I don't mean to be a #hater, but pumpkin spice is vastly overrated as the quintessential fall flavor. Pumpkin spice doesn't even really taste like pumpkin. It tastes like cinnamon. You know what goes better with cinnamon? Apples.

In my clearly unbiased opinion, apples are better in every sense, so here are some recipes to take advantage of the superiority.

1. Apple Turnover

pastry, bread, dough, sweet
Helena Lin

The classics will never disappoint. While a pumpkin turnover is possible, it really just wouldn't be the same. 

2. Walker Brothers Apple Pancake

vegetable, meat, soup
Stephanie Marchuk

In case you haven't heard of it, Walker Brothers is a Chicago pancake house that is famous for not only being in Mean Girls but also for its apple pancakes that you can buy, take home and keep in the fridge.

3. Caramelized Apple Crepes

syrup, cream, crepe, whipped cream, sauce, chocolate
Parisa Soraya

It may just be me, but a caramelized pumpkin spice crepe just seems weird. Caramelized apples are clearly superior.

4. Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Apple Farro Salad

vegetable, parsley, corn, rice, pepper, legume, cereal, lentil
Katherine Baker

Apples add a light fall flavor and a nice crunch in this salad. Pumpkin would simply add more mush. Nobody wants more mush.

5. Fried Ham, Cheddar and Apple Panini

sandwich, bacon, cheese, bread, cheddar
Justin Shannin

Pumpkin would also just get mushy in here. It wouldn't even work.

6. Apple Ginger Marinated Pork

meat, pork, beef, chicken, sauce, barbecue, pepper, vegetable
Andrea Baysa

This is technically made with apple juice, but apple juice comes from apples so it totally counts. Think of pumpkin spice pork...yeah, apple is definitely the way to go.

7. Apple Brie Pizza

pizza, cheese, vegetable
Jackie Decoster

Brie and apple are really the golden pairing. Pumpkin and brie would be a very off-putting sort of combination.

8. Apple Chickpea Hash

vegetable, parsley, onion, salad, broccoli, pepper, potato
Kendra Valkema

Another instance of pumpkin being mush in a dish where you definitely don't want mush. Apples are much sturdier. Apples will never let you down.

9. Baked Brie Pull-Apart Bread

chicken, meat, bread
Jayna Goldstein

See the reasoning for number 7. If you haven't had apple and brie together yet, you really need to take some time out your day and try it.

10. Apple Pie Roses

apple, cinnamon
Molly Gamache

Try carving a rose out of a pumpkin and then come talk to me about the superiority of pumpkins and pumpkin spice.

11. Caramel Apple

chocolate, sweet, cake, cream, candy, coffee, caramel
Alexandra Hayes

Putting caramel on pumpkin literally doesn't even make sense. If you somehow managed to get it on there, how would you eat it? What would you dip it in?

12. Apple Compote-Filled Cupcakes

cream, chocolate, cake
Jaime Wilson

If you don't have latkes to fry up and put on top, then you can just leave them out - or, even better, replace with some cinnamon-fried apples. Plus, the apple compote is hidden in this. It's like, "Surprise! I'm here to make your day way better!"

13. Spiced Apple Cider

apple, cider, juice, sweet
Susanna Mostaghim

Apple cider is the real drink of the fall. Pumpkin spice doesn't even come close.

14. Apple Cider, Pear and Pomegranate Sangria

juice, ice, cocktail, lemonade, sweet, apple, tea, iced tea
Rebecca Buchanan

There are so many great things going on here. Plus, look how adorable the little cinnamon sticks are. Apples and booze are a match made in foodie heaven. Don't be weird and make alcoholic pumpkin spice. Don't be that person.

The current infatuation with pumpkin spice is simply a distraction from the true king of fall. Don't let passing fancies sway your mind. Stick to apples. Apples are supreme.