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These baked apples are the perfect treat for the cold winter nights. Enjoy with cream, custard or ice cream.

15 people made this

IngredientsServes: 4

  • 4 large apples
  • 115g dark brown soft sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 250ml unfiltered apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:45min ›Ready in:55min

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
  2. Wash apples, pat dry and remove cores with an apple corer. Transfer to a small baking dish. Sprinkle apples inside and out with brown sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Mix together vanilla extract and apple juice. Pour into the baking dish, so that the apples are sitting in 1-2cm juice.
  4. Bake for about 45-55 minutes, basting occasionally with the apple juice. Apples are ready when they are tender. Serve with vanilla custard.

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Baked Apples

Craving a dessert where fresh apples shine? These juicy baked apples highlight fall’s favorite fruit. Core your apples, fill with a buttery brown sugar cinnamon crumble, then bake until slightly soft. Enjoy warm from the oven and for a little extra pizazz, serve with salted caramel or vanilla ice cream. This is a relatively quick dessert that kids AND adults both love.

Whenever I take my first bite of a freshly baked apple, I always ask myself why I don’t make them more often. It’s a classic and comforting treat that tastes unbelievable right out of the oven, especially on chilly nights. No-fuss and quick, baked apples are the solution when you need a guaranteed delicious dessert without putting in a ton of effort.

Hold onto this recipe. I promise it will come in handy!

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Recipe updated, originally posted October 2015. Since posting this in 2012, we have added a recipe video and tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Oatmeal-Brown Sugar Baked Apples

Yield Serves 4, easily multiplied for larger crowds

  • fish-free
  • alcohol-free
  • vegetarian
  • shellfish-free
  • pork-free
  • pescatarian
  • egg-free
  • soy-free
  • red-meat-free
  • Calories 222
  • Fat 3.6 g (5.6%)
  • Saturated 1.9 g (9.6%)
  • Carbs 47.3 g (15.8%)
  • Fiber 4.8 g (19.3%)
  • Sugars 36.5 g
  • Protein 1.1 g (2.3%)
  • Sodium 8.9 mg (0.4%)


medium apples, such as Jonagold, Fuji, or Honeycrisp

unsalted butter, cut in 4 pieces

Optional extras:

Orange zest, lemon zest, grated ginger, candied ginger, raisins or other dried fruit, chopped nuts, cream cheese, mascarpone, peanut butter, Nutella

For serving:

ice cream, crème fraîche, whipped cream, coconut whipped cream


Arrange a rack in the lower-middle position of the oven and heat the oven to 375°F.

Remove the core of the apples, cutting to within a half-inch of the bottom of the apple and creating a well roughly 3/4-inch wide. This is easy to do with an apple corer, but can also be done with a melon baller, grapefruit spoon, or a paring knife.

Place the brown sugar, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and any extras in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Divide this mixture between the apples, packing the wells firmly.

Arrange the apples in a baking dish (like an 8x8-inch Pyrex dish), and top each one with a pat of butter. Pour the water into the bottom of the dish and cover loosely with aluminum foil.

Bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until the apples are soft and the brown sugar has melted into a syrup, 20 to 30 minutes more. You can test the apples by poking a paring knife through the oatmeal mixture and into the interior of the apple it should slide into the apple easily with no resistance. The skin on the apples will also become wrinkled and soft by the end of cooking. Serve with a scoop of ice cream, crème fraîche, or whipped cream.

Recipe Notes

Gluten-free baked apples: Be sure to use a gluten-free brand of oatmeal if making this for someone with a celiac or gluten intolerance.

Vegan baked apples: Skip the butter and serve the apples either plain or with coconut whipped cream.

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 5 days and can be reheated in the microwave or eaten cold.

Emma is a former editor for The Kitchn and a graduate of the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts. She is the author of True Brews and Brew Better Beer. Check out her website for more cooking stories.

Super Simple Steps

Here&rsquos a quick video to show you how simple this is to prepare. You&rsquoll find detailed step-by-step instructions directly below the video. Click here to go directly to the recipe card.

In lieu of applesauce, I slice apples and lay them in the bottom of a casserole dish.

I sprinkle cinnamon on top of the apples and then layer the pork shop on top of them.

Next, I make the sauce and pour it over the pork and apples. In case you don&rsquot make it all the way down to the comments, one reader mentioned that she replaced half of the sugar with honey and was pleased with the result.

Then it goes in the oven for 35-40 minutes and dinner is served! We will usually have sweet potato fries and green beans. The sweet glaze keeps the kids from complaining about vegetables since they feel like they&rsquore getting away with an early dessert. It&rsquos surprising how a little sprinkle of cinnamon and brown sugar can transform a meal into kid-friendly.

Easy Baked Apples

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Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Baked Apples

Once you try this scrumptious Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Baked Apples recipe you will want to make it every single day. And guess what? It’s so easy you will!

We have a joke in our family about apples. Ever since I can remember and especially after school while my sister and I were ravenous and scavenging for something starchy and satisfying, my mom’s standard response to “what can we have to eat?” was “have an apple.”

What? Seriously? An apple? Ummmm, I was thinking somewhere along the lines of nachos swimming in melted cheese.

After a while we didn’t even bother to ask any more. We just started digging fast and furious into every chip bag we could find until we heard her footsteps coming followed by the “Girls? Are you home? What do you want for an after school snack? Why don’t you have an apple?” It was truly remarkable that my mom had the uncanny ability to know the exact moment that we were digging into the chip bags. She knew it every…single…time…(without fail).Why do chip bags have to make so much dag on noise?

Well guess what? Now the joke’s on me, I’m a mom of two girls and somehow, mysteriously, through no conscious intent of my own, the words, “have an apple“, now echo through the kitchen at my house. It’s like a curse or something…as I hear the familiar rustle of chips bags, I find myself casually pop around the corner with an innocent “why don’t you girls have an apple?” How can this be happening? Guess it’s true what they say about turning into your mother! And still to this day I must admit that I wonder if she was actually in cahoots with the obnoxiously loud sounding chip bag manufacturers.

Now don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with apples! I love apples. Adore them! Even after a lifetime of eating them daily whether I wanted to or not. And I’m so happy that I’ve instilled the love of them into my children as well. That’s why this recipe written by my tween, Sassafras, delights me so. She has gotten creative with her apple consumption and I must say that this is an easy yet decadent way to enjoy an apple. Clever, clever girl she is.

So I give to you…brown sugar & cinnamon baked apples.

Here’s what you’ll need. An apple, cinnamon, brown sugar, and some aluminum foil cut into squares.

My daughter makes this yummy treat on a regular basis, but I’ve never attempted to do so. The night before I planned on making these sweet packets of deliciousness, I left a note with a few questions for her to answer before she left for school and I woke up to this.

Instead of simply answering my questions she wrote out “her” recipe. I think that I may have a foodie on my hands!

Begin by cutting an apple in half and coring it. I used a gala apple but any apple will do!

Next, slice each half into very thin slices. Approximately 20 slices for each half.

You’ll end up with a big pile of apples.

Place all of the slices in the center of a piece of foil (make sure that the foil is big enough to close easily around the apples or you’ll have an ooey gooey mess on your hands after it cooks).

Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar all over the apples.

That’s it! Do you believe it? No butter, no anything else, the brown sugar and cinnamon combined with the juices of the apple make their very own magnificent sauce.

Wow, why didn’t I think of this when I was a kid?

I found that gathering each corner of the foil up and pinching it together kept all of the fabulous brown sugar & cinnamon sauce in the packet rather than all over the oven.

Placing your packets on a baking sheet is a good idea as well. Bake in a 400º oven for 25 minutes.

The result? Warm, succulent cinnamony (is that a word?) melt in your mouth baked apples. Make sure to pour all of the sauce all over the top, grab a fork and dig in!

1 Minute Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Apples


  • 1 apple
  • 1 Tbs. brown sugar more or less, according to your taste
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon more or less
  • 1 tsp. water more or less or none, if you don't want it very syrupy


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I love using sliced apples when making baked apples. It’s quick and easy to peel the apples and cut them.

  1. Make sure to cut the apples in slices about 1/3 to 1/2 an inch thick. If the slices are too thin then they will very quickly turn to mush when baked.
  2. Stir in the brown sugar, spices, a pinch of salt, cornstarch and lemon juice.
  3. The butter is cut up and placed on top of the apples while they bake to add to the juices and create that spicy, caramel like sauce.

Baked Cinnamon Apples

Apple Pie Cookies I baked?) and I couldn&rsquot be more excited! There&rsquos not much better than baked apples, especially when they&rsquore filled with a delicious mixture of brown sugar, butter and cinnamon.

To begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grab a baking dish. Now, carefully cut the top off each apple (making a lid), scoop out the core and seeds from each apple, leaving a well in the middle. You do not want to cut all the way through the apple, so make sure there is still a base.

Place the cored apples in a baking dish and stuff them with brown sugar and butter. Then sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. If you love nuts, add some walnuts or pecans inside the apple too. Finally, add the apple top back on each apple.

Cover the bottom of the baking dish with a small amount of water and add one tablespoon of vanilla to the water.

Bake in the oven for 45 minutes, and what&rsquos that smell? Yeah, your home smells amazing right now!

Remove from the oven and dig in. Optional, but delicious, serve with whipped cream or ice cream on top!

If you love cinnamon sugar recipes make sure to check out my Cinnamon Swirl Bread too!