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The recipe for these Cinnamon Baked Apples is so fresh, fabulous and perfect for fall! These are like individual apple cobblers that are perfect for kids. The apples get tender and juicy when they’re cooked and the toasted pecans on top give them a nice crunch.
Ingredients & substitutions
- Apples: This is a delicious way to get the family to eat more fruit! When baked, the natural sweetness and flavor of the apples really shine through. Cut them in half, remove the seeds and fill.
- Butter: I use Danish Creamery European Style Unsalted Butter in this recipe. It is made from a high quality cream in small batches and it has 85% butterfat. This adds an extra richness when compared to what traditional butter provides, and helps the filling stick together while baking.
- Maple syrup: Used to naturally sweeten the pecan topping. Maple has a great woodsy and rich sweetness that is delicious to use in the fall. Honey would also work well.
- Oats: Use rolled or old fashioned oats for this recipe. They keep their chewy texture when they are baked. Steel cut oats will be too tough, and in a pinch you can use quick oats.
- Pecans: Chopped pecans add a great crunchy texture and nutty flavor. Walnuts would also work great.
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon and apples go together so well! Feel free to add in a pinch of nutmeg or ginger as well if you like.
- To serve: This baked apple dessert really comes alive when drizzled with some caramel sauce and finished with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
How to make cinnamon baked apples
- Add the Danish Creamery melted butter, maple syrup, oats, chopped pecans and cinnamon to a bowl.
- Stir well until combined.
- Cut the apples in half and remove the core and seeds.
- Spoon the oat and pecan filling in the middle of the apples.
- Place in a baking dish with a little water to create steam in the oven.
- Bake until the pecans are toasted and the apples are soft.
- When they come out of the oven, you can cut them in half again if you’d like or in quarters and serve them with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.
Tips for making baked apples
- Use a melon baller to easily remove the core of the apples. A sharp knife will also work well, but be careful not to cut all the way through.
- Don’t skip the water in the baking dish. The water will help to keep the apple skins from charring and sticking to the dish, and also help to soften them because of the steam created in the oven.
- Microwave the butter in 30 second intervals. Butter has a tendency to heat unevenly and sometimes the inside of the butter heats before the outside. To avoid any microwave eruptions, use a small bowl, heat in intervals and stir the butter with a spoon between intervals.
- Be careful not to overcook them. The cinnamon baked apples will take around 40 minutes to cook. If you overcook them they can become too soft. They should be crisp tender, but not mushy.
- Mix up the fillings. This oat and pecan filling is delicious, but you could easily add in some dried fruits like cranberries, or even some chocolate chips.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most apples will work well in this recipe, Gala and Fuji work really well as they retain their shape but get nice and soft inside. Honeycrisp, Granny Smith and Jonagold are all great choices too.
When thawed the apples will release a lot of moisture and they become very mushy. It’s best not to freeze the apples. You can however freeze the buttery oat crisp topping if you make a lot of it.
These baked apples are best enjoyed as soon as they are made, as when left to cool they can brown and become mushy. You can make the filling a few days ahead of time and keep it covered in the fridge until ready to use.
These cinnamon baked apples are made with only 6 ingredients and are such a fun way to use fresh apples during the fall. The buttery pecan crisp topping adds a warmth and crunch to the baked apples that makes them feel like individual servings of apple crisp.
More apple desserts to try:
- Apple Cinnamon Muffins
- Easy Apple Crisp
- Apple Bread Pudding
- Caramel Apple Granola Bars
- Rose Apple Pie
- Easy Apple Pie
- Cranberry Apple Mini Pies
- Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups
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Cinnamon Baked Apples
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Fill an 8×8” or 8×11” baking dish with about 1-2 inches of water.
- Remove the stem and core of apples with a melon baller or knife and spoon, making sure to leave the bottoms intact.
- Place the melted butter, maple syrup, oats, chopped pecans and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
- Fill each half apple with about ¼ cup of the filling and transfer to the prepared baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven until the apples are soft and the pecans are toasted, 35-40 minutes. Let cool for about 5 minutes before serving.
- Drizzle caramel sauce on top right before serving, if desired.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.