Dive into these Baked Apples with cinnamon as the perfect sweet, gluten-free holiday or any-time dessert! Baked Apples are like apple pie without the crust. This simple recipe will be your new favorite fall treat. Great way to use up freshly-picked apples!
Baked Apples are one of the many foods that make me think of my mom. One of her signature meals growing up was pan-fried pork chops with baked apples and a crisp Green Salad. If there were ever leftover apples, I'd bring a fork to the fridge and enjoy them cold. No plate needed, just straight to my mouth. They are a delicious side dish, especially when served with pork, and they can also act an incredible dessert. Serve solo or with a bowl of vanilla ice cream!
I don't always love the crust on Apple Pie. Sometimes it can be too much to make and more time than I want to invest, you know? I will always enjoy at least one true piece of pie on Thanksgiving (HAPPY THANKSGIVING, by the way!), but for the other 364 days of the year I'd prefer to get right to the guts of the delicious dessert.
This recipe is a delicious treat, similar to Apple Crisp but without the oatmeal topping. It's a little healthier option and comes together more quickly. They're baked, not fried so you're able to feel good about enjoying them.
So if you have a colorful bowl of apples on your kitchen counter, here's some inspiration to bake up some fun treats! I have so many favorite ways to make apples, both in a savory dish (check out these Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Apples!) and a sweet dish, that I get excited to share them all with you but I find this one super quick and able to do on a moments notice.
HOW TO MAKE CINNAMON BAKED APPLES
You'll love baked apples - this is a great recipe and a perfect fall fruit delicious for making a treat that comes together easily! Don't settle for pie filling from a can - enjoy this treat!
Fill a large bowl halfway with water and add the lemon juice. Add the apples to the lemon water as they are sliced.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a square baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter. Mix well.
Remove the apples from the water and pat dry. Place half of the apples in a single layer on the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top with half of the sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining apples and sugar mixture.
Bake uncovered in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
Serve immediately, either with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or as a solo dessert.
RECIPE TIPS: MAKE THE MOST DELICIOUS CINNAMON BAKED APPLES
You can use a paring knife to core apples and peel them or I have found that I love using my apple corer for a quick turn around.
Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to your apples, it's a great addition! If you want to know how to make your own, check out my post on this.
Feel free to add some cloves or ground ginger to your apples for a little more complex taste. Just a little goes a long way.
Drizzle some homemade salted caramel sauce over the apples for an additional flavor!
You can use this as a pie filling too! If you are excited to make apple empanadas, or mini pies, this is a great filling instead of popping open a can.
WHAT APPLES ARE BEST FOR BAKED APPLES?
I recommend using a variety of apples and at the very least, use two kinds: one sweet and one tart. My favorite combo is Granny Smith apples and Honeycrisp apples.
Sweet/Softer Apple Brands
Tart (or a little Sour) Apple Brands
HEALTH BENEFITS OF EATING APPLES
Full of anti-oxidants, these fiber filled fruit are good for your digestion and are known for helping beat heart diseases. Enjoy snacking on one fresh from the tree or in a delicious apple treat.
FALL APPLE RECIPES
Appledoodles - These cookies are a fun twist on the classic snickerdoodles! Great way to use up apples in the fall!
Easy Homemade Crockpot Applesauce - Homemade Applesauce is fun to prepare because it's so easy to make. Use an assortment of green and red apples and you’ll have a flavorful snack you can enjoy; better than the store stuff!
Apple Pie Jam - this fall make this Amazing Apple Pie Jam! This jam tastes just like Apple Pie because it’s similar to pie filling. So get ready to be addicted. Put it on your English muffins, pancakes or with peanut butter! This is a great, DELICIOUS way to use up extra apples in the fall! Also a great gift idea!
Homemade Apple Cider - Make Homemade Apple Cider in your slow cooker! Better than apple juice, it’ll warm you from the inside out with amazing flavors and it’s so delicious. It’s a must have fall drink and tastes so much better when you make it yourself. Such a great way to use up apples in the fall. Best of all, your house will smell amazing!
Salted Chocolate Caramel Apples - sprinkling of sea salt and a bit of chocolate turns Caramel Apples into an extravagant dessert.. Salted Chocolate Caramel Apples!
Apple Carrot Cake Muffins - Apples and carrots create the most delicious little muffin you could ever imagine. These babies are moist and yummy and will not last long in your kitchen. Great as a snack, breakfast or dessert!
Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake - the only thing better than salted caramel apples is Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake! This is the perfect fall treat and a great way to use up any type of apples.
Apple French Toast Bake - Transform classic French Toast into an appley indulgence! Prepare this easy Apple French Toast Bake recipe the night before so there’s no morning prep! It’s also wonderful as a make and bake option. Pour some maple syrup over the steamy cinnamon apples and you’ll have a tasty breakfast for 1 or many!