Cooking for Keeps; Heather Cristo

The 8 Apple Cider Recipes to Make the Most of Fall

We are in the depths of Fall, and that means it's apple cider season. Apple cider is wonderful because it offers the crisp, spicy flavors of the season, and because it comes in many forms. You can keep cozy with a mug of hot cider on a cold night, or enjoy the many craft ciders on the market. But it doesn't have to stop there. The flavor of fresh apple cider can be used in a number of different ways, and they're all tasty. Here are eight different ways to make the most out of the season with some apple cider recipes.

8 Apple Cider Recipes That Are More Than A Drink

Sure, hot apple cider is a classic, but what if you incorporated that sweet apple flavor into some of your favorite dishes? Incorporate the flavors of cinnamon sticks, brown sugar, whole clove, allspice, and whole nutmeg into sides, soups, and entrees. The sky is the limit!

Apple cider can warm you up on a chilly day, and according to the saying, it can help keep the doctor away! Rich in potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C,

1. Spiced Apple Cider Quinoa and Sweet Potato Bowl

This is one of those meals that is gorgeous, filling, and really easy to make. The quinoa is cooked in spiced cider, giving it a rich flavor that compliments the earthiness of the sweet potato. Use your favorite medium apple slices in this recipe (we love Honeycrisp or fuji!)

You can find the recipe here.

2. Baked Apple Cider Donuts

The smell of warm cider donuts on a cold fall morning is one of my favorites. Now, you don't even need to leave the house to have them! This recipe makes it super simple - calling for them to be baked instead of fried.

These homemade apple cider donuts

Check this recipe out.

3. Apple Cider Waffles

If donuts aren't your thing, you can always try these apple cider waffles. They're fluffy and warm with the perfect amount of apple cider to send them over the top. Garnish them with ground cinnamon

Here's the recipe.

4. Apple Cider Caramels

For something really sublime, try these apple cider caramels. They're chewy pieces of apple cider heaven. They take a little time and attention, but you'll find yourself wanting to make more as soon as the first batch is gone.

The recipe can be found here.

5. Harvest Apple Cider

We can't forget the classics, like hot spiced cider. If you're looking to make amazing cider at home, and have a slow cooker or crock pot, this one's for you. Besides being tasty, it will make your whole house smell wonderful!

You can also make this on the stovetop in a large stock pot.

Find the recipe here.

6. Apple Cider Bubble-Up Bake

This is a recipe that is a twist on the basic apple pie. Warm apples are baked under dropped biscuit dough and drizzled with caramel sauce. It's the perfect dessert for a chilly night.

Try it out!

7. Apple Cider Mimosas

Whether you're looking for a drink to go with Sunday brunch, or something to pair with dinner, the apple cider mimosa has you covered. It's crisp and bubbly with the right amount of sweetness.

It's also one of the easiest drinks there is to put together. Here's the recipe.

8. Butternut Squash, Apple Cider, and Cheddar Soup

This might be the most decadent soup I've ever come across. It combines rich squash, delicious cheese, and apple cider for a meal that is out of this world.

You'll never want to face a cold night without it. Get the recipe here.