How to Bake Apples
Learn how to make baked apples for a delicious, healthy dessert. You'll love the smell, too—baking apples brings irresistible aromas throughout your kitchen and gratitude around your table. We'll show you how easy it is to create a baked apples dessert!
We've also created a video that gives you step-by-step directions for a baked apples recipe, so you can ensure success every time.
Ingredients for Baked Apples with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar
For two servings of our basic recipe for baked apples with cinnamon and brown sugar, you’ll need:
- 1/4 cup apple juice or apple cider
- Dash ground cinnamon
- 2 small red baking apples
- 2 tablespoons pecans or walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Dash ground cinnamon
- Stick cinnamon, if desired for garnish (remove before serving—do not eat)
TIP: For any baked apples recipe you choose, be sure to use a good baking apple variety, such as Braeburn, Jonagold, Granny Smith, or Jonathan. They hold up best during cooking. Look for them at the supermarket or your local apple orchard.
Step 1: Core the Apples
If desired, start by cutting a slice from the stem end of the apple. If you prefer more of a whole apple look, skip slicing off the top. Using an apple corer or a melon baller, remove the apple core, leaving the base intact so it can contain the filling. Then peel a strip around the top of each apple.
Editor's Tip: Be sure to choose a good baking apple variety, such as Braeburn, Jonagold, Granny Smith, or Jonathan. They hold up best during cooking. Look for them at the supermarket or your local apple orchard.
Step 2: Set Apples in Baking Dish or Custard Cups
Place cored apples in a baking dish or in individual custard cups. (If necessary, remove a thin slice from the bottom of each apple so it sits flat.) If using custard cups, place individual cups in a baking dish.
Our Baked Apples with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar recipe uses two custard cups, but the choice is yours.
Step 3: Spoon Filling Mixture into Apples
In a small bowl, combine pecans, brown sugar, and dash cinnamon. Sprinkle into the apples. Combine the apple juice and dash cinnamon. Divide the mixture between two 6-ounce custard cups.
If using another recipe (or making one up), spoon cooked fruit or your favorite filling into the center of each apple. Then pour a liquid such as apple juice, orange juice, or fruit nectar around the apples to help soak up flavor during baking. You only need enough liquid to cover the bottom of your pan or each custard cup. Don't have juice? Water will do. See our baked apples recipes, below, if you need a jump start.
Step 4: Bake Apples
Bake, covered, in a 350 degree F oven 30 to 40 minutes or until apples are tender, basting occasionally with juice or water from baking dish. Modify the bake time for the recipe you're using. Cool slightly. Serve apples warm with a scoop of ice cream, if desired.
How to Bake Apple Slices
Looking to bake apple slices instead of whole apples? We have a better idea: Simply sauté sliced apples on top of the stove. In much less time than it takes to bake apple slices, you can skillet-cook our wonderful glazed apples for your apple desserts. Here’s how:
- In a medium saucepan combine 1 cup apple juice, 1/2 cup golden raisins, 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 10 minutes or until raisins are plump and tender and apple juice is reduced by half. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, core three red cooking apples (such as Jonathan or Rome Beauty) and cut the apples into wedges.
- In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add apple wedges; cook and stir about 5 minutes or until tender but not mushy. Stir in raisin mixture, 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons honey. Cook and stir for 3 to 5 minutes more or until apples are glazed and syrup thickens slightly. Remove from heat; cool slightly.
Use these glazed apple slices in all kinds of apple desserts, including tucked into crêpes, spooned atop ice cream, or served alongside pound cake. Or, try them for breakfast: Slather toasted bagel halves with cream cheese and top with the glazed apples.