This baked apples recipe is easy enough for tonight, but doubles as the perfect dessert for friends and family (or the holidays). These just might beat apple pie! Jump to the Baked Apples Recipe or read on to see how we make them.
The topping for the apples comes straight out of our popular apple crisp recipe. It’s really simple. Just flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter. You could put it on anything and it would taste amazing, but when you blanket apples with it, it’s insane!
We bake our apples cut in halves. You could go the more traditional route and make a well in the center of each apple and stuff the topping down the middle, but by halving the apples, we use more of that topping I was talking about. We like our topping-to-apple ratio to be high.
More Apple Recipes!
Easy baked apple crisp recipe with tender apples that are topped with a crispy, crumbly topping made with flour, oats, sugar and butter. (The inspiration for this baked apples recipe!)
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How to Make Our Baked Cinnamon Apples Recipe
I said this baked apples recipe was easy, let me show you how easy!
Start by halving each apple — we used honey crisp apples, here, but any firm and sweet apple should work. Use a spoon to remove the core and any seeds. Then line the apple halves up in a baking dish and scatter a little brown sugar and cinnamon over them.
Now, the topping. Melt some butter in a saucepan then dump flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and a little salt into the butter — do it in the saucepan for less dishes!
Now divide the topping between the apples, pressing down gently.
They’re ready to be baked. Slide them into the oven for 40 minutes then get your ice cream ready! And maybe some salted caramel sauce.
There you go, a dessert that’s easy enough for tonight, but 100% amazing enough for friends and family (or the holidays)!
You may also enjoy our easy pork tenderloin with baked apples. It’s a 5-star recipe! We show you how to make perfectly moist pork tenderloin, every time!
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
Easy Baked Cinnamon Apples Recipe
Bake the apples cut in halves. You could go the more traditional route and make a well in the center of each apple and stuff the topping down the middle, but by halving the apples, we use more topping. We like our topping-to-apple ratio to be high.
You Will NeedCinnamon Apples
3 medium firm, sweet apples, like Honeycrisp or Fuji
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamonOat Topping
8 tablespoons (115 g) unsalted butter (1 stick)
3/4 cup (105 g) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (65 g) old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup (100 g) brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon kosher saltFor Serving
Vanilla ice cream
Salted caramel sauce, see our easy homemade caramel sauce
- Prepare Apples
- Make Topping
- Bake Apples
- To Finish
Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly spray a baking dish large enough to fit 6 apple halves with non-stick cooking spray.
Halve the apples from stem to end and use a spoon to scoop out the core, seeds, and stem. Arrange the apple halves in the baking dish with the flesh facing up. Scatter 1-tablespoon of brown sugar and a 1/4-teaspoon of cinnamon over the apples.
Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat then stir the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt into the melted butter (doing this directly in the saucepan reduces dishes).
Divide the topping between the apples, lightly pressing it down onto the apples.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake 25 minutes. Uncover the apples then bake another 20 to 30 minutes until the apples are soft and the topping has browned.
Serve with a scoop of ice cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce, or plain. The apples will keep for up to a week, simply reheat in a warm oven or in the microwave.
Adam and Joanne's Tips
- Gluten-free: To make this gluten-free, substitute your favorite gluten-free flour mix, almond or oat flour for the all-purpose flour called for in the recipe. Also, make sure the oats you use are labeled gluten-free.
- Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.