A recipe that uses deer apples is ASoulfulTwist.com's Easy Chunky Applesauce. Deer apples are damaged apples used to bait and feed deer. Deer apples are well-suited to recipes that involve cooking or mashing the apples.
To make Easy Chunky Applesauce, chop 6 apples into 1-inch squares. Place the apples in a pot, and add 4 tablespoons of butter and 1/2 cup of sugar. Cook on medium-low heat for 30 to 40 minutes, until tender.
Using an immersion blender, blend the apple mixture to remove any especially large chunks. Once the mixture reaches an even consistency, add 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Serve warm.
Another recipe that uses deer apples is TheKitchn.com's recipe for apple butter. For this recipe, start by making applesauce out of the apples using any recipe or technique. Once the applesauce is finished, pour it into a saucepan, and cook over low heat.
Add desired spices such as cinnamon, cloves and star anise. Allow the applesauce to reach a very low simmer, and continue cooking, stirring occasionally to ensure it does not burn. When the sauce takes on a deep brown color and holds its shape for several seconds, it is finished. Cool the apple butter, and store it in the refrigerator.