Fact: Apples are good on their own. But nothing says fall like a baked apple treat. Here are eight ways to turn your freshly picked peck into something even more delicious.

Simple Apple Dessert Recipes

Granny Smith
Best for: Caramel Apples
Here’s why: This green apple’s tangy flavor pairs well with the sweetness of caramel. Plus, you get that perfect chomp with every bite.

Best for: Apple Cider
Here’s why: This refreshingly crisp pick has an abundance of juice that blends into a well-rounded cider flavor.

Pink Lady
Best for: Apple Muffins
Here’s why: Don’t worry about these diced pieces cooking down and disappearing. They retain shape like a champ and strike a tasty balance with their nectarous, tart, and tannic notes.

Best for: Apple Crisp
Here’s why: Candied and crunchy, this produce keeps its structure and density throughout baking so your dish won’t get too mushy.

Ginger Gold
Best for: Apple Butter
Here’s why: These golden beauties condense into a creamy, butter-like consistency thanks to their sugary flavor and supersoft flesh.

Best for: Apple Pie
Here’s why: Beloved for its sweetness, the Honeycrisp is guaranteed to stay solid when stuffed inside a flaky crust. For more complexity, try mixing with Granny Smith.

Best for: Applesauce
Here’s why: Shortly after it’s picked, a McIntosh adopts a soft texture that’s perfect for making into sauce. Just season with cinnamon and enjoy.

Rome Beauty
Best for: Baked Apples
Here’s why: One of the firmest apples out there, these ruby reds hold up well in high temps. And their milder flavor means you can pile on the maple syrup.

It’s time to get cooking. After all, an apple a day keeps the doctor away (even if it’s coated in sugar and baked in pie).

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 8, 2015

If we’re skilled at anything here at Rue, it’s finding ways to transform perfectly wholesome ingredients into sweet and creamy desserts. (A seriously covetable talent, we think.) This week, we’re working our magic on these Peanut Butter Apple Bars, courtesy of blog favorite Two Peas and Their Pod.


Sure, you could have the traditional apple slices and peanut butter. Or, you could swap in gooey bars packed with chunky apples and drizzled with a peanut-butter glaze. We know, decisions are difficult.

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September 4, 2013