Apples. Teachers love them; they keep the doctor away when eaten each day; and they make some of the most delicious pie known to man. They are one of nature's most perfect and most versatile foods, and as summer winds down, thoughts of delicious, decadent desserts laden with them make the transition to fall just a little bit easier.
While apple pie is incredible, there are so many other desserts they can be used in that are even better. Here are eight great apple recipes beyond pie. Don't believe me that there's anything better than apple pie? Just try the following recipe for Dutch Apple Cheesecake, and let me know which you'd choose.
This recipe from Chew on That is incredible. While some similar recipes call for pie filling, this one calls for real, fresh chopped apples, and it makes a difference in the taste.
1 C. graham cracker crumbs
3 Tbs. sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 Tbs. margarine, melted
2-8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 C. apples, diced
1/3 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Combine crumbs, sugar cinnamon and margarine; press onto bottom of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
Combine cream cheese and sugar, mixing at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each egg. Blend in vanilla.
Pour over crust.
Toss apples with combined sugar and cinnamon. Spoon over cream cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Cool then chill overnight. (Serve with caramel sauce if desired.)
Some other great apple desserts include:
Apple Pie Ice Cream Why put ice cream on top of pie, when you can put pie in the homemade ice cream?
Spiced Apple Cookies A dessert or a serving of those nutritious fruits we all need to eat? You decide.
Apple Cake This recipe is so insanely good for breakfast, brunch, and all day, any day. It's also really pretty.
Apple and Pear Crisp The sweet crunchy oatmeal topping perfectly complements the tart combination of apples and pears.
Caramel Apple Trifle Layers of cake, pudding, apple pie filling, and other ingredients come together into one pretty and gooey package of goodness.
Apple Bread Pudding Simple and easy to prepare, this is a great go-to recipe for any occasion.
Chocolate-covered Apples Caramel apples are divine, but chocolate ones are even better.
What are your favorite apple desserts?
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