Baked Apples are a rustic fall treat that you’ll love making almost as much as you love eating! Apples are baked to fork tender perfection and filled with a center of brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins and more. Every forkful of this classic dessert is filled with real fall flavor that incites all of the best warm and cozy feelings!
Just so you know, when these homemade Baked Apples are in the oven, your kitchen will smell better than any candle could ever make it smell. Warm spices, brown sugar and apples meld together to create the BEST aroma! This recipe is delightfully rustic and will make your whole kitchen feel like a warm and cozy fall hug being wrapped around you.
Making homemade Baked Apples is a real cinch. Essentially, you just have to core the apples, stuff them with the sugary cinnamon filling, bake them with a little splash of water and enjoy! It’s a classic recipe that’s been around since what feels like forever. Eating a Baked Apple with a scoop of vanilla ice cream with an extra little sprinkle of cinnamon on top always makes me feel so nostalgic.
During the fall season, I usually indulge in all kinds of various pumpkin and apple desserts. How can you resist them when there are so many recipes to make this time of year?! With that being said, Baked Apples allows me to treat myself to some of my favorite fall flavors, but it’s a little healthier than most dessert options. Apples have plenty of nutrients, so this is technically a great serving of fruit for the day… right?!
How to Make Baked Apples
Grab some fresh apples and get to coring!
- Core the apples. Use an apple corer or paring knife to remove the centers of all of the apples. Leave about half an inch to an inch at the bottom in tact.
- Make the filling. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, nuts, raisins, and butter in a bowl.
- Prepare the apples for baking. Arrange the apples in a baking dish. Stuff each apple evenly with the buttery mixture. Pour a little water into the baking dish.
- Bake the apples. Bake the apples in an oven set to 375°F for about 30-40 minutes.
- Serve! Serve the apples with the juices from the pan and enjoy!
Tips and Variations for the BEST Baked Apples
- Change up the texture by using a medley of nuts! I like to mix together pecans, walnuts, and cashews so there’s a lot of variety to the texture. However, you can just stick to one of those nuts or even omit them entirely if you choose.
- Can’t find any Honeycrisp apples? Don’t worry about it! You can also use other firm apples like Pink Lady, Jonagold, Melrose, Winesap or even Granny Smith. Keep in mind that if you do use Granny Smith apples, they may be a bit tart!
- You’ll know the apples are fully baked when you can easily insert a paring knife into the apple with little to no resistance. Try to avoid under or over baking the apples by using this simple knife trick.
How long will Baked Apples stay fresh?
In an airtight container in the fridge, any leftover Baked Apples you have will stay fresh for up to 4 days.
What do I serve with Baked Apples?
Sometimes, I like to eat these fall favorite treats all by themselves! They’re also pretty fun to dress up. If you really want to go above and beyond, serve your Baked Apple with a scoop or two of Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream! It’s also might tasty with a drizzle of Caramel Sauce.
And don’t forget the whipped cream!
If you have any extra apples in your kitchen, here are even more delicious ways to enjoy them!
- Apple Pie Bars
- Jewish Apple Cake
- Easy Caramel Apple Nachos
- Fried Apples
- Super EASY Candy Apple Recipe // Video
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Get the Recipe: Baked Apples
- 4 Honeycrisp Apples, or other firm apples like Pink Lady, Jonagold, Melrose, Winesap or Granny Smith
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts, I used a mix of walnuts, pecans and cashews
- 1/4 cup chopped raisins
- 3 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1 baking dish
- Preheat the oven to 375˚F.
- Core the apples by using an apple corer or paring knife to remove the core leaving about 1/2 inch to an inch of the bottom intact.
- In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, nuts, raising and butter.
- Arrange the apples in a baking dish and stuff each apple with the butter mixture.
- Pour the water into the bottom of the baking dish and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until a paring knife can be easily inserted into the apple with no resistance.
- Remove the apples from the baking dish and spoon some of the pan juices over the apple.
- Serve with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or just by themselves.