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Easy baked cinnamon apples in a pie plate with blue rim. Vanilla Ice cream in the middle of apples with serving spoon. Cut apples in the background.

Easy Baked Cinnamon Apples Recipe

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Indulge in the cozy flavors of fall with our Easy Baked Cinnamon Apples recipe. Sliced apples are bathed in a luscious caramelized cinnamon sauce and baked to tender perfection, creating the ultimate autumn dessert. Enjoy!

  • Total Time: 65 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


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  • 56 medium apples (Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, or other) peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (for serving, optional)


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Prepare a baking dish by greasing with butter. 
  2. Prepare the Apples: Peel, core, and slice the apples into even, thin slices. Use a paring knife to slice lengthwise thinly. You can adjust the thickness to your preference. Place the sliced apples in a large mixing bowl or directly in the baking pan.
  3. Make the Cinnamon Sauce: In a separate bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, cornstarch, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg (if using), and a pinch of salt. Mix well until the sugar is dissolved and the spices are evenly distributed.
  4. Coat the Apples: Pour the cinnamon sauce over the sliced apples. Toss the apples gently to ensure they are coated evenly with the sauce.
  5. Arrange in Baking Dish: Transfer the coated apple slices to a baking dish. You can use an 8×8-inch baking dish or a similar-sized dish. Arrange the apple slices in an even layer and cover the baking dish with aluminum foil. 
  6. Bake: Place the baking dish in the oven for 30-40 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula once or twice during baking. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Bake until the apples are tender and the sauce caramelizes. You can check the doneness by inserting a fork into the apples; they should be soft but not mushy. I like them a little softer and bake for 40 minutes.
  7. Serve: Remove the baking dish from the oven once the apples are baked to your desired tenderness. Let the apples cool slightly before serving. You can serve them warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for extra indulgence. Add a sprig of fresh mint for color. 

Enjoy your delicious Baked Cinnamon Apples, a perfect treat for the fall season! This recipe is quite flexible. Feel free to adjust the sugar and spices to suit your taste preferences.



    • Choose the Right Apples: Opt for apple varieties like Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Fuji for the best baking results. Their texture and flavor will hold up well during baking.

    • Even Slicing: Aim for uniform apple slices to ensure even cooking. This ensures that all slices cook through at the same rate.

    • Caramel Sauce Consistency: Ensure the brown sugar is fully dissolved in the melted butter when making the caramelized cinnamon sauce.

    • Don’t Overmix: When tossing the apples with the sauce, do so gently to avoid breaking the slices. A light toss will coat the apples without turning them mushy.

  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Category: Sweet
  • Method: American
  • Cuisine: American