Move Over, Pumpkin Spice: 3 Delicious Apple Recipes for Fall

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Pumpkins spice might be the most popular fall flavor, but you shouldn’t discount apples. These delicious fruits are just as tasty as pumpkins–and just as versatile, too. Try these three apple recipes this fall.

Apple Crisp

This classic, old-fashioned recipe services six people and is easy to make.

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8×8 baking dish. Add six chopped apples (golden delicious and granny smith are two of the most popular choices), 2 tablespoons of sugar, 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice to a mixing bowl. Stir the mixture, then put it in the baking dish.

In a different bowl, mix a cup of light brown sugar, 3/4 cup of oats, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 3/4 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of cubed unsalted butter, and a pinch of salt. Use a fork or pastry cutter to mix the butter into the mixture.

Spread the topping evenly in the baking dish, then bake the apple crisp for 40-50 minutes.

Caramel Apples

This recipe is so easy that you’ll wonder why you ever bought these classic treats.

Remove the stems from six apples and push a craft stick into the top. Grease a baking sheet (butter works best). Unwrap the caramels from a 14-ounce package and place them in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of milk. Microwave the mixture for two minutes. Let it cool slightly, and then roll each apple in the sauce until it’s coated. Let them sit on the baking sheet to harden.

For a fun twist, you can use milk duds for a caramel and chocolate apple. You can also try rolling, dipping, or sprinkling the caramel apples with toppings, such as chopped peanuts, for an even more decadent fall treat.

Apple Pork Chops

Apples don’t just work as desserts. This easy dinner can be on the table in less than an hour and has very few steps.

Preheat the oven to 375. Spread a 21-ounce can of apple pie filling on the bottom of a large sheet pan. Place 6 pork chops on the apples, and then top with prepared stuffing (a boxed mix will work fine here). Bake for 35 minutes or until the pork chops reach 145 degrees. Let the meat stand for a few minutes before serving.

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