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Baked Apples

Easy baked apples recipe! Two apples filled with oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Baked until perfectly tender. Perfect for breakfast or dessert.

Two baked apples in a small baking dish filled with oats and brown sugar

If you're looking for a simple baked apple recipe, you've come to the right place. These tender, sweet baked apples are not only very easy to make but they're absolutely delicious.

I grew up eating a version of these cinnamon baked apples when I was a little girl. When my mother had apples that needed to be used up quickly or if she wanted to serve us a quick dessert that was a little on the healthy side, she would bake these for us.

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Why I Love This Recipe

  • Baked apples are so easy to make and a great way to use up extra apples!
  • They satisfy a craving for something sweet without all the extra calories found in many desserts.

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Two baked apples in a small baking dish filled with oats and brown sugar next to a bowl of apples

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Apples: See "Frequently Asked Questions" below to see which types of apples are best to use.
  • Brown sugar: You could also use coconut sugar, maple syrup, or honey instead.
  • Oats: Be sure to use a gluten-free brand of oatmeal if making this gluten-free.
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg: These warm spices are essential to the recipe. They add a wonderful flavor!
  • Butter: Butter helps make the apples a little more saucy and delicious.
  • Boiling water: I use water but you could use apple juice or apple cider for a sweeter sauce. Pouring a liquid around the apples keeps the apples from sticking to the baking dish as they bake. It also helps to soften the apples.

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How To Make Baked Apples

  1. Start with any type of apples you prefer. Use a sharp knife or apple corer to cut a deep hole into the center of the apple.
  2. Combine the sugar, oats, spices, and butter and spoon the mixture into the hole.
  3. Place the apples in a small baking dish and pour in the boiling water. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the apples are tender.

Expert Tips

  • Use a spoon or an apple corer to remove the seeds from the middle of the apples.
  • Baking time might be a little longer if you use large apples. To test for doneness, stick a fork into the thickest part of the apple and if it's not firm any longer, the apples are ready.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can this recipe be doubled?

This recipe calls for using 2 apples. It can easily be doubled or tripled.

What types of apples work best for baked apples?

Crisp, sweet apples work best in baked apple recipes. My favorites include:
* Honeycrisp
* Fuji
* Gala
* Jonagold
* Granny Smith

How do I choose the best apples for this recipe?

Check the apple's firmness. It should be firm to the touch. Avoid soft apples or ones that indent easily when pressed.
Make sure there are no soft bruises or holes in the skin.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this baked apples recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

What To Serve With Baked Apples

Baked cinnamon apples are heavenly when served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream.

Enjoy!

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Baked Apples For Two | One Dish Kitchen

Baked Apples For Two

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keywords: apples
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 204kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 2 medium apples (such as Gala, Jonagold, Fuji or Honeycrisp)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup boiling water

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • Rinse and dry the apples. Using a sharp knife or an apple corer, cut out the cores, leaving the bottom 1/2-inch of the apples intact and creating a well roughly 1-inch wide.
  • Mix the brown sugar, oats, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl. Divide this mixture between the two apples, packing the mixture into the wells firmly.
  • Arrange the apples in a small baking dish, and top each apple with 1/4 tablespoon of butter.
  • Pour the hot water into the bottom of the dish.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the apples are cooked through and tender.
  • Remove the apples from the oven and spoon the juices from the dish over the apples.
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Use a spoon or an apple corer to remove the seeds from the middle of the apples.
  • Baking time might be a little longer if you use large apples. To test for doneness, stick a fork into the thickest part of the apple and if it's not firm any longer, the apples are ready.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 231mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 8.4mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.6mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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10 thoughts on “Baked Apples”

  1. laura@motherwouldknow

    Baked apples for breakfast – yes!!! I love them. They're the perfect intersection of sweet dessert and healthy snack.

  2. Faith (An Edible Mosaic)

    I am always looking for small-batch treat recipes like this! I can definitely see this one becoming a go-to in my house – it looks incredible!

  3. Angie | Big Bear's Wife

    mmm oh YES! So we made baked apples for Thanksgiving one year and they were awesome! I haven't made them in years though! Perfect little recipe for just Thomas and I!

  4. Laura | Petite Allergy Treats

    Cooler weather usually means fall but I guess that's tough in Texas! Good ole baked apples still set you in the right mood. Love how easy these are!

  5. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    Ugh. I do not miss the Texas heat! So miserable. I hope it cools down soon! And these apples look incredible.

  6. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    Baked apples is one of the first fall desserts I make as soon as the weather turns chilly. These look perfect!

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