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Baked Apples: Easier Than Pie

Updated on June 18, 2014

Baked Apples are Easier to Make than Pie

I will share a super simple recipe with you that will start your mouth watering.

Baked apples. Easy to make. Put them together in less than 15 minutes. Bake for 30-40 minutes.

Apples are delicious fresh, but if you sprinkle them with some cinnamon and sugar, then bake them, they make a fantastic dessert!

This is a picture of what your baked apples will look like when done.

Note: Unless otherwise noted, photos in this lens are my own.

Baked Apples Before Baking
Baked Apples Before Baking

These can be done with any number of apples. I normally make around five, even if I am only feeding one or two people. They keep well in the refrigerator and never go to waste.

I have heard that you should not use MacIntosh or Empire apples for baking, because they won't hold their shape. That is not true for this recipe. I have often used these apples. The skin is left on the apples which holds them together.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45-60 minutes

Serves: 5


  1. 5 Tart Apples
  2. 2 C. Cinnamon Sugar, or to taste
  3. (Cinnamon Sugar is made by adding 1 TBS of Cinnamon to 1/2 Cup of Sugar)
  4. 1/4 cup butter
  5. Core apples and remove skin from top 1/4 of apple.
  6. Place apples in low sided baking dish or pie pan.
  7. Fill each apple with a tsp of butter and put remaining butter, by the teaspoon, around the apples in the pan surrounding the apples. This makes for a nice juice to scoop onto the apples when done.
  8. Liberally sprinkle sugar mixture in each apple. Do not try to keep the sugar off the tops of the apples or off the pan bottom. This all adds to the flavor and the sauce.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, or until fork inserted in apple slides in smoothly.
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Trim the peel from the top 1/4 of the apple - Remove the core.

Make sure you get the seeds and seed casings out of the apple.

If you are using a vegetable peeler like I am here, then place apple flat on top of a cutting board.

Twist the peeler to cut out the core and it will lift out.

You may need to dive down with the point of the vegetable peeler a second time, to retrieve some seeds and seed casings you might have missed.

I put my finger inside to feel for any seed casings as they are hard to see.

Place Cored Apples in a Shallow Baking Dish or Pie Plate - Add butter, then sprinkle with cinnamon

You do not have to measure the butter. Put a little dab into each apple center. Cut the remaining butter up into approximately 6 small pieces and sprinkle it around the dish.

Pour the sugar mixture into the center of each apple. Again, it is not necessary to measure. Sprinkle the remaining sugar on top of the apples, letting it spill off the sides. Then pour the rest onto the dish.

Place into a preheated 350 Deg F. oven and test after 30 to 35 minutes.

Baked Apple Video Instructions

Meet Clara

Clara is 94 years old. She will demonstrate baking apples.

This is one of the recipes she remembers from during the depression.

Baked Apples are an inexpensive, yet delicious delight.

Clara's mother's Apple Corer

This is the tool Clara mentioned in her video. The one that her mother used to core apples with.

Clara stated that it was more difficult to core the apples with a knife. Her mom had a tool for removing the core.

That tool would be one simular to this vegetable peeler.

Rada Cutlery R141 Deluxe Vegetable Peeler with Aluminum Handle
Rada Cutlery R141 Deluxe Vegetable Peeler with Aluminum Handle

My mother also used this tool. She is the one who taught me to make baked apples.

Now I have a couple of these apple corers in my kitchen. I use them when making my baked apples.

These vegetable peelers make excellent apple corers. Just point the tip into the center of the apple when the apple is sitting flat on top of a cutting board.

All you need to do is give it a twist and the core will lift out.

Any peeler that doesn't have a safety shield on the side will work well.


If you do not have a vegetable peeler - A good paring knife will also work.

I prefer the peeler, but a sharp pointed paring knife should be able to do the trick.

Baking Dish For Making Baked Apples

Le Creuset Stoneware 1-1/2-Quart 9-Inch Square Baking Dish, Cherry
Le Creuset Stoneware 1-1/2-Quart 9-Inch Square Baking Dish, Cherry

A simple casserole is all that is needed to bake your apples.

This is a nice looking dish that will add eye appeal as you remove the apples from the oven.


Cute Apple Platter

Apple Plate Collectible Fruit Ceramic Glass Kitchen Platter Dish
Apple Plate Collectible Fruit Ceramic Glass Kitchen Platter Dish

Serve your baked apples on this cute Apple Platter for a stunning display.


Apple Patterned Place Setting

Franciscan Apple 5-Piece Place Setting
Franciscan Apple 5-Piece Place Setting

If you love apples, then you may want to serve your baked apples on these.


Which would you prefer? - Apple Pie, or Baked Apples?

Sometimes the answer to this question will depend on if you are the one who has to prepare the dessert.

Baking apples are so much easier than making a pie. If I am doing the cooking, I'd vote for the baked apples.

If I invited you over for dinner, which would you like? A slice of pie, or a baked apple?

I prefer Apple Pie. I like the crust, and the consistency is better.

I prefer Apple Pie. I like the crust, and the consistency is better.

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I love baked apples, thanks for the recipe. I don't have a preference, I like them both.

    • MBCOnline 4 years ago

      We are still having a hard time giving up the crust, but baked apples are a great gluten-free solution for our craving for apple pie! Thanks for sharing this!

    • soaringsis 4 years ago

      I love baked apples, glad you reminded me to make them. Thanks for sharing. I also like apple pie. A good apple pie with ice cream is yummy.

    • Spiderlily321 4 years ago

      I love apple pie ala mode :) But baked apples are great too

    • poldepc lm 4 years ago

      even if I love baked apples, maybe I would be for the pie :)

    I never cared for pie crust. I want a Baked Apple!

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      • Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

        Baked apple would be a nice change.

      • DebMartin 4 years ago

        Actually, I love a good pie crust. But if you invite me over for dinner I'm eating what you're eating. And I do like a good baked apple. Just call me easy.

      • June Nash 4 years ago

        I love apple pie. But I like baked apples better!

      Skin or No Skin? - Would you eat the skin of the baked apple?

      I eat the skin on the baked apple. I find it to be a little more tart than the rest of the apple.

      Isn't skin where a lot of the nutrients are?

      I know a lot of people who throw the skin out.

      Which side are you on?

      Would you eat the apple peel on the Baked Apple?

      Yes, I like the taste of the apple peel, and it is good for me.

      Yes, I like the taste of the apple peel, and it is good for me.

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        • Jackie Block 4 years ago from SE Michigan

          I love the apple skins, they are quite flavorful. And I can think of this treat as "healthy," too!

        • Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

          Why not?

        • DebMartin 4 years ago

          Yup. I even leave the skin on when I make my pie too.

        • Spiderlily321 4 years ago

          I would eat the peel

        • Stephanie Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

          I started eating the peel a long time ago for the fiber and now it tastes good to me. I'm ready to make some of these now.

        • poldepc lm 4 years ago

          yes, I would...delicious

        • June Nash 4 years ago

          I find the apple peel a bit tart. I like that. It is delicious!

        No, apple peel is hard to cut. All I have is a spoon! Besides, it is the soft insides of the apple that I am interested in!

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          Unless otherwise noted, photos in this lens were taken by me, June Nash

          Copy right under creative commons 3.0, some rights reserved

          Tell me if you have other ways you like to prepare apples for dessert. Maybe you prefer the crunch of eating them fresh.

          If you have time, visit some of my other lenses. I have a few food lenses that I developed. I plan to keep adding to them.

          Come in and chat a while - I'll get the dessert!

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              June Nash 4 years ago

              @Faye Rutledge: No, I never tried that. Thanks for the suggestion.

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              Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

              I love baked apples, and make them just the way you do. Did you know that you can also micro-wave apples?

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              Bartukas 4 years ago

              Great tips and guides thank you

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              Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

              I used to wrap mine in pie crust, but haven't made these for years. Until today, I haven't even thought about them.

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              DebMartin 4 years ago

              I love apples in my bread pudding. And I even add a few apples to my Thanksgiving turkey stuffing. Apples are the great all-around fruit. And cider, oh my....

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              julieannbrady 4 years ago

              Yum! I sure do love baked apples ... sounds delicious.

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              Spiderlily321 4 years ago

              This sounds good. I'm going to make some later today. Thanks for the recipe :)