Easy Baked Cinnamon Apples

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Learn how to make the most delicious baked cinnamon apples in the oven. This quick and easy recipe makes a perfect side dish or dessert. They taste like apple pie, but without the crust!

Sliced baked apples really do make the best side dish or dessert for just about any meal. While most would consider this to be a fall recipe, I grew up eating them year round, likely because we had lots of apples to eat and cook with, thanks to a handful of apple trees on the farm.

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Grandma would slice up her apples, mix them with cinnamon and sugar, and she'd pop them in the microwave for a few minutes to soften up and cook. We enjoyed microwave apples spring, summer, fall, and winter.

These lovely cinnamon baked apples are based off my favorite Dutch apple crumb pie and easy gluten-free apple crisp. They have one secret ingredient that gives them both a zing and a slightly creamy texture.

While you're welcome to leave the peelings on the apples, I peel them when making baked apples. And I like to use a mixture of both cane sugar and brown sugar with my cinnamon.

Baked apples are great all by themselves; but if you want them to be a bit more filling, feel free to throw them into a pie crust, or use them as the filling in apple caramel dump cake or slow cooker apple dump cake.

Top them off with whipped cream, and you've got one fantastic dessert, a makeshift apple pie.

If you'd rather make a CrockPot baked apple recipe, I've got you covered with this recipe for Crock Pot baked apples.

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • Cinnamon baked apples make a great side dish or dessert. They work great for both!
  • It's quick, easy, and painless to make. Peeling and slicing the apples is the most you'll have to work on this one.
  • You get a taste of apple pie, only without the crust!
  • This recipe uses simple ingredients you probably already have on hand.
  • They're absolutely delicious.

Ingredients Notes

  • Apples – When choosing your apples, you really want something that will give both a sweet and tart flavor. But keep in mind, you really can make these with whatever you hand on hand. I love making baked cinnamon apples with Honeycrisp, JonathanJonagold, or Granny Smith apples. Jonagolds are a cross between Jonathans and Golden Delicious, and they are so sweet, tart, and crisp.
  • Cane sugar – You can use granulated sugar, as well.
  • Light brown sugar
  • Corn starch – This is going to slightly thicken the apples.
  • Cinnamon and Nutmeg – I love adding certain spices like this for added flavor; they enhance the flavor of the apples too.
  • Sour cream – my secret ingredient. I love using this when I make apple pie filling too. It gives a richness to the apples.
  • Lemon juice
  • Salted butter

Keep in mind, all of the ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.

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How to Make Baked Cinnamon Apples

Before you get started mixing up your apples, be sure to wash them well. I like to soak ours in a water/vinegar mixture.

You'll also need to pre-heat your oven and grease your baking dish with cooking spray.

  1. Core, peel, and slice apples into a large bowl. To do this, I usually use our handy apple corer/peeler/slicer, and then I'll cut those whole slices in half with a paring knife.
  2. In a separate small bowl, mix together the cane sugar, light brown sugar, corn starch, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  3. Add the sugar mixture, sour cream, and lemon juice in with the apples, and mix everything together well.
  4. Pour the apple mixture into a greased baking dish, and thinly slice the butter around on top of the apples.
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  1. Bake the apples at 375° F for about 30 to 45 minutes, or until the apples are softened and bubbly. Be sure to give the apples a good stir halfway thru baking.
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While they make an excellent side dish or dessert all by themselves, you can serve them with a dollop of whipped topping or a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Expert Tips and Recipe FAQ's

What apples are best to use for baked apples?

I love to make these with Honeycrisp, JonathanJonagold, or Granny Smith apples. Jonagolds are a cross between Jonathans and Golden Delicious, and they are so sweet, tart, and crisp. Other great choices would be Rome, Braeburn, Golden Delicious, Northern Spy, and Empire apples.

Should I peel my apples?

This is really up to you and your preferences. While leaving the peeling on does give the apples more nutritional value, the peeling can also add a tougher, chewier texture to the baked apples. I prefer to peel, but the choice is yours to make.

How should I store baked apples?

You can store them in an airtight container in the fridge. They should keep for 2-3 days.

Optional Add-Ins for Sliced Baked Apples:

You may want to add in some optional ingredients to give your easy baked apples even more bang for their buck (although they're delicious just the way they are).

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Baked Cinnamon Apples

How to make baked cinnamon apples in the oven. Quick and easy recipe, perfect side dish or dessert. Like apple pie, but without the crust!
4.47 from 56 votes
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Course: Desserts, Fruit Desserts, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 129kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

  • 6 cups apples cored, peeled, and sliced
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 375° F, and grease an 8×8 or 7×9 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Add the sliced apples to a large mixing bowl.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, brown sugar, corn starch, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Add the sugar mixture, sour cream, and lemon juice in with the apples, and mix everything together well.
  • Pour the apple mixture into a greased baking dish, and thinly slice the butter around on top of the apples.
  • Bake the apples at 375° F for about 30 to 45 minutes, or until the apples are tender, softened, and bubbly. Be sure to give the apples a good stir halfway thru baking.
  • Serve the baked apples with a dollop of whipped topping or a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Notes

What apples are best to use for baked apples?
I love to make these with Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Jonagold, or Granny Smith apples. Jonagolds are a cross between Jonathans and Golden Delicious, and they are so sweet, tart, and crisp. Other great choices would be Rome, Braeburn, Golden Delicious, Northern Spy, and Empire apples.
How should I store baked apples?
You can store them in an airtight container in the fridge. They should keep for 2-3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 27mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g
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12 thoughts on “Easy Baked Cinnamon Apples”

  1. 5 stars
    Very easy and delicious! Did not have any sour cream but followed the recipe otherwise. Will be making to have as a side for pork chops.

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  2. Made in an oval casserole dish. Add a titch of cinnamon, too. Made my kitchen smell so good. Great use of apples that aren’t being eaten fast enough. Quick and easy. Thanks!

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  3. I’ve been searching a bunch of cinnamon apple recipes, I haven’t seen any with sour cream. What does it do? What are the benefits?

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