Cinnamon Spice Baked Apples

freshly baked Cinnamon Spice Baked Apples in pan with wooden spoon

These Cinnamon Spice Baked Apples are so delicious! They’re baked to perfection with cinnamon, maple syrup and a little bit of brown sugar. Pairs perfect with vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream!

This recipe was originally posted in October 2018. I’ve updated the content and photos! 

I have no shame when admitting my adoration for apples. I love them in any way – sliced raw with lots of peanut butter, eating it straight to the core (to the point where I have to spit out the seeds), and of course, baking them.

honeycrisp apples

And loving them, especially in the Fall, is perfect because THEY’RE SO IN SEASON, Y’ALL. Man, you haven’t lived until you’ve eaten a fresh apple in the Fall. So juicy. So crisp. So much of everything you love in life. Especially Honeycrisp apples! Those are my all time favorite.

close up of thinly sliced apples

However, as much as I do love a fresh apple, there is something that screams “Fall” about BAKED APPLES. You don’t even need any Fall candles burning when you are baking these. Your whole house will feel as cozy as grandmas. Warm, delicious and just everything you love about this magical season. Plus, it will smell like you lit the most amazing delicious candle in all of the world.

side view of bowl of Cinnamon Spice Baked Apples with whipped cream

These Cinnamon Spiced Baked Apples taste pretty much exactly like the inside of a warm apple pie. By baking them, you get this caramelized sauce of sugar and butter and cinnamon. It coats the apples, making them extra warm and cozy. The apples get perfectly baked but they still retain a bite to them – they never turn into mush as you might expect. They would make the absolute perfect side dish OR dessert at your Thanksgiving table! 

Ingredients You Need for Cinnamon Spiced Baked Apples: 

  • apples (i prefer honeycrisp!)
  • cornstarch
  • half of a lemon
  • maple syrup
  • light brown sugar
  • water
  • cinnamon
  • butter
  • turbinado sugar
  • whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

How to Make Cinnamon Spiced Baked Apples:

One of my favorite things about these Cinnamon Spiced Baked Apples is how EASY they are. Let me explain…

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grab 3-4 medium sized apples. Using a sharp knife (and be careful), slice the apples very thin and uniform! You want them all to cook evenly.

They should look something like this:

sliced apples in baking pan

Oh, and yeah, once you’re done slicing them, you really do just put them directly into a baking dish. #easypeasy

Next, you add brown sugar, maple syrup, cornstarch, cinnamon, and the juice of half of a lemon directly on top of the apples.

sliced apples with spices and sugar in baking pan

Gently mix together until the apple slices are EVENLY coated. Be sure you don’t have a couple slices with all of the cornstarch mixture on them. You want them to be even to make sure you get enough of that delicious sugary caramely syrup on each apple slice!

close up of Cinnamon Spice Baked Apples

Now that they are all mixed, pop ’em in the oven and bake them to perfection! They need about 30 minutes.

My favorite part of this baking process is right around the end of the baking time. That is, when I take the almost done baked apples out of the oven, add a few dollops of butter and crunchy raw turbinado sugar and bake them for an additional 5 minutes. TALK ABOUT LIFE CHANGING. It’s cinnamony sugary caramely slightly crunchy goodness. Yes. Game changer!

wooden spoon full of Cinnamon Spice Baked Apples

Truth be told, this was probably the recipe that I’ve struggled with NOT eating while shooting the most. The smell of those cinnamon apples fresh out of the oven was luring me in. Self control, Haylie! Self control. Thankfully I held it together until it was fully photographed. And somehow there are still leftovers! #blessed

How to Eat Cinnamon Spice Baked Apples:

What I love about these apples is how diverse they are! You can eat them directly out of the pan with a spoon (like I did!) Or you can load it up in a bowl for a super easy dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream OR homemade whipped cream! The creaminess pairs perfectly with the warm spicy apples.

bowl of Cinnamon Spice Baked Apples with whipped cream

You can also meal prep these for the week! They taste awesome on top of oatmeal! Another recommendation would be spreading a thin layer of peanut butter on top of toast and then adding these warmed up apples on top. Yassss.

bowl of mixed whipped cream and Cinnamon Spice Baked Apples

If you liked this recipe, here are some other Fall recipes you may like:

Baked Caramel Apple Streusel Donuts

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Blondies 

Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins 

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Bars 

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Cinnamon Spiced Baked Apples

These Cinnamon Spice Baked Apples are so delicious! They’re baked to perfection with cinnamon, maple syrup and a little bit of brown sugar. Pairs perfect with vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream!

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cinnamon baked apples, cinnamon spice baked apples, healthy baked apples
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Haylie

Ingredients

  • 4-5 medium apples, sliced thinly (i used a variety of gala and honeycrisp)
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • sprinkling of turbinado sugar
  • whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Slice your apples thinly, making sure they are even so they can cook evenly. Add to a baking dish. 

  2. On top of your apples, add your cornstarch, cinnamon, juice of half a lemon, maple syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Mix together until combined. Lastly, add 1-2 tbsp of water to thicken up the "sauce" that the apples are now in.

  3. Bake for 30 minutes. Take out and stir. Add in 1 tbsp of butter and a top the apples with a sprinkle of turbinado sugar. Bake for an additional 5 minutes. 

  4. Once done, eat immediately while warm! Add on whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for garnish if desired. 

Recipe Notes

I used a 10.5 x 7 Le Crueset baking dish for anyone wondering!

6 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    I said this on Instagram, but I’ll say it again. I’d love to have these spiced baked apples as a waffle topping! Or pancakes would be amazing too! Great recipe re-do Haylie!

  2. 5 stars
    I don’t use apples a whole lots, but, girl, I should because this looks SO good! I agree with Leanne….this would make an awesome waffle topping. And ice cream or whipped cream is a necessity 🙂 Happy weekend ahead, my friend!

  3. 5 stars
    Haylie, these baked apples look so gorgeous! Honeycrisp is definitely my favorite! And to have them baked in that sweet, cinnamon, syrupy sauce – Swooning! I’m just dreaming about all of the ways I can eat these!

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