Thanksgiving is a holiday that celebrates food and there are some flavors that are a bit more prominent than others. Turkey is a staple, of course, but I’m actually talking about pumpkins and apples! Pumpkin pie is a classic that should always be included, but you can get creative with apples! Here are 10 Thanksgiving Apple Recipes You’ll Want To Try this year. Let me know how many you make it through at your Thanksgiving!
These Buttermilk Apple Cobbler Bars deliver all the same flavors you’ll find in classic apple pie, in an easy to make and easy to transport form that make them the ideal dessert when you’re baking it to take on the road to dinner at someone else’s home!
You can never go wrong with classic apple pie, though, and this Cinnamon Apple Pie with Crumb Topping is one of my all time most popular apple recipes. The pie is just bursting with fresh apples and is finished with a crumb topping that is sweet, crunchy and downright addictive. Serve it with ice cream or whipped cream, slightly warm to set off all the delicious spices inside!
Apple Cider Pie is a custard-like pie that has the feel of a pumpkin pie, but is actually made with apple cider and buttermilk. It is an easy to make pie that really delivers on apple cider flavor, along with a tangy richness from the buttermilk it is paired with. The texture of the filling is velvety, and a great contrast for buttery pie pastry. It’s a surprising pie that is always a hit at any fall gathering. Did I mention that it is easy to make, too?
Another great use for apple cider is in my Homemade Apple Cider Butter. This slow-cooked fruit preserve is made with whole apples and apple cider, which are sweetened and cooked down into a spreadable fruit butter that is bursting with apple cider flavor. Serve it with dinner rolls or scones – or just eat it with a spoon!
Speaking of cake, cupcakes are always a welcome addition to a dessert table! Brown Sugar Apple Cupcakes with Candied Ginger are simple to make and loaded with holiday flavors. The warmly spiced cupcakes are packed with both diced apple and finely chopped candied ginger. They’re finished with a vanilla cream cheese frosting and garnished with more ginger.
This Bourbon Brown Butter Apple Cake has enough bourbon to put a very adult twist on Thanksgiving dessert. It’s a simple and rustic cake that uses a pound of apples – delivering all the fruit a pie lover could hope for, but in a delicious cake format. This is the perfect dessert for someone who likes to keep the presentation simple, but still wants to impress with flavor!
Need something gluten free for the dessert table? My Gluten Free Oatmeal Pecan Apple Cranberry Crisp is a colorful and flavorful holiday dessert that everyone will enjoy. Sweet apples and tart, whole cranberries compliment each other perfectly beneath a crunchy pecan crisp topping. Serve the crisp while it is still slightly warm from the oven – or simply reheat before serving alongside some vanilla ice cream.
Don’t forget that apple bakes aren’t just for dessert! This Apple & Pecan Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel makes a wonderful addition to a fall or holiday brunch. It is packed with tender apples and crunchy pecans, all tied together with a buttery spiced streusel.
Because I don’t want to leave you without any savory items on our list, this Cranberry, Apple and Sage Stuffing deserves a spot alongside the turkey on your holiday table. It’s an old picture on the post because I’ve been making variations of this stuffing for more than a DECADE and it’s still a huge hit. Savory sage, bright cranberries and juicy apples blend together seamlessly in this addictive side dish.
And last, but not least, don’t forget the drinks! This Apple Cider Mule is a seasonal twist on a Moscow mule, made with ginger beer and apple cider. This cocktail that can be made with alcohol – I used bourbon because it goes so well with apples – or as a nonalcoholic version simply by replacing the bourbon with a bit more apple cider.
What do you think?