16 Caramel-Apple Desserts
Caramel and apple. A flavor pairing that dates back to the 1950s when caramel apples were invented by a Kraft Foods employee. Today, this flavor combination has gone well beyond apples on a stick (who has time for sticky chins anyways), and is associated with fall festivals and country hayrides. From caramel apple bars to pies to french toast—there are never enough ways to enjoy this classic flavor pairing (the same cannot be said for pumpkin spice). So cozy up with a warm glass of cider and read on for 15 caramel apple desserts to indulge this fall.
Easy Caramel Apple Pie Bars
Caramel Apple Pie II
Heavenly 'Apple of My Thigh' Dessert
Dip fresh fall apples in this cream cheese and caramel dip topped chunks of English toffee. It requires just 10 minutes of prep and five simple ingredients. Reviewer shecancook says, "I've only participated in eating this, and eating this, and eating this. Highly addictive so I am actually a little afraid of making it myself and will only indulge at large gatherings."
Caramel Apple Dip
Fall is the perfect time of year to enjoy fresh, juicy apples picked straight from the tree. Make it a dessert with this caramel dip that only requires 4 ingredients! Reviewer CINDYSI says, "Scrumptious! I love caramel apples but they can be a little hard to eat (not something you would serve at a party). Solution: the flavor of this recipe is very close to caramel apples, but it is easy to make and easy to serve to a group."
Caramelized Maple Apple Pie with Candied Bacon Crumble
Recipe creator Ashley Baron Rodriguez says, "The holidays deserve a pie worthy of its occasion. This towering pie is piled high with apples that bathe in a deep maple caramel with a slight tang from cider vinegar. It's topped with a buttery crumble studded with crispy candied bacon. A pie that definitely earns its place at the table."
Reviewer Jillian says, "This is perfect for when you have a dessert craving and need something that's easy to put together with ingredients you have on hand...This smelled wonderful while baking and tasted even better! And, it was fabulous with vanilla ice cream topped with a bit of whipped cream—YUM!"
Fresh Caramel Apple Cheesecake
Recipe creator Tia the Baker says, "Perfect blend of cheesecake, caramel, and apple. Great for the fall or anytime else!" Once it's drizzled with caramel sauce and sprinkled with pecans, you have a dessert that looks great and tastes even better.
Caramel Apple Cranberry Pie
Recipe creator Goldilocks19 says, "I wanted a pie that combined the best-loved flavors of the season: apples, cranberries, cinnamon, and nutmeg! We had five different types of pie this Thanksgiving, and this pie received the most compliments. It was so good, I'm seriously thinking about entering it in our county fair this summer!"
Disappearing Caramel Apple Bars
Reviewer Melissa Goff says, "You can NOT have these cookie bars without the caramel drizzle. It's a must as I was told by everyone. Really easy recipe. Everyone enjoyed these." Recipe creator Christina Kloehn recommends refrigerating the bars before cutting them, as they'll cut more easily after being chilled.
Caramel Apple Blossoms
Warm cinnamon apples are wrapped in crescent roll dough and drizzled with caramel sauce. Reviewer thedailygourmet says, "Can a dessert get an easier to make?! This was delicious!"
Chef John's Caramel Apple Pie
Chef John says, "To me, this is the purest and most intensely flavored apple pie recipe there is. The interesting thing about this recipe is the way the caramel sauce is poured over the apples and the lattice crust. You know how with a traditional apple pie some of the apple juices will caramelize as it bakes and bubble out of the pie and bake into and onto the flaky crust? That's how this whole pie is."
Best Ever Caramel Apple Crisp
Many reviewers suggest using a 9x13 inch pan to hold all the gooey goodness of this dish! Reviewer DEBHAS5 says, "Love this one. I was making this for our football tailgate parties, and every time I make it, everyone raves over it. This IS the go to recipe."
Apple Harvest Pound Cake with Caramel Glaze
Reviewer Smile021 says, "I made this cake for a co-worker's birthday and everyone loved it! They raved over the caramel glaze and loved the fact that it had apples and walnuts in it. I'll be making this for future family get-togethers, too!"
Caramel French Toast
This caramel apple treat doubles as breakfast and dessert. Reviewer YONI38 says, "Made this for Christmas morning exactly per the recipe without any alterations and it was delicious...Will become a Christmas breakfast tradition."
Chocolate Caramel Nut Salad
A mix of whipped topping and pudding is tossed with candy bars, apples, and grapes for a "salad" that will satisfy your sweet tooth. "I never thought eating grapes and Snickers in the same bite would be delicious—but I was wrong. This salad is so good—a huge hit! I will make it again and again for parties, events, or even just for snacking," says reviewer JMEMMOTT.
Apple Coffee Cake With Brown Sugar Sauce
Reviewer SERIAJULES1221 says. "The Brown Sugar Sauce that goes with this cake is so delicious that I'm going to serve it as pudding the next time around. Delicious!" Many reviewers suggest reducing the baking time to one hour to reach the perfect golden brown color.