The smell of baking apples swirled in butter, brown sugar and cinnamon will make your house smell AMAZING. Enjoy the smells as you anticipate a delicious fall treat that is easy to prepare. Great as a warm snack or enjoy as a dessert with vanilla ice cream on the side!
It’s raining apples in my house and it’s not quite fall. We’ve gotten a batch of applesauce done, some apple cider and apple butter. These baked apples were a first for me and they could not have turned out any better. I can now say that I love baked apples! The scents that wafted through my home while they were baking were INCREDIBLE and I cannot even describe how delicious they were.
But I’ll definitely try.. They are appley, of course, with butter and cinnamon and other fall spices that when combined create a warm, comforting dessert. We enjoyed them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and the juices from the pan drizzled over top. Total fall comfort and a GREAT recipe that you will fall in love with!
WATCH THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL TO SEE HOW TO MAKE BAKED APPLES!
HOW TO MAKE BAKED APPLES
Just a handful of ingredients creates an amazingly simple concoction of fall’s best fruit in a delicious dessert! Similar to apple crisp, this recipe shows off the delicious versatility of apples.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and mix well.
Remove cores from 6 medium apples using a paring knife or apple corer, starting at the stem. Leave 1/2 inch intact at the base of each apple. Place the cored apples in the prepared pan in a single layer.
Divide the filling evenly between the apples. Top each stuffed apple with 1 tablespoon butter. Sprinkle any extra sugar mixture over the tops.
Pour the water into the bottom of the baking dish and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until apples are tender but not mushy. Place apples in individual bowls for serving and spoon the brown sugar apple juice from the pan over the tops.
RECIPE TIPS: HOW TO BAKE APPLES AND MAKE THEM THE BEST!
If you prefer, you can add more naturally sweet apples and reduce the amount of brown sugar you add. Other sugar substitutes that would be great are maple syrup, coconut sugar or stevia.
If you love nuts and the crunch they add, add a 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts to the mixture.
This treat is 100% gluten free, making it the perfect dessert for loved ones who are refraining from consuming wheat.
If you enjoy the spice in the baked apples, additional flavors you could add or exchange are ginger, cardamom or allspice.
Consider adding 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the brown sugar mixture for added flavor.
Spoon liquids from the dish over the tops because it has a little caramely flavor that comes from the juices and spices baking together.
If you are worried about the insides of the apples turning brown as you are coring the rest, squirt just a tiny bit of lemon juice into them to keep the flesh fresh and white.
It’s never wrong to make your own Salted Caramel Sauce to drizzle over your apples.
Top your apples with a scoop of Homemade Whipped Cream or vanilla ice cream!
BEST APPLES FOR BAKING
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
WHEN TO EAT APPLES AND THEIR BENEFITS
Good news! The recommendation is that you enjoy an apple in the morning hours of each day. Apples are high in dietary fiber and pectin found in the peels of the apples. This will help you avoid poor digestion at night. Fruit can help your stomach to empty more slowly, helping you to stay feeling full longer and not prone to snack/eat between meals.
OTHER DELICIOUS FRUIT RECIPES TO TRY
No Bake Strawberry Pie – This no-bake, FRESH Strawberry Pie is a great dessert for gatherings of any kind. It is super easy to prepare and it is packed with delicious strawberry flavor!
Easy Apple Pie – Here’s a little secret…this is the cheater version of Apple Pie! But no one will ever know. The crust is buttery-crispy and the insides are weak-in-the-knees delicious.
Lemon Ice Box Pie – The perfect compliment to the zest of lemon is the graham cracker crust. A citrus flavored cream pie is delightful and so delicious. A small slice goes a long way in flavor, it’s the perfect summer treat!
Berry Slab Pie – Make pie the EASY way by piling delicious pie filling into puff pastry sheets! Use any kind of berry filling for this recipe. Apples and cherries work great, too! This yummy Slab Pie is done in under 30 minutes and you can cut shapes of your choice into the dough to match the occasion.
Fruit Pizza – he classic, crowd-pleasing Fruit Pizza has a cookie dough crust, dreamy cream cheese frosting and a colorful top layer of fruit and a tasty glaze. Let your creative side shine while decorating your pizza and enjoy popping a bite of fresh fruit into your mouth.
Apricot Cheesecake Pockets – These apricot gems are fruity, cheesy and super yummy! Bring these to your next party for a bit of a cookie twist!
APPLE RECIPES FOR FALL
Apples aren’t just for picking from a tree – there’s so many great ways to enjoy a sweet apple treat, don’t limit yourself to just one recipe!
Appledoodles – These cookies are a fun twist on the classic snickerdoodles! Great way to use up apples in the fall!
Easy Homemade Crockpot Applesauce – A kid-worthy snack that 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!
Apple Coffee Cake – This is the best Apple Coffee Cake recipe you’ll find. Enjoy as an indulgent breakfast treat or an any-time snack or dessert!
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 it!
Easy Baked Apples
- 6 medium baking apples honeycrisp, gala, golden delicious, jonagold or granny smith
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 6 tbsp salted butter
- 1 cup hot water
- vanilla ice cream for topping
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and mix well.
- Remove cores from the apples using a paring knife or corer, starting at the stem. Leave 1/2 inch intact at the base of each apple. Place the apples in the prepared pan in a single layer.
- Divide the filling evenly between the apples. Top each stuffed apple with 1 tablespoon butter. Sprinkle any extra sugar mixture over the tops.
- Pour the water into the bottom of the baking dish and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until apples are tender but not mushy.
- Place apples in individual bowls for serving. Spoon liquids from the dish over the tops, along with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!