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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.

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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!

How to Make Our Baked Apples Recipe

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 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!

The topping

Now divide the topping between the apples, pressing down gently.

Adding the topping to the apples

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.

Serve with ice cream and caramel sauce!

There you go, a dessert that’s easy enough for tonight, but 100% amazing enough for friends and family (or the holidays)!

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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 Recipe

  • PREP
  • COOK

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 Supertracker recipe calculator 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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29 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Jerald November 26, 2017, 7:51 pm

    I only have quick oats. Will that make a difference?

    • Joanne November 27, 2017, 1:17 pm

      If by quick oats, they are the instant oats (usually ground up), the texture of the topping will be slightly different. It should still work, though. If they are just the quick cooking kind (still the shape of rolled oats) then nothing will change.

  • Jocelyn November 22, 2017, 6:47 am

    The recipe was easy and the baked apples were delicious! Ate them all. Plan on taking a pan to Thanksgiving dinner and will do the ice cream and caramel for the family.

  • Phyllis Williams November 6, 2017, 8:51 pm

    I tried this recipe and loved it. My family really enjoyed the delicious recipe. I have shared it with my friends. Thanks again!

  • Andee November 1, 2017, 11:16 am

    I had a couple of apples left from some locally grown beauties that my husband and I recently purchased. The weather has just started to turn cool and I found myself in the mood for some baked apples. Thus began my search online for a good – yet simple – baked apple recipe. I landed at your site. This is an amazing recipe! Simple and delicious. As I mentioned, I had only two apples, but they were large. I initially considered halving the topping because of this, but decided to make it as the recipe instructed. The more the merrier, right? I liked the way the topping held together in such a way that it could be mounded on top of the apples without crumbling off into the pan. This would easily allow someone to use less topping if they desired, and I’m sure still end up with the same beautiful, tasty result. It’s so good though, you won’t want to. One last note: I decided to use a deep cast iron skillet as my baking dish, which made it even more comforting. If you decide to do the same, reduce the baking temperature by 25 degrees. I am so happy to have discovered your website! I anticipate trying more of your recipes.

  • Amanda October 23, 2017, 10:32 pm

    Made these tonight! Very good! Question:Do leftovers need to be refrigerated?? Thanks!

    • Joanne November 15, 2017, 6:24 pm

      Hi Amanda, I prefer to refrigerate the leftovers then rewarm in the oven or in the microwave.

  • 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.


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