Sure, apple cider doughnuts are the sweet staple of the season, but Matt Moore of White Plains-based MAD Donuts has us switching over to these oversized apple fritters. Known for his fluffy and tasty doughnuts, Moore starts with doughnut dough; then uses fresh Granny Smith apples, cinnamon, sugar, and apple cider to create an apple filling; and glazes the pastry with vanilla bean and cinnamon glaze for a sweet finish.
4 South Astor St, Irvington; 914.231.7779
Known for its gluten-free scones and brownies, Red Barn serves up several apple-centric sweets, like traditional apple and apple salted-caramel crumb pies. For a personal-sized treat, the apple pie roll-up is a favorite. Made from scratch, hunks of organic Fuji and Gala apples are jam-packed into a flaky pastry made from organic cage-free eggs and grass-fed butter.
121 Maple St, Croton-on-Hudson; 914.271.3850
Sure, the hot days of August are long gone, but cravings for ice cream and sorbet don’t end come autumn. For a fall take on a summer treat, check out this seasonal, homemade sorbet, made with small-batch cider from Thompson’s Cider Mill in Croton-on-Hudson, and spiced with ground cloves and cinnamon.
19 Washington Ave, Pleasantville; 914.495.3232
This Pleasantville bakery is frequented for its colorful cupcakes and baked goods, made from scratch daily. On offer during the fall are several apple creations, including these caramel-apple cupcakes, featuring fresh apple cake, vanilla buttercream, and a drizzle of homemade caramel.
174 Martine Ave, White Plains; 914.607.2686
The apple cider-based drink, complete with bourbon, cinnamon maple, and pumpkin spice is perfect for the season, including many signature fall flavors in one delicious craft cocktail. Egg white foam provides a rich head while a hint of lemon balances the sweetness of fall’s favorite fruit.
Made from Hudson Valley-sourced ingredients, Michele Kim’s small-batch caramels and toffees are a county favorite. For her seasonal apple cider caramels, Kim sources local cream and milk from Hudson Valley Fresh in Poughkeepsie, butter from Kriemhild Dairy in Hamilton, and apple cider from North Salem’s Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, and adds warm spices, including cinnamon, star anise, and peppercorns.