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A delicious fresh apple torte with a sweet shortbread crust and cream cheese filling topped with sweet cinnamon apples and almonds.

This post is sponsored by McCormick. All opinions are 100% mine.

Here in New England where we live, apple picking is a must-do activity every fall! It’s a wonderful way to spend time with our family outdoors: enjoying New England’s colorful foliage, going on a hayride out to the fields to pick out a pumpkin, buying corn stalks and mums for decorating the front stoop of our house – and of course – stocking up on a ton of freshly-picked apples for fall baking!

And what do I always make with those apples? This Fresh Apple Torte!

A delicious fresh apple torte with a sweet shortbread crust and cream cheese filling topped with sweet cinnamon apples and almonds.

Our fresh apple torte is an often-requested recipe that has made its way into my extended family’s holiday dessert rotation every year. It’s that delicious – and this is pretty much my idea of the perfect apple dessert!

We start with a simple and sweet shortbread crust that is pressed down into the bottom of a springform pan (a deep dish pie plate also works). Then a vanilla-flavored cream cheese filling is spooned onto the crust. Apple slices are then sweetened and seasoned with sugar and McCormick’s Apple Pie Spice blend – then placed over the cream cheese filling in a decorative spiral. Finally, a sprinkle of sliced almonds are added to the top to the torte before baking.

Fresh Apple Torte - A Family Feast

When this fresh apple torte comes out of the oven – the aroma of the apples, vanilla and apple pie spices is truly amazing! And my husband Jack’s favorite part about this dessert is how the edges of the apples get sweet and caramelized during the baking process – almost creating a crust around the edges of the pan.  Allow your fresh apple torte to cool slightly before serving with some vanilla ice cream.

A delicious fresh apple torte with a sweet shortbread crust and cream cheese filling topped with sweet cinnamon apples and almonds.

No matter what fall baking you are doing, McCormick has you covered with their Apple Pie Spice and Pumpkin Pie Spice blends.  Or, if your fall baking calls for specific kinds of spices, looks for McCormick Gourmet’s Saigon Cinnamon, Ground Ginger, Ground Nutmeg, Ground Jamaican Allspice, plus so many more! McCormick also has a great collection of fall baking recipes right here.

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Fresh Apple Torte - A Family Feast

Fresh Apple Torte

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 55 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings


A delicious apple torte with a sweet shortbread crust and cream cheese filling topped with sweet cinnamon apples and almonds.


For the crust

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

For the filling

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

For the topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Lightly grease a 9″ springform pan (or a 9″ deep dish pie plate may be used).
  2. To make the crust, cream together the butter, 1/3 cup sugar and the one teaspoon vanilla in a bowl. Add the flour and beat to mix well – the mixture will resemble coarse crumbs. Evenly spread the mixture in the pan and press down to completely cover the bottom.
  3. To prepare the filling, beat together the cream cheese, ¼ cup of sugar, egg and ½ teaspoon vanilla until smooth. Pour the filling over the uncooked crust and gently spread until it evenly covers the crust.
  4. In a medium bowl, toss the peeled and sliced apples with the remaining ¼ cup of sugar and Apple Pie Spice. Arrange the apples over the cream cheese layer in a pinwheel design, starting from the outside edge and working toward the middle of the pan.
    Fresh Apple Torte
  5. Any extra apples can be piled on top of the others. Sprinkle the top evenly with the almonds.
  6. Bake at 475 for 10 minutes. Lower the heat to 375 degrees and bake for 25 minutes. Finally, lower the heat to 350 degrees and bake for 20 minutes more.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool before serving.

You may also like these other delicious Fall-inspired desserts:

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp - A Family Feast

Apple Harvest Squares

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Apple Topped Cake

Apple Cake with Apples on Top - A Family Feast

No-Bake Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake 

No-Bake Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes - A Family Feast


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  • Jeni wrote:

    This looks so delicious and perfect for this time of year! I can’t wait to make this for my family and guests!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Jeni!

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes wrote:

    I also love apple picking in the fall. It’s a must-do activity for my girlfriends and I every year. This is a beautiful apple torte! So nice spending time with you this past weekend 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Ashley!

  • Angie | Big Bear’s Wife wrote:

    So pretty! I love how you layed out the apples on top!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Angie!

  • Jennifer wrote:

    This looks amazing! My family has an apple orchard/farm market business and they’re always looking for new recipes to share with customers. I can’t wait to try it and pass it along!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Jennifer! P.S. So nice to meet you this past weekend – it was a fantastic experience and I learned so much! Thank you for including us!

  • Christie – Food Done Light wrote:

    I love the cream cheese filling underneath the apples. This is going to be one delicious torte.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Christie!

  • Cookin Canuck wrote:

    I can see why this apple torte is requested so often. It’s absolutely gorgeous and I’m sure it tastes even better.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Dara!

  • Carol at Wild Goose Tea wrote:

    I live in Washington state. It’s apple harvest time for us too!!!! Beautiful torte. I love cooked apples. Actually it would be almost un-American not to. Typing away here about apples is making me think of my apples I brought to eat at work today—-its too early to be digging into those yet.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Carol – I totally agree – love this time of year!

  • John Schmidt wrote:

    Hi…This looks fantastic. I love apple desserts however I do not know much about apples. =(
    Which variety of apples did you use for this torte? hanks for the many super recipes.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks John! We used Cortland apples – but any apple that stays firm during baking will also work. Enjoy!

  • Heather // girlichef wrote:

    Apples, almonds, cream cheese, AND a shortbread crust? I’d surely be a goner! Mmmmm….

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Heather!

  • Renee – Kudos Kitchen wrote:

    This is one amazing looking apple torte! So, so pretty! Pinning!!!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Renee!

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