Cinnamon Spice Baked Apples


overhead shot of baked apples in pan

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, updated in November 2019 and today I’m adding new photos and content! Thank you for supporting OBB! 

It’s time for apple picking, y’all! I actually have never been….but I can’t wait to take Jack this year and see him munch on some. 

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 favorites.

close up of 4 honeycrisp apples

However, as much as I do love a fresh apple, there is something that screams “Fall” about BAKED APPLES. 

Why You’ll Love These 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 of Autumn. Plus, I promise while these are baking…it will smell like you lit the most amazing delicious candle in all of the world.
  • These baked apples taste pretty much exactly like the inside of a warm apple pie. Yup. All the filling, all the flavor without all of the work. Win win!side view shot of baked apples in pan with 2 cinnamon sticks in the background
  • By baking these apples, you get this caramelized sauce of sugar and butter and cinnamon. The sugary sauce 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. 
  • If you’re ever craving a late night dessert and you want it to be extra seasonal and cozy, this one is just SO simple to whip up. You’ll see below that it literally is made in ONE pan. No mixing bowls, just that one pan. SO simple and truly the easiest Fall dessert. 

Ingredients You Need for Cinnamon Spiced Baked Apples: 

  • Fresh apples – I prefer honeycrisp! – but you can use a combination of gala, honeycrisp or pink lady apples.
  • Cornstarch – this helps thicken that delightful gooey sweet sauce that the apples are coated in
  • maple syrup – this cozy sweetener adds depth of flavor!
  • light brown sugar – who doesn’t love the combination of brown sugar, maple and apples?! Cmon! You can also use dark brown sugar or use turbinado sugar in its place.
  • Water – a simple ingredient used just to make the apples extra saucy!
  • Cinnamon – can’t go without it! 
  • Butter – I used salted butter for this, and I would recommend that! However, if unsalted is all you have, that’s definitely better than nothing 😉
  • Turbinado sugar – love adding this on top for a crunch!
  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream – optional, but delightful to eat with the fresh and warm baked apples.

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:

close up shot of thinly sliced apples in pan

Oh, and yeah, once you’re done slicing them, you really do just put them directly into a baking dish. Yup. This is literally a ONE PAN baking dish. You don’t even need a bowl, ha!

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

shot with apples and baked apple ingredients in the 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!

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

extreme close up shot of baked apples in the pan

My favorite part of this baking process is right around the end of the baking time. 

That’s 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!

side view shot of spoon scooping up baked apples from the pan

And voila! I highly recommend you eat them while warm 🙂

How to Serve 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….guilty of that, ha!

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 baked apples with ice cream on top with spoon in bowl and apple in the background

They also 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. So dang good! 

Storing Leftovers: 

If you happen to have any leftovers…I would recommend storing these in a tightly sealed tupperware container in the refrigerator for a few days. When you’re ready to eat them again, pop them into the microwave and warm them up. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe, my friends. Happy apple season!

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

Baked Caramel Apple Streusel Donuts

Salted Caramel Apple Galette

Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins 

Caramel Apple Turnovers 

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5 from 3 votes

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


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


  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, maple syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Mix together until combined. Lastly, add 1 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 salted butter and 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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