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Easy Baked Apples Recipe

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Easy Baked Apples is such a timeless Fall dessert. Savory apples that have been baked to perfection and that are coated in cinnamon, butter, and sugar are just simply amazing. I mean, is there anything better? Life just seems better when you can walk into the kitchen and smell the aroma of baking apples coming from the stove.

Baked Apples in a red bowl and a cast iron skillet

How to Make Simple and Easy Baked Apples

I don’t know about you but there is just something about apples and Fall that just go together. While I love eating apples throughout the year, my favorite time to bake and cook with them is during Fall. I don’t know if it’s because the changing of the seasons or because it’s getting cooler outside. All I do know is that it just seems that the combination of Fall and apples just works perfectly together!

Here’s Why This Recipe Works

This recipe totally works because it’s:

  • Classic – baked apples have been around forever.
  • Versatile – you can customize it for your tastes.
  • Budget-friendly – use up those ripe apples you have sitting in the fruit bowl

Expert Tips, Ingredient List and Suggestions for Recipe Success

  • Granulated sugar – any type of white granulated sugar will work
  • Cornstarch – you can use all-purpose flour if you don’t have cornstarch.
  • Unsalted butter – make sure it’s unsalted.
  • Granny Smith apples  – you can use all sweet if you prefer.
  • Gala apples – you can use any flavor of sweet apples.
  • I left the peels on the apples, however, you can remove them if you prefer.
  • This recipe uses a combination of sweet and tart apples, however, you can use all tart, all sweet, or any combination your family prefers.

Ingredients

Step by Step Directions

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Preheat the mini cast iron skillets and a large cast iron skillet. Add a tablespoon of butter in the large skillet. If using the small skillets to cook and serve the apples, add a tsp of butter into each of the smaller skillets.

Step 3: Add the smaller skillets to the oven and allow the butter to melt while the oven is heating. Turn the burner on and allow the large skillet to heat to medium high and for the butter to melt.

Step 4: Wash, core, and peel (if desired) the apples.

Step 5: Once the large skillet is heated, add in all of the ingredients EXCEPT for the apples and allow the mixture to come to a boil. Stirring occasionally, allow the mixture to thicken, then add in the apples.

Step 6: Coat the apples thoroughly with the mixture and then add the cast iron skillet into the oven.

Step 7: If you are using the little skillets, spoon the apples and the sauce into the smaller skillets, and then add them into the oven.

Step 8: Cook the apples until they are soft, approximately 30 – 45 minutes.

Step 9: Remove them from the oven. Let them set for 5 – 10 minutes so they can cool.

Step 10: You can add them to the top of vanilla ice cream for a real treat!

Recipe FAQ

What apples are best for baked apples?

When you are looking for apples to bake with, you want to stick with the ones that are firm such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, or Fuji.

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Easy Baked Apples is such a timeless Fall dessert. Savory apples that have been baked to perfection and that are coated in cinnamon, butter, and sugar are just simply amazing. I mean, is there anything better? Life just seems better when you can walk into the kitchen and smell the aroma of baking apples coming from the stove.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 large Granny Smith apples cored and sliced
  • 4 Gala apples cored and sliced
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Preheat the mini cast iron skillets and a large cast iron skillet. Add a tablespoon of butter in the large skillet. If using the small skillets to cook and serve the apples, add a tsp of butter into each of the smaller skillets.
  • Add the smaller skillets to the oven and allow the butter to melt while the oven is heating. Turn the burner on and allow the large skillet to heat to medium high and for the butter to melt.
  • Wash, core, and peel (if desired) the apples.
  • Once the large skillet is heated, add in all of the ingredients EXCEPT for the apples and allow the mixture to come to a boil. Stirring occasionally, allow the mixture to thicken, then add in the apples.
  • Coat the apples thoroughly with the mixture and then add the cast iron skillet into the oven.
  • If you are using the little skillets, spoon the apples and the sauce into the smaller skillets, and then add them into the oven.
  • Cook the apples until they are soft, approximately 30 – 45 minutes.
  • Remove them from the oven. Let them set for 5 – 10 minutes so they can cool.
  • You can add them to the top of vanilla ice cream for a real treat!

Notes

Recipe is adapted from the Homestyle Amish Kitchen Cookbook. 
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