Fall Into Apples

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photo of an apple tree with red apples hanging from a branch.

Photo by Scott Bauer, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

BY: Dominque Simon

N.C. Cooperative Extension

Family & Consumer Science Agent

With the fall season upon us, also comes fall foods. One food that comes to mind is apples. Fall is the season for apple picking, which is a great fall family activity, but after a day of apple picking what can you do to preserve your apples before they go bad? Below I will discuss many possibilities of snacks and desserts that can be created with apples.

Apple Cookies

Thinly slice your apples with a knife or a mandolin and bake for an hour at 250 degrees, or if you own a food dehydrator you can place sliced apples in your food dehydrator for a few hours to make apple cookies. You can sprinkle cookies with cinnamon or spread caramel on them if desired.

Old Fashioned Apple Compote

Core and slice your apples. Place them in a microwave-safe container with a bit of honey and apple pie spice. Add a drop or two of water, then cover and microwave on high for 6 – 8 minutes. Mash the apple mixture with a potato masher and serve either hot or cold.

Sliced Apples and Plain Yogurt with Honey

Place a scoop of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt on a plate. Drizzle with honey. Garnish with sliced apples that are dipped in lemon juice.

Apple Butterfly

Core and slice an apple and coat it with lemon juice and apple pie spice. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, then dab a bit of whipped cream on a plate in a line. Arrange the apple slices like butterfly wings on both sides of it and sprinkle with toasted nuts. You can also use plain yogurt in the place of whipped cream.

Apple Crisp


4 cups sliced apples

2 tablespoons margarine

¾ cup quick-cooking oats

¼ cup sugar

¼ cup whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Non-stick cooking spray


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Peel apples and cut into slices. Melt margarine in a small bowl in the microwave. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except apples. Stir until well blended. Place apples in 9 x 13 baking dish and spread out mixture on top. Bake 45 minutes to one hour until desired brownness. With all the apples that fall brings be sure to try the above recipes that will be sure to bring you apples of pleasure.



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