Pink lady apple with natural heart on skin

Holiday Cooking with Apples

December 11, 2020  |  Carter Mountain Orchard

Category: Food & Recipes  |  Tags: apples, Christmas, holidays, recipes, winter

Apples pair beautifully with classic holiday flavors such as cinnamon, maple, and pecan. To prepare memorable, delicious holiday meals, use locally-grown apples and these recipes.

For recommendations on which apple varieties to use for cooking versus snacking, check out our apple profiles guide.


It’s Christmas morning and what’s that festive smell? Apples and cinnamon, of course!

Apple Danish Braid
Apple Cinnamon French Toast
Apple, Sausage & Smoked Cheddar Breakfast Casserole

Alternatively, our apple cider donuts are perfect for special occasions or breakfast any day. Freeze and reheat them for maximum freshness!

Chiles Warm Apple Cider Donut

Appetizers and Sides

Whether served with melty, buttery brie, pureed into soup, or tossed with a salad for extra crunch, apples lend a sweet touch to any side dish.

Baked Brie with Caramelized Apples & Spiced Praline Bacon
Apple-Butternut Squash Soup
Apple & Walnut Salad with Cider Vinaigrette


You can’t go wrong with a traditional holiday ham with baked apples but for a new twist on the center of your holiday table, try these recipes.

Smoked Duck Breasts with Apple-brandy Caramel
Pork & Sauerkraut with Apples & Bacon
Baked Ham with Honey mustard & Apples


It’s the holidays, go ahead and have dessert. From pies to cakes to cobblers, dessert is a dish best served with apples.

Glazed Puff Pastry Apple Roses
Caramel Apple Cake
Apple-Pomegranate Cobbler

Don’t feel like baking? Grab one of our fresh-baked apple pies. A classic for a reason!

Fresh-baked apple pie

Carter Mountain…sells pies that will make you want to slap someone on the butt! They are so delicious and flaky. The mix of apples they use creates the most interesting juxtaposition of sweet and tart. I highly recommend.

Jennifer J. via Nextdoor