This Cinnamon Baked Apples Recipe features thinly sliced apples tossed in a brown sugar and fall spice medley then baked until fork tender. It’s reminiscent to an apple crisp but without the crumble topping.

Even if you want to make this baked apple recipe simply for the smell, it will be worth it! 

A bowl of Cinnamon Baked Apples on a wooden cutting board.

There is something magical about the combination of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. You can enjoy these cinnamon baked apples with my homemade vanilla ice cream or you could even use this as filling for an apple pie with my food processor pie crust recipe. It’s also a great topping for my homemade spice cake! It’s also completely delicious to eat by itself, on top of oatmeal or with a salted caramel sauce — guys, the options are endless!

Also, be warned once you toss the apples in the sugar and fall spice mixture you’ll want to eat them all. You’ll be lucky if the apples even make it into the oven. 😂 😍 I was literally slapping wrists trying to keep my 2 boys out of the apples!

Overhead photo of Cinnamon Baked Apples in a bowl topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

  • Apples — peel, core and slice the apples in thin slices. You don’t want to bake the apples with skins on. The apple skins become tough and chewy in the oven.
  • Brown sugar — any type of brown sugar will do, light or dark (whichever you happen to have on hand).
  • Spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves.
  • Salt — The magic of salt is that it enhances the flavor of whatever you are eating or making.
  • Cornstarch — The cornstarch helps thicken the baked apples so the consistency is slightly thicker and not too liquidy.
  • Lemon juice — Other than adding a tart flavor, making a more interesting flavor complex, the lemon juice draws out the juices in the apples.
  • Butter – salted or unsalted will do. 

How to Make Cinnamon Baked Apples

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×9 inch pan with butter. 
  2. Peel, core and thinly slice the apples. I have this awesome gadget I use to do this. Saves me a lot of time! You can find it here. On the other hand, I’ve think this apple slicer would be awesome too.
    A bowl full of sliced apples, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon.
  3. In a large bowl mix the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, lemon juice and cornstarch together until fully mixed.
    Glass bowl full of sliced apples tossed in brown sugar and ground cinnamon.
  4. Spoon the apple mixture into the prepared baking dish. Place the butter pieces over the apples.
    A square baking dish with cinnamon coated sliced apples in it.
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 35-45 minutes, stopping every 15 minutes to stir the apples. The apples are done when you can pierce them with a fork and the fork slides right in.
  6. Serve the cinnamon baked apples warm with ice cream or over oatmeal if desired.

 

 

 

Thinly sliced baked cinnamon apples in a baking dish.

FAQS and Recipe Tips

What kind of apples should I use for cinnamon baked apples? — You can use a variety of apples or just one kind — it’s up to you. Honeycrisp, gala and granny smith apples are great options. Granny smith apples are much more tart, whereas honeycrisp and gala have more of a balance of tart and sweet. I wanted a variation, so I used honeycrisp, gala, and granny smith. 

Can I substitute honey for sugar? — Yes! You can use a different sweetener if you’d like. Honey, agave, coconut sugar, dark brown sugar, etc. are all great options. 

Can I keep the apple skins on my apples? — I wouldn’t recommend making the cinnamon baked apples with the skin still on. Apple skins tend to become tough and chewy in the oven. 

Are baked cinnamon apples healthy? — I wouldn’t put them on a list for a diet cleanse obviously. However, you can also make little adjustments to make them healthier. For example, swap out the brown sugar for honey or agave. 

Melty ice cream overtop cinnamon baked apples.

Be sure to check out my list of the best apple recipes to make this fall! Lots of great recipes in there.

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A bowl of Cinnamon Baked Apples on a wooden cutting board.
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5 from 1 vote

Cinnamon Baked Apples

Thinly sliced apples are tossed in a brown sugar and fall spice medley then baked until fork tender.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients
 

  • 6-7 cups apples - peeled, cored, and thinly sliced. About 5-6 medium/large apples
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar - packed
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons butter - cut into 6 pieces (can use salted or unsalted butter)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x9 inch pan with butter. (See notes)
  • In a large bowl mix the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, cornstarch and lemon juice.
  • Spoon the apple mixture into the prepared dish. Place the butter pieces over top of the apples. 
  • Cover with foil and bake for 35-45 minutes, stopping every 15 minutes to stir the apples. The apples are done with they are fork tender. 
  • Serve warm topped with ice cream or over oatmeal, if desired.

Notes

Pan: You could also use a 9"x13" inch pan or an 8"x8" inch pan. As long as the apples fit in it, you're golden.
Apples: Can use a variety of apples for variation. Honeycrisp, gala, and granny smith are great options. Granny smith are much more tart, whereas honeycrisp and gala are a good inbetween of sweet and tart. So you can use a mixture if you want variation.
Sweetener: Can use different sweetener if you’d like (honey, agave, coconut sugar, dark brown sugar).
Peel apples before baking, apple skins tend to become tough and chewy in the oven.
Serve warm with homemade vanilla ice cream

Nutrition

Calories: 284kcal (14%)Carbohydrates: 55g (18%)Protein: 1g (2%)Fat: 9g (14%)Saturated Fat: 5g (25%)Cholesterol: 23mg (8%)Sodium: 85mg (4%)Potassium: 237mg (7%)Fiber: 5g (20%)Sugar: 46g (51%)Vitamin A: 364IU (7%)Vitamin C: 9mg (11%)Calcium: 52mg (5%)Iron: 1mg (6%)
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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