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

Baked apples with an oat crumble topping

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!

Baked Apples

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. If you love apples with cinnamon, try our simple applesauce.

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)!

Serving cinnamon baked apples with ice cream and caramel sauce

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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

Watch Us Make the Recipe

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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39 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Pg February 19, 2020, 10:31 pm

    I love love this recipe, quick and easy.
    Thank you

    • Debbie October 23, 2020, 3:31 pm

      Hi! I made the baked apples with Fuji apples & I made 8 instead of 6 so everyone could have one for dessert & maybe even have one for breakfast the next morning. And of course I adjusted the topping for the additional apples. Anyway the Baked Apples were a hit. They were enjoyed alone or with black walnut ice cream & caramel syrup. I’m so glad you shared this recipe. I’m cooking more again so I enjoy finding & making good recipes like yours. Sincerely, Debbie (cajunmama)

  • Alex September 18, 2019, 9:51 pm

    I like the taste of the recipe, however I thought the ratio of apple to filling was too high. I can’t blame them because it was one of the warnings but for reference I used 4 apples (2 small, 2 large) and I would probably cut the filling recipe in half or maybe 3/4. I always make adjustments which I will list below: (1) Used light smart balance instead of butter (this solved the dry factor others were reporting, however, I may reduce the amount next time as it was a little too moist (2) Used xylitol-based sweetener instead of sugar (with amount reduced accordingly) and drizzled a little maple syrup on apples (3) I eliminated salt from the topping as the smart balance has salt, did sprinkle a little on the apples just in case. (4) Used 1 1/4c oats and 1/2 cup soy flour

  • Victoria August 8, 2019, 11:25 pm

    I have made this recipe several times, and find that I prefer it with the apples sliced like you would do in a crisp. I leave the skins on, and prepare the topping the same, but spread it out to cover the sliced apples completely. Tonight I added some chopped pecans, about 1/2 cup, to the topping for some added crunch. This is definitely my go to when I have extra apples on hand!

  • Jenny August 2, 2019, 8:00 am

    Great recipe – added more oats and a bit less flour, used some Rice Malt syrup.
    Delicious – easily enough for 6 apples (so 12 halves)

  • EdJ February 1, 2019, 2:02 am

    The apples were good, but the topping was dry and not sweet enough. I think if I was to make them again I would definitely need caramel and ice cream. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Robin Laskowski October 25, 2018, 8:47 pm

    Would definitely make again! Use more apples as topping was very ample. A delicious EASY fall treat with vanilla ice cream & caramel. Also, walnuts might be pretty tasty here. Compliments to the recipe writer.

  • Kimberly October 13, 2018, 8:47 pm

    Would be perfect if the oat topping wasn’t so dry. What would you recommend adding to moisten it just a touch?

    • Joanne November 16, 2018, 1:55 pm

      Hi Kimberly, If you found the topping to be dry, you can add a bit more butter.

    • Isabela Jaimes February 11, 2019, 3:36 pm

      Add a a tablespoon or two more butter! It’ll keep the topping from drying out

  • Christa January 1, 2018, 8:15 pm

    Incredible!! I did adjust the recipe. Mainly because I was too lazy to wash my dirty pans, for the topping. ??. *Also I only made TWO apples* So what I did; 3 tablespoons Creamy peanut butter (mine has honey in it): melted in the microwave for 1minute. (Stirred every 15 seconds) Add:1/4 cup of quick cooking oats, a splash of real maple syrup, 1/8 cup of Brown Sugar, & heavy handed amount of cinnamon. Stir. Microwave for 1 minute. In this case (with the 2 apples) divide in half for each apple. Top evenly. Same oven temp but, only for 30 minutes. ?. My husband basically licked the microwave bowl clean, waiting for the apples. Haha.

  • Robert Hume December 18, 2017, 8:11 pm

    Way too much topping for that many apples. Lots left over when packed as in your pics. Half of that is more than enough.

  • Andii December 10, 2017, 12:18 pm

    Assembled my apples.Placed in a pan that poured the starting ingredients of a caramel sauce in the bottom so when they came out. The apples soft, the oats crisp and the bottom of the pan a thick sticky caramel. Perfect every time. I haven’t made apples in ages and i came upon here and all the memories came back so I had to make them.

  • 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.


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