad is perfect for lunch.

The salad we all wait all year for! The original honeycrisp harvest salad with a vinaigrette that is good enough to drink! OMG I love this so much.

Make some smoky pulled pork sandwiches with spiralized apple slaw! So crunchy and refreshing.

This butternut apple and goat cheese pork tenderloin makes for an incredible sunday dinner.

We love these oatmeal baked apples with maple brown butter. Super delicious and satisfying.

Bourbon baked apples are another whole-apple option. Plus… bourbon!

This honeycrisp galette with cheddar crust is dreamy. So much flavor! So much texture!

Homemade apple cider is always a win when you have a ton of apples at home!

You know I love my puff pastry!! This cinnamon sugar apple puff pastry is dreamy. The kids love it! This is another one that needs to be eaten shortly after baking.

And chocolate peanut butter fudge stuffed caramel apples. I mean… !

Red apple cider sangria makes me so excited for fall.

Smoky apple cider mezcal margaritas are a fun treat.

The best of the best – apple cider sangria! The OG recipe that is a huge favorite here every year.

Everyone loves apple orchard punch.

Finally, go for a classic! Make this cider bourbon apple pie with oatmeal cookie crumble. OMG.

This apple cider donut cake is a little high maintenance but WORTH IT.

Baked apple cinnamon oatmeal is like a chewy, delicious oatmeal cake for breakfast.

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