Seasons may change, but some things are meant to last.
And this cozy autumnal dessert is a recipe for bliss that is sure to stick with you for a lifetime!
As summer begins to cede into fall, the iconic flavors and scents of the season are beginning to make their way to every coffee shop and candle maker’s workspace. Though some of these fall favorites, such as pumpkin, can be pretty divisive, most cannot deny the delicious taste and aroma of decadently baked apples. Paired with cinnamon, brown sugar, and creamy vanilla ice cream, this baked delight is sure to amplify the coziness of the season instantly! Luckily, it’s incredibly easy to make in the comfort of your own home, and it even gives you an excuse to partake in some fall-themed fun! Apple picking is not only a great photo-op for friends and family, but it’s also a great way to support local farmers and enjoy the fruits of the season (literally)!
Homemade Doesn’t Always Mean Hard!
The process to prepare this delicious treat is much more straightforward and simple than one might think. It doesn’t require much in the way of effort, but it does make your kitchen and home smell like fresh apple pie, which is definitely a plus!
Wherever you choose to get your ingredients from, make sure you have everything you need before trying to put it all together! This recipe calls for a handful of basics including about 3 medium-sized apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, flour, and salt. To add to the flavor and bring out the best this dessert has to offer, rolled oats, vanilla ice cream, and salted caramel sauce are also included in the ingredients list!
Prepare the Apples
The first thing you’ll want to do is get your apples ready.
Start by washing your apples, cutting them in half, and removing the core, seeds, and stems.
After preheating your oven to 375º F, you’ll place your halved apples on a prepared baking sheet skin-side down. Sprinkle your apples with at least 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar and ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon. If you’re feeling exceptionally excited for all of the fall flavors, a dash of all-spice may be a perfect addition to your apples at this stage!
Make the Topping
The topping is essential for taking this dessert from “warm apple slices,” to “sweet cinnamon baked apple delight.”
To prepare the topping, begin by melting a stick of butter in a medium-sized skillet or saucepan. Once the butter has melted, you’ll remove the pan from heat and combine flour, oats, and brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in the melted butter and stir until mixed well.
Then, use a spoon to divide this topping among the apples, making sure the topping is lightly pressed on top of the fruit.
Bake the Apples
Once your apples are fully prepared, the last step is to bake! Your oven should be fully preheated at this point, but be prepared for a long cook time.
After you cover your apples in aluminium foil, you’ll place the baking sheet in the oven and cook for 25 minutes. You’ll only need to check on them once to remove the foil after this initial bake, and then you’ll replace the apples, uncovered, for another 20-30 minutes. Use this time, about 50 minutes to be exact, to enjoy the fragrant aroma coming from your oven while reading a beloved book. Or catch up on that TV show you’ve been hearing so much about. Whatever you decide to do with your time, know that you will have an irresistible treat ready for you after the wait!
Serve with All the Fixin’s
The perfect time to pull out your apples is when they have begun to brown on the top and the apples themselves are softened.
Once they are ready, let cool for 1-2 minutes and serve with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of salted caramel sauce! These baked cinnamon apples will keep for up to a week, but they are so irresistible they will probably be gone before then, anyway!
Homemade Baked Cinnamon Apples
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
- 3 medium firm, sweet apples, like Honeycrisp or Fuji
- 9 Tablespoon brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick)
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
- Vanilla ice cream
- Salted caramel sauce
- Preheat the oven to 375º F and lightly grease a baking dish.
- Wash and cut the apples in half and remove the cores, seeds, and stems. Arrange the apple halves on the baking dish with the flesh facing up and sprinkle 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar and a ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon over the apples.
- Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Then, remove the pan from the heat and stir flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt into the melted butter.
- Divide the topping between the apples, lightly pressing it down onto the apples.
- Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover the apples then bake another 20 to 30 minutes until the apples are soft and the topping has browned.
- 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. Enjoy!
With this simple recipe, you can enjoy the flavors and scents that make autumn so memorable easily from the comfort of your own home!
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