Easy Baked Apples

I love these cinnamon baked apples with a crave-worthy brown sugar and oat crumble topping. Our recipe is super easy to make, delicious, and perfect for any occasion.

Cinnamon Baked Apples Recipe Video

When the cooler weather hits, our family makes baked apples. They are easier than apple pie but taste just as delicious! My family’s recipe bakes apples cut in half and then adds a delicious oat crumble topping (like what we add to this apple crisp!).

I love these easy baked apples warm with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce when I have it in the house. For more fall-worthy apple recipes, see our apple cobbler or these five-minute skillet cinnamon apples!

Cinnamon Baked Apples with an Oat Topping

Key Ingredients

  • Apples: I love using firmer apples for baked apples, like Honeycrisp, Gala, or Fuji. These hold up well and keep their shape when baking.
  • Cinnamon: Apples and cinnamon are a match made in heaven! I dust the cinnamon over the apples and add it to the oat topping for a double dose of cinnamon flavor.
  • Brown Sugar: I love the rich flavor of brown sugar in this dessert. If you don’t have brown sugar, try substituting it with maple syrup or other sugars like coconut or granulated.
  • Butter: I usually bake with unsalted butter, but salted butter is fine, too. If you use salted butter, omit the extra salt from the topping.
  • Flour: We’ll combine all-purpose flour with oats and melted butter to create our crumble topping. If you need a gluten-free option, use an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend.
  • Oats: I recommend rolled oats, but instant oats will work in a pinch. Avoid using steel-cut oats, as they won’t soften properly during baking.

How to Make Cinnamon Baked Apples

My oat topping for these baked apples comes straight from our popular apple crisp recipe. It’s super simple: just flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter. Honestly, you could put this topping on anything, and it would taste amazing, but when you blanket apples with it, it’s so good!

I like to bake my apples cut in half. You could stuff the topping down the middle of the apple, but by halving them, you can use more delicious topping. And trust me, we want a high topping-to-apple ratio here!

How to make Cinnamon Baked Apples: Scatter a little brown sugar and cinnamon over the apples before baking.

Here’s how easy it is: Start by halving each apple (I used honey crisp, but any firm and sweet apple should work), then use a spoon to remove the core and seeds. Line the apple halves up in a baking dish and sprinkle a little brown sugar and cinnamon over them.

Making the Baked Apple topping

Now for the baked apple topping: Melt some butter in a saucepan, then dump in flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt (I do it all in the saucepan, so there are fewer dishes to wash!).

How to Make Baked Apples: Adding the oat topping to the apples

Divide the topping between the apple halves, pressing down gently, and they’re ready to bake.

Serving baked apples with ice cream and caramel sauce

Slide them into the oven, then grab your ice cream and maybe some salted caramel sauce. That’s it! An easy dessert for tonight that’s totally worthy of your friends and family (or the holidays)!

Baked Apples with an oat crumble topping

Easy Baked Apples

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These cinnamon baked apples are so simple to make. They just might beat apple pie! We bake the apples after cutting them in half, which allows us to add more topping.

Serves 6

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

3 medium firm, sweet apples, like Honeycrisp or Fuji

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided

1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for apples

8 tablespoons (113g) unsalted butter

3/4 cup (98g) all-purpose flour

3/4 cup (84g) old-fashioned rolled oats

1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt

Vanilla ice cream and homemade caramel sauce, optional for serving

Directions

    1Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Butter or spray a baking dish large enough to fit 6 apple halves with non-stick cooking spray.

    2Cut each apple in half from stem to end and use a spoon to scoop out the core, seeds, and stem.

    3Arrange the apple halves in the baking dish with the flesh facing up.

    4Scatter over 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon over the apples.

    5Make the topping. Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat, then stir the flour, oats, brown sugar, remaining 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, and salt into the melted butter. (Doing this directly in the saucepan reduces the number of dishes.)

    6Divide the topping between the apples, lightly pressing it down onto the apples.

    7Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover the apples, then bake for another 20 to 30 minutes until the apples are soft and the topping has browned.

    8Serve with a scoop of ice cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce, or leave them plain.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Storing: The apples can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. They can be reheated in a warm oven or the microwave.
  • Gluten-free: To make this gluten-free, substitute your favorite gluten-free flour mix or oat flour for the all-purpose flour called for in the recipe. Also, make sure the oats you use are labeled gluten-free.
  • The nutrition facts provided below are estimates.
Nutrition Per Serving Calories 339 / Protein 3g / Carbohydrate 47g / Dietary Fiber 3g / Total Sugars 26g / Total Fat 16g / Saturated Fat 10g / Cholesterol 40mg
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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45 comments… Leave a Review
  • Barbara January 17, 2024, 3:18 pm

    These are delicious! The first time I made it the only thing I did differently was to use Granny Smith apples because that’s what I had. The topping cooked into a solid block rather than a crumbly crust, so now I just soften the butter to room temperature and go from there, and it works fine. But the Granny Smiths aren’t working at all; they cook down to almost a sauce-with-skins in the time given. I did not expect this and still have a bunch of Granny Smiths to use, but do you think it’s the Granny Smith apples themselves that are too soft for this recipe? I have always heard them described as baking apples so I thought I was all set.

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  • Joanne April 13, 2023, 6:13 pm

    Oh no. I wonder why? I’ glad they tasted great, anyway!

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    • Barbara February 3, 2024, 8:30 pm

      Wow – that’s a heck of a trick! You were able to answer my question 9 whole months before I asked it! LOL

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  • Tyromom December 24, 2022, 12:52 pm

    These are delicious! I didn’t really follow the measurements, just threw the ingredients together, baked them and they turned out delicious. I cut back on the sugar and used oat flour, so its a very easy, pretty healthy dessert option! Looking forward to taking these to a potluck!

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  • Amy September 13, 2022, 7:54 pm

    I made these little gems for the first time today and they did not disappoint. They were so delicious that I felt compelled to let you know. I used four smaller apples, but changed nothing in the oatmeal mixture. They cooked perfectly! The apples held up, yet were tender. The oatmeal crumble was sweet and buttery with a nuttiness that came from browning. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I’ll be making these again! 10/10

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  • Kelli December 11, 2021, 3:48 pm

    Have them in the oven now!

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  • Amanda May 12, 2021, 10:33 pm

    Can I peel the apples or will it affect the cooking and texture in any way? Making these tomorrow for sure!!

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    • Joanne November 8, 2022, 1:41 pm

      Hi Amanda, We’d keep the peel on for this recipe.

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