Baked Apples are a sweet, warm & melty apple dessert recipe you’ll love. An easy to make tasty fall dessert- don’t forget some ice cream! It makes for the perfect Thanksgiving dessert or sweet side dish.
We’ll bake up all sorts of apple desserts throughout the season all the way up until Thanksgiving- one of the best holidays for tasty fall desserts! We love making apple pie and apple cobbler but sometimes nothing hits the spot quite like some Easy Baked Apples. If you loved these, consider giving our Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples or Slow Cooker Applesauce a try!
Baked Apples are a simple dessert you can throw together that still tastes wonderful! If I don’t want to fuss around with all sorts of pie crusts or doughs, I can always get apples chopped, tossed with some sugar and spices, and baking without much hassle.
Whether you call them Baked Apples or Roasted Apples, they make for an excellent sweet side or Thanksgiving dessert. So easy to make and they won’t get in the way of prepping everything else for a Thanksgiving dinner! If you wanted, you could even keep them in the freezer and save them for a Christmas dinner. Hope you love this easy apple dessert as much as we did!
Why you’ll love this easy Baked Apples recipe
- Instead of going through all those extra steps to make a pie or cobbler, you can whip together some tasty oven Apples in half the time with half the effort! No need to roll out any doughs or prep pie crusts: just toss some sliced apples in some spiced sugar, bake, and enjoy.
- Apple Casserole is such an amazing fall dessert. Soft baked apples, melty brown sugar, and all those warm fall baking spices? It’s the perfect dessert recipe for the season!
- Not only are these apples so easy to make, but the leftovers hold up really well. Keep in the fridge for a few days and enjoy or move them to the freezer for Christmas dinner in a couple months.
Ingredients for Apples Baked in the Oven
You’re not going to need any special or exotic ingredients for this delicious apple dessert recipe. You can find everything you need at your local grocery. To make these tasty Baked Apples, here’s all you’ll need:
- Apples – Plenty of good options here. We ended up using gala apples, but you could use Fuji apples, Pink Lady apples, or even make some Granny Smith baked apples!
- Brown Sugar
- Spices – Some cinnamon and nutmeg work great here. If you have some sitting around, you might consider using some store-bought or homemade Apple Pie Spice.
- Corn Starch
To keep the apples from browning, you can optionally toss them in some lemon juice so consider picking some up. Of course, you’ll also want to think about topping your apples with a scoop of ice cream as an added treat!
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How to Bake Apples
There isn’t a whole lot you have to do to make a batch of tasty Apples baked in the oven. To make some yourself, here’s all you need to do:
- Core, peel, and cut apples into slices. Optionally toss with some lemon juice to keep from browning.
- Mix brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cornstarch together in a large mixing bowl. Add apple slices and toss and stir to coat well.
- Transfer to a greased baking dish and top with several pats of butter. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour or until browned and melty.
If you can’t find some of the ingredients for these Baked Apples, don’t worry! Here’s a couple substitutions you can try:
- Apples – Like we mentioned before, we used Gala apples for this recipe. If you can’t find those, Fuji/Pink Lady/Granny Smith Apples are great substitutes. In a pinch, most other apples should work- your apples might be extra soft or too sweet if you don’t pick a good baking apple though. Keep that in mind!
- Brown Sugar – Brown sugar and apples are a delicious combo but it’s not 100% necessary to use brown sugar. If you’re low on brown sugar, sub in an equal amount of white sugar.
Want some ways to shake up our Baked Apples recipe? Here’s a couple of ideas you can try:
- Whole Baked Apples – Another classic way to make Baked Apples is to make them with whole apples instead of slices. Carefully core out the apples- leaving about 1/2 to 1 inch of the bottom of the apple intact. Stuff each apple with the spiced sugar mix and maybe even throw in some raisins or pecans before topping with butter and baking.
- Healthy Baked Apples – If you’re trying to watch your calories or sugar intake, there’s a couple of ways to make this apple dish a bit healthier and good for you. For one, you can reduce or even entirely omit the sugar from the recipe- in that case, you may want to pick a sweeter baking apple to make up for the lack of added sweetness. Similarly, consider subbing in margarine for butter.
Storage / Freezing
Storage: After you’ve enjoyed your apples, you’ll want to put those leftovers away. Transfer the leftover apples to an airtight container and keep in the fridge. Kept like this, expect them to last 3-4 days.
Freezing: You can also try freezing baked apples- though the texture might end up changing. Let cool completely before transferring to an airtight/freezer-safe container. Keep in the freezer for 2-3 months- allow to thaw overnight before reheating.
Baking times will vary for this apple casserole. Depending on the thickness and type of apples used and also your oven.
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- 8 Apples I used Gala
- 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
- 1 tbsp Cornstarch
- 7 tbsp Butter cut into pats
- Grease an 8×8″ baking dish. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Core and peel apples and cut into slices. You can toss in lemon juice to reduce browning.
- In a large bowl, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cornstarch.
- Add sliced apples to bowl and toss to coat evenly.
- Transfer apples to prepared dish.
- Top with butter pats.
- Cover with foil and bake for one hour, until apples are brown and soft.