Five Easy Apple Pie Recipes for Fall

Pumpkin usually steals the spotlight every autumn, but apples are ripe for the picking, too. From apple pie martinis and hand pies to the old-fashioned American classic, these apple pie recipes for fall will keep you full from Halloween to Christmas.

Apple Pie Martinis

Apple pie doesn't have to be baked in a crust to taste like pie. For a cool-weather cocktail, the butterscotch cinnamon apple pie martini from SheKnows gets its characteristic taste from cinnamon and butterscotch schnapps, apple juice and cinnamon sticks. Topped with sweetened whipped cream, this impressive cocktail will warm your insides all the way to your toes.

French Apple Pie

Some are intimidated by a double-crust pie, which is why this one-crust French pie from King Arthur Flour is an easy variation on the traditional dish. Filled with juicy red apples and spices and baked with a crumbly brown-sugar topping, King Arthur's French apple pie is another excellent version to put on your autumn table. Try adding sweetened coconut flakes and chopped walnuts to the streusel for a modern twist.

Classic Apple Pie

Thanksgiving wouldn't be a holiday without a slice of grandma's traditional homemade apple pie. This double-crust apple pie from Fine Cooking is made with a flaky, buttery pie crust filled with a blend of Cortland and Granny Smith apples, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice. Baked until it's golden brown and the juices bubble up, this classic apple pie is best served with vanilla ice cream or sweetened whipped cream.

For a taste of Vermont inspired by Cabot, serve with a few slices of cheddar cheese after baking for a truly unique pie. Or try Tyler Florence's caramel apple pie version: cinnamon-spiced apples layered with vanilla bean-infused caramel sauce. Grandma would be proud!

Apple Hand Pies

Apple hand pies are small, single-serving pies that are crimped shut before being baked and eaten by hand. Most often made with flaky pie crust in a half-moon shape — and sometimes glazed with powdered-sugar icing — these apple hand pies from Pillsbury are the perfect size for a midday snack and packing in lunchboxes. Similarly, puff pastry apple hand pies (or apple turnovers) can be filled with a cooked apple-cinnamon pie mixture. Just be sure to bake them in a triangular shape by crimping the seams shut. Sprinkling the turnovers with powdered sugar finishes the pastry nicely.

Mock Apple Pie

If you think this is just another traditional pie loaded with tart apples, you're barking up the wrong apple tree. Kraft's delicious mock apple pie relies on buttery snack crackers such as Ritz to give it an apple pie texture. Born during the Great Depression, this classic pie was made popular during World War II when fresh apples were expensive and crackers were easy to come by.

Although the pie can be baked with any brand of buttery crackers, the Ritz mock apple pie recipe was made famous when the company began printing the recipe on the side of its boxes. Professional pastry chefs may never find this recipe in their textbooks, but the product is simple to make with ingredients most likely found in any pantry: crackers, sugar, cream of tartar, lemon juice, butter and cinnamon.

Don't wait for a special occasion to experiment with these apple pie recipes for fall — any reason is reason enough for pie.

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