An apple a day keeps the doctor away – if you throw it hard enough! Yes, we all know that eating apples is good for your health, but eating a plain ol’ apple can be kind of boring, don’t you think? And not very enticing for the kids. Well, have no fear. From the ridiculous to the sublime, here are a dozen creative ways to prepare apple snacks that your family and friends will love.

I love these Apple Peanut Butter Teeth from Mom Foodie. All you need is a red apple, peanut butter, and miniature marshmallows. I think I’ll make these for my Halloween party this year.

These Apple Sandwiches from Time Out For Women look very appetizing too. You can spread peanut butter or almond butter on the apple slices. I especially like the idea of using a cookie cutter to make a cute cut-out design in the center and simultaneously core the apple.

Do your kids love the book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” as much as mine do? The Cute Food For Kids blog has several kid snacks inspired by the book including this adorable green caterpillar made from Babybel cheese, a green apple, a cheese slice and some fruit leather. What a terrific after-school snack.

Sometimes all you need is a little dip to make apple slices disappear. This quick Peanut Butter & Cinnamon Greek Yogurt dip from allez! gourmet can be whipped up in a food processor or by hand. The dip is healthy and can be used with all kinds of fruits, not just apples.

Who doesn’t like caramel apples? I love them, but they’re usually just too big to handle. Why not try this Mini Caramel Apples recipe from My Litter. Use a melon baller to scoop out little spheres of apple. Add a stick and then dip in melted – but cooled! – caramel.

Here’s a recipe for Inside Out Caramel Apples by Amy from the Very Culinary blog. After the caramel sets up in the fridge, slice the apple for a magnificent presentation.

Speaking of caramel, do you personally pronounce it was 2 or 3 syllables? My girlfriends and I had a discussion about the correct pronunciation and the dictionary wasn’t any help at all. Looks like you can say it either way. But whichever way you say it, these Bloomin’ Baked Apples with caramels sure look delicious. Just make some circular and vertical cuts around the apple and add a caramel. Bake it and watch it “bloom.” This looks even better than baked apples with butter and cinnamon.

Here’s a Guilt-Free Apple Dessert from Recipe By Photo. Just cut the apple with one of those nifty apple slicers, add water and microwave. Top it with cinnamon when it comes out and enjoy a quick, delicious snack.

You don’t need a dehydrator to make these Cinnamon Apple Chips from Deliciously Organic. Just set your oven to 250°F and let the apple slices bake slowly for about an hour. The complete recipe can be found on this wonderful blog.

Two of my all-time favorite desserts when I was in school were apple crisp and no-bake cookies. Can you believe I found a recipe for Apple Crisp No-Bake Cookies? I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for the recipe, I Want Crazy!

Have you tried quinoa yet? (It’s pronounced KEEN-wah.)It’s been a healthy substitution for rice and grains in a lot of my meals lately. It’s chock full of protein but doesn’t have a strong taste or texture. Here’s a healthy recipe for Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bites from And They Cooked Happily Ever After. They’d make great breakfast bites.

Here’s the most beautiful apple dessert I’ve ever seen – Apple Roses from Cooking with Manuela. You’ll need two apples and a sheet of Puff Pastry. The apple roses look like they’re complicated to make, but after seeing the photographs and the video, I think I can do it. Won’t my friends be impressed? Especially if they taste as good as they look.

Well, how do you like them apples? I hope you give a couple of these recipes a try. I’m sure your favorite person will consider you the apple of his eye if you serve him any one of these creative apple snacks.