Baked Apples Recipe

Baked Apples are infused with cinnamon and butter from the inside out, topped with whipped cream and drizzled with caramel sauce. You will love how amazing your house smells as baked apples sizzle in the oven.

Stuffed Baked Apples Recipe topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce

Have you tried baked apples? They taste like the filling for apple pie (you know; the part of the pie we all wish there was more of!). Wait until you see inside -YOU’LL JUST KNOW!!! 

Baked Apple Recipe

Invite your friends for breakfast or brunch and serve these (totally easy by the way) baked apples. These stuffed baked apples are also a gluten free dessert. Feast your eyes on these roasted apples my friends…

Sliced stuffed baked apples with walnuts, cranberries, cinnamon and butter

The Best Apples for Baked Apples:

You will need 6 medium baking apples. The best apples for baking should be firm, crisp and tart. Great apple options for this recipe include: Rome Beauty, McIntosh, Jonagold (pictured above), Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and even Braeburn works fine.

The best apples for baked apples recipe

How to Serve Baked Apples:

We top these with unsweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and drizzle generously with homemade Caramel Sauce (click for easy recipe).

How to Make Baked Apples:

The process for making roasted apples couldn’t be easier:

  1. Combine the filling
  2. Core and Stuff Apples with filling
  3. Place apples into a casserole dish, add water and bake

How to make filling for baked apples

How to Core an Apple:

To core an apple, cut out the center using a melon baller or small paring knife, leaving the base intact to keep the filling in – don’t cut all the way through or the filling will leak out! 

How to core an apple for baked apples recipe

Place the apples into a casserole dish that is large enough to hold the apples without crowding them. We used this 9×12 Casserole.

How to bake apples in casserole dish

How Long to Bake Apples in the Oven?

Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until apples are soft (but not mushy). Baking time can vary by the type and size of apples you are using. My Jonagold apples (pictured here) were perfect after 45 minutes but I’ve had larger Braeburn apples take 1 hour. 

Baked Stuffed Apples

They are a treat served plain but are over the top delicious topped with unsweetened whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. I top with whipped cream while they are still just slightly warm and some of it melts onto the apples and WOWEE they are irresistibly delicious!!

Stuffed roasted apples topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce

More Apple Recipes:

Baked Apples Recipe

4.87 from 15 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
You will flip over how amazing your house smells from these baked apples! The apples are infused with cinnamon and butter from the inside out and taste like the filling for apple pie. Serve as is or topped with whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $5-$8 Varies by Season
Keyword: apple recipes, baked apples
Calories: 269 kcal
Servings: 6 baked apples

Ingredients

For the Baked Apples:

  • 6 medium baking apples *
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries (craisins or raisins)
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup walnuts finely chopped, optional
  • 1 cup hot water

To serve (Optional):

Instructions

How to Make Stuffed Baked Apples:

  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/8 tsp nutmeg and stir with a fork. Stir in 1/3 cup dried cranberries and set aside.
  2. Wash and core the apples using a melon baller, or small paring knife, leaving base intact to keep the filling in - don't cut all the way through! Place apples in casserole dish just big enough to hold apples without touching.
  3. Divide the filling evenly between apples. Top each stuffed apple with 1/2 Tbsp butter, top with walnuts if using and sprinkle with any remaining cinnamon mixture.
  4. Pour 1 cup hot water into the casserole dish and bake at 375˚F for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until apples are soft (but not mushy). Baking time can vary by the type and size of apples you are using. My Jonagold apples (pictured here) were perfect after 45 minutes but I've had larger Braeburn apples take 1 hour.

Recipe Notes

*Apples should be firm, crisp and tart. Great apple options for this recipe include: Rome Beauty, McIntosh, Jonagold, Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious or even Braeburn.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Apples Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 269 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Potassium 240mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 41g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 5.5%
Vitamin C 10.1%
Calcium 3.7%
Iron 3.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Leftover Stuffed Apples? No problem! They are just as good if not better the following day. If refrigerated, heat for 30-45 seconds in the microwave until warm and enjoy with breakfast in the morning. My baby girl and I enjoyed a sliced baked apple over oatmeal this morning – absolutely amazing!!

Baked Apples are a real treat and so easy! You will flip over how amazing your house smells as they bake. These baked apples taste like apple pie...Mmm!! | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Jamie
    November 2, 2018

    Hi – this looks amazing! I was wondering if you have tried it in a slow cooker? I was thinking I would just line the apples tight in the bottom and make it 3-4 apples deep. You could have ice cream or whip cream to top it with? Any suggestions on how to make this work? Or do you think they would fall apart? It would be a great desert for large family gatherings. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 2, 2018

      Hi Jamie! I haven’t tried that and can’t really say without experimenting! They may get soggy if stacked since there will be a lot of moisture leaking down and between the apples. the may flatten under the weight over the apples above it as well. I would love to know how it turns out if you do experiment however! Reply

  • Tammy Anderson
    November 1, 2018

    Hi Natasha! I can’t find any other place to ask you a question so I will just ask you here (although this recipe looks absolutely scrumptious and I will be making this very soon) but off the subject I need a new set of knives and I was wondering if you had any recommendations. Thanks so much! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 1, 2018

      Hi Tammy! That is not a problem! You can follow this link HERE for some of our favorite kitchen items! Reply

  • Mom's Dish
    October 31, 2018

    Natasha, you got me at this one! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 31, 2018

      Thank you!! They are so good! Reply

  • Alyonka
    October 7, 2017

    Delicious! I added some walnuts to the filling and served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. The perfect fall treat! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 7, 2017

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you love it! Reply

  • Nata
    November 6, 2016

    HI Natasha. I was planning to make these apples tomorrow and have a question. If I don’t have a nutmeg, can I substitute it? And instead of whipping cream can I use vanilla ice cream on top?
    Thank you for your wonderful work and beautiful pictures! Amazing recipes! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 6, 2016

      Hi Nata, you can omit the nutmeg and it would still turn out great and ice cream = YES! I think ice cream is just as good as whipped cream 🙂 Reply

  • Larissa
    November 3, 2016

    These apples were delicious! I want to add a warning to those who doesn’t know, like I didn’t. If you are baking in a glass baking pan, DO NOT add water after it has been baking for a bit. I made that mistake. There was only a little bit water left because it evaporated, so some of the apples by the corner of the pan were not sitting in water any more, and I thought I should add a bit more water. HUGE Mistake! My glass baking pan blew up in my oven in to little pieces making a pretty big mess! I thought it would be OK since there was already water in the pan, but I guess the water temperature difference was too high. Soooo, make sure you have enough water in the pan when you put it in the first time. Don’t say no one warned you! LOL. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 4, 2016

      Hi Larissa, Oh no!! My sister had a similar experience with a different recipe. Did you use a larger pan that you needed more water? Reply

  • October 31, 2016

    These baked apples are my husbands favorite! Thank you for the recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 1, 2016

      You are very welcome 😁. They are a great addition to any dessert table. Reply

  • Marta
    October 20, 2016

    How long could the apples stand prepared (i.e. cored and stuffed with filling sans butter) before baking? We’re headed up to a cabin with friends and our family is first in line to make dinner. I was hoping to be able to prep the apples as much as possible, but wonder if they could be stuffed around 4-5 hours before baking. Probably not? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 20, 2016

      Hi Marta, I always make and bake them right away because of the color change that can occur but if you cover and keep the apples chilled after assembling, I think it will work out ok. Sounds like a fun trip and what a cozy treat on a cabin trip! Reply

  • Tzivia
    October 20, 2016

    Omg mmmmm wow Natasha these look really way good and yummmm love baked apples have not had 1 in ages this totally screams fall and winter job well done sweetheart Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 20, 2016

      They really are a treat in Fall and Winter! Thanks Tzivia 🙂 Reply

      • October 20, 2016

        Np my pleasure girl cannot wait and especially with butter mmmmm Reply

  • Yana
    October 18, 2016

    Just made this and its soooo delicious!!!! Reminds me of fall and thanksgiving. Yum! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 18, 2016

      Yana, thank you for such a nice review, I’m glad you liked them 😁. Reply

  • Irina
    October 17, 2016

    I made these last night and we devoured them! The recipe yielded a bunch of carmel so these apples were SMOTHERED in it!😋😍

    I’m wondering how this would taste if I used this apple recipe and wrap it in a buttery crust…? 🤔

    Thank you for yet another delicious and simple recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 17, 2016

      I’m so happy you liked the recipe! 🙂 Your idea of wrapping the apples in crust sounds delicious. Let me know if you try it!! 🙂 Reply

  • Elizabeth
    October 15, 2016

    I made this for my birthday which was on the 14th of october and i loved this! It really is delish. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 15, 2016

      That’s awesome and happy birthday!!! Reply

  • October 15, 2016

    Ah those apples are the perfect fall dessert!!! Love it! It just sounds like a comfort dessert in a chilly cozy night! I will have to make this one night next week! Thank you for another great dish, Natasha! 😉 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 15, 2016

      Absolutely! Warm baked apples on chilly evening sounds completely perfect! 🙂 Reply

  • Maria
    October 14, 2016

    Made these baked apples today, and they were delicious! However, I thought they were just a little too sweet. My sister and I debated on adding some apple crisp type filling to the inside, and maybe a little less sugar… I don’t know, I’ll have to try it! But either way, they were a hit and everyone love them! Thanks for the recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 14, 2016

      Hi Maria, you can use less sugar but it also makes a big difference what type of apples you are using. I like using a crisp apple that is a little tart – they seem to taste best when they are baked. Reply

  • Delia
    October 14, 2016

    Natasha, as always simple and delish! Thank you for your ideas and recipes. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 14, 2016

      Thank you Delia for your sweet comment 🙂 Reply

  • Kitti
    October 14, 2016

    Hubby LOVES apple pie but is gluten free; these were a great alternative! Why hadn’t I thought of this before?? I made them with some apples, I think honey crisps, that our siblings brought us from Idaho a couple weeks ago. They were DELISH! Need to grab some vanilla ice cream (@ sam’s ;D) on the way home to kick them up a notch. Thanks for the great recipe! Keep the GF recipes coming! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 14, 2016

      I’m so happy you discovered this gluten free treat and enjoyed it!! Yes do try it with vanilla ice cream or the whipped cream with caramel sauce. It really takes these over the top!! 🙂 Reply

  • October 13, 2016

    Gorgeous photos! Can’t wait to try! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 13, 2016

      Thank you Sara! 🙂 Reply

  • October 13, 2016

    These are so simple and look SO delicious! Baked apples just scream fall! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 13, 2016

      Thank you Karly, we devoured all of them in one evening 😋. I can’t wait to make them again. Reply

  • October 13, 2016

    These look incredible!! Apples, yes, but not health food (because I want DESSERT) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 13, 2016

      Oh goodness I feel like this one is the best of both worlds! You can totally satisfy the dessert craving by adding whipped cream and caramel sauce or serve them as is for a lighter treat. They are so good!! Reply

  • lily
    October 13, 2016

    hi natasha, what happened to the canning recipes you said you were going to post this year? i was so looking forward to those =). Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 13, 2016

      Hi Lily, it didn’t work out. We canned the peaches too late (and although they turned out really good), we had to give them a chance to sit before opening them and by then it was just too late, so it’ll be next year. Also, we didn’t have a ton of cucumbers this year and I was hoping to get another pickle recipe in. It just didn’t work out… Oh well. 🙂 Reply

      • lily
        October 13, 2016

        =( ohhh ok, i understand but the cucumber recipes i will be looking forward too so yeahh hopefully next year then =). Reply

  • October 13, 2016

    These look awesome and we cannot wait to use up our fall apples!! Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 13, 2016

      Thank you Katie! 🙂 Reply

  • Olga
    October 12, 2016

    I’m with that girl 👆🏻Snapchat made me come here too. But I will definitely be making these apples. I love baked apples. My mom made them for us all the time when I was younger. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 12, 2016

      Oh how awesome!!! Isn’t it great how food can bring back memories? I just love that!! Reply

  • Tanya C
    October 12, 2016

    Guilty here too! Saw the snap and HAD to see what goodness you prepared! It sure looks scrumptious! Gotta have it… Now, to find someone to make this for me 🤔 Lol! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 12, 2016

      Ha ha!! Yes! Another one!!!! lol. I hope you find a willing cook quick! 😉 Reply

  • Tanya
    October 12, 2016

    These look so delicious, my mom use to make stuffed Apples with farmers cheese, cinnamon and sugar, they were so yummy.. Gotta give these a try… Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 12, 2016

      Oh wow I hadn’t considered adding farmers cheese! Sounds awesome!! Reply

  • Laurie
    October 12, 2016

    I will be making theses for sure they look Devine !!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 12, 2016

      Thanks Laurie! 🙂 I hope you love them 🙂 Reply

  • Nina
    October 12, 2016

    Wow these apples look AMAZING!! I will give them a try this weekend! perfect for this weather 😉 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 12, 2016

      We had our first frost of the season last night and although I’ve made this twice in the last week, I’m planning the next batch already. I agree, they are so perfect for the weather! 🙂 Reply

  • Inna
    October 12, 2016

    Oh my!!! The pictures are mouthwatering!! 😋😋😋 I was thinking of baking an apple pie but didn’t want to mess with the whole dough thing..will make these for brunch tomorrow!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 12, 2016

      Oh girl and these are sooo much easier than baking a pie. They come together so quickly! 🙂 Thank you for that awesome compliment 🙂 Reply

      • Inna
        October 13, 2016

        Made these for brunch this morning. I can’t find words to describe how yummy they were. 😋😋 and they’re so easy to make. Thank you for your amazing recipes! Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          October 14, 2016

          I’m so happy to hear that!!! Thank you Inna 🙂 🙂 🙂 Reply

  • Dina
    October 12, 2016

    I’m not a big fan of baked apples but THIS I want to try 😋😋 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 12, 2016

      I hope you LOVE them!!! 🙂 Reply

  • Viktoriya
    October 12, 2016

    Snapchat made me come here haha Not disappointed! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 12, 2016

      YAAAAASSSS!! lol. That just made my day 🙂 My ploy to lure you worked. ha ha!! Reply

      • Abhi Shah
        October 31, 2018

        Nice Recipe Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          October 31, 2018

          Thank you! Reply

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