12 Apple and Cinnamon Recipes That Feel Like Fall on a Plate

Crispy Smashed Apples with Cinnamon Sugar
Photo: Photography / Dera Burreson, Styling / Lauren McAnelly / Holly Rabikis

Celebrate a classic fall duo with these apple and cinnamon recipes. The combination of fruit and spice will leave your kitchen smelling warm and delicious. Plus, the duo is also good for you, with apples being full of fiber and cinnamon helping with steadier blood sugar. Recipes like Apple-Cinnamon Cake and Crispy Smashed Apples with Cinnamon Sugar are healthy, comforting and the perfect treats to make for breakfast or dessert.

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Crispy Smashed Apples with Cinnamon Sugar

Crispy Smashed Apples with Cinnamon Sugar
Photography / Dera Burreson, Styling / Lauren McAnelly / Holly Rabikis

Toasted pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon combine in a crunchy, nutty topping for these apples. Smashing the fruit helps create a crispy edge. Serve these apples warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Cinnamon Swirl Apple Pie


Instead of topping your apple pie with a full crust, cover the dough in cinnamon sugar, roll it up and slice it like cinnamon rolls to make beautiful cinnamon swirls to top the pie. The fragrant cinnamon bun-like topping makes homemade apple pie even more special! Source: EatingWell.com, October 2018

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Apple-Cinnamon Muffins

Apple-Cinnamon Muffins

These healthy apple-cinnamon muffins will put you in an autumnal state of mind no matter the time of year. Sprinkling the muffins with sugar before baking gives them a crispy top, just like a coffee-shop muffin--but these are a whole lot more nutritious than your average coffee-shop muffin, thanks to wholesome ingredients like white whole-wheat flour. Serve them for breakfast or a grab-and-go snack. Source: Eatingwell.com, July 2019

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Fried Apple Pie Rolls

Fried Apple Pie Rolls

In this healthy take on apple pie, wonton wrappers stand in for pie crust, saving you calories and the headache of rolling out dough. We like to use Granny Smith apples because they hold their shape and provide tart balance to the sweet filling. Try dipping these handheld crispy treats in whipped cream. Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2016

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Peanut Butter and Apple-Cinnamon Topped Toast


This peanut butter and apple-cinnamon topped toast is sure to satisfy for breakfast or a snack. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

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Apple-Cinnamon Cake


This simple nondairy apple cake, which is often called Jewish apple cake, has origins in Eastern Europe. Cinnamon and sweet-tart Granny Smith apples make for a fragrant cake, while orange juice in the batter adds a sweet, fresh touch. Make it for Rosh Hashana or any other fall holiday or occasion. The leftovers (if there are any) pair nicely with a cup of coffee the next morning. Source: EatingWell.com, June 2020

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Cinnamon Streusel Fresh Apple Bars


These sweet, cinnamon-flavored apple bars are the perfect accompaniment for your afternoon cup of coffee or tea. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

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Apple Dutch Baby Pancake

Apple Dutch Baby Pancake

This one-pan puffy oven-baked pancake recipe will wow brunch guests. Make it your own by swapping out the apple for pear slices, or switch up the spices and try cardamom or ginger in place of the cinnamon. Source: EatingWell Magazine, March 2019

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Miso Apple Bars


Miso is not just for soup! This fermented bean paste's rich umami flavor balances the sweetness in this apple dessert recipe. More ways to use miso: whisk into a dressing or stir into sautéed vegetables with a bit of butter too. Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2018

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Apple Cinnamon Chia Pudding


Switch up your morning oatmeal routine with this so-easy chia pudding recipe. It's made just like overnight oats: combine chia and your milk of choice, let soak overnight, then top with the classic flavor combo of apples and cinnamon, with pecans for added crunch. Source: EatingWell.com, June 2017

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Cinnamon-Sugar Dusted Apple Cider Donuts


Fluffy and light with a warm cinnamon flavor, you'll be craving these homemeade donuts (with a hot cup of coffee) all fall! Because apple cider can be harder to find year-round, take advantage of when it's "in season." Don't forget to make a few extra batches and freeze the donuts to enjoy when cider isn't available. Source: EatingWell.com, September 2019

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Apple-Cinnamon Fruit Bars


These easy apple-cinnamon fruit bars make a big batch--perfect for fall potlucks and parties. Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2010

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