Easy Baked Apples
These Easy Baked Apples are the perfect sweet treat for fall! Top them off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel for a truly heavenly dessert!
Happy Friday, y’all! I am totally pumped about today’s recipe because it’s part of a fun event that I’m taking part in along with some other amazing food bloggers. Basically, each of us were secretly assigned another blog to read through and find a recipe we would like to make. Then, we were to try out the recipe, photograph it, and share it today, AKA “Freaky Friday!” We weren’t allowed to tell each other whose blog we had or what we were making from their site. Until now…
I was super excited when I found out that I would get to make one of the gorgeous recipes created by Jenny from Honey and Birch! I’ve admired Jenny’s blog and all of her beautifully photographed recipes ever since I met her through some blogger networking groups earlier this year. She is a self-taught home cook who makes simply elegant food; the likes of which belong in restaurants, I would say!
It was easy for me to find plenty of her recipes I’d like to try, but it was super hard to narrow it down to just one! With options like Fish Tacos with Poblano Pepper Pico de Gallo, Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake with Pomegranate Glaze, and Gouda Jalapeño Roasted Red Pepper Grilled Cheese, I had some tough decisions to make!
Ultimately, it came down to these incredible looking Easy Baked Apples. After I first spotted them and then kept coming back to the recipe, I knew they were going to be it! Y’all know I love quick and easy recipes that taste amazing, and you really just can’t beat these.
With fall in full swing, I’ve been craving apple desserts like crazy. I had a big bowl of Honey Crisp Apples sitting on the counter just begging to be put to good use, so I knew this recipe just had to happen. These baked apples also make me think of the delicious fried apples that you can get at Cracker Barrel, and goodness knows how much I miss those!
Jenny made her easy baked apples in an adorable mini cocotte pan. I’ve got pan envy (yep, that’s a thing) and really want one of those now, but in the meantime I just used a regular baking dish to make these. I also doubled her recipe since I knew I’d have to share this deliciousness with my hubby and two kiddos, so the recipe listed below reflects the doubled version. As for any ingredient changes, I kept nearly everything the same from Jenny’s recipe except that I used a little less nutmeg and I omitted the cardamom. That omission was simply because I couldn’t find it in either of the two stores I went to! I’m now on the lookout for both a cute cocotte pan and cardamom. 🙂
Once it was baked and ready, we decided to top ours with some vanilla ice cream and a little drizzle of caramel. One word: HEAVEN!
If you’d like to see more of the recipes that were secretly swapped today by the other Freaky Friday Bloggers, you can check them out below! Just click the pictures in the link-up to take you right to their page.
Easy Baked Apples
- 3-4 large apples,, peeled and cored, about 6 cups (I used Honeycrisp)
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 4 Tablespoons cold butter,, cubed
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a medium-sized baking dish and set aside.
- Cut the apples into ½ inch chunks. In a small bowl, combine the apples, brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cornstarch. Stir until all ingredients are well combined and apples are evenly coated.
- Pour the apple mixture into the prepared baking dish. Spread the butter cubes over the top of the apples and cover the dish with foil.
- Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove from oven and stir. Serve hot with ice cream and caramel sauce if desired. Enjoy!
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Love this! Added a couple of pears, delicious. Decreased the amount of cinnamon and did not use nutmeg. Great with vanilla ice cream.
Apple + Cinnamon is just a great combo! I can smell this from here! Love this!
This sounds so good, I love apples but sadly I’m allergic to them, I’ll definitely make it for my mom, she loves them too
I love honeycrisp apples so I know these baked apples will be a new favorite of mine. I can’t wait to try this recipe.
Wow- this looks delicious! I can also smell the apples through your beautiful photos.
Yes! My family would love these. I can’t wait to try this recipe out.
This is my first time baking apple pie and I love this recipe! I added extras. I had pie crust , then inside is your topping, then I also made crumbles for the top. It is heaven! I don’t like apple pies as much as hubby and daughter do, and all 3 of us enjoyed it! Thank you much for having this available for me.
***if anyone is reading this, if you have crusts on bottom and top, this topping recipe is never too much or too little on ingredients 🙂
Love the dishes
This is a very beautiful dish
So easy to make, and Delicious!!! This will be a regular treat for my family.
Could you sub the sugar with honey and can you omit the cornstarch?
These look like the inside of an apple pie… yummy!
I loved the recipe, however I would suggest using less cinnamon.. Unless you were serving with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream.. which would tone it down a bit.. But I will make this again!!
Made this tonight. Just as easy as promised. Delicious but I will cut back on the cinnamon next time. Thanks for the recipe.
I am going to make these tonight for dessert, but I got Carmel praline icecream 😋😋, you think that would be good on them?
This looks delicious. Baked apples brings back so many childhood memories, thank you for this recipe!
This was simply delicious and deliciously simple and perfect with vanilla ice cream!
Baked apples were always a snack close to my heart. You made it a beautiful dessert! Love it.
What a totally dreamy fall recipe! You choose a good one for sure! I will check out her site, too. 🙂
I love baked apples! It reminds me of my grandmother who used to make them just before Rosh Hashana every year. Looks delicious ♥
What do you use to grease the baking dish with? Butter? Shortening?
Plmk thank you!
Butter or cooking spray works well.
I love baked apple, I loved the yummmmm… but I suggest much less cinammon – I couldn’t finish this dish, and that’s crazy to me!!
I have so many apples from my honey crisp tree, can I make a big bunch of this and freeze it?
I’m sure that would be just fine!
Waaaay too much cinnamon. I would do about half of what the recipe calls for.
Well, I love apples and desserts made from apples. This recipe is a unique combination of baked apples with the yummies addition of ice cream. Truly fall in love with this recipe.