Easy Baked Cinnamon Apples

These cinnamon baked apples are easy enough for tonight, but double as the perfect dessert for friends and family (or the holidays). These just might beat apple pie! Jump to the Baked Cinnamon Apples Recipe or read on to see how we make them.

Watch Us Make The Recipe

How to Make The Best Baked Cinnamon Apples

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 can put it on anything and it would taste amazing, but when you blanket apples with it, it’s insane!

How to Make Our Baked Apples Recipe

We like to 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. 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.

Scatter a little brown sugar and cinnamon over the apples before baking.

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!

The topping

Divide the topping between the apples, pressing down gently and then they are ready to be baked.

Adding the crisp topping to the apples

Slide them into the oven for 40 minutes then get your ice cream ready! And maybe some salted caramel sauce. Then that’s it, a dessert that’s easy enough for tonight, but 100% amazing enough for friends and family (or the holidays)!

Serve cinnamon baked apples with ice cream and caramel sauce!

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This baked apples recipe is easy enough for tonight, but doubles as the perfect dessert for friends and family

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

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These baked cinnamon apples are so simple to make, they just might beat apple pie! 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.

Makes 6 (1/2 apple) Servings

You Will Need

Cinnamon Apples

3 medium firm, sweet apples, like Honeycrisp or Fuji

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Oat 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 salt

For Serving

Vanilla ice cream

Salted caramel sauce, see our easy homemade caramel sauce


  • Prepare Apples
  • 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.

    • Make Topping
    • 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.

      • Bake 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.

        • To Finish
        • 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 database to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Calories 339 / Protein 3 g / Carbohydrate 47 g / Dietary Fiber 3 g / Total Sugars 26 g / Total Fat 16 g / Saturated Fat 10 g / Cholesterol 40 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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36 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Karen October 10, 2017, 4:15 pm

    So quick and easy to make and taste absolutely delicious. Definitely saving this recipe to make again. Thank you.

  • Karenne October 4, 2017, 10:50 pm

    These were soooo good, and thanks for the video on how to make them. I was craving apple crisp and this was even better!!!

    • Karenne Salter October 30, 2017, 9:17 pm

      Hi, I just have to comment because I’ve never seen anyone else with their name spelled this way. You are the first Karenne I’ve seen written besides my own name 🙂

  • Gloria June 2, 2017, 7:08 am

    Oh my goodness, these were so good. I only used four apples and halved the topping recipe, and it was plenty. They didn’t even need ice cream or anything else. Delicious on their own. Thanks!

  • Amanda March 26, 2017, 10:00 pm

    This recipe was so easy and delicious! I crumbled up some pecans with the oat topping and it was a nice little addition to this already wonderful recipe. I will definitely be making these again!

  • Christine November 21, 2016, 5:42 pm

    It sounds amazing but what is the oven temp?

    • Joanne January 4, 2017, 1:55 pm

      You will need a 375 degreeF oven. This is shared in the recipe at the bottom of the article.

  • Liz November 12, 2016, 10:44 pm

    Delicious! A perfect way to use up some apples that had gone slightly too soft to eat in their own.

  • Abby October 28, 2016, 6:27 pm

    These were a huge hit with my kids. I used maple flavored instant oatmeal (and slightly less sugar) since I didn’t have rolled oats and it was delicious!

  • TapouT October 22, 2016, 6:55 pm

    Delicious!!! Easy to make! I can’t just eat one!!!

  • jan October 11, 2016, 8:43 am

    I needed dairy free so substituted half margarine and half coconut oil for the butter. Delicious! Also, this is a lot of topping. Unless you like lots of topping, you could top 2-4 apple halves with this same recipe.

  • Dr.M.Nizam Aboulkhair September 21, 2016, 3:23 pm

    Amazing! My family friends loved your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  • Aggie December 3, 2015, 3:06 pm

    I bet these smell heavenly in the oven!

  • Will Regan November 25, 2015, 4:31 pm

    As a teenager, I’m making these and it’s so simple, when I want apple pie but don’t have the right things, this is amazing. ♡

  • Karen November 11, 2015, 2:08 pm

    Amazing! My family loved your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kami October 20, 2015, 12:36 am

    I can’t wait to make these baked apples! Also, I can’t stop my mouth from watering after looking at your gorgeous photos!

  • Karen October 17, 2015, 2:39 pm

    I love this idea! I was just thinking about Baked Apples! I made them years ago – the traditional way. For some reason, they never worked out as I hoped. The outside was overcooked. The inside was too firm and difficult to cut. Will Gala apples work? Thanks 🙂


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